Guest post by Kristinn Taylor
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) tweaked President Barack Obama in a statement this weekend on lax border and TSA security possibly enabling terrorists to sneak in to and fly throughout the United States with the government’s blessing.
Speaking to Breitbart Texas about a letter to Congress from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) dated August 7, 2014 admitting that illegal aliens were being allowed to board passenger planes without proper identification, Gohmert hammered the Obama administration for putting American citizens under strict scrutiny while allowing illegal aliens to bypass normal security standards.
The TSA letter, first reported by The Gateway Pundit, was in response to a query by Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) who was following up on a Breitbart scoop by Brandon Darby published in July that reported National Border Patrol Council allegations that illegal aliens swarming the Texas border were being allowed by the Obama administration to board passenger planes with only a Form I-862 Notice to Appear. A spokesman for the NBPC told Breitbart the Notice to Appear was given to an illegal alien by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with whatever name the illegal alien gave whether or not their identity could be confirmed. This raises the possibility that terrorists could penetrate the country with the unwitting help of ICE and TSA or by terrorist buying or forging the Notice to Appear. The TSA attacked the Breitbart report as “completely wrong” while misleading reporters and the public about the situation.
Gohmert included a jibe at Obama in his remarks, in an apparent effort to get the president to realize his administration’s lax border and TSA security puts even the presidency at risk.
“Maybe the President didn’t hear SOUTHCOM Commander, Gen. John Kelly, both times he made clear in Congressional testimony that the criminal networks and terrorist organizations penetrating our southern border are a threat to the very existence of the United States. That includes being a threat to whatever golf course the President happens to be on at the time.”
Gohmert also told Breitbart:
“The TSA serves under and is accountable to the Commander in Chief, and this egregious, destructive conduct by the Homeland Security Department and TSA puts Americans at grave risk,” Gohmert said. “Why do we have to undergo groping, thorough review of our photo ID’s, and long infernal lines while the TSA is figuratively closing it’s (sic) eyes and waving people with no regard for U.S. law right onto airplanes?”
Obama has come under criticism from the media this week for rushing to play golf Wednesday right after he made a statement on the beheading by the Islamist terrorist group ISIS (aka ISIL) of American journalist James Foley.
The White House, which usually blows off criticism of Obama’s indulgence of me-time during crises, felt compelled to defend the duffer-in-chief from the poor optics of racing to the links and being photographed laughing it up just minutes after mourning the savage murder of Foley.
The New York Times reported:
…”Aides said the golf game did not reflect the depth of his grief over Mr. Foley, noting that the president had just spoken with his parents that morning. “His concern for the Foleys and Jim was evident to all who saw and heard his statement,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director.”
The Hill reported White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters on Friday:
“I will say that, generally, I think that, you know, sports and leisure activities are a good way for release and clearing of the mind for a lot of us,” Schultz said.”
…” Schultz said, “anyone trying to assess how seriously he takes the gravity of that situation” should go back and watch the president’s remarks on Foley’s death.
“”It was delivered from the heart. It was candid. It was honest, and it was open,” Schultz said.”
Obama went golfing again on Saturday. According to the Washington Post this is Obama’s ninth time hitting the links since he began his Martha’s Vineyard family vacation on August 9th. Obama interrupted his vacation for two days of meetings and a reported wedding party back in Washington at the beginning of this week.