Posted by MataHarley on 17 June, 2010 at 11:51 pm. 10 comments already!

uh oh seems to be an understatement here…

Seems some Afghanistan “pals”, training to become pilots, were here in the US to learn English. All, including both officers and enlisted men, have security security badges that give them access to secure U.S. defense installations.

The Afghans were attending the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The DLI program teaches English to military pilot candidates and other air force prospects from foreign countries allied with the U.S.

“I can confirm that 17 have gone missing from the Defense Language Institute,” said Gary Emery, Chief of Public Affairs, 37th Training Wing, at Lackland AFB. “They disappeared over the course of the last two years, and none in the last three months.”

Each Afghan was issued a Department of Defense Common Access Card, an identification card used to gain access to secure military installations, with which they “could attempt to enter DOD installations,” according to the bulletin. Base security officers were encouraged to disseminate the bulletin to their personnel.

“The visas issued to these personnel have been revoked, or are in the process of being revoked. Lookouts have been placed in TECS,” it reads.

Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS), which is shared by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is a computer-based database used to identify people suspected of violating federal law.

Included in the bulletin are photos of the 17 men, accompanied by their dates of birth and their TECS Lookout numbers.

The bulletin requests, “If any Afghan pictured herein is encountered, detain the subject and contact your local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office, the FBI or NCIS.”

So we bring these guys here, they’ve disappeared into the country, and we’re just now starting to hear about their AWOL status? You’ve got to be kidding me!

Homeland Security? Their spokesman told Fox news to call the FBI for info…. Yup… kick that can down the road too.

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