FBI agents interviewed one of the suspects in the Boston
Marathon bombings two years ago, but found no connection with
Tamerlan Tsarnaev (of Russian descent from Chechnya) in 2011 at the request of a foreign government
that suspected he might have ties to extremist groups, the FBI
"The request stated that it was based on information that he was
a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer," the FBI
said, "and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he
prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country's
region to join unspecified underground groups."
An FBI official declined to name the foreign government, but
said the FBI took a number of investigative steps to check on
the request, including looking at his travel history, checking
databases for derogatory information and searching for Web
Agents also interviewed Tsarnaev's family members, the FBI said,
but did not detect terrorist activity.
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas and
chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Friday
that information that Tsarnaev had been interviewed by the FBI
in the past was disturbing.
Could more have been done to prevent this? What are your thoughts?