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article imageOp-Ed: Napolitano — More gaffes in Boston Bomber case

By Karl Gotthardt     Apr 24, 2013 in Politics
Washington - One has to wonder which planet Janet Napolitano lives on. The Homeland Security Secretary told a Senate Committee yesterday that the proposed immigration legislation would have better tracked Boston bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Really?
Whether or not Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is the right person for the job is debatable. In the aftermath of the terror attack at the Boston Marathon it has become evident though that she often talks off the cuff, without knowing much of the details.
The issue that has become a concern for lawmakers is the fact that the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) informed the FBI that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer. The domestic intelligence security agency said that Tamerlan was preparing to leave the US and travel to Russia to join unspecified underground groups. The FBI investigated and found no known links. Tsarnaev did indeed return to Russia, but slipped below the radar of the FBI.
Napolitano initially told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Tamerlan Tsarnaev escaped the notice of federal authorities on a six-month trip to Russia last year because his name was misspelled on his airline ticket. Does that mean it was misspelled on his passport as well?
According to the Washington Post, Napolitano told the committee that a bipartisan immigration plan unveiled last week would prevent these problems in the future, obviously pushing the proposed immigration law. She said that the bill does a good job of eliminating human error from the process. While there may be validity to that statement for US citizens, the problem is that Tamerlan Tsarnaev is a Russian citizen, who presumably traveled on a Russian passport.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was born in the Russian SFSR, in the Soviet Union, and was a Russian citizen. He also became a permanent resident of the U.S. At some point he applied for U.S. citizenship, but Homeland Security held up its being granted to him because of a record of a 2011 FBI interview of him.
To err is human, but to make it up as you go and politicizing the issue is another matter. In this case the problem was one of human error and not a matter of a faulty immigration law. Americans should expect more from the head of the agency that is charged with keeping them safe.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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