Disturbing Revelations About National Security

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At a House oversight committee hearing on Thursday, representatives challenged Obama administration officials on what they were doing to keep Americans safe in the wake of the San Bernardino tragedy. Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who led the hearings, opened the day with some pointed remarks regarding terrorist Tashfeen Malik and her damning comments on social media.

“It is unclear,” Chaffetz said, “how someone who so openly discussed her hatred of our country and way of life could easily pass three background checks. We need to understand how the breakdown happened with Malik and what we are doing to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Perhaps the most disturbing revelation Thursday was when Michele Thoren Bond of the Bureau of Consular Affairs attempted to defend the Obama administration’s security approach. Bond noted in the hearing that the U.S. has yanked more than 122,000 visas since 2001, nearly 10,000 of which were revoked due to terrorism concerns.

Her attempt to allay fears was ill-conceived, however. Chaffetz asked her where those thousands of foreigners were now located. “You don’t have a clue, do you?” he asked.

“I don’t know,” she admitted.

And people wonder how voters could support Donald Trump. When he says that America is being run by people who don’t know what they’re doing, look no further than these hearings to find your confirmation.

In addition to admitting that there were potentially thousands of foreigners with ties to terrorism running around in the United States, officials made excuses for their failure to use social media to vet incoming immigrants.

“If half the employers are doing it in the United States of America, if colleges are doing it for students, why wouldn’t Homeland Security do it?” asked Rep. Stephen Lynch.

Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said, “There is less there that is actually of screening value than you would expect, at least in small early samples, some things seem more ambiguous than clear.” He went on to say that since these posts were made in a foreign alphabet, they were sometimes difficult to translate.

Difficult to translate? There’s no one in these departments who actually speaks the language?

The hearings made it clear that this administration has not taken seriously the responsibility of keeping the homeland safe. And now their failures are coming back to haunt America as we face down a brand new era of radical jihad.

How anyone from the White House down could approve such a cavalier approach to American security is baffling. This goes beyond incompetence into willful malpractice. That anyone could even think of electing a president next November who not only vows to carry on Obama’s legacy but who was actually a central part of his administration is frightening.