Note to DC: It’s high time for ‘extreme’ values vetting

Note to DC: It’s high time for ‘extreme’ values vetting

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There was a time – long before Donald Trump – when the American government boldly engaged in “extreme vetting.”

The investigation of the 2016 Manhattan bombing, as seen from 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue. (Via Wikipedia entry on NYC/NJ 2016 bombings, CC 4.0)

WASHINGTON, September 20, 2016 — Hillary Clinton isn’t the only one to outsmart the FBI. Ahmad Khan Rahami, the naturalized American citizen from Afghanistan suspected of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey, also managed to slip through their fingers.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rahami “made at least three months-long trips to Pakistan and Afghanistan since 2014. He married a Pakistani woman and brought her to the U.S. as his wife.”

One of these visits to Pakistan lasted nearly a year, with Rahami traveling to Quetta, a Taliban stronghold.

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None of this ever caught the notice of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—nor of Clinton’s Praetorian Guard at the FBI.

“There is nothing to indicate, currently, that he was on our radar,” William Sweeney, Jr., assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, told reporters at a press briefing last Monday.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (left) with the FBI's William Sweeney, Jr.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (left) with the FBI’s William Sweeney, Jr.

Contradicting that statement, the suspect’s father, Mohammad Rahami, told reporters Tuesday, “Two years [ago] I called the FBI [on] my son … they check it almost two months … they say he’s not a terrorist. I said, ‘Okay.’ Now they say he is a terrorist. I say, ‘Okay.’”

Given the FBI’s whitewashing of Clinton’s illegal handling of U.S. government secrets, the elder Rahami is more credible than the FBI spokesman.

To be fair, the FBI is a law enforcement agency; they investigate only after a crime has been committed. That is, after the chalk line has been drawn around the lifeless victim. It is America’s immigration policies that must stop potential jihadists from ever entering our nation in the first place. Clearly that’s currently not the case.

Surveillance image taken of NYC/NJ bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami. (Via Wikipedia entry on Rahami, U.S. Government image, public domain.)
Surveillance image taken of NYC/NJ bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami. (Via Wikipedia entry on Rahami, U.S. Government image, public domain.)

In August, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced a new immigration policy tied to “extreme vetting”:

A Trump administration will establish a clear principle that will govern all decisions pertaining to immigration: we should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people … Pride in our institutions, our history, and our values should be taught by parents and teachers, and impressed upon all who join our society … Our system of government, and our American culture, is the best in the world and will produce the best outcomes for all who adopt it.

Vox’s Dara Lind misrepresented Trump’s speech as singling out one religion in particular. “In putting belief in Islam on par with subscribing to communism during the Cold War, Trump suggests that belief in Islam is at odds with American values,” she said.

After the bombings in New York and New Jersey last weekend, Trump again addressed the issue of vetting, noting Israel’s example. “They profile. They see somebody that’s suspicious. They will profile. They will take that person in. They will check it out,” he told Fox News.

A CNN headline announced, “Trump says ‘Racial Profiling’ will Stop Terror.”

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What Trump is advocating has nothing to do with race or religion and everything to do with, as he clearly stated, “values.”

That’s because the values openly expressed by radical Islamists have more in common with the noxious, occult notions of Nazi Germany than the Enlightenment ideas that sparked the American Revolution and guided our Founders to establish government institutions designed to respect the unalienable rights of the individual at the expense of its own power and that of the political majority.


Ahmad Khan Rahami and his fellow totalitarians seek to murder those who do not “submit” to their brand of Islam. He and his ilk honor the Nazis by attempting to complete what they began at places like Auschwitz.

In a video aimed at Israel, an ISIS spokesman said, “We promise you that soon there will not be a single Jew in Jerusalem and throughout the country. And we’ll continue on until we eradicate this disease [Jews] worldwide.”

Jihadists and their leftist fellow travelers in the mainstream media have no sense of history or irony. Foreigners coming to America who wish to extend their stay need only ask a flight attendant for a DS-156 visa form.

This bureaucratic document has been updated only slightly since it was introduced shortly after the Second World War. In it, foreigners are asked, “Have you ever participated in persecutions directed by the Nazi government; or have you ever participated in genocide? Have you ever participated in, ordered, or engaged in torture, or extrajudicial killings?”

You see, there was a time—long before Donald Trump—when the American government engaged in “extreme vetting” to protect the American people from foreigners with the wrong kind of values.

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