Intelligence report disputes threat posed by travel ban nations

Intelligence report disputes threat posed by travel ban nations

There is insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States, according to analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm.

Citizenship is an "unlikely indicator" of terrorism threats to the United States, says a draft document obtained by The Associated Press.

It concludes that few people from the countries President Trump listed in his travel ban have carried out attacks or been involved in terrorism-related activities in the US since Syria's civil war started in 2011.

President Trump used terrorism as a primary justification when he announced the now court-blocked travel ban in late January.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Gillian Christensen does not dispute the report's authenticity, but says it was not a final comprehensive review of the government's intelligence.

More on this topic

Here's what you need to know about Donald Trump’s latest travel banHere's what you need to know about Donald Trump’s latest travel ban

Donald Trump issues new US travel ban on eight countries including North KoreaDonald Trump issues new US travel ban on eight countries including North Korea

Americans urged to leave North Korea before travel ban beginsAmericans urged to leave North Korea before travel ban begins

Judge expands list of relatives exempted from US travel banJudge expands list of relatives exempted from US travel ban

More in this Section

Cold kitten stuck on roof rescued and warmed up by firefightersCold kitten stuck on roof rescued and warmed up by firefighters

Scientists identify Covid-19 testing method that delivers result in 25 minutesScientists identify Covid-19 testing method that delivers result in 25 minutes

Democrats’ convention delayed due to coronavirus pandemicDemocrats’ convention delayed due to coronavirus pandemic

New Nightingale Hospital in London prepares to admit first Covid-19 patientsNew Nightingale Hospital in London prepares to admit first Covid-19 patients


Lifestyle

Much has been said about the perils of being stuck in the house 24/7, like family pets interrupting your important conference calls, your partner leaving their dirty dishes everywhere and the lack of respite from the kids.Silver lining: Seven enforced money-saving habits you might want to continue after lockdown

Put you and your loved ones' pop-culture knowledge to the test with Arts Editor Des O'Driscoll's three fiendishly fun quiz rounds.Scene and Heard: the Arts Ed's family entertainment quiz

A passion for heritage and the discovery of some nifty new software has resulted in an Irish architect putting colour on thousands of old photographs, writes Marjorie BrennanBringing the past to life

Richard Hogan, family psychotherapist, addresses a reader's question about life during lockdownHolding on: how to help your child through the crisis

More From The Irish Examiner