Popular vote loser Donald Trump has issued a decree to the departments of Justice and Homeland Security: Find a legal rationale for my Muslim ban. Because that's how things work in Trump's White House—he decides, and then people scramble to make his decision sound "informed." And that order of events is worrying people who actually know how intelligence works (pun intended), writes CNN.
Other Trump administration sources tell CNN that this is an assignment that has caused concern among some administration intelligence officials, who see the White House charge as the politicization of intelligence -- the notion of a conclusion in search of evidence to support it after being blocked by the courts. Still others in the intelligence community disagree with the conclusion and are finding their work disparaged by their own department.
True to form, a White House spokesperson says they know exactly what the report will find:
"DHS and DOJ are working on an intelligence report that will demonstrate that the security threat for these seven countries is substantial and that these seven countries have all been exporters of terrorism into the United States," the senior White House official told CNN.
The unnamed official (the White House refused to offer on-the-record comment) went on to claim that "the refugee program has been a major incubator for terrorism"—an assertion for which there is no basis. In fact, here's a refugee risk analysis from the conservative think tank the Cato Institute:
The chance of an American being murdered in a terrorist attack caused by a refugee is 1 in 3.64 billion per year...
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