Thirty-one former government officials, national leaders, and public policy activists expressed appreciation to U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for his efforts to get to the bottom of yet another scandal festering in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Center for Security Policy said on Tuesday through email communications.
The Center said that their appreciation to Grassley was attributed to press reports that an internal DHS Inspector General investigation was conducted into allegations by a whistle-blower that the Department has taken steps to facilitate the entry into this country of terrorist sympathizers and possibly actual terrorists.
Last month, Breitbart reported that Grassley released emails that described the alleged terrorist “hands off” list at DHS that deleted records of an individual, named, Jamal Badawi, who was allegedly a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and a close associate supporter of “Hamas, Hizbollah, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
The Investigative Project noted that in May of 2012, Badawi made recorded statements in 2009 in support of suicide bombings.
In the email to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson on February 3, 2014, Grassley said in part,” I’m puzzled how someone could be a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and 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 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.”
“It doesn’t appear that we’ll be successful with denying him entry tomorrow but maybe we could re-evaluate the matter in the future since the decision to de-watchlist him was made 17 months ago.”
However, since the investigation, Sen. Grassley has been running into strong resistance in his efforts to obtain the results of the IG’s investigation which is putting the United States in danger by not cooperating.
In a joint letter to Senator Grassley sent on Tuesday, the signers commended the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for his “findings that the administration has directed that individuals with known ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and other jihadist groups be given the so-called ‘hands-off’ treatment. This arrangement seems to constitute a kind of ‘TSA Pre’ for terrorist-sympathizers. It is unconscionable and should be stopped.”
The signers added: “You are also to be commended for your leadership in uncovering evidence of the officially directed deletion of information from ‘watch list’ data bases upon which DHS agents rely to protect the rest of us from enemies seeking to come into our country through manned ports of entry.”
Center for Security Policy President, Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., “The Obama administration has made a practice of subordinating public safety to its political agenda. Senator Grassley has uncovered evidence that it has done so in a particularly ominous way at the Department of Homeland Security by facilitating access to our country for actual or potential enemies.”
“He is rendering a tremendous public service with his efforts to expose and terminate such practices and deserves the heartfelt appreciation of all Americans.”
The joint letter to Senator Grassley was facilitated by the Center for Security Policy President, Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. and a copy of the joint letter to Sen. Grassley can be found here.