An ex-FBI special agent who was involved in counterterrorism investigations warned that terrorists from Afghanistan have a high likelihood of getting on U.S. bound planes because of the Biden administration's distribution of blank visa papers across the country.
Kenneth Gray, a senior lecturer at the University of New Haven's Fire Science and Emergency Management Department, stated that the threat of Islamic State or al Qaeda entering the country through the southwest border is not increasing.
He said that al Qaeda and Islamic State have entered the refugee groups that are being evacuated from Afghanistan. This is because there are not enough vetting procedures to ensure that all the people leave Afghanistan.
David Fox, an American who was trapped in Kabul's capital, Afghanistan, last week revealed that he had received a similar visa paper from the State Department. He claimed that the same paper was sent to thousands more citizens and immigrants who might be eligible for the Special Immigrant visa. The form is completely blank and does not include a serial number or bar code.
What did these people do with a document that had no name? Fox said that they printed out 1,000 copies. There are tens of thousands more Afghans with this type of absurd, fake document that the State Department has created.
Because the information on the form is not available, it cannot be determined if anyone with the paper intended to use it or if they were photocopied.
Gray stated that if you give blank visas with no names on them or go through the vetting process, don't be surprised if ISIS and al Qaeda show up with the visas in their hands. Gray also said it was absurd for terrorists to illegally enter the country at the U.S. border.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the federal agency that inspects people at sea, air and land ports of entry. It stated in a statement to The Washington Examiner that it follows known and suspected terrorists through a rigorous, multilayered screening process.
Professor Gary Ackerman at the University at Albany, New York, doesn't think that thousands of radicalized individuals will soon be arriving in the U.S.
Ackerman, who teaches at The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity and works as a terrorism consultant for federal agency, stated that I don't think the highest echelon of al Qaeda and ISIS will be walking down Central Park in New York City. "I don't think it's a big threat for someone to say, 'I know how the visa papers look. I'm going to Photoshop it and go to the U.S.'."
Lists of terrorist watchlists and other databases are more extensive than ever, and any documents would be checked against federal databases. Federal authorities will also be able to determine fraud by using biometric data, which includes fingerprints and facial scans.
U.S. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is a Department of Homeland Security agency that will follow up on those who are admitted and, if there are any concerns, Ackerman stated that the government will pursue them.
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Ackerman was more concerned with the longer-term, such as how the Taliban's takeover in Afghanistan will affect jihadists worldwide and if the U.S. domestic terror threat is increasing in response to the events overseas.
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