In a recent interview, FBI Director James Comey – a very astute, savvy man -- said he knew of at least 12 Americans who have traveled to Syria to train and fight with the terrorist group ISIS. When asked how they can be kept from coming home and wreaking havoc here, he responded that they couldn't. As long as they had a valid passport, they would be free to come back to America. All the FBI could do, he said, is keep a close eye on them.
Things must seem a lot simpler to me than they do to the people who run the bureaucracy we call government, but doesn't this sound…well…insane?
We know who these people are. We know their names. So why isn't the President or Congress acting to close this ridiculous legal loophole immediately? What's so hard about passing a law that allows the revocation of anyone's U.S. passport if it's used to travel to a restricted country to engage in terrorist activity?
This is not a difficult decision. It's a simple solution to a serious problem that could result in terrible disaster inside our borders. And if you think this doesn't affect you, imagine the dire local consequences if one of these returning jihadists happened to be from Louisville.
I always believed the events of 9/11 would be impossible for any American to forget. But I'm beginning to think I was wrong.