American citizens, green card holders, and Special Immigration Visa applicants are apparently being prevented from leaving Afghanistan by private rescue attempts, according to reports.
“Rick Clay, who runs the private rescue group PlanB, told Fox News that the State Department is the only thing preventing the flights he’s organizing from leaving Afghanistan,” Fox News reported. “Two other American individuals separately involved in evacuation efforts, whom Fox News is not naming to avoid jeopardizing ongoing rescue efforts, similarly said that the State Department is the sole entity preventing their charter flights from leaving Afghanistan.”
According to one source interviewed by Fox News, “all it takes is a f***ing phone call” to resolve the issue and that it was unethical to be “negotiating with American lives.”
“If one life is lost as a result of this, the blood is on the White House’s hands. The blood is on their hands,” that individual said. “It is not the Taliban that is holding this up – as much as it sickens me to say that – it is the United States government.”
The Biden administration blocked the flights in part out of embarrassment that private companies were forced to rescue the Americans as a result of Biden’s failure.
According to the article, the network evaluated Clay’s manifest, which included 4,500 persons, including US residents, green card holders, and SIVs. According to reports, the State Department has received 800 names for the inaugural wave of flights that private firms are attempting to arrange out of Afghanistan. Two sources who talked with Fox News validated Clay’s description of the events.
Additionally, the report stated:
After making little to no progress with the State Department, Clay’s group turned to senators from both parties: Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., have all sought to help PlanB and other organizations secure the approval they need to get the evacuees safely out of Afghanistan, organizers and Senate staffers told Fox News. Clay received word on Thursday that their flights out of Afghanistan would eventually receive approval following the State Department’s review of their manifest — a task that could take several days even as just the initial 800 names are subjected to the vetting process.
As of Sunday evening, the State Department had yet to give PlanB the green light to land any of their flights in any countries neighboring Afghanistan. The two other Americans involved in another private evacuation effort told Fox News that the State Department has secured them clearance to land in a neighboring country and that the Taliban has given them the green light to take off, dependent on State Department approval – which hasn’t come.