A federal grand jury has indicted a group of Somali-Americans on terror-related charges after more than 20 young men from the Minneapolis area were recruited to join an Al Qaeda-linked group in Somalia, according to two law enforcement sources.
The indictments have yet to be unsealed, but an announcement is expected in the next few weeks. One law enforcement source told FOX News the grand jury already has handed up indictments against at least three people.
Among those charged is a man from Minneapolis who went to war-torn Somalia and then, about four months ago, relocated to Seattle, according to the two sources and a leader in the Minneapolis Somali community. The man was then arrested in a Seattle airport and transferred to a jail in Minneapolis, where he is currently being detained, according to the law enforcement sources.
The law enforcement sources said the man, described as in his 20s, has been charged with providing material support to a terrorist group, in this case al-Shabaab, which has been warring with the moderate Somali government since 2006.
Repeating the same line of naive and wishful thinking we heard throughout Senate hearings earlier this year, Janet Reno (oops Napolitano) told reporters it’s all about Somalia and not about the US.
A source told FOX News in March that “several” recruits had returned to the United States, but counterterrorism officials have repeatedly said there is no intelligence indicating that any such recruits are planning attacks within the country.
“[Their] primary focus obviously is not on the homeland, it’s abroad,” Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said during a briefing with reporters last week. “But any time you have people who are being trained in terrorist-type activities, that’s something that needs to be monitored.”
Monitor! Indeed! If it turns out the mosque was involved in the recruitment then it has everything to do with us.
Jerry Gordon writing at New English Review has more on this story, here.
Note that CAIR has attempted to block this investigation, here.
*To new readers:
The US State Department has admitted over 80,000 Somali refugees to the US in the last 25 years and then last year had to suspend family reunification because widespread immigration fraud was revealed through DNA testing.