A national security and terrorism expert has warned that the U.S. is vulnerable to similar terror acts as the deplorable Berlin Christmas market attack, and President Obama and his policies are much to be blamed for this dangerous and unwanted predicament.
Dan Cadman, a former U.S. immigration official for 30 years gave the chilling warning all Americans must be prepared for: "What happened there could, indeed, happen here- and almost certainly will at some point in the future".
Obama's policies like its open arms to poorly-vetted refugees from predominantly Muslim nations, a court decision the outgoing President warmly welcomed to free political terrorists, as well as weak protection of crowded markets have all contributed to increasing the vulnerability of the U.S. to similar gruesome attacks as the Berlin market truck crush.
U.S. officials have spoken on the Berlin terror attack and suggested that Germany have lapses in vetting the attacker Tunisian Anis Amri and in protecting the market. Despite having so many red flags including criminal records and being under initial surveillance from security authorities, Amri successfully wiggled through several networks, with authorities belatedly discovering that he used six different names and three nationalities in his travels around Europe. Despite repeated warnings also from the West of incoming ISIS potential attacks in markets, authorities did not provide adequate protection around the Berlin market. Amri's continued stay in Germany as an asylum seeker may have been the product of Germans' benevolence and good-hearted nature of accepting more refugees from terrorist-linked nations. Still more security measures could have been taken by officials.
The scary thing is, according to Cadman, Washington is gravely making the same mistakes as Germany starting with what he calls an "out-of-court asylum system", Obama mirroring Germany's Merkel in presenting to the public only the rosy assessment of refugees and asylum- seekers, the increasing number of dubious and badly-vetted migrant influxes from jihadist-infected parts of the world. Cadman also said that Congress has failed to " rein in" the excesses of Obama, who he also scored for unreasonably entering into an agreement with Australia to take in large number of refugees mostly from the Middle East from Australia's offshore detention centers. Cadman also pointed to the problematic set-up where asylum seekers in the U.S. who have yet to be fully vetted are not detained. Instead they are allowed into mainstream society while their permits are being processed under a cumbersome administrative system which allows them to stay in the U.S. for months or even years.
Cadman also brought up the issue that even if refugees in the U.S. are detained, the government is forced to eventually free them due to a court decision. Germany was supposed to have Amri sent back to Tunisia but there were delays because the Tunisian government at some point said they were not even sure if Amri was really their citizen. Cadman shared that the same thing is happening in the U.S., as the American government also has to contend with the problem of countries refusing to accept their nationals back when they are ordered deported.
He also hit the State Department for consistently refusing to exercise its otherwise considerable muscle to force a change in attitude of said recalcitrant governments. And when immigration officials fail to get the necessary travel documents for repatriation, Cadman lamented that after six months the refugees are released into the streets of America because of a Supreme Court decision making their detention beyond the six-month period illegal. Woe to society then if they have criminal records that necessitated their detention in the first place.
President-elect Donald Trump ran on a passionate platform of taking tougher stance on terrorism and immigrants for the protection and security of Americans. Just earlier, he tweeted his challenge for the U.S. and all countries to fight back against religious terrorism: "The terrorist who killed so many people in Germany said just before the crime, ' by God's will we will slaughter you pigs, I swear, we will slaughter you.' This is purely religious threat, which turned into reality. Such hatred! When will the U.S, , and all countries fight back?".