Representative Peter King (R., N.Y.), the former chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said “political correctness” may have hampered the FBI investigation into Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the deceased suspect in the Boston marathon bombings. In 2011, the FBI investigated Tsarnaev at the request of the Russian government for possible connections to radical Islam, but ultimately closed the case. King says that administration policy may have prohibited investigators from talking to members of Tsarnaev’s mosque, which could have shed more light on his radicalization.
“How can you determine — effectively determine — whether or not a person has become radicalized if you don’t talk to people in his mosque, talk to his imam? Because this is a radicalization stemming from a perversion of religion,” King told CNN’s Candy Crowley. ”To me, because of political correctness, I understand the FBI was not able to talk to anyone in the mosque, to find out whether or not there were any conditions to lead them to believe that [Tamerlan] was radicalized.”