McCarthy Requests FBI, CIA Briefing on Terror Suspects Crossing U.S. Border

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is requesting a classified briefing from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officials on terror suspects crossing the United States-Mexico border illegally.

In a letter to FBI and CIA officials, McCarthy asked that the two agencies brief him, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Vice President Kamala Harris on “the ongoing national security risk posed by the border crisis.”

This week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials revealed that two illegal aliens from Yemen were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in January and March. Background checks showed that both were on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and the No-Fly List.

McCarthy writes in the letter:

I am writing to request a classified briefing regarding certain individuals apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol. Through conversations with the Border Patrol and media reports, I have learned of the apprehension of foreign nationals on the Terrorism Watch List who were attempting to illegally cross our southern border.

McCarthy continued:

Last month, I, along with 12 other members of Congress, traveled to El Paso, Texas, to see firsthand the humanitarian and security crisis that has emerged along our southern border this year. The agents of the U.S. Border Patrol provided us with an eye-opening tour and briefings regarding the current crisis in El Paso and the operational challenges they face each day. During the briefings, the agents conveyed to us that they have apprehended individuals from not only Mexico and Central America, but also countries including China, Iran, Yemen, and Turkey. They then conveyed that they had apprehended individuals who are on the Terrorism Watch List. These revelations were shocking and concerning, and for those reasons, I felt compelled to share them with the nation. [Emphasis added]

Compounding the risk, approximately 1,000 people each day are evading capture by the U.S. Border Patrol, according to recent reporting from the Washington Post. While I am grateful to the Border Patrol for doing all they can, I have great concern about the number of bad actors that have escaped arrest and are residing in the United States. We simply have no way of knowing if other terrorists have crossed the border undetected. [Emphasis added]

Read the full letter here:

McCarthy Letter to CIA, FBI by John Binder

After DHS sent the press release revealing that the two illegal aliens from Yemen had been apprehended at the border, the agency erased the page.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesperson told Breitbart News that the press release “contained certain disclosure and policy information” that “required CBP to remove it from our website.”

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki attempted to downplay the national security threat of illegal immigration at the southern border.

“First let me convey that these sets of incidents are very uncommon,” Psaki said when asked about the two illegal aliens from Yemen who were apprehended. “… while this is rare, this is a reflection of [Border Patrol] doing their job.”

Those on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and No-Fly List seeking to cross illegally into the U.S. are not isolated incidents, as reports over the years have confirmed.

From October 2020 to the beginning of March, for example, congressional aides have said there have been at least four separate Border Patrol encounters with illegal aliens on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List.

Likewise, in 2016, Breitbart News reported exclusively on a series of leaked documents from the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center revealing that from July 2015 to July 2016, the FBI documented more than 7,700 encounters with illegal aliens who appeared on the Terrorism Watch List. Subsequent reports show encounters numbering in the thousands annually.

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BP agents arrest two Yemeni men identified on terror watch list

Border Patrol agents in the El Centro Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border arrested two Yemeni nationals with terrorism ties in two separate incidents within the last two months, according to a Monday press release.

On January 29, agents made the first arrest around three miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry. Agents then transported the illegal alien, 33, to the El Centro Processing Center for immigration and conducted a criminal history screening, where he was found to be on both the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and the No-Fly list.

Agents also found a cell phone sim card under the insole of his shoe. The man was later transported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

On March 30, agents encountered another Yemeni national two miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry and transported him to the El Centro Processing Center for immigration and criminal history screening.

The illegal alien, 26, was found to be on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and on the No-Fly list. He is now in federal custody and his removal is pending.

“Part of the Border Patrol’s mission states we will protect the country from terrorists,” said Chief Patrol Agent Gregory K. Bovino. “Today, like every other day, our agents did that. These apprehensions at our border illustrates the importance of our mission and how we can never stop being vigilant in our everyday mission to protect this great country.”

Yemen is considered a country of “special interest” where individuals from those countries could potentially be national security risks. In 2018, the Department of Homeland Security encountered more than 3,000 “special interest aliens” at the Southern border.

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Border Crisis Escalates Into Full Blown CHAOS, Numerous Terrorists ARRESTED Attempting to Cross that Open Border

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Even Democrats have taken to calling the situation along the border with Mexico a crisis in recent days but they’re still afraid to admit that it’s already escalated into total chaos. There’s now proof that terrorists have been arrested while attempting to cross the wide open border.

Terrorists on the move

As The Federalist reports, “mere hours” after the liberal network media vigorously denied conservative claims that terrorists were making their way across the border into the United States, Customs and Border Protection confirmed it to Congress.

On Tuesday, they admitted that they arrested at least four who’s names appear on the no-fly list, officially called the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database.

Even more interesting is the fact that they caught more invading terrorists since the election than they usually do in an entire year.

That suggests that conservatives have been right all along when they say that Biden’s liberal open borders policies are attracting them like a magnet.

Even flamingly liberal Axios is acknowledging that three of the recent arrests were apparent terrorists from Yemen and the fourth came from Serbia.

Axios is the one to point out that outnumbers “similar people taken into custody during recent full fiscal years, according to the source.”

A national security vulnerability

House Minority Leader Republican Kevin McCarthy sparked off an inferno of Democrat backlash when he told the press in El Paso, Texas, on Monday that “Border Patrol was arresting people from the terrorist watch list.”

He called the influx of terrorists “a national security vulnerability for the U.S.” The border patrol confirmed it.

The New World Order controlled networks immediately started “fact-checking” his claims.

They tried real hard to show indignation and call him everything from crazy to racist but not a single one of their posts could deny the facts. Terrorists are coming into the country and their policies are the driving force behind it.

Meanwhile, the Imperial Palace is strangely silent as the pile of illegal alien bodies piles up higher and higher at the border. His Wisdom refuses to acknowledge that there is any kind of a crisis at the southern border.

He can’t put the migrant kids in cages like he used to do in the old days so now they’re sending them to jail, while the adults get a free bus ride anywhere they want to go. Terrorists practically have their own travel agent. The Washington Post is still drinking the Kool-Aid. “Migrants are not overrunning U.S. border towns, despite the political rhetoric.”

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No Quick-fix to End the Yemen War

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US President Joe Biden wants to “End the Yemen War” by cutting support to the Saudi-led coalition and focusing on diplomacy to end the six-year conflict in one of the world’s poorest countries, which has brought 30 million Yemenis close to famine.

The US has a history of looking for a quick fix, without considering the complex reality on the ground.  Yemen’s conflict is multifaceted, includes many actors, and can’t be solved in a rushed political agreement.

Biden may be considered for the Noble Peace Prize if his administration could bring peace to Yemen; however, halting arms sales to the Saudis, or making a deal between the Hadi government and the Houthis won’t end Yemen’s war, or stop the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Biden has announced a big policy shift on Yemen by ending US support for the Arab Coalition’s operations in Yemen, calling out Saudi Arabia for human rights issues, halting arms sales to Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, and holding the Saudi-led coalition accountable for their role in mismanaging the war.

Biden has appointed Timothy Lenderking, former deputy assistant secretary for Arabian Gulf affairs, as the special envoy to Yemen, and called the Saudi foreign minister twice over the past week.

Lenderking met with the internationally recognized Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Riyadh on February 11 and also met with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan, while discussing a comprehensive solution to ending Yemen’s war.

Saudi Arabia’s military spending has been exceeding even that of global powers, although direct Saudi-led coalition attacks against the Houthis have decreased in recent years while shifting the Saudi strategy to defending the border with Yemen.

Riyadh is aiming to strengthen its influence among all Yemeni factions and is now more actively pursuing negotiations with the Houthis.

Farhan went to Moscow a few weeks ago, and the Kingdom enjoys a good relationship with China, which provides the oil-rich monarchy a contingency plan.

Saudi Arabia can’t afford to get out of Yemen entirely, as the security cost would be too high. Riyadh might invest in mercenaries while it continues to reduce its direct military interventions.

Trump

President Trump imposed upon the Houthi movement the specially designated global terrorist (SDGT) and foreign terrorist organization (FTO) designations on his last full day in office, in a final attempt to cut off funding, weapons, and other support for Iran’s proxy fight in Yemen. Trump was often criticized for his close relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, while he used his close ties to push through peace deals between Arab states and Israel.

Sanctions

The United Nations describes Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 80 percent of its people in need. The Trump-ordered terrorist designation threatened to deepen the humanitarian crisis by denying food, fuel, and other basic commodities to civilians.  Importers would have faced criminal penalties should the goods fall into Houthi hands, which could push Yemen into a major famine.

The US and EU sanctions on Syria, for example, have caused hospitals to be without chemotherapy drugs, ventilators, and other essential medicines and medical equipment. Gasoline, heating oil, and electricity supplies have all been in dire short supply because of the sanctions on Syria. It is the innocent, unarmed civilians who suffer from Western sanctions.

“This decision is a recognition of the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen,” Blinken said in a statement.

“We will continue to closely monitor the activities of Ansar Allah and its leaders and are actively identifying additional targets for designation,” Blinken said, referring to the name of the Houthi movement.

Houthi

The Houthis currently have the upper hand militarily, and a political settlement risks tipping the military balance in favor of the Houthis, who have not held to cease-fires in the past.

Biden’s speed to call out Arab Gulf monarchies, without first condemning actions taken by the Houthis was perceived by the group as a sign of American weakness, and a Houthi victory.

The move created widespread anger among Yemenis, who saw it as the Biden administration giving the Houthis a green light and a new sense of confidence.

The US administration’s decision to revoke the terrorist designation of the Houthis has emboldened the group, and they escalated their offensive to capture Marib the following day after the designation was rescinded when a Houthi drone was launched toward Khamis Mushait in the kingdom’s Asir province.

On February 12, the Houthis claimed a drone attack that targeted a civilian airplane in Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport.

How the war started

In 2011, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative resulted in a power-sharing deal between former President Saleh and his opponents and called for a political transition process.

Lost between the two sides were the long-standing grievances of ordinary Yemenis, who still feel their voices are not heard.

The deal granted former President Saleh immunity, which effectively allowed him to remain in control of most of the armed forces. He then allied with the Houthis and overthrew the government in September 2014, and from there the country was dragged into a civil war.

The war in Yemen is between the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement, and the internationally recognized government of Yemen, which has been supported since 2015 by a Saudi-led military coalition.

The Stockholm Agreement was brokered by the UN envoy in December 2018 between the Hadi government and the Houthis but failed to deliver peace or stability.

The UN

A series of UN special envoys for Yemen has tried to broker a political settlement between the two sides since 2014.

The Biden administration should work with the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Yemen Martin Griffiths to ease access to humanitarian aid and opening airports, seaports, and key roads to cities for the sake of the suffering civilians.

Down the road

Yemen is a conflict that’s more than just politics and will require getting firm commitments from the Houthis while working with the Saudis as well.

Most Yemenis are currently not represented in the peace talks. Western policy experts, diplomats, and peace activists are not enough to end the war when most Yemenis have animosity toward both the Houthis and Hadi’s government. The voiceless civilians must be made part of the solution for the war to come to an end, and have lasting stability.

The Biden administration must look farther down the road than just a quick fix, or risk an uptake in violence and a long-lasting conflict with no end in sight.

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Biden to De-list Houthi Rebels as Terrorists; Cotton: ‘Appeasing Iran’

President Joe Biden is de-listing the Houthi rebels of Yemen as a terrorist organization, despite the fact that the group attacks civilians, considers the U.S. an enemy, and is armed and funded by Iran.

As Breitbart News has previously reported: “The Houthis are a jihadist organization whose slogan is ‘God Is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, a Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam.’”

The Biden administration announced the move on Friday, ostensibly to allow humanitarian aid to reach Yemen. It follows an announcement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan that the U.S. was ending its support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen on behalf of the legitimate government.

The Houthis launched the war in 2014. Iran backs the rebels, partly because control of Yemen gives Iran a strategic position across the Bab el Mandeb Strait from U.S. forces that are stationed in Djibouti on the Red Sea. Both sides in the civil war have committed atrocities.

The move is Biden’s latest slap to U.S. allies in the region — and an apparent attempt to appease Iran, which the Biden administration hopes to entice back to the negotiating table.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) accused Biden of appeasement in a statement Saturday:

The Houthi rebels are armed and trained by Iran’s overseas terror corps, the IRGC and Hezbollah. They fire missiles at civilians and American sailors while chanting ‘Death to America.’ And they’ve plunged Yemen into a protracted war that has immiserated the Yemeni people. If that’s not terrorism, I don’t know what is. President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken may foolishly believe that a gesture of goodwill toward the Houthis will lead to peace, but the rebels have ignored the peace process for years while refusing to honor ceasefires. The Biden administration is repeating the deadly errors of the Obama administration by appeasing Iran and refusing to call terrorists by their name.

The Obama administration backed Saudi intervention in Yemen, but Democrats began to oppose the war once President Donald Trump came into office and began improving relations with Saudi Arabia. Trump listed the Houthis as a terror group in his last weeks in office.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His newest e-book is How Not to Be a Sh!thole Country: Lessons from South Africa. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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Trump Administration Stops Iran From Sending Terrorists More Guns And Oil

Multiple U.S. federal agencies are taking action against Iran for illegally transferring weapons and oil to “countries that pose grave threats to the security and stability of their regions.”

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil complaint on Thursday requesting the forfeit of Iranian missiles and weaponry obtained by the U.S. Navy.

“Iran continues to be a leading state sponsor of terrorism and a worldwide destabilizing force,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said during a press conference on Thursday. “These actions represent the government’s largest-ever civil seizures of fuel and weapons from Iran.”

The weapons in question — more than a hundred anti-tank, surface-to-air, and land-attack cruise missiles, as well as parts for other missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles — were reportedly shipped in from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a foreign terrorist organization, to militant groups in Yemen in a “sophisticated scheme.” They were first seized by the U.S. Navy Central Command (NAVCENT) off “two flagless vessels” in the Arabian Sea in late 2019 and early 2020.

This is the second complaint of its kind from the DOJ, with the first filed in late August over seizing fuel on its way to Venezuela from Iran, and is part of a “larger investigation of an Iranian weapons smuggling network responsible for the arms shipments.”

The fuel, more than a million barrels of illicit Iranian petroleum, was reportedly seized earlier on its way to Venezuela on “four foreign-flagged oil tankers” and sold by the U.S. to a third party after a District Court issued a warrant in August allowing for the seizure of the cargo. The “tens of millions of dollars” from the sale will be granted to the United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund when the case concludes.

These increasing “potentially deadly” actions such as these weapons transfers by Iran have spurred the U.S. Departments of State and Treasury to sanction at least 11 entities and 5 individuals, entities, and their executives in Singapore and in Hong Kong relating to Iran’s petrochemical exports.

On Monday, the Trump administration announced they will slap Iran with more sanctions as well for illegally giving weapons and oil to terrorist groups and countries that threaten the security of their regions. These sanctions, State Department’s Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams explained, are supposed to prevent the Iranian regime from accumulating money, which they often distribute to terrorist groups and organizations. 

“The purpose is to reduce the amounts available to the Iranian regime for all of the malicious activities that are undertaken,” Abrams said. “Particularly, things like support for terrorist groups and intervention in Yemen. That’s a critical goal, and the other is to pressure the regime into a negotiation.”

“In our view, that should be a comprehensive negotiation that deals with, not only with nuclear issues but also Iran’s malicious behavior in the region and Iran’s missile program,” Abrams added. “We’re building up a lot of leverage.” 

In late August, the Trump administration issued a snapback of Iranian sanctions after Iran repeatedly continued to violate President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) established in 2015 by increasing uranium production levels and accumulating large amounts of “heavy water,” both used in the production and manufacturing of nuclear weapons.

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