Barletta Bulletin 5.6.15
U.S. Intelligence Capabilities “Not Up to the Challenge” in the Face of African Terrorist Threat
On April 29, I attended a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence to examine the threat of violent Islamic extremism emanating from Africa. In recent months, Africa-based terrorist groups have undertaken numerous acts of violence against innocent people. We must ensure we are taking all necessary precautions to prevent similar attacks on the U.S. homeland.
During this hearing, I questioned the Director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, Dr. J. Peter Pham, on whether the U.S. has adequate intelligence to properly vet refugees applying from areas within Africa where al-Qaeda and the Islamic State are present and active. Dr. Pham responded with “unfortunately no,” revealing that by and large our African embassies lack the resources necessary to properly vet applicants for admission to the United States.