Obama, top federal officials discuss Boston bombing in Situation Room: White House

WASHINGTON Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:28am EDT

President Barack Obama speaks at an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Massachusetts April 18, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Barack Obama speaks at an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Massachusetts April 18, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama was being briefed by more than a dozen of his top advisors about developments in the Boston bombing investigation in the White House Situation Room on Friday, the White House said.

The briefing, which began shortly after 9:45 a.m. EDT and was ongoing, included FBI Director Robert Mueller, National Security advisor Tom Donilon and White House Homeland Security advisor Lisa Monaco.

Joining by video conference were Secretary of State John Kerry, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and CIA Director John Brennan, the White House said.

"This morning's briefing is a follow-up to the regular briefings that the President received through the night as he was routinely updated on the investigation," the White House said in a statement.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (3)
Chazz wrote:
Get ready….when this tragedy is finally over our political “leaders” (from all sides) will manipulate this for political gain because “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

It’s no wonder the level of hate has skyrocketed in the world.

Apr 19, 2013 11:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
justinolcb wrote:
and this means what to anyone?

Apr 19, 2013 11:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
0okm9ijn wrote:
For long, it appears that our various privacy laws, as enshrined in our most revered Constitution, could never allow cameras on our streets, including at traffic stops, but we finally understood that there exists a junction between laws made to protect us from big and abusive governments, and the evil in each of us. The FBI and other agencies were able to break the Boston Marathon bombing with images from cameras installed on our streets and on our personal materials. Ted Kaczynski tormented us for decades, and BTK killers rampaged our streets for years. It’s time to find the marriage between our 2nd Amendment rights to own and bear arms, and the evil stuck in each of us.

Apr 19, 2013 12:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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