GOP Rep Argues WH Should Declassify Terror Threats

( – Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio has called on the Biden administration to declassify information on the terror threat facing the United States. In a media interview, Rep. Turner said that a public debate must take place in Congress and that all data on terrorism should be made available to the American public. He emphasized that the open southern US border and Biden administration policy are making it easy for terrorists to come to America and placing US lives in danger.

Turner referred to the testimony of FBI Director Christopher Wray in Congress in June, when he said that unknown terrorists are entering the US illegally at numbers not seen before. The FBI Director explained that one of his agency’s biggest problems is the lack of records on individuals in their home country, making it impossible for them to be vetted. Mr. Wray added that far less information is available since the US withdrew from Afghanistan in 2021.

Wray’s remarks came weeks after the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Taskforce, partnered with US Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, arrested eight Tajikistan nationals with connections to ISIS. The men were apprehended in New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles and detained for immigration violations.

Reports later indicated that at least one of the individuals had entered the US via San Diego and was detained and vetted before being released. Additionally, several had been in the United States for months before their arrest.

Law enforcement evidence furthermore hints that even those on American terror watch lists are not always flagged up. For instance, Customs and Border Patrol agents released illegal immigrant Mohammed Kharwin last March, who is included in the FBI’s terrorist watchlist and was free for a year before his links to terrorism were uncovered. The FBI’s database indicates that Kharwin is a member of Hezb-e-Islami, a radical anti-Western political and paramilitary group designated a terrorist organization by the US.

Hezb-e-Islami was responsible for a 2021 attack in Afghanistan that killed nine American soldiers.

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