This past week President Obama decided to kill a program that allows the US government to track visitors from abroad who come from nations with active terrorist organizations.
The Obama administration is abolishing a national registry program created to track visitors from countries with active terrorist groups, a move likely intended to send a strong message to Donald Trump just weeks before he takes office, the New York Times reports.
The registry, officially called the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, was created after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, but has not been in use since 2011.
President-elect Trump has suggested he was open to reviving the program and has even floated a wider national registry of all Muslims and potentially barring people from countries with a history of Islamist extremism from entering the country.
The president dismantled the program out of fear that soon-to-be President Donald Trump might revive its use to target and monitor Muslims. However, national security expert Dr. Sebastian Gorka says Obama’s decision to scrap the program was a huge mistake.
Eric Bolling: Doctor, so ISIS has said infiltrate the American refugee system, get our fighters in there through the refugee system. Do you think right now currently there are ISIS fighters, jihadists, within our refugee system, people we’ve taken in?
Dr. Sebastian Gorka: Without a doubt. Look at what happened in Europe. Individuals with asylum status, refugees who had asylum status in the European Union executed attacks in Europe in the last two years, that is just a fact. The reality is that when you’re coming from a warzone, unless we have the time to vet you with in depth counterintelligence interrogations, we don’t know who you are, because Assad isn’t going to give us the data to check who you are. As a result it is impossible to verify exactly your intentions.
So ISIS has said, we will use the refugee streams. Of the 400 plus terrorist cases that have been prosecuted in America in the last 15 years, more than half of them involved people who were not born in the United States, many of them who were immigrants or people who had refugee status. These are just the facts, Eric.
Eric Bolling: No, you touched on something very important. The federal government, the feds, are not allowed to track the refugees once they’re placed. What do you mean they’re not allowed?
Dr. Sebastian Gorka: They’re not allowed to know where these people — so once the dossier gets — once they’ve been picked, yes, you’re an asylum seeker, yes you’re a refugee, they’ve been approved by the federal government, and then a charity takes over. Often a campaign —
Eric Bolling: But why aren’t they allowed?
Dr. Sebastian Gorka: Sorry. Privacy rights of people who aren’t Americans, Eric. This is the absurdity. This is the same reason that was given as to why the Facebook page of somebody like the San Bernardino killer, the woman who came on a fiance visa, why her Facebook page which had jihadist material on it could not be accessed, could not be read by a federal government employee because that could have been impinged her privacy.