17 Jun

17 Afghan military members AWOL from Texas AF base

                                       

uh oh seems to be an understatement here…

Seems some Afghanistan “pals”, training to become pilots, were here in the US to learn English. All, including both officers and enlisted men, have security security badges that give them access to secure U.S. defense installations.

The Afghans were attending the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The DLI program teaches English to military pilot candidates and other air force prospects from foreign countries allied with the U.S.

“I can confirm that 17 have gone missing from the Defense Language Institute,” said Gary Emery, Chief of Public Affairs, 37th Training Wing, at Lackland AFB. “They disappeared over the course of the last two years, and none in the last three months.”

Each Afghan was issued a Department of Defense Common Access Card, an identification card used to gain access to secure military installations, with which they “could attempt to enter DOD installations,” according to the bulletin. Base security officers were encouraged to disseminate the bulletin to their personnel.

“The visas issued to these personnel have been revoked, or are in the process of being revoked. Lookouts have been placed in TECS,” it reads.

Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS), which is shared by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is a computer-based database used to identify people suspected of violating federal law.

Included in the bulletin are photos of the 17 men, accompanied by their dates of birth and their TECS Lookout numbers.

The bulletin requests, “If any Afghan pictured herein is encountered, detain the subject and contact your local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office, the FBI or NCIS.”

So we bring these guys here, they’ve disappeared into the country, and we’re just now starting to hear about their AWOL status? You’ve got to be kidding me!

Homeland Security? Their spokesman told Fox news to call the FBI for info…. Yup… kick that can down the road too.

About MataHarley

Vietnam era Navy wife, indy/conservative, and an official California escapee now residing as a red speck in the sea of Oregon blue.
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10 Responses to 17 Afghan military members AWOL from Texas AF base

  1. The Dude says: 1

    Please tell me this is a joke! WTF. Obama really showing his Muslim roots.

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  2. drjohn says: 2

    We can’t worry about stuff like this. We’re too busy keeping Arizona from securing the border with Mexico.

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  3. The Dude says: 3

    This POS will have the country in utter chaos by the time anyone stands up to him. It is already pretty close. He only needs a few more months to redistribute the wealth and then thrown everyone(even dems) under the bus. My take is that he is positioning the money so he can walk when he wants to. He couldn’t care less about his image. He wants the money.

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  4. savage24 says: 4

    I don’t think we can wait another two and a half years to vote this idiot out of office. Everyday his incompetence seems to grow. I hear he is really great at cocktail parties though.

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  5. Toothfairy says: 5

    Unbelievable. Please tell me these security badges have been electronically invalidated and rendered unusable. If someone recently presented one of them to gain access that would explain why we’re suddenly hearing about them now.

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  6. The Dude says: 6

    He is the less intelligent person ever to grace the Presidency. Just because they tell you he is smart doesn’t make it so. They claimed Hillary is the smartest woman EVER. Shes also an idiot. She lost to Obama. She has the dirt on him but doesn’t have the balls to bring it out. either way them Dems are toast. Still 45% of the welfare state will vote for DEMS no matter what happens. They are on the dole and will continue to ask for more.

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  7. bbartlog says: 7

    The timeline makes it clear that this is generic government incompetence, not something to pin specifically on Obama. We can only hope that these guys decided they’d be better off living as illegal aliens in the US than shipping back to their homeland, rather than that they were terrorist agents. Of course I’d rather not have to ‘hope’ when it seems like catching up with these guys shouldn’t be that hard.

    He is the less intelligent person ever to grace the Presidency

    I bet he can use his comparatives and superlatives properly, though. Anyway I have a different take: I think he’s reasonably intelligent, and that he’s living proof that that alone is far from enough to make a good leader.

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  8. MataHarley says: 8

    @bbartlog: The timeline makes it clear that this is generic government incompetence, not something to pin specifically on Obama.

    I beg to differ, bbartlog If they started going AWOL at the end of the Bush admin, and obviously not all in that time period, who has been POTUS for 18 months now? Maybe the first ones could have been considered a fluke, albeit a dangerous one. But now it seems to be a trend… and open door to potential terrorists who are now only ushered in the door, but given the keys to our military defense installations.

    And who’s been in charge of Homeland Security as this trend continues? Oh yes, that smooth PC talker, Janet Napolitano. You know, the one who’s been busy diminishing the Ft. Hood shooting incident, the airline bomb attempts, and now calls this an “immigration” issue, and not a national security issue.

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  9. URI says: 9

    The Harry Potter Theme just opened at Disney. Where eles could a bunch of foreigners want to go?

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  10. ditto says: 10

    While this “may” be very serious, I would suggest not overreacting just yet. These students absolutely need to be found, however we should not assume nefarious intent. (These Afghans would have to have been carefully screened before the military would have allowed them to come to America for their studies.) The first thing I would do is ask the military trainers how the students were doing in their studies. This is why:

    When I was in military tech school at the start of the 1980′s, we studied along with a few Iraqi students in our class. They were all in the rank of officers, going through an American enlisted rank study class. These Iraqi men were very intent on their studies, and from what I understood from our briefing about them, it was for very good reason. They HAD to pass. If they should go home in failure it would have been very seriously punished. (Our Instructors hinted they would not likely survive the punishment.)

    For the most part, when not in class they stayed to their own group, On “smoke breaks” we might try to chat with them a bit, offer them a smoke, and try not to treat them like outsiders. I couple of times one might come over and politely ask a question about an assignment. As I might with any other fellow student, I would help them understand the portion they were having problems with. From my experience, reacting with them, they seemed to very much enjoy their time in America, and I expect that it helped them to understand a bit more about Americans. I also hope that they went on to positively influence others in their country toward Americans.

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