The Saudi national is no longer a person of interest in connection with the Boston bombings and law enforcement have no other suspects, officials reported late Tuesday afternoon.
The announcement came from Republican Saxby Chambliss after being briefed by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in a Senate Intelligence Committee in closed door session.
“He was never categorized as a suspect; he was a person of interest. My understanding is that he totally cooperated and that he is no longer a person of interest,” Chambliss said.
Asked if there were any other persons of interest at this time, Chambliss said, “Not that I know of.”
Details about the bombings are still scarce and the investigation hasn’t yielded any firm conclusions about the perpetrator or the origin of the explosive devices yet, according to Chambliss.
“It’s a very fluid investigation, the FBI is in the lead, and I personally know the special agent in charge. He is one of the best, and they are doing a very good job of moving the investigation forward,” he said. “We don’t know at this point whether it was a home grown terrorist, whether it was an isolated incident or part of an overall scheme, whether it was a domestic terrorist or a foreign terrorist.”
The announcement came after authorities raided the Saudi students home last night and removed several bags of “evidence”.
Chambliss went on to announce that the federal government will now be taking over security at major events such as the Boston Marathon in the future.
“This was a soft target. It was not a target that was able to be totally protected,” he said. “This particular incident is going to cause the administration and Congress to evaluate our overall security programs around the country, particularly for major events. We can’t leave it just to the communities that host these events to provide the security.”
Meanwhile, the corporate media continues promote the narrative of rightiwing extremist domestic terrorists as being behind the bombings while Washington continues to shoot down any speculation that Al Qaeda may behind the attacks.
Despite repeated statements from law enforcement that they have not yet gathered enough evidence to make any conclusions, media outlets continue to report that it is clear that there is no “foreign connection” to attacks.
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