Senator Rand Paul letter to Harry Reid on Immigration Bill vs national security, Boston Marathon bombings, Student visa review or suspension, Immigrations allowed from Islamic extremism hotbeds

Senator Rand Paul letter to Harry Reid on Immigration Bill vs national security, Boston Marathon bombings, Student visa review or suspension, Immigrations allowed from Islamic extremism hotbeds

” the FBI reviewed its records and determined that in early 2011, a foreign government asked the FBI for information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The request stated that it was based on information that he was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.”…FBI press release April 19, 2013

“Saudi Arabia, which gave us 15 of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers, will soon get the coveted “trusted traveler” status from the Department of Homeland Security.”…NY post March 21, 2013

“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”…Barack Obama



From Senator Rand Paul April 22, 2013.

“Sen. Paul Issues Letter to Majority Leader Reid Regarding Consideration of Immigration Bill

In the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings, focus should be on National Security

Apr 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul today issued a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging him to incorporate various national security concerns into the comprehensive immigration reform debate in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Sen. Paul believes that comprehensive immigration reform requires a strong national security and until we can fully understand the systematic failures that enabled two individuals to immigrate to the United States from an area known for being hotbed of Islamic extremism, we should not proceed.


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Majority Leader Reid,

As our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected by the tragedy in Boston, I urge you to incorporate the following national security concerns into the comprehensive immigration reform debate. Before Congress moves forward, some important national security questions must be addressed.

I believe that any real comprehensive immigration reform must implement strong national security protections. The facts emerging in the Boston Marathon bombing have exposed a weakness in our current system. If we don’t use this debate as an opportunity to fix flaws in our current system, flaws made even more evident last week, then we will not be doing our jobs.

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.

In 2002, Congress set up the National Security Registration System (NSEERS), yet it was suspended in 2011 by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.  That system had problems, yet was still based on the practical idea that extra screening is necessary from nations that have a higher population of extremists. Congress might need a similar system updated for current circumstances to be rolled into comprehensive immigration reform.

I would like the US-VISIT/OBIM program studied to see if it actually works, or at least study the process by which we collect and analyze biometric data on immigrants.

Our refugee programs have proven to be a problem. On, January 29, 2013, two Iraqi citizens living in Bowling Green, in my home state of Kentucky, were sentenced to long prison terms for participating in terrorism and providing material support to terrorists while living in the United States. How did this happen? Does the current immigration reform address how this might have happened? We may need more scrutiny when accepting refugees from high-risk nations.

I want to make sure that any new bill addresses the visa entry and exit programs, in addition to refugee programs that have proven problematic in Bowling Green and possibly, if media reports are correct, in Boston.

Finally, do we need to take a hard look at student visas? Should we suspend student visas, or at least those from high-risk areas, pending an investigation into the national security implications of this program?

I respectfully request that the Senate consider the following two conditions as part of the comprehensive immigration reform debate:One, the Senate needs a thorough examination of the facts in Massachusetts to see if legislation is necessary to prevent a similar situation in the future. Two, national security protections must be rolled into comprehensive immigration reform to make sure the federal government does everything it can to prevent immigrants with malicious intent from using our immigration system to gain entry into the United States in order to commit future acts of terror.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.


Rand Paul, M.D.”

43 responses to “Senator Rand Paul letter to Harry Reid on Immigration Bill vs national security, Boston Marathon bombings, Student visa review or suspension, Immigrations allowed from Islamic extremism hotbeds

  1. Philo-Publius

    Unsealed Complaint and Affidavit – U.S. v Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

  2. John in Illinois

    Breaking on Fox ….. US and Canadians break up another plot to bomb NYC ?

  3. Philo-Publius

    Breaking: Canada busts terrorist plot in Quebec; Update: Two in custody, presser at 3:15

  4. On the one week anniversary of the bombings, my entire building (housing many businesses and state offices) gathered outside at 2:50 this afternoon, looked toward Copley Square, and observed a moment of silence for the victims of this atrocity and their families.

    Church bells were ringing throughout the City of Boston, and the firefighters and first responders from the substation across the street from us stood at attention.

    Please take a moment to say a prayer for us.

    Thank you.

  5. citizenwells

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Criminal Complaint and Affidavit

  6. Hannity is about to cover the Al Harbi Terrorist Cell. Steve Emerson will be a guest.

  7. SueK,

    Prayers for you and the city of Boston.

  8. Notice on line 26 of the criminal complaint that the surrender involved gunfire. What?
    Why not attempted murder of police? My guess is that the cops opened up on that boat with no return fire. All news reports said no shots fired by police.

    Anyway we can forget unlawful combatant or even legal combatant or any trip to GITMO. He ie getting a trial in US court and may have a case that his Miranda rights were violated. Idiots!

  9. Thank you, SueQ.

  10. Hannity is doing a great job reporting on the Al Harbi/Tsarnaev Terrorist Cell.

  11. Pat 1789 | April 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm |

    Tsarnaev will be quickly tried, convicted and executed. The bo regime wants to bury this as quickly as possible to prevent the evidence of the regime’s involvement in the attacks and their cover up for Al Harbi from being exposed.

    Hopefully, good men like Congressmen Duncan and Issa will not let the regime get away with the cover up of their crimes in Boston and Bengazi.

  12. Al Harbi’s deportation order was rescinded.

  13. OK…… here we go again. Multiple personality disorder strikes again. Bye.


    According to the Boston Herald, Revere police Lt. Amy O’Hara said that federal authorities “are telling us he’s no longer a person of interest.” Another interesting fact from the Boston Herald article was that the roommate said he was “forbidden to speak about the home search by both the FBI and the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.” Why?

  15. I mean… when people talk to themselves and pat themselves on the back on this blog…. it’s gotten pretty low. Nuff said.

  16. Interested Bystander

    “They” seem to follow each other around.

  17. Why does this surprise anyone? It is sad to say but it will not surprise me if he walks out of the courthouse laughing in America’s face.

  18. IB,
    Yes “they” do!


    Benghazi, Boston, Bill Ayers all terrorism

    President Obama’s consistent reluctance to call violent acts of terrorism “terrorism” is becoming increasingly more disturbing, with him taking a full day to refer to the Boston bombing as an “act of terror.”

    Yet the consistency of his blatant denial of the truth is becoming less perplexing, as repetition tends to reveal the strategy. His Homeland Security Department has yet to issue any sort of security alert, despite the obvious activity by security personnel in Washington, D.C., New York and elsewhere…

  20. Radar Ziva | April 22, 2013 at 6:35 pm |

    Maybe so, RZ, however, he’d better not walk around in these parts, nose thumbing or otherwise. People here are already talking about how he should be……. Never mind; you get it.

    I somehow feel that even if what you’re saying comes to pass, the citizens of this city will see justice done; one way or another.

    It’s been said that we have a ‘bad attitude.’ That may be so for some but for many of us, it’s the lousy weather. When something like this happens, you get floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, Nor’easters and 115 degree heat all at once. You can bet that if this guy walks, we’ll be a lot less warm and fuzzy than we usually are…

  21. Mark Levin says no legal authority to try Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant.

  22. Mark Levin says courts will uphold public safety exemption to the Miranda warnings for Tsarnaev.

  23. In short, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will not walk out of court smiling, “guilty as hell and free as a bird” like bo’s Terrorist Pal Ayers.

    The only Boston Bombing Terrorist who may go free is bo’s new Terrorist Pal, Al Harbi, and he was already smiling after bo and mo visited him in the Hospital last week.

  24. Mark Levin now indicting bo.


    ALAN DERSHOWITZ: Oh, it’s more than hypocrisy. Look at Kathy Boudin is now teaching at Columbia. And Angela Davis has had a distinguished career teaching. Ayers and his wife. These are all people who were terrorists.

    MALZBERG: Would you agree no difference between them and this kid [Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev]?

    DERSHOWITZ: They’re much worse because they’re much better educated and had all the privileges in the world. So I see them as much, much worse. And I don’t understand the way some people on the Left glorify American terrorists without realizing that, you know, it’s indistinguishable morally from the kinds of terrorism we’re condemning here. And I just don’t buy it.


    Glenn Beck: We know the Saudi national was involved in the bombing

    “While the media continues to look at what the causes were of these two guys, there are, at this hour, three people involved,” he said. “The first one is the one we are going to address.”

    Beck proceeded to highlight the background of the Saudi national first identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston bombings, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, noting that the the NTC issued an event file calling for his deportation using section 212, 3B which is proven terrorist activity.

    “We are not sure who actually tagged him as a ’212 3B,’ but we know it is very difficult to charge someone with this — it has to be almost certain,” Beck explained. “It is the equivalent in civil society of charging someone with premeditated murder and seeking the death penalty — it is not thrown around lightly.”

    “Wednesday at 5:35 p.m. the file is altered,” Beck said. “This is unheard of, this is impossible in the timeline due to the severity of the charge….You don’t one day put a 212 3B charge against somebody with deportation, and then the next day take it off. It would require too much to do it.”

    “There are only two people that could revoke the deportation order — the director of the NTC could do it after speaking with each department, the FBI, the ATC, etc. — which is impossible to do in such a short period of time, — or, somebody at the very highest levels of the State Department could do it.

  27. “Mark Levin says courts will uphold public safety exemption to the Miranda warnings for Tsarnaev.”
    IMO he is wrong.
    It was a screw up not Mirandize him, this will drag through the courts for years. I would have preferred a 1 way ticket to a Gitmo Tribunal/Hanf etc… But it didnt happen.

    IB still a concern troll I see, GFYS

    Sue Q, dont know who you are , good riddance.

    Hey CW, still a great blog ! Glad to see you are covering this.

  28. Hanf

  29. ‘GFYS’. Nice, very nice.

    I see the insults have already started; didn’t take long.

  30. Pat 1789 | April 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm |

    “I would have preferred a 1 way ticket to a Gitmo”


    Pat, I would prefer that Tsarnaev and all the Terrorists at the Gitmo Country Club be sent to Devils Island and undergo daily enhanced interrogation by the meanest agents on the face of the Earth and be guarded by enough Drones and Patrol Boats that they never got off Devil’s Island alive.

    But what we got is the best we will get with bo the Universal Terrorist Pal as pResident.

  31. Ha Devils Island, like it.

    I feel sorry for the those clueless sheep in Boston who just rolled over and gave up their civil rights with out a whimper. They cheered on the Mayor , Govenor, Police and Fireman as some kind of heroes. Sad…

    To top it off, Boston’s finest riddled that boat with 100s of rounds and didn’t even kill the (unarmed) bad guy.


    Speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio, Paul was reacting to Clinton’s testimony in light of a New York Times report last month that claimed that since early 2012, the CIA has been helping Arab governments and Turkey obtain and ship weapons to the Syrian rebels.

    The plan mirrors one the Times reported in February as being proposed by Clinton herself. The Times described Clinton as one of the driving forces advocating for arming the Syrian rebels via Turkish and Arab cut outs.

    The New York Times reported Clinton had concocted the plan, which called for vetting rebels and arming Syrian fighters with the assistance of Arab countries.

    If Clinton knew about the arms transfers, she may have committed perjury during her Benghazi testimony.

  33. Pat 1789 | April 22, 2013 at 10:09 pm |

    The Boston Police Officer who tackled and arrested the Terrorist Al Harbi among other Police Officers in Boston Area are definitely heroes in my book.


    US imam calls on Muslims in US to wage jihad

    The controversial imam of a prominent mosque in Arlington, Va., has urged immigrant Muslims in the United States to wage war for Islam.


    Secretary of State John Kerry compares Boston bombing victims to Terrorists who tried to kill Israeli Soldiers

    He’s referring to the deaths aboard the Mavi Marmara, which in 2010 was part of a flotilla that tried to run the Israeli blockade of the Gaza strip. When the ship refused all instructions to change course, Israeli Defense Force troops boarded it, and were attacked by the crew with pipes and chains. That’s a rather different scenario from innocent people watching the Boston Marathon, to say nothing of the child who was murdered while trying to give his father a post-race hug.

    For Kerry to build this into a moral equivalence between the victims in Boston and the crew of the Mavi Marmara is, at the very least, profoundly insensitive. He probably meant it as a clumsy effort to gain sympathy from his audience – he was speaking in Istanbul – but that doesn’t make his words rest any more easily in American ears.

  36. Good Morning CW, et. al.

  37. citizenwells

    Good morning Zach, et al.


    Questions remain about whether there is a Saudi connection to the Boston Marathon bombing last week and if the Obama administration has been interfering in the investigation of the Islamic terrorist attack.


    The DHS source told TheBlaze that there is no deportation order in effect for Alharbi and he did not know his whereabouts at this point.

  40. THE regime’s OFFICIAL COVER UP

    ‘My brother made me do it’: Boston ‘bomber’ reveals in scrawled note that older sibling ‘wanted to defend Islam from attack’ – but that they acted ALONE

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