John Kerry says that there is zero evidence that refugees who make it through the screening process pose a greater risk than other groups.
If there were any way for Kerry to offer himself or his personal interests as test subjects, he might be talking differently, but the test subjects won’t be him with his fine security detail; they will come from the American people, who face random attacks from any possible location at any possible time.
Islamic state-funded jihad groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State have issued zealous calls to terrorize America with jihadi violence, but that is not enough for Kerry to question the risk associated with such calls, or to acknowledge the proven inadequacy of the American screening system. San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik passed five separate background checks and had her visa approved, despite having posted on social media about committing violent jihad. Her national security and criminal background screenings turned up nothing about her postings.
Kerry makes a blanket statement about refugees, yet disregards warnings by his own country’s intelligence chiefs that the Islamic State has been plotting to launch terror attacks in America this year through “exploiting the refugee crisis.”
Islamic Jihadis are at open war with America, other Western nations and Israel. This requires action from authorities in their duty to protect citizens. Vigilance does not mean that America is Islamophobic, bigoted or at war with Islam. While it is obviously true that the U.S. is not at war with Islam, significant portions of the Islamic world are at war with the U.S.
“Kerry: ‘Zero Evidence’ Refugees Making It Through US Screening Pose Greater Risk Than Other Groups”, by Patrick Goodenough, CNS News, June 21, 2016:
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday evening there was “zero evidence” that refugee applicants who go through the rigorous screening involved in the U.S. refugee admission program pose a greater security threat than members of any other group.
Speaking at the interfaith iftar (Ramadan fast-breaking meal) in Sterling, Va. coinciding with World Refugee Day, Kerry also warned that what he called “bigoted and hateful rhetoric” about Muslims helps those “who propagate the lie that America is at war with Islam.”
“There is absolutely no evidence, my friends, zero evidence, that refugees who make it through this arduous process, pose any greater threat to our society than the members of any other group,” he said. “And it is important for people to know that.”
Alluding to calls by some Republican politicians to bar Muslim refugee applicants, Kerry said blocking any group on the basis of religion, race or nationality went against Americans ideals.
“Preventing any group from entering the United States solely because of their race, or because of their nationality, or because of a religious affiliation is directly contrary to the very ideals on which our country is based,” he said…..