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Published on: May 6, 2010 06:07 PM
By:  CBS News
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Washington - CBS News has learned that Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) is launching an inquiry into how Faisal Shahzad became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2009 despite multiple law enforcement investigations into his background over the last 10 years.

Grassley sent Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano a letter today asking for the “Alien” file for Shahzad and his family members and for everyone who has been a reference or a sponsor for the terror suspect.

An Alien or “A” file includes visa and travel history, financial and personal information as well as any derogatory information from law enforcement. Grassley wants to know if this file was in the hands of the official who approved Shahzad’s citizenship.

Grassley also wants Shahzad’s arrival forms that he filled out each time he re-entered the United States and whether or not he sponsored other individuals to become citizens.

CBS news reported Wednesday that Faisal Shahzad had appeared on a Department of Homeland Security watchlist between 1999 and 2008 because he brought $80,000 of cash into the United States.

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The New York Times reported on May 4, 2010 that the man who bought a condo from Shahzad, six years ago in May 2004 was visited at that time by investigators from the Joint Terrorism Task Force who asked questions about Shahzad.

Grassley wants to know how Shahzad became a US citizen if there was so much scrutiny into his background over the last decade. Grassley wants the documents by May 11, 2010.



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 May 06, 2010 at 06:15 PM senate intern Says:

dont waste your time...the democats dont do nothing here...let the obamafights gets thers citizenship and takes over.

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 May 06, 2010 at 06:39 PM Anonymous Says:

I don't know if this is an obama policy fault, that this jerk became a citizen. But, if I was obama ,I would prepare a speech on prime time, and start talking TOUGH against T E R R O R. Because if he won't his white house might be the next target from these crazy terrorists.

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 May 06, 2010 at 06:56 PM Anonymous Says:

The guy has a certain twinkle in his eye.

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 May 06, 2010 at 07:16 PM Anonymous Says:

someone is trying to look very important. They should start checking the others before it comes to this again!
He was caught move on!

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 May 06, 2010 at 08:31 PM Anonymous Says:

I have some questions of my own. why wasn't the training camp where this terrorists trained bombed yet?

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 May 06, 2010 at 08:32 PM PMO Says:

This seems silly on the surface, but may expose flaws in the system. There are many steps that need to be taken in order to become a citizen. I have a particular friend who is from the UK. He has been working legally in the US since 2003. He has been trying since then to get his Green Card, and due to a clerical error, he got bumped from the list a few years ago so he had to start over. The level of scrutiny over these people is huge. Government agents have visited his home, his employer, and recently demanded an explanation of $200,000 he brought into the US. The money was from his father-in-law's estate (he passed away last year).

What may seem to you and I as suspicious "scrutiny" seems to actually be the normal operating procedure for people on the path to citizenship. This story really is a bit overblown. We, as citizens, would not tolerate such intrusions in our daily lives, but those on the path to citizenship have to.

I should also mention that these friends are NOT Muslims. These are red-headed Brits with nothing to hide.

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 May 06, 2010 at 08:33 PM birther Says:

Ohhh, while you are getting that file maybe you could also get a copy of a certain birth certificate for me? Its from Hawaii, ok?

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 May 06, 2010 at 09:01 PM Anonymous Says:

for that matter how do most of these Paki's get into the country in the first place. go up Coney Island Ave. in Flatbush and you will see thousands of them . something is fishy.

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 May 06, 2010 at 09:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

I don't know if this is an obama policy fault, that this jerk became a citizen. But, if I was obama ,I would prepare a speech on prime time, and start talking TOUGH against T E R R O R. Because if he won't his white house might be the next target from these crazy terrorists.

He was a citizen long before Obama became president. I read that it was under Bush.

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 May 06, 2010 at 10:37 PM Mayven Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

The guy has a certain twinkle in his eye.

That's not a twinkle its that glint of madness that you're noticing.

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 May 07, 2010 at 12:29 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
senate intern Says:

dont waste your time...the democats dont do nothing here...let the obamafights gets thers citizenship and takes over.

You do not have to let, because it will happen . You are not saying something new . It 's a fact about it

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 May 07, 2010 at 12:31 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

He was a citizen long before Obama became president. I read that it was under Bush.

Well Bush had his head in the same place as Obama has it now. The only Difference is, that Obama, is starting to realize how his lovely friends
are treating him .

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 May 07, 2010 at 12:32 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

I have some questions of my own. why wasn't the training camp where this terrorists trained bombed yet?

Because the United States , loves to go with a smooth hand & therefore this Country is falling apart

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 May 07, 2010 at 05:31 AM think about it Says:

When you are applying for citizenship you have to complete a questionnaire with all types of questions, like are you loyal to the U.S.? Did ever fought against the U.S.? Etc...
Since this nice Facebook looking fellow lied on his application, his citizenship should be revoked and his Miranda rights taken away and should be charged in a military court as an enemy combatant.

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 May 07, 2010 at 05:44 AM you are wrong Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

He was a citizen long before Obama became president. I read that it was under Bush.

You are wrong he became a citizen in April 2009.

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 May 07, 2010 at 11:57 AM A Chuchum Says:

Um- is everything blamed on Obama? How bout the volcano as well?

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 May 07, 2010 at 12:11 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

He was a citizen long before Obama became president. I read that it was under Bush.

And where did you "read" this?
He became a citizen literally a month ago - I didn't know that obama was elected only last week...

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