Basically, as Maddow notes, the intelligence community thinks the travel ban is completely crazy.
On The Rachel Maddow Show Thursday evening, she explained that the document “tells us that the national security justification for the whole ban is, the setting up for extreme vetting is bull pucky in national security terms. There’s nothing they can set up at the border to tell you years down the road who might become a completely different and radical and violent person years from now — because they haven’t been radicalized yet. So this tells us substantively, in terms of the substance of the matter, that the intelligence community thinks the Muslim ban is nuts.”
‘The intelligence community on national security grounds thinks the Muslim ban and the whole justification for it is cuckoo.’
Essentially, the entire basis behind the ban is ridiculous. Trump supposedly signed the executive order to prevent so-called radicals from coming into the country. But as the Department of Homeland Security pointed out, there’s no real way of knowing who is or is not a terrorist because radicalization doesn’t occur until after entry into the United States. Essentially, Trump’s using non-existent national security threats as a means of discriminating against an entire group of people, all the while doing literally nothing to combat terrorism.
Thanks to the Department of Homeland Security and Maddow’s sheer brilliance, it’s now blatantly clear that Trump’s travel ban has nothing to do with safety, but rather is an excuse to discriminate against an entire faith.
Maddow also proceeded to note that the fact the document was leaked to her show in the first place is telling:
‘That tells that people inside the government, people who have access to intelligence documents like this, they want this to be known. They want it on TV. They want this out, so that no matter what the administration says about what they are doing and why we can see what the career intelligence people actually think about what this government is doing before they presumably submarine this stuff.’