According to reportsthe Pentagon’s acting inspector general Sean O’Donnell says he will conduct a review regarding whistleblower allegations that Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal brought hundreds of people on the Defense Department’s watch list into the country due to improper vetting.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it lacked “critical data.”

From CBS News:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lacked “critical data to properly screen, vet and inspect” Afghan evacuees after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, according to a report issued by the department’s watchdog and obtained by CBS News.

The 34-page report by the DHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) concluded that the department granted parole, or temporary legal permission to enter and stay in the U.S. to Afghan evacuees who “were not fully vetted” following the massive airlift by the U.S. during the chaotic last days of the withdrawal of U.S. forces.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) did not always have critical data to properly screen, vet, or inspect the evacuees,” the report by DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari said. “We determined some information used to vet evacuees through U.S. Government databases, such as name, date of birth, identification number, and travel document data, was inaccurate, incomplete, or missing.”

The whistleblower reached out to Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) in late July. Shortly after, the Senators called for an investigation in a letter to the inspector general.

“We write to you with concern over new allegations raised by a Department of Defense (DoD) whistleblower. 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 Senators wrote.

Now it looks like they will get their investigation. Hawley shared the news on Twitter.

“Big News: Pentagon watchdog tells me and @SenRonJohnson they will open review into whether Biden Admin brought hundreds of individuals to the US who were on terrorist watch list,” Hawley tweeted.

During a recent episode of Hannity, Senator Johnson urged whistleblowers to come forward, saying it’s “the only way to restore confidence in our federal agencies.”

The IG will review the allegations that 324 individuals evacuated from Afghanistan were allowed to enter the U.S. despite appearing on the Defense Department’s Biometrically Enabled Watchlist (BEWL).

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