McFadden: revoke passports of suspected American terror fighters

Mike McFadden
MinnPost file photo by Brian Halliday
Mike McFadden

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden had released a four-point plan for stopping recruitment of young Americans by foreign terror groups.

McFadden, a private equity manager who is challenging U.S. Sen. Al Franken in next month’s election, said that Minnesota has become a recruitment center for such groups as ISIS in Syria and al Shabab in Somalia.

McFadden has focused heavily on the terror recruitment in Minnesota, and says Franken, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, hasn’t done enough to stop the terror recruitment.

McFadden’s four point plan, which he says will combat radicalization and recruitment efforts by terrorist groups:

  • Revoke the passports of suspected fighters
  • Foster community and opportunity to prevent recruitment in the long-run
  • Build community mentorship and after-school programs
  • Form partnerships between communities and local law enforcement

He said:

“The challenge of terror recruitment in our own backyard must be addressed and it must be addressed now. Not only are these our children being drawn in by terror organizations, but individuals who leave pose the ever-dangerous threat of returning here to our home state. We must take action to both stem travel of fighters immediately and to prevent recruitment from occurring in the first place. This means confronting the education and economic challenges that at-risk communities face, so that young people have opportunities and networks of support.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 10/06/2014 - 04:11 pm.


    Revoke their passports? Hey, way to go out on a limb and cover territory with new ideas. I’m sure that will have the terrorists quaking in their boots as they’re fighting their way across Syria. “Dude, don’t join us! If you do you’ll never be able to get back into the United States again!”

    The other three points on his amazing list? We’re doing those already.

  2. Submitted by E Gamauf on 10/07/2014 - 08:06 am.

    Brain Trust, Golly, Gosh Darn It!

    On the surface, at least – this offering sounds naive & even a tad goofy if its supposed to be innovative.

    If someone is here with a passport in 2014 – and is suspected, wouldn’t you expect that they are being investigated to confirm ties?

    Leave the country for hotbeds of terrorism or recruitment & they’d be scrutinized.
    If someone is substantiated as a terrorist – does Mr McF think they keep their status?

    To think otherwise, to think instead that this is a shiny new idea — says that one believes immigration & homeland security is made up of clueless dolts that would never have conceived of this idea. Gosh. Whatever else he may conclude about them, this is probably on their radar.

    How does that premise translate into a political attack on the senator? What is it that he doesn’t think is happening? “Not doing enough” is about as vague a criticism as you can get!

    Mr McF must believe that a senator personally checks all passports.

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