WASHINGTON, DC- Before FBI Director Christopher Wray turned his tail and fled from a Senate hearing last week, he faced intense scrutiny from Senate Republicans over a number of issues, including a whistleblower report that the administration, when evacuating Afghanistan, also removed hundreds of individuals on the US Terrorist Watchlist.
Republican Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) both have urged the Department of Defense to immediately launch a probe into the whistleblower’s allegations which state the administration evacuated hundreds of Afghans without properly vetting them prior to release into the United States, according to The Epoch Times.
NEW whistleblower allegations – hundreds of Afghan evacuees who appeared on DOD terror watch list allowed to enter the U.S. @SenRonJohnson and I lay out what we’ve learned pic.twitter.com/zBHlVB0ujE
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) August 4, 2022
The whistleblower says that some 324 Afghan evacuees who were on the DoD’s Biometrically Enabled Watchlist (BEWL) were improperly vetted. That list, said Hawley and Johnson, includes known suspected terrorists. Now they are demanding answers.
The Epoch Times notes the BEWL “identifies individuals whose biometrics have been collected and determined by analysts to be threats or potential threats to national security, including known suspected terrorists.”
Moreover, it is also alleged that the White House and Defense officials told agency personnel to “cut corners” and not conduct full fingerprint analysis on the evacuees at staging bases in Europe, ostensibly to enable “the rushed evacuation from Afghanistan.”
Yet still, the Department of Homeland Security authorized staff to delete old biometric data at their discretion, which the senators said was a “troubling development that could threaten national security and public safety.”
Last Thursday, Hawley and Johnson drafted a letter outlining the allegations exposed by the whistleblower to acting DoD Inspector General Sean O’Donnell.
“We write to you with concern over new allegations raised by a Department of Defense (DoD) whistleblower. This information may show the Biden Administration’s failure to vet those evacuated from Afghanistan was even worse than the public was led to believe. The following allegations demand an immediate investigation by your office,” they wrote.
The Department of Defense has previously acknowledged in a report that not all Afghan refugees were properly vetted “using all DoD data prior to arriving in” the United States by the National Counter-Terrorism Center.
Earlier this year, the DoD said it had identified 50 Afghans in the U.S. whose records show they could pose a significant security concern.
In their letter, Hawley and Johnson indicated they “understand that number has risen to at least 65,” while admonishing O’Donnell that they “need to be immediately located, fully vetted, and, if appropriate, deported.”
The new number of 324 Afghans on the watchlist are in addition to the 50 to 65 already confirmed.
The two senators asked O’Donnell now many BEWL matches were generated by submissions obtained from the Afghan refugees. Further, they asked if those who generated matches were denied entry into the U.S., admitted entry, or are currently within the United States.
The senators also asked for clarification as to whether NSC or DoD staff were urged to cut corners in processing the evacuees’ information, while also demanding clarification on the circumstances under which agency personnel are permitted to delete biometric data.
O’Donnell was also asked to specify the number of BEWL matches generated by Afghan evacuees after they arrived in-country, as well as what steps have been taken toward identifying, vetting, or deporting them, while also asking how many were known suspected terrorists, The Epoch Times reported.
That led to the questioning of Wray, who was slammed from a number of fronts, including Sen. Ted Cruz, who admonished the agency for declaring certain symbols or depictions from the American Revolution were indicators of right wing extremism.
— Newsmax (@newsmax) August 5, 2022
Law Enforcement Today recently reported on that phenomenon, and that story may be found below.
Hawley pressed Wray about the whistleblower’s allegations, asking about the agency’s ability to track down and interview the 324 suspected terrorists. While he wasn’t able to provide specifics, Wray did admit that “there are a number of individuals, through our joint terrorism task forces, that we are actively trying to investigate.”
Wray, who spends more time dodging questions than actually answering them, claimed the FBI had staved off a number of actions related to the evacuees, but refused to get specific.
“I will say that this was a massive number of people to be vetting in an extraordinarily short period of time, and that in my view inevitably raises concerns,” Wray said when asked about allegations of cutting corners.
“Oh, I think you’re absolutely right about that,” Hawley interjected. “’Inevitably raises concerns’ I think is the nicest thing that could be said about it.”
Continuing, Hawley said:
“We know that the basic procedures were not followed. We know that the screening process was not followed. And now we know that potentially hundreds of people connected to terrorism are loose in this country as a result,” he finished as he ran out of time.
The Epoch Times reports the Biden administration admitted some 77,000 Afghans to the U.S. during the failed withdrawal from the country last August. That botched withdrawal resulted in the deaths of 13 American service members and countless Afghan citizens.
The airlifts out of the country were ostensibly for those who may have been threatened with retaliation by the Taliban for helping the U.S. during the 20-year war there. However the evacuation has been widely criticized and is yet another black mark on the Biden administration.
Below is the piece about an FBI whistleblower who reported the inclusion of symbols and images of the American Revolution as signs of violent white extremism:
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Project Veritas has published an undercover document from the FBI which lists a number of symbols of America’s founding as “extremist” and tied to “Militia Violent Extremists,” or MVEs, according to American Military News.
The symbols identified as extremist in the FBI’s document include the Betsy Ross American Flag, the Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, symbols of the Second Amendment, and other imagery closely related to the Revolutionary War period. It’s information like this that begs for the FBI to be dissolved and a new agency constructed in its place.
Project Veritas said it obtained the information via a whistleblower.
The document, labeled “Unclassified/Law Enforcement Sensitive” also contains a disclaimer reading “FBI Internal Use Only.” Wonder why.
The document then goes on to list some symbols, many of which are familiar and then there are the others which simply relate to the Revolutionary War era.
Below are some of the previously reported ones:
- Boogaloo: an American flag with an igloo replacing the 50 stars and a single Hawaiian shirt-patterned line. The term Boogaloo is a reference to the film Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo and is believed to refer to a second American civil war.
- Punisher skulls
- 2A: the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms
- Electrical Resistance symbol
- Various symbols of “Warrior Culture”
- Molon Labe: a phrase meaning “come and take them,” popularized by Spartan King Leonidas at the Battle of Thermopylae, whereby he was challenging the Persians to take away the weapons of his opposing army.
- A black and white or all-black American flag
Then the document went totally rogue:
- The Gadsden flag
- American Revolutionary War imagery
- The Liberty Tree: references a famous elm tree in Boston where colonial men organized in 1765 for one of the first major acts of defiance against the British prior to the American Revolution.
- The Betsy Ross flag, which represented the first thirteen colonies (states), which has the thirteen stars arranged in a circle.
“Widespread use of symbols and quotes from American history, especially the Revolutionary War, exists within MVE networks,” the document reads. “Historic and contemporary military themes are common for MVE symbols.”
The document doesn’t seem to identify any symbols of “left wing extremism” such as the antifa symbol, black power, or Black Lives Matter imagery, nor the imagery of radical left anti-choice loons which consists of an image of a woman’s sexual reproductive system. Doesn’t fit the agenda, apparently.
In addition to the above, the FBI’s document also lists a number of common phrases and references associated to, in some cases, events or individuals shared by so-called MVEs. Included in those references is the murder of Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, the unarmed woman who was killed in cold blood by a US Capitol Police officer on January 6, 2021.
The document also references a man named Duncan Lemp, a man who was shot and killed in March 2020 in an early morning police raid on his home. Lemp’s family insists he was asleep at the time he was shot and killed.
If you’re unfamiliar, Ruby Ridge, located in Idaho, was the site of a 1992 standoff between friends and family of Randy Weaver versus the FBI, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the U. S. Marshals. During the exchange of gunfire, Weaver’s 14-year-old son Sammy was killed, while Weaver’s wife was shot and killed by an FBI sniper.
Waco occurred during the Clinton administration and saw another standoff between federal law enforcement authorities and the Branch Dividians, a religious group, in Waco, Texas. As a result of the initial raid, six members of the religious group were killed in a shootout with the ATF as they attempted to raid the compound to serve a firearms warrant on Feb. 28, 1993.
The raid turned into a lengthy standoff between the Branch Dividians and the feds. At some point in time the compound “caught fire” and 76 additional members of the religious group were killed, including 25 children and two pregnant women.
There have long been questions how the fire started, with some suggesting it was the result of a flash bang or similar device fired into the compound by the feds.
“The use or sharing of these symbols alone should not independently be considered evidence of MVE presence or affiliation, or serve as an indicator of illegal activity, as many individuals use these symbols for their original historic meaning or other non-violent purposes,” the document states.
American Military News reached out to the FBI for comment, however none was returned.
For more on Project Veritas and its founder James O’Keefe, we invite you to read one of our prior pieces.
NEW YORK — The FBI searched the home of James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, as part of its investigation into the possible theft of a 2019 diary belonging to Ashley Blazer Biden, President Biden’s daughter, thus confirming the diary’s existence.
The search occurred on Nov. 6, and O’Keefe released a statement in which he confirmed that the raid had occurred and that the FBI had taken materials of current and former Project Veritas journalists.
While the dirty demonized .@FBI covered-up the Hunter Biden laptop
— Jerry L Neff (@JerryNeff11) November 5, 2021
The FBI raid took place two days after the agency had raided the homes of O’Keefe’s associates, according to one article written by four journalists at The New York Times:
“The F.B.I. carried out a court-ordered search of Mr. O’Keefe’s apartment in Mamaroneck, N.Y., early on Saturday morning, after having searched the homes of two associates of Mr. O’Keefe on Thursday as part of the investigation.
“An F.B.I. spokesman on Saturday said that agents had ‘performed law enforcement activity’ at the building, but would not discuss the investigation.”
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The New York Times team reported that two neighbors of O’Keefe said FBI agents were at his apartment for several hours.
O’Keefe also pointed out that Project Veritas’ legal team previously contacted the Department of Justice (DOJ) and had demonstrated Project Veritas’ lack of involvement in criminal activity and/or criminal intent.
O’Keefe also stated that the DOJ had requested Project Veritas to not disclose anything pertaining to the raid or the related subpoenas.
However, within an hour of one of the raids, The New York Times contacted Project Veritas for comments, so O’Keefe wondered how The New York Times became aware of the existence and execution of a search warrant.
American Thinker wrote that the FBI raid revealed different standards regarding the application of law when journalists receive material through questionable means:
“Four years ago, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow had acquired President Trump’s tax returns from 2005. She made a big deal about it on Twitter and on her show on MSNBC.
“It turned out to be a non-issue and proved that Trump had indeed paid his taxes contrary to the claims being made.
Rachel Maddow, you’ve lost 1/2 million viewers, you lied for 2+ years about Russian collusion. Now, you’re Tweeting the same BS polls you promoted in 2016. We all remember your, ‘Trump has no path to 270’. Oh, remember your hype that you had Trump’s tax returns? Priceless! https://t.co/I8NMbyBjgr pic.twitter.com/MLPYpLl038
— Glen Woodfin (@GlenWoodfin) August 14, 2019
“Clearly, these tax returns were obtained through illegal means. Perhaps there was a mole in the IRS who handed Maddow’s team the highly confidential documents.
“IRS laws say that willful unauthorized disclosure of returns or return information by an employee or former employee is a felony. The penalty can be a fine of up to $5,000 or up to five (5) years in jail, or both, plus costs of prosecution.
“However, there has been no raid or even basic inquiries by the FBI on any of Maddow’s offices or properties, so far.”
…and that the company of Richard Seddon, a former spy who allegedly trained PV journos, is also registered there. Oooh! Must be a conspiracy!
But guess what? It's the address of Registered Agents, Inc, a commercial registered agent group that represents 53,267 businesses! pic.twitter.com/9Y5HLuwDxN
— Jennifer Van Laar (@jenvanlaar) November 6, 2021
American Thinker provided another example of the FBI refusing to initiate a raid:
“In 2017, the NYT carried a report that phone records and intercepted calls proved that members of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election.
“They claimed the source was ‘four current and former American officials.’ Once again obtaining phone records and intercepting phone calls is illegal.
“However, there has been no raid by the FBI on any of the NYT offices or on the properties and offices of the people who carried the story.
A Russian political analyst who worked with Christopher Steele, the author of a conspiratorial dossier that contained unfounded accusations against Donald J. Trump, has been taken into custody.
And who does it all come back to? Hillary Clinton…https://t.co/EybN9SCDQw
— LawEnforcementToday (@LawEnforceToday) November 5, 2021
“Since 2016, the legacy media carried the Trump Russia collusion hoax as if it were real.
“This even caused the appointment of a special counsel who eventually exonerated Trump.
“The stunning revelations emerging from the Durham probe continue to prove that this was the Democrat- and media-driven concoction.”
Project Veritas held off on publishing the contents of Ashley Biden’s alleged diary because they couldn’t verify it’s authenticity.
So if the FBI is investigating the theft of this diary, it means it’s real.
Now that we know it’s real..
What’s in Ashley Biden’s diary? https://t.co/jUsrYKIhXf
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 6, 2021
O’Keefe also states that he was approached by tipsters claiming they had a copy of Ashley Biden’s diary. Project Veritas states that they investigated the claims and took steps to corroborate the authenticity of the diary.
Since Project Veritas couldn’t determine the authenticity of the diary, they decided to refrain from publishing any of its contents.
Conservative Brief reported that O’Keefe said:
“Late last year, we were approached by tipsters claiming they had a copy of Ashley Biden’s diary. The tipsters indicated that they were negotiating with a different media outlet for the payment of monies for the diary.
“At the end of the day, we made the ethical decision that because, in part, we could not determine if the diary was real, if the diary in fact belonged to Ashley Biden, or if the contents of the diary occurred, we could not publish the diary and any part thereof.”
So… this younger Joe Biden staring at this little girl’s chest is normal? pic.twitter.com/qex0htYCh2
Furthermore, O’Keefe also said that his company attempted to return the diary to an attorney representing Ms. Biden, but that attorney refused to authenticate it.
So if the FBI raided someone's house over Ashley Biden's diary being stolen, that means Ashley Biden's diary and the accusations in it were real.
Are there any real journalists willing to ask Joe about it? pic.twitter.com/5PgMxKUqxb
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) November 5, 2021
National File reported it obtained a digital copy of Ashley’s diary last year from a whistleblower who was concerned that the media company that employed him refused to publish the document, reportedly because it could not confirm its authenticity days before the presidential election.
National File reported it was a Project Veritas whistleblower who provided the digital copy of Ashley’s diary.
— Scott Johnson (@ruffedge) November 7, 2021
With the exception of limited redactions to protect the identities of private individuals, National File published 112 pages of her diary, in which she allegedly revealed she had inappropriate showers with her father, Joe Biden.
— Don Townsend (@DonTown47074160) November 2, 2021
Ashley allegedly also wrote about her romantic interests, failing marriage and her drug and sex addictions. National File reported she began writing in the diary while she was in a drug rehabilitation facility in Florida.
Ashley’s struggle with drug abuse goes back to at least 2009 when New York Post published an article on her alleged abuse of drugs and wild parties that she attended.
If voters found nostalgia in Biden's rather constant habit of groping little girls and sniffing their hair, then they probably won't find any malarkey here either:
Bidens Hairy Legs and loving little boys in his Laphttps://t.co/fZCi2CIy0e
— Gary Hall (@GaryWHall) December 3, 2019
National File confirmed it had in its possession a recording of this whistleblower detailing the work he did to verify its authenticity:
“In the recording, the whistleblower also adds that his media organization chose not to release the documents after receiving pressure from a competing outlet.
“National File has already reported several revelations from the diary, including the fact that the author believes she was sexually molested as a child and shared ‘probably not appropriate’ showers with her father, the months of entries detailing the author’s struggle with drug abuse, the entries that detail the author’s crumbling marriage with multiple affairs, the entries showing the family’s fears of a potential scandal due to her brother’s new home, and those that show a deep resentment for her father due to his money, control, and emotional manipulation.”
He’s creepy with boys too, but he either prefers girls, or he knows he’ll get called out if he’s as gross with little boys. pic.twitter.com/RXeDnOMx9O
— klarson (@kglarson) April 4, 2019
National File also reported that Ashley wrote she believed she was molested as a child. One published entry included:
“Was I molested. I think so – I can’t remember specifics but I do remember trauma.”
National File stated in a report:
“National File, as the media organization that published reports about the Pelosi family’s Ukraine dealings and the potentially illegal affairs of Democrat Senate candidate Cal Cunningham, believes the public has a right to read these entries that were obtained for National File by Patrick Howley, the reporter who broke the Veterans Affairs scandal, and the Ralph Northam racist yearbook photo.”
“look sleepy joe is sniffing his head” that is literally his grandson at Beau Biden’s Funeral after he died, this little boys dad, y’all are weird for using this against biden pic.twitter.com/QtqIJT1QgL
— sunshine (@LXNASSEX) November 4, 2020
American Thinker wrote there seems to be two different legal systems in the U.S. when it comes to the FBI:
“Regular, decent, hardworking people could be rendered unemployed for refusing to take a vaccine, could be punished for not wearing a mask, and could end up in jail for protesting in Washington.
“However, Democrat-favored groups such as BLM can riot and burn down cities and nothing will happen; at worst there may be perfunctory arrests especially if photographs or video of the perpetrators become public.
“Democrat allies in the legacy media and beyond can break laws to spread propaganda but there is no punishment.”
American Thinker further wrote that law enforcement agencies should function as apolitical watchdogs, but seem to be failing in that regard:
“It is not that these agencies are not functioning as controls; it is just that their objectives have changed to serve the Democrat establishment.
“Their goal now is to detect and prevent any occurrence that could harm the Democrat establishment and also to correct — i.e. reduce the impact of — any occurrence that harms the Democrat establishment.
“Legal egalitarianism that causes all citizens to be equal before the law is a fundamental tenet of any functioning democracy.
“When that essential principle begins to fail and the law is selective applied, it is time to worry.”
It is interesting that while Ashley’s alleged diary contains disturbing entries, there does not appear to be any material that involves a national security concern.
— Ashley biden (@BidenAshley) November 6, 2020
Therefore, the FBI should justify why it is expending resources on an investigation that involves the theft of a creepy diary while seemingly ignoring the accusations contained within its pages.
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
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