It Is About National Security

NMallory has a post up about the visas of 100 or so Iranians being revoked while they were on their way to some University reunion in Santa Clara. I don’t necessarily agree with her assertion that the US let them get on the plane to come here since we do not allow people on planes in other countries but she makes a valid point that they were cleared originally. My question would be how old is the passport and visa and how long has it been revoked. The US will not disclose the reason that the visas were revoked so there might be a very legitimate reason. Perhaps a reason like this:

Eleven Egyptian students who were supposed to travel to a Montana university after flying to JFK airport late last month disappeared in New York, spurring federal authorities to issue a nationwide alert, officials said yesterday. New York Post

There is no indication that these 11 students are up to no good and they might have been victims of some kind of crime. Until we find them we will not know. Their visas have been revoked and there is a search for them now taking place. Let us hope these are not people who are parts of sleeper cells that intend to do us harm.

National Security is not something to take lightly. The student incident shows how easy it would be to get in. Hell, the open Southern border demonstrates that every day. I will side with Mallory about revoking the visas of people coming from Iran by saying this; we should not be revoking their visas until we are just as willing to close the Southern border and deport those sneaking in from Mexico.

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6 Responses to “It Is About National Security”

  1. Bosun says:

    I would like to point out the nonchalant attitude of the FBI on this case. I believe that ICE feels differently, but, they are not going to parade on camera like the FBI does talking out of the “side of mouth.”

    FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko after the “be-on-the-lookout” alert was issued to all police in the United States.

    Kolko said there is no reason to believe the missing students, all men around 20 years old, represent a threat.

    “At this point, all they have done is not show up for a scheduled academic program, and their visas have been revoked,” Kolko said.

    “We do not know of any association with any terrorist or criminal groups. There is no threat associated with these men. We have simply asked law enforcement’s assistance in locating them so that the FBI and ICE may interview them.”

    Rep. Peter King (R-L.I.), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said the situation “has to be taken very seriously.”

    Bravo for Peter King!!

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  3. N. Mallory says:

    And in a strange coincidence, the week before, the US denied the visa requests of Jamaica’s 50 top middle and high school dancers who were due in Coral Springs, Fla., for an annual performance at Culturama 2006 to celebrate Jamaica’s 44th year of independence.

    Source: Coral Springs’ Culturama canceled after visas denied

    50 Jamaican high schoolers and 100+ Iranian professionals partying on either coast…recipe for disaster?

    This is why the world loves us.

  4. Big Dog says:

    Don’t care if the world loves us. That is the difference, I do not need acceptance.

    As for the kids, do you know why the visas were revoked? If not then I would suggest you refrain from making a judgement on it. It would make you look silly if they had a really good reason.

    But then, the conspiracy types probably believe that the US just goes around and randomly screws with people.

  5. N. Mallory says:

    I didn’t say it was a conspiracy. I just said it was a strange coincidence, silly.

    Sometimes we “conspiracy types” don’t actually think the governments are screwing people on purpose…sometimes we think they just don’t know what they’re doing, by the way.

    I’m not really judging…I just can’t imagine what those little kids did in their pasts that kept them from getting their visas. It’s an interesting thing to ponder. What sort of subversive Jamaican anti-American activities could those little middle school kids have been involved in? Think about it…the mental image is kind of funny.

    OK Really, this is just amusing me way too much. Maybe some coffee will help.