Charles Marino, CEO of Sentinel Security, former Homeland Security Advisor, and nationally recognized expert on geopolitics and national security, delivered a scathing review of the processes in place for vetting a wave of Afghan refugees entering the United States in the wake of the US Military withdrawal. Speaking with David Asman on Fox Business, Marino warned that the speed with which evacuations and relocations have taken place, coupled with the sheer volume of Afghanis entering the United States, could lead to terrorists entering the country.
In addition to the large number of Afghanis needing to be processed, Marino warned that the information available on them may be insufficient. “Vetting is only as good as the systems you’re vetting against,” he told Asman, pointing out that the U.S. military and intelligence agencies have no information on many Afghanis. When the process looks for evidence that an individual may pose a risk, incomplete or nonexistent records render the vetting ineffective.
Marino also pointed out that the Biden Administration airlifts are not the only way that refugees will get into the United States. “The cartels will traffic anyone who pays the proper amount across the southern border, and that includes terrorists,” he said, emphasizing that the population currently crossing the border illegally is highly diverse, not limited to only those from Central and South America.
“The administration broke its promise to the Americans and Afghanis,” Marino concluded, pointing to the fact that good people who believed in and worked for the American mission have been left behind, while the rushed evacuation and insufficient vetting process mean terrorists could be getting in.
Charles Marino is a nationally recognized strategic security advisor, writer, and opinion leader whose deep knowledge of security methodologies, tactics, and technology make him a trusted advisor to government agencies and private sector businesses. In addition to his role as CEO of Sentinel Security, he is a thought leader with an active public voice, sharing his thoughtful, security-based expertise with mass media audiences on television and in print.
As a regular contributor to print publications, such as The Hill, and an on-air analyst for leading television programs including FOX News and NEWSMAX, Marino frequently comments on critical, often dynamic, current events, delivering a balanced and practical assessment rooted in his deep knowledge of geopolitics and security practices and technology.
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