The Biden White House notified Congress on Friday that it will deactivate five foreign terrorist organizations from the so-called blacklist, again with a time-honored maneuver in which our federal government discards any news or documents it wants to be forgotten and ignored.
“The U.S. is poised to remove five militant organizations from its foreign terrorist group list, including several that were once major threats and killed hundreds if not thousands of people in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.”
“The following organizations are listed among the most dangerous terrorist cells: ETA, Aum Shinrikyo (a Japanese religion), Kahane Kach (an Israeli Jewish political movement), and two Islamic organizations that have been seen in the Palestinian territories, Israel, and Egypt.”
Note that the AP states that these organizations are “all rumored to be inactive.” I’ll get to it later.
The news coverage by Fox News on this issue raises an issue we have been keeping an eye on for a while: whether the Biden Administration, which has shown a worrying propensity to be too permissive when it comes to national security and safety of Americans, is making this move as a test-run for removing a different group from the list.
“The removal is part of a push by the Biden administration to improve its reputation as it faces criticism for considering the removal of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from the blacklist during nuclear negotiations.”
A senior Republican congressional aide familiar with the notification said of Biden’s announcement, “The Biden administration drug out briefings about this for months before going radio silent, then sneakily pushing it through hoping nobody would notice until it was over and a done deal. Conservatives believe this was just a dress rehearsal for removing terrorism sanctions on the Revolutionary Guard.”
As we’ve noted, Biden and his Obama acolytes are focused on preventing the Iran deal from unraveling. It’s also conceivable that they would be stupid enough to offer Iran such a significant advantage — without receiving anything in return.