COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 20, 2016 — The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security is a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Its responsibilities include security legislation and oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The committee may amend, approve or table security-related bills. It also has the power to hold hearings, conduct investigations and subpoena witnesses.
The committee serves as the public’s eyes and ears to guard the nation’s safety, particularly in its monitoring of the DHS. To that end, the committee took testimony from Kelli Ann Burriesci, the deputy assistant secretary for Screening Coordination, Office of Policy of the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Her annual salary for this extraordinary job title is $154,134.
The committee assumed that, given her title and pay grade, deputy secretary Burriesci would be qualified to answer their basic questions about the tracking of terrorists in the country. Last Thursday, she sat before the committee to respond to their questions about terrorism and the visa waiver program.
Burriesci was unable to answer even one of the committee’s most basic questions. Committee chair Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, offered this blistering rebuke after she offered nothing in the way of information:
“Ms. Burriesci, I’ve asked you the number of Americans who’ve traveled to Syria, you don’t know. The number of Americans who may have traveled and returned, you don’t know. The number of Syrian refugees who’ve entered the country in the last year, you don’t know. The number of visa waiver program overstays, you don’t know. The number of visa waiver overstays who may have been to Syria before they came here, you don’t know. And the number of American citizens on the no-fly list, and you don’t know. And yet you are the deputy assistant secretary for Screening Coordination, Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security in front of the oversight committee and you can’t give us one single number to some, I think, pretty basic questions?
As President Obama supersedes his administrative authority by giving thousands of illegal immigrants a pass, and as his justice department sues the State of Arizona over its singular efforts to stem the flow of illegals across its border, Burriesci’s non-testimony and cavalier attitude about her tracking role seem to be right in line with and reflective of this administration’s open borders policies.
According to Donald Trump’s online platform, “A nation without borders is not a nation.” His nationalist stance has rung a bell in American fly-over country. The rough but improving candidate has made numerous campaign gaffes, any one of which would have sunk other candidates.
Yet to the consternation of official Washington and the mainstream media, he has survived, even prospered.
Was Burriesci’s unprofessional testimony solely a reflection of incompetence, or is there something more profound going on? Perhaps she’s nothing more than a competent soldier in Obama’s army of young and idealistic globalists, loyal less to an antiquated Constitution than to their new, progressive world. It’s a world with no borders, peaceable kumbayas, American entertainers serenading a shattered Paris, and re-set buttons with our new good friends in Putin’s Russia.
While the globalist agenda has never been stronger than under President Obama, it did not start with him. A Trump presidency might sharply curtail it. While Trump works to change the face of the Republican Party to a practical America-first profile and expand the party’s “Big Tent,” he also threatens to rattle traditional rice bowls and upset the deals and pay-offs that are de rigueur within the cash-and-carry Beltway. In consequence, the Washington establishment has read the tea leaves and lined up against Trump.
The “Never Trump” campaign cannot just be about the New Yorker’s blunt language, though his manner does upset the easily offended. Under any other scenario, a candidate who broadened the voter rolls of a party would be lauded and feted at the soirees of the “important.” But because Trump represents disenfranchised Americans who live outside the magic circle, those inside the club, many of whom embrace globalism, are taking to the ramparts.
Kelli Ann Burriesci is a loyal member of the New Order. With her non-answers to the committee, she managed to convey the Obama administration’s middle finger to the Congress, de-fanged third branch of government. She is yet another sign that the system of checks and balances under a tired nationalist Constitution are considered passe. The deciders and globalists and surrogates like Burriesci are not easily ceding their hegemony to upstarts like Trump and his fellow nationalists.
There’s probably a performance award check soon to be cut to Burriesci by a grateful Obama DHS. With her insolence to the committee, she provided another reminder of the obsolescence of representative government. If her behavior isn’t enough to convince you of that fact, have a look at the delegate rules in both political parties.
Outsiders, nationalists, sincere Americans with truth in their hearts and copies of the U.S. Constitution in their pockets need not apply.
The ‘Ins’ don’t need no blinkin’ oversight!