Six Potential Terrorists Apprehended at Border, NBC News Says No Big Deal

The Peacock Network thinks they busted Sarah Sanders in a lie, but they really busted themselves.

We interrupt our regular programming to bring you this breaking news. Flash! White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has been caught wildly exaggerating the terrorist threat at our southern border! NBC News has the details:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered only six immigrants at ports of entry on the U.S-Mexico border in the first half of fiscal year 2018 whose names were on a federal government list of known or suspected terrorists, according to CBP data provided to Congress in May 2018 and obtained by NBC News.

The low number contradicts statements by Trump administration officials, including White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who said Friday that CBP stopped nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists from crossing the southern border in fiscal year 2018.

Gotta admit, that 4,000 down to just six is a pretty damning indictment of White House dishonesty. One might be tempted to think that the Trump administration routinely exaggerates things as a bargaining tactic. Not that the Democrats or the news media would ever do that. If the millions of deaths caused by global warming and repealing Net Neutrality haven’t convinced you of their honesty and good faith, then nothing will.

Still, I can’t help but think about that number. Only six possible terrorists—surely a drop in the bucket, jihadi-wise. It’s no wonder NBC is so inclined to laugh off the threat. I mean, even assuming that the government’s numbers are correct, six ain’t a whole lot—is it?. And assuming that for the six who got caught, there weren’t hundreds or maybe thousands of other dangerous individuals who weren’t on the watch list but did make it through, that’s still no reason to build a big, silly, immoral wall—right?

Before we answer that question, though, perhaps we should consider what a small number of highly-motivated terrorists can do.

In France back in 2014, three terrorists killed 90 people at the Bataclan Theater in Paris. A year later, just one bloke driving a truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice killed 86 more.

But that’s Europe, right? Terrorism here in the States isn’t nearly as bad, is it?

Well, there were the two guys with a truck bomb who tried to blow up the World Trade Center back in 1993. Even though they fell short of their goal when the towers didn‘t fall, they still managed to kill six people. And how about those Tsarnaev brothers in Boston? They used a couple of pressure cookers to kill three people and main dozens more, before they moved on to murdering a police officer and shooting up a neighborhood as the cops closed in on them.

Oh, then there was that charming couple in San Bernardino who shot up an office Christmas party in 2015. They managed to kill 14 before skipping out on the egg nog and cookies. And let’s not forget Omar Mateen—just one guy with a pistol who capped 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando a little over two years ago.

The overachievers in the terrorist club, though, have to be the 19 hijackers who commandeered four airplanes on September 11, 2001, crashing them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, taking nearly 3,000 lives in the process. Granted, a measly six terrorists is only a third of that number—but you can see what I’m getting at here.

What’s amazing, however, is how NBC apparently doesn’t get it. Even six people on the terrorist watch list trying to cross the border is six too many—and there is no “only” about it. I’ll grant them that Sarah Sanders greatly overstated the numbers involved, but it’s hard to overstate the nature of the threat.

We need the wall. So let’s build the damn thing already.

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Subvet72
Subvet72

Securing the Southern Border by building more barriers (aka a wall) and adding more funding to the border patrol and and ICE is just common sense. Once that is done then Congress needs to focus on improving our current immigration laws by removing once and for all this idea of "anchor babies", requiring mandatory eVerify, punishing businesses that knowingly hire illegals, and stream lining deportation proceedings. This has been a long festering issue that has indeed become a crisis and rises to the level of a National Emergency.

myeweessay
myeweessay

If the mega-media mania that exists today in support of misguided liberalism, socialism, communism, and other anti-American doctrines had existed in 1776 then we would be bowing to some clueless King or Queen or Thingy and trading slaves for food or weapons. The thought processes, or lack of, that exist today framed by academia, the clueless weirdos of Hollywood, the MSM, techys, and useless politicians are the result of decades of miseducation by leftleaning twits (democrats and republicans) that have banned Christ from all public education. Our ship has left the harbor and there is no one at the helm. God bless the USA.

JASmius
JASmius

(1) Sarah Colonel Sanders DID lie, and she was fact-checked to her face on Fox News. "Potential" terrorists' least efficient, most wildly impractical means of infiltrating the country would be over the southern border, which is why the overwhelming majority enter through ports of entry - primarily, airports.

(2) Isn't the point here that six "potential" terrorists were apprehended at the border without a big, beautiful 2,000 mile boondoggle? Seems like you're undercutting your own weak argument.

Guys
Guys

24 months to respond to an emergency is a pretty bad record. Especially after controlling the House and the Senate over that period of time.

Dave_A
Dave_A

Irrelevant to the fact that building a wall along the Mexican (but not Canadian) border won't prevent any of those people from entering the US.

It's the flat-out stupidest idea ever proposed by a President in my lifetime - and grown from the fact that he never spent even one day in uniform (where he would have learned that it's impossible to make a thousand-plus-mile-long fortification, no matter what it is constructed from, work)....