Congressman John Tierney was in a meeting of the Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations yesterday when he heard the news about the explosions at the Boston Marathon.
“Obviously, we are very concerned about the people that were killed or injured and their families,” he said when reached at his Washington office. “We are very concerned we get to the bottom of this.”
Tierney said Gov. Deval Patrick and President Barack Obama are working with law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, to make sure they have the resources they need during the investigation.
“We want to make sure all levels of government are working together and cooperating, and that appears to be the case,” he said.
Obama appeared on television just after 6 last night to address the nation, saying he told Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino that “they have every single federal resource necessary to care for the victims and counsel the families.”
“I’ve directed the full resources of the federal government to help state and local authorities protect our people, increase security around the United States as necessary, and investigate what happened,” the president said.
He said America stands by the city of Boston.
“We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts,” he said. “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.”
Patrick called yesterday a “horrible day in Boston.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured,” Patrick said. “I have been in touch with the president, Mayor Menino and our public safety leaders. Our focus is on making sure that the area around Copley Square is safe and secured. I am asking everyone to stay away from Copley Square and let the first responders do their jobs.”
Cardinal Sean O’Malley also released a statement “expressing deep sorrow following the senseless acts of violence perpetrated at the Boston Marathon.”
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