US Congressman Jason Chaffetz
Published October 28, 2013
"Now, more than ever, we have concerns about terrorist activity in that country," Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told FoxNews.com. "Now the administration wants to normalize -- that's just not acceptable."
Chaffetz and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., first drew attention to the draft document, which is circulating inside DHS and is not yet final. It comes a little more than a year after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi in which four Americans were killed. The suspects still have not been brought to justice, and Fox News has reported over the past week how several Al Qaeda-tied individuals are linked to the attack.
U.S. forces just this month captured terrorist Abu Anas al-Libi, wanted in connection with the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, in Tripoli.
"It is shocking that the Obama administration is turning a blind eye to real terrorist threats that exist in Libya today," Goodlatte said in a written statement. "We still haven't gotten to the bottom of the Benghazi terrorist attacks and continue to face additional terrorist threats from Libya, yet the Obama administration is preparing to lift a longstanding ban that protects Americans and our interests."
The DHS document calls for rescinding restrictions first put in place in 1983 that barred Libyan nationals from coming to the U.S. to study or train in aviation maintenance, flight operations or nuclear-related fields. At the time, relations between the U.S. and Libya were breaking down as Muammar Qaddafi came to power. Before the 1983 decision, the Reagan administration in 1981 also invalidated the use of U.S. passports for travel to Libya and banned the import of Libyan oil. Later in the decade, Libyans spearheaded the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and also were involved in the bombing of a French airliner.
In 2011, Qaddafi was killed, and his government was replaced.
A DHS official told FoxNews.com on Monday that the department is now "reviewing U.S. policies that have been in place since before the Libyan revolution to see how they might be updated to better align with U.S. interests."
The official noted that while Libya is subjected to the training restrictions, there are no similar provisions for state sponsors of terrorism including Cuba, Iran and Syria.
Without commenting specifically on the draft proposal, the official said: "The United States supports the aspirations of the Libyan people as they participate in their democratic transition after 42 years of dictatorship. We are committed to working with Libya to build its sovereign institutions and are working closely with the government to bring stability to Libya."
The official noted that the draft proposal is "deliberative and not final" and had "not been approved by DHS for publication."
A copy of the document reviewed by FoxNews.com says that DHS is moving to rescind the restrictions "after consultation with the Department of State and the Department of Defense."
The document notes that U.S.-Libya relations eroded beginning in the 1970s, leading to the nation being placed on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. It said the prohibition on Libyan nationals was imposed to deal with training "that could potentially have a negative impact on U.S. national security."
But the document notes that Libya has moved to democratize since the fall of Qaddafi, and "most sanctions" that the United Nations and U.S. imposed have been lifted. It casts the effort to lift the travel restrictions in that light, noting the new Libyan government has "expressed initial interest" in sending students to the U.S. to receive training from the Defense Department to help them rebuild and sustain their own fleet.
"The United States has normalized relations with Libya and is working to establish robust diplomatic, military and economic ties," the document says.
Chaffetz and Goodlatte, though, warn that the administration could "unilaterally" make these changes, and are urging the department to back down.
Chaffetz said that if necessary, the House could pass legislation barring the change, but he questioned whether the Senate would follow suit. Chaffetz said these changes have "not yet been earned."
HE THE MUSLIM IN CHARGE OF THIS FREE NATION WILL NOT BE A FREE NATION ( IF WE DO NOT IMPEACH HIM THE ====== MUSLIM IN CHARGE ===== ) & THAT MEANS THAT YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE SUBJECTS AT BEST OR SLAVES === HOW EVER YOU LIKE TO SAY IT . NOW JUST WHAT THE HELL IS IT THAT PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND ? HOW THE HELL DO YOU REACH THOSE UNCLEAN === YOU KNOW THE PEOPLE ON WELFARE ===== WE PAY THEM TO KEEP THE REST OF US IN CHAINS .
We don't have enough Muslims in this country that hate us NOW, we are going to import more and teach them how to build and deliver nuclear weapons to use against us????? When will this crap end - New World Order or War????
In my opinion, he will be setting up his army to take care of we the citizens that will not give up our guns, nor our freedoms.
He is preparing.
RIGHT, ONLY GOD KNOWS WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND HOW IT ENDS........
I THINK ITS TIME FOR SOMEONE WITH @$&&* TO IMPEACH HIM.....WHERE IS OUR MILITARY. THEY KNOW WHATS GOING ON, BUT THEN OBAMA FIRED MANY GENERALS SO WHO'S IN CHARGE? OBAMA
NEEDS TO BE CHARGED ON SOMETHING? ...........P.S. IF HE BRINGS THEM IN, FOR SO CALLED TRAINING???? WHICH WE KNOW THE TRUTH?...IS THIS GROUNDS FOR TREASON?????LET ME KNOW.
Susan, I think we should charge Barry Soetero, aka barak h obama ii, with about 50,000 volts and 100 amps. I volunteer to pull the switch...Semper Fi! Gunny
You are going to have to beat off a LOT of Patriots for that pleasure!! :-)
Too bad we can't put a ban on homeland security! It could be a real boon to this great country of ours... ~ Semper Fi! Gunny
Put a ban on stupid politicians too!!!
Thanks for warning us.
I have been told that these muslim fecal-headed things are supposed to have secret training camps around the country, like in Oregon, a left-coast state. If these camps are so secret and you and a bunch of your armed buddies come across one and a battle ensues, leaving a bunch of dead sheep "f-ers" laying around, who is gonna know who did what to whom? They are SECRET camps...Semper Fi! ~ Gunny
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THEY DON'T NEED ANYU TRAINING IN THE U.S.? 1ST. THERE DOING A GOOD JOB OF KILLING, BOMBING CUTTING HEADS OFF ETC........OBAMA WILL BRING THEM HERE FOR TRAINING ON AMERICAN CITIZENS......
GOD BLESS ALL, ITS COMING TO A NEIGHBOR HOOD NEAR YOU.