The Washington Post published an article on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 that blows the notion of The Wall being about border security out of the water. The article, by William Booth, will likely be missed by most because it does not fit the narrative that Donald Trump supporters hold and others just aren’t interested in studies about terrorism.
But the Booth article reported on a study released by the Policy Exchange think tank, based in London, that explored who is looking at Islamic extremist websites. The study measured from what countries the “clicks” to Islamic terrorists’ websites were coming from.
As many of you know, ISIS, or ISIL terrorists use online content to recruit people to carry out their attacks. The internet is generally accepted as the jihadists’ best tool for foreign recruitment. Although the jihadist terrorists are centered around Iraq and Syria, they have demonstrated an ability to recruit like-minded terrorists from across the globe.
Twitter accounts for 40% of the terrorist traffic, according to the news report. Twitter, coincidentally is Donald Trump’s favorite medium for setting the national tone. Facebook follows behind Twitter.
Proponents of The Wall usually point to the issue of border security as the reason it is needed. Although, for years, the evidence has demonstrated that México has not been a source for terrorism towards the United States, the notion that the porous U.S.-México border must be sealed to protect the country from jihadist terrorism remains.
The Policy Exchange study once again demonstrates the lie that is border security through The Wall.
According to the study, the greatest number of ‘clicks’ to terrorist content comes from Turkey, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Britain.
Yes, you read that right, people in the United States are the second largest consumers of Islamic terrorists’ content. Notice what’s missing on the list?
México is missing from the list.
Not only is México missing but so is Latin America.
Terrorist prosecutions in the U.S. have demonstrated repeatedly that terrorism in the United States is perpetuated by individuals radicalized by terrorist content online. Hence, the U.S. citizens perpetuating Islamic terrorism in their own country.
But what should alarm you the most is the other name on the list – Britain.
Britain enjoys a travel-visa free relationship with the United States, British citizens can travel to the U.S. without needing a travel visa to enter. In other words, any British citizen can hop on a plane, fly into the U.S. and enter with nothing more than a “hello” from border officials. There are no background checks performed on British travelers.
But, but, England is a developed country and isn’t going to send us terrorists. We can trust them to ensure our country’s safety is likely the argument some of you will make.
Might I remind you of Michael Steven Sandford?
Sanford was arrested on June 18, 2016 after successfully seizing a gun at a Donald Trump rally. The court record clearly shows that Sanford spent a year planning to assassinate Trump. Sanford pleaded guilty to a charge of being an undocumented immigrant in possession of a gun and after serving some time in jail was deported back to Britain in May 2017.
Yup, although Michael Sanford was allowed into the country, visa-free, he became an undocumented immigrant for remaining in the country over the allotted time.
But what is worse is that Sanford proves that a British national can enter the United States without a proper background check. Not only did Sanford try to assassinate Trump, but his short sentence was due to his extensive history of mental illness.
Some of you are going to try to argue that jihadist terrorists are not the same as Sanford because of the mental illness factor. I’ll counter that with the simple fact that mental illness is surely part of the makeup of anyone believing that if they kill infidels they’ll go to a place where hundreds of virgins are waiting to welcome them with open arms.
Although it is clear that the dangers to the security of the country comes from sources outside of the U.S.-México border, many of you will continue to believe that The Wall will offer you border security.