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“The continued civil war and destabilization in Syria undeniably make it more difficult to acquire the information needed to conduct reliable threat assessments on specific refugees,” they wrote in the letter two weeks ago.
With tens of thousands of Syrians joining groups in the region like the Islamic State, the U.S. government “cannot allow the refugee process to become a backdoor for jihadists,” they added.
At the hearing Wednesday, an FBI official also questioned whether the U.S. intelligence community – with few assets on the ground in Syria and little insight into the country from elsewhere – can provide authorities with the information they need to properly determine whether any refugee could pose a threat.
"You have to have information to vet,” said FBI Assistant Director Michael Steinbach, who heads the bureau’s counterterrorism division. “Databases don't [have] the information on those individuals, and that's the concern.”
The U.S. simply does not have the resources to stop Islamic radicals in Syria from slipping into the country through the State Department’s refugee-resettlement program, said Michael Steinbach, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s counter terrorism unit.
Separating legitimate refugees from terrorists was difficult enough in Iraq, where the U.S. had a large occupation force. Even then, the U.S. government’s vetting process missed “dozens” of Iraqi jihadists who slipped into the country posing as refugees and took up residence in Kentucky, according to a November 2013 ABC News report.
Exclusive: US May Have Let 'Dozens' of Terrorists Into Country As Refugees
Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.
insanity or purposely?edit on 072828p://bWednesday2015 by Stormdancer777 because: (no reason given)
Red Herring: something, especially a clue, that is or is intended to be misleading or distracting. If a herring is dragged across a trail that hounds are following, it throws them off the scent.
originally posted by: MKMoniker
a reply to: Stormdancer777
Well, of course! Team Obama only has a few years left to find a way to declare Martial Law and set up a fascist state, so King and Queen Obama never have to leave the White House.
NEW YORK TERRORIST WHO THREATENS KILLER BACTERIA THRU AIR - RELEASED
ISIS AND MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS IN CONTACT - COMING ACROSS SOUTHERN U.S. BORDER
And Hey! Since we trained some/most of these rebels/terrorists, they may know more about "setting up terrorist networks in the U.S." that most citizens do!
(2014) LEARNING TO FIGHT LIKE AN AMERICAN AT THE FSA TRAINING CAMP IN JORDAN