In the aftermath of the December 10 shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station by a member of the Saudi Air Force, who killed three U.S. sailors, 21 other Saudis are being sent home.
The students being expelled were neither charged with abetting the crime nor with being involved with terrorism. They did, however, have “derogatory material” on their computers, mainly child pornography and anti-U.S. media.
Saudi Air Force Second Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21, acted alone when he began shooting at the U.S. base where he was undergoing flight training, FBI investigators discovered. Alshamrani was eventually killed by a sheriff’s deputy.
In the immediate aftermath of the deadly shooting, Senator Rick Scott, (R-Florida) said that the United States needs to review the procedures under which foreign students are admitted to the U.S. for training. Currently, there are nearly 5,000 foreign military students from over 150 countries receiving training in the United States.