Today on State of the Union, the Boston bombing case turns the corner from the hot pursuit of suspects to the deliberative pursuit of answers. Sen. Mo Cowan (D-MA) on the rebound of Boston. Plus, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on intelligence failures. And the impact of Boston on the immigration debate with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
SEN. MO COWAN (D-MA) ON THE INVESTIGATION
"As to whether or not there may be others involved, as I understand it, we don't think there may be others at this point. But the investigators as they should are continuing to look into the matter."
REP. MICHAEL MCCAUL (R-TX) ON THE SIX MONTHS TAMERLAN TSARNAEV SPENT IN RUSSIA
"Clearly, something happened in my judgment in that six-month timeframe. He radicalized at some point in time. Where was that and how did that happen? I'm very concerned. That six months is very important… I personally believe that this man received training when he was over there and he radicalized from 2010 to the present. And then, nine months after he comes back from the Chechnya region, he pulls off the largest terror attack since 9/11."
SENS. SCHUMER (D-NY) AND GRAHAM (R-SC) ON IMMIGRATION
SCHUMER: "There are some, some on the hard right, some otherwise, who oppose our immigration bill from the get- go, and they're using this as an excuse. We are not going to let them do that. If they have a reason, a suggestion as to how to change it based on what happened in Boston, we'll certainly be open to it. But we're not going to let them use what happened in Boston as an excuse because our law toughens things up. "
GRAHAM: "In our bill when you come into the country, it goes into the system. And when your time to leave the country expires and you haven't left, law enforcement is notified. So we are addressing a broken immigration system. What happened in Boston and international terrorism I think should urge us to act quicker, not slower when it comes to getting the 11 million identified."
SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC) ON TAMERLAN TSARNAEV'S PRIOR INTERVIEW WITH THE FBI:
"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."
SENS. SCHUMER (D-NY) AND GRAHAM (R-SC) ON "ENEMY COMBATANT" STATUS FOR DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV:
GRAHAM: "When the public safety exception expires and it will here soon, this man in my view should be designated as a potential enemy combatant and we should be allowed to question him for intelligence gathering purposes"
SCHUMER: "I don't think we have to cross the line and say he should be an enemy combatant which could be challenged in court."