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with us today for msnbc's continuing coverage. let's go right now though to chuck todd with "the daily rundown." ♪ good morning from washington. it is a busy hour and there are developments in boston and here in washington. i'm chuck todd. in just about 30 minutes right here on "the daily rundown," we'll hear the latest from law enforcement officials in boston about the ongoing investigation into monday's bombing. we'll also talk to former senator joe lieberman about how security has changed in this country since 9/11. and former top advisor to president obama, david axelrod, about how the white house is handling this situation. but we begin in boston where the back bay has been transformed into a crime scene
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sealed off for blocks and law enforcement try to determine who was behind monday's deadly attack at the boston marathon. of course this all began at about ten minutes to 3:00 on monday. about four hours into the race when an explosion went off just yards from the finish line. then about 15 seconds later a second explosion about 500 feet down the road. at least three people were killed in the blasts, one of them was 8-year-old martin richard whose father was in the race. his mother and sister suffered serious injuries. at least 126 people are still hospitalized. ten of them possibly as many as 17 in critical condition following the attack. >> there was cloud everywhere and, yeah, it was loud. it was really, really loud and then people just chaos everywhere. >> there was just families all around us with kids yelling and screaming and -- i mean we just wanted to try and get away as quick as possible. >> the one thing about it that made it so much worse, it was
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one bomb, then it was two bombs. you don't know where the bombs could be. you don't know what direction really to run in. you could run in any direction and a third one could come. >> here's what we know about the investigation now being headed by the fbi. investigators say the attack consisted of just two bombs. nbc news has learned there were no other unexplode devices. at least five suspicious packages were destroyed and dozens had to be checked. in terms of suspects, right now there is no one in custody. however, police did interview a saudi man that was hospitalized with burns. they also searched his home in the boston suburb of revere and were seen removing items in bag. two men were being searched for. at this point it is not clear if the attack ornl natuiginated ov or domestically and there's been no credible claims of
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responsibility. today law enforcement sealed off the site of the explosions, an area stretching a mile long and about three blocks wide. streets are closed and the copley subway station is shut down. nobody is allowed into the area while the crime scene is active. >> that area is not going to be accessible for normal traffic. there are people in hotels, people who live there who have to work out how they get to and from where they need to be. but otherwise, i think it is fair to say that area is pretty much going to be locked down. now for more on the investigation, we bring in national investigative correspondent for nbc michael isikoff. he is in boston. michael, what do we know this morning? >> well, we know there is a massive investigation under way, but so far, few hard leads that anybody can seize on. overnight about a dozen law
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enforcement agents searched that apartment in revere where two saudis were questioned. agents left with bags of what appeared to be evidence, gym bags, trash bags, but no arrests were made. apparently they were led there by the saudi national who was questioned at the hospital fleeing from the incident. but again, no arrests are made. not clear whether there's any connection at this point. the theories range the gamut here, chuck. we all know about the significance of these dates. this week in recent law enforcement history. waco. columbine. tax day was yesterday. is there some connection there. that was one major theory of law enforcement. another one is the islamic militant jihadi lone wolf. but at this point the boston
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police spokeswoman just tweeted asking for patience, a sure sign that there isn't a clear lead at this point. >> that's the same feeling you get from white house officials as well. michael isikoff, following the investigation in boston for us, michael, thank you. more than 140 people were injured in the blasts, including several who lost limbs. reports from mass general were that the road to recovery would be long and difficult. >> a number of patients will require repeat operations tomorrow and serial operations over the next couple of days. a lot of the injuries are combined. they're combined boning and soft tissue and vascular injuries and they have to be approached oftentimes in kind after stepwise fashion. >> ron allen is live for us at mass general this morning. ron, if there is one silver lining to any of this, it is that this took place in boston which is home to some of world class hospitals and some of the best physicians in the world. >> exactly, chuck.
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that was my very thought. it's also good news if we can say that that boston's a very small, compact city so these hospitals were very close to where the blasts occurred so it did not take long for patients to get where they were going. also at the finish line there were medical tents set up to help runners who were coming in late, stragglers. that's always there. so again, an easy way to start triaging patients and helping them right there at the scene which is so crucial with some of these horrific injuries. behind me you can see the entrance to mass general. they've really cleared it out in the last hour or so. this is what you see also in the back bay, copley square area of boston, where they are just trying to keep a lid on things and questioning people coming in and out of the hospitals. we understand that the authorities are questioning some of the patients here. some arrived unconscious yesterday, incoherent. presumably some are recovering and perhaps able to fill in some of the details or at least give
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their version of what they remember, if anything. in talking to the doctors last night, they were saying with most of the patients, they were just doing business as usual trying to deal with the injuries and the situation at hand and not trying to glean too much information from the patients. i lived in boston for a long time. i covered a lot of these mayor thon marathons, there is a people people are just stunned. that's obvious perhaps but really this is such a brought city and so proud of this day, patriots' day and the marathon here. it is just stunning that this would happen. beyond the blast scene, things are going back to normal. there are some warnings about being random searches on subways and what have you, but again just a stunning event. people today i still think are walking around trying to digest all this and of course praying for the victims in the hospitals. >> we all want answers to try to figure out why. ron allen at mass general, we'll check back in.
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thank you, sir. so let's get to the "why." we want to get more on the investigation. pete williams is nbc's justice correspondent. michael leiter is former direction of the national counterterrorism center. pete, this morning we've heard a lot about this individual who was questioned overnight and then his home was searched. we heard michael isikoff mention that it's actually two saudis that have been investigated, but this doesn't appear to be -- >> they were the two that were in his apartment. right. >> there doesn't appear to be much to this, right? spl well, it's too soon to know. there have been some conflicting accounts about what he was doing right before and right after the bombing. he was seen running from the scene. well, of course a lot of people were. but he had severe burns. apparently his clothing was on fire. and that means that he was obviously standing very close to one of the devices. so that makes him suspicious in the minds of some people.
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he's been questioned. one official told me this morning -- i said could it turn out that he was just an innocent bystander and the official said, yes, it could. but nonetheless, just to show how thorough this investigation is, they got a search warrant and they searched his apartment. he's a 20-year-old from saudi arabia. he's here on a currently valid student visa, but we fully expected this search last night, that they would be looking very thoroughly into his background. he has been talking to them. he's been denying that he had anything to do with it, showing great sympathy for people. but it's something that they just have to check out. all these things they have to check out. the witness accounts who said they thought they saw some man with a hoodie running away from the scene before the bomb went off. so there's a request for information about that. people saw a truck in the area. they want to know about that. a lot of the stuff's going to wash out. it is very early on in the investigation. so where it goes from here is to look at pieces of the bomb that they're finding and they're very
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small, of course. but it's astonishing how much they'll be able to tell from the composition of the devices based on small pieces. i'm sure that later today we'll know probably what the explosive was, whether it was a high explosive -- doesn't seem like it was. whether it was something like smokeless powder, commonly called gun powder. could be that. but those pieces will start to come in to play. now at the same time, just to show you how thorough this is, they're not allowing any cars that were in the area, in parking garages in the area, to leave. all that stuff is on lockdown. the whole scene -- >> they've essentially impounded the perimeter. >> exactly. nothing can leave there until they look at it. they want to see if anything has residue on it. they want to just be as thorough as they possibly can. this scene is being descended upon by the best bomb investigators that federal and state and local governments have
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that will literally be on their hand and knees looking over every square inch of that area. >> michaelle, i assume today is about two major pieces of information. one is what pete was describing, putting basically the bomb back together, doing that. the other is, because there's so much video footage, i assume that there's somebody sitting at ctc there frame by frame by frame. >> on the bomb, i agree. we will a have a much better sense by the close of today. with the video i expect that to take a bit longer time. city of boston has cameras. lots of businesses. hotels. they have video. you're going to have to get video from a wide, wide have right -- >> i would be shocked if this person is not on camera somewhere. >> yes. i'll be shocked if they're not. but investigators will have to go through hours and hours and hours of tapes from multiple sources and they'll see lots of people but they won't know who's
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actually suspicious necessarily until they connect it with something else. >> another thing that i assume is happening -- i assume this happened after the underwear bomber -- you didn't see -- there was no chatter at the time that seemed to tell people you got to ramp up security but now i assume all intelligence reports, are people going back through them now on various wiretaps and things like that? >> the christmas day bomber is a really interesting case, because although we didn't see specific chatter as it is known about this bomber, attacking that aircraft, we actually did see talk and chatter about something potentially happening. we just didn't know what. and it was only after the fact that we could put together the bomber with what we had seen before. so the first piece they're going to look for is did we already collect something. >> did we know something that we didn't quite understand. >> that's what they were talking about. that's the first step. after that they're going to go back through and see were there things that we've collected that no one even saw, understood at the time. and then it's going to all those
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new sources and saying what do you know now. >> pete, one of the things that's -- and maybe we're being unfair here but i think there's a sense of shock that we don't know more now. yes, we're only 18 hours removed from the attack, but we're so used to knowing things so quickly. are investigators surprised at how little they know at this point in time? >> not people who have worked a bombing investigation, no. think about how long it took to figure out who did the olympic park bombing in 1996? that that was eric rudolph? took a fair amount of time, well over a month to figure out who placed a backpack that didn't go off in spokane, washington three years ago that was left along the martin luther king parade route. >> how long did that investigation take? >> that took several months. it took probably at least three or four weeks before they were on to suspected white supremacist. that's when you had an intact
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device that didn't go off. you knew exactly how it was made, exactly -- >> a hard piece of evidence. >> well, you had an intact piece of evidence. there's evidence here but it is all in little tiny pieces. so, no, that's not surprising. these things do take time. unless you luck out and find a witness or someone who comes forward. this will take time. >> michael, you've been very hesitant about talking about guts and hunches. however, did you say something this morning on the "today" show that caught my eye when you said, you assume this person has ties to boston in some way. explain. >> i think so. my point about gut and hunches, those are good. you just can't allow it to rule out anything else. then you'll make a mistake. my hunch and gut in this case, patriots' day and the boston marathon is iconic to a lot of people but the way these bombs were set off, right at the end of the race, very close to the time where the most people would be there, this suggests to me some real familiarity with
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boston, new england. so that doesn't tell you if it is domestic or international but it does suggest at least to me initially that the people who are behind this, the person who's behind this, has some ties to that region. >> is there a pattern in this respect -- an international terrorist wants credit publicly is going to be jumping up and down. a domestic terrorist wants to be in hiding and doesn't. is that a general pattern at all to be looking at here? >> i think that is fair at a really general level. the problem is we can't work totally in generalities. it is this case. generally when international terrorists have been successful they've claimed responsibility but they've also claimed responsibilities for things that they didn't do so we really have to filter through all that and the government will very carefully. >> michael leiter, thank you, sir. pete williams. back on the phones, my friend. as we said, the fbi's taking the lead in this investigation and we expect to get an update from them in just about 15 minutes. we also just learned that massachusetts governor duvall
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it's the first large-scale bombing in a u.s. city since the september 11th attacks. it is a reminder that though the homeland security apparatus has taken big strides in the past dozen years, real challenges always remain. former connecticut senator joe lieberman is the former chairman of the homeland security committee. played, of course, a crucial role in the development of the
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department of homeland security and he joins me now. senator lieberman, good morning to you. >> morning, chuck. >> just a fundamental question. if you were in your role right now, what would be among the first pieces of information that you haven't heard any of us report now that you would like to know to sort of help you understand what's going on? >> i think -- look, the important question here is what are the law enforcement -- federal, state and local authorities doing and i'm confident they're doing everything we could want them to do. so i think you've all been reporting exactly what should be reported at this point. i think there's probably been a little too much attention given to why the president didn't use the worse terrorist yesterday. i think his statement was very strong, very reassuring. really it is a distraction to ask about what it was called. the question is who did it and what are we doing to apprehend
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that person. of course for me, when i first heard about this yesterday afternoon, it was a nightmare come true, which was the nightmare that i've had since 9/11, which was that there would be another terrorist attack at a mass event, a sports event, a mall or something of that kind. and of course, a lot of other sports events -- baseball games, football games, et cetera now have magnetometers or advices like that on the way in. so i worry that somebody thought about this and struck at the boston marathon, because though there was plenty of security there, it is not a controlled event in the way a stadium-based event is. >> you are bringing up some issues that i wonder, is this going to be the natural thing that comes out of this no matter -- we're still trying to figure out who, why, but set that aside, whether domestic, whether international, do you
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believe we're going to become more securitized around the country? >> well, the good news -- reassure something a better word -- after the tragedy yesterday is that we've become much more securitized than we were on 9/11. all the post-9/11 commission agencies, look, there was an incident command center set up. there was a lot of work done by federal, state and local law enforcement to get ready for the boston marathon. very hard event to control. when it happened, they sprang right into action and i think that probably saved a lot of lives. probably also improves the prospect that they're going to apprehend who was caught. the department of homeland security brought together a lot of agencies that work together. they're in control, if you will, of the airport, with the customs and border protection, tsa, they got the coast guard right in boston harbor. but yes -- and all those private
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video cameras that are up there which will help apprehend the wrong doer here. i think one thing that's going to happen -- it's very difficult, we're not going to stop holding marathons in this country but there's going to be more security an more control at some of the points where people mass at an event like a marathon. >> it would seem as if we have an intelligence apparatus, a security apparatus that's really good at identifying and going after international terrorists cells around the world. but what is the line between trying to protect americans from the lone wolf and the longer we don't know something, it seems as if i've talked to security officials who are now just assuming that the longer we don't know, the more likely this is a lone wolf. whether domestic or international motivated, but the lone wolf type of scenario. can you secure for that and is that going down a rabbit hole
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where you can nyou can never se it? >> well, you can do a lot to secure and we've done a lot about. but the lone wolf is always the most difficult to track down. the two successful terrorist attacks in america since 9/11 were carried out by lone wolves. one was nidal hasan who killed 14 people at ft. hood, the other was carlos bledsoe in little rock, arkansas. both in 2009. walked into a army recruiting station and killed a recruiter just because he had a u.s. army uniform on. but we are doing a lot to deal with the lone wolf. the fbi which has developed an extraordinary domestic counterterrorism capability since 9/11 has various ways in which they look to apprehend, to catch, to be able to see a lone wolf before they strike. in the end, the best defense against a lone wolf always will be friends, family, people in
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the community who say something's wrong with this person, they're going bad. it is the old see something, say something, call the cops right away. >> senator joe lieberman, i got to leave it there. a man who's basically one of the founders of the homeland security department. always good to have your perspective on. >> good to be with you. cities across the country on high alert this morning. we've seen it here in washington outside the white house, pennsylvania avenue's once again closed to pedestrians as president obama promises to hunt down whoever is responsible. former obama senior advisor david axelrod will join me next. acceler-rental. at a hertz expressrent kiosk, you can rent a car without a reservation... and without a line. now that's a fast car. it's just another way you'll be traveling at the speed of hertz. if you've got it, you know how hard it can be to breathe
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it was held about ten minutes before trading opened. trading will be opening in about 90 seconds. addressing the nation from the white house hours after the explosion, president obama praised boston as a tough and resilient town. >> we still do not know who did this or why and people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. but, make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this, we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice. >> president was careful not to use the word terrorism to describe the attack. a white house official said any event with multiple explosive devices is clearly an act of terror. of course with the fbi in the lead it is being approached as one. the president received updates overnight from his assistant, lisa monaco. she's new to that position. she'll be briefed by the active
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fbi director, robert mueller. david axelrod, you've been in the room for this. this issue of having the president publicly speak reassuring the country, and yet you don't have all the facts at the same time. >> that's the tension. >> explain this tension. >> first, we have some experience with this because you'll remember back when the underwear bomber incident happened, the president delayed speaking to the nation until more facts were gathered and -- >> it was a rational way to think. >> it is. but the fact is that there is a ministerial element to the presidency. people need to hear the president of the united states say we're doing everything that needs to be done and we're going to hold the people responsible accountable and what we learned in that incident was, you better do it quickly. don't wait. and so there's the tension between getting the president out there to play that role and the need to gather facts and in
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this case, facts are slow to come. so i have some sympathy for the position he was in yesterday. >> i got that sense that there was this frustration that he didn't have more facts at hand and i think, frankly, talk to those investigators in boston. everybody is frustrated at how little it seems is known at this point. they seem -- i was told that the reason he -- they debated whether to use certain words. i know that does matter. and because when the president says terrorist attack, that's a whole lot cleaner than what dianne feinstein says it. >> absolutely. and the word has taken on a different meaning since 9/11. you use those words and it means something very specific in people's mind. i'm sure what was going through the president's mind is -- we really don't know who did this. it was tax day. you just don't know. and so i think his attitude is, let's not put any inference into this. let's just make clear that we're going to get the people responsible. >> does anybody he could say
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could be pre-judged. >> these are live pictures at the podium. we'll spent an update from the governor of massachusetts. lisa monaco now in this role, john brennan's at the cia. explain the role of the counterterrorism advisor for the white house. >> they're the funnel through which a lot of the information goes to the president. they're gathering information from all sources. >> cia, internationally -- >> all of it flows through that person. this is the president's right hand person on all of these national security matters -- terrorism. so she's funneling this information to the president. he's counting on her to gather all of this, synthesize it and keep him up to date. i'm sure she had a sleepless night last night as investigators were poring through not just what they were finding but tapes, as mike leiter was talking about.
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it is a needle in a haystack kind of a situation. >> all of this of course disrupts the politics of what was going on today. today we expected both guns and immigration to be the -- so on one hand that stuff still goes on. on the other hand, the president's focus no doubt is going to be on this. at least -- >> one thing about the presidency, chuck, is that you're juggling all these things always. there's no -- you don't have the ability to put everything aside and just focus on one thing. that's why it's such a difficult job. that's why i have respect for anybody who's sat in that chair. because no matter how serious a crisis you face, there are always three other things that are important that you can't simply ignore. i'm sure that el he's be intermittently meeting on other issues today, even as lisa monaco and bob mueller and others come in to keep him up to date on this investigation. >> we know capitol hill has
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delayed the immigration -- but senator schumer and mccain will be going to the white house to brief the president himself. the gun bill has been delayed a couple of days. one, it didn't have the votes and, two, concern that something like this can overshadow and make it easier for -- >> i think that this will completely eclipse every other story. i'm sure proponents of the gun safety measures didn't want this done in the darkness. they want a spotlight on this debate because large number of americans support these background checks. they want maximum pressure on these senators to vote for them and that's not going to happen when all the news is about what happened -- the tragedy in boston. >> take us a little bit more inside the white house here as we are waiting for this press conference to start. that is, so the president's got lisa monaco. this stuff's being done in the situation room. there are staffers in there that
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are pouri iporing over this dat well. >> it's all pouring in there. she works out of a window less room -- >> feels like a bunker. i've been in that office. >> -- in the basement. yeah. i think the sense of urgency is palpable down there. also, just backtracking a little, when the president made his statement, it's kind of a fire drill with the speech writers to get the statement together, to check the statement with the national security people, to check the statement with the white house counsel, and then for the president to review it, all within a matter of minutes. everything works at warped speed, even as information comes in painfully slowly. >> it seemed as if the president also was sure -- he wanted to brief all the congressional leaders before he spoke to the public. seemed like there was a whole checklist. is it almost like a checklist of things -- >> sadly, there is a protocol that's developed through hard experience. >> all right. david axelrod, senior advisor,
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former senior advisor to the president, a helpful hand to us on days like this. thank you. >> great to be with you. joining me now, the chairman of the house homeland security, republican from new york, peter king. congressman king, i know that you're probably in the same position as a lot of folks at the white house and in boston, little frustrated about what little we do know. do you know any new information this morning? have you had a briefing yet? >> i am not chairman of the subcommittee. mike mccall is chairman of the full committee. but in any event, i've been through this many times before, unfortunately. everybody wants the quick answer. the fact is i would rather be safe than sorry. i would rather have the investigators go through all the evidence. it is less than 24 hours and i think there is a lot of evidence there to go through, components of the explosive devices, the whole video cameras and also any information they're picking up. anything -- if someone saw
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something and are now saying something. i saw mike leiter was on before going back over previous phone conversations, previous intelligence that maybe was not thought to be important but now will have a different light to it. >> are you surprised -- you were talking earlier about how you had gotten a briefing just last week and nobody brought up even -- every once in a while there is chatter that you get briefed about that turns out to be nothing. but there was nothing like this having to do with the boston marathon? >> no, there was absolutely nothing at all involving boston. i've checked with other police departments who were in contact. also the boston police department had nothing at all. so neither at the federal nor the local level. all i would say on that though is, federal people can only find out so much. that's why in new york -- i don't know what procedure they follow in boston -- but i know in new york, that's why ray kelly has 1,000 police officers working on counterterrorism so they can be out in the communities monitoring what's happening. often that's where you pick something else. but again we'll have to wait and
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see but these are professionals. unfortunately, one of the things we perfected since 9/11 is being absolute experts in going after terrorism, finding out hot terrorists were and the boston police, fbi, all of them will do an outstanding job. >> is our apparatus better capable of dealing with international incidents than domestic incidents? >> yeah. in fact, we pretty much shut down the international terrorist attacks. that's why al qaeda has now morphed and in many ways, al qaeda is more dangerous than it was prior to 9/11 because they've metastasized into mini groups and they also have supporters here in the u.s., some of whom they work with over the internet, others are self-radicalized. the times square bomber in 2010. the subway bomber in 2009. there was nothing on these people at all. yet they were involved in terrorist attacks. and any number of other people who have been stopped operating out of their basement, putting
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bombs together. yeah, it's a different level of threat. different type of threat. >> what's the line on security and freedom whether it comes to trying to secure americans from a lone wolf without disrupting their freedoms? >> yeah. listen, i don't -- my idea that the right to privacy is when you are in a private setting. if you're out in public, i don't believe you have the right to assume that anything is private. that's why i believe having these cameras on street corners the way they have in london, the way they have in lower manhattan in new york and they're working their way up through midtown. if you're in public, anyone else can look at you. if a camera can give a better look, that's what has to be done. i know it is a very, very effective tool that the nypd uses as far as tracking license plates, tracking people on street corners, tracking colors. they can do virtually anything with those cameras. i think that's something -- again, so long as it is in public, doesn't go into a private setting, doesn't require a search warrant, i think we have to do it. terrorists are trying to stay
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ahead of us. we have to at least stay even with them. >> you're not concerned we're going to overly secure, make it to going to a sporting event becomes almost impossible? >> no. i think first of all, it's not going to be impossible. we can adapt. it's important to have cameras. it's important to have intelligence. that's why what the nypd has done going out into communities, monitoring areas where they think they can gather intelligence is absolutely essential. ask the parents of that 8-year-old -- talk to people who have lost somebody in one of these terrorist incidents. they say would you rather have your loved one dead or have a camera on a telephone pole? i think they'd take the camera on the telephone pole. >> peter king, we're having a press conference now with the governor and the mayor. i will turn it over to governor patrick. it's the mayor who was wheeled in. he's been of course in a hospital recovering.
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thank you for coming this morning. less than 24 hours after yesterday's act of terror, we wanted to organize a briefing for you with the information that we have. the mayor is here. the members of our congressional delegation. all of the law enforcement leadership. we have several people we want to present to you this morning and take your questions. i told you yesterday that the fbi has taken charge of the investigation. special agent in charge rick delorea will speak shortly. it's important to clarify that two, and only two, explosive devices were found yesterday. other parcels -- all other parcels in the area of the blast have been examined but there are
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no unexplode bombs. there were no explosive devices found. over 150 people were injured yesterday in the blast. some gravely. our thoughts go out to all of those injured and killed and to their families and friends. i personally want to thank the extraordinary first responders for their just extraordinary work yesterday. every single one of them -- those who were on site and those who got to the site promptly thereafter performed beautifully, as have the area hospitals. i've been calling around to the heads of the hospitals personally to thank them as well. it's our hope that tomorrow we will organize an interfaith prayer service to help our community heal. we don't have details on that yet but we will provide those details when we have them. there is a support center that was opened yesterday in what we call the castle opposite the
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park plaza hotel on arlington and stewart street, i think it is. the mayor and his -- has provided staff to help people cope with this extraordinary event and it will be open from 9:00 i think until 5:00 beyond this evening. finally, everyone should expect continued heightened police presence and everyone should continue personally to be vigilant. the investigation continues and until it is done, all of those in law enforcement represented by the leaders here will be present in force in the area around the blast and throughout the city. and with that let me turn it over to the mayor. >> thank you, governor. yesterday the terrorists brought to the city of boston. tragedy was brought to one of our neighbors, also. this is a closese-knit place, t
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city of boston. we grieve for our neighbors and for the little boy from dorchester. but we also know our heroes, the men and women who wear helmets, badges, the runners who helped us yesterday during this time of need. as we go together on this issue with all the law enforcement officials, we're going to make sure the city pulls together. we will get it under control. let's continue to work together. let's keep offering a helping hand to individuals who may need it during this very difficult time in our city's history. ive he's been mayor for 20 years now. i've never seen law enforcement pull together, working together to solve our crime and our city as they have but also to help people pull together, business community, neighbors, everyone. this is a tragedy but boston is a strong city. we're a city that will get through this. like the governor said, we set up a resource center over at the
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castle near the park plaza hotel where staff will be there available to give information to individuals who have been invoed in the marathon. it is open from 9:00 to 5:00. phone number is 635-5040, i believe. and our hotline number is 617-534-50- 617-534-5050. also a 24-hour hotline -- 617-635-4500. over the last several hours we received calls from all over the world asks us information about the tragedy, how they could help us. so this is a bad day for boston but i think if we pull together we'll get through it. we are a strong city. lot of people willing to work together to make this a better place for all our people. and so as we gather here today with all our officials, let's say boston will overcome. >> thank you, mr. mayor.
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senator? >> thank you, governor. thank you, mr. mayor. the president of the united states has pledged his full support in all efforts, both to keep the city safe and to find the person who did this and bring them to justice. we did not have to reach out to the president. the president reached out to us. he called the governor, he called the mayor, he called the members of the delegation because the president is actively involved here and responding. on behalf of our congressional delegation, senator cowen is here with me and congressman lynch and all the members of our delegation. we want to extend our thanks to the first responders, to the firefighters, to the police officers, to the ems, to everyone on the scene, including the volunteers who came and helped those in trouble and helped save lives. we also want to thank those from all around the country and all around the world whose prayers and thoughts and offers of help
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have poured in. we are deeply grateful. as the fair says, boston will survive. >> thank you. i'm the special agent in charge of the fbi's boston division. i would like to start this morning by thanking the first responders from boston ems and boston fire department and the volunteer physicians, nurses and medical staff from the community who volunteered at the marathon. their services and heroic actions saved lives yesterday afternoon. we continue to work shoulder to shoulder with our partners at boston police department, the massachusetts state police, as well as all our other jttf agencies. our mission is clear -- bring to justice those responsible for the boston marathon bombing. the american public wants answers, the citizens of the city and commonwealth of massachusetts want answers. this dedicated group of men and women standing before you today
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will do everything possible to get those answers. this remains a very active investigation. our ongoing investigation in various locations throughout the area goes on. however there are no known additional threats. we continue to interview various witnesses and process the crime scene which could take some time. the citizens of massachusetts and the city of boston should expect to see the fbi and its jttf partners conducting investigative activity in the greater eastern massachusetts and boston area. assistance from the public remains critical in establishing a timeline of events which leads to swift conclusion through due diligence and strong investigative activity. we commend the public. we commend the citizens of boston and the citizens of the commonwealth of massachusetts for the information that's been provided to law enforcement so far, and we strongly encourage that assistance to continue. it is paramount to explain the fbi and our jttf role to a greater extent. the volume of tips we have received in reiterating the resources we provide.
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we've received voluminous tips over the last 18 hours since the incidents. we have staffed our 1-800-call-fbi tip line and we continue to encourage individuals to contact that line with any additional tips. we are bringing additional victim assistance and evidence response team resources from our headquarters components and other field offices to boston and they are on site working as we speak processing evidence at the crime scene. to the extent that the crime scene still plays in copley perimeter continues to be a crime scene, it may be for a couple of days. you'll see us and our law enforcement partners interviewing maybe your neighbor or co-worker or even yourself in coming days. please cooperate with law enforcement authorities. the resources the fbi and jttf allow for swift action which will hopefully yield yick results but that does in the diminish our diligence and persistence in combing through the high volume of evidence and leads that we are processing right now.
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we are just beginning upon that path. thank you very much. >> i'm gene marquez, acting special agent in charge, atf, boston field division. at this time atf has done a don partial national response team activation. we're bringing explosives specialists here to the scene and we'll be working jointly with fbi and partners. we have certified explosive specialists. we have explosives enforcement officers. special agent bomb techs and canines for devices or any residue. at this time, we have approximately 30 forensic specialists in, around or on the scene, and to dispel any rumors, there were -- there were rumors floating around there were up to seven devices at one point. that is not true. i think that happened as a result of some suspect packages
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that were disrupted. but we only have two devices that we're aware of and both of those devices were the ones that involved -- that did the damage and were involved in the explosives incident. at this time, we're looking for the public's cooperation. we're looking if there's any video, any photographic evidence. if you can please contact the fbi hotline or the city's hod line, we'd like to review any kind of media you have out there. might give us additional investigative leads and we are pursuing those investigative leads at this time. the scene is going to take several days to process. we ask your patience as we're working in that area and for your cooperation. >> good morning. i'm united states attorney carmen ortiz. first, i want to extend my condolences to the families of the loved ones who were lost in
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yesterday's attack. on the city of boston. as well as those that were hurt and may still be fighting for their lives. our thoughts and our prayers go out to them. what happened yesterday was a terrible tragedy. yet it was amazing to see as you have heard from my colleagues here how people just helped one another. ran toward the blast. just to assist another person in greater need. people who were just there for those that were hurt and in a dire situation. it was amazing to see how the city of boston, the people -- and people from around the world that were part of yesterday's boston marathon helped one another, con doled each other. there are so many moving parts to an investigation such as this. and i can't begin to thank everyone's w.h.o.'s been involved. law enforcement, emergency personnel, first responders and
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really regular citizens who became heroes yesterday. i want to repeat as i stated yesterday that this is an active and it's an ongoing investigation. but rest assured that we are bringing all of the necessary resources to assist in this matter. and that we will conduct all that we can with all of our law enforcement partners. i've been in touch with the attorney general several times. eric holder. he's pledged all the resource from the department and others on behalf of the federal government to help boston recover from yesterday. i ask for your patience and your understanding as we continue to pursue leads, to gather evidence and to get to the bottom of who did this and why. thank you. >> good morning. my name is ed davis, i'm police commissioner for the city of boston. we are in the process of securing and processing the most
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complex crime scene that we have dealt with in the history of our department. we are doing that under the direction of the fbi and in partnership with the atf. we've secured the perimeter with members of the national guard and the general is here. i'd like to thank the people working closely with us. we've received offers of assistance from chicago, los angeles, units responded here from new york city and baltimore. and we are working very closely with all of our partners on this complex investigation. i want to stress that the area around the crime scene which was yesterday was 15 blocks has been reduced to about 12 blocks this point in time and we'll continue to collapse that crime scene as the facts and circumstances make that available. we want to open up as many streets and get people in to their buildings as quickly as we can. we're working diligently on that but please be patient with us in the time that we need to process the crime scene.
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we expect that scene going for another two days anyway and people should make appropriate plans. again, i want to stress that any information that you have, any videos, photographs that happened, not just at that scene, but anywhere in the immediate vicinity could be helpful to this investigation. our focus is on processing that evidence right now. and we're looking forward to working with our partners to bring the individuals who are responsible for this heinous crime to justice. thank you. >> thank you, commissioner. colonel. hold on. you clean up. >> good morning. my name is timothy albin, superintendent of the massachusetts state police. as i said, earlier in one of our briefings, there's really two or three parts to this investigation. there's the investigative part and clearly the fbi has taken the lead on but there's also a logistical and presence component of this. so, i'm speaking to the public.
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you are going to see an enhanced presence from the boston police, from the state police, from the national guard and from our law enforcement partners through the metropolitan boston area over the next days and probably longer. that's not for any particular reason other than to provide some comfort and to the public who are using transportation centers or going about their business. so, we are engaged with the mbta police in the t. you will see more troopers, you will see national guards men there and mbta police like you do every day but that presence will be significantly enhanced. we are doing that for the comfort of the public. we're looking for cooperation from the public. it's not to inconvenience anyone and we don't think that it will be. you might see an enhanced presence at logan airport, as well. that's not for a particular reason other than to solicit cooperation of the public an seek out tips or information.
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the last thing i want to say is there has to be hundreds if not thousands of photographs or videos or observations that were made down at that finish line yesterday. and they're sitting out there amongst everyone that's watching this event this morning. and i would encourage you to bring forward anything you might not think it's significant but it might have some value to this investigation. the mayor's given you tip lines. there are plenty of those. the fbi has them, as well. if you call in, i assure you that someone will follow up on the photographs or videos to submit for consideration. thank you very much. >> good morning. my name is daniel conley, the district attorney here in boston. what occurred yesterday in boston was an act of cowardice. while there will be an opportunity in the future at the conclusion of this investigation to official define this act, make no mistake.
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an act of cowardice can only be answered. to that end, some of the finest investigators at the local, state and federal levels have been working through the night to not only conduct interviews and process the scene but to ensure that those interviews are legally sound and that the evidence is recovered with the greatest care. at the same time, police and other law enforcement agencies have been actively working to ensure the safety of our city. at this point, the loss that we have suffered is enormous but thanks to the efforts of emts, police officers, firefighters, volunteers, ordinary citizens and of course doctors, nurses and the medical staff at boston's world class hospitals, we can say with absolute certainty that more lives were saved. for this, we can all give thanks.
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in the days and weeks to come, we will do our very best to keep the public and the media apprised and advised of the progress of this investigation and our work. it is important, however, for the sake of the victims and of the city that our investigators be given the room to do their jobs so that the truth can be found and so that justice can be served. moments like this and our response to them define who we are. in the past 24 hours this city of boston has shown its strength, its compassion and its determination to see justice done. >> thank you, dan. we're happy to take questions. we'll try to take as many questions as you have so maybe we'll just go from side to side if that's -- yeah? >> what reassured there will not be more attacks? is there any specific evidence? >> more than the e