Kellyanne Conway’s “Bowling Green Massacre” oopsie is ironic on so many levels. Let us count the ways that using this incident to justify a Muslim ban is completely wrong.
First, a recap of the incident in question: two Iraqis were arrested, indicted and convicted for a plot to send high-powered rifles (the kind available at any gun shop in the South) and money to Al Qaeda overseas. The weapons and money would have been used on Western targets overseas. The plot was uncovered by the FBI within months of the men’s arrival in the U.S. No weapons were ever sent overseas, and no terror attack occurred thanks to these two, either in the U.S. or anywhere else. The part that involves refugees is here:
Although both Alwan and Hammadi had been arrested by Iraq security forces, in 2006 they were allowed to enter the United States as refugees in April and July 2009, respectively. Asked why officials and Homeland Security had not properly vetted or reviewed the men’s records, a Homeland Security official said, “This case demonstrates specific gaps that were present in the screening process that was in place in the beginning of the administration. Once the administration became aware of these gaps, it took immediate steps to fill them. Today our vetting process considers a far broader range of information than it did in past years.”
The specific “gap” revealed by this case is that in 2009, fingerprints found on IEDs in Iraq weren’t being matched with those of refugees seeking entry into the U.S. Under George W. Bush, the IED fingerprint data base wasn’t included as part of the refugee screening process. That flaw in the vetting process was corrected by President Obama as soon as it was revealed by this case. So using this specific case to say “we need to fix the vetting process” is wrong because Obama already did that.
Even funnier is Trump’s claim that his bigoted Executive Order is “similar” to Obama’s “2011 Iraqi refugee ban.” Actually, no: Obama never banned Iraqi refugees, temporarily or otherwise. He did order refugee’s fingerprints be checked against those in the IED database. That caused some seriously big delays in the processing of applications as thousands of applications had to be reprocessed. It was not a ban, it was addressing a security issue that Trump now claims he’s addressing.
So just to review our “Bowling Green Massacre” incident:
1- The plot exploited the country’s lax gun laws;
2- The men were under FBI surveillance almost as soon as they entered the U.S.;
3- There was no plot to launch an attack inside the U.S.;
4- No weapons or money made it to Iraq because of the FBI’s undercover investigation;
5- Flaws in the refugee vetting process revealed by this case were corrected by President Obama years ago;
6- Claims that Trump isn’t doing anything that Obama didn’t already do are wrong.
Why do I know this and the president’s top advisor does not? I’m no expert, I don’t work for the government. I’m not involved in the security services. I don’t have top-level security clearance. I’m just a dang housewife in Tennessee who reads the New York Times instead of listening to Sean Hannity and watching Fox News. Is that all it takes to make someone knowledgeable about the world?
11 responses to “Some Words On “The Bowling Green Massacre””
Another bad thing is that blabbermouth Christ Matthews let her get away with this lie.
“I’m just a dang housewife in Tennessee who reads the New York Times instead of listening to Sean Hannity and watching Fox News. Is that all it takes to make someone knowledgeable about the world?”
Probably. Remember, you’re not getting your Minimum Daily Requirement of Lies, Half-truths, and Demented Conspiracy Theory and are therefore deficient in Stupid.
While counting the ways it is wrong, dont forget to include the alt-real-fact that THERE WAS NO MASSACRE!
I know it should go without saying, but still. No truth is too subtlety obvious for this bunch.
I believe I stated that there was no massacre when I said there was no attack. But point taken.
The deal is, she’s saying she “misspoke” and was referring to the 2 Iraqi refugees involved in a terror plot. And so I need to point out all the reasons why that is wrong.
What I did NOT mention are the allegations that this whole thing was manufactured by the FBI, that they basically entrapped the Iraqi guys. I’ve seen that in several places but I’m not convinced.
Don’t get me wrong, liked your post and the context missing from “news” reports.
This is something that keeps tripping me up, too: Facts literally *do not matter* to this type of person. If they weren’t lying about this, they’d lie about something else. I keep waiting for them to have some shame, to correct their errors. That’s not the point of the whole exercise. The point is to feed misinformation to the weak-minded and the authoritarian followers.
You (or anyone else–I’m not calling you out) can explain until you’re blue in the face that two plus two equals four. You can have four blocks to illustrate your points and put on a little show for them. It doesn’t matter. They will go to their graves insisting two plus two equals green, and their well-trained followers will send you death threats and throw flaming dog poo on your lawn for daring to suggest otherwise.
Cult mindset. I’ve talked about it a lot over here, especially during the Bush years. There’s a neurological basis for people being attached to misinformation. It is exploited by Republicans. I believe they learned this trick from the Moonies.
My old post about cults:
I like Drifty’s description:
“There is absolutely nothing left sifting around inside their mushy, angry skulls except that sparkly aluminum sand that good people at Ohio Arts use to make the Etch-a-Sketch.”
LOL I missed that one. Priceless.
“There’s a neurological basis for people being attached to misinformation. It is exploited by Republicans. I believe they learned this trick from the Moonies.”
Yeah it’s called, FES, Fucking Empty Skullz. The reason that they are ‘low information voters” is that they WANT to be.
Yeah, you’re an ordinary housewife like Clark Kent was just a reporter for the Daily Planet. Give ’em hell, lady!