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Congressional hearings begin for Boston Marathon bombing

(ABC)   --  Today, the first of what's sure to be many congressional hearings on the Boston Marathon bombing.

The chairman of the House Homeland Security committee said he's concerned that failed intelligence sharing allowed the attack to happen.
   
ABC's Tahman Bradley has more.
Three weeks after terror struck the Boston Marathon congress is taking its first look into the bombings and trying to learn whether they could have been prevented.

My fear is the Boston bomber succeeded because our system failed.  We can and must do better.
Many lawmakers want to know why government agencies did not share information about the two bombing suspects --Tamerlan and JoHar Tsarnaev
with state and local authorities.

Both the FBI and CIA were warned by the Russian government two years ago that the older brother, Tamerlan, had become a follower of radical Islam.
But that information was never shared with the Boston police.

Would you like to have known that?
In hindsight, yes.

Boston's police commissioner Edward Davis is recommending  tighter security around large public events like the marathon. But he also said ordinary
citizens need to help officials identify potential threats.

Former Senator Joe Lieberman says violent Islamic extremism is alive and well and the government needs to do more to counter it.

I believe, though it would not have been easy, we could have stopped the terrorist attack in Boston.
Even though four people were killed at the marathon and in the pursuit of the suspects, Commissioner Davis said the terrorists did not accomplish
their goal.

The city is back on its feet//they had no effect on the city of Boston except to make us stronger.

Meanwhile, one of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev has finally been buried.  Police say a "compassionate" individual came forward to take his remains.