National Security Experts Warn (Again) that ISIS Will Exploit Migrant Flow

clapperTwo of the nation’s top intelligence officials testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee and offered chilling warnings about how mass international migration poses serious threats to our homeland security.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stated plainly that ISIS is exploiting the flood of migrants from Syria and Iraq to infiltrate operatives into Western nations. ISIS is “taking advantage of the torrent of migrants to insert operatives into that flow,” Clapper testified. He noted that the terrorist group is “pretty skilled at phony passports so they can travel ostensibly as legitimate travelers.” Clapper also warned that 38,200 foreign fighters have traveled to Syria since 2012, including nearly 7,000 who hold Western passports.

In the aftermath of the December jihadist attack in San Bernardino, California, it is evident that our intelligence agencies do not have the capacity to identify and screen out migrants who pose security threats. Nevertheless, the Obama administration is determined to move forward with its plans to resettle at least 10,000 Syrians in the U.S. this year.

The threat will continue to grow as a result of what Clapper describes as“homegrown violent extremists.” “The July 2015 attack against military facilities in Chattanooga and December 2015 attack in

San Bernardino demonstrate the threat that homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) also pose to the homeland,” Clapper said.

Clapper’s warnings were echoed by Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Gen, Stewart told senators that ISIS “will probably attempt to conduct additional attacks in Europe, and attempt to direct attacks on the U.S. homeland in 2016.”

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    I am sorry but his guy in the picture is correct….but he watches too many action movies……

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    Open borders, pro illegal alien amnesty Jeb Bush says we have to bring Muslims into our country so they will like us. He isn’t any smarter than his incompetent brother who gave the world the current catastrophe in the Middle East, at the cost of thousands dead and trillions in debt. Thankfully it won’t matter how much money Daddy Bush’s cronies lavish on Jeb’s campaign, because no one wants another Bush in the White House.

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        Yes No Change

        You’re a good blogger recently….you have new opinions [that many of us disagree with, but so what?] and better yet, you’re intelligent enough to recently change your mind with new facts. Good for you, my kind of top quality professional.

        I agree with most of the attacks on Trump, but so does Trump…..he wants the inefficiency of welfares to the rich eliminated too, like federal deficits paying for their downtown condos when they bankrupt. He just doesn’t want their profits taxed out of the country, a reality even us Democrats understand.

        The main thing now, we have to be honest and stop the lying, like Cruz. Trump uses cuss words Establishment Rubio accuses… what?…..LOL

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          SW I have agree with you sentiments and mostly opinions so far but if you think about it the whole thing is such a mess…..for instance the illegals…….the mexicans low skill…just do the math…..3% or so of the population mostly working either off the books or if under somebody;s name the taxes paid….so when politicians blame such small demographics…..I get a kick out of it when they never protected our companies and the in/outsource of the jobs….that is the worst and main hit on the middle class such as your career and mine….they take that away and we will be India in the next 50 years or less…..this subject is too big…..:)

          and if we differ on opinions that is what is called “transfer of knowledge” and triggers more awareness on what we do not know or understand………cheers!!!

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          Last, SW my apologies for having been too direct and I believe rude to you a few times….but I did it because you are an intelligent person ……I like what Trump says but I have my doubts due to the way he did business in NY where I lived most of my live and I am afraid he will divide Congress even more.

          So far Trump’s time and money investment is for his advancement even if he does not win,,,so he is having fun and why not…..the guy does not depend financially almost anybody… good for him.

          We need to exercise our voting rights to its fullest 100% and improve our place……….if that were to happen and change Congress two to sessions to serve only, no pensions…etc etc….then our politicians would do what they are meant to : serve The People and not the other way around!!!

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          SW I think it i happening what I was afraid it was going to…..Trump has gone senile…he is too old and unbalanced to run a country….

          Donald Trump Runs Incendiary Anti-Immigrant Ad in South he is making this a controversy…he is playing with fire and he will lose the elections for sure…..

          You can’t run a presidential campaign based on racism and hate….he is cooked!!!

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    Let’s not forget that the Boston bomber brothers had assistance after the fact from friends who were here on expired student visas, and from the same area of the world as they were. The friends recognized their pictures from the media and not only did not notify the authorities, but removed and destroyed evidence.

    As for “homegrown violent extremists”, the fact is that many of these people were either born here or lived here for years, but they hated this country. The common thread? Islam.

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      I am sorry Leland could you please explain the Oklahoma event was also Islam? or other many done by homegrown ones….the fact is these people would have lost it regardless of Islam…my point being is that you cannot generalize……..however there is a fact that comes form every culture………..and its is the crazy events that mark and points to the Islam nation… that never mixed with the Western World…so I do agree with what you emotion but not how you expressed it…….