Whistleblower Claims Hundreds of Potential Afghan Terrorists Admitted to US

The Biden administration attracted widespread criticism for a chaotic military withdrawal from Afghanistan last year, but the true scope of the controversial mission might include an increased terror threat in the U.S.

A new whistleblower report claims that hundreds of improperly vetted refugees allowed to enter America from Afghanistan were included in a Department of Defense’s security threat watchlist.

In response to the shocking allegation, a pair of Republican lawmakers sent a letter to the agency in hopes of finding out more details. The 324 potential security threats referenced by the whistleblower is far more than the 50 referenced in a Department of Defense report issued in February.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who co-signed the letter along with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), confronted FBI Director Christopher Wray on the issue during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday.

“I don’t know that I have the exact number,” Wray said in reference to the population of potential terrorists admitted into the U.S. “I know that there are a number of individuals through our joint terrorism task forces that we are actively trying to investigate.”

The Missouri Republican went on to ask Wray if federal authorities had detained or questioned any of the 324 Afghan refugees cited in the whistleblower report. While the FBI director affirmed that “there have been a number of interviews … of individuals who came as part of the evacuation,” he did not confirm whether those individuals were on the Department of Defense’s watchlist.

For their part, Hawley and Johnson focused their letter primarily on the whistleblower allegation that federal authorities “cut corners when processing evacuees,” including by rushing fingerprint tests, as part of an effort to expedite the evacuation process.

Furthermore, the letter referenced claims that Homeland Security personnel were “authorized to delete old biometric data whenever they personally believed that such information is out of date.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) shed light on another troublesome aspect of the situation while questioning Wray about whether the bureau is keeping track of the whereabouts of these potential security threats.

Although Wray confirmed that agents “have a lot of information about where people are located,” he acknowledged: “I can’t sit here right now and say we know where all are located at any given time.”