Sept 20, 2015
Conclusions of the Congressional Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel
- “Today, we are witnessing the largest global convergence of jihadists in history.”
- “We have largely failed to stop Americans from traveling overseas to join jihadists … Several dozen also managed to make it back into America.”
- “The U.S. government lacks a national strategy for combating terrorist travel and has not produced one in nearly a decade.”“The unprecedented speed at which Americans are being radicalized by violent extremists is straining federal law enforcement’s ability to monitor and intercept suspects.”
- “There have now been twice as many ISIS-inspired terror plots against the West in 2015 than there were in all of 2014.”
- “[ISIS] is believed to have inspired or directed nearly 60 terrorist plots or attacks against Western countries, including 15 in the United States.”
- “Gaping security weaknesses overseas—especially in Europe—are putting the U.S. homeland in danger…”
- “In short, information about foreign fighters is crossing borders less quickly than the extremists themselves.”
- “The federal government has failed to develop clear early intervention strategies—or ‘off-ramps’- to radicalization—to prevent suspects already on law enforcement’s radar from leaving to join extremists.”
- “Few initiatives exist nationwide to raise community awareness about foreign fighter recruitment and to assist communities with spotting warning signs.”
If there are green card holders overseas, they should be rapidly vetted and re-admitted.
Everyone else, YOU WAIT. Once you are through, WELCOME.
WELCOME, just as the German, Italians, Irish and Jews in the 1840’s.
WELCOME just like everyone else.
But until then, WE VET.
For good reason.