President Trump’s adviser Stephen Miller gets three Pinocchios from the Washington Post for his allegation yesterday about terror and the White House travel ban from seven countries. “First of all, 72 individuals, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, have been implicated in terroristic activity in the United States who hail from those seven nations,” Miller told “Meet the Press.” The center found that 33 of the 72 people “were convicted of very serious terror-related crimes,” including conspiracy to commit a terrorist act, material support of a terrorist or terrorist group, and international money-laundering conspiracy. The Post says it’s important to note that being convicted of material support is not always evidence that the person was planning a terrorist attack or terrorism-related activities.
Some cases involved individuals who were convicted of charges unrelated to terrorism activities, but whom prosecutors charged were related to terrorist groups abroad. For example, three Rochester businessmen were convicted of money-laundering charges in 2009. Federal prosecutors charged that the men sent $200,000 overseas knowing the money could benefit Hezbollah. A federal prosecutor said, “This is simply a money laundering case. There are no charges claiming that they were giving money or aiding any terrorist organizations.” Suspected or potential terror links involving these 72 individuals do not confirm Miller’s claim that they were “implicated in terrorist activity.” Moreover, some people on this list entered the U.S., many of them naturalized, decades before they were charged with any of the crimes. That makes Miller’s use of this list to defend Trump’s executive order quite questionable, the Post says.