There were two stunning revelations Wednesday when FBI Director Jim Comey testified before the congressional committee and it is clear we need a thorough and transparent vetting of refugees and we must have an honest debate on refugees from terrorist nations.
Jim Comey discussed the ability of terrorists to encrypt their messages. Comey has been holding discussions with Internet providers about breaking the encryption. He couldn’t discuss the San Bernardino case because it’s under investigation but he did say something very interesting about the Garland, Texas case.
In the Texas case, two terrorists went to Garland, Texas with the intention of killing participants and attendees at a Draw Mohammed cartoon contest held by Pamela Geller. The news was more about Pamela Geller who was harshly criticized for holding the contest.
On Twitter, minutes prior to the attack, one of the gunmen posted “May Allah accept us as mujahideen” with the hashtag #texasattack. He wrote that both attackers had pledged allegiance to “Amirul Mu’mineen”, a likely reference to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The statements also requested others to follow an ISIS propagandist, Junaid Hussain, on Twitter. After the shooting, Hussain wrote: “Allahu Akbar!!!! 2 of our brothers just opened fire.”
President Obama said little to nothing about the attack and instead went on a talk show, CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman”. He talked mostly about Freddie Gray.
Josh Earnest issued the following statement.
“We have seen extremists try to use expressions that they considered to be offensive as a way to justify violence not only in this country but around the world, and in the mind of the president there is no form of expression that would justify an act of violence,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One. “We saw a pretty important and notable display of bravery on the part of first responders and … because of their courage the only person that was injured by these gunmen was a security officer.”
One of the attackers, Elton Simpson, “appears to have been part of a network of Islamic State adherents in several countries, including the group’s hub in Syria, who have encouraged attacks and highlighted the Texas event as a worthy target,” the New York Times wrote in May.
ISIS took credit for the attack. What we didn’t hear is that the attack was very probably directed by ISIS.
The morning of the attack, one of the gunman exchanged 109 messages with a terrorist overseas. Unfortunately, the FBI can’t encrypt the messages that were shared.
Obama has been getting away with calling terror attacks lone wolf attacks, acts of gun violence, and crimes. It’s time for him to be called out.
Another concerning revelation hits more at the core of the Syrian refugee debate. It’s not just a lack of information on people coming from Syria, it’s information that passes through ISIS who control much of the country. They control Syrian government offices and facilities.
Comey confirmed that ISIS has the ability to create fraudulent passports and other identification documents for its operatives that would be almost impossible to detect.