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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
McCaul Calls for END of ‘PC’ U.S. Homeland Security Policies
The incoming Trump administration has opened the door for congressional defense hawks to roll back the damage caused by the Obama administration’s “politically correct” policies to defend the United States against terrorist threats, a senior House Republican said Wednesday.
This new, hard-line policy to homeland security and national defense unveiled by House Committee on Homeland Security chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul, will “reverse the damage of the last eight years,” the Texas Republican said.
The “wait-and-see approach to national security” employed by the Obama administration has resulted in a scenario where “our allies no longer trust us and our adversaries no longer fear us,” Mr. McCaul said during a speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank in Washington.
Mr. McCaul also took direct aim at President Obama’s “politically correct” attempts to counter extremist groups like Islamic State and al Qaeda who are actively recruiting fighters and plotting attacks against the U.S. and its western allies.
The White House has actively refrained from using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” and lambasted GOP hawks for attempting to paint all Muslims as sympathetic to such extremist views.
As a result, according to Mr. McCaul, over 1,000 people in the last year have been killed in terrorist attacks by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, in Europe and elsewhere across the globe. The FBI also has active counterterrorism investigations in 50 states, the Texas Republican added.
With President-elect Donald Trump poised to assume the Oval Office next month, the time is now to impart “the biggest domestic counterterrorism overhaul in decades,” Mr. McCaul said.
His plan would include the “immediate suspension of all immigration from high-risk areas” such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere, while pressuring the European Union to take similar measures.
Mr. McCaul also called for revamping the U.S. visa application review process, to include “social media intelligence,” or information gleaned from a visa applicant’s Facebook or Twitter accounts for any indication of extremist affiliations or tendencies.
The House Homeland Security panel chief called for the creation of a national terrorism hotline where people can report suspected terrorist activities in their cities and towns, as well as a national terrorism registry.
Similar to the national sex-offender registry, all individuals convicted on terrorism charges would be forced to sign up, and communities would be notified if those individuals relocate to their neighborhoods.
Mr. McCaul had been one of several names supposedly under consideration by the Trump team to be director of Homeland Security. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump selected former U.S. Southern Command chief retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly to the post.