More Than 300 Afghan Evacuees on U.S. Watch List
Among those evacuees, a few are deemed dangerous
Two U.S. Senators, Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), have raised concerns about the possible presence on American soil of 324 Afghan evacuees who appear on the Biometrically Enabled Watch List (BEWL), managed by the Department of Defense (DoD) and which includes suspected terrorists, according to The Epoch Times. “The BEWL identifies individuals whose biometrics have been collected and determined by analysts to be threats or potential threats to national security.”
The two Republican senators got their information from a whistleblower within the DoD, which whistleblower stated that the Afghan evacuees in question had not been vetted before being released into the United States. He also alleged that “White House and DoD officials instructed agency personnel to ‛cut cornersʼ and not conduct full fingerprint tests on the evacuees at staging bases in Europe.”
Hawley and Johnson wrote a letter to the DoD Acting Inspector General Sean O’Donnell in this regard. At a Senate Judiciary Committee Oversight Hearing on Thursday, August 4th, Hawley confronted FBI Director Christopher Wray about the whistleblower’s allegations, but the latter “wasn’t able to give a clear answer about the FBI’s efforts to track down and interview the 324 Afghan evacuees.”
Potential Terrorists Among the Evacuees
Federal records obtained by Project Veritas, an activist group that exposes corruption, reveal that a number of Afghan nationals repatriated by Washington after their evacuation in August 2021 pose a real threat to U.S. national security. Some of these nationals have been granted work visas in the United States, despite being on the Department of Homeland Security’s watch list.
To date, Operation Allies Welcome, which served to evacuate thousands of Afghans after the Taliban regained power in August 2021, has brought more than 84,000 of them to the United States. Project Veritas has identified at least three of these Afghans who are deemed extremely dangerous.
The first two, Anwarallhaq Wahidi and Ismail Jurat, have been placed under a code called “Category 15”, which is classified as “Armed and Dangerous”, for having used weapons and explosives. Wahidi’s work visa was approved on October 27, 2021, that is, 10 days after he was added to the Terrorist watch list. As for Ismail Jurat, he had just been removed from the same watch list upon his arrival in the United States, but was readded on it less than a month later, which did not prevent immigration bureaucrats from issuing his visa since then.
The third one, Nazir Ahmad Rahimi, entered the U.S. on August 24, 2021, even though the Department of Homeland Security knew that he had engaged or was likely to engage “in an unspecified violent terrorist act.”