U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) today announced a hearing, scheduled for May 9, to examine the Boston bombings and the implications for homeland security.
Chairman McCaul: "Two weeks ago, our country was attacked by radical Islamist terrorists. Four lives were lost and hundreds of others were forever changed. As our nation recovers, it is imperative that we understand what happened, what signs may have been missed and what we can improve.
"The Committee is currently examining the events leading up to the attack on our homeland, the genesis of this plot and the reaction by law enforcement. Next week's hearing will provide an opportunity to hear from those who were on the front lines of the response effort and who were present through the attack and its aftermath.
"This will be the first in a series of hearings, as part of a broader investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings. The investigation will look at how law enforcement addressed the area after the attack; how federal, state and local officials communicated with their counterparts at other agencies regarding the suspects before and following the event; and the challenges associated with securing our country since 9/11. Ultimately the investigation will assess how our efforts have evolved to meet the dynamic terrorist threat of foreign-inspired attacks on our soil, and what changes may be necessary to protect the homeland."