A report filed Friday in the Wall Street Journal paints U.S. President Donald Trump as willfully ignorant when it comes to matters of national security. But you should be used to that by now. The story centers on an intelligence report delivered to Trump by the Department of Homeland Security on the need (or lack thereof) for Trump’s poorly executed and currently stalled immigration ban. According to the WSJ, the report states that the DHS team “assesses that country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity.” Essentially, it renders the central argument of Trump’s thinly veiled Muslim ban meaningless. Country of origin is not an indicator of potential terrorist activity. Now, sure, that seems obvious when you consider that literally every single terrorist involved in the 9/11 attack (which Trump’s ban cites as reasoning) was from a country other than the seven listed on the President’s executive order, but come on. Please stop using logic and reason.
Needless to say, the White House refused to accept the findings of one of our country’s key intelligence groups.
The report from the Journal contains a few interesting quotes sourced from within the White House and some useful data about actual terrorists and their countries of origin. Here are a few points worth noting:
- A senior administration official apparently told the paper that, “The president asked for an intelligence assessment. This is not the intelligence assessment the president asked for.”
- Over the last six years, according to the report, Foreign-born people living in the U.S. who had been inspired to commit terrorism came from 26 different countries.
- The report details 82 people who actually engaged in terrorist activity. The majority were killed or arrested.
- More than half of those 82 were native U.S. citizens. Let that sink it. More than half.
- The Journal’s own reporting found that of the 182 people since 2001 who have been charged with terrorism-related crimes or have died in an attempt to commit said crimes, only 11 of them were from the seven countries listed on the President’s executive order.