On July 2, 2021 CNN reported, All US forces have left Bagram Air Base, as US withdrawal from Afghanistan nears completion. That report began with these three paragraphs:
(CNN) The last US troops have left Bagram Air Base, according to a US defense official, marking the end of the American presence at the sprawling compound that became the center of military power in Afghanistan.
The full withdrawal of US troops from the country is not complete yet but expected very soon.
Nearly two decades after the first American troops arrived at Bagram and helped take control of the field after the 9/11 attacks, the transfer of the field to the Afghan military proceeded without fanfare, a hushed finale that portends the imminent conclusion of America’s longest war.
As the CNN report noted, the massive U.S. presence in Afghanistan (and other countries in the Middle East) was triggered by the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
Now it is believed that U.S. troops will, literally, unceremoniously, clear out of Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the worst terror attack ever carried out on U.S. soil.
The CNN report went on to note:
Bagram was officially handed over to the Afghan military Friday, Rohullah Ahamadzai, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense told CNN.
But the withdrawal from Bagram, devoid of any pomp and ceremony, is a symbolic victory for the Taliban, who have waged a relentless cross-country battle against the Afghan military, pushing back government forces and overrunning a growing number of districts.
Today the Taliban is waiting in the wings to take control of cities across Afghanistan to provide terrorists the opportunity to regroup in that beleaguered country to create training camps and pose a threat to countries around the world, including the United States.
When President Bush sent troops to the Middle East, in the wake of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, he said that we would fight the terrorists “over there- so that we won’t have to fight them over here.”
President Obama echoed that claim, that our military efforts “over there” were being carried out so that the United States would not have to fight the terrorists “over here.”
Both Presidents ignored what should have been obvious- we have to fight the terrorists “over here” because they are here!
Subsequent deadly attacks inside the United States and other unsuccessful terror attacks attempted by international terrorists in the United States makes clear the unavoidable fact that there is, indeed, a continuing “war on terror” being waged inside the borders of the United States.
To state the obvious, if alien terrorists are operating inside the United States, the immigration system is failing and national security and public safety are being undermined.
The 9/11 Commission determined that multiple immigration-related failures were exploited repeatedly by international terrorists and not just on 9/11.
Now, although the “All Clear” has not sounded, the Biden administration is essentially ending the war on terror “over there”.
Add this fact to the open borders policies of the Biden administration that has not only encouraged, aided and abetted a human tsunami of illegal aliens to head for the United States from countries around the world, in including countries associated with terrorism, but has also al but shut down the enforcement of the immigration laws from within the interior of the United States.
This is a catastrophe waiting to happen!
I wrote about my concerns about Biden’s immigration agenda in an article published on January 19, 2021, What Biden’s Immigration Policies Would Do To America. The subtitle to my earlier article said it all, America’s adversaries can’t wait for this massive betrayal.
In an earlier piece I urge you to read, Biden’s DHS: Department of Homeland Surrender, I expressed my extreme consternation over Mr. Biden’s pick for the vital position of the Director of the DHS (Department of Homeland Security), Alejandro Mayorkas who had created DACA for the Obama administration came to the job with lots of “baggage.”
Mayorkas had garnered a reputation for demanding that the adjudications officers who worked under his “leadership” at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) “get to yes”. In other words he wanted applications for various immigration benefits approved, even though the 9/11 Commission identified immigration fraud as the key method of entry and embedding for terrorists.
By a strange coincidence, my earlier article about Mayorkas was published on December 7, 2020, the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The parallel between the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese fleet is a parallel worth considering to underscore the magnitude of the threat we face to international terrorists.
Nineteen terrorists carried out the attacks of 9/11 and they killed more people than America lost to the Japanese Fleet on December 7, 1941. Furthermore, the death toll from 9/11 continues as more Americans, mostly first responders, continue to die from their exposures to the deadly toxins that were released when the buildings collapsed.
In point of fact, the 9/11 Commission determined that the ability of the terrorists to travel around the world and cross international borders, especially the borders of the United States, was essential to ability of the terrorists to carry out those deadly attacks.
These obvious facts were not only a major theme of the 9/11 Commission Report but was the focus of an official report authored by the 9/11 Commission Staff that consisted of government attorneys and federal agents, 9/11 and Terrorist Travel.
This report focused specifically on the ability of the terrorists to travel around the world, enter the United States and ultimately embed themselves in the United States as they went about their deadly preparations.and carry out an attack. The preface of this report begins with the following paragraph:
It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made one.
Page 46 and 47 of this report noted:
Once terrorists had entered the United States, their next challenge was to find a way to remain here. Their primary method was immigration fraud. For example, Yousef and Ajaj concocted bogus political asylum stories when they arrived in the United States. Mahmoud Abouhalima, involved in both the World Trade Center and landmarks plots, received temporary residence under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers (SAW) program, after falsely claiming that he picked beans in Florida.” Mohammed Salameh, who rented the truck used in the bombing, overstayed his tourist visa. He then applied for permanent residency under the agricultural workers program, but was rejected. Eyad Mahmoud Ismail, who drove the van containing the bomb, took English-language classes at Wichita State University in Kansas on a student visa; after he dropped out, he remained in the United States out of status.
Page 61 contained this passage:
Exploring the Link between Human Smugglers and Terrorists
In July 2001, the CIA warned of a possible link between human smugglers and terrorist
groups, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Indeed, there is
evidence to suggest that since 1999 human smugglers have facilitated the travel of
terrorists associated with more than a dozen extremist groups. With their global reach and connections to fraudulent document vendors and corrupt government officials, human smugglers clearly have the “credentials” necessary to aid terrorist travel.
This paragraph is found on page 98 under the title “Immigration Benefits:”
Terrorists in the 1990s, as well as the September 11 hijackers, needed to find a way to stay in or embed themselves in the United States if their operational plans were to come to fruition. As already discussed, this could be accomplished legally by marrying an American citizen, achieving temporary worker status, or applying for asylum after entering. In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack.
It is important to note that bin Laden obviously paid attention to the 9/11 Commission Report and understood the significance of our immigration system. The New York Times published an article on May 20, 2015, “In Osama bin Laden Library: Illuminati and Bob Woodward” that reported on what American commandos discovered when they raided bin Laden’s compound on May 2, 2011. Here is a significant paragraph:
He also appeared to have maintained a keen interest in what the United States government thought of Al Qaeda. A copy of “The 9/11 Commission Report” was found in the compound in Abbottabad, as were three reports on Al Qaeda by the Congressional Research Service. There was also an application for American citizenship (no word on whether it was filled out).
It has been reported that up until his demise, bin Laden was determined to carry out future attacks on the United States to kill Americans. Clearly he was interested in the analysis of the attacks that was produced by the 9/11 Commission. Perhaps he was concerned about vulnerabilities that were identified that future attacks he wanted to carry out might not be able to exploit. It would also be interesting to know what the Congressional Research Service reports found in his compound were focused on.
Finally- and of great importance, is the fact that an application for United States citizenship was found in bin Laden’s compound, certainly pointing to his interest in the United States immigration system.
Furthermore, that United States citizenship provide the “Keys to the Kingdom” to those who acquire U.S. citizenship, whether it is through birth in the United States or through the naturalization process was obviously not ignored by bin Laden or his adherents and successors.
The 9/11 Commission worked to prevent terror attacks in the United States. It is incomprehensible that Biden and his administration are acting in direct opposition to the findings and recommendation of that report, thereby undermining national security and public safety. Nevertheless, no one from either political party ever mentions the 9/11 Commission Report or its findings and recommendations.
It’s time we dusted it off those vital reports and demand answers from those elected to “represent” us, We the People!