Friday, January 27, 2017

Vetting Questions--and the Religious Loophole That Can Nullify Them

Under the current system, foreigners applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa must answer this question: “Are you a member or representative of a terrorist organization?”

Daniel Greenfield quips: "An actual terrorist is as likely to check the box as he is to finger a rosary while eating a ham sandwich and singing Hava Nagila."

Greenfield has come up with "three simple questions" which he thinks are likely to be far more effective:
  1. Have you ever had any associations with the Muslim Brotherhood or any of its front groups?
  2. Will you commit to avoiding associations with Brotherhood mosques and other entities in this country? Are you aware that you may be deported if you do not?
  3. Do you disavow the following verses of the Koran calling for violence against non-Muslims? 
I, too, think that these are much better questions. However, there's the little matter of taqiyyah--religiously-sanctioned permission to prevaricate if it advances the cause of Islam/jihad/sharia.

How does the person doing the vetting know if someone who has answered "no" to all three questions is in fact a big, fat taqiyyah-practising liar?

Update: By coincidence, a jihadi chick from Ontario--yes, Ontario!--shows how easily officials are bamboozled by taqiyyah (my bolds; h/t: MW):
The wife of a man accused of aiding the shooters in the San Bernardino terror attack pleaded guilty Thursday in an immigration fraud case and admitted that her marriage was a sham, federal prosecutors said. 
Mariyah Chernykh admitted that her marriage to Enrique Marquez Jr., the only person charged in connection with the 2015 terror attack, was a sham designed to enable her to obtain legal status in the U.S. after overstaying a visitor visa in 2009, prosecutors said. Marquez is accused of plotting with Syed Rizwan Farook to carry out attacks and with supplying guns used in the attack that left 14 people dead and 22 injured. 
The 26-year-old woman from Ontario was one of three people charged in the marriage fraud case that was unrelated to the December 2015 shootings but came to light in the investigation that followed it. Earlier this month, Farook's brother, Syed Raheel Farook, pleaded guilty in the immigration fraud case. His wife, Tatiana, was also charged but has denied any wrongdoing and is scheduled for trial in March. 
Chernykh pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy, perjury and other charges. She admitted in court that she paid Marquez for his participation in the scheme and that she lied on immigration documents and to federal agents, prosecutors said. Marquez confessed to the scheme when authorities questioned him about the shootings, and he acknowledged getting $200 a month to marry Chernykh, according to court documents...
Update: It is apparent from this article that the duplicitous chick and her sister, Tatiana, were Russian immigrants who lived in Ontario, California (not the province in Canada).

And here's where the story gets even crazier. It sounds like the two women were Jewish--or, at least, had parents who claimed Jewish ancestry:
Since the sisters' parents lived in Israel, the prospect of living and working together gave the sisters a support system that life in Russia didn't offer, he said.
Pretty freaking bizarre, no? 

How do two sisters whose parents are Russian Jews living in Israel end up becoming embroiled in a plot to wage jihad in America?

Sounds like something that would make a great Netflix mini-series--if Netflix had the cojones to make such a politically incorrect drama.

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