Federal law enforcement officers in Arizona arrested two “refugees” from African countries for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a report from a government watchdog group who investigates and exposes political corruption.
The two accused terrorists entered the United States thanks to a President Barack Obama program that welcomed hundreds of thousands from Muslim countries notorious for terrorist activity including Somalia, Libya, Yemen, and others in the Middle East and North Africa.
In both instances the two suspected terrorists settled in Tucson, about 70 miles north of the Mexican border, according to a report from the officials at Judicial Watch, the organization responsible for successfully investigating unethical and illegal activities at the FBI, Justice Department, Democratic National Committee and the State Department.
In this most recent terrorism case, FBI agents from the Tucson, Arizona Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested two Somali men, 21-year-old Ahmed Mahad Mohamed and 20-year-old Abdi Yemani Hussein, after a months-long investigation.
During the undercover investigation the men “repeatedly demonstrated their allegiance and support for ISIS,” according to an FBI affidavit in support of the Department of Justice’s criminal complaint. Mohamed and Hussein also discussed their desire and their plans to go overseas and join ISIS. In fact, they went so far as purchasing airline tickets to fly from Tucson to Cairo, Egypt and, upon arrival, to join the radical Islamic terrorist group.
“The FBI affidavit includes online and personal communications between the suspects and undercover agents expressing their plan to behead non-believers of Islam like animals,” according to the Judicial Watch report.
“The best wakeup call is Islamic State to get victory or another 911,” according to one of Mohamed’s emails with an undercover agent. Hussein wrote that he wanted to bomb the White House and targets in Tucson if anyone attempts to stop his attacks. Both men disclosed that they strived to be the most wanted terrorists not only in the United States but in the world.
“At the time of their arrest, Mohamed had obtained lawful permanent resident status and Hussein remained a refugee,” according to a Justice Department statement that also exposes Mohamed’s and Hussein’s plans to attack targets within the United States if they were unable to travel to Sinai, an Egyptian peninsula that borders Israel and the Gaza Strip, to join ISIS.
The State Department has issued travel warnings for the region due to the enormous threat of terrorism. “The Sinai Peninsula remains a particularly dangerous area, with frequent attacks on security forces and civilians,” the agency writes in its warning to American citizens. Planned travel to the area by two African young men welcomed as refugees by the U.S. rightfully caught the attention of federal authorities.
“When was the last time we’ve heard Obama or the Democratic Party offer refuge to Christians being slaughtered in countries throughout the world? In fact, they treat Muslims far better than they treat Christians and Jews in the U.S.,” said former police officer and criminal lawyer Michael Baker. “You’d think American leaders would be careful about who they allow to enter the U.S. after seeing the violence and death that followed the Muslims into European Union (EU) countries,” Baker warned.
In a similar case in Tucson almost a year ago, an Ethiopian man granted refugee status by the Obama administration was later discovered to be a terrorist who lied to the U.S. government about his identity.
Mohamed Abdirahman Osman, and his wife, Zeinab Abdirahman Mohamed, lived in Tucson since they were allowed into the country as refugees in 2014. A federal grand jury indicted the couple for making false statements to a government agency and lying about the husband’s ties to the militant Somali group Al-Shabaab, an affiliate of ISIS.
Osman used a fake Somalian passport to get to the U.S., according to the 11-count indictment, which charged the husband with eight crimes and the wife with three for helping him conceal his true identity. Osman and his wife fled to China and applied for refugee status with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer in Beijing using an alias. Documents submitted by the couple contained “false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements,” according to the grand jury indictment.
Judicial Watch has reported on these types of incidents for years. In fact, back in 2011 Islamic terrorists, including two al Qaeda affiliates indicted in Kentucky, entered the United States legally through a refugee resettlement program. It was called the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), a joint venture between the State Department and USCIS to help tens of thousands of the world’s most vulnerable refugees start a new life in America each year. The program had the blessings of President Obama and his so-called national security team that included John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey and many others in the FBI and the intelligence community.
Most of the refugee referrals to the U.S. are made by the notoriously corrupt United Nations, which published an extensive handbook on the subject. In 2016, an Iraqi refugee granted residency after coming to the U.S. as a teenager, was charged with supporting the jihadist group Islamic ISIS.
The once-displaced refugee, Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, was 24 years old and lived in Houston, Texas. He tried to supply material support to ISIS and lied about his connections the Islamic terrorist organization and his weapons training when applying to become a U.S. citizen, according to a federal indictment.
That was hardly an isolated incident. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) confirmed that individuals with ties to terrorist groups in Syria tried to infiltrate the U.S. through the Obama refugee program that admitted 10,000 Syrians. The agency that serves as the umbrella for the intelligence community also revealed the obvious, that “the refugee system, like all immigration programs, is vulnerable to exploitation from extremist groups seeking to send operatives to the West,” noted Judicial Watch’s President Tom Fitton.