WASHINGTON- Today, Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement in response to a report on the Boston Marathon Bombing, which was jointly produced by the Inspectors General for the Intelligence Community, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Central Intelligence Agency.
“The Boston Marathon tragedy was an important reminder that there are still those who wish to harm Americans through cowardly acts of terror,” said Chairman Carper. “It also reminded us that we must remain vigilant both at home and abroad in taking steps to prevent and respond to these attacks. Just as we did in the aftermath of 9/11, we must learn from the attack on Boston to make the rest of our nation and communities stronger. The report released today is an important step in that ongoing process. This report, jointly produced by the Inspectors General for the Intelligence Community, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Central Intelligence Agency, helps answer some of the critical questions about what could have been done differently, what worked well in our prevention and response efforts, and what more we can do. As I often like to say, the road to improvement is always under construction. With that in mind, later this month our committee will hold another hearing with these Inspectors General and other government officials to discuss the critical issues uncovered in response to the Boston attack. While nothing we do will be able to bring back the loved ones lost or restore the lives of the victims that are forever altered, we owe it to the victims and their friends and families to learn as much as we can from this tragedy and work to prevent terror events like this from happening again.”