Washington is starting to get it: terrorists can get into US through refugee program

Editors note:   I’m going away for a few days and won’t be able to post, so LOL! you’ll get a little break from the bleak news about refugees gone wild.  If you have a story idea send me an e-mail and put ‘news tip’ in the subject line so I’ll see it as soon as I get back.

Now, here is some encouraging (well, sort of)  news from Judicial Watch in Washington, DC that maybe, just maybe! cases like the Iraqi refugee bomber in Arizona or the Somali jihadist in San Antonio, might actually be breaking through the political correctness shield that surrounds the three-decade old refugee resettlement program of the US State Department.

Here is Judicial Watch reporting on a Congressional hearing this week (emphasis mine)

Islamic terrorists—including two al Qaeda affiliates indicted last year in Kentucky—have entered the United States legally through a resettlement program that helps tens of thousands of “the world’s most vulnerable refugees” start a new life in America each year.

JW then goes into a discussion of how the program works.  For more on the Kentucky Iraqi terrorists which we have discussed ad nauseam here at RRW (no time for links, just type ‘Kentucky Iraqis’ into our search function.)

Now to the Congressional hearing:

In fiscal year 2011 Uncle Sam generously offered 56,424 persecuted foreigners refuge and in fiscal year 2012 the number increased to 58,236, according Barbara Strack, the Refugee Affairs Division Chief at USCIS. This week Strack testified at a congressional hearing, “Terrorist Exploitation of Refugee Programs,” that addressed the serious security vulnerabilities in her division. She told the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “has been working closely with interagency partners to improve, refine, and streamline the security vetting regime for refugee applicants and for other immigration categories.”

Last May two Iraqi nationals who were given refugee status under USRAP were arrested and federally indicted for plotting to send weapons and money to al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) as well as conspiracy to kill U.S. national abroad. The men, Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, lived in Kentucky and have pleaded guilty to the charges, which are outlined in this FBI document. They are scheduled to be sentenced early next year.

At this week’s hearing, the congressman who chairs the counterterrorism and intelligence committee revealed that the Kentucky case is not a fluke and that the “threat posed by refugees with ties to al Qaeda is much broader than was previously believed.” He reiterated the testimony of FBI Director Robert Mueller before a House Intelligence Committee last year, in which the FBI chief admitted ongoing concerns about individuals who may have been resettled here in the United States that have some association with al Qaeda in Iraq.

USRAP, which has helped relocate millions of refugees over the decades, has come under fire in recent years because it’s gotten too big and security measures are lax. A report released last year by a nonprofit that researches immigration matters says this is because the U.S. has lost control of the program, instead surrendering to U.N. policies to determine who’s admitted and because meaningful background checks are difficult to obtain for refugees admitted from countries without reliable government records.

As a result the program is a bloated disaster, admitting nearly three times the number of refugees as the rest of the developed world combined, the probe found. Additionally, the investigation found that “common criminals, war criminals, international fugitives, and terrorists have all used the USRAP and its related asylum provisions for entry into the United States.” Here is another interesting tidbit: “Bribery of U.N. officials is commonly reported among those attempting to secure refugee admission to the United States.”

Amazingly we have just had two cases in the last week to support the report’s claims.

Be sure to read Rep. Patrick Meehan’s (R-PA) testimony to the committee, here.

More shocking news about Arizona Iraqi refugee bomber

Patrick Poole, who first broke the story we reported (here) from PJ Media has learned more information about the Iraqi refugee who allegedly planted explosives and detonated them at the Social Security Administration office in Casa Grande, Arizona.

The latest news from Poole at PJ Media is entitled:  Arizona Bomber had citizenship rejected by Homeland Security for ‘terrorism-related activity’:

Back on Sunday I broke the news here at PJ Media of the arrest of Abdullatif Aldosary in connection with the bombing of a Social Security Administration office in Casa Grande, Arizona, last Friday morning. I noted that while the bombing and Aldosary’s arrest had received local news coverage, there was a virtual blackout by the national media on the Iraqi refugee’s identity.

Yesterday I reported on details provided to the federal court on Monday during Aldosary’s initial court hearing, which included information on what was found when the FBI conducted a search of his Coolidge, Arizona, home last Friday night. Among the items recovered was a bomb-making manual that had been hidden behind a photograph on the wall. Also discovered were an AK-47 and a 9mm Ruger handgun, along with more than a thousand rounds of ammunition. Kerry Picket at the Washington Times also reported that they recovered several gallons of chemicals typically used in bomb making.

When authorities checked Aldosary’s bank statements, they found he had more than $20,000 despite the fact that he was a convicted felon, only worked as a day laborer, and had no visible means of supporting himself sufficient to warrant having that kind of balance.

But a bombshell report came out today based on information obtained by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who had received a request from Aldosary in November 2011 for assistance in obtaining a “green card.”

According to today’s news report, the Department of Homeland Security responded to Gosar’s request on behalf of Aldosary last year by saying that he was ineligible for a change in status because of “terrorism-related grounds of inadmissibility”

For more on the stunning revelation, please visit Patrick Poole at PJ Media where he has lots more info. and to follow the links which I didn’t post in here because I’m in a huge hurry this morning!

Aldosary had bomb-making material!  He was a known potential terrorist…….

It is too amazing for words, his case was described in an earlier Poole post to be “too sensitive,”  yet I can’t help but contrast our reaction to this known Muslim “terrorist” being allowed to walk free and stay in the US with what happened in a tiny town where I live last week—a massive police/FBI Swat operation for a conservative rightwing guy who had a gun violation.