Less than eight years after former President George W Bush declared Thailand a major non-NATO ally, the Department of Homeland Security has ranked Thailand among the countries that are known to “promote, produce or protect terrorists or their organizations members “.
Gillian Department spokesman Christensen said in a statement that countries “may have been listed due to the background of the detainees, not by the government of the country itself.”
The spokeswoman did not respond to more questions, but seemed to be saying that a country is defined as a risk of terrorism is possible if you stop to terror suspects.
Along with Thailand, three countries known as special U.S. allies were placed on the risk list last month: Egypt, Israel and the Philippines.
ICE (the new name of U.S. immigration and Customs Department) has 36 countries and the West Bank watch list new, and has given a group designator: The Specially Designated (SDC). Citizens of countries on this list who wish to travel to the U.S. will have to undergo a new “Third Agency Check (TAC).”
Although the new policy has been reduced in several countries of “key allies” to the risks of terrorism, Ms. Christensen said were still considered “partners in the fight against terrorism … the partners in the fight against global terrorism. ”
Foreign Ministry spokesman Thongphakdi Thani said he was surprised by the move as Bangkok and Washington have cooperated closely in the fight against terrorism.
The new Homeland Security report, published in May, contradicted a report that Mr. Obama issued June 28, said.
Report of Obama highlighted the cooperation between the U.S. and countries in Asia like Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand in the fight against terrorism.
“The Foreign Ministry asked the U.S. [on the list of terrorist threat] and continue to provide information to the U.S. in order to stay updated on the situation in Thailand,” said Thani.
The document downgrading Thailand and other countries can be downloaded at this link.