Massachusetts Congressman: ‘Look at the symbols’ that were attacked in Boston

By David Ferguson
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 9:33 EDT
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Monday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow welcomed U.S. Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA), a former District Attorney from Norfolk County, Massachusetts and current member of the House Homeland Security Committee. Keating discussed the importance of separating news from spin when investigating a crime of this nature, and said that it’s important to read the bombing in terms of its symbolism.

“From a Homeland Security perspective, you look at the symbols,” he said, “Because that’s what terrorists try to attack, that’s the targets.”

The Boston Marathon is the oldest marathon in the country, he said, with runners coming to compete from more than 100 nations. “So it’s that kind of symbol that a terrorist would look at,” he said. “And also, it’s Tax Day. It’s April 15th, and if it’s a domestic terrorist that hates the government and wants to rebel, that’s a symbol as well.”

From a law enforcement perspective, it is important not to jump to conclusions, he said. “Being a former DA, you only know what you know. And they’re sorting those things out.”

Watch the video, embedded below via MSNBC:

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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