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Rep. McCaul (R-TX), House Homeland Security Cmte. Chairman says there was no good intel on the Boston Marathon bombings

This morning the FBI is leading the investigation into the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon. Overnight federal, state and local agencies searched an apartment in Revere, Massachusetts for possible clues. Although they left with bags of evidence, there is no word on any arrests. The attack which occurred on Monday left three people dead and over 150 people wounded. This morning the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Congressman Mike McCaul from Texas joins “Starting Point” to weigh in on the latest with the investigation.

Regarding the twin explosions McCaul says “we really didn’t have any” good intelligence in this case. He adds “there wasn’t a whole lot of chatter so we don’t know if this was a lone wolf type of plot or not.”

“It’s very hard to secure an open gathering like this whether it be a marathon, a football stadium, a shopping mall if you don’t have that … good intelligence beforehand,” says McCaul.

Washington and New York are “under heightened state of alerts right now” says McCaul. He adds that there is a significant amount of discussion among European counterparts in the event that the attack was “a foreign terrorist plot.”

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