We’re often told by the Department of Homeland Security and other security officials, “If you see something, say something.” Well, what are we supposed to be seeing? And what can we say without being accused of the modern offense of “racism” and “discrimination?”
It turns out, “Immigration official were prohibited from looking at visa applicants’ social media.” The scandal goes further, their guidance–available in the Department of Homeland Security’s guidance for Countering Violent Extremism–is that they’re not supposed to “use programs that generalize about appearance, national origin or other similar characteristics in an attempt to identify ‘indicators’ or ‘types’ of people likely to carry out acts of violent extremism. Avoid such examples—a change in beard shape, listens to hip hop music, from a specific religious branch, etc. These indicators are inaccurate [and] Don’t use training that is overbroad, equating an entire religion, nation, region, or culture with evil or violence. For example, it is incorrect and damaging to assert that all Muslims have terrorist ties.” Ok, perhaps. But what can they look for? I mean isn’t a guy travelling to Syria, dressed like Syed Farook, and all the rest a bit disconcerting? Wouldn’t what he says on his Twitter or Facebook matter? Wouldn’t his wife’s long presence in Saudia Arabia be relevant?
The point is, there is a fear of generalizing, itself a product of multiculturalism, that has led to a ridiculous result and 14 body bags in San Bernardino. Plus, let’s not forget, the body bags at Fort Hood and in Chattanooga.
While told if we see something, we should say something, we’re not told what we should be looking for, because we have a ridiculous situation where two very strangely dressed people as below are allowed into our country with little inquiry into their beliefs and actions and associations. They don’t look, act, or dress like Americans, and we’re supposed to pretend they’re our countrymen.
They’re a Fifth Column, and Trump, to his credit, has demanded the most logical response: no more.