It could be ISIS. Maybe.
US spy chief James Clapper, best known for lying to Congress about NSA surveillance, is now riled up about refugees “descending on Europe,” saying that even though there’s no evidence of it, he’s super, super worried that those refugees might turn out to be ISIS fighters just sneaking in.
Which is a great story for scaring people, but makes zero sense. In addition to not being backed by any evidence, it vilifies the people fleeing from ISIS and the war surrounding its rise.
It also totally ignores what intelligence officials the world over have made obvious is the biggest reason ISIS is a danger to Western countries. ISIS has a huge number of recruits from Western nations already, including a lot from Europe. Those recruits don’t need to “sneak” into Europe as starving refugees, but rather have passports that would give them access to targets in these nations in ways that traditional Middle Eastern Islamist groups simply don’t.
Demonizing the refugees is very convenient for governments around the world, of course, as it lets them off the hook for having to house refugees who their policies often created in the first place. Not copping to the bad things you’ve done, of course, is simply Clapper’s go-to move, but as the Director of National Intelligence he of all people surely knows better than this.