“As much as he did come back to Russia, as much as he did meet, at least I believe, with insurgents, the vetting process wasn’t successful for him, and he came back home and the threat was one that we face today,” Keating said. “Through the Internet, through other linkages, that people can become radicalized and present the greatest threat.”
Keating was also part of a congressional delegation that visited Russia in May to look into the bombings. He said both trips have reinforced that if Tamerlan Tsarnaev was trying to join insurgents in Russia, he did not succeed.
In Sochi, Keating said he and McCaul plan to meet with officials to assess how the U.S. and other countries are preparing for an event in a region with a significant terrorist threat. An Islamic militant group in Dagestan has claimed responsibility for suicide bombings that killed 34 people last month and posted a video threatening to strike the Olympics. Sochi is about 300 miles west of Dagestan.
“We want to take back whatever coordinated information we can that deals directly with U.S. citizens, so we’re in the best position possible to make sure our own people are safe,” Keating said.