Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) released the following statement on the current terrorist attacks in Paris:
“After September 11, 2001, we tragically learned that al Qaeda was at war with us, but we weren’t at war with them. Again, with the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, we have learned that ISIS and radical Islam are waging war — not only with France or the United States, but with the Western world. As has been reported, at least one of the terrorists involved infiltrated France via the Syrian refugee exodus.
“Regarding Syrian refugees, leaders from the FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the Department of Homeland Security have told the House Homeland Security Committee that they do not have the necessary ‘on-the-ground intelligence’ to ‘thoroughly’ vet Syrian refugees. Recent reports indicate that ISIS leaders have said they want to exploit the refugee crisis to get into countries in Europe and the West. In addition, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said last month, ‘It is true that we are not going to know a whole lot about the Syrians that come forth in this process.’ It is also reported that thousands of Europeans and dozens of Americans have gone to fight and train in Syria. They now must be better tracked, identified, and rooted out with coordinated intelligence efforts as they seek to make their way into Western democracies and engage in terrorist actions. … Continue Reading