Way back in 1986, President Reagan created the Alien Border Control Committee in response to several horrific terrorist attacks: the 1983 bombing of our Marine barracks in Lebanon that killed 241 soldiers, the hijackings of TWA flight 847 and the cruise liner Achille Lauro. The CIA complained that America was vulnerable to terrorists entering this country and creating sleeper cells. Reagan created ABCC so that the FBI and the CIA could work in tandem to root out those suspected terrorist illegals who had either over stayed their visas or entered the country illegally.
Within 6 months, the ABCC had it’s first success story. The CIA tipped off the FBI about a group of suspected Palestinian terrorists living in Los Angeles. Eight men were arrested. But instead of being applauded, they were slapped in the face by civil liberties organizations who held that information gleaned by the CIA from routine visa investigations, should be banned.
Can you imagine? This violated the civil liberties of not only non-Americans but illegal and suspected terrorist non-Americans. So this kind of information should not be allowed.
Leading these civil liberties groups was Congressman Barney Frank, always a big civil liberty advocate. He wrote an amendment to the Immigration and Nationality act that said that being a member of a terrorist group was not sufficient grounds to prevent enterance into the United States. A visa could only be denied if there was proof that the person in question had committed a terrorist act.
Mind you, this was all pre-9/11.
Thanks to this Frank amendment, there was no longer any way to prevent suspected terrorists from obtaining visas, even when there was information connecting them to terrorist organizations.
This was 25 years ago.
Barney Frank has been in Washington too long and has created way too much damage.
In September Najibullah Zazi was arrested for what is alleged as terrorist plots on New York sites. His plan was to use weapons of mass destruction on “persons and buildings in New York City” and a Brooklyn grand jury brought down an indictment. There is now evidence to suggest that this bus driver had contacts with a very high Al-Qaida official.
Has the White House or the Attorney General said anything positive about those involved in breaking this case? Have there been any pats on the backs from TheOne’s administration or TheOne himself, to those who are working to keep our country safe?
Holder is too busy trying to take down the CIA to acknowledge what appears to be a job well done by our intelligence and law enforcement communities. TheOne is too busy talking about how our cops “act stupidly” and not paying any attention to the bludgeoning of Derrion Albert in Chicago, to say a few words about what a debt we owe these hardworking cops who do their best to keep us safe.
I’m going to be constantly amazed and deeply appreciative at what law enforcement is doing to protect us, especially when I consider the onslaught they are suffering from Holder and the Obama administration.
It’s just disgraceful!