Wednesday, July 25, 2012
DHS Head Napolitano: 'Expect More Members Of Islamist Terrorist Groups To Get U.S. Visas'
As compared with trying to stop Chick-fil-A from doing business by labeling them anti-gay, this isn't getting hardly any attention from the press at all. It deserves to.
Janet Napolitano, the head of the Department of Homeland Security(DHS) had to answer a few questions in front of the House Homeland Security Committee chaired by Rep. Peter King.
She was asked about a little item I mentioned before, the issuing of a state department visa to a member of an organization officially designated as a terrorist group, one Hani Nour Eldin.
Of course, if you remember, I was able to reveal that Eldin was the the chosen ambassador of the Egyptian Islamists to the White House, sent to ask for their assistance in getting the junta to turn over power to them.
But afterwards, there remained these nagging questions asked Rep. King and members of his committee. What was the State Department doing giving Eldin a visa? Why wasn't this run by Congress for its approval first, as U.S. law demands?
Napolitano's response? Expect more of the same, and like it.
“I think you are right in pointing out that as we move forward we are going to continue to have visitors to this country that the State Department and others feel are useful to bring to the country to have discussions moving forward who say they are members of the political party that in the past have been so designated,” Napolitano told House Homeland Security Committee chairman Pete King, R-N.Y. during a committee hearing this morning.
“I think we have to add more nuance to that,” she said when King mentioned that Eldin is part of a designated foreign terrorist organization. “We have to know what the group was. Is it now a political party that is running the government of a country that has strong ties to the United States?” She added that he went through three stages of vetting and “everyone who looked at this person felt confident that he was not a security risk to the White House or to the United States.”
Of course, the obvious questions at that point were 'what stages of vetting were done? what did it consist of? What were the criteria? Who exactly signed off on the different stages of this vetting?
King accused the Obama Administration and the State Department of not complying with either the letter or the spirit of the law, Napolitano's response was revealing about the kind of arrogance the Obama Administration regards U.S. law with when it gets in the way of what they want.
She simply nodded and said, "on the process, that’s a fair point to make."
And as far as her addressing King's legitimate question about why Congress was left out of the loop?
The Obama Administration simply wanted Eldin in so they could receive his message from he Muslim Brotherhood, so they let him in and brought him to the White House.
Congress, U.S. Law and normal prudence be damned.