James Clapper is in the news, again. This time the Director of National Intelligence is claiming that Americans who have returned to the United States after traveling to Syria to participate in that country’s conflict are harmless. Or, at least, represent no threat to American security.
“We’ve since found they went for humanitarian purposes or some other reasons that don’t relate to plotting,” Clapper said at an event in New York. According to the DNI, of the approximately 180 Americans who have gone to Syria, 40 have returned to the United States.
“If they come back and they are not involved in plotting — don’t have a nefarious purpose — then that’s their right and privilege as an American citizen to come back,” he continued.
It’s really odd that, even though most sources say that the majority of Americans who go to Syria to get involved in this conflict fight on the side of the Islamic State, every single one who returns to the United States is harmless. It’s more than odd; it is almost as believable as thinking the NSA doesn’t collect information on Americans.
“Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly,” said Clapper – yes, the same guy – when asked during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing. That meeting happened three months before Edward Snowden released the documents proving that the NSA systematically collected information from the American public. Clapper has been trying to get away from that statement for years.
The United States is not immune to terrorist acts. Currently, the FBI is investigating people in all 50 states that are in various stages of radicalization. According the FBI Director James Comey, the Islamic State is attempting to recruit terrorists from this country.
“Troubled soul, come to the caliphate, you will live a life of glory, these are the apocalyptic end times, you will find a life of meaning here, fighting for our so-called caliphate. And if you can’t come, kill somebody where you are,” said Comey when talking about providing support for ISIS.
So, according to the Director of National Intelligence, these returning “humanitarians” are harmless, but according to the director of the FBI, the Islamic State is working very hard at recruiting Americans to fight for them in Syria, or if that fails to fight here.
This is not an apples to oranges comparison. The majority of people who have gone to Syria went to fight for ISIS, but Clapper wants us to believe that every single one that has returned is harmless. That they all tried to bring the good word that America is not the “Great Satan” to ISIS and have just had enough.
I believe that nearly as much as I believe the NSA never looked intentionally at any American’s browsing history. I just hope that three months from now, James Clapper isn’t trying to get away from these statements as he has tried to get away from his NSA comments.
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