James Clapper on travel ban: unjustified, ISIS recruiting tool, no intel to back it up

Posted by | February 11, 2017 14:15 | Filed under: News Behaving Badly Politics

This is not exactly the kind of headline Team Trump needs right now:

The former director of national intelligence says he’s unaware of any intelligence that proves the need for a travel ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.

“I don’t — we in the [intelligence community] weren’t aware of any extraordinary threats that we were’t already dealing with,” James Clapper told CNN on Friday.

Clapper said that President Trump’s executive order could damage the U.S.’s reputation globally and impede Washington’s ability to partner with other nations in the future.

“I do worry about those countries in question with whom we do deal and who are reliable partners. I also worry about this creating a recruiting tool for the extremists … that they will point to this proof that there is, in fact, a war on all Muslims.”

The former intelligence chief underscored that he is comfortable with the vetting procedures that existed before Trump’s executive order.

“We are using, I think, some very rigorous vetting processes, which we constantly improved on,” he said.

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7 responses to James Clapper on travel ban: unjustified, ISIS recruiting tool, no intel to back it up

  1. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker February 11th, 2017 at 14:49

    Trump’s actions are the greatest gift to ISIS than anything they could have imagined.

  2. Tommie February 11th, 2017 at 14:52

    Trump is reading this article and banging his head on his desk, asking “Why, why, why are these people doing this to me?”

  3. StoneyCurtisll February 11th, 2017 at 18:50

    I agree with James Clapper on this point, but…
    I also condemn him for lying to congress about the government collecting data on American citizens…(I have little reason to trust the man)

    • bpollen February 12th, 2017 at 23:08

      I extend that distrust WAY beyond Clapper. if you work for an organization where lying is SOP, where cover-up is second nature, I see no reason to believe ANY statements. Bush 1, Clapper, Putin… spooks all, and I would need documentary proof to believe them when they said the sky was blue.

  4. amersham1046 February 12th, 2017 at 18:55

    ‘no intel to back it up’ , but Donald knows, he is smart

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