Congressman Weighs In On FBI Handling Of Boston Bombing Probe

By Jeff Neumeyer

April 23, 2013 Updated Apr 24, 2013 at 8:03 AM EST

ANGOLA, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Did the FBI do enough to try and uncover details of the Tsarnaev brothers before they allegedly killed and maimed visitors to the Boston Marathon?

It’s a question we posed Tuesday to Indiana's 3rd District representative in Congress.

Republican Marlin Stutzman understands why the American people want answers about how the FBI handled the sensitive investigation into the backgrounds of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but he also wonders if the bureau is being put in an impossible situation, in trying to deal with public safety threats like this.

Congressman Stutzman dropped into Trine University in Angola Tuesday, touring campus facilities and meeting with the school's president.

We caught up with him there.

The FBI has felt some heat after word surfaced last week that the agency interviewed bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011, but found no connection with terror groups, essentially allowing him to pursue what police believe was a passionate plan to cause havoc and kill innocent victims at the giant Boston sporting event.

Stutzman says it's the American way to ensure the government doesn't interfere unnecessarily in the personal freedoms of its citizens, but he also believes there are lessons to be learned here.

" As we have these folks in custody at one point, and we do interrogations or interviews, questions, that we are a little bit more diligent about where these people go after that, in keeping track of them," said Stutzman.

Stutzman struggles with how best to keep tabs on possible threats to the nation’s safety and security.

He questions what the FBI could have realistically done to prevent the bombings, given the huge number of people the government must track, while at the same time respecting their rights to personal freedom and privacy.

On a different matter, Stutzman also shared that his office received a return letter from Beretta USA, the Maryland gun manufacturer that the Congressman contacted about possibly re-locating its company headquarters to Indiana.

But Stutzman gave no indication that Beretta plans to take him up on the offer.

Maryland has debated sweeping gun control legislation that is making the firearms industry nervous about the business environment it could face in the future.




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