As we reported yesterday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that addressed concerns about the bi-partisan Immigration Legislation. Senator Paul is asking the tough questions that need to be answered. Here is a section of that letter:
“We should not proceed until we understand the specific failures of our immigration system. Why did the current system allow two individuals to immigrate to the United States from the Chechen Republic in Russia, an area known as a hotbed of Islamic extremism, who then committed acts of terrorism? Were there any safeguards? Could this have been prevented? Does the immigration reform before us address this?
There should be hearings in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that study the national security aspects of this situation, making sure that our current immigration system gives individuals from high-risk areas of the world heightened scrutiny.
In the wake of 9/11, there was a comprehensive reform of our intelligence gathering system, yet our improved intelligence gathering system did not adequately detect these extremists. We need to understand possible intelligence failures and craft solutions.
Media reports indicate that the deceased bombing suspect was interviewed by the FBI two years ago at the request of a foreign government. We need to know the details of this interview. We need to know if this interview might have given investigators any reason to conclude that this individual might be dangerous or at least worthy of further inquiry. If so, was there an intelligence failure? At the very least, it should be examined.
Media reports indicate that both the bombing suspects were legal permanent residents and one is reported to be a naturalized citizen. We need to make sure that we have safeguards against this type of situation happening again.”
Today Senator Paul appeared on Fox News’ “Happening Now” to further explain his position on getting security measures added to the Senate Immigration Bill and to get answers from the FBI about the obvious breakdown. In the video Paul explained that the failure to deport Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have been due to a misspelling of his name. He also exposed the fact that potential terrorists have been admitted to this country despite being accused of attempting to purchase Stinger Missiles and also despite having fingerprints on unexploded I.E.D.’s.
Americans want the truth.
The mainstream media paints Rand Paul as a radical. Since when has seeking the truth made someone a “radical?”