*** If you see this post at The Washington Free Beacon or Fox News, Sara is the author and researcher. Just sayin’. Credit should be given to those that do the real reporting.
By: Sara Noble
Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop representing CD-1 on Long Island told a concerned audience at a LIMBA meeting Friday of last week that of the approximately 100 Americans who went to fight with ISIS, 40 have returned.
DHS, the State Department, Jeh Johnson, John Kerry and other key government officials are completely unaware that these terrorists have returned if one can judge by their comments made before Congress on Thursday.
Mr. Bishop is currently being accused of exaggerating the number or exposing secrets. He would not “come to the phone and explain where he got it” when a Newsday reporter called him.
When Rep. Peter King was asked about it, he said he couldn’t discuss it.
When he made the comments, Mr. Bishop reassured the LIMBA audience by saying that the FBI is tracking them. However, unless the FBI has 40 agents assigned to them 24/7, it’s hard to feel reassured.
Apparently DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry have no idea the 40 are back.
In testimony Thursday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry argued that the U.S. must stop foreign fighters with U.S. passports from returning to the homeland.
Kerry said the following according to the Daily Mail:
What I want to make certain, Kerry told the congressional panel, ‘is that anybody who has a passport [and joins with ISIS] ‘who returns, returns in handcuffs – not through customs with their passport.’
‘I don’t think these guys are ten feet tall,’ he said later.
Committee chairman Rep. Ed Royce, a California Republican, agreed.
‘I think we need a way to approach this to make certain that their ability to come into the United States is made a hell of a lot more difficult than it is right now,’ Royce told the secretary.
But Kerry warned about the possibility of interfering with law enforcement, saying that canceling a passport could give suspected terrorists a heads-up that they’ve been identified in Washington.
‘We … need to do that with sensitivity to certain investigations that may be going on,’ said Kerry, ‘because you don’t want to flag something.’
In the same hearing, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that ‘the suspension of passports should be considered on a case-by-case basis,’ not with a law that drives every circumstance toward a single outcome.
‘Suspension and revocation of passports can be done on an expedited basis when the situation warrants, in a matter of hours or days,’ he said.
Clip available on C-Span, 30:05
How is it that Jeh Johnson, John Kerry, Ted Cruz, DHS, the FBI, the State Department don’t know but Tim Bishop does?