Senator Sessions had one panel of four government officials for the hearing, with no balancing group of critics of the refugee program which would have been a plus. The public needs to see that responsible citizens believe the refugee system is a no-win project for America — big costs, no benefit to the country whatsoever and considerable danger to the people from hostile Muslims like the Boston Marathon bombers, the Tsarnaev brothers.
A fair amount of time was spent in discussing the difficulty in vetting Muslims from a failed state. Nevertheless, the Obama administration is bullish about its ability to find the bad guys, shown by its acceptance rate of Syrians at over 90 percent.
But keeping out current jihadists is not enough: every Muslim is infected with a dangerous ideology which may go from latent to active with stimulus from the outside, like attending a mosque in America that despises our values. The cutesy kiddies that the press likes for refugee photographs today may become Allah-bot killers when they grow up.
. . . The officer said he fit the profile of the young men he sought to meet: middle-class, first- or second-generation Americans in their late teens or early 20s. He said he watched the radicalization process of dozens.
At times, it was so rapid that a year or two could separate clubbing in Miami from prayer five times a day. . .
America should not admit Muslims as immigrants at all. Some or even many may not actually follow the Koran’s instructions to smite the infidels, but you never know which ones will work to nuke a city. The United States did not admit German or Japanese immigrants in WWII though not every person of those nationalities was a combatant. Islamic theology believes in world conquest, and immigration is part of the strategy, known as hijrah. Our government is too naive or stubborn or subverted to act with the knowledge that Islam is our enemy, yet it is.
Muslims must be rescued by other Islamics because the Syria mess is an intramural affair and not the problem of the West. Welcoming thousands of the historic antagonist of 1400 years standing can only end in disaster and death.
Anyway, here is the opening statement of Senator Sessions:
WASHINGTON— Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, delivered the following remarks at the Subcommittee’s hearing to investigate the Administration’s controversial plan to admit nearly 200,000 refugees over the next two fiscal years, including a large increase in Syrian refugees, on top of the existing annual admittance of 1 million permanent residents.
“I would like to thank you all for being here today and thank Senator Durbin for joining us to serve as Ranking Member.
This hearing will focus on the administration’s proposed refugee resettlement program for Fiscal Year 2016. In particular, we will examine the economic and security implications of the Administration’s plan to boost the admission of refugees to nearly 200,000 in two years, including a large increase in Syrian resettlement.
Too often, discussions of any one particular immigration program lack broader numerical context. Refugee admissions, asylees, and parolees are all additional to our huge annual intake of 1 million green card holders, the 700,000 foreign workers and the 500,000 foreign students. So before addressing the policy question of whether or not to admit additional groups of refugees, we should first consider our broader immigration situation. Continue reading this article
Muslims immigration has been the worst public policy ever. But liberals think we Americans should ignore the facts and vote for some idealized imaginary Allah worshipper for President, as shown by the recent bashing of candidate Ben Carson.
Finally, would the pro-diversity 28 percent still consider a Muslim candidate if they knew Islam permits lying to infidels (taqiyya) if it will further Islamic conquest?
Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson has been criticized by other candidates and the media for saying he could not support a Muslim for president of the United States. But guess what? Over half of U.S. voters agree.
Fifty-one percent (51%) of Likely U.S. Voters say they would not personally be willing to vote for a Muslim president. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 28% say they would be willing to support a Muslim in the White House. A sizable 20% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Fifty-two percent (52%) say most of their family, friends and co-workers also would not be willing to vote for a Muslim president. Only 15% say they would. Thirty-two percent (32%) are not sure.
Republicans are more than twice as likely as Democrats – 73% to 35% – to say they would not personally vote for a Muslim to be U.S. president. A plurality (48%) of voters not affiliated with either major party agrees.
The large number of undecideds suggests that many voters are unwilling to reveal their opinion on what is seen as a controversial topic. Continue reading this article
How clueless are major news organizations about the jihad threat? On the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 Islam terror attacks, two major newspapers had front-page articles lauding Germany for accepting many thousands of Muslim refugees and economic migrants because doing so is a demographic benefit. Or so the press argues.
The Washington Post at least had a photo of the Shanksville, Pennsylvania memorial as its above-the-fold front page picture, but nearby was a headline about Obama admitting 10,000 Syrians.
The demographic story was below the fold, where the newsprint title was “For graying Germany, wave of migrants may be blessing”, while online was slightly different:
BERLIN — The rest of Europe may see a crisis as a record number of asylum seekers flood the continent from Syria and other pockets of conflict and poverty. But Germany — the region’s economic powerhouse — is also sensing a golden opportunity.
This fast-graying nation of 81 million is facing a demographic time bomb. With a morbidly low birthrate and a flat-lining population, hundreds of schools have already been shuttered. Some neighborhoods, particularly in the increasingly vacant east, have become ghost towns. For Germans, it has raised a serious question: Who will build the Volkswagens and Mercedes of tomorrow?
Enter a record wave of migrants.
Offering some of the most generous terms of asylum, Germany has become by far the biggest host in Europe for those fleeing dangerous and deteriorating conditions, with more than 800,000 applications expected this year alone. With no sign of the crisis abating as war rages in Syria and Iraq, German leaders are saying they “can cope” with 500,000 more newcomers a year for “several years.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel, meanwhile, is preparing her public for a period of transformation that may alter the very definition of what it means to be a German. Some leaders in the region are sounding the alarm over the threat to national identities posed by the mostly Muslim newcomers. But Merkel is cajoling Germans to embrace a new vision of their country that, in the future, may not be as white or Christian as it is today.
In a now-viral video, Merkel last week addressed a woman who expressed fear that refugees would bring more Islamist terror. Merkel took a deep breath before replying, “Fear is a bad adviser.”
In Syria last year, Christians were made to pay jizya, the Islamic tax required of infidels who want to continue living. But now, Syrians are sympathetic victims with adorable photogenic kiddies, as the media lectures us daily.
Do Germans want their nation to be transformed into an Islamic one? Did they vote for that? If there is one thing that Muslims do well, it is breed. Polygamy is efficient that way. High birth rates will hasten an Islamic majority, along with a foolish immigration policy.
Many of the young men who are flocking to Europe will be disappointed with the opportunities. Like other first-world economies, Germany is turning to automation to make its manufacturing more efficient, which means fewer jobs are available overall, a trend that will only worsen. The mosques will tell those disaffected young men that the infidels are to blame for their unhappiness and Islam is the answer to all problems.
The Los Angeles Times went for the warm and fuzzy personal portrait of a young man who doesn’t seem like a headchopper at all. Let’s hope he and his fellows stay that way, but it’s a certainty that not all will be grateful for a better life in Europe.
How long until one or several of the diverse refugees execute a jihad attack on Germany? A year? Longer? Will the jihadists hold off until more of their tribe can arrive and become established? It’s only a matter of time.
After only a month of language lessons, Samer Alkhamran can already say this in German: “I will open my own cellphone repair shop.”
He speaks with an accent, and his syntax is a little shaky. But it’s music to the ears of officials in Germany who see Alkhamran, a 30-year-old who fled the civil war in distant Syria, as part of the solution to a looming problem right here at home.
International leaders and human rights organizations have lined up to praise Germany for its magnanimous response to Europe’s overwhelming migrant crisis. Calling it a moral duty, the government in Berlin has pledged to accept as many as 800,000 refugees this year from violence-racked countries, and potentially half a million more annually for several years to come.
Besides altruism, there’s a starkly practical reason for Germany to put out the welcome mat: The nation’s population is shrinking at an alarming rate, and it desperately needs skilled, motivated and industrious folks like Alkhamran to replenish its workforce and keep its powerhouse economy humming.
In other words, helping to alleviate Europe’s refugee crisis could help defuse Germany’s demographic one.
“We need people. We need young people. We need immigrants,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere declared recently. “All of you know that, because we have too few children.”
Germany’s birthrate is the lowest in the world, with 8.2 babies born each year per 1,000 people, according to a study released by a German think tank this year. When it comes to reproducing, Germans now even underperform the Japanese, whose notoriously low fertility rate has long been the source of official hand-wringing. Continue reading this article
Investors Business Daily has detected a pattern, particularly in the 70 arrests in this country for ISIS-related plots, and concludes we have a Fifth Column among us. Can we talk about ending Muslim immigration now?
Homeland Insecurity: The FBI’s arrest of a group of New Jersey and New York Muslims trying to organize a “small army” for the Islamic State leaves little doubt we are facing a full-blown Islamic insurgency inside our borders.
According to a just-released federal criminal complaint, five young Muslim men tied to IS were busted conspiring to recruit a small army for the terror group in New Jersey and New York.
The busts bring to 70 the number of IS-inspired terrorists arrested in this country in homeland plots.
Meantime, the FBI reports that all 56 of its field offices have active investigations against other IS suspects.
It’s now clear we’re besieged by a Fifth Column. Yet the White House fatuously insists these are unrelated, unconnected, isolated, one-off “lone wolf” incidents. Continue reading this article
On a Fox News show Sunday morning, Tucker Carlson interviewed retired FBI agent Tim Clemente about the problem of large numbers of student visas being issued to residents of Islam nations. Clearly the subject was prompted by the recent report from the Conservative Review, linked below.
CARLSON: The ongoing threat seems even more imminent. Consider there are more than a hundred thousand muslim immigrants who come to America every year legally to study in colleges and many more who come through other avenues. So do we need to make changes to our national security and to immigration policy to keep us safe?
Joining us now retired FBI Special Agent, counterterrorism a tactical operations expert Tim Clemente. Thanks for joining us this morning.
Do law enforcement agencies see the massive increase in Islamic immigration to the US as a problem?
CLEMENTE: Well it’s a problem in that there are clearly individuals like Abdulazeez come from this pool. There’s no doubt that he was the perfect profile — his age, his education as far as being in the engineering sciences — that’s kind of typical, beginning as far back as the 9/11 hijackers and it’s something we’ve seen continuously, so clearly this is a pool of individuals that need to be looked at, need to be scrutinized when their applications for visas, either student or otherwise, are being considered, and the FBI has a daunting task as it is with individuals that are already here and we consider that hundreds of thousands more are coming this next year and beyond — it is, as Director Comey said, impossible to try and keep up with that influx.
The individuals alone that we already know may be involved with terrorist groups or may be leaning in that direction that need to be watched or put on watch lists is already something that overwhelms the manpower that the bureau has.
CARLSON: So is there any coordination between law enforcement and policymakers, so you know Congress lets in a certain number of immigrants from Muslim countries every year. Colleges lobby for more student visas because they want the money. The government of Saudi Arabia for example pays for all these Saudis to study in the United States. Does anybody ask, say, the Department of Homeland Security, what do you think it is?
CLEMENTE: I don’t believe there’s much coordination at all. The fact is that the freedoms we enjoy as Americans than those we extend to foreign visitors allow certain level of, let’s say, leniency on the part of the State Department and handing out those these applications, and you don’t need a national security clearance to come into the United States to study here from abroad, and so there’s no consideration of the national security threat, unless that individual is connected to someone directly or is themselves on some kind of watch list, there really isn’t a process in the middle there to see who they are and who they might be.
CARLSON: It’s interesting just to restate: there’s a lot of money at stake here, and colleges are making of a lot of money from this this influx of students, so last year just to put this on the screen, there are a hundred and twenty seven thousand visas issued to students from majority Muslim countries. That is a huge increase.
Is that primarily the threat? I’m looking at the screen here, 53,000 from Saudi Arabia, Iran 10,000, Kuwait 7,000, Nigeria which is about half Muslim seven almost 8,000, Indonesia 7900. Is this something that that law enforcement officials are concerned about?
CLEMENTE: [. . .] It’s a concern that is very hard to deal with when the restrictions on law enforcement are that you can’t just wantonly pick out people and try and I dig into their lives because you think they might be a potential suspect, there has to be more. The way our laws are written today there has to be a reasonable suspicion in order to move forward with an investigation and that has to be developed in a way that the United States Attorney General guidelines allow for the FBI or other intelligence agencies to continue scrutinizing these individuals, with a very high bar set.
CARLSON: We’re pretty much helpless, it sounds like.
Incidentally, Carlson is a rare media personality who confronts the vital immigration component in national security. On Friday’s Special Report news show, he asked rhetorically, “Is there a connection between a massive increase in Islamic immigration to the U.S. and a massive increase of acts in Islamic terror on our soil?”
Student visas are the perfect scam for any youngish-looking person to enter the United States for whatever reason: simply enroll in some sort of educational institution from genuine accredited universities to low-rent visa mills, then never show up for classes and disappear into stupid-open America. The current estimate is that 6,000 foreigners considered concerning have taken advantage of this “system” among 58,000 visa overstayers this year overall.
Foreign students are compliant walking wallets in the mind of the educational industrial complex, currently adding $24 billion in easy money to the economy. As a result, education administrators insist on open borders for cash-carrying foreign students.
● Faisal Shahzad arrived in America as a student, got an MBA and lived a quiet life in a nice suburb, earned by working as a financial analyst. Yet in 2010, he loaded up a van with explosives and tried to blow up Times Square in New York City, and was sentenced to life in the slammer for trying to reach his jihad goal. He even recorded a “Death to America” jihad video. Assimilation is often just skin deep among Allah’s helpers.
How many more potential Islamic terrorists like Mohammad Youssef Adbulazeer are living freely in this country? And to what extent is our political class going to continue their suicidal policies?
Several months ago, we estimated that roughly 1.62 million individuals from predominantly Muslim countries have emigrated here since 9/11. We counted all of the green cards issued to foreign nationals of 43 countries with either near-100% Muslim population or an overwhelming majority of Muslims. While some of these individuals are likely non-Muslims, we noted that it is a pretty fair estimate of the number of Muslim immigrants and coincides with the Pew estimate of 100,000 million Muslim immigrants per year.
A quick search and tally of the data at the IIE for the same 43 predominantly Muslim countries reveals that 127,332 student visas were granted to students from these same countries. Our government does this every year and the trend is only growing. That means that 14% of the annual student visas are from Muslim countries, an even higher share than immigrant visas relative to the total immigrant population.
People who are wired in about hostile Muslims residing in America have been making the rounds for televised interviews, warning Americans to watch for murderous jihadists crashing the Independence Day party. Apparently there’s a lot of bad chatter going on among allah’s gangsters here and around the world.
Below is a photo of some of those arrested persons that was shown during the King interview. I was able to identify three of four of the diverse young men; left to right: Alaa Saadeh, Fareed Mumuni, Samuel Rahamin Topaz.
Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Mike McCaul, remarked during a Tuesday interview, “I think we’re in one of the highest threat environments that I’ve seen in quite some time. The volume is very high. The recent arrests we had, particularly here in New York where we sit, just yesterday — it seems like every week we roll up some ISIS follower here in the United States.”
In fact, Islam is America’s oldest enemy as defined by the nation’s first foreign conflict, namely the Barbary Wars against Muslim pirates who captured and enslaved 1.5 million Europeans and Americans over two centuries. President Thomas Jefferson sent the navy to clean out the Muslims’ bases in North Africa to make the seas safe for Christians to travel.
Former CIA director alarmed as more Americans align with Islamic State
U.S. intelligence officials and lawmakers are worried that chatter about a terrorist attack on U.S. soil this Fourth of July may be more than just talk.
The FBI has arrested at least 10 U.S. citizens in three weeks who were plotting various attacks on the homeland on behalf of the Islamic State group, and the Department of Homeland Security issued a joint bulletin with the FBI last week putting local law enforcement agencies across the country on heightened alert.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re sitting here a week from today talking about an attack over the weekend in the United States,” former CIA Deputy Director Michael J. Morell said Monday on “CBS This Morning.” “That’s how serious this is.”
Mr. Morell said he was more concerned than usual about the alert partly because of the growing number of people in the U.S. who align themselves spontaneously and via the Internet with the Islamic State group, also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL.
“I’m worried about this one,” he said.
Most U.S. recruits who have heeded the siren calls of the radical extremist organization planned to kill soldiers at military facilities and attempted to assail law enforcement officers. These calls often are proliferated through social media messages, an online magazine and other Internet-based propaganda.
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 116 homegrown jihadi plots have been uncovered in the U.S. and more than half of them have been in the past three years, said Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Continue reading this article
July 4 is coming up, and citizens have been advised to keep an eye peeled in case jihad enthusiasts decide to blow up some infidels for allah’s pleasure.
The suits who dispensed the warnings didn’t mention how this threat arrived in America, because the source –namely Muslim immigration — was entirely preventable. Instead we hear about vague “homegrown” terrorists who learn about bombs over the internet. I’ve never seen any analysis of how many of these homegrowns were truly unconnected with any live Muslims who provided influence in the jihad direction, but the desire of the press and government to avoid the Immigration cause is strong.
Rob O’Neill, the SEAL who delivered bin Laden to allah, appeared on Fox News Saturday to discuss the terror threat, and he did not fear to mention the obvious dangers from open borders and admitting likely enemies as refugees or immigrants.
ANNA KOOIMAN: Is this [terror attack] something that we need to be worried about ahead of Independence Day?
O’NEILL: Absolutely, but we should be worried about it every day, especially with our border in the south that’s not secure at all. We’ve got refugees coming in from Iraq pretty much every single day. You don’t know who else is coming over. These are just the people turning themselves in. They remember they are at war with us even though we sometimes forget. Yeah, they’re going to hit us here.
ISIS and similar Islam armies are on the march around the Middle East and beyond, so it’s not surprising they would want to hit America on a day of celebration.
Federal authorities have warned local law enforcement officials across the country about a heightened concern involving possible terror attacks targeting the July 4th holiday, a U.S. law enforcement official said.
While there was no specific or credible threat of attack, the official said the intelligence bulletin prepared by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI alerted local colleagues to the ongoing threats posed by the Islamic State and other homegrown extremists. The official was not authorized to comment publicly.
The bulletins are frequently issued in advance of major U.S. holidays out of an abundance of caution and concern that operatives may exploit the timing to generate greater attention. Continue reading this article
In 2012, the FBI arrested two Pakistan-born brothers for plotting to bomb New York City, a popular target among diverse jihadists. They pleaded guilty to charges in March and on Thursday received the maximum prison sentences.
Below, Pakistani natives Raees Alam Qazi, 22, and brother, Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 32, face decades in prison.
A Florida news report on the sentencing noted the tough sentence and how Judge Beth Bloom declared, “You are terrorists — evil in your intentions and evil in your deeds and a just sentence must follow.” The reported also mentioned that this case was the 54th plot foiled since the 9/11 attacks. (The Heritage Foundation puts the number at 69 during the same time period.)
Why admit potential enemies at all? Immigration is a privilege, not a right. In WWII there was no immigration of Germans or Japanese under the Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt. Yet Washington acts as if America is not at war with hostile Islam, when hostile Islam has said in word and deed that it is at war with us.
Of course, not all Pakistani immigrants are jihadists or even support a worldwide caliphate, but it is culturally naive for our government to base its immigration policy on the idea that all diversity is equal. It isn’t.
The Qazi jihadists are naturalized citizens of the United States who resided in Florida, identified as “Broward County brothers” by the local newspaper.
Two Broward County brothers were sentenced to the maximum punishment Thursday after admitting they planned a terrorist attack on New York City landmarks and later assaulted two deputy U.S. marshals in custody.
Raees Alam Qazi, 22, who played the lead role in the conspiracy and cycled around Manhattan looking for bomb targets was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison. That is three years more than he expected under the terms of his plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
His brother, Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 32, who provided support, was sentenced to a 20-year prison term, also three years more than expected.
U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom told the Pakistani-born men they had taken advantage of the benefits of U.S. citizenship to plot violence and hatred against their fellow-Americans.
“You are a terrorist, evil in nature and evil in your deeds,” Bloom told Raees Qazi in court.
The judge also chastised Sheheryar Qazi for supporting “your brother’s devotion to al-Qaida.”
It’s been mostly a good couple weeks regarding assimilation instruction for Muslim immigrants.
In Boston, the jihad mass murderer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty and sentenced to death by the jury. That verdict is a fine lesson for immigrant Muslims that even liberal Boston will execute a man if he goes full jihad murder on the public. The city as a whole is not big on the death penalty, but made an exception for the Islam monster in their midst.
So Muslim newbies should understand that America is not Sweden. We traditional folks like our First and Second Amendments. There are plenty of other places to live that are not so strong on free speech rights. In fact, many Muslims think America is mean and Islamophobic. In that case, they should live somewhere else, where free speech is not treasured so much. Flights leave daily.
But on the negative side, there are still ignoramuses who claim that Islamic jihad has nothing to do with Islam. Back to Tsarnaev, one of the the successful prosecutors felt she had to apologize for getting a guilty verdict. As part of the post-trial press conference, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz remarked, “Make no mistake, the defendant claimed to be acting on behalf of all Muslims — this was not a religious crime, and it certainly does not not reflect on true Muslim beliefs. It was a political crime designed to intimidate and to coerce the United States.”
Is Carmen Ortiz an Islam scholar in addition to her legal expertise? Has she read the Koran, the Hadith, the Surahs or the Reliance of the Traveller?
Sebastian Gorka appeared on Fox News this morning to refute Ortiz’ silliness. He was an expert witness for the prosecution during the Tsarnaev trial.
GORKA: [Tsarnaev] is a person who had more than 2000 pages of jihadist literature, videos, audiotapes on his hard drive which has been disclosed in court, and also the real smoking gun is the note that you’ve mentioned that he wrote in the boat just before he was captured that is purely about holy war and nothing else.
TUCKER CARLSON: So why is it that the left, this prosecutor’s hardly the first person — the President has done the same thing repeatedly — so intent on lecturing the rest of us that what is obvious, what we can see before our very eyes is somehow not true, and none of this has anything to do with radical Islam. Why are they intent on spreading that propaganda?
GORKA: They’ve made an ideological decision here in the administration several years ago to make the assertion that jihad, whether it’s al Qaeda, the Boston bombing, 9/11, the beheadings by ISIS — none of that has anything to do with religion. This is an ideological decision. They’ve said it’s about root causes quote unquote is the phrase they use. It’s about poverty, it’s about unemployment. Remember the famous quote from the State Department from the deputy spokeswoman about jobs for jihadis. This is an ideological decision that is bad for US national security.
When you have a man who writes in his notes, “We look down the barrel of your gun and we see heaven; I’m jealous of my brother because I want to be a shahid too, a martyr,” then you’re just closing your eyes to reality and it makes it very very hard.
CARLSON: It’s also bizarre that they’re doing PR for radical Islam because of course if there’s one group that radical Muslims probably despise most I would say the secular left. If they ever took power, they’d be the first to go. Why are they defending these people?
GORKA: I think you’re absolutely right. If they ever took over, the first people up against the wall would be secular liberals. Why are they doing it? Because they have to. If you don’t believe in religion, if you see yourself as more sophisticated than that you cannot simply understand a jihadi warrior, so I don’t think they have the mental wherewithal to get out of their little box and understand there are people out there who want to kill you for God.
A Muslim residing in Columbus traveled to Syria and trained with the Al Nusra Front, who then returned to the US with plans to kill Americans. That man, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, was arrested February 21 upon his return from the MIddle East. On Thursday, an indictment was filed which said he aimed to murder police or members of the US military.
A local news report from March after the arrest reveals the “community” from which the jihadist sprung. In it, a Somali immigrant leader vows to fight back against the stigma of terror against them. Presumably he hopes that Columbus has forgotten about Nuradin Abdi, another Somali jihadist from the city who was convicted of a plot to bomb a shopping center in 2002.
Naturally, many reports called the perp an “Ohio man” rather than mentioning his background as an immigrant from Somalia.
Also predictable is the fact that no media outlet will question the government’s policy of admitting thousands of likely enemies yearly in the form of Muslim immigrants. Somalis are among the most dangerous and hostile, yet they are being welcomed into the US at a rate of 800 per month.
A federal grand jury has charged a Columbus, Ohio man, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud with attempting to provide and providing material support to terrorists, attempting to provide and providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and making false statements to the FBI, CBS News’ Paula Reid reports.
The three-count indictment was filed Thursday in the Southern District of Ohio. The case is notable because Mohamud, 23, actually went to Syria and returned to conduct attacks, Reid reports. Most “aspiring jihadists” don’t leave the country.
According to court documents, Mohamud is a naturalized U.S. citizen and was able to obtain a U.S. passport. In April 2014 he left the U.S. on a one-way plane ticket to Greece. During his layover in Istanbul, he left the airport and completed pre-arranged plans to travel to Syria. Continue reading this article
Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s warning is well taken, but her solution is idiotic. As an immigrant, she has “no objection to other people coming to America to seek a better life” but that naivete won’t work when Muslim newbies come packed with a poisonous ideology of death. Their holy book is a murder manual that includes more than one hundred verses urging believers to slay the infidels. Of course not all Muslims are active headchoppers, but the dormant commandments of violence may surface in persons who appear assimilated but then revert to type. One example was Shirwa Ahmed, an immigrant who graduated from a Minneapolis high school and later returned to Somalia to blow up 30 people and himself in Mogadishu.
Finally, Muslims have a 1400-year history of conquest against infidels. They make no secret of their plans for a global caliphate under Islamic law. The author notes that the “Muslim population of the United States is set to increase from around 2.6 million today to 6.2 million in 2030″ — how can that possibly be advantageous for America? It is a profound danger, given Muslims’ history and beliefs. The idea that some program of effective assimilation could be designed that can protect us from a self-inflicted catastrophe is pure fantasy.
Since the massacre at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January, the U.S. media has understandably devoted attention to the problem of radical Islam in Europe. The fact has been widely reported that thousands of European Union citizens have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join the self-styled Islamic State. Almost as much coverage has been given to stories of French Jews emigrating to Israel. And there have been numerous articles about Michel Houellebecq’s diabolically timed novel Soumission, which imagines France in 2022 with a Muslim president introducing sharia law and being fawned over by the Parisian establishment.
The implication of many of these articles is: “How utterly terrifying. Thank heavens it couldn’t happen here.”
True, there are no American equivalents of the alarmist books about Europe with titles like Eurabia or Londonistan. Apparently it is not quite time to warn about the “United States of Sharia” or “Michiganistan.” But are we underestimating the speed with which this country could develop substantial and influential populations of Islamic extremists? A growing, if still small number of cases like that of Abdi Nur — the 20-year-old student who left south Minneapolis to join IS last year — suggests we may be.
Mainly as a result of postwar migrations, there are now more than 20 million Muslims living in the European Union. In France – where accurate census data on religious affiliation are not collected – the Muslim share of the population is now estimated at between 7 and 8 percent. That is an order of magnitude larger than the current Muslim share of the U.S. population.
Yet, as the European experience shows, demographic change can happen rapidly, as a consequence of migration patterns, differentials in birth rates and – in the case of religious affiliation – rates of conversion and apostasy. In 1990 Europe (the whole continent minus Russia) had a Muslim population of 16 million. It had nearly doubled by 2010. It will be 40 million by 2030.
According to estimates by the Pew Research Center, the Muslim population of the United States is set to increase from around 2.6 million today to 6.2 million in 2030, mainly as a result of immigration, as well as above-average birth rates. Although in relative terms this will still represent less than 2 percent of the total U.S. population (1.7 percent, to be precise, compared with around 0.8 percent today), in absolute terms that will be a larger population than in any West European country except France. Between now and 2030, the Muslim population of the United States will be growing faster than that of any EU member state (with two exceptions where the absolute numbers are tiny: Ireland and Finland). The annual growth rate will be more than double that of France.
As an immigrant of Somali origin, I have no objection to other people coming to America to seek a better life for themselves and their families. My concern is with the attitudes many of these new Muslim Americans will bring with them – and with our capacity for changing those attitudes. Continue reading this article
Thank you, Al Shabaab jihadists, for reminding America that our government has admitted many thousands of Somali refugees and immigrants, some number of whom are hostile to everything we value. That reminder consisted of a call from the African terrorists for Somalis residing in this country to attack the infidels in their hated mega-shopping center, the Mall of America near Minneapolis. Al Shabaab would love to generate headchopping for Allah on American soil.
But a terror threat to shopping got the attention of authorities, because just a few attacks on wide open malls would put the big chill on people going to stores. Many brick and mortar businesses have already been battered by internet shopping and people becoming afraid to go to shopping centers would be a huge blow to retail.
So now the important people in the Chamber of Commerce are shocked, shocked that terror might happen in their shopping establishments.
The Washington Times did a front-page story on Wednesday, sketching out the big picture of Somali diversity.
The State Department has helped to relocate tens of thousands of refugees from the war-torn African nation of Somalia to Minnesota, where they can take advantage of some of America’s most generous welfare and charity programs.
But the effort is having the unintended consequence of creating an enclave of immigrants with high unemployment that is both stressing the state’s safety net and creating a rich pool of potential recruiting targets for Islamist terror groups.
In the fiscal year that ended in September, Minnesota welcomed 1,118 Somali refugees arriving directly from Africa, most of them without family ties to the state, according to State Department statistics. Overall, more than 30,000 Somalis live in the midwestern state comprising the nation’s largest concentration of Somali immigrants, according to U.S. Census data.
Many of the refugees settle near the Twin Cities, with Minneapolis being dubbed “Little Mogadishu” after the capital of Somalia.
This population is also being targeted by Islamist terror organizations like the Islamic State and al-Shabab, a Somalia-based group with links to al Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.
Among Minnesota-based Somali-Americans, American converts to Islam or Somali refugees, there have been numerous convictions for various levels of collaboration with Islamist terror groups, plus reports of fighting with al-Shabab or other Islamist groups.
On Sunday, al-Shabab made a propaganda video warning of an attack on shopping malls around the world, including the Mall of America in Minnesota. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the terror attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya two years ago, which left 67 dead.
“We have definitely seen targeted terror recruitment videos, videos aimed and targeted directly at the youth here in Minnesota primarily within the Somali community,” said Kyle Loven, an FBI spokesman in Minneapolis. “They’re going after disaffected youth — those who are isolated. We can’t get into specifics, but we’ve been involved in major investigations since 2007 and continue to be.” Continue reading this article
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