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President Defends FBI Handling Of Boston Bombers

Story By: Larry Stine



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  Original Published: 5/1/2013  President Barack Obama is defending the FBI's handling of one of the accused Boston Marathon bombers.   In 2011, Russian authorities asked the agency to investigate Tamerlan Tsarnaev on suspicion of growing extremism.    Critics have questioned whether the FBI did enough.   President Obama says it's not their fault.    "The Russian intelligence services had alerted U.S. intelligence about the older brother as well as the mother indicating that they might be sympathizers to extremists," the president said. "The FBI investigated that older brother.  It's not as if the FBI did nothing.  They not only investigated the older brother, they interviewed the older brother.  They concluded that there were no signs that he was engaging in extremist activity."   Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a shootout with police four days after the bombings.   His younger brother, Dzhokhar, is being held at a federal bureau of prisons medical center.    The 19-year-old is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction.    He faces a possible death penalty if convicted.
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