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April 16th, 2013
11:45 AM ET

Boston Marathon runner Tom Beusse on the twin explosions that erupted shortly after he crossed the finish line

On Monday Tom Beusse, the president of the USA TODAY Sports Media Group was running the Boston Marathon. About three minutes after he had completed the race twin explosions erupted near the finish line. Beusse estimates he was about 150 yards away. This morning he joins a special edition of “Starting Point” to discuss the smoke and the devastating aftermath.

Beusse says his experience during the bombings at Monday’s marathon was “crazy.” He adds that after the race he and other runners were “meandering along and the next thing you know these explosions took place. Everybody sort of panicked. Everybody knew immediately there was a problem.”

He describes smoke rising immediately above the buildings and says “it was clear it was a big explosion. The sound in itself sort of rumbled the ground.”

After the explosion Beusse says “The Boston police just gathered everybody. Took us immediately through the corral. Called it a crime scene and got us out of harm’s way.”

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April 16th, 2013
11:20 AM ET

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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April 16th, 2013
10:39 AM ET

Fmr. ATF Acting Director Mike Sullivan says total number of bombs potentially tells how long the Boston Marathon attacks were being planned

This morning Bostonians are still reeling from the shock of a terror attack in their city. On Monday three people died in the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon including a 8-year-old boy who came to see his father run. The FBI is now leading the investigation into the twin explosions that left more than 150 others injured. This morning Former ATF Acting Director Michael Sullivan joins a special edition of “Starting Point” to weigh in on the latest.

Right now FBI and ATF agents are “trying to capture all the forensic evidence that’s going to be useful to them to determine … how sophisticated the device was [and] whether or not they’re seen similar devices in the past,” says Sullivan.

The former U.S. attorney says while some may view the leftover pieces of the bombs as rubble, the experts “who go in there after the post blast investigation look at it as evidence.” He adds that evidence can also be drawn from the undetonated bombs that were reportedly found at the scene.

Sullivan says the total number of bombs potentially tells “how long the person has been planning the event.” He adds that the component parts will be traced to see if any information can be gathered about the bombs’ place of origin.

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April 16th, 2013
10:02 AM ET

Tagg Romney on Boston Marathon Bombings: 'Bostonians are resilient. They’re going to come together'

Three left dead including an 8-year-old boy and more than 150 people hospitalized after two explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Just minutes before the explosions occurred Former Gov. Mitt Romney’s son Tagg was with his family on the marathon route. This morning he joins “Starting Point” to discuss the attack and its effect on other Bostonians.

Romney who was on his way from a morning Red Sox game says the twin bombings that took place at the marathon created a “horrifying and sickening event and it’s so sad for the city.” On the other hand Romney says “Bostonians are resilient. They’re going to come together. They missed with the wrong people.”

The oldest son of the former Massachusetts Governor says “there’s going to be a period of grief. I’m sure there will be some anger.” But the goal says Romney is figuring “out how to keep this from happening again – not just here but all over the country.”

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April 16th, 2013
09:09 AM ET

Dr. Albert Pendleton discusses being near the finish line during the Boston Marathon explosions and helping the injured around him

On Monday, Dr. Albert Pendleton was five feet from the finish line at the Boston Marathon where he was volunteering at the medical tent. Pendleton, an orthopedic surgeon doing his residency in Boston says he was knocked to the ground from the explosion but was able to recover and help the injured around him. This morning he joins “Starting Point” to weigh in on the aftermath of the explosions and treating victims at the scene.

Pendleton says he and others at the medical tent “were well set up for this situation because we literally had basically like a field hospital on site.” He adds “you couldn’t have had a larger group of physicians in one spot.”

When the two explosions occurred Pendleton says the medical staff which was comprised of about “50 physicians, 50 nurses [and] 50 athletic trainers” rushed the injured into the medical center that held around 200 beds.

The scene was “obviously very emotional and shocking” says Pendleton. But he says in the moment he just told himself “you just work, you’ve just got to go for it. I’m going to try to help as many people as I can.”

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April 16th, 2013
08:32 AM ET

Law enforcement officials asking Boston Marathon onlookers to check cell phones for possible evidence

On Monday, two blasts happened in quick succession near the finish line of the Boston Marathon leaving a gruesome scene for onlookers who were cheering on their family and friends a few seconds before. This morning on “Starting Point” Fmr. U.S. Asst. Secy. for Homeland Security Juliette Kayyem and CNN National Security Analyst Fran Townsend weigh in on the twin explosives that claimed the lives of three people and injured over 150 others.

Kayyem who has also served as Fmr. MA Homeland Security Advisor says police “are starting to ask people at the airports to check their iPhones.” She adds that this is a smart move on behalf of law enforcement officials “because people don’t know that they were witnesses… that they might actually have evidence in their phones or in their cameras.”

As the FBI moves forward with their investigation Townsend says they want “to be very deliberate as they walk forward and try to determine whether this is a foreign based terrorist attack or a domestic terrorist attack.”

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