Monday, August 22, 2022

Agents Nab 10 More Terrorism Suspects at the Southern Border in July; Hundreds of Afghans on Terror Watchlist Released in U.S., Says DOD Whistleblower

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Agents nab 10 more terrorism suspects at the southern border in July
Border Patrol agents caught 10 more terrorism suspects at the U.S.-Mexico boundary in July, according to new numbers released by Homeland Security on Monday.
Fentanyl seizures at the southern border also hit an all-time high, suggesting the overall flow of the deadly drug is skyrocketing.
Customs and Border Protection reported catching 2,072 pounds of fentanyl at the border, up from 640 pounds in June, and obliterating the previous record set in April of 1,281 pounds.
Officials believe that seizures are a yardstick of overall flow, so the more seized, the more is likely getting through.
Illegal immigration at the southern border, as measured by arrests and encounters, did dip for a second straight month, with just fewer than 200,000 people crossing the border illegally caught by CBP agents and officers.
CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus took credit, saying it appears the administration’s effort to discourage new migrants is working.
“This marks the second month in a row of decreased encounters along the Southwest border. While the encounter numbers remain high, this is a positive trend and the first two-month drop since October 2021,” he said. --->READ MORE HERE
Hundreds of Afghans on Terror Watchlist Released in U.S., Says DOD Whistleblower:
Hundreds of unvetted Afghan refugees released in the United States by the Biden administration are on a Department of Defense (DOD) watchlist of suspected and known terrorists, according to a Pentagon whistleblower. The database is known as Biometrically Enabled Watchlist (BEWL), and it identifies individuals whose unique physical characteristics have been flagged by analysts to be national security threats. Some 324 Afghan evacuees who appear in the system were freed in the U.S., the DOD whistleblower says. The information has sparked outrage among some members of Congress who assert known suspected terrorists were let into the U.S. last year “after the administration’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
At least two U.S. Senators are demanding and immediate investigation by the DOD Inspector General. In a letter to the Pentagon watchdog, the lawmakers, Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, write that the whistleblower’s information may show the Biden administration’s failure to vet those evacuated from Afghanistan was even worse than the public was led to believe. The whistleblower also alleges that political appointees at the National Security Council (NSC) and DOD instructed agency personnel to cut corners when processing evacuees in Afghanistan and at staging bases in Europe, the lawmakers write. Rather than administer fingerprint tests on all ten fingers, personnel were told to abbreviate tests to promote the rushed evacuation from Afghanistan. “Finally, it is alleged that personnel at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who work on vetting Afghan evacuees have been authorized to delete old biometric data, whenever they personally believed that such information is out of date,” the senators write. “This is a troubling development that could threaten national security and public safety.” --->READ MORE HERE
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