AUSTIN (KXAN) - Texas Representative and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul/(R) wants to know what happened in an FBI interview with one of the Boston Bombing suspects in 2011 and he's written a letter to the lead intelligence brass asking for answers.
"As chairman of [the] Homeland Security Committee, I have an obligation to the American people to find out what happened here and to prevent it in the future to save American lives. I have written a letter to the Director of the FBI - Secretary of DHS and the DNI Director - Mr. Clapper - on the events that took place in 2011," McCaul said.
McCaul says Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been on the FBI's radar since a Russian intelligence query linked him to extremism.
"We know he was interviewed at that time. And I - you know - just want - just simply want to know what the results were from that interview," said McCaul.
The representative was quick to point out that Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveled back to the Chechen region to visit his father after that interview.
The Homeland Security Committee Chairman said understanding the Chechen region is key because it holds some of the fiercest jihadists in the world who have also formed an alliance with al Queda both in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
"I have friends in Austin whose son was killed by these Chechen rebels - in Iraq. So they are kind of tied - part and parcel - to the threat that's out there. So it's important to know where this family came from to understand that," McCaul said. "So we want to know why after he was interviewed - and after a foreign intelligence service raises a flag on the individual - why he was allowed to travel abroad and yet there were no flags put up on him overseas.
Mc Caul says he'd also like to know what information Russian Intelligence has on Tsarnaev and whether they monitored him.
"One thing is clear," McCaul said. "He came back in July - and then by August is opening up a youtube website - throwing up radical jihadist propaganda and then 9-months later - pulls off the largest terrorist attack on American soil since 9-11."
McCaul says he fears the brothers, who remained in Boston after the marathon bombings, were prepared for more attacks in the city.
"When the search warrants were executed - we found they were up to - or maybe more - about 7 of these IED devices that were found. Which indicates to me they were staying in Boston - they could have possibly been preparing for a second wave of attacks in the Boston area with these IED devices," said McCaul.
The Chairman says the pressure cooker devices the Tsarnaev brothers used in the attacks are important because they are signature IED's "that really tie back to the Taliban in Pakistan" and he says the explosive vest Tamerlan was wearing in a firefight with police officers is typically found in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"That elevates this whole thing to another level," McCaul said.
He praised the quick response and capture by police and says his position as Chairman is to examine how the attack happened and to analyze whether anything went wrong from the US governments' standpoint.
"We know al Qaeda is looking at recruiting residents of the US and citizens - because it's a lot easier. It's not like 9-11 where they brought in outsiders to carry out the plot," said McCaul. If they can get a US resident or citizen and and bring them in and recruit and train and radicalize them - it's a lot easier to pull it off."
McCaul has also not ruled out the possibility that there may be more people involved.
"We want to know inside the homeland - is the threat still here? we want to make sure that threat is over," McCaul said.
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