ThinkProgress/FactCheck.org should apologize to Ted Cruz
Earlier this month, the Soros-funded “news” organization ThinkProgress slammed Ted Cruz for paraphrasing a statement made by James R. Clapper, who “warned about the dangers of ISIS operatives infiltrating Western countries through the flood of migrants,” as reported last month at Breitbart.
In their scramble to discredit Ted Cruz, the highly partisan FactCheck.org also weighed in, claiming that Cruz did not take into account that Clapper “added that the U.S. has a ‘pretty aggressive’ screening program” and that Clapper “was particularly concerned about refugees being taken in by European countries that might not have such tight screening.”
Cruz was quoted as saying:
“The director of national intelligence has said that among those refugees coming into Europe are no doubt ISIS terrorists. Now it makes no sense whatsoever to bring in ISIS terrorists coming to wage jihad and murder innocent Americans.”
With Cruz’s statement in mind, consider Clapper’s quote:
“And, of course, as they descend on Europe, one of the obvious issues that we worry about, and in turn as we bring refugees to this country, is exactly what is their background.
I don’t, obviously, put it past the likes of ISIL to infiltrate operatives among these refugees. So that is a huge concern of ours. We do have a pretty aggressive program for those coming to this country, for screening their backgrounds. I’m not as uniformly confident about each European country that is going to be faced with welcoming or allowing refugees into their countries. So this is a huge issue for all kinds of reasons. The security implications are just one small part of it. The economic, the social impacts, are huge.”
Both outlets sought to assure their readers that America should not worry about ISIS terrorists trying to infiltrate with legitimate refugees. ThinkProgress quoted White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest as saying:
“Refugees go through the most robust security process of anybody who’s contemplating travel to the United States.”
Ted Cruz must be a xenophobic fear monger.
However, Ted Cruz was right to worry if a largely unreported exchange during a House Judiciary Hearing this week means anything.
As reported at TrevorLoudon.com, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey revealed to Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) that it would be “challenging” to confirm the identities of the refugees.
Here is a partial exchange:
Gohmert: “How can you be sure that anyone [refugees] is who they say they are…?”
Comey: “The only thing we can query is information that we have,” Comey said. “So if we have no information on someone… there will be no record of them… so it will be challenging.”
Not one to back-peddle, Senator Ted Cruz repeated his statement on Saturday as reported (only) at the Examiner, saying that the idea of “importing potentially hundreds of thousands of Muslims to America” is “absolute lunacy” and further doubled down on his statement about Clapper, saying:
“…The Director of National Intelligence has told us it’s very likely that among those refugees going into Europe are a substantial number of ISIS terrorists.”
ThinkProgress and FactCheck.org will likely not apologize for their role in sweeping a very real threat under the carpet in their clear partisan effort to discredit Ted Cruz.