Giuliani to testify at hearing on Boston Marathon bombing

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Giuliani to testify at hearing on Boston Marathon bombing
By Mickey McCarter

When the House Homeland Security Committee convenes Wednesday for its second hearing on the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon, its star witness will be the mayor of another major city.

Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, is scheduled to testify and provide perspective on techniques to combat terrorism in urban areas.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the committee, said he plans to examine several terrorist attacks “where signs were missed” in addition to the Boston Marathon bombing.

“As the committee continues its investigation into the Boston bombings, it will convene its second hearing next week to examine breakdowns in information sharing and ways to improve our counterterrorism efforts,” McCaul said in a statement. “We know that the FBI did not reopen its case after the older bombing suspect traveled overseas.

“Unfortunately, there has been a lack of follow-through in other terrorist plots against the United States where information pointed to a possible threat. Therefore, the committee will examine the Boston Marathon bombings and previous domestic plots including the Fort Hood and Little Rock shootings, the 2009 ‘underwear bomber’ and the Times Square bombing attempt to see how these events occurred and whether signs were missed,” he said. “By looking at these plots, we will identify systemic vulnerabilities in our counterterrorism efforts and find ways to better prevent future attacks on the homeland.”

Giuliani, of course, was serving as mayor of New York City during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Since then, he has built a successful private consulting practice, partly centered on security issues.

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