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April 24th, 2013
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Fmr. CIA director: Government agencies 'didn't work together' regarding Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was brought to the attention of U.S. authorities in 2011 when the Russian government asked the FBI to check him out because of his alleged shift toward Islamic extremism.

The bureau interviewed Tamerlan and his family as part of a review, but found no ties to terrorism. Now, members of Congress want to know how the alleged Boston bomber slipped under the radar of authorities.

On Starting Point this morning, Ambassador R. James Woolsey, a former CIA director, tells John Berman that "this is a case of these government agencies not working together and not even communicating with each other."

"We don’t look very good here in terms of one part of the U.S. government talking to each other," Amb. Woolsey says. "If they stayed with it they might have seen that he bought these pyrotechnics [...] and this black powder that he apparently used in the bombs. They might have seen what he does on the web and they would've known about his trip to Russia. But the Department of Homeland Security apparently didn't talk to the FBI and the CIA."

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