It has been over a year since the chaotic American withdrawal from Afghanistan, and now the Pentagon’s acting inspector general, Sean O’Donnell, has said that he will be reviewing questions regarding a whistleblower’s claim that the Biden administration brought hundreds of individuals to the United States whose names were on a Defense Department watch list.
In late July, a Pentagon whistleblower reached out to Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Josh Hawley of Missouri and outlined problems stemming from the withdrawal, the senators said.
According to the whistleblower, 324 individuals were evacuated from Afghanistan and entered the U.S. despite being on the DOD’s Biometrically Enabled Watchlist, the two Republican senators outlined in a letter they sent to O’Donnell on Aug. 4.
The BEWL identifies individuals whose biometrics have been collected and then categorized by analysts as threats, or potential threats, to American national security.
The whistleblower also said there were an additional “65 individuals who are known to have entered the country without adequate vetting,” the senators’ letter said.
Hawley and Johnson urged O’Donnell to investigate and specifically asked questions regarding BEWL data, the vetting process, law enforcement investigations and fingerprint tests.
“We write to you with concern over new allegations raised by a Department of Defense (DoD) whistleblower,” the senators wrote. “This information may show the Biden Administration’s failure to vet those evacuated from Afghanistan was even worse than the public was led to believe. The following allegations demand an immediate investigation by your office.”
In response, O’Donnell sent a letter on Tuesday to Hawley and Johnson telling them that he will start reviewing their questions regarding the allegations once the 2023 fiscal year begins in October, Axios reported.
“As part of our ongoing body of work on Afghan evacuees, we are initiating an evaluation, to commence in the first quarter of FY 2023, to address your questions pertaining to the DoD’s role in reviewing DoD databases for information on Afghan evacuees when requested by other agencies,” O’Donnell’s letter read.
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