Sen. John McCain said on Wednesday that “all of us should be outraged” that three other suspects have been arrested for allegedly trying to cover up the Boston Marathon terror bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.
“It’s just incomprehensible that they knew about it,” McCain told Neil Cavuto on Fox News.
The 19-year-old suspects — Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev of Kazakhstan; and Robel Phillipos, of Cambridge, Mass. — were charged by federal authorities on Wednesday with allegedly trying to cover up the bombings.
Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev, who were pictured with bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Times Square in New York last year, were charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice by plotting to dispose of a laptop computer and a backpack containing fireworks belonging to Tsarnaev, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.
Phillipos, who is an American citizen and a roommate of Tsarnaev when they attended the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, was charged with making false statements to law enforcement officials in a terrorism investigation.
McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential candidate, noted that MIT security officer Sean Collier was killed by Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, 26, who later died in a shootout with police, “after these individuals knew full well that they were responsible for the bombings.
“Maybe you can’t try them for it, but certainly on a moral basis, they are partially — or, to a large degree — responsible for the death of a law-enforcement agent,” McCain said, referring to the three new suspects.
The senior senator is a member of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators who have put forth comprehensive immigration reform legislation. He said such countries as Kazakhstan — where two of the new suspects are from — should be placed on a “watch list” because of known terrorist activity.
“We should look at the process of who’s allowed into this country and under what circumstances, what is their situation and background, particularly from countries where there’s been significant influence of radical Islamic extremism,” McCain said.
Forty percent of illegals in this country have overstayed their visas, McCain told Cavuto — and that was the case of Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev.
He also expressed concern that Tazhayakov, whose visa was terminated on Jan. 4 by UMass because of low grades, was allowed to reenter the country on Jan. 20 in New York.
“This seems to be a common thread throughout this whole catastrophe and tragedy: these individuals, where they came from? How they got here? How they stayed here?
“It would be very appropriate to have hearings as we move forward on the immigration bill to try to fix — at least, in this case — what appears to be a broken system.
“It just seems to me that if these people are able to come and go as freely as one of the brothers were,” McCain added, referring to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who visited Russia for six months last year, “we certainly have a system that needs some repair.”
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