The reality of the Biden administration's disastrous US withdrawal is made more evident through a recent congressional memo that depicts at length the holes in the security process for arrivals from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
A Washington Examiner piece discusses both the memo and how that contradicts promises made by the Biden administration earlier this year.
The congressional memo describes interviews with the relevant military officials at bases worldwide. The Defense Department, Homeland Security, Justice Department, and Department of State consensus describe a lackluster picture for any semblance of background checks.
One source described how the Biden administration upended standard vetting protocols and created their own procedures:
"DOD was such a heavy part of this, and they followed orders. And so, they're like, 'OK, here's the checklist. I'll do exactly what the checklist says — no more.' So, that's how it happened, but it was centrally managed via DHS, the National Security Council, the White House. They said, 'This is how we're going to do this. And we're going to depart significantly from the standard way of doing screening and vetting as we would in literally any other situation.'"
The Examiner piece insists the Biden administration brought in mostly "unqualified" people from Afghanistan — 75 percent out of 82,000 people — that didn't meet the standard of being an American citizen, green card holder, or accepted into the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa program (or amid applying for one).
In late October, Republican Senator Josh Hawley posted an email he had received from an American official that establishes further proof to that effect: the Biden administration's main objective was filling planes up with people.
A primary tool for the Biden White House was checking the names of Afghans fleeing the country against terrorist and criminal databases. That screening rather than vetting is purported to be all there was to it. The only time vetting interviews were conducted at all was when fleeing Afghanistan had their identity flagged in biometrics or phone records.
The memo adds that the people screening the Afghans lacked training in identifying counterfeit documents. Another prong of concern was a breakdown in communication. People on the state side thought those overseas were the ones performing the vetting, and vice versa.
Yet, even with all that said, "at least 10 evacuees" who made it past the initial screenings from Afghanistan made it to the USA are currently detained as national security threats. At least one instance of assault by Afghans against a female service member happened at a facility near the United States-Mexico border, and other instances of abuse took place at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.
The Department of Homeland Security took objection with the Washington Examiner's report, asserting "interagency vetting partners" from the DHS, DOD, FBI, and NCTC worked to review "fingerprints, photos, and biographic data for every single Afghan" who fled the country earlier this year.