Clapper: Pay no attention to those 40 jihadists returning to America from Syria

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper fancies himself an astute judge of Islam. In 2011, he claimed that we don't have to worry about the Muslim Brotherhood because they were "moderate" and "secular."

When the Brotherhood took over Egypt, they immediately began to do what they promised they wouldn't; establish sharia law and eliminate the oppositon.

Real moderate and secular, eh?

Clapper is at it again, saying yesterday that the 40 American jihadists who fought in Syria "are not a threat to the US."

The Hill:

The few dozen Americans who have gone to join militant groups fighting in Syria and then come back home don’t pose a threat to the U.S., according to the nation’s top intelligence official.

About “40 or so” Americans have left to fight with the groups and then come home, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said during an event at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Monday.

While the U.S. is concerned about people leaving to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), none of those who have returned have shown “nefarious” intentions, he claimed.

“We’ve since found they went for humanitarian purposes or some other reasons that don’t relate to plotting,” Clapper said. “In fact at this point, we’re not aware of any of these people who have returned who are engaged in plotting” an attack.

“If they come back and they are not involved in plotting — don’t have a nefarious purpose — then that’s their right and privilege as an American citizen to come back,” he added.

"Some other reasons that don't relate to plotting?".  Just a few short weeks ago, 2 men who had spent time in Yemen with AQAP returned to France. Six months before the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the French government stopped watching them because, obviously, they did not have any "nefarious" purposes.

Until they did.

Is anybody watching these people? I don't care if they worked with Doctors without Borders or the Muslim Red Crescent, they are a danger to the US. Why give people who willingly spent time with or fought with Islamic State or other jihadist groups the benefit of the doubt? It's nuts and someone should tell Clapper that.

And then there's this:

Last week, three men from New York were arrested for attempting to provide support to ISIS. One man, Akhror Saidakhmetov, was picked up as he attempted to board a plane in New York.

“The flow of foreign fighters to Syria represents an evolving threat to our country and to our allies,” Loretta Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and President Obama’s nominee to be the next attorney general, said in a statement at the time.

Maybe Lynch should be made DNI. At least she has a more realistic outlook on the threats we face.

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