There Are 72 DHS Employees on the Terror Watch List


Congressman Lynch

Obama is worried about people on the terror watch list buying guns legally but one has to wonder why since his Department of Homeland Security has hired 72 people on the terror watch list.

WGBH News: Congressman Stephen Lynch was on Boston Public Radio three days ago and was asked why he decided to be one of 47 Democrats who voted with the GOP bill to ramp up screening requirements for Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

What he said after that is basically being ignored by the media but it is serious.

Six dozen DHS employees are on the terror watch list, and the TSA has a 95% failure rate is the reason! I don’t need to editorialize on this except to ask how they are going to screen refugees if we can’t screen them for jobs at the Department of Homeland Security?

Paraphrased from the congressman:

Back in August, we did an investigation—the inspector General did—of the Department of Homeland Security, and they had 72 individuals that were on the terrorist watch list that were actually working at the Department of Homeland Security. The director had to resign because of that. Then we went further and did and eight-airport investigation. We had staffers go into eight different airports to test the department of homeland security screening process at major airports. They had a 95 percent failure rate. We had folks—this was a testing exercise, so we had folks going in there with guns on their ankles, and other weapons on their persons, and there was a 95 percent failure rate.

I have very low confidence based on empirical data that we’ve got on the Department of Homeland Security. I think we desperately need another set of eyeballs looking at the vetting process. That’s vetting that’s being done at major airports where we have a stationary person coming through a facility, and we’re failing 95 percent of the time. I have even lower confidence that they can conduct the vetting process in places like Jordan, or Belize or on the Syrian border, or in Cairo, or Beirut in any better fashion, especially given the huge volume of applicants we’ve had seeking refugee status.

We have been hearing for some time now that the Executive branch has been inundated with radicals, perhaps that’s true.

I wonder if the 72 are still working at DHS?

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