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Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he's worried Boston bombings are not isolated

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he has concerns the Boston bombing suspects didn’t act alone, as some officials and the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, have suggested.

“There are a lot of us concerned that his wasn’t just an isolated case,” the Utah Republican told C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” Friday. “The starting point should be, let’s make sure this isn’t part of a bigger, broader thing.


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“I don’t think it’s necessarily two kids who watched some YouTube video and went array and decided to do this mayhem.”

Mr. Chaffetz, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he is worried the bombing suspects, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother Tamlerlan — who was killed in a shootout with police last week — were “radicalized in a way that others may have also been radicalized.”

The lawmaker stopped short of blaming the FBI and other intelligences agencies for how they handled the warning from Russian officials that Tamlerlan Tsarnaev poised a security threat. But he said Congress plays an important oversight role in assuring that any mistakes made in the case aren’t repeated.

“We’re going to have to stop being as politically correct maybe as we’ve been in the past and get very serious about dealing with those that want to terrorize America,” he said.

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