aside Homeland Security Is Not Backing President’s Reasons For Travel Ban

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It looks like the Department of Homeland Security is not backing up the republican President Donald Trump’s claim that the USA is under imminent threat of terrorism from the seven countries listed on his original travel ban which he used as justification for having issued this executive order.

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On 2/24/17, Vivian Salama and Alicia A. Caldwell from AP Top News, penned the following news, “AP Exclusive: DHS report disputes threat from banned nations.”

Excerpts:

“Analysts at the Homeland Security Department’s intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump’s travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.”Exterior of FLETC Building 9/12

“A draft document obtained by The Associated Press concludes that citizenship is an “unlikely indicator” of terrorism threats to the United States and that few people from the countries Trump listed in his travel ban have carried out attacks or been involved in terrorism-related activities in the U.S. since Syria’s civil war started in 2011.”

On January 25, 2017, John F. Kelly was ceremonially sworn in as the fifth Secretary of Homeland Security by Vice President Mike Pence as President Donald Trump and Secretary Kelly's family look on.
Gen. John Kelly, Head of DHS on far right

“Trump cited terrorism concerns as the primary reason he signed the sweeping temporary travel ban in late January, which also halted the U.S. refugee program. A federal judge in Washington state blocked the government from carrying out the order earlier this month. Trump said Friday a new edict would be announced soon. The administration has been working on a new version that could withstand legal challenges.” Homeland Security spokeswoman Gillian Christensen on Friday did not dispute the report’s authenticity, but said it was not a final comprehensive review of the government’s intelligence.”

“While DHS was asked to draft a comprehensive report on this issue, the document you’re referencing was commentary from a single intelligence source versus an official, robust document with thorough inter-agency sourcing,” Christensen said. “The … report does not include data from other intelligence community sources. It is incomplete.”homeland-security-800

“The Homeland Security report is based on unclassified information from Justice Department press releases on terrorism-related convictions and attackers killed in the act, State Department visa statistics, the 2016 Worldwide Threat Assessment from the U.S. intelligence community and the State Department Country Reports on Terrorism 2015.”

“The three-page report challenges Trump’s core claims. It said that of 82 people the government determined were inspired by a foreign terrorist group to carry out or try to carry out an attack in the United States, just over half were U.S. citizens born in the United States. The others were from 26 countries, led by Pakistan, Somalia, Bangladesh, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iraq and Uzbekistan. Of these, only Somalia and Iraq were among the seven nations included in the ban.”Image result for map of middle east

“Of the other five nations, one person each from Iran, Sudan and Yemen was also involved in those terrorism cases, but none from Syria. It did not say if any were Libyan.”

“The report also found that terrorist organizations in Iran, Libya, Somalia and Sudan are regionally focused, while groups in Iraq, Syria and Yemen do pose a threat to the U.S.”

“The seven countries were included in a law President Barack Obama signed in 2015 that updated visa requirements for foreigners who had traveled to those countries.”Milt Priggee / www.miltpriggee.com

“The report was prepared as part of an internal review Trump requested after his executive order was blocked by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It was drafted by staff of the Homeland Security Department’s Intelligence and Analysis branch at the direction of its acting leader, David Glawe.”

“White House spokesman Michael Short said this was not the full report that Trump had requested. He said he believes “the intel community is combining resources to put together a comprehensive report using all available sources, not just open sources, and which is driven by data, not politics.”

“The intelligence document was circulated beyond Homeland Security.”Steve Sack / Minneapolis Star Tribune

“The draft document reflects the tensions between the president’s political appointees and the civil servants tasked with carrying out Trump’s ambitious and aggressive agenda. Trump has repeatedly complained about leaks meant to undercut his policies and suggested he does not trust holdovers from the Obama administration.”

“Trump originally said the ban was necessary to overhaul the vetting system for both refugees and would-be foreign visitors, saying that terrorists may try to exploit weaknesses to gain access to the United States. The order sparked chaos, outrage and widespread protests, with travelers detained at airports and panicked families searching for relatives.”Bob Englehart / Hartford Courant

“But several courts quickly intervened and the 9th Circuit ultimately upheld a ruling blocking the ban and challenged the administration’s claim that it was motivated by terrorism fears.”

“Trump’s ban temporarily barred citizens from the seven countries from coming to the United States for three months. The order also temporarily shut down the U.S. refugee program for four months and indefinitely banned anyone from Syria.”R.J. Matson / Roll Call

“A senior administration official told the AP on Sunday that a draft of the revised order will target those same seven countries. The official would not be named discussing the document before it is made public.”

“In a speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee Friday, Trump reiterated his claims on terrorism.”

“We are going to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country,” Trump said.”

“He said he singled out the seven countries because they had already been deemed a security concern by the Obama administration.”

“Intelligence document available: http://apne.ws/2lSKNUo.”

8 comments

  1. Great post. Two things. HR McMaster has already broken from the DT camp on using the term ‘Islamic terrorist” as the extremists have bastardized the religion. This aligns himself with Obama and Bush, not Trump on this.

    The WH has denounced the Homeland Security report. But, here is the deal. Law enforcement officers, when polled, say the great threat to safety by a large margin is home grown, anti-government terrorists. The data on terrorists acts by these groups dwarfs the Jihadi terrorists numbers on our grounds. And, the latter are converts that already lived here.

    So, this travel ban is not going to much at all to make us safer.

      • Gronda, one of the key traits of a narcissist is to blame others for traits he has. When I hear the accusation of fake news come out of his mouth, it is further to this point. He is fueled fake news as long as they promote his bumper sticker governance. Keith

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