Tsarnaev family received lots of aid

Several investigations are begun by Massachusetts and U.S. legislators.


BOSTON - The suspected terrorists in the Boston Marathon attack and their parents benefited from more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded assistance - a bonanza ranging from cash and food stamps to Section 8 housing from 2002 to 2012, the Boston Herald has learned.

"The breadth of the benefits the family was receiving was stunning," said a person with knowledge of documents handed over to a legislative committee Monday.

The state has handed over more than 500 documents to Massachusetts' 11-member House Post Audit and Oversight Committee, which Monday met for the first time and plans to call in officials from the Department of Transitional Assistance to testify.

"I can assure members of the public that this committee will actively review every single piece of information we can find because clearly the public has a substantial right to know what benefits, if any, this family or individuals accused of some horrific crimes were receiving," said state Rep. David Linsky, D-Natick, the panel's chairman.

Meanwhile, the CIA and departments of Justice and Homeland Security have launched a high-level internal review of whether intelligence was mishandled prior to the bombings, though President Barack Obama and his top advisers said on Tuesday that they have seen nothing to suggest counterterrorism agencies did anything wrong.

The House Homeland Security Committee has announced plans to hold hearings, and House Speaker John Boehner said other committees will do so, as well. The Senate Homeland Security Committee is also expected to hold hearings.

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