By Caden Pearson
Two GOP senators have urged the Department of Defense (DoD) to instantly examine whistleblower allegations that lots of of Afghan evacuees who appeared on official watchlists weren’t correctly vetted earlier than they had been launched into the United States.
According to the DoD whistleblower, the Biden administration did not correctly vet 324 Afghan evacuees who appeared on the DoD’s Biometrically Enabled Watchlist (BEWL), which incorporates identified suspected terrorists, stated U.S. Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Thursday.
The BEWL identifies people whose biometrics have been collected and decided by analysts to be threats or potential threats to nationwide safety, together with identified suspected terrorists.
Hawley and Johnson stated the whistleblower additionally alleges that White House and DoD officers instructed company personnel to “cut corners” and never conduct full fingerprint checks on the evacuees at staging bases in Europe, “in order to promote the rushed evacuation from Afghanistan.”
Further, the whistleblower alleges that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) workers had been approved to delete previous biometric knowledge at their discretion, stated the senators, who went on to say that it is a “troubling development that could threaten national security and public safety.”
Whistleblower Allegations Raised in Letter
Hawley and Johnson raised the DoD whistleblower’s allegations with DoD Acting Inspector General Sean O’Donnell in a letter on Thursday (pdf).
“We write to you with concern over new allegations raised by a Department of Defense (DoD) whistleblower. This information may show the Biden Administration’s failure to vet those evacuated from Afghanistan was even worse than the public was led to believe. The following allegations demand an immediate investigation by your office,” the senators wrote.
The DoD has beforehand admitted in a report that the National Counter-Terrorism Center (NCTC) didn’t vet all Afghan evacuees “using all DoD data prior to arriving in” the United States.