Apparently, the FBI wasn't interested in doing another investigation when Tamerlan returned from his trip. Russia then took its warning about Tamerlan to our Central Intelligence Agency but got no response there either.
Tamerlan's own web postings showed his sympathies with radical Islam, and in April 2013, Tamerlan's YouTube video account included a playlist celebrating "Terrorists." Because the FBI had closed his case, no one in our government was watching.
When the younger brother, Dzhokhar, was naturalized as a citizen. He would have been required to swear that he renounces "all allegiance" to any previous country and that "I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion." What did our naturalization bureaucrats do to assure that Dzhokhar was not using the Koran-authorized practice of taqiyya, i.e., tell a lie in order to advance Muslim objectives?
Why didn't our FBI recognize the signal that the older boy was named for one of the most brutal murderers in all history? The name Tamerlan is known throughout Asia as a 14th-century Muslim who called himself the "Sword of Islam" and murdered 17 million people, beheaded many and displayed their heads to showcase his brutality.
The Boston bombing requires us to stop thinking about new immigration legislation until we remedy our mistakes. The failure to protect us from the Tsarnaev brothers proves that there are so many things radically wrong with our legal immigration process.
Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, "We should not proceed until we understand the specific failures of our immigration system." Paul's letter cautioned, "National security protections must be rolled into comprehensive immigration reform" to prevent future acts of terror.
The failed FBI investigation of Tamerlan shows that our government does not have the capacity to do adequate background checks on 11 million illegal aliens. Amnesty may even facilitate terrorism. We need to take Ronald Reagan's advice: Before we do more of what we are doing, let's find out if what we are doing is part of the problem.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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