The futility of vetting immigrants to prevent terrorism

Earlier this week, ABC News reported that federal agents interviewed Sayfullo Saipov in 2015 but never opened a case against him. Saipov went on to kill eight people in a vehicle attack on the West Side of Manhattan.

Saipov was listed as a “point of contact” for two men whose names were in a Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism database and who later overstayed their tourist visas, according to a federal official. One was flagged after arriving from a “threat country,” while the other vanished and was being actively sought by federal agents as a suspected terrorist.

This is a familiar story.

  • brewin

    As we’ve witnessed time and again, Muslims can’t even identify their own family-members-turned-terrorist (“we had no idea!”). Nor can neighbors and co-workers. How are government functionaries supposed to do it?

  • favill

    Maybe not one single person in that pic will detonate himself…but one of his sons might…or one of his grandsons…

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      Or talk one of our less intelligent or emotionally unstable sons or grandsons into detonating themselves.

  • Observer

    Only one M and M in this dish is poisonous, so the chances are you will be safe if you take a handful. Go ahead, you know you want to. What could possibly go wrong?

    • Yes, it is a lottery, sort of Russian Roulette.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    When Trump mentions “extreme vetting,” I presume he means drawing a model psychological profile of a would be jihadist and comparing Muslim applicants against every aspect of that profile. Israel uses such profiling to minimize the threats they face.

    • Even so, it is impossible to predict in all cases. That is why ZERO Muslims is the only safe policy.

  • The picture “which one will detonate first?” sez it all: even if 99% of Muslim immigrants do not detonate, the fact a few are BOUND TO detonate, and inevitably kill numerous Americans or Canadians or whatever, is enough to warrant keeping ALL Muslims out and kicking out those already in. I mean, look at Iraq or Afghanistan: even though only a few hundreds detonate, killing thousands, it is enough to turn their countries into permanent hellholes.

  • Barrington Minge

    Third row, 4th arsehole from the end.

  • Blind Druid

    The muzz are always providing vital clues that are overlooked by the P.C. establishment. A glaring example is the name of the Manhattan mow down asshole,
    Sayfullo Saipov. “Sayfullo” is derived from “Saif-Allah” which in Arabic means “Sword Of Allah”. This clue is as plain as the nose on your face.