Judicial Watch • Obama Ignores Congress, Lifts Ban on Libyans Training in U.S. as Pilots, Nuke Scientists

Obama Ignores Congress, Lifts Ban on Libyans Training in U.S. as Pilots, Nuke Scientists

Obama Ignores Congress, Lifts Ban on Libyans Training in U.S. as Pilots, Nuke Scientists

AUGUST 13, 2014

Less than two years after four Americans got massacred in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya the Obama administration is disregarding congressional opposition to lift a decades-old ban on Libyans attending flight schools and training as nuclear scientists in the United States.

The ban was implemented in 1983 after a wave of terrorist incidents involving Libyans. The African nation continues to be a hotbed of terrorism and in fact, the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli was recently evacuated because violence between rival militias has created a deadly environment. Many other foreign governments have also shut down their embassies in Libya because the violence has spread throughout the entire country.

Nevertheless, President Obama has discounted congressional opposition to let Libyans train as pilots, airplane mechanics and nuclear scientists in the United States. Perhaps the commander-in-chief has somehow forgotten that many of the 9/11 hijackers—mostly Saudi nationals—received their training in American flights schools because our government allowed it. Have we not learned that it’s a really bad idea to help our enemies obtain skills that could later be used to attack us?

Official word of this senseless change comes via a final regulation approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). It lifts the longtime prohibition on Libyans coming to the U.S. to attend flight school, work in aviation maintenance or flight operations or to study or train in nuclear science. The Obama administration claims that the ban is no longer necessary because the “United States Government and the Government of Libya have normalized their relationship and most of the restrictions and sanctions imposed by the United States and the United Nations toward Libya have been lifted.”

The move comes just a few months after a congressional hearing addressed what was then the administration’s proposal to overturn the 30-year ban. Before actually reversing the longtime regulation, the administration was required to provide Congress with certain documents that were never provided, according to the heads of the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee considering the matter. In other words, the president has once again blown off Congress and this week the lawmakers involved in the process expressed outrage.

“The Obama Administration is turning a blind eye to real terrorist threats that exist in Libya today by carelessly forging ahead with its plan to allow Libyan pilots and nuclear scientists to study in the United States,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte. “The House Judiciary Committee has repeatedly sought information about the Administration’s policy reversal but political appointees at the Department of Homeland Security have stonewalled the Committee’s requests and have not articulated why it is in Americans’ best interests to change policy. Given the ongoing volatility in Libya, it is unconscionable and completely irresponsible that the Administration plans to lift a longstanding policy that protects Americans and our national security from threats in the region.”

At the congressional hearing earlier this year, a top Homeland Security official revealed that the Hillary Clinton State Department first requested the Libyan ban lift in 2010. Three years later, the official, Alan Bersin, told Congress, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano agreed to begin the process to amend the regulations relating to Libya. This illustrates that the administration started working to lift the ban long before the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi. Clearly, it was not enough to deter the administration from going forth with its dangerous plan.

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  • Mistergilgamesh

    What are you talking about?

  • Mistergilgamesh

    I would reply…but unsure what you refer to in regards to a president who is guilty of impeachable crimes. What are you saying, please?

  • tmanosaurus

    Right on, Racism ….BS, destruction of our nation and massive lying and patronage by power hungry lying Democrats… a fact on tape after tape after tape!

  • tmanosaurus

    What would be the perfect trojan horse in modern america. A still resentful bitter freedman ex slave… which Obama thinks he is, as President. Laughing at the ease with which Americans have been abused, deceived and dismantled with blame and accusations of RACISM by enemies of the US. There is no defense of the accusation of racism, there is however a dependency upon using the near perfect always available indictment. Bout time to just say “gidoverit”, its a dead issue.

  • Mistergilgamesh

    Impeach! Why hasn’t he been impeached! For Christs sake, all Clinton did was lie about a BJ! This guy is guilty of TREASON.

  • Julie

    Notice I said the Liberals AND Congress, which pretty much covers the both parties in the House and the Senate, and not the Liberals IN Congress. How on earth did you interpret my sarcasm to in any way exclude the RINOs? I’m angriest about the sell-outs than I am the Democrats, but my post wasn’t even about that.

    I’m pretty much fed up with government. If Congress isn’t going to take the proper actions to remove the traitor in the people’s house along with his entire administration, then the people will have to rise up and do what needs to be done to protect and uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States. Politicians only seem to act when polling numbers reach a certain mark. Why do we stand for this? I don’t believe the polling numbers accurately reflect the majority sentiments of Americans. We’re being bullied, and we’re just taking it.

    Do we want ISIS to take over our country bit by bit, or do we want to restore our liberties? Aren’t we just as guilty of providing the thread and needles?

  • Budvarakbar

    Why would they attack their benefactors?

  • Budvarakbar

    What makes you think that the RINOs haven’t, already?

  • Wallaby2012

    another of hillary’s accomplishments, as if Benghazi wasn’t enough.

  • pen44

    Does anyone doubt any more that, if he’s not an actual Muslim, obama is definitely a supporter of Islam, in ALL of its forms, to the point where he is actively enabling them in their conquests, and totally ignoring the dangers to the U.S.?!? Now, he’s saying that ISIS/ISIL/IS can be contained and “managed”?!?!? Obama is a definite “enemy of the state”, or he’s tremendously, fatalistically naive……..he’s going to bring these maniacal monsters to America, one way or another. Maybe to finish what al Qaeda started….giving ISIS or Al Nusra or whoever the training on, and the use of, our planes in the U.S. is tantamount to high treason!! Libya is an Islamists’ state, who does obama think they’ll send to the U.S. for such training?!? Unbelievable!!!!!!

  • SP

    America’s worst enemy is right in the WH.

  • C K Johnson

    Just think about this for a moment. How else could the Muslim terrorist defeat the United States. While the Terrorist are training to fly the fighter jets we gave them. Their scientist come and we teach them how to make Atomic Bombs. The best way to use a Nuke is from one of our F16 fighter jets. With these planes and enough Nukes They could potentially wipe out the United States of America. That appears to be Priority One for Obama. God Bless America

  • ralbaii

    Where is Chairman of the Joint Chief’s Demsey and why is he not protecting the country against enemies foreign and domestic by launching a military coup?

  • 2eRep

    There is no difference between obama and congress, both have the same goals. We can only hope that in the next terrorist attack on Washington the Libyans will be better pilots.

  • SamLowerySF

    obama is a traitor

  • spfldo .

    The US and Libya have normalized relations? Libya isn’t even a country anymore, it’s all split up into tribal factions. This President is clueless, evil, a Muslim fanatic or all three. Given his Socialist Madrassa education and upbringing you just can’t rule out anything.

  • Mike

    what could go wrong???

  • Julie

    Why don’t the Liberals and Congress just sew the terrorists’ black flag and hand to Obama to fly over the White House (absolute, complete sarcasm for those who can’t tell)!!!

  • Mileaway

    Obama is a Muslim Traitor! Come on Congress, arrest this traitor!




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