Posted: December 10, 2015 Filed under: Mediasphere | Tags: Counterfeit, Democratic Party (United States), Federal government of the United States, Forensic Document Laboratory, James R. Clapper, Muslim, Passports, Refugee, Syria, United States Census Bureau, United States Office of Personnel Management, Vetting
October 16, 2015, Dan Cadman writes: My colleague Nayla Rush has written a posting about the recent testimony of government witnesses at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the administration’s intent to admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing the dissolution of their country.
What is happening in Syria is heart-rending, but the key question posed at the hearing was: How safe can Americans feel about the vetting processes in place to screen applicants? The question is sobering, given the Islamist extremism that predominates in Syria, where the United States futilely spent half of a billion dollars trying to find enough “moderate” fighters to combat the Assad regime, only to give up in disgust when the last batch surrendered their weapons, munitions, and equipment to the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front in order to buy their way out of a jam.
The government witnesses (more like sacrificial lambs; none of them sit at the highest levels of agency or cabinet departments involved) did their best, obliged as they were to toe the White House party line on the issue, but frankly were unpersuasive and the assurances they gave rang hollow, as Rush has pointed out.
There are three critical ways in which our vetting procedures make us vulnerable:
“Flying under the radar”. As I have noted before, our vetting is heavily oriented toward electronic systems — databases with biographical information about known or suspected terrorists, sometimes with biometrics (fingerprints or photos). But what do you do if they aren’t known and have no fingerprints of record in any U.S. system? Why, then you look at the documents they present to you for clues.
[Read the full text here, at Center for Immigration Studies]
What happens if they don’t have any documents to present? Media stories about the “migrant flood” are replete with articles about the hundreds of identity and travel documents discarded on the pathways these aliens are using in their trek toward Europe. The answer is that they will assume whatever identity and nationality they choose to provide to the refugee resettlement agencies responsible for developing, under UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) supervision, the queues of applicants our officers will be asked to vet.
Using bogus documents is easy and no disqualifier. Then there is the ease with which fraudulent documents are being procured throughout the migrant pathways into the heart of Europe right now — some of them legitimate, but altered to accommodate the new bearers; others excellent counterfeits. According to BBC News, they are being used with remarkable success to pass through border and airport checkpoints and are readily available, as one of their own undercover investigations revealed.
Although there is certainly some chance that such documents would be discovered by U.S. officers who have available to them an outstanding Forensic Document Laboratory (FDL), it may surprise readers that use of phony documents doesn’t make you ineligible for refugee or asylum status. This is something government officials don’t like to discuss in public forums such as the Judiciary Committee hearing, where they would have us think of the screening process as an impenetrable iron wall to national security threats.
The principle behind overlooking use of fake documents is firmly embedded in both international and domestic law, for the most noble of reasons. Think of Raoul Wallenberg, who saved many Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe by providing them Swedish passports without regard to their real nationality. Even so, the stakes for the American people are extraordinarily high if the individuals using those fake documents aren’t in fact refugees in distress, particularly since, according to the UNHCR, 68 percent of the nearly 600,000 who’ve made the journey as of October 2015 are adult males. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 7, 2015 Filed under: Global, Politics, Terrorism, White House | Tags: American Century, American Defense Society, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Berlin, Immigration, Native Americans in the United States, Pope, Refugee, Syria, United States
News Flash for Barack Obama: Americans are not afraid of terrorism. We’re afraid of you.
Andrew Malcolm writes: Your chronic diffidence, dismissal and downplaying terrorism — especially from radical jihadi extremists, in both word and deed — is scaring the hell out of your countrymen.
“Obama seems so dim, so unwilling and/or unable to grasp the international reality of terror beyond rhetoric that there’s now more fear about his military myopia. We expect arrogance from Harvard grads. But not stupidity.”
Get over it! It’s not cool. Nor is it presidentially-composed to disregard the palpable fear that permeates America today. Even if we’re all so ignorant, naive and unworldly as to elect you twice.
Leading from behind does not work as United States commander-in-chief.
Sunday night was only Obama’s third Oval Office address. (Scroll down for the C-SPAN video.) The first was also overdue, about the Gulf oil spill. The second was a victory lap about withdrawing all U.S. troops from Iraq, which created the inviting power vacuum for the current ISIS problem.
It’s one measure of the detached president’s willful public cluelessness about terrorism that the big news from Sunday evening’s 1,970 words was his admission that last week’s San Bernardino attack killing 14 was terrorism. Is there any sentient American who hadn’t figured that out? The clues were as abundant as empty shell casings. And a garage pipe-bomb factory did not speak of global warming.
In fact, such Obama condescension fuels our fears, that he feels the need to share with us the obvious, belatedly, from within his towering intellect and fortified residence.
“The threat from terrorism is real,” added President Sherlock Holmes. Imagine President Roosevelt informing the nation that Japan’s Pearl Harbor bombing 74 years ago this morning was an attack. And waiting four days to do so.
That’s the country’s core concern right now. Obama keeps saying accurately the top priority of any U.S. president is protecting the people. No sensible person wants war. All presidents should be reluctant warriors, never committing — or withdrawing — American volunteers for mere political purposes. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 30, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Global, Mediasphere, War Room | Tags: Iraq, Police, Rape, Rape Victim, Refugee, Sexual assault, Sweden
Posted: November 21, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Global, Humor, Mediasphere, Politics, Terrorism | Tags: Background check, Barack Obama, CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, Islamism, Jihadism, Migrant, Refugee, Syria, Terror Database
Posted: November 14, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Global, War Room | Tags: Aegean Sea, Angela Merkel, Athens, EUROPE, European Union, Frontex, Greece, Illegal immigration, Immigration, Invasion, Islamism, Jihadism, Lesbos, Migrant, Migrants, Open Borders, Paris Attacks, Refugee, Syria, Terrorism, Turkey
The Greek government has announced one of the terrorist gunmen who had a part in killing over 120 in Paris on Friday evening entered Europe while masquerading as a refugee just six weeks ago.
“The news will come as a major shock to the European establishment who have mocked and derided those who have warned that the migrant route into Europe would be exploited by those wishing to do harm to Europe.”
Reports early on Saturday that one of the gunmen was found to have been carrying a Syrian passport have been followed by an announcement by Greek minister for citizen protection Nikos Tosca that the individual was masquerading as a refugee, reports Greek Antenna news.
“Latest United Nations estimates show over 800,000 migrants have passed through the Mediterranean on their way to Europe this year, with 660,700 landing in Greece and 142,400 in Italy.”
The unnamed killer was registered on the Greek island of Leros in the southern Aegean sea on the third of October. The Island is just ten miles from the Turkish coast and has been a major point of ingress for so-called ‘refugees’ into Europe, alongside neighbour island Kos.
Having come ashore in Europe in October, the killer spent just six weeks as a refugee before killing in Paris.
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Posted: October 6, 2015 Filed under: Asia, Global, Japan, Mediasphere | Tags: Brussels, Czech Republic, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Duty, Eastern Europe, EU, EUROPE, European Commission, European Parliament, European Union, Hungary, Jean Asselborn, Member state of the European Union, Refugee
BRUSSELS – The EU said a controversial program to relocate 40,000 refugees within the bloc from overstretched front-line states would formally start on Friday when a group of Eritreans will travel to Sweden from Italy.
“The EU formally agreed the plan last month despite the opposition of some Eastern European states worried about a popular backlash to migrants.”
“First relocations within EU take place on Friday” following an agreement by interior ministers in September, the EU’s home affairs office said in a tweet. “Eritrean refugees will be relocated from Italy to Sweden.”
An EU source told AFP that a flight will leave Roma Ciampino airport in the morning and take the first refugees to Sweden.
“First relocations within EU take place on Friday…Eritrean refugees will be relocated from Italy to Sweden.”
EU Migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos is expected to give a press conference in Rome.
The number of refugees being moved on Friday was not revealed, but Sweden agreed on July 20 to take 821 refugees from Italy and 548 from Greece as part of the commission’s plan to relocate 40,000 refugees from the two front-line states over two years. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 3, 2015 Filed under: Mediasphere, Science & Technology | Tags: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Dresden, EUROPE, Germany, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Islamization, Muslim, Natural rubber, Opposition to immigration, Refugee
Few things will ruin a day faster than a flat tire. But what if you never had to break out that spare again? Scientists have developed a new type of rubber that can heal itself after a tear or break.
Amit Das and his colleagues at the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research in Dresden, Germany published their research in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.
The researchers have modified commercial grade tire rubber with a carbon and nitrogen additive that lets rubber reform crucial bonds. When torn, their rubber can recover the durability and elasticity that vulcanization gives.
Read the original article here.
Posted: October 2, 2015 Filed under: Diplomacy, Mediasphere, Russia, Think Tank, War Room, White House | Tags: Alexis Tsipras, American Politics, Anne C. Richard, Barack Obama, Cuba, Democratic Party (United States), Middle East, Refugee, Refugees of the Syrian civil war, Syrian civil war, United States, United States Department of State
Lee Smith writes: The United States, President Obama said at the U.N. General Assembly last week, “worked with many nations in this assembly to prevent a third world war—by forging alliances with old adversaries.” Presumably, the president was not referring to his deeply flawed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the recent agreement that the White House has marketed as the only alternative to war with a soon-to-be-nuclear Iran.
“Once you seize a position by force, as the Russians have. you are in the diplomatic driver’s seat. Putin is schooling the U.S. foreign policy establishment in foreign affairs. He has put his armed forces not at the service of Bashar al-Assad, but at the service of Russian interests.”
— Angelo Codevilla, professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University
Rather, it seems he was referring to the post-World War II period, when the United States created and presided over an international order that prevented an even larger, potentially nuclear, conflict with the Soviet Union. Now, that Pax Americana may be ending.
Not with a bang, but with Obama
Indeed, Russia’s airstrikes against CIA-vetted Syrian rebels last week looked like a punctuation mark. When the secretary of state holds a joint press conference with Moscow’s foreign minister after Russia has decimated American proxies bearing American arms, we are not witnessing anything like a return to the Cold War. Rather, we’re witnessing a new order being born. It is an order that is being designed by others, without any concern for American interests.
Syrian refugees wait to cross into Turkey at the border on Monday near the town of Suruc, Turkey, which has been overwhelmed as thousands flee to escape a militant advance.G Getty Images
“At what point does the Syrian conflict create political instability in places like Saudi Arabia and other oil-producing states in the Persian Gulf? As long as nothing is happening to block the oil flow, it’s the refugee flow that makes Syria an international issue.”
— Walter Russell Mead, professor of foreign policy and humanities at Bard College
Its cradle is not the conference rooms of the U.N., but the killing fields of Syria. After four and a half years, the Syrian civil war and the refugee crisis it has spawned threaten to disrupt two zones of American vital interest, the Persian Gulf and Europe.
[Read the full text here, at The Weekly Standard]
America’s Cold War prosperity depended on our ability to trade with the rest of the world across both oceans. The United States built a powerful blue-water navy and far-flung bases as tokens of our willingness to protect our allies and stand up to their, and our, adversaries. What facilitates both trade and the movement of a military as large as America’s is access to affordable sources of energy, which is why the security of the Persian Gulf has been a vital American interest for 70 years.
“There already is a third world war underway. It’s the war between Sunnis and Shiites. It’s a world war because it engages people all around the world who happen to be Muslims.”
— Angelo Codevilla
The nuclear agreement with Iran signals that Obama doesn’t see things this way. From his perspective, no core American interest would be threatened by either the domination of the Gulf by revolutionary Iran or the likelihood that other regional powers will go nuclear. The JCPOA told American partners in the Middle East that the old alliance system was finished. Israel and Saudi Arabia would get stiff-armed, and Iran would get to call plays in the huddle. What Obama sought, as he said in a New Yorker interview, was a “new geopolitical equilibrium.”
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Posted: September 18, 2015 Filed under: Food & Drink, Global | Tags: Brussels, EUROPE, European Parliament, European Union, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Invasion, Italy, Member state of the European Union, Migration, Refugee
Estimates predict up to 35 million refugees could head for Europe due to hugely unstable situations across the world.
Rob Virtue and Agnes Kegel report:The huge figure was revealed today by Hungary’s minister for foreign affairs and trade Peter Szijjártó.
Speaking as the country begins work on its second fence to stop migrants heading across its border he predicted the current crisis will continue for years.
Mr Szijjártó told the Hungarian Times: “The name of the fence is ‘Temporary Security Border Fence’ but I think there is no question that in this case temporary means years.
“It’s a self delusion to call this situation a migration crisis; it is a massive migration of nations, with inexhaustible reserves.
“I don’t think that the analysis results, stating that 30-35 million people out there could possibly become migrants, would be an exaggeration.
“Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are all countries with a huge population and an extremely unstable situation.”
The Hungarian government also defended itself from criticism over its fences.
It comes as a ten-year-old migrant boy with a severe lung condition died in Hungary.
His mother and siblings successfully made the journey to Germany but his father stayed behind with the poorly youngster, who was buried on Friday.
The first barrier was put up at its border with Serbia but, after migrants changed their route, they have now begun erecting a 41 kilometre fence at Croatia. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 9, 2015 Filed under: Global, Mediasphere, War Room | Tags: Antisemitism, BBC, Brave New World, EUROPE, France, French Jews, Israel, Jewish, New York City, Newsweek, Refugee, Twitter, UK, United Kingdom
Posted: August 5, 2014 Filed under: Global, Mediasphere, Politics, The Butcher's Notebook, Think Tank | Tags: Amnesty, Australia, Barack Obama, Bill O'Reilly, Illegal immigration, Immigration, Legal Immigration, National Review, Navy, Nick Adams, Refugee, Sri Lanka, Texas, United States
“It is controversial, but it is working.”
The idea at the heart of this policy is not controversial. In fact, it’s one that the majority of the American public already supports. And is supported even more passionately by new U.S. citizens, those who immigrated here legally. It’s the enforcement apparatus required that’s controversial.
“These people that were coming were seen as queue-jumpers, and it’s not fair to the genuine refugees.”
Exactly. What about those who waited in line, and followed the rules? Many feel betrayed, and resent that their respect for the process is being undermined by pro-amnesty activists. Not just radical groups protesting at the border, but pro-amnesty activists in all three branches of government. Often the loudest voices are the ones with the most questionable motives.
[Check out Nick Adams’s book “The American Boomerang: How the World’s Greatest ‘Turnaround’ Nation Will Do It Again” at Amazon.com]
From The Corner:
Australian-born political commentator Nick Adams joined Bill O’Reilly to share his country’s approach towards illegal immigration. Part of the policy includes the national Navy physically intercepting boats of immigrants trying to enter the country illegally and denying them the ability to land on Australian shores.
A moat? Nations like Japan, and Australia, have a natural geographical protection–surrounded by deep water–from millions of immigrants crossing borders illegally to “live in the shadows”. The U.S. Mexico border is 1,989 long.
Though, to be fair, as critics of the pro-border control argument remind us, the majority of the U.S.’s illegal immigrants don’t enter by crossing borders illegally. They do it by applying for temporary visas, then violate their visas by overstaying. Then exploiting pro-amnesty sentiment to justify never returning to their native residence. Or, you know–not unlike getting distracted and neglecting to get a haircut–being busy, and forgetting to return home for ten or twenty years when the visa is up.
Nick Adams noted that not implementing such preventative measures was encouraging people to take the life-risking journey across the ocean…(read more)
National Review Online
Posted: September 3, 2013 Filed under: Mediasphere | Tags: BBC, Jordan, Lebanon, Refugee, Syria, Syrian people, Turkey, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Erdal Turkoglu / EPA
By Per Liljas
Over the past 12 months, the number of refugees fleeing the two-year-old civil war in Syria has increased ten-fold, with more than 2 million now seeking sanctuary abroad, according to the U.N. refugee agency.
By year’s end, another million could be added with no sign of the flood abating, say officials. Combined with the 4.25 million people displaced within the country’s borders, more people have now been forced from their homes in Syria than in any other country.
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