For the record, I agree with President Trump’s executive order halting the issuance of visas from countries where terrorism is rampant. He could, however, be a little more deliberate in his implementation. But pretty much every important lesson I have learned was through the school of hard knocks. So perhaps our new President learned from the experience.
I have posted this graph previously. In President Obama’s last year the chart below lists the countries from where US immigrants most commonly originated. Four of the most common nations of origin are now on President Trump’s list.
However, we will still need the FBI and National Counterterrorism Center. The chart below shows that most of our terrorist attacks originated through US born or naturalized citizens (so-called “self” radicalized terrorists). The Patriot Act redefined “domestic terrorism” broadening the scope of activities considered a terrorist act (Footnote). Nonetheless, if we could prevent the 40 or so episodes of terrorism by outside actors, then we definitely should. And, is it just me, or does the footnote description of “terrorism” sound a bit like left-wing protesters?
Footnote: Domestic terrorism as defined by the patriot act:
Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover “domestic,” as opposed to international, terrorism. A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “dangerous to human life” that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping. Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and if they do not, may be regarded as international terrorism.
Section 802 does not create a new crime of domestic terrorism. However, it does expand the type of conduct that the government can investigate when it is investigating “terrorism.” The USA PATRIOT Act expanded governmental powers to investigate terrorism, and some of these powers are applicable to domestic terrorism.