MEMORANDUM FOR THE DIRECTOR OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
DATE: April 12, 2017
SUBJECT: Delegation of Authority under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
I hereby delegate to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation the authority to submit the report required under section 1907(d) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 114-328) (the “Act”). (This is to report Americans who have gone to join ISIS and other terrorist groups overseas.)
“The FBI, the U.S. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and numerous outside experts assess that the homegrown, lone offender terrorist, such as Smadi, proves the most difficult to identify and likely will become more common in the West as extremist ideologies spread globally. Conclusion posted in FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin September 2011.
Let’s put to rest one thing – the infiltration, introduction, radicalization, and travel back and forth from US to the Middle East did not start just before September 11, 2001. There are many books, papers, studies, groups, and other information which highlights that the steady changes occurred beginning around 1950 when Christian-based groups began at first to study the Arabic phenomena of Palestine and Israel.
Stricter Muslim-based organizations began springing up in the early 1960’s in the US. People from these groups traveled freely and immersed themselves in the Middle Eastern causes and objectives so that it was very difficult to figure out who might be “sleeper” groups much like those attributed to Russia during the Cold War era.
That said, the point is to bring into focus that we as Americans have “like water dripping relentlessly” been subjected to attitudes, teachings, and evolving indoctrination of those who have a goal in mind for a future world of Islamic domination for the last sixty years. Until after September 11, 2001 these drips went unchecked and often unremarked so that the evolution in teaching and contributions were altered as historical facts rather than the reality of indoctrination.
It wasn’t until after the shock and anger over 9/11 that as a nation we focused more on what was happening overall. The Holy Land Foundation trial in 2001 brought the subject into sharp focus as Americans realized for the first time that they faced a serious enemy who had been operating for a long time within our borders.
At the trial, documents were introduced from the Muslim Brotherhood outlining in detail their plans, co-conspirators, and discussions that were held. An eleven-page attachment was presented and posted by Investigative.org which provides names and organizations involved as co-conspirators. Yet due to whatever influential factors, large contributions, legal manipulations, and interpretations of law, few of these people or groups in general ever were publicly listed as enemies of the country or in any way stopped from continuing to influence politics, change laws, subvert education at university or lower levels, much less brought to trial for their activities. Had they been at the time, much of what has occurred over the last sixteen years or so could have been avoided.
Louis Freeh was appointed to lead the FBI by Bill Clinton in 1993. His entire time at the FBI was full of problems, mistakes, and highly controversial cases like Ruby Ridge, Waco, Campaign Finance Task Force which targeted Clinton and Gore, and others.
Under Robert Mueller, who was confirmed September 4, 2001, the FBI mounted sting operations which were used to identify possible terrorist. He urged Congress in 2012 to reauthorize counter-terrorism surveillance policies adopted in 2008, when he testified before a House committee.
Under his watch also an internal case management system was set up which drew fire from Grassley who objected to the “hundreds of millions of dollars used to set up the system.”
The Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE) is the U.S. government’s central database on known or suspected international terrorists, and contains highly classified information provided by members of the Intelligence Community such as CIA, DIA, FBI, NSA, and many others. It was established under The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004 and as a multi-agency center is administered by the FBI.
TIDE includes the integration of biographic, biometric, contextual and behavioral information. It is responsible for filtering down information to other departments and provides a TSDB or subsets to many. It is also responsible for maintaining the records in particular deleting as needed. TSA uses information from TIDES for their No Fly List.
James Comey took over as director of FBI in September 2013. We have ample example of reasons to question Comey’s leadership of the agency.
In August 2014, the Intercept leaked classified information that the database was huge but that many of those whose names should have been on the list were not there and that around 40 percent who should not have been considered for such lists were on the database.
As curious aside in August 2014, ex-Director Freeh was involved in a one-car accident from which he sustained significant injuries. Some claim more than an “accident” may have been to blame since he was secreted away for a while. The incident garnered media attention that was quietly squashed but local reports noted just prior to his crash along a relatively straight and flat portion of a rural stretch of Vermont Highway 12, Freeh nearly took out three motorists, whose evasive actions saved themselves. An unidentified FBI agent quickly materialized at the scene of the crash. The crash was kept under wraps for at least eight hours and only after a great deal of public pressure was a press statement released.
In 2014 and later alarms rang out that the names on that TIDE database and TSDB lists were being greatly expanded under Obama but were including non-terrorist names while eliminating or excluding terrorist names which should have there.
According to VOX in August 2014, TIDE included more than 130,000 people suspected of ties to Al Qaeda or its affiliates, 63,000 people suspected of ties to the Taliban, 22,000 people suspected of ties to Hamas, 21,000 suspected of ties to Hezbollah, and more than 100,000 people suspected of ties to other recognized terrorist groups. In addition, there were 280,000 suspected terrorists who had not been classified as members of any specific terrorist group.
EveryCRSreport which is part of a Congress Think Tank in 2016 noted that in late 2013, TIDE contained the identities of approximately 1.1 million people. Of this number, about 25,000 were U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents linked to international terrorist organizations.
Whistle-blower, Former DHS officer Philip Haney, was quoted in February 2016 in a Hill post as saying “Deleted Records on Muslims Might Have Stopped Attacks”. “The Obama administration was ordering they be wiped away in 2009. Even worse, going forward, my colleagues and I were prohibited from entering pertinent information into the database.” he wrote. Judicial Watch FOIA also confirmed missing information. Harvard National Security Journal posted an abstract by Jerome H. Kahan on February 1, 2017, addressing some concerns.
A senior White House aide in 2009 publicly urged Washington to cease using the term “jihadist” — asserting that terrorists are simply extremists. Two years later, the White House ordered a cleansing of training materials that Islamic groups deemed offensive. Then NSEERS was indefinitely suspended by Obama as of April 27, 2011, after being in effect since 2002. The US-VISIT program was instituted as its replacement. The NSEER program drew a lot of fire over the years for targeting of specific countries as their visitors entered and exited our country.
While the premise of specific country or religion targeting has always been a problem, one has to wonder who was actually deleted from TIDE files through this NSEER program that might have been important. It also calls into question if NSEER information ever found its way into the TIDE database where it should have by rights been entered. What else might now be no longer gathered or in the database. How accurate are such files now considering the tampering that eight years of a Obama administration may have done.
Why bring up the historical information?
This appears to be the first time any FBI director has been specifically requested to provide such information to Congress that I could find while searching though that could easily be simply unavailable during my internet search.
It is clearly a command to Comey that the information not be delayed, misinterpreted, or in any way prevent its dissemination.
What it does provide is a question of how accurate and who’s names will appear on that list of American citizens. After all, we are aware of efforts in the last administration which were not only shady but leaned toward acts more in line with treason or sedition. How many of the “missing citizen data” are ones that are currently being investigated in each of the fifty states for terrorism activities or young adults that have been or are currently being radicalized as a result of those deletions and orders.
Can Trump rely on a report by Comey to be accurate? Certainly we have evidence that some in the intelligence community and prior administration personnel have done a lot to delete data that should be relevant or deliberately leak information in order to bring Trump down by someone’s order.