While appearing on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham bashed the FBI for their failure to follow up on prior investigations of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Tsarnaev died this past week after a deadly shootout with police officers. He and his younger brother are suspected of planning and carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings.
Shortly after Tsarnaev’s death, reports surfaced that a foreign government previously warned the U.S. about his ties to radical Islam. On Saturday, law enforcement officials confirmed to multiple media outlets that the Russians were in fact the ones who passed along the tip.
"Once you're brought to attention by a foreign government, I think you should have a red flag put then, to be taken off later," Graham said today. "The ball was dropped in one of two ways -- the FBI missed a lot of things, [or] there's one potential answer [that] our laws do not allow to follow up in a sound solid way. There was a lot to be learned from this guy. He was on websites talking about killing Americans. He went overseas ... he was clearly talking about radical ideas. He was visiting radical areas."
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Graham’s main point seemed to be that, while the U.S. obviously can’t track everyone, the fact that someone like Tsarnaev -- who wasn’t particularly shy about his terroristic inclinations -- could fly under the radar is a problem.
"The fact that we could not track him has to be fixed," he said. "It's people like this that you don't want to let out of your sight, and this was a mistake. I don't know if our laws are insufficient or the FBI failed, but we're at war with radical Islamists and we need to up our game."
You can check out Graham’s entire appearance in the video below.