2018-04-23 15:57:17 UTC
President Trumps campaign promise of extreme vetting led to the creation, by
executive order, of something called the National Vetting Center, which is a
redundant and useless since there are already several rigorous systems in place
that screen those who wish to enter the United States.
Because the newly created center is redundant and useless, existing vetting
structures have no idea how to interact with it. The president and his
administration, naturally, have offered no clarity on the matter.
From the Washington Post:
I dont know why you would want to duplicate something that has already been
built when we already have the National Targeting Center, which does and is
capable of doing serious vetting with respect to any foreign national seeking to
enter the United States, said Robert Bonner, a former U.S. attorney who led
U.S. Customs and Border Protection under President George W. Bush and
established the center. [...]
A report published this month by the libertarian Cato Institute found that U.S.
security agencies already practice extreme vetting and have been highly
successful at stopping terrorist plots and potential attacks.
I would argue its quite extreme as it currently exists, said David Bier, the
reports author. He said the only post-9/11 instance of a vetting failure was
San Bernardino attacker Tashfeen Malik, whose extremist views went unnoticed
during her visa application process.
The threat to American lives as a result of vetting failure in post-9/11
America is incredibly small, Bier said, so the idea that we should invest a
billion dollars in a new center to prevent such a small risk doesnt make
sense. You think!
The Trump administration announced plans for the NVC back in February, defending
its right to exist by noting that, current vetting efforts are ad hoc, which
impedes our ability to keep up with todays threats.
It bears repeating that where todays threats actually come from dont match
up with Trumps bigoted paranoia: Not a single refugee from the countries Trump
demands such extreme vetting from have killed anyone in a terrorist attack on
The February memo went on to say, The NVC will better coordinate these
activities in a central location, enabling officials to further leverage
critical intelligence and law enforcement information to identify terrorists,
criminals, and other nefarious actors trying to enter and remain within our
It seems as though the most reasonable explanation for the development of the
redundant National Vetting Center is just cuz its racist. Perhaps Trump simply
wants a shiny new thing he can call his own, complete with his own brand of
bigotry and paranoia. Sad!