Barney Frank has spent his entire career attacking "right-wingers," yet Frank did more to help the efforts of the real right-wingers, Islamic terrorists attacking America, than has any American politician in history. His stated reason for doing it, sponsoring a bill that struck the exclusion clause from the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1989, was to help left-wing poets, particularly his friend Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the author of "My Melancholy Whores," enter the country legally to sell books. Marquez was denied a visa by the State Department because of his ties to Fidel Castro. As a member of Congress, Frank could have chosen to sponsor a trip for the harmless Marquez himself. Instead he sponsored a law that made it possible for all visa applicants to enter the country legally unless there was "proof" they had been involved in "terrorist activities." Any lawyer worth a damn would tell you that it would be difficult to prove that Osama bin Laden was involved in "terrorist activities."
Gerald Posner, in his book "Why America Slept: The Failure to Prevent 9/11," wrote that Frank had "led a successful effort to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act so that membership in a terrorist group was no longer sufficient to deny a visa. Under Frank's amendment, which seems unthinkable post–Sept. 11, a visa could only be denied if the government could prove that the applicant had committed an act of terrorism." Former CIA directors James Woolsey and George Tenet have both testified that Congress had opened the floodgates to terrorists. After its passage, terrorists associated with Hamas and al-Qaida began entering the country with legal visas, began recruiting domestic terrorists and sending funds to overseas "charities," according to the congressional testimony of terrorism expert Steven Emerson.
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The 19 Sept. 11 hijackers entered the country with legal visas thanks to the Frank bill. The Sept. 11 commission report (page 237) states that "the muscle hijackers began arriving in the United States in late April 2001. In most cases they traveled in pairs on tourist visas and entered the United States in Orlando or Miami, Florida; Washington, D.C.; or New York. Those arriving in Florida were assisted by Atta and Shehhi, while Hazmi and Hanjour took care of the rest. By the end of June, 14 of the 15 muscle hijackers had crossed the Atlantic."
International law and custom has always recognized the natural right of sovereign nations to deny visas to foreigners that are suspected to be enemies of the state. This nation traditionally denied visas not only to perceived enemies but also to former Nazis, racists, anti-Semites and others espousing ideologies that run contrary to American notions. Frank thought that there was something progressive about removing that right, a right that is as fundamental and as natural as is the right of an individual or of a family to deny entrance to a person into their private home.
It is difficult to measure or to fathom the damage that has been done to our country and to our security by this colossally stupid act on the part of Barney Frank. It has been reported by the Department of Homeland Security that, in the decades after the passage of Frank's bill, radical Islamic sleeper cells have been operating inside the United States and have been awaiting their marching orders from abroad. Frank's harebrained scheme hamstrung our government's ability to function properly, and it has left this country vulnerable to enemy attack from within. It would not be a stretch to suggest that Barney Frank himself might as well have been flying one of the passenger planes that crashed into the World Trade Center.
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