Written by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Last week, ABC News broke a story stating that several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers (some are suspected of targeting US troops) had been accidentally allowed entry into the United States as war refugees.
ABC's report also goes on to showcase a video of al Qaeda-linked terrorists who have resettled in Kentucky. Their residency was discovered in 2009. They were given asylum after being deemed Iraq 'war refugees.' These same individuals allegedly killed American soldiers and now are seen above handling weapons in a storage locker in Kentucky. The FBI believes that weapons, explosives and money were sent back to insurgents in Iraq. So, why is this only coming to light now if it was discovered four years ago?
From ABC News:
"We are currently supporting dozens of current counter-terrorism investigations like that," FBI Agent Gregory Carl, director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), said in an ABC News interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC News' "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Nightline".
"I wouldn't be surprised if there were many more than that," said House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul. "And these are trained terrorists in the art of bombmaking that are inside the United States; and quite frankly, from a homeland security perspective, that really concerns me."
As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News – even for many who had heroically helped U.S. forces as interpreters and intelligence assets. One Iraqi who had aided American troops was assassinated before his refugee application could be processed, because of the immigration delays, two U.S. officials said. In 2011, fewer than 10,000 Iraqis were resettled as refugees in the U.S., half the number from the year before, State Department statistics show.
One of the refugees in 2009, was Waad Ramadan Alwan, who was 32 at the time. He claimed to have been persecuted in Iraq, but his story fell apart once it came under scrutiny. He took up residence in Bowling Green, Kentucky which has a population of approximately 60,000. Bowling Green is near Fort Knox and Fort Campbell. The other refugee was Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, who was 26 in 2009. Both had been detained in the Iraq war by authorities, so a red flag should have been raised when they requested relocation.
The intrepid FBI found out that Alwan was arrested in Iraq in 2006 and he confessed to being an insurgent. In 2009, he became a refugee in the United States and went on Welfare. One wonders how, with his radical past, Alwan's vetting came in clean with the FBI, DHS and the Defense Department. How he was given refugee status and then Welfare as well. Alwan was not even really on the radar until the FBI received an intelligence tip on him. He was caught in a sting operation when he was offered by an undercover operative the opportunity to ship arms to al Qaeda in Iraq. It is feared that he was part of a local terror cell, especially after he tapped a local relative, who also lived in Bowling Green, to help him carry out his activities.
Alwan was brazen and a blatant braggart:
The FBI secretly taped Alwan bragging to the informant that he'd built a dozen or more bombs in Iraq and used a sniper rifle to kill American soldiers in the Bayji area north of Baghdad.
"He said that he had them 'for lunch and dinner,'" recalled FBI Louisville Supervisory Special Agent Tim Beam, "meaning that he had killed them."
Alwan even sketched out IED designs, which the FBI provided to ABC News, that U.S. bomb experts had quickly determined clearly demonstrated his expertise.
A long and extensive report is a must read at ABC News.
The following video shows Alwan “expertly field stripping what the FBI identified as a Russian PKM machine gun.” Also in the video is one of his accomplices, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, who is seen in the footage handling a Stinger missile launcher and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher:
But sending weapons back to Iraq was not all that was on the docket for Alwan. The terrorists wanted to target a specific American soldier here in the US and they had other targets on American soil as well. Alwan and Hammadi were arrested in 2011 and pled guilty to terror-related crimes.
These two are just a drop in the terrorist bucket here in the states evidently. The FBI suspects hundreds are a terrorist threat here at home. This brings into question legal and illegal immigration issues and our methods of vetting refugees and others entering the States.
From Atlas Shrugs:
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, who headed the military’s Joint IED Defeat Organization until last May, attempts to offer some sobering perspective regarding the Kentucky case. “We need to take this as a case study and draw the right lessons from it, and not just high-five over this,” he said “How did a person who we detained in Iraq–linked to an IED attack, we had his fingerprints in our government system–how did he walk into America in 2009?”
Barbero need look no further than the Obama administration’s infestation with virulent levels of political correctness, incompetence and corruption. Not only is it putting Americans at risk every day, but it constitutes nothing less than a profound betrayal of the American public.
The House Homeland Security Committee has now called for US officials to explain how this happened in 2009. They also want to know what has been done since then to keep other terrorists from slipping into America's heartland. Whether the procedures for checking individual's backgrounds and links before entering the US and posing a threat to America are strengthened is anyone's guess and not clear at this point. Retroactive background checks will supposedly be implemented. Perhaps thorough and intense background checks should be conducted before Al Qaeda terrorists are welcomed as American refugees.
Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is a Libertarian and she writes at NoisyRoom.net. NoisyRoom is a Conservative blog that focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. The web site is frequently featured by other leading sites and the media. Her writing and blogging are based primarily on Conservative issues and her research focuses on exposing those who would subvert the Constitution and the intentions of the founding fathers. Driven by a need to uncover the truth and the connections between those that would forever change the American way of life and the Constitutional principles that America was founded upon, Terresa is dedicated to exposing Progressives wherever they may hide. Terresa specializes in research and editing. Her background is in accounting, management information systems and Constitutional law. She is an author and has written many conservative columns. She has also worked with numerous political organizations and candidates during her career as well as CPA firms, law firms and upper-tier executives. She is also the CEO and owner of Monroe Virtual Services (tmonroe.com), an executive virtual assistant firm. She also does research for KeyWiki.org and is an Editor at Trevor Loudon's New Zeal site. You can find NoisyRoom.net on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/terresamonroe and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/terresamonroe.