April 7, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – In a May 2014 communication to Jeh Johnson, Sect. DHS, Sen. Charles Grassley [R, IA] he asked for clarification on the Obama Administration’s lackadaisical attitude regarding admitting Islamist foreign nations to the United States.
“My office recently received copies of disturbing internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) e-mails regarding the admittance of individuals into the United States with potential ties to terrorism.”
The inquiry regarded, “an upcoming flight into the U.S. Allegedly, the individual was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and a “close associate” of a supporter of “Hamas, Hizbollah, and (Palestinian) Islamic Jihad.” According to the same e-mail, the individual had been in secondary inspection “several dozen times of the past several years,” but had not had a secondary inspection since 2010.”
It seems that the individual in question is of a litigious nature and had sued the CBP National Targeting Center [NTC] twice. As a result, the Obama administration caved [or simply used it as an excuse, since there are more than enough federal attorneys to conduct such routine matters…and they are all on salary] and declared that the party in question is, “…one of the several hands off passengers nationwide. . . . Apparently his records were removed in December 2010 and the DHS Secretary was involved in the matter.”
Grassley, obviously piqued at the apparent national security breach and coerced action on the part of the government stated, “I’m puzzled how someone could be a member of the Muslim Brotherhood an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, be an associate of [redacted], say that the US is staging car bombings in Iraq and that [it] is ok for men to beat their wives, question who was behind the 9/11 attacks, and be afforded the luxury of a visitor visa and de-watchlisted.”
The Senator then directed a series of questions to the DHS Secty none of which have been satisfactorily answered as of this writing, still another example of the “most transparent administration in history” concealing vital national security information from Congress. [Sen. Grassley’s comments sourced from, Charles Grassley website ]
Since the WH is refusing to provide information which will most likely prove to be another source of embarrassment to the administration, Judicial Watch has stepped into the breach, having had considerable success in wresting such information from a recalcitrant administration, and has now brought a FOIA suit against the involved parties:
“Judicial Watch announced today that on February 13, 2015, it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to obtain a copy of an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report about an alleged “hands off list” used by the Obama administration to allow individuals to enter the U.S. who had previously been barred because of suspected terrorist ties. The suit also requested any and all records of former DHS Inspector General Charles Edwards regarding the OIG report. The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for the District of Columbia ( Judicial Watch v U.S. Department of Homeland Security (No. 1:15-cv-00222)).”
In an accompanying statement, Tom Fitton, Pres. Judicial Watch stated:
“The Obama administration’s unlawful secrecy on this ‘hands off’ list raises concerns about terrorists being allowed into the country…Even when it comes to protecting our borders from known terrorists, the Obama administration places secrecy and politics above national security. Our nation has reached a dangerous pass.” [source, Judicial Watch Sues DHS Office of Inspector General for Records Regarding Terrorist “Hands Off” List ]
None of this comes as a surprise to those who monitor Team Obama’s incompetence when it comes to matters of national security.
Since this story is still unfolding, we will keep our readers informed as to future development in this serious matter.
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