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Congressional hearing today on Boston Marathon bombings


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Lawmakers hold their first congressional hearing Thursday on the Boston Marathon bombings.

The House Homeland Security Committee will hear from Boston's police commissioner at the hearing. Commissioner Edward Davis will tell lawmakers government should tighten security around celebratory public events and consider using more undercover officers and technology, including surveillance cameras. But he says cameras should be used only in ways that don't run afoul of civil liberties.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the remarks Davis prepared for the hearing. He also says he doesn't endorse actions that would move the nation into a "police state mentality, with surveillance cameras attached to every light pole in the city."

Investigators did use surveillance video from a restaurant to help them identify the two Boston bombing suspects. Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a police shootout and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, is in police custody.

The hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday will be the first in a series to review the government's initial response, what authorities knew about the brothers before the bombings and whether they handled it the right way.

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