News / USA

    US Lawmakers: No Security Lapse in Boston Bombings

    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, (l) who is leading a U.S. Congressional delegation to the Russian Federation, listens as Rep. Steven Cohen speaks during a news conference in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, June 2, 2013. March. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, (l) who is leading a U.S. Congressional delegation to the Russian Federation, listens as Rep. Steven Cohen speaks during a news conference in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, June 2, 2013. March. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
    After a week-long visit in Russia, U.S. lawmakers say they have found no glaring misstep by American intelligence that allowed the Boston marathon bombings to go undetected.  

    The six-member delegation came to Moscow on a mission to determine what, if anything, could have been done to prevent the attacks that killed three people and wounded hundreds more in Boston on April 15.

    California Republican Dana Rohrabacher, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, led the delegation.

    "We have been asked a number of times - do we believe that the Boston marathon massacre could have been thwarted. And, the answer is there is nothing specific that could've been done that we can point to that, had it been done differently, would have prevented this," said Rohrabacher.

    The delegation had high-level security meetings with Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), formerly known as the KGB. Democrat William Keating from Massachusetts says he was shown a copy of a letter that was sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), by the FSB, in March of 2011 that had detailed information about bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

    Keating said the letter included Tsarnaev's date of birth, address, his cell phone number and his mother's Skype number, among other things. Keating says Russian intelligence officials believe the bombings could have been averted, if the United States had done more with the information they were given from Moscow.

    Rohrabacher admits that better cooperation between the former Cold War foes may have prevented the tragedy.

    "We can say that had we had a much higher level of cooperation all along, so that the whole situation would have been different, I believe that would have been one of the types of things we could have thwarted by higher level of cooperation between our two countries," he said.

    The FSB has consistently said it has provided accurate information to the FBI and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) about the Boston bombing suspects. Washington has maintained that some of the information they were given included inaccurate spellings of the suspects' names.

    Ironically, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters that, unfortunately, Moscow did not have pertinent information on the Tsarnaev family, and that to the Kremlin's misfortune, the FSB could not have given Washington detailed information.

    Meanwhile, both Moscow and Washington have pledged better counter-terrorism cooperation.

    You May Like

    Republicans Struggle With Reality of Trump Nomination

    Despite calls for unity by presumptive presidential nominee, analysts see inevitable fragmentation of party ahead of November election and beyond

    Despite Cease-fire, Myanmar Landmine Scourge Goes Unaddressed

    Myanmar has third-highest mine casualty rate in the world, according to Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, which says between 1999 to 2014 it recorded 3,745 casualties, 396 of whom died

    Goodbye Ketchup, Hello Sriracha?

    From meat and potatoes to avocados, how immigrants transform American cuisine

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Press Freedom in Myanmar Fragile, Limitedi
    X
    Katie Arnold
    May 04, 2016 12:31 PM
    As Myanmar begins a new era with a democratically elected government, many issues of the past confront the new leadership. Among them is press freedom in a country where journalists have been routinely harassed or jailed.
    Video

    Video Press Freedom in Myanmar Fragile, Limited

    As Myanmar begins a new era with a democratically elected government, many issues of the past confront the new leadership. Among them is press freedom in a country where journalists have been routinely harassed or jailed.
    Video

    Video Taliban Threats Force Messi Fan to Leave Afghanistan

    A young Afghan boy, who recently received autographed shirts and a football from his soccer hero Lionel Messi, has fled his country due to safety concerns. He and his family are now taking refuge in neighboring Pakistan. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.
    Video

    Video Major Rubbish Burning Experiment Captures Destructive Greenhouse Gases

    The world’s first test to capture environmentally harmful carbon dioxide gases from the fumes of burning rubbish took place recently in Oslo, Norway. The successful experiment at the city's main incinerator plant, showcased a method for capturing most of the carbon dioxide. VOA’s Deborah Block has more.
    Video

    Video EU Visa Block Threatens To Derail EU-Turkey Migrant Deal

    Turkish citizens could soon benefit from visa-free travel to Europe as part of the recent deal between the EU and Ankara to stem the flow of refugees. In return, Turkey has pledged to keep the migrants on Turkish soil and crack down on those who are smuggling them. Brussels is set to publish its latest progress report Wednesday — but as Henry Ridgwell reports from London, many EU lawmakers are threatening to veto the deal over human rights concerns.
    Video

    Video Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Ruling

    As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
    Video

    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    A newly restored painting captures the moments following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. It was recently unveiled at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, where America’s 16th president was shot. It is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night. VOA’s Julie Taboh tells us more about the painting and what it took to restore it to its original condition.
    Video

    Video Elephant Summit Results in $5M in Pledges, Presidential Support

    Attended and supported by three African presidents, a three-day anti-poaching summit has concluded in Kenya, resulting in $5 million in pledges and a united message to the world that elephants are worth more alive than dead. The summit culminated at the Nairobi National Park with the largest ivory burn in history. VOA’s Jill Craig attended the summit and has this report about the outcomes.
    Video

    Video Displaced By War, Syrian Artist Finds Inspiration Abroad

    Saudi-born Syrian painter Mohammad Zaza is among the millions who fled their home for an uncertain future after Syria's civil war broke out. Since fleeing Syria, Zaza has lived in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and now Turkey where his latest exhibition, “Earth is Blue like an Orange,” opened in Istanbul. He spoke with VOA about how being displaced by the Syrian civil war has affected the country's artists.
    Video

    Video Ethiopia’s Drought Takes Toll on Children

    Ethiopia is dealing with its worst drought in decades, thanks to El Nino weather patterns. An estimated 10 million people urgently need food aid. Six million of them are children, whose development may be compromised without sufficient help, Marthe van der Wolf reports for VOA from the Metahara district.
    Video

    Video Little Havana - a Slice of Cuban Culture in Florida

    Hispanic culture permeates everything in Miami’s Little Havana area: elderly men playing dominoes as they discuss politics, cigar rollers deep at work, or Cuban exiles talking with presidential candidates at a Cuban coffee window. With the recent rapprochement between Cuba and United States, one can only expect stronger ties between South Florida and Cuba.
    Video

    Video California Republicans Weigh Presidential Choices Amid Protests

    Republican presidential candidates have been wooing local party leaders in California, a state that could be decisive in selecting the party's nominee for U.S. president. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports delegates to the California party convention have been evaluating choices, while front-runner Donald Trump drew hundreds of raucous protesters Friday.
    Video

    Video ‘The Lights of Africa’ - Through the Eyes of 54 Artists

    An exhibition bringing together the work of 54 African artists, one from each country, is touring the continent after debuting at COP21 in Paris. Called "Lumières d'Afrique," the show centers on access to electricity and, more figuratively, ideas that enlighten. Emilie Iob reports from Abidjan, the exhibition's first stop.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora