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I’m glad the FBI was able to crack the iPhones of the Pensacola naval air base shooter, which confirmed that radicalized Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani had communicated with al-Qaida to carry out a “special operation.” Three young American patriots died in Alshamrani’s December 2019 attack. The more information we have to prevent the needless slaughter of U.S. military members on U.S. soil the better.

But Attorney General William Barr’s announcement of the Pensacola jihadist’s unlocked phones yesterday raises more questions than it answers. Why haven’t the American people been informed yet of basic details regarding how Alshamrani got into our country? Why have we resumed foreign flight training while lockdowns have put nearly 37 million citizens out of work — and while national security concerns about the A-2 visa for foreign military trainees remain unresolved? Why weren’t all temporary foreign visa programs for both civilian and military pilots from around the world immediately frozen as part of President Donald Trump’s so-called immigration ban?

In January, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and fellow committee members Sens. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., asked Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf for a “timeline of Alshamrani’s nonimmigrant visa vetting process, the specific vetting actions conducted, whether he was interviewed by U.S. officials and whether the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was made aware of any documents provided by the Saudi government indicating terrorist sympathies.”

The letter also sought information on “how many A visa holders were refused entry by Customs and Border Protection and how many of those refusals were Saudi nationals, as well as details on DHS monitoring of visiting foreign military personnel’s social media and any such monitoring conducted in Alshamrani’s case.”

Was biometric data collected?

Were any red flags shared by Saudi Arabia, and did our consular officials follow up on any warnings?

The three GOP senators also asked Wolf about what “diplomatic courtesies or other differences from regular nonimmigrant visa arrivals are afforded on arrival to individuals on an A visa?”

It’s ancient history, but those of us who care about a functioning immigration and entrance system remember how lazy and pandering State Department bureaucrats didn’t even bother to interview the 9/11 Saudi hijackers in person when they applied for fast-track visas. The Bush administration set up the so-called “Visa Express” program to allow Saudis to skip the lines and wait times.

ORDER IT NOW

We also remember that when the FBI was warned before 9/11 by Phoenix-based agent Kenneth Williams that Arab Muslim pilots should be monitored because his investigation found “a coordinated effort by Usama Bin Laden to send students to the United States to attend civil aviation universities and college,” the FBI ignored Williams. He had called on his superiors to conduct nationwide sweeps of aviation schools and surveillance of suspicious visa applicants. Had the feds done so, of course, Muslim grievance-groups would have been up in arms and hindsight hypocrite columnists like former New York Times’ finger-wagger Maureen Dowd would have screamed “Islamophobe” faster than a speeding bullet.

Government officials insist that the vetting is rigorous. But a 2017 report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction exposed how untold numbers of A-2 foreign pilot trainees from the Middle East have simply disappeared for more than a dozen years. In 2014, I reported on the alarming phenomenon of Muslim deserters in 2014 who had been granted visas for serving as interpreters in Afghanistan and Iraq. “We generally don’t know who we are training. We have little reliable information,” one U.S. official told RAND Corp. researchers. Their study “found significant problems with current U.S. vetting practices in relation to security assistance.”

Why would we continue to put our soldiers, pilots, sailors and citizens at such unnecessary risk? Follow the money. The Pensacola joint training program was part of the $30 billion sale of F-15s to the Saudis — engineered by Hillary Clinton and her pay-for-play State Department.

Is it too much to ask President Trump, who campaigned on “America first,” “build the wall” and “drain the swamp,” to put some flesh on those bones and shut down the Saudi terror pilot pipeline?

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  1. Our nation, if it’s to survive, needs to rid itself of the useless ‘alphabet soup’ extensions starting with the FBI, CIA, IRS(Federal Reserve),CDC, WHO, etc., ad infinitum. And oh yeah, what a shock that the Clinton and Bush folk were enablers to all that’s transpired the past 25-30 years with the massive influx of illegals with the $ wagging the tail of those useless dogs.

  2. We also remember that when the FBI was warned before 9/11 by Phoenix-based agent Kenneth Williams that Arab Muslim pilots should be monitored because his investigation found “a coordinated effort by Usama Bin Laden to send students to the United States to attend civil aviation universities and college,” the FBI ignored Williams.

    I suspect the FBI ignored it because they knew OBL had nothing to do with 9/11, and the pilots were incapable of flying two seater Cessnas. They were likely concentrating on the “Israeli art students” mysteriously showing up in restricted access government buildings and military bases. Obviously, that was a mistake. They should have been concentrated on moving companies.

  3. Cybergeezer says: • Website

    So extremely happy to see a SECURE site for Michelle!!!
    Anything else is totally unacceptable.

  4. anonymous[395] • Disclaimer says:

    “I’m glad the FBI .. young American patriots died .. homeland .. our soldiers, pilots, sailors and citizens ..”

    Is this a recycled column from 2003?

    • Agree: schnellandine
  5. You ask a lot of “why?” questions, Mrs. Malkin, but I think your answers are close. Follow the money? Yes. That’s only the problem because most high officials in government do not care about the long-term integrity of this nation. Some actually work to destroy it.

    Why doesn’t Trump .. etc, etc.? Because he’s mostly a bullshitter who seems not to know how to get any real constructive work done.

    PS: For anonymous #395, those 1st 7 paragraphs are about NOW, while the remainder looks back to the happy-go-lucky attitude toward the 10’s of thousands of Saudi “visitor” in the US.

  6. anon[103] • Disclaimer says:

    Did you check with Duerte what should be done about Saudi ? Bush era information is problematic . I remember Bush jr saying to Philliopnio ambassador “ I know Phillipinain ,they are very good cook, my cook is from Manila wonderful cook”

    It doesn’t mean Malkin is a cook or a good cook .

    Regarding the suggestion to stop the Saudis , iI ask you first know the rules of engagements . Saudi causes terrorism because Uncle Sam wants it

    Now this young guy MbS is not fully on board with USA regarding the extending and continuing of terrorism
    ,people are worried and dont know how to react but to start resurrecting a past that has US’s finger prints all over .

  7. anonymous[268] • Disclaimer says:

    I had no recollection of reading anything by Mrs. Malkin before she was added to the Unz columnist roster. She soon showed herself as a Chinadidit smear artist whose allegiance to Uncle Sam fits Right in with Buchanan and Derbyshire. These columnists will rip on the Pentagon’s paying $500 for a hammer, being politically correct, or even trying to run more of the world than “we” can afford. But fundamentally, they’re Exceptional! propagandists. That’s why this Saudi terror pilot pipeline riff caught my eye, and I commented about its stale rhetoric in #4.

    Two helpful aspects of this website are its search engine and the inclusion of the columnists’ work first published elsewhere, years ago. Running “WTC” against Mrs. Malkin’s articles brings up far more about 1993 than 2001, and cliche hostility for anyone who dares question the Establishment line on the latter.

    I will appreciate it if Mrs. Malkin or anyone more familiar with her work is willing to address my quick take on where she’s coming from.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  8. KA says:

    The evidences of the Saudi connection come from 2 sources
    1 the admission under interrogation and torture 2 one hijcakers or few hijackers or all of them visiting a mosque in California that was run by Saudi and whose clerics were paid by Saudi . One third level official of Saudi embassy visited one of the imams and made arrangements for one hijacker to come USA.

  9. anonymous[267] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    Further, revealing searches: “Assange” and “Wikileaks.” I guess she’s since rebranded, to land here as a dissident martyred for battling the Establishment over immigration and culture. But back in the day Mrs. Malkin

    1. Enthused about Uncle Sam’s GWOT, including assassination by drone and torture prisons.

    2. Vilified Corporal Manning and Wikileaks for revealing war crimes. (But publishing Democrats’ scandalous emails was apparently okay.)

    I still will appreciate it if Mrs. Malkin or anyone more familiar with her work is willing to address my quick take on where she’s coming from.

    • Replies: @schnellandine
  10. SBaker says:

    It was Comrade-yo-Moma’s idea to keep the heat on Afghanistan and that. Should tell you something. The man could not order lunch without a TelePrompTer. The real enemy is Islam. Islam itself has been relatively unaffected, even in the Middle East. “Martyrs” have been made but little else has been accomplished. Islam must be utterly destroyed, but his is a protected road with the alliance of Islam with our own leftists.

  11. Yogis_dad says:

    The FBI didn’t need access to the shooter’s phone to prove the jihadi connection. Apple willingly provided his Notes, stored in his iCloud account, when subpoenaed. The stored files proved the shooter’s terrorist intent and connections.

  12. @anonymous

    I still will appreciate it if Mrs. Malkin or anyone more familiar with her work is willing to address my quick take on where she’s coming from.

    I despised the 9/11/2001-indoctrinated much more than the next guy, but it appears Coulter and Malkin have mostly returned to Earth and made bedfellows of former enemies. Frankly, in 2003 I didn’t expect to ever again read anything from either of them. I read Coulter regularly now, and Malkin somewhat. IMO, Malkin redeemed herself significantly in the Groyper Revolution.

    Probably tough for career Fed-worshipers to figure out that the house really is on fire.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  13. anonymous[225] • Disclaimer says:
    @schnellandine

    IMO, Malkin redeemed herself significantly in the Groyper Revolution.

    OK, I had to look up “Groyper,” but after some more searches I’m sticking with “rebranded” when it comes to Mrs. Malkin.

    – A big fan of John Bolton circa 2005-2007, she hasn’t written his name since 2012.

    – A Patriot Act enthusiast during the Cheney Administration, she has never written the name of Edward Snowden.

  14. Michelle,
    I used to share your columns on Facebook, but some LEFTIST caused them to no longer allowed it. This is what I get: Your message couldn’t be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive.

    In regards to this column, you are 100% spot on (as usual) regardless of what the cowardly anonymous trolls state. We should never allow Muslims in our military, nor should we train Muslims from other countries. The teaching of Islam is to conquer the world, and everyone not a Muslim is their enemy.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  15. anonymous[141] • Disclaimer says:
    @Glenn E. Chatfield

    And here’s a member of the audience for the Exceptional! propaganda I’m talking about.

    We should never allow Muslims in our military, nor should we train Muslims from other countries. The teaching of Islam is to conquer the world, and everyone not a Muslim is their enemy.

    The commenter identifies — “we, our” — with his government. Every Muslim on earth is an “enemy.” Will he be proud if the family down the street is GoldStarred protecting Venezuela from the terror of Iranian oil?

    • Replies: @Glenn E. Chatfield
  16. @anonymous

    Anonymous, You really need to study the history of Islam before making such ignorant comments.

  17. Saudi-Arabia can do almost everything, because she’s considered a reliable strategic ally of the US and Israel…

  18. SafeNow says:

    I don’t see how Muslims could feasibly serve in the U.S. military. Aside from the teensy weensy problem of everyone nearby being in a constant state of distracted situational awareness, watching to see if the Muslim guy is going to, um, kill them, there are these problems: Praying 5 times a day, dress-code, shaving, no privacy.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  19. @SafeNow

    Then there’s the problem of which direction to pray in, especially if on-ship in the navy. Peak Stupidity discusses the vexing aspects of Moslem prayer with full attention to Great Circle routes (euclidean vs. non-euclidean geometry) and magnetic vs. true bearings in Moslem call to prayer and the Great Circle route , with a little more detail here- Peak Stupidity is an Equal Opportunity Offender .

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