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Ex-Diplomats, Security Officials: America Less Safe Under Trump Travel Ban

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Ten former senior U.S. diplomats and security officials are expected to file papers in federal appeals court on Monday claiming President Donald Trump's travel ban "makes America less safe," NBC News reports.

A copy of their affidavit, obtained by the network news, reveals it was written by two former heads of the CIA, two former secretaries of state, a former secretary of defense, an ex-secretary of Homeland Security and senior officials of the National Security Council.

The co-authors are largely prominent Democrats and include Madeleine Albright, John Kerry, Janet Napolitano, Susan Rice, Leon Panetta, John McLaughlin, Avril Haines, Michael Hayden, Lisa Monaco, Michael Morell, according to NBC.

"This order cannot be justified on national security or foreign policy grounds," NBC quoted the papers. "It does not perform its declared task of 'protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States."

The former officials argue that Trump's entry ban misses its target of stopping potential terrorists from coming into the U.S.

"Since Sept. 11, 2001, not a single terrorist attack in the United States has been perpetrated by aliens from the countries named in the order," they said in the affidavit. "Very few attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001 have been traced to foreign nationals at all."

And they claim if it would make some of the key nations that are critical to obtaining intelligence for fighting ISIS reluctant to share vital information.

The affidavit will be filed with the court of appeals to support the challenge brought by Washington State to Trump's travel order, which bans entry to the U.S. by people from seven Muslim-majority nations.

"We view the (Executive) Order as one that ultimately undermines the national security of the United States, rather than making us safer," the officials wrote in the court papers, according to CNN.

"It could do long-term damage to our national security and foreign policy interest, endangering U.S. troops in the field and disrupting counterterrorism and national security partnerships."

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Ten former senior U.S. diplomats and security officials are expected to file papers in federal appeals court on Monday claiming President Donald Trump's travel ban "makes America less safe," NBC News reports.
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