Biden admin moved to dismantle protections for citizens trapped oversea
From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Wed Aug 18 17:29:44 2021
By Houston Keene , Rich Edson
Published 25 mins ago
The Biden administration moved in June to dismantle a system designed
to protect American citizens trapped abroad — just months before the
Taliban took over Afghanistan, stranding thousands of Americans in the
Central Asian country.
Fox News has obtained the June 11 memo sent around the State Department
which gave the green light on the "discontinuation of the
establishment, and the termination of, the Contingency and Crisis
Response Bureau (CCR)."
The sensitive but unclassified memo was signed by Deputy Secretary of
State Brian McKeon, just a couple of months before the Biden
administration’s botched troop withdrawal that saw Afghanistan fall
under Taliban control.
CCR was formed under Trump-era Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and was
tasked with providing "aviation, logistics, and medical support
capabilities for the Department's operational bureaus, thereby
enhancing the secretary's ability to protect American citizens overseas
in connection with overseas evacuations in the aftermath of a natural
or man-made disaster."
The agency could have played a role in the response to the Taliban’s
takeover of Afghanistan, where thousands of American citizens and
allies are trapped behind terrorist lines.