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    What Motivated the Boston Bomber’s Trip to Russia?

    As details emerge regarding Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s 2012 trip to Dagestan and Chechnya, which his family has insisted was merely to visit with relatives, fresh questions arise as to how that trip may have influenced either his motivation or preparation for the Boston Marathon bombings. The frequency with which American-born or … More

    Social Media and the Boston Attack: The Good, the Bad, and the Confused

      Reddit, the website that styles itself the Internet’s front page, apologized yesterday to the people hurt by its overhasty attempts to capture the Boston bombers last week. Administrators are publically regretting the “online witch hunts” caused by overeager armchair investigators across the Internet. In this, clearly, lies a cautionary … More

    Chechnya: A Troubled Land

    News out of Boston today has focused attention on the increasing extremist violence in Russia’s North Caucasus region, as two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings have been identified as Chechnya natives. Russia’s Northern Caucasus is one of the most volatile, lawless regions in the world and a hotbed of … More

    Lessons Learned from the Tragic Boston Marathon Bombing

    Enough time has passed to identify some important, early lessons from the tragic events surrounding the bombing of the Boston Marathon. Here are a few things that, even now, are evident: Practice does make perfect. The response to the Boston tragedy was exemplary. First responders were able to effectively and … More

    Boston Marathon Bombing: Counterterrorism Investigation Process in Full Swing

    In the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the key to the investigation is strong cooperation and teamwork by the law enforcement entities involved. This cooperation largely occurs in the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) overseeing the investigation. Led by the FBI, the JTTF will work closely with all … More

    World Recoils from Boston Marathon Bombing

    The world has reacted to the Boston marathon bombings with horror and compassion, much as it did to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This reaction reflects normal human emotions when confronted with acts of such evil, and Bostonians will appreciate the common humanity expressed by so many the … More

    WATCH: Rep. Doug Lamborn, Author Wayne Root at Bloggers Briefing

    On this somber day, our prayers go out to the victims of yesterday’s explosion at the Boston Marathon. At the Bloggers Briefing beginning at noon ET today, Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO) will join us to talk about missile defense and the heightened threat from North Korea. Lamborn is a strong advocate for … More