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In Afghanistan, interpreters who helped U.S. in war denied visas; U.S. says they face no threat
Washington Post ^ | 11/10/2013 | Kevin Sieff

Posted on 11/10/2013 6:28:44 PM PST by markomalley

A growing number of Afghan interpreters who worked alongside American troops are being denied U.S. visas allotted by Congress because the State Department says there is no serious threat against their lives.

But the interpreters, many of whom served in Taliban havens for years, say U.S. officials are drastically underestimating the danger they face. Immigration attorneys and Afghan interpreters say the denials are occurring just as concerns about Taliban retribution are mounting due to the withdrawal of U.S. forces.

“There are tons of Talibs in my village, and they all know that I worked with the Americans,” said one interpreter, Mohammad, who asked that his last name not be published for security reasons. “If I can’t go to the States, my life is over. I swear to God, one day the Taliban will catch me.”

Mohammad received a U.S. form letter saying he had failed to establish that there was a “serious threat” against his life. He had explained in his application that the Taliban had spotted him on the job and spread word in his village that he was a wanted man.

In one particularly dangerous assignment, he was asked to mediate between U.S. soldiers and locals after an American convoy ran over and killed an Afghan child, he said.

In the initial phase of the visa process, “an applicant has to establish that he or she has experienced or is experiencing an ongoing serious threat as a consequence of employment by or on behalf of the U.S. government,” said Robert Hilton, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; genocide; obamaspeople; terrorism; threatmatrix; waronterror
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Classic Obama: kick your friends and suck up to your enemies.
1 posted on 11/10/2013 6:28:44 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

The damage he’s doing will be felt for generations.


2 posted on 11/10/2013 6:30:59 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: markomalley

When you help Obama with ANYTHING sensitive, YOU DIE.

Take note.


3 posted on 11/10/2013 6:32:35 PM PST by gaijin
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To: markomalley; 1_Rain_Drop; 2111USMC; 2ndDivisionVet; Absolutely Nobama; acapesket; ...
Dear Lord, forgive us for setting evil as watchmen at our gates.

This is a Threat Matrix list documenting threats within and without. Anyone wanting on or off please advise.


4 posted on 11/10/2013 6:36:24 PM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: markomalley
The Afghan interpreter on Extortion 17 wasn't particularly helpful ....
5 posted on 11/10/2013 6:36:56 PM PST by Ken522
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To: markomalley

It sucks to be a poor judge of character.


6 posted on 11/10/2013 6:38:40 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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In Afghanistan, interpreters who helped U.S. in war denied visas; U.S. says they face no threat

Now on order to save themselves or their families, these people MUST betray us. It's now a matter of survival.

7 posted on 11/10/2013 6:38:48 PM PST by D Rider
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To: markomalley

Dead men tell no tales.


8 posted on 11/10/2013 6:41:47 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: gaijin

“When you help Obama with ANYTHING sensitive, YOU DIE.”
At least one Secret Service man attests to that. The foreign affair remains dead.


9 posted on 11/10/2013 6:44:27 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Navy Patriot

I may be in the minority here, but I find it pretty reprehensible how the government trades US citizenship for locals helping to read maps and roadsigns. We already do that for people who can operate a deep-fat fryer or leaf blower. The unsaid part of this story is how we stirred up the hornet’s nest so bad that no one, except the crazies we supposedly went there to kill wants to be there. There’s your nation building.


10 posted on 11/10/2013 6:44:57 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: markomalley

This looks like history repeating itself. (ie. Vietnam)


11 posted on 11/10/2013 6:45:57 PM PST by Balata
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To: markomalley

Some may be witnesses
to Obama-the-Undocumented Tyrant’s treason.

They are therefore targeted.


12 posted on 11/10/2013 6:47:44 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: markomalley
Meanwhile, we're being massively infiltrated and compromised:

Society. US Military. Gov't. etc etc etc etc

13 posted on 11/10/2013 6:48:07 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: markomalley

this man , and all his minions need to be 100% overthrown and thrown out . We can’t wait for all this stuff to come down .
America made a big mistake .


14 posted on 11/10/2013 6:50:20 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: markomalley

This is an outrage.

Thousands of dubious Somalis invited in — but people who stepped up to fight the Taliban are left to die.


15 posted on 11/10/2013 6:50:44 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: markomalley

They’re all gay.
Let them in.
Problem solved.


16 posted on 11/10/2013 6:51:00 PM PST by Zuse
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To: markomalley

Brings back flashes of our Vietnamese allies and mamasans pleading to get on the last helicopters out of the Saigon embassy compound. What goes around comes around.


17 posted on 11/10/2013 6:53:23 PM PST by Calusa (Were going to have that person arrested.....that did the video, said Hillary Clinton.)
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18 posted on 11/10/2013 6:56:26 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: markomalley

Afghans:

1. Retrograde acid-throwers who speak no English

2. Retrograde acid-throwers who sorta speak English

If they loathe the people on the other side of their own valley then HOW will they love us...?

Let them all stay there, this has visa scam written all over it.


19 posted on 11/10/2013 7:00:43 PM PST by gaijin
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To: markomalley
because the State Department says there is no serious threat against their lives.

To say otherwise would be to acknowledge the abject failure of their strategy.

20 posted on 11/10/2013 7:14:49 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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