Let’s jump into the Way Back Machine and revisit a message that Barack Obama sent to the governors of our nation when they expressed concerns about plopping Syrian refugees down in our communities. And by “way back” I mean three weeks ago.
“In short, the security vetting for this population, the most vulnerable of individuals, is extraordinarily thorough and comprehensive,” Secretary of State John Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson write in letters sent to all state and territorial governors and to the mayor of Washington. D.C.
Huh. Our vetting process is extraordinarily thorough and comprehensive. And to their credit, our officials seem to be giving it the old college try. In fact, they vetted Tashfeen Malik three times before allowing her to come to the United States with her “fiancee” and settle in San Bernardino. Unfortunately, as the New York Times was forced to report last night, they missed a few things, such as the fact that she’d apparently been going on social media for years and talking about how she was in favor of violent jihad and wanted to be a part of the movement.
Tashfeen Malik, who with her husband carried out the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., passed three background checks by American immigration officials as she moved to the United States from Pakistan. None uncovered what Ms. Malik had made little effort to hide — that she talked openly on social media about her views on violent jihad.
She said she supported it. And she said she wanted to be a part of it.
American law enforcement officials said they recently discovered those old — and previously unreported — postings as they pieced together the lives of Ms. Malik and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, trying to understand how they pulled off the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
So how did that happen? They’re looking at a lot of people every year, so if there’s one needle in a haystack you may very well miss it I suppose. But that’s not the situation at all. The Department of Homeland Security told the Times that, immigration officials do not routinely review social media as part of their background checks. If that’s not bad enough, they followed up by saying that the department is still debating whether it is even appropriate to do so.
So we’re not yet at the point of asking whether we’re even capable of going through the social media posts of visitors looking to come to us from terrorist infested places like Pakistan. We’re still arguing about whether we even should? Our extraordinarily thorough and comprehensive vetting process doesn’t include checking Twitter to see if the girl was recently chatting with her friends about how cool it would be to blow up a football stadium. But at the very same time, you’re an Islamophobe if you don’t want the refugees settled in your community or if you think we should slow down the flow of new visas being issued to applicants from the most sketchy regions. Yeah… that makes a lot of sense.
If you’d like a bit of irony served up with your Sunday morning coffee, the editorial board of the same newspaper that brought us that report took time out on the very same day to once again praise the new Prime Minister of Canada for his warm, welcoming embrace of the “refugees” and cast aspersions on the United States. (New York Times)
Until Mr. Trudeau’s election, the Canadian government had been among Western countries that had responded to the refugee crisis with more apprehension than compassion. Mr. Trudeau changed that by ordering his government to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year and at least 25,000 by the end of March.
“We get to show the world how to open our hearts and welcome in people who are fleeing extraordinarily difficult situations,” Mr. Trudeau said during a brief speech at the airport, where the refugees had arrived on a Canadian military plane. “Tonight they step off the plane as refugees, but they walk out of this terminal as permanent residents of Canada.”
Well that’s just touching and heartwarming, isn’t it? And they couldn’t help themselves when it came to comparing the Canadians to the awful hatemongers in America.
The prime minister made no direct mention of Canada’s southern neighbor in his speech on Thursday. Yet he spoke unmistakably to a broader audience when he said: “This is something that we are able to do in this country because we define a Canadian not by a skin color or a language or a religion or a background, but by a shared set of values, aspirations, hopes and dreams that not just Canadians but people around the world share.”
Yes, Mr. Trudeau, I’m sure all of the “refugees” you’re handing out new winter coats to are going to be just fine. What could possibly go wrong? I mean, just because you already found an ISIS terror plot being hatched which was targeting Toronto, that’s probably just an aberration, right? When you finish congratulating yourself, you should drop a note to a few people letting them know that you’ve got this vetting thing under control. Start with the families of Robert Adams, 40; Isaac Amanios, 60; Bennetta Bet-Badal, 46; Harry Bowman, 46; Sierra Clayborn, 27; Juan Espinoza, 50; Aurora Godoy, 26; Shannon Johnson, 45; Larry Kaufman, 42; Damian Meins, 58; Tin Nguyen, 31; Nicholas Thalasinos, 52; Yvette Velasco, 27 and Michael Wetzel, 37.