More Ridiculous Fear Mongering on ISIS

As always, the right wing has nothing to sell but fear itself. To hear them tell it, ISIS fighters infected with Ebola are streaming across the border as we speak, intent on, in the immortal words of Lindsay Graham, kill us all. Rep. Duncan Hunter, one of the loopier members of the House, says he knows that 10 ISIS fighters have crossed the border. Turns out it’s a lie:

On Tuesday night, Representative Duncan Hunter, a Republican from California, took those comments even further. Appearing on “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” Hunter said, “At least ten ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the border in Texas.” When Van Susteren asked how he knew that, Hunter replied, “Because I’ve asked the border patrol, Greta.”

I asked the Department of Homeland Security if Hunter’s comments were true. They weren’t.

“The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground,” said DHS spokesperson Marsha Catron. “DHS continues to have no credible intelligence to suggest terrorist organizations are actively plotting to cross the southwest border.”

But of course, that will just be dismissed by the wingnuts because they don’t need actual evidence to support their conspiracy theories. And the fact that DHS denies it only proves that it’s true. It all stands to unreason.

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  • John Pieret

    DHS continues to have no credible intelligence to suggest terrorist organizations are actively plotting to cross the southwest border.

    They are much more likely to fly into Boston, New York or Atlanta.

  • alanb

    DHS continues to have… credible intelligence to suggest terrorist organizations are actively plotting to cross the southwest border.

    Fixed.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    So these terrible fearsome ISIS fighters, presumably carrying Ebola grenades, tried to sneak across the border but were immediately picked up by border patrol and surrendered without a fight? Someone give me a pair of pants to piss in.

  • busterggi

    Poor Duncan has the vapors, ain’t nothing as sneaky as an e-bola infected Mooslim terrorist disguised as a two-year old being carried by Mexican Catholics.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Yes, he made it up, but he didn’t have to. ISIS is already here, and that nobody can find them here just shows how scary and powerful they are. We can’t let the smoking gun be in the form of a mushroom cloud from a nucular bomb.

    And, since Obama and his crony appointees have proven to be completely incapable of finding the ISIS agents we know are here, we have to vote Republican, who will Keep Us Safe, because only they are brave enough to take the battle to ISIS and fight them on their home turf. Iran? Turkey? Alberta? It’s one of them foreign countries, anyway. Our Republican Protectors of the Republic will sort it all out after invading and occupying them.

  • lorn

    Let’s, just for the sake of argument, say that I’ve gone to a foreign nation, got myself well trained and indoctrinated in ISIS culture and terrorist methodology, and now wish to come back to the US to spread mayhem. Yes, I could fly out of this foregn nation, catch a connector flight to an international airport, fly into Mexico city, catch a bus to the border and hike fifty miles to the US across the southern border. If I do it that way I have to cross a pretty mean desert, with the risk I’ll be detained as part of a border security sweep, or die of dehydration, or get snake bit. It seems like a whole lot of bother. Is there some other way?

    Well yes, there is another way. It starts the same as the first but instead of flying into Mexico city I fly into Atlanta or LA, or any of the major airports in the US where I can enter into the US in air conditioned comfort, present my passport showing that I’m a US citizen reentering the US after a vacation, declare that I have nothing to declare, and after cursory search walk out and begin my career as terrorist in the US.

    You see, there is simply no advantage to hiking across the border for ISIS. Which is why they aren’t going to do it.

    Representative Duncan Hunter is talking out his ass and it is a testament to how tame and toothless our journalism has become that nobody will simply tell him that he is lying straight to his face to get he reaction shot. Preferably on national TV in prime time.

  • http://www.clanfield.net janiceintoronto

    It must be so comforting to have people like Rep. Hunter making laws for you.

    You guys are in really deep shit.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    @6: But you’re forgetting that the Mexican drug cartels are waiting south of the border to help you! Because terrorist bombings in the name of Islam totally helps them make money and will not attract any unwanted attention.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Area Man “Because terrorist bombings in the name of Islam totally helps them make money and will not attract any unwanted attention.”

    It will. ISIS will aid in drug distribution. They’ll will wrap their WMD bombs in The Drugs which, when the WMD bombs explode, will spread The Drugs through the air and make us all drug junkies addicted to the marihuana!

  • Kevin Kehres

    Well, I don’t know why Rep. Hunter is so obsessed with the incursion of IS fighters into the US…after all, it’s all just a false flag operation designed to distract us from BENGHAZI!!!

  • a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the reason Hunter chose the number “10” is because

    1)he still has all his digits on both hands

    2)he didn’t want to take of his shoes.

  • otrame

    You know, the more of this sort of thing I read, the more I realize that what we call “dog whistles” and “wing nut logic” and such is actually a form of magical incantation. I’ve noted for years that “drugs” is, for many people, another word for “contaminant” and once the contamination is there there cannot be any decency or rationality or even humanness left in those contaminated. “Illegal immigrant” is another one for some people. “Muslim”. And a nice new one “Ebola”. None of those words mean anything in English, not to them. They are magic words, like abracadabra and shazam.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    “At least ten ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the border in Texas.” When Van Susteren asked how he knew that, Hunter replied, “Because I’ve asked the border patrol, Greta.”

    If the border patrol detected 10, that means that 283,273 and a mariachi band got through.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    once the contamination is there there cannot be any decency or rationality or even humanness left in those contaminated

    Admittedly, you pretty much nailed Rush Limbaugh.

  • dingojack

    Dear Rep. Hunter,

    I happen to know there are – [looks at tomato ketchup bottle] – fifty-seven – Ebola virus soaked, Drug-smugglin’* ISIL suicide-bombers in the State Department even as I type !!eleventy-one!!

    Dingo

    ——–

    * you should see the size of their calves!

  • iangould

    Why is it always the southern border (apart from racism, naturally)?

    Aren’t there hundreds of miles of virtually unpoliced wilderness along the Canadian border?

  • D. C. Sessions

    Because TERRISTS can’t pronounce “eh?” properly. Gives them away every time.

  • Doc Bill

    I don’t expect that Palin family ass-kisser and fawning sycophant Greta Van Susteren will be airing a clarification. She’s just as bad as Hunter, just paid better.

  • neonsequitur

    Check out the look on Greta’s face in the Hunter interview; she thinks he’s full of shit but can’t blurt it out.

  • iangould

    Fox News hosts, with possible exception of Steve Doocey are not morons.

    They just play them on TV.