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Boston Police Commissioner says FBI never shared warning about Tsarnaev

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By: Melissa Toupin

mtoupin@abc6.com

Tough questions from the House Committee on Homeland Security about communications gaps between federal and local agencies in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. 5 days prior to the attack state and federal authorities identified the finish line as an 'area of increased vulnerability' especially to 'small scale bombings.'  

"My fear is that the Boston bombers may have succeeded because our system failed," said Rep. Michael McCaul, the chairman on the committee on Homeland Security.

Nearly two years before the attack the FBI investigated a tip about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the suspected mastermind of the bombings. The information came from Russian intelligence. Investigators found nothing credible, and closed the file.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis testified the information was never shared with local police.

"When information is out there that affects the safety of my community, I need to know that," said Davis.

Davis says had Boston Police known they would have taken a hard look at Tsarnaev, but he concedes it might not have prevented the attack.

Another big concern is why many who knew the brothers, including those who attended college with the younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, never spoke up when their pictures were released.  

"Did any student from UMass Dartmouth come forward to identify the younger brother?" asked Rep. Peter King.

"They did not," replied Commissioner Davis.

Sources tell ABC News that even the FBI agents who interviewed him in 2011 didn't initially recognized Tamerlan from the now infamous photos.

Information for this report provided by the Associated Press and ABC News.

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