BROOKLINE AND NEW BEDFORD, Mass., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Chuck Morse,
challenging U.S. Representative Barney Frank in the Fourth Congressional
District in Massachusetts, today called upon the incumbent to resign his
position on the Congressional Homeland Security committee, citing the "tragedy
of errors" precipitated by the Frank Amendment.
"Barney Frank unwittingly served as an enabler to terrorists by his inept
meddling in immigration policy in the l980's. The Frank Amendment opened the
'Turnstiles of Terrorism' in America," Morse charged.
"The public has a right to know. What became of the Frank Amendment
terrorists? How many inveterate enemies of our nation are still here operating
at will, waiting to strike? Can we stop them in time to avert more bloodshed?"
"Osama bin Laden's teams of terrorists brazenly trained at flight schools
to prepare for their jihad against America. How did they get away it? Ask
Gerald Posner, author of the New York Times bestseller 'Why America Slept,'
now in paperback Morse said, quoting the book:
"Senior CIA officers complained to the President's national security team
about their frustration with the FBI and warned that America was vulnerable to
Islamic terrorists entering on legal visas and setting up sleeper cells.
"Reagan responded in September l986 by forming an interagency task force,
the Alien Border Control Committee, whose purpose was to block entry of
suspected terrorists and to deport militants who had either come into the
country illegally or had overstayed their visas. The CIA and the FBI joined
the ABCC effort.
"Six months after its formation, the ABCC had its first notable success.
The CIA tipped off the FBI to a group of suspected Palestinian terrorists in
Los Angeles. The bureau arrested eight men. But instead of being lauded, the
bureau and the agency came under harsh attack from civil liberties groups who
argued that ABCC should be banned from using any information the CIA had
gained from the government' s routine processing of visa requests.
"Congressman Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat who was a strong
advocate for civil liberties, led a successful effort to amend the Immigration
and Nationalization Act so that membership in a terrorist group was no longer
sufficient to deny a visa.
"The act was changed to read: A visa could only be denied if the
government could prove that the applicant had committed an act of terrorism.
"Rendered toothless by the Frank Amendment, the Reagan administration had
virtually no way to block visas, even when there was information linking the
individuals to terrorist groups."
"Why did Barney Frank file this legislation?" Morse asked rhetorically.
"So that Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a friend and supporter
of Fidel Castro, and countless other leftist artists, writers and activists
could market their expressions of anti-Americanism here in America."
As a result, Morse said: "The Frank Amendment tied the hands of at least
three agencies for the better part of two decades, while terrorists gleefully
formed their sleeper cells and plotted this nation's demise."
Morse urged the Immigration and Naturalization Service to release the
background of recipients of visas granted via the Frank Amendment,
specifically those entrants involved with terrorist activity, including the
9/11 bombing of the World Trade Center. "The public has a right to know who
they are, why they entered our country and, most importantly, where they are,"
"Congressman Frank may glibly dismiss this inquiry, having become
accustomed to not being held accountable for the destructive impact of his
He has stayed too long in the corridors of power to worry about backyard
terrorists who identified the vacuum created by the Frank Amendment, and used
it to consign the World Trade Center to the ashbin of history.
"Barney Frank to offer his apologies and take responsibility for the
consequences of his actions, however unintended," Morse said.
"He should resign from the Congressional Homeland Security committee. His
presence there is a travesty, given the wreckage caused by the Frank
Amendment, which will be his enduring legacy."
SOURCE Morse for Congress 2004