Republican senators Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin are both demanding that an investigation be launched to check the veracity of claims that were made recently by a whistleblower from the Department of Defense. According to the whistleblower, among the Afghan evacuees that were released into the United States by the Biden administration, there were 324 people on the DOD’s Biometrically Enabled Watchlist.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a testament to the total ineptitude of this current presidency and all of those who are involved with it. Oh, and it’s very scary to think that these potential terrorists could be out there, roaming around free, building cells right here in our own backyard.
Don’t think that somehow the COVID pandemic managed to get rid of terrorism. Sure, it seems like there’s a lot to worry about right now, but don’t for one second believe that terrorists of a wide variety aren’t out there plotting the demise of America. Our enemies don’t cut us slack for a bad economy or infectious disease.
According to TheBlaze:
The BEWL, used for screening purposes, identifies persons whose biometrics have been collected and have been deemed by analysts to be threats or potential threats to national security. The list includes known suspected terrorists.
In their letter to Sean O’Donnell, acting inspector at the DOD, Hawley and Johnson noted they also want investigated the claims that:
- the White House and DOD officials “directed personnel to cut corners and not conduct full fingerprint tests of Afghan evacuees”; and
- Department of Homeland Security staff was authorized to delete old biometric data, possibly “compromis[ing] the integrity of existing databases and undermin[ing] national security.”
A report from the Epoch Times also revealed that the DOD had previously acknowledged that the National Counterterrorism Center did not vet all of the evacuees “using all DOD data prior to arriving” in the U.S.
A report published by the Pentagon on Feb. 15, 2022, pointed out that the National Ground Intelligence Center had “identified 50 Afghan personnel in the United States with information in DOD records that would indicate potentially significant security concerns.”
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“Some of the Afghan evacuees flagged as possible security concerns could not be located since, according to the NGIC, ‘there was an issue with either field representatives or operators failing to upload data or maintain devices properly,'” the report from TheBlaze said.
“In their letter, Hawley and Johnson said that the figure reflecting the number of persons posing significant security concerns was no longer 50, but rather had risen to at least 65. The senators requested that these 65 individuals be ‘immediately located, fully vetted, and, if appropriate, deported,'” TheBlaze stated.
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During a hearing for the Senate Judiciary Hearing held on Thursday, Sen. Hawley went on to grill FBI Director Christopher Wray concerning the bureau’s knowledge of the presence of the 324 individuals that are named on the BEWL. Wray answered by saying, “There are a number of individuals … that we are actively trying to investigate.”
During the hearing, Wray went on to acknowledge that the strain being put on the vetting process by the short time period set by the Biden administration for the withdrawal, along with the outrageously large number of people who were being evacuated raises concerns.
“Over 124,000 people, including 6,000 American citizens, were flown out of Afghanistan. Over 76,000 Afghans were evacuated to the U.S. 95% of these individuals were conferred temporary legal status, permitting them to work and reside in the country for two years. Evacuees can apply for asylum, which can lead to permanent legal status,” the report said.
I’m just over here trying to figure out what, exactly, the Biden administration has not managed to screw up since the “Big Guy” took office in 2021. Still haven’t found anything.