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Fran Becker on NY Post Report Regarding the Murder of Israeli Tourists in Bulgaria

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Legislator Fran Becker (R-Lynbrook), Republican candidate for Congress in New York's Fourth Congressional District, released the following statement this morning pertaining to today's New York Post report concerning the murder of Israelis in Bulgaria.

According to the Post, Mehdi Ghezali, 33, was the "shaggy-haired man seen in surveillance video wearing Bermuda shorts and carrying a backpack at Burgas airport. The man detonated explosives in the backpack when he got aboard the bus Wednesday, killing six innocent people and wounding 34 others, most of them Israelis. Ghezali, a Swedish citizen, was freed from jail in three different countries in the last 12 years, each time for lack of evidence -- while becoming the hero of an anti-Gitmo documentary and vowing to sue the United States for millions of dollars" and, according to Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, may have "used a [bogus] Michigan driver's license for ID." (Source: New York ost. Explosive twist, Gitmo "catch & freed' eyed in Bulgaria blast. July 20, 2012).

Said Becker:

"With the New York Post revealing that the murder of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria may have been committed by Ghezali, a suicide bomber freed from Guantanamo Bay where he was held due to long-suspected terrorist ties, we need to ask Carolyn why she and the president allowed him and other terrorists to be freed from United States custody.

"It's appalling that Carolyn McCarthy and Barack Obama sprung Ghezali out, allowing him to knowingly murder Israelis in Bulgaria. Their actions are shameful and irreparably harm the security of United States and our allies, especially Israel."

"Our Congresswoman voted multiple times to send terrorist detainees housed at Guantanamo Bay to United States soil -- allowing terrorists to go free and hindering intelligence gathering. The U.S. military had Medhi Ghezali in custody; he was in jail. (Source: Roll Call vote, Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2010; New York Post)

"But Carolyn McCarthy chose to stand in the way of justice. In fact, even touting her support of "the closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay' in a discussion of her accomplishments of the 111th Congress on her website that has since been removed. (Source: South Shore Standard, May 6 2011)

"Our 16-year incumbent congresswoman is dangerously oblivious to both our community and national security needs. Carolyn received a "F' grade -- the lowest possible score -- from the national security organization "Keep America Safe' -- based on the non-partisan group's analysis of every significant national security vote she has cast since 2001. (Source: Keep America Safe Press Release, October 30, 2010)

"We're already suffering from the worst national economy since the Great Depression, why do we need to be worried about naïve lawmakers freeing terrorists from United States custody, only to see them inflict harm upon our allies and others? Don't we have to ask when enough is enough? 16 years is too long for Carolyn to be in office. As our Congressman, I will reprioritize America's security to ensure that nothing like this is capable from happening again."


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