Thursday, June 16, 2016

CIA Director Brennan Warns Islamic State Militants Are Entering USA As Refugees

WOW, we have to admit to being totally not gobsmacked by this story. I mean, after almost eight years of Obama's 'open doors' immigration policy, his often repeated claims of sympathy with terrorists, gun runners, people traffickers and other assorted arseholes and dickheads, it was entirely predictable that enemies of the USA (those not in Washington already that is,) would take advantage of the lax border controls to infiltrate the nation jihadists call The Great Satan.

 Speaking to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday
CIA Director John Brennan  warned that Islamic State militants are training operatives and preparing strategies for further attacks on the West, probably relying more on classic guerrilla hit-and-run tactics to compensate for their territorial losses in the middle east.  

Reading from a  prepared script before the Committee, Brennan said that ISIS has been  building an infrastructure network that would enable them to direct and inspire attacks against its foreign enemies on their own soil, as in the recent attacks in Paris and Brussels. "ISIL has a large cadre of Western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West," Brennan said.
More importantly, he said Islamic State is working to smuggle militants into various countries, among refugee flows or through legitimate means of travel. 

Brennan also noted the group's call for followers of Islam to conduct so-called lone-wolf attacks in their home countries. He called last week's attack in Orlando a "heinous act of wanton violence" and an "assault on the values of openness and tolerance" that define the United States as a nation. 

It is unclear how Brennan's testimony can be interpreted as assuring Americans of the reliability of Obama's claim that the Orl;ando attack was not the result of a "radicalized Islamic terrorist." If anything, the CIA director's warning confirms the concerns voiced by Donald Trump that the USA has becomr the primary target for deadly ISIS attacks.

Brennan also said IS is gradually cultivating its international branches:  the branch in Libya is likely the most advanced and most dangerous to date, but IS has opened franchises in Afgfhanistan, Philipines and Indonesia and is present in other Asian nations and is trying to increase its influence in Africa, he said. 

The IS branch in the Sinai has become the "most active and capable terrorist group in Egypt," attacking the Egyptian military and government targets in addition to foreigners and tourists, such as the downing of a Russian passenger jet last October. 



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