Federal agency created “hands off” list to give suspected terrorists VIP treatment
The revelation that the Department of Homeland Security maintains a “hands off” list of individuals with terrorist ties, allowing them unfettered entrance to the United States, is even more grievous considering the fact that the federal agency has repeatedly smeared ordinary Americans as violent extremists.
“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretly assembled a terrorist “hands off” list that permitted individuals with terrorist ties unfettered entrance into the United States, according to document released by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa),” reports the Washington Free Beacon, adding that, “Jamal Badawi, a Canadian Islamist leader who has praised suicide bombing and is close to Hamas and Hezbollah,” was one such individual afforded DHS protection.
The records of hundreds of terror suspects were also purged as a result of a deliberate DHS policy at the behest of former Secretary Janet Napolitano.
As we reported in January, it also emerged that Muslim Brotherhood members with ties to terrorism traveling through Minneapolis Airport, New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport and Dulles Airport in April 2012 were handed “port courtesies,” with the State Department telling the DHS to ensure the men “not be pulled into secondary upon arrival at a point of entry.”
To make matters worse, while turning a blind eye or indeed protecting suspected terrorists, the DHS has since its inception embarked on a public relations campaign to demonize Americans as violent extremists for little more than holding certain political beliefs.
Perhaps the most egregious example emerged in 2012 when a leaked study (PDF) produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, and funded by the DHS to the tune of $12 million dollars, largely ignored Islamic terrorism while concentrating on the threat posed by Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty,” in addition to;
– Americans who believe their “way of life” is under attack;
– Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”;
– People who consider themselves “anti-global” (presumably those who are wary of the loss of American sovereignty);
– Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”;
– People who “believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.”
While the DHS was compiling a “hands off” list of suspected terrorists who were to be given VIP treatment and allowing such individuals to enter the U.S. on a red carpet, the federal agency was simultaneously funding reports which characterized conservatives, libertarians and basically any American who cherishes liberty as dangerous radicals.
Let’s also not forget the fact that the DHS is responsible for the release of around 68,000 convicted illegal immigrants each year.
Given that suspected terrorists are now being deliberately allowed into the United States unimpeded while politically active Americans are being smeared as violent extremists, the Department of Homeland Security has become so bloated and corrupt that it now actually represents a security threat to the country, which is ironic given that it was created with the express purpose of protecting America from terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11.