Sunday, September 12, 2021

20 years after 9/11: Back to square one in the War on Terror?

Twelve days before the 20th anniversary of 9/11, President Joe Biden relinquished Afghanistan to the Taliban, the terrorist organization the U.S. had been fighting for 20 years, leaving behind several hundred Americans and $85 billion worth of American weapons, planes, equipment and tanks.

Members of Congress are warning of security threats at the porous U.S. southern border, now compounded by new promises of asylum or refugee status for inadequately vetted potential terrorists - with some GOP lawmakers even calling for Biden and several of his cabinet members to resign or be impeached.

"That's a real threat." TSDB, an acronym for the FBI's Terrorist Screening Database, refers to known or suspected terrorists.

Scott's remarks came months after Customs and Border Protection officials briefed Congress in March about four matches to the TSBD. According to PolitiFact, a 2017 FBI terrorist watchlist included 1.2 million people, including 4,600 U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

In February 2001, Mahmoud Kourani, a fighter, recruiter and fundraiser for Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Lebanese Shia Islamist terrorist organization, entered the U.S. from Mexico.

Three months later, in May 2001 - just four months before 9/11 - former Mexican National Security Adviser and Ambassador to the United Nations, Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, said that "Islamic terrorist groups are using Mexico as a refuge," according to a report by the Library of Congress.

In 2004, Farida Goolam Mohamed Ahmed, who was allegedly connected to a Pakistani terrorist group working with al-Qaeda operatives based in the U.S., was arrested at the McAllen, Texas, airport. 

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