Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and a former Trump campaign official who worked on foreign policy and national security have joined the president’s call for a “national no-fly” list of suspected terrorists.
The list, which Bannon and former Trump adviser Stephen Miller have floated as an alternative to the government’s current system, would target those on the list who are “known to have engaged in hostile activity” against the United States.
“The list should include every ISIS sympathizer in the United State,” Bannon wrote on Twitter Monday.
The call for an “ISIS no-Fly” list comes as the Trump administration faces an unprecedented crisis of legitimacy amid allegations of ties to the militant group and mounting calls for the president to step down.
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2021.
President Trump speaks with reporters at his residence in Washington.
The “no fly list” has been floated as a possible tool to prevent potential terror attacks.
Former Trump campaign adviser Stephen Bannon, left, and White House deputy press secretary Michael Short speak at a press briefing Monday.
| AP Photo Bannon: Trump should step down over ISIS ties Former Trump strategist Steve, left and White Nationalist strategist Michael, right, speak to reporters after they spoke to the press Monday.
Bannon and Miller, who both worked on policy and foreign affairs, have pushed the idea of a “National no-FEE” list, a list of potential “foreign sympathizers” who would be “stored” in a database for potential terror investigations.
The idea is to provide a permanent and effective check on the activities of the “undesirables” who pose a danger to the U.S., but critics argue the list would be impossible to implement.
“It is simply impractical to use such a list for purposes other than preventing attacks, given the current system of screening,” John Brennan, former director of the CIA, wrote on Medium.
“There is simply no other way to achieve such a goal.”
A Trump administration official told Politico that the proposal is part of an effort to “address a real threat” of foreign terrorist fighters joining ISIS, not a new threat.
“I have always been for a no-flight list, and we’re going to make a no flight list that will stop the flow of foreign fighters,” the official told the outlet.
“We will be making this list public, and it will include people like those who are known to have taken up arms against the U and its allies.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the internal deliberations of the Trump White House. “
And if they were known, the government would know about them and they would be subject to the vetting process we’re using today.”
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the internal deliberations of the Trump White House.
The administration official added that the plan was “based on an assessment of what’s happening in the world today, not just in the U, but around the world.
And I think that’s the most important thing.”
A former senior intelligence official told The Associated Press that “we need to be concerned that ISIS could become a major player in the Middle East, but it would also help to create a global terror infrastructure.”
“We have a major threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but also from other jihadist groups,” the former official said.
“So if we can figure out who’s doing what, and if they have connections to foreign terrorists, that’s good.”
“What’s the difference between a no fly list and a no go list?
It depends on the context,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of not being identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
“No one can be a ‘no fly’ without having any ties to ISIS.
The same goes for a ‘ no fly’ list.”
The idea of an ISIS no-list is not new.
Former president Barack Obama ordered the creation of a national “no go list” of suspected ISIS supporters in 2008, but the idea never gained traction.
The government’s existing system for vetting foreign terrorist suspects was “stalled” and “unable to handle a large volume of calls,” according to a 2008 report by the Congressional Research Service.
In 2016, Obama created a “No Fly” list for all Americans, but “it was widely criticized as not effective” and the list did not stop the threat of terrorism.
Obama also directed a program to combat the spread of radical Islam to the FBI and other federal agencies in 2015, which has seen a spike in terrorist plots.
The FBI is now tracking more than 200,000 people who have been linked to ISIS-related activity, according to CNN.
Trump, however, has called for a Muslim registry, a system of registration for Muslim Americans.
The proposal, however it comes to fruition, is far from a new idea.
In 2015, a Republican senator introduced legislation to create an ISIS