Intelligence Failure in the Case of the Boston Marathon Bombing


Intelligence Failure in the Case of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

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Intelligence Failure in the Case of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

At exactly 2.50 pm, on April 15, 2013, two improvised explosive detonators exploded near the finishing line of the Boston 117th Marathon that was also held in commemoration of Independence Day. Three people died in the incident, leaving hundreds of others injured and hospitalized. The victims suffered from loss of hearing due to the explosive sound as well as the injuries in the arms and legs. Eventually, some of the victims were amputated.  The improvised detonators comprised two pressure cookers filled with shrapnel.  The methodology of the attack was similar to the militant attack in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The method of attack alludes to the perpetrators’ affiliation to an extremist group such as Islam Jihadist.

During the examination of the suicide bombings, the FBI, the local police, Massachusetts police unit, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and explosives named two Chechen brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the lead suspects (Dep’t Of Justice Elt Al. (2014),). The bombing occurred as a result of various agencies’ failure in sharing crucial information on the two brothers of Russian descent.  As Seffers (2014) states Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot down during an encounter with the police and was pronounced dead. His brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was apprehended the following day while hiding under a boat.  The events that preceded the Chechen brothers’ suicide bombings illustrate the need for information sharing among the law enforcement officers so as to avert such as the Boston Marathon bombings.

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hail from Russia. The Tsarnaev family arrived in the USA in 2002, when their father was seeking asylum (Seffers, 2014)………

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