Up to 100 of the so-called Afghan refugees shipped out of Kabul by the United States have been flagged as potential matches to people on intelligence agency watch lists by the Defense Department’s Automated Biometric Identification System.
One of those men, who may try to claim a Special Immigration Visa to settle in the United States, has already been flagged up by screeners in Qatar for potential links to the terrorist Islamic State group.
The US State Department told the Daily Mail that they were “surging resources to evaluate each case and process these as efficiently as possible to protect homeland security” but sources on the ground report that old and slow systems for vetting are being neglected amid the huge swarm of so-called refugees trying to get out of the country.
“CBP [Customs and Border Patrol] on the ground has old tech and they don’t know how to use it, integrate it. And there’s not enough people to process’ all of the evacuees” said one source.
The shocking news comes on the heels of reports that at least five people had attempted to reach Britain through the airlifts despite being flagged by the country’s ‘no fly’ list – with one man successfully making it to Birmingham, where he was released into the population as authorities claimed he was “not a person of interest”.
At least five migrants being airlifted into Paris have also been put under surveillance, with one of the men already facing sanctions for failing to comply with orders to limit his movement.
He told the courts that he’d strayed because somebody offered to buy him drugs to soothe a headache, but contradictory testimony suggested he’d in fact left the designated zone to acquire SIM cards.
The shocking stories from three western countries will once again vindicate those who demanded a cautious approach to accepting so-called refugees from the region, with the risk of terror and social dislocation obvious.
One country that will seemingly not be following suit is Sweden, where liberal Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has insisted he will not repeat the mistakes of 2015 by throwing open the floodgates to migrants.