October 4, 2006, - 10:26 am

A Farakhan I Like: Courageous American Fired For Exposing Terrorist Citizenship

By Debbie Schlussel
On this site, I’ve been very critical of Louis Farrakhan, now in his waning days. And given the racism and extremism of the Nation of Islam, I never thought there’d be a Farrakhan I liked.
But now there is: Sultan Farakhan (different spelling of surname), a courageous American (who, based on his name, is likely a Black Muslim).
Farakhan, an immigrant benefits application adjudicator for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), spoke out against the rubber stamping of terrorists’ and other criminals’ applications for green cards, work visas, American citizenship, etc. An estimated 75% of the 3 million applicant for those immigration documents over the last four years were NOT checked against the terrorism watch list.
Farakhan said he and other employees were made aware of this on August 11th, a day after the British plot to blow up U.S.-bound planes was announced. He was outraged and chose to go public to fix the problem.
Farakhan knew that by doing so he was risking his job. But he did so to bring attention to this outrage. Sadly, on Friday, he was, in fact, fired from his job at the National Benefits Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, one of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s largest application-processing centers. His crime: speaking out about this huge risk to our national security.
Sultan told Sara A. Carter of the San Bernardino County Sun and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:

“They are upset with the fact that I spoke out. I don’t understand why they want to keep the truth hidden, because this is about the national security of our country.
Going after me is a waste of time. They need to fix the system. I truly believe terrorists have slipped through … and they are here and waiting.”

Farrakhan was also fired for speaking out against bonuses of $500 that were given to CIS employees to rubber stamp applications for visas, green cards, citizenship, etc. to “get rid of the backlog”:

Farakhan — who according to USCIS evaluations had a nearly flawless performance record during his four years as a “term,” or temporary, employee — was one of hundreds of agency employees who received a $500 bonus Sept. 19 for helping reduce the agency’s application backlog. . . .
Farakhan spoke candidly to the Daily Bulletin in late August about a series of immigrant application processing and security failures at the National Benefits Center. Farakhan told the newspaper that numerous breaches at the center during the past four years — including countless applications that triggered terrorist and criminal “hits” in the computer system but were approved anyway — had rendered the system vulnerable to exploitation by foreign terrorists and criminals.
Farakhan, who requested whistle-blower protection from Congress last month, said many employees were not aware that a simple keystroke would have allowed them to fully check the background of applicants against the terrorist database, and that the push to quickly eliminate millions of backlogged immigration applications before an October deadline set by President Bush weakened national security checks inside USCIS.

Farakhan is not the only one complaining. My friend, Mike Maxwell (I interviewed him on the air when I recently guest-hosted on Sirius Howard 101), a patriotic, dedicated American resigned from his job–one of the top positions in USCIS, over this and other national security problems:

Mike Maxwell, who resigned Feb. 17 from his post as USCIS’ director of security and internal affairs, sought whistle-blower protection so he could speak candidly to Congress about security problems inside the agency.
Prior to Maxwell’s resignation, he had attempted to speak to congressional committees on numerous occasions, but said he was always accompanied by seven to 10 handlers — Department of Homeland Security officials who would determine what he could and couldn’t say to Congress.
Congressional representatives on two occasions last year asked the handlers to leave the room so Maxwell could speak freely. After those two incidents, Maxwell was forbidden to speak to Congress alone again, he said.
“There is not only a culture of corruption but a culture of fear they instill in employees,” Maxwell said. “If you want to blow the whistle, you’re going to be retaliated against.”

CIS agents tell me that one of the problems is that their agency will not give them access to the TECS NN16 database, which lists terrorists and similar malefactors. They tell me that even though the FBI will allow them to use the database, CIS brass won’t allow them to use it, claiming it is for “exclusive use by law enforcement.” Well, hello?, what about those checking, adjudicating, and approving people for temporary and permanent entry into the U.S.?
CIS rank and file tell me that they’re told only the “most egregious” cases can be turned down. One CIS employee says that means “like more than 7 DUIs and two murder convictions.” And even then, the referral process is so complex and dysfunctional, the cases just get “lost.”
Bottom line:
Terrorists, hardened criminals, and deportable aliens? Let them in. Hard-working employees who care about America’s national security–like Sultan Farakhan and Michael Maxwell–out the door.
Wake up, America. Your government is working against you, more than 5 years after 9/11.

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13 Responses

Er, tell me again why I should vote Republican. Bush is responsible for all of this; he made the appointments. Bye bye GOP in November.

Duke on October 4, 2006 at 1:22 pm

I might’ve guessed about bureaucratic inertia like this, but certanly wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for articles like this.

Jeremiah on October 4, 2006 at 1:59 pm

this is a lie because all allien need to submit finger print with FBI with name and address before application for Immigration be processed. Only after FBI give clearance the form get processed or apporved. So checking with FBI data base will be duplication. Please see the INS form for FBI clearance
http://www.uscis.gov/graphics/formsfee/finger/index.htm
NOT A LIE AT ALL. DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THE FBI HAS MUCH TO DO WITH THIS PROCESS? THEY DON’T IT’S CIS THAT DECIDES.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

thirdgoat on October 4, 2006 at 2:53 pm

Duke,
don’t vote Republican. Don’t vote Democrat. Vote for Americans who will work to eradicate this problem.
I have no data to back it up, but I doubt that this is a presidential appointment problem.
I believe that career bureaucrats in government offices, people who are essentially sucking off the teat of the public, are the ones responsible. People who passed a civil service exam thirty years ago and are still on the job.
Their one goal in life: keep their job. Forget about national security, forget about preserving Western society, just keep that gov’mint jawb. Then retire on their gov’mint pension.

Al Jay Z on October 4, 2006 at 5:11 pm

What do you think on this one? Rally support for the whistle blower protection? Thank G-d this guy is nothing like the Calypso Louie Fara-CON man!

BB on October 5, 2006 at 9:05 am

Debbie:
How is this not a lie and duplication of work because The INS webpage says FBI is already doing the back ground check?
So please answer how is that not a lie and duplication of work

thirdgoat on October 5, 2006 at 2:19 pm

Thirdgoat, I figure by your spelling, grammar and syntax you must be a DHS supervisor somewhere. Probably an affirmative action GS-13 or so? Unlike you hammerhear, Debbie knows what she is talking about. FBI doesn’t issue a ‘clearance’, they simply classify the submitted fingerprints & compare against their voluminous database (that is a big word, sorry). The task of the Adjudication Officer is to ensure the person before them is eligible for the particular benefit they are requesting. Sounds simple, huh?
If FBI reveals the person requesting a benefit has a criminal history, the adjudicator needs to determine whether it was misdemeanor shoplifting, or something serious like felony child molestation or bank robbery. BUT the database they are forced to use is called BBSS, with intentionally limited or entirely redacted information. (sorry again, redacted means ‘sanitized’) The NN16 database Debbie mentioned, unlike the neutered BBSS program would quickly enable the adjudicator to obtain case- specific court dispositions, right down to the warts, butt pimples and all. You see; DHS want green cards renewed. They don’t want criminal aliens deported.
Kind of like local police departments ignoring drunk drivers with the hopes of improving public relations. Wise-up chump!

BigDojo on October 5, 2006 at 9:41 pm

Thirdgoat, I figure by your spelling, grammar and syntax you must be a DHS supervisor somewhere. Probably an affirmative action GS-13 or so? Unlike you numbnuts, Debbie knows what she is talking about. FBI doesn’t issue a ‘clearance’, they simply classify the submitted fingerprints & compare against their voluminous database (that is a big word, sorry). The task of the Adjudication Officer is to ensure the person before them is eligible for the particular benefit they are requesting. Sounds simple, huh?
If FBI reveals the person requesting a benefit has a criminal history, the adjudicator needs to determine whether it was misdemeanor shoplifting, or something serious like felony child molestation or bank robbery. BUT the database they are forced to use is called BBSS, with intentionally limited or entirely redacted information. (sorry again, redacted means ‘sanitized’) The NN16 database Debbie mentioned, unlike the neutered BBSS program would quickly enable the adjudicator to obtain case- specific court dispositions, right down to the warts, butt pimples and all. You see; DHS want green cards renewed. They don’t want criminal aliens deported.
Kind of like local police departments ignoring drunk drivers with the hopes of improving public relations. Wise-up chump!

BigDojo on October 5, 2006 at 9:42 pm

big dojo u are not correct if it is cleared by FBI it is a go and it is duplication of work and please Debbie does not want to even acknoldge FBI does something till I pull the form up

thirdgoat on October 10, 2006 at 11:31 am

I work for this office and I know sultan. He was not fired. His term position ended. This wasn’t some secret cover up as is suggested. Because the Dept of Homeland Security was relatively new at the time and because the system in legacy INS was not allowed to use IBIS (program that has NN16), when the agency was given the okay, it was still in the works. The statements are way overblown. If there are any terrorists hits, it will show up in the main body of the hit so the likelihood of something being missed was almost inconceivable. It’s to bad this sour employee did what he did. We are a good agency and work very hard to find the bad guys. I’m sorry the author of the article was given so much misinformation.

private on March 25, 2010 at 11:10 am

He was most certainly fired. Director Cowan of the NBC, I presume? And the FBI has the email that pretty much confirms it. Now the question is why has the FBI allowed corrupt hiring practice to flourish among our government agencies, especially the one which was most directly responsible for ‘welcoming’ the 9/11 terrorists into our country?

Doug Brown on June 24, 2011 at 10:14 am

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