September 1, 2006, - 3:30 pm

USA Today Investigation Shows FBI, ICE Did Shocking Little re Foreign Students & Terrorism

By Debbie Schlussel
A USA Today Freedom of Information Act request regarding college student’s financial aid records reveals alarming results. It is proof that almost five years after 9/11, the scope of FBI investigations into foreign students is far too small and limited.
And it is evidence that higher education financial aid fraud–to the tune of millions–by those possibly connected to terrorism, remains unchecked. And it is proof that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is doing basically nothing with regard to investigating fraud by foreign student aliens. The agency is hardly even in the picture.
In a program called “Project Strike Back,” created just days after 9/11, the FBI asked the Department of Education to examine financial aid records of a few hundred terror suspects already under investigation. The Bureau did not ask for the records to be turned over–only for Education to look at the financial aid records for any of the few hundred names on the list and look for student loan fraud and/or other “anomalies.”

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Moreover, the FBI’s request was so small, and its further requests dwindling so much further, the FBI and Department of Education closed Project Strike Back. Some “strike back.” More like, Project Please Strike Us Again. Now, financial aid remains a ripe target of Islamic terrorists and foreign students to exploit.
A better approach would have been to mine the list for Middle-Eastern and Islamic names and search for those not yet under investigation to find student loan fraud–a common activity with terrorists (who have also exploited student visas). But the FBI didn’t dare to do the right thing and do a real, comprehensive investigation. Lest the ACLU and New York Times types come out of the wood work and squawk mercilessly. Regardless, the agency is under scrutiny, today, for Project Strike Back, anyway. It’s absurd.
USA Today’s results show how phony reporters’ claims of “data mining of millions of records” is here–and probably in most other terrorism-related investigations. Today, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism’s website features screaming headlines about “millions” of student records being “scoured.” Unfortunately, it was NOT millions of records (but should have been). It was only a few hundred. And there was hardly any scouring.
If only the “sky were falling” as Medill School “reporter” Laura McGann (whose story was unfortunately run on the AP wire and in media outlets all over) would have you believe, then we’d be a lot safer. But we aren’t. Instead, taxpayers are left to the mercy of foreign students and those here with evil intentions.
If the “reporting” out of the Medill School is any indication of what future journalists are being taught–and it apparently is–it’s no wonder we constantly see exaggerated New York Times front page pieces attacking the most basic security measures and investigations to prevent terrorism. In this case, it is shocking how little the FBI is doing, when it’s investigation should be extensive. On the contrary, it is paltry and shameful.
And no wonder truth and reporting seem to go together like oil and water, these days.

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Debbie, here’s a link to the piece from Inside Higher Education that describes the real story:
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/09/01/fbi
As can be seen in the article, only about 1,000 student files were investigated.
ACTUALLY, THE NUMBER IS LESS THAN 1,000, ACCORDING TO USA TODAY AND EVEN THE MEDILL JOURNO-CHICK.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Craig C on September 1, 2006 at 5:13 pm

Debbie, the ineptitude demonstrated by the FBI regarding terror investigation is absolutely horrific. In case after case, the story remains constant. The Bureau cannot or will not identify acts of terrorism, or acts supporting terrorism. This systemic problem of incompetence is driving us on a collision course towards another horrendous terrorist attack, probably sooner than later. Itís hard to believe that such ineffectiveness isnít obvious to the Director of the Bureau, the Attorney General, and of course the President. Indeed, they all seem oblivious to it. Which leads to the question; is it really incompetence, or is it apathy and laziness? But then again, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III wonít even use the words ñ Islamic and Terrorism – in the same sentence.

Rocky on September 1, 2006 at 5:45 pm

In her piece, she mentions the 1,000 requests, but the title of the piece is what counts, and her name is right there, directly below “millions”.
USA TODAY REPORTS “A COUPLE OF HUNDRED” AND “A FEW HUNDRED.” I BELIEVE THEM BEFORE I BELIEVE THAT CHICK SENSATIONALIST WANNABE URINALIST.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Craig C on September 1, 2006 at 6:18 pm

This ‘systemtic problem of incompetence’ is due to the PC director of the FBI, Robert S. Mueller. He is in bed with CAIR and other so-called ‘moderate’ islamic groups, vowing to never use the terms ‘islamic’ and ‘terrorism’ in the same sentence.
*He’s also mandated, at the hands of CAIR, ‘islamic sensitivity’ training for all agents.
*The FBI’s arabic translation unit in DC is overrun with Islamists, probably giving more information to the enemy than they are to our agents.
*Many FBI investigations have been squashed by upper managment as a matter of policy. For example, the FBI investigation of the bombing of the 1995 Oklahoma City Murrah Federal building purposefully ignored the overwhelming evidence that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were ‘lily white’ puppets of an iraqui cell based in OKC. (as reported in the book ‘The Third Terrorist’ by OKC TV reporter Jayna Davis)
These transgressions are well-documented in the book ‘Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington’ by investigative reportor Paul Sperry.
Mueller’s a putz! Don’t count on any real progress in the war on terror while he’s in charge, or while we have left-wing judges like Anna Diggs Taylor furthering the agenda of the ICLU (the islamic civil liberties union).
Hat’s off to Debbie for having the courage to take on Dearbornistan and the American islamic jihad! Keep up the great undercover work!

Al Jay Z on September 1, 2006 at 6:52 pm

That’s my point. She has misrepresented the truth. I even sent her an email via her site, tearing her a new one. I don’t expect a reply, but if there is one, I’ll let you know.

Craig C on September 1, 2006 at 9:19 pm

I’ll bet she got extra credit for that lame, hyped headline in that student birdcage liner. All the Laura McGann types that are going to be headed for the old media when their training is over in the halls of indoctrination make the blogsphere a very promising future.

Yiddish Steel on September 1, 2006 at 11:32 pm

You can read the report that resulted from this investigation here:
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/semiann/sar45.rtf

PsychoKat on September 2, 2006 at 2:51 am

It’s very telling that it took a Freedom of Information Act Request to find out what the Bush administration should actually be bragging about. That is, everything they are doing to protect U.S. citizens from possible terrorist attacks. In truth, it seems the exact opposite is happening and I’m NOT talking about covert things they should NOT be telling us about. I just do not know when the American public is ever going to realize just who the true President Bush is. He says one thing yet does another. If you follow his speeches closely, a pattern clearly develops that shows that he is in fact an extreme liberal socially. This can be readily proved. Yet, it seems we still just don’t want to believe it.
Why are stories like the one reported here happening over and over again?
For legal reasons, I’ll say the following are only my opinions, and they are:
I believe that President Bush and/or members of his cabinet personally instructed top FBI officials, Senior members of the INS, and the head of ICE that he did not want Muslims in the U.S. to be offended or to be treated unfairly such that they were being singled out because of their religious beliefs. That those officials were specifically told not to be overly pursuant in their investigations whenever possible. Meaning that only the most extreme of possible threatening situations were to be treated thoroughly and swiftly.
I believe that President Bush is deeply concerned about offending the Muslim community (overly concerned) here in the U.S. and that he places a higher value on protecting their feelings than protecting our lives. I believe that the problems we are finding out about such as those in this story are a direct result of the Bush Administrations specific instructions to officials who are actually following President Bush’s unofficial policies rather than their just acting, or not acting, out of their own incompetence.
I believe the same thing is also true with regard to the Mexican illegal alien issue but with even more of an emphasis from the Bush Administration to overlook immigration illegalities whenever and wherever possible.
Again, these are just my opinions based on my own observations and discussions I’ve had with various people. Hopefully, the truth will begin to come out and names can be named. One very large problem with that though is that the MSM seem to perfectly agree with President Bush’s social policies both on the Muslim issues and the illegal alien issues so don’t look for any help from them.

Phoenix on September 3, 2006 at 2:42 pm

Also, I do not believe in conspiracy theories as a general rule and I discard them almost immediately. But to give you a taste of what I’m talking about with regard to President Bush’s willingness to put the interests of illegal aliens as well as Muslims over and above the majority of U.S. citizens, take a look at this speech which very few Americans know about. And the MSM made sure you didn’t know about it because they agree with it.
I showed this speech to Michelle Malkin several months ago during the height of the illegal alien marchs and protests. At that time, I believe Michelle referred to it as “The mother of all Bush speechs.”
Think carefully about what Bush is saying in this speech and what it means both about him and what may be in store for our country.
This is the Presidential campaign speech Bush made in Miami Florida, in 2000. Here is what he said and believes:
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“We are now one of the largest Spanish-speaking nations in the world. We’re a major source of Latin music, journalism and culture.
Just go to Miami, or San Antonio, Los Angeles, Chicago or West New York, New Jersey … and close your eyes and listen. You could just as easily be in Santo Domingo or Santiago, or San Miguel de Allende.
For years our nation has debated this change — some have praised it and others have resented it. By nominating me, my party has made a choice to welcome the new America.”
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Of course he was speaking of his dream of a nation filled with (formerly illegal) Mexican immigrants. But make no mistake, this dream also includes untold numbers of Muslim immigrants as well. If you read his speeches, no differentiation is made — all are welcome to this “new America.”
These, in my opinion, are the words of a man who has very little solidarity with the average American. Can we really expect to be protected internally within the U.S. by a man who holds these beliefs and heads the current administration?

Phoenix on September 3, 2006 at 3:59 pm

Another item that gives me concern about the Bush administration, and there are many, is President Bush’s concern with the safety of his fellow Americans regarding the issue of binary explosives on American airliners. This was the issue with the recent terrorist attempt in the U.K. to blow up 10 or more American airliners while in flight. Fortunately, the plot was foiled there. If it had happened here instead, we may have had another multitude of air travelers murdered ala 9/11.
The explosives to be used in these attacks were two liquids that when mixed cause an explosion, hence the term binary. The troubling thing is that the Bush administration had been aware that liquid explosives could be used by terrorists to pose a serious threat to aircraft for the past six years. Yet Bush quietly tried to divert $6 million from the Homeland Security Department’s Sciences & Technology Directorate which was earmarked for developing equipment designed to detect these very types of explosives. Instead, Bush wanted to cover a budget shortfall in the Federal Protective Service, which provides security around government buildings.
Both Republicans and even Demoncrats on the Appropriations Committee rejected the Bush diversion plan and according to AP reporter John Solomon, explosive experts within the Homeland Security Department are themselves now questioning the administration’s commitment to create better anti-terror technologies.
As Debbie has repeatedly pointed out on this site through various stories, it seems we are destined for another 9/11. The only question is when. Another question is how committed is Bush to our safety and is he trying to guarantee the nightmare of a Demoncratic takeover of both houses of Congress and perhaps even the Presidency in future elections? Again, if that happens, get out the prayer rugs and burquas.
By the way, I’m no fan of Chertoff, I agree with what Debbie has written about him, but he can hardly be blamed for the $6 million dollar Bush diversion plan. On second thought, maybe he can…
The primary responsibility for Homeland Security rests with Chertoff but without the full cooperation from the Bush administration his hands would be tied to some degree. Perhaps Bush is in need of a little chastisement himself.

Phoenix on September 5, 2006 at 7:34 am

I must mention one last thing for now on this topic. I mentioned in my September 3, 2006 02:42 PM comment above about how I believe President Bush is deeply concerned about offending the feelings of Muslims and that he, either directly or indirectly, is instructing top officials within the government to treat them with kid-gloves or as some “oppressed” minority.
Here is some information that I find nearly impossible that Bush would not know was going on and that should cause you some alarm if you haven’t already heard about it.
On June 21st of this year a top DHS official from Washington took Muslim leaders from the CAIR organization on a personally guided tour showing them in depth how Customs screening is conducted at O’Hare International Airport. Why in the world would that be done when as Debbie has pointed out on this site countless times how various members of CAIR have had direct connections with those who support terrorism? Some have even been convicted on charges relating directly to terrorism.
The reason? Because Muslims have complained to CAIR that they are being delayed unfairly at U.S. airports.
Apparently, that’s all it took to get Washington officials to take immediate action to appease the CAIR representatives. During the tour, Customs and Border Patrol agents were even asked to explain how the high-risk passenger assessment system worked. Customs and Border Patrol’s executive director, Brian Humphrey, reassured the CAIR representatives that Muslims are not singled out unfairly for screening. That in fact, all agents MUST undergo Muslim sensitivity training. As a part of that training the agents are taught that Muslims consider jihad only an “internal struggle against sin” and not a holy war against anyone.
CAIR was satisfied and claimed they looked forward to continuing a good relationship with Customs officials in regard to traveling Muslims.
Now the DHS has invited members of CAIR to teach the sensitivity courses to ICE supervisors and agents in Chicago. The Justice Department and the FBI also have regular meetings with CAIR. CAIR is also on the FBI’s advisory board which helps with any Muslim concerns of racism or bigotry.
Are we beginning to see any patterns here? How much of this could Bush put a stop to? Or must it have been his idea to begin with? You decide.

Phoenix on September 5, 2006 at 11:19 am

I see my sources from two weeks ago were indeed correct! Probably no one is going to see this post since it is now scrolled off of the main page but here it is:
Sep 9, 2006 ? WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush PERSONALLY signed off on a visa allowing former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami to visit the United States because he wanted hear his views, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.
http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=2414085
I have also found out some new information that should blow your mind relating to dear Prez. Bush saying one thing and yet doing another. But I’ll have to wait for Debbie to post some related type article before I can reveal it. I’m telling you folks, things are NOT going well for us. You are just NOT getting the news of it!
I WROTE ABOUT THIS, TWO WEEKS AGO:
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2006/08/wimps_us_grants.html
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Phoenix on September 10, 2006 at 4:50 pm

Yes, I know you did Debbie, but I don’t think you saw just how DIRECTLY Prez. Bush was involved in his coming here. Anyway, there’s more to tell on related subjects…

Phoenix on September 10, 2006 at 7:27 pm

Let me say this a little more directly which I know most of you (including Debbie?) are NOT getting.
If you follow Debbie’s source link from her post two weeks ago regarding the Khatami visit to the United States (a Washington Post piece) , NO mention is made AT ALL that President Bush is the main reason for his visit.
In fact the source link states:
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack says:
“This was a decision that was made (to allow Khatami a visa),” said McCormack, adding that he did not know whether a visa had been issued yet.
He said there were no plans for U.S. officials to meet Khatami during his proposed visit.”
The very reverse now seems to be true and the rumor is that Bush himself will meet with him. This, as I said before, and still believe has all been carefully staged to divert attention away from our not taking out Iran’s nuclear facilities. We’ll see.

Phoenix on September 10, 2006 at 7:48 pm

HINT:
Watch for officials in the Bush administration to make sure the media gets the word out that regardless of Ahmadinejad’s “rhetoric” that we should be assured that “moderates” are indeed in control of Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Phoenix on September 10, 2006 at 8:03 pm

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