Congressman: Afghan evacuees have “free reign” at military base, “greatest security risks this nation has ever had”

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FORT PICKETT, VA- We apparently learned nothing from the September 11 terrorist attacks that took down both towers of the World Trade Center, significantly damaged the Pentagon, saw a plane full of heroes go down in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and which killed over 3,000 Americans—and continues to take casualties.

Breitbart News noted that appearing this week on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) was discussing correspondence he sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken in which he sought answers after he was notified by a source that Afghans being “held” at the Fort Pickett, Virginia military base basically have “free rein” of the base and are actually allowed to come and go at will from the base using ride sharing services such as Uber.

“The State Department is failing to give them adequate information. They’re letting them leave. They can catch an Uber and actually leave the base,” Green said of the Afghan “refugees.”

“They don’t know exactly how many are even there, so they can’t account for someone if they don’t return.”

In the interview with host Laura Ingraham, Green told her that the State Department’s response to the Afghanistan withdrawal has been a “complete failure.”

“We don’t have biometrics on a good portion of these people, and we can’t really get information from State because they won’t provide the names,” he said.

“They won’t provide any information on the people, the numbers that they have. They won’t even tell us how many American citizens they evacuated. We tried to get that number, you know, requested through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) the other day, and I could not get that past. It’s just crazy. This State Department is a complete failure.

“We have no way of knowing who they are, and we’ve had talks with people who are saying they know Taliban is in some of these flights,” Green added. “So this is one of the greatest security risks this nation has ever had, and this president and this State Department don’t seem to care.”

This leads to the question of who is exactly did we let in? In an op-ed, Byron York, chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner posed that question. He noted that Republican Rep. Thom Tiffany (WI) had toured the Fort McCoy army base in western Wisconsin, where some 3,000 Afghan refugees have been housed.

“The refugees at the base have no visas and haven’t undergone the standard vetting process,” Tiffany told the Examiner’s Tori Richards.

“Does this mean they have ties to the Taliban, ISIS, or al-Qaida? Do they have ties to terror organizations, yet [the State Department] just says we are fully vetting them? I am concerned that they don’t have the information on background make sure they are fully vetted.”

The American people have been told (in a clear series of lies) that how  many of those actually evacuated from Afghanistan actually helped the United States during the 20-year American engagement in the country? We have been told that these are “Afghan allies,” leading the American people to believe that these were Afghan citizens who assisted the United States.

The so-called “priority list for evacuees were supposed to be in this order—American citizens, Afghan allies (those who actively assisted the US during the engagement), and finally other Afghans, who are nowhere near the top of the list, York said.

As York notes, given the frenetic pace at which the Biden administration forced itself to evacuate the country, it is unknown who in fact was removed from Afghanistan to the United States.

According to a recent story in the Washington Post, an Afghan man named “Mustafa” was a man who had helped US forces and was able to board an American plane:

‘Many [of those on board] had minimal identification and did not appear to have worked closely with the United States as [Mustafa] had, serving as a translator and analyst,” the Post reported. “They were ‘just people,’ Mustafa said, who took advantage of the disorderly evacuation to flee their turbulent country. ‘Nobody knows who was the good guy and who was the bad guy getting into the plane,’ said Mustafa…’It’s a risky thing that I believe happened.’”

As York noted, there are still currently American citizens stranded in Afghanistan, while thousands of Afghans who have not been vetted have arrived and continue to arrive in the United States courtesy of the Biden administration.

Hopefully this won’t lead us to once again having to suffer through a 9/11 type terror attack.

In case you missed it, last month as the Afghan exit was coming to a conclusion, we reported on the Taliban going door-to-door engaging in executions. For more on that, we invite you to:

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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – According to reports, the Taliban have allegedly started going door-to-door and committing executions in Kabul following the United States’ exit from Afghanistan.

Furthermore, audio hosting the sounds of distant gunfire was shared to Fox News by an Afghan man who worked with Americans on the ground.

In a portion of the audio clip provided to Fox News, the Afghan man stated the following:

“I think there’s a conflict between the Taliban, I have no idea where I’m located. From everywhere I hear the sounds of shooting, gunfire. I have no idea how to leave.”

The recording of the audio reportedly took place at around the same time that the final U.S. plane left Kabul.

A senior U.S. official also reportedly told Fox News that the Taliban were carrying out “house-to-house executions in Kabul” following the departure of the United States.

This revelation comes shortly after President Joe Biden did not refute a Politico report noting that U.S. officials in Kabul offered the Taliban a list of Americans in the country, green card holders, and Afghan allies in order to enable them access to the airport, which this practice of course caused concern among military officials.

The official Twitter account for the Taliban posted a celebratory message after the final plane took off in Kabul, writing the following:

“The last American soldier left Kabul airport at 9pm Afghan time tonight and our country gained full independence, Alhamdulillah Walmana.”

Retired 2-Star Army General Vincent Boles cautioned that the Taliban should not to become too comfortable with declaring independence, because they must now demonstrate on a national level that they will follow through on their vows to be a different Taliban than two decades ago:

“Be careful what you ask for. Now they have to show they can govern a nation and people that are very different than when they left power. Will the Taliban go forward to the future or pull Afghanistan back to the past? The answer will be in their behavior…behavior is believable.”

Earlier in August, while the evacuations were still in full-swing, a former translator for a high-ranking U.S. Army Ranger claimed that the Taliban had already started executing U.S. allies in public, in areas away from Kabul so as to avoid media attention:

“They are not doing really bad stuff in Kabul right now because there’s a lot of media focus on Kabul, but they already started public execution in other provinces where a lot of media is not available or covering it.”

In another concerning development, the CENTCOM commander, Marine Corps General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., stated that “we did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out,” prior to the August 31st deadline. General McKenzie explained that the final five flights leaving the country did not host any American citizens:

“We maintained the ability to bring them in up until immediately before departure, but we were not able to bring any Americans out. None of them made it to the airport and were able to be accommodated.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that a “small number” of Americans remain in the country that want to actually leave Afghanistan, estimating the number to be somewhere around 100:

“We believe there are still a small number of Americans, under 200 and likely closer to 100, who remain in Afghanistan and want to leave. We’re trying to determine exactly how many.”

General McKenzie says that with there being no American troops on the ground in Afghanistan, officials will have to rely on diplomatic efforts to get the Americans back home:

“I believe that we’re going to get those people out. I think we’re also going to negotiate very hard and very aggressively to get our other Afghan partners out. Our desire to bring these people out remains as intense as it was before.”

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Social media post claims general made soldiers stay and clean base for Taliban before evacuating

(Originally published August 30th, 2021)

viral Instagram post that purportedly showcases some text message screenshots between a servicemember and their spouse alleges that a brigadier general who commands the Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5 Marine Expeditionary Brigade cancelled the 24th MEU’s outgoing flight from Afghanistan so that the service members could “clean the base for the Taliban”.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The post in question comes from the Instagram account “raidteamco”, which has been sharing numerous posts over the past few weeks related to the Afghanistan evacuation.

One in particular shares screenshots of a text exchange that allegedly took place between a husband and his wife who is with the 24th MEU in Afghanistan.

The text exchange goes as follows:

(Servicemember): We were supposed to leave last night. The general canceled out flight because the base was dirty.

(Spouse): What the fuck?

(Servicemember): Yea I’m not joking. We had to clean our base for the Taliban.

(Spouse): I am about to call my congressman. That’s horse shit.

(Servicemember): Please. I want to but I don’t want repercussions.

(Spouse): What’s the general’s name?

(Servicemember): General Sullivan w TF 51/5. Yea people need to know that if anyone wants law gets hurt that’s the reason we were left behind.

The text exchange appears to reference Brigadier General Farrell Sullivan, the commander of the Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5 Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Brigadier General Sullivan took command of said entity back in July of 2018.

An August 24th report from ABC News does make mention of Brigadier General Sullivan as being one of the generals involved in evacuating Americans and Afghans from the country, where he was quoted saying that they’re trying to “get as many out as we possibly can with the time we have available.”

What should be acknowledged is that as of this writing, the authenticity of these screenshots cannot be verified – as the Instagram account posting this screenshot of a text exchange (and many other text exchanges sharing grievances with command abroad) only provides generalized details such receiving these messages coming from a friend and so on.

Another text exchange posted to the Instagram account shared similar allegations of command telling servicemembers to clean certain areas:

(Unidentified servicemember): Came from higher we had to police call the pax terminal where civilians were processed. We didn’t even get rooms to stay in like a lot of the other units. We slept in a gym, then had to clean the gym. We picked up water bottles and mre trash and shit paper. Reflip vehicles to the upright positions.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Military officials have yet to provide comment regarding the viral Instagram post related to picking up garbage prior to have servicemembers evacuated.

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Alarms sounding that Biden ‘lying about intent to save Americans’ and will leave them behind in Afghanistan

(Originally published August 29th, 2021)

WASHINGTON, DC – House Republicans and Democrats are sounding the alarm that the Biden administration is not allowing American citizens to enter Kabul Airport to evacuate from Afghanistan.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) sent out a tweet Saturday saying Americans need to know the truth about what is happening to their fellow citizens in Afghanistan:

“America, you need to know this: Biden is not letting US citizens through the airport gates. It has been impossible to get anyone through for the last 24 hours.

“This administration has been lying about their intent to save Americans. Unforgivable.”

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) said his office has been on the phone working to get Americans out of the war-torn country before President Biden’s August 31 deadline for troop withdrawal, but that the State Department would not help those stranded outside the airport:

“I am furious!! My team has been on the phone all day trying to get AMERICAN CITIZENS out. They have been just outside the airport numerous times, but the State Department WILL NOT help them.”

Rep. Jackson said that Americans were being beaten by Taliban fighters and that President Biden’s administration was going to get them killed:

“They (Americans) have been beaten by the Taliban at check points and told to leave and come back with large sums of money. Biden is going to get them killed! Enough!! We have put someone who gives a damn in charge RIGHT NOW!”

Florida Republican Representative Mike Waltz tweeted that the gates of the airport have been closed, and that American citizens were going to be left behind after the deadline passes:

“US citizens are not being allowed into Kabul International.

“Biden has ordered the gates closed. Our fellow Americans will soon be left behind. Unbelievable and unforgivable.”

Republicans are not the only ones sounding the alarm as Americans struggle to escape Afghanistan since the August 15 takeover by the Taliban after President Biden announced a complete troop withdrawal.

Democratic Rep. Andy Kim of New Jersey tweeted Saturday that he was hearing from trapped Americans and allied Afghans:

“As we hit 72 hours away from Biden’s Aug 31 deadline for ending the evac mission, I’m still hearing from American Citizens, including a child, in Kabul that are terrified of being left behind. This is their story (protected) and why we must complete the mission.”

Rep. Kim told the story of one family his office is aware of that cannot get out of the country. In a long series of tweets, he said a family made up of American citizens and green card holders have been outside the airport gates “for someone to come out and get them:”

“There was a ‘crush of people’ ahead of them. They have little kids and were concerned by the chaos surrounding them. But they didn’t want to leave because they were mere feet from reaching safety on the other side of the airport wall.”

Rep. Kim said he met with a senior official at the State Department and asked for a telephone number for American citizens to call if they are stuck at the gate or face an emergency. He had planned to leave the meeting and give the number immediately to the family but was told no such number existed.

He said the family had to leave the gate, fearing the checkpoints set up by the Taliban:

“The family had to depart the gate area that night when their phone batteries started to die. They feared being separated without means of communication. Every day this week, the first thing I did the moment I woke up was to check to see if they got out. Still nothing.”

He said that was when the family heard about the explosions set off by ISIS-K terrorists that killed 13 U.S. Marines and scores of Afghans outside the airport:

“Then they heard about the airport attack. 13 US brave marines killed, over 150 more murdered by cowardly terrorists seeking to shatter lives of innocent civilians for their deluded cause.

“Now the family waits. They tried one last time to get close to the airport walls, but warnings of additional violence urged them to go back to where they were staying.  So, they sit there now, gripping their phones ready to leave at a moment’s notice.”

The family now fears being left behind as time ticks away:

“They are worried because of rumors that the airport gates are being sealed and the number of people able to get to the airport will soon be greatly reduced. Many people I talk to also legitimately fear the airport won’t be operational after the last US flight departs.”

Rep. Kim said that Biden officials are aware of the family’s plight, yet they remain outside the gates:

“The family gets contacted (from) time to time by someone from (the) U.S. gov asking if they are still safe, but no mention yet about any evacuation plans. Now, 72 hours away from deadline, I can’t imagine all that is going through their minds.

“I reiterate, this is a family of US citizens and green card holders. I ask State Dept to please contact them immediately and tell them someone is on the way or get them instructions on where to travel (I will provide contact info direct again through secure channel).”

The family is not the only American citizens and allied Afghans the Democratic representative is hearing from. He asked the Biden administration to commit to bringing everyone home:

“There are more citizens/residents that I am hearing from, as well as thousands of Afghans – including those who served alongside our military that are reaching out in desperation in these final hours.

“I have no doubt that our military/diplomats on (the) ground are giving it their all without time to grieve the tragic loss of their compatriots. In these final hours, let us please promise this family and others that we will finish the mission and they will not be left behind.”

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