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Border Security Trumps Immigration Reform

Most news reports about President Barack Obama’s expected announcement about so-called immigration reform — that he will issue an executive order and open the illegal immigration floodgates — seem to be focusing on the impact five million new legalized residents will have on the already-tenuous job market for Americans already out of work. What they ignore is a far more serious subject, one the Washington Times reported on more than six and a half years ago.

Click image above for link to Washington Times article Feb. 6, 2008.

Click image above for link to Washington Times article Feb. 6, 2008.

Here’s a snippet of what the Times reported:

Senior al Qaeda leaders have diverted operatives from Iraq across the globe and are increasing preparations to strike the United States, senior intelligence officials told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday. They said the terrorists had plans to attack the White House as recently as 2006.

“Al Qaeda is improving the last key aspect of its ability to attack the U.S. — the identification, training and positioning of operatives for an attack in the homeland,” said Michael McConnell, director of national intelligence, which oversees all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.

The prospect of terrorists entering the United States is much more troubling than any problems caused by a flood of impoverished and poorly-educated people from Mexico, South America and elsewhere. Why? Because terrorists can do immediate damage with dirty bombs, biological weapons and/or — insert audible gasp herenuclear weapons that can create far more serious problems than unemployment. As recently as one week ago, a report surfaced about a terrorist from Turkey being captured after crossing the border into Texas.

Of course, there have been a handful of articles in which news outlets like USA TODAY do the bidding for President Obama, quoting Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson as saying the president’s executive order will include measures to boost border security. Will he follow through and work with Congress to implement tough measures to thwart members of groups like al-Qaeda and its upstart cousins in the Islamic State (a.k.a., “ISIS” and “ISIL”)? Color me skeptical.

My point: Members of Congress need to hold the president accountable and do whatever it takes to ensure that the nation’s primary focus lies on securing the nation’s borders and preventing terrorists from entering. Only after that problem is solved should anyone in Washington pretend to deal honestly with immigration reform.

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Ukrainians Barking Up Wrong Tree With Polygraph

While reading about so-called “lie detectors” being used in Ukraine as part of an effort to identify corrupt politicians, my thoughts drifted back to April 2008 and an occasion when I found myself joking about using portable polygraph devices for similar purposes in the United States. Oh, how things have changed.


Soon after reading Bill Dedman’s article about Pentagon officials deploying hand-held polygraph equipment to Afghanistan and Iraq, I wrote and published a humorous piece of my own — part of which is shown in the graphic above — under the headline, Blogger IDs Peacetime Use for Army’s Lie Detector. It focused — albeit naively — on how useful portable “lie detectors” might be for Americans as they listened to politicians on the campaign trail.

I never imagined how much my thinking would change one year later after I asked Pentagon officials how well the portable polygraph devices performed in combat zones. That question and a handful of others launched what turned out to be an exhaustive four-year investigation during which I learned more than I ever thought I’d want to know about the polygraph and other technologies competing with it in the credibility assessment arena. The findings of that investigation appear in my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo.

If you’re interested in learning more about my findings and about why the Ukrainians are barking up the wrong tree when they rely upon the polygraph as a tool for fighting corruption, click here.

For the full dose of what I uncovered during my investigation, order a copy of The Clapper Memo, and encourage your friends to do the same.

Thanks in advance!

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