Skip to comments.Missing Somali-Americans could be training as terrorists: FBI
Posted on 12/05/2008 9:03:12 AM PST by AuntB
CHICAGO (AFP) The FBI is reaching out to the Somali-American community amid reports that young men are being recruited to be trained as suicide bombers in Somalia, officials said Thursday.
"There are reports of kids missing from different parts of the country," said FBI special agent E.K. Wilson.
Citing Department of Justice policy, Wilson said he could not confirm whether the FBI was actively investigating whether a terrorist recruiting cell was operating in the Somali-American community.
About 20-40 Somali youth are reported to have disappeared in Minneapolis where about half of the estimated 200,000 Somali-Americans reside.
Wilson said the FBI is assisting Somali authorities in investigating an October 29 suicide bombing but would not confirm reports that a Somali-American youth who was buried on Wednesday was the bomber.
"The FBI did facilitate the return of some remains after the bombing of a US citizen to Minneapolis. We are not confirming the identity or whether it was the bomber or a victims."
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I received the disturbing news article a couple of hours ago from a former high-ranking official of the former INS. He held a position within the investigations program for the INS and we have been friends for many years. He and I are greatly concerned about eh situation our nation is in today.
The news report should be considered in conjunction with a commentary that I wrote just last week about an ABC News report about the identity of a suicide bomber, Shirwa Ahmed, who was identified as being a "naturalized United States citizen."
Consider this quote from the ABC News report filed last week:
The officials believe Shirwa Ahmed, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, blew himself up in a suicide bombing in northern Somalia Oct. 28.
You have to wonder how Mr. Ahmed managed to acquire United States citizenship. Was he one of the 111,000 aliens whose immigration files were "lost" in 2005 and then had their applications for various benefits, including United States citizenship adjudicated without the file or was it simply a matter of the general state of dysfunction and incompetence that we have seen reported upon in government report after government report?
The most recent news report that I have attached immediately below fails to identify Ahmed or even note that he was believed to have been a "suicide bomber."
What the news report does note, however, is the fact that there are concerns today that the group of some 20 to 40 Somalis who had been living in the United States had gone "missing" and may have left the United States to receive terrorist training.
Here is the real question: If the fears are justified and those 2 dozen or more young men have, in fact, gone off to train in terrorist tactics, will they then seek to return to the United States to take up there lives in various communities around our nation as they await orders to carry out an attack in the United States or once again leave our country to participate in an attack in another country?
Here is another question of concern: Are members of this group of young men now United States citizens who could easily cross international borders to enter a country allied with the United States to carry out a terrorist attack there?
The problem we have with individuals who are involved in terrorism is that when they naturalize they may still retain their foreign passports and then alternate using their passport from their country of birth with their United States passport to cover their tracks as they cross international borders.
As we saw with the devastating terrorist attacks staged in Mumbai, India last week is that the terrorists needed to get to India from Pakistan in order to carry out their massive attacks in India. The 911 Commission similarly noted the need terrorists have to travel internationally and then to embed themselves in the country that they attack.
I have detailed these issues in the commentary that is attached below the news article that prompted this commentary and I would urge you to read that commentary in its entirety.
What you should also consider is the lunacy of a statement of Michael Chertoff, the soon-to-be former Secretary of Homeland Security when he touted the doubling of the number of Border Patrol agents while decrying the failure of the Congress to pass a massive legalization program for the estimated 20 million illegal aliens currently living in the United States.
Chertoff and the administration have absolutely failed to even discuss the disastrous situation where immigration fraud is concerned. Additionally, the extremely dangerous Visa Waiver Program is now being expanded although that program should have been brought to a screeching halt the morning after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Meanwhile the advocates for open borders are licking their chops in anticipation that the new administration will do the unthinkable- provide millions of illegal aliens whose identities, backgrounds and affiliations and intentions are unknown and unknowable, with United States citizenship.
The immigration lawyers who anticipate a windfall in millions of new clients have taken to the tactic of renaming Comprehensive Immigration Reform "CIR." Of course, CIR are the initials for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The politicians who are supposed to represent the best interests of our nation and our citizens know that Americans are absolutely opposed to comprehensive immigration reform so they apparently plan to jam it down our throats by renaming it and sliding it past us in the dead of night!
I have written this commentary to try to alert you to the challenges confronting our nation. Now it is up to you, the citizens of this nation, to contact your elected representatives and demand that they represent you and your family and to protect our nation. This is the burden all Americans must bear.
Many years ago there was a clever campaign mounted by the American Red Cross. They hung signs in buses and subway cars in New York City that were aimed at those New Yorkers who would fail to donate blood by saying, "Remember, to the other guy, you are the other guy! This certainly applies in this situation.
The safety of our nation begins at its borders. It is therefore essential that our borders be secured and that our immigration bureaucracy honor those who abide by the laws and seeks to weed out those who would commit fraud and those who would assist them.
This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!
You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem! Mike Cutler
Are these the same people Clinton brought over here from Africa during his reign?
“Are these the same people Clinton brought over here from Africa during his reign?”
Probably. Rice/Bush brought many as well. Mike Cutler mentions in his note they may be some of the 300,000 USCIS let in without any vetting.
Brian, I read your article, I hope it got posted here when you wrote it.
I have one question - How the heck do you train to be a suicide bomber? I don’t mean that as a joke either, just how hard is it to decide to push a button while standing in a crowd? Either you are willing to die or your not, why do they go to camps to train?
After Mogadishu there should not be a single Somali in this country. The FBI should identify these missing yutes and bar them reentry (unless PC trumps our security).
“(unless PC trumps our security).”
That is a given...
I see what you mean, doesn’t seem to take a lot of training to murder, does it? But, yes they seem to like their little training camps. Several have been broken up in the states, one in So. Oregon a few years ago.
So they are going to ask the Somali-American community for help. Too bad you can’t hear me laughing and falling off my chair.
This is fair warning folks!.....The P.C. police are going to get Americans killed!
“So they are going to ask the Somali-American community for help. Too bad you cant hear me laughing and falling off my chair.”
I did enjoy the mental image....lol!
Thank you for the ping AuntB.
“...could be trained...”
Time will tell.