In 2011, Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were arrested by the FBI for terror-related activities, including planning to attack targets in the United States and sending weapons to extremists in Iraq. Alwan was apparently allowed in the United States as a refugee of the Iraq war. How did he get here? Apparently, he wasn’t the only one.
Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky — who later admitted in court that they’d attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq — prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists’ fingerprints.
An ABC News investigation of the flawed U.S. refugee screening system, which was overhauled two years ago, showed that Alwan was mistakenly allowed into the U.S. and resettled in the leafy southern town of Bowling Green, Kentucky, a city of 60,000 which is home to Western Kentucky University and near the Army’s Fort Knox and Fort Campbell. Alwan and another Iraqi refugee, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 26, were resettled in Bowling Green even though both had been detained during the war by Iraqi authorities, according to federal prosecutors.
The story goes on to assure us that the majority of Iraqi war refugees living here today are harmless, law abiding citizens. OK, let’s say I believe it. How many more are still here who are extremists and potential terrorists? The FBI got two. Two. Worse yet, Alwan lived on the taxpayer dime, in public housing and on public assistance. All while planning attacks on Americans. How many more are here, living on public assistance, playing on the sympathies of the authorities, making up horror stories about their lives to gain entry to the United States?
Yes, the vast majority may be peaceful, but even one terrorist is too much. Two is too much. How many more?
The FBI acted on a tip when it began pursuing Alwan and Hammadi, and the nation lucked out. The article assures us that our screening techniques are being continuously improved. But again, I ask: how many more are already here?
And what about the civil war in Syria? Refugees are already pouring into neighboring nations from Syria, bringing diseases such as polio into nations that allow them to escape the crisis in their homeland. More than 2.2 million Syrians have already registered as refugees, according to the United Nations. So far, they’re headed to Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan. But the numbers are growing. How long before they begin to seek asylum in the West? In the United States? Al Jazeera reports that the United States has taken in only about 90 Syrian refugees so far. And the pressure is mounting for us to take in more.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has an answer.
“About six months ago I organized a letter to the secretary of the Department of Homeland security – to grant humanitarian parole to about 6,000 Syrians who are trying to be reunited with their families here in the United States.” He says it’s something we can do to help with the refugee problem, “obviously just a small piece, given there are millions of refugees. But here’s an opportunity for us to do our part.”
With the humanitarian crisis mounting in Syria, do we honestly believe that there are no extremists and terrorists in the refugees’ midst? With all the suffering and confusion, would it really be so difficult for a terrorist to meld in with the thousands of people leaving their country? How long before pressure on the State Department results in a flood of refugees entering this country?
And what about the mounting pressure to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living in this country? How many of them could be just waiting to attack this nation?
Probably not a lot. But it wouldn’t take a lot, now would it?