Terrorism waiting to happen: Obama admin ignores Congress in lifting 30-yr. ban on Libyans training in U.S. flight schools

Update (Sept. 1, 2014):

Islamist militia in Libya have taken control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies are warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa. (Read more here.)

kingReportedly, Obama ignored the advice of senior military and intelligence officials in releasing 5 high-level Taliban terrorists from Gitmo in exchange for U.S. Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Now, he’s doing it again.

From the non-partisan citizens’ watchdog group Judicial Watch, Aug. 13, 2014:

Less than two years after four Americans got massacred in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya the Obama administration is disregarding congressional opposition to lift a decades-old ban on Libyans attending flight schools and training as nuclear scientists in the United States.

The ban was implemented in 1983 after a wave of terrorist incidents involving Libyans. The African nation continues to be a hotbed of terrorism and in fact, the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli was recently evacuated because violence between rival militias has created a deadly environment. Many other foreign governments have also shut down their embassies in Libya because the violence has spread throughout the entire country.

Nevertheless, President Obama has discounted congressional opposition to let Libyans train as pilots, airplane mechanics and nuclear scientists in the United States. Perhaps the commander-in-chief has somehow forgotten that many of the 9/11 hijackers—mostly Saudi nationals—received their training in American flights schools because our government allowed it. Have we not learned that it’s a really bad idea to help our enemies obtain skills that could later be used to attack us?

Official word of this senseless change comes via a final regulation approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). It lifts the longtime prohibition on Libyans coming to the U.S. to attend flight school, work in aviation maintenance or flight operations or to study or train in nuclear science. The Obama administration claims that the ban is no longer necessary because the “United States Government and the Government of Libya have normalized their relationship and most of the restrictions and sanctions imposed by the United States and the United Nations toward Libya have been lifted.”

The move comes just a few months after a congressional hearing addressed what was then the administration’s proposal to overturn the 30-year ban. Before actually reversing the longtime regulation, the administration was required to provide Congress with certain documents that were never provided, according to the heads of the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee considering the matter. In other words, the president has once again blown off Congress and this week the lawmakers involved in the process expressed outrage.

“The Obama Administration is turning a blind eye to real terrorist threats that exist in Libya today by carelessly forging ahead with its plan to allow Libyan pilots and nuclear scientists to study in the United States,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte. “The House Judiciary Committee has repeatedly sought information about the Administration’s policy reversal but political appointees at the Department of Homeland Security have stonewalled the Committee’s requests and have not articulated why it is in Americans’ best interests to change policy. Given the ongoing volatility in Libya, it is unconscionable and completely irresponsible that the Administration plans to lift a longstanding policy that protects Americans and our national security from threats in the region.”

At the congressional hearing earlier this year, a top Homeland Security official revealed that the Hillary Clinton State Department first requested the Libyan ban lift in 2010. Three years later, the official, Alan Bersin, told Congress, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano agreed to begin the process to amend the regulations relating to Libya. This illustrates that the administration started working to lift the ban long before the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi. Clearly, it was not enough to deter the administration from going forth with its dangerous plan.

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9 responses to “Terrorism waiting to happen: Obama admin ignores Congress in lifting 30-yr. ban on Libyans training in U.S. flight schools

  1. A. James Gregor, Ph.D. & Professor

    For what may very well be the first time, the United States’ homeland finds itself in real peril of a nuclear weapons attack on its soil. In the past enemies were restrained by the fear of “mutual assured destruction.” Moreover, throughout the danger period of the Cold War, potential enemies armed with nuclear capabilities had to enjoy advanced technological skills — to launch intercontinental missiles that would serve as delivery systems. Few have such capabilities.Today, there are fanatical enemies living in scattered communities in the sand nations of the Middle East, animated by suicidal impulse, possessed of funds to purchase “suitcase nukes” from willing accomplices in North Korea (and perhaps Pakistan) that could be hand delivered to a major U.S. metropolis. Together with all that, they would not fear a retaliatory nuclear response. In effect, this is hardly the time to relax our controls on the movement of potential enemies into the homeland.


  2. Reblogged this on Fellowship of the Minds and commented:
    Despite the jihadist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya two years ago, and despite the terrorist threats in Libya today which led to the recent evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, the POS is reversing a 30-year ban on Libyans getting flight and nuclear science training in America. Worse still, the Dept of Homeland (In)security stonewalled the House Judiciary Committee’s repeated requests for justification of the policy reversal. With Democrats in control of the Senate, there is little that the House can do about the self-styled Fuhrer in the White House.


  3. Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:
    These people can’t be this stupid so they must have some reason unknown by us to do all these really odd things, one would think they are trying to bring down the United States!


  4. If you have never read one of my comments, than I’ll fill you in on a secret, that’s not really a secret. I HATE Obama, with a ferocious passion. This was a learned response from all his “messes” made over the course of his tenure in the White House.

    By his actions and decisions and illegal actions he has taken time and time again, I’m totally convinced he wants to hand this country over to Muslims, and Americans can be damned as far as he is concerned. If you feel differently, that is your right. I am a vet, I fought and lost my legs defending your right to like the POTUS if you want to.

    Personally, if he fell over dead today, it wouldn’t be a half second too soon.


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  7. Update (Sept. 1, 2014):

    Islamist militia in Libya have taken control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies are warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa.


  8. Thank you StMA for this significant post. From all of the evidence, it is clear that the current King in office desires to destroy our country, as his behavior reflects that the rules do not apply to him; he doesn’t care if our security is compromised by lifting the ban in question. It really is incredible, but nothing surprises me about Obama.


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