- The Washington Times
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The inspectors general of the intelligence community, the CIA, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security have begun a “coordinated and independent review” of the government’s handling of intelligence information leading up to the Boston Marathon bombings.

The inquiry, which has received the endorsement of the director of national intelligence, will examine the information available to the U.S. government before the bombings and the information sharing protocols and procedures followed between and among intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

In a joint statement, the inspectors general said they will coordinate their review in such a manner as to “reduce duplication of efforts and to ensure that they do not interfere any ongoing intelligence activities or criminal investigations and prosecutions” in the Boston bombings.

The inspectors general include I. Charles McCullough III of the intelligence community, Michael E. Horowitz at the Justice Department, David B. Buckley at the CIA and Charles K. Edwards at Homeland Security.

Questions have been raised over what the U.S. government did with intelligence data it received on the suspected bombers, Tamarlan Tsarnaev, 26, who died in a shootout with police, and his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who was taken into custody.

• Jerry Seper can be reached at jseper@washingtontimes.com.

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