Monday, April 21, 2014
The Associated Press
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A sign posted in front of La Salle High School, Monday, April 29, 2013, in Cincinnati, asks for prayer after a student pulled out a gun and shot himself in a classroom. La Salle High School west of Cincinnati was locked down until after police arrived and determined there was no threat to other students or staff. A University of Cincinnati Medical Center spokeswoman reported the student's condition as critical Monday afternoon, about six hours after the shooting. (AP Photo/Cincinnati Enquirer, Cara Owsley)
Sheriff's Deputies and other officials stand outside LaSalle High School, Monday, April 29, 2013, in Cincinnati where a high school student pulled out a gun and shot himself in a classroom on Monday. The Hamilton County sheriff's office says the youth was taken to a hospital with a self-inflicted wound. They say there apparently was no threat to other students at the private school. (AP Photo/Cincinnati Enquirer, Glenn Hartong) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES
Obama called it "hard stuff" to stop terror attacks, especially ones by what he described as "self-radicalized individuals" who choose to kill and maim "because of whatever warped, twisted ideas they may have."
Tamerlan Tsarnaev first came to the attention of U.S. officials in early 2011, when Russia told the FBI that Tamerlan and his mother were religious extremists. The FBI investigated them, and the Tsarnaevs' names were added to a Homeland Security Department database used to help screen people entering and leaving the U.S. But the FBI found nothing linking them to religious extremists or terrorists, and asked the Russians twice for more information to help with the investigation. The FBI never heard back and closed its investigation in June 2011.
In the fall of that year, the Russians reached out to the CIA with the same concerns. The CIA shared this with the FBI, and also asked that the names of Tamerlan and his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, be entered into a massive government database of people with suspected terrorist ties. The FBI again reached out to Russia for more information, and never heard back.
When Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveled to and from Russia in 2012, his travel did not raise alarms because the FBI had closed its investigation into Tsarnaev a year earlier.
Members of Congress may not be satisfied with any Obama administration review.
"We should review what happened, be unafraid to follow the evidence, even if politically inconvenient, and make changes accordingly," Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, a member of the House intelligence committee, said in an email to The Associated Press. "The terrorists adapt, so must we."
A Democrat on the House committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., also a member of the House intelligence committee, said: "Just because the FBI didn't find derogatory information about the suspects doesn't mean it wasn't there to be found. But nor should we leap to a conclusion of malfeasance. Instead, this review may produce one important component of the 'lessons learned' from the attacks."
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Parents and other family members cross under a police line to check on their children, Monday, April 29, 2013, at LaSalle High School in Cincinnati, where a high school student pulled out a gun and shot himself in a classroom on Monday. The Hamilton County sheriff's office says the youth was taken to a hospital with a self-inflicted wound. They say there apparently was no threat to other students at the private school. (AP Photo/Cincinnati Enquirer, Glenn Hartong)