Update on the Travel Ban: Intel Sausage Factory Failure

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The circumstances surrounding Donald Trump’s travel ban and his administration’s connection to Russia is deteriorating to the point of rank corruption. CNN is reporting that the Trump administration sought to push the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to produce an intelligence report that reached their desired conclusion.

One of the reasons the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Trump’s travel ban is because his administration failed to give any evidence that anyone from the seven banned countries carried out an attack in the US. A senior White House official told CNN that the DHS and DOJ are working on an intelligence report that will show the danger of allowing migrates from these seven countries. The White House official knows the conclusion of the report before it is complete! This statement reeks of premeditation and manipulation.

Another point of sausage making is the expansion of the definition of terrorist activity. Here is how CNN describes the situation:

The senior White House official said he expects the report about the threat from individuals the seven countries to include not just those terrorist attacks that have been carried out causing loss of innocent American life, but also those that have resulted in injuries, as well as investigations into and convictions for the crimes of a host of terrorism-related actions, including attempting to join or provide support for a terrorist organization.

If this is not enough, the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) already produced a memo about the dangers migrates might pose to the US. The document is titled “Citizenship Likely an Unreliable Indicator of Terrorist Threat to the United States.” As you can see, the title contradicts the travel bans expressed purpose for existence. Here is a portion of the memo that contradicts Trump’s narrative regarding these seven countries:

There were 82 people who were inspired to engage in terror-related activity since March 2011, when the Syrian conflict began. Half of the 82 were born in the US. The other half were from 26 countries. The top countries of origin are: Pakistan, Somalia, Bangladesh, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iraq and Uzbekistan. Only Somalia and Iraq were included in the ban. Why are the other countries missing?

To be clear, the country that received the strictest travel ban, Syria, did not have one person involved in a terror-related crime since the beginning of the Syrian conflict.

Russia Connection and Intelligence Compromise

Yet another point of sausage making involves the Trump’s administrations connection to Russia. The Trump administration tried to suppress news stories about their connection to Russia by asking the intelligence community to make calls to news outlets to suppress the story. The intelligence community is not supposed to be involved in such political suppression. They are to maintain a level of objectivity, and they are supposed to be disconnected to politics. In this case, the intelligence community is doing political dirty work for an administration it’s supposed to be investigating. The Chicago Tribune:

The Trump administration has enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress in efforts to counter news stories about Trump associates’ ties to Russia, a politically charged issue that has been under investigation by the FBI as well as lawmakers now defending the White House.

Acting at the behest of the White House, the officials made calls to news organizations last week in attempts to challenge stories about alleged contacts between members of President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, U.S. officials said.

The calls were orchestrated by the White House after unsuccessful attempts by the administration to get senior FBI officials to speak with news organizations and dispute the accuracy of stories on the alleged contacts with Russia.

We are in an era of deep corruption and attempted cover-up. We should be grateful for our news outlets.

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