Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.
Before 9/11, the trial run for the attack was the World Trade Center bombing. The key figures in that attack, from Ramzi Yousef, the nephew of 9/11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, to the Blind Sheikh, whose ambitious plans involved bombing New York bridges and tunnels, asked for political asylum.
Ramzi Yousef showed up with a fake passport and claimed to be an Iraqi refugee seeking political asylum. He was released on his own recognizance and told to show up for a hearing. He never did.
His co-conspirator, Ahmed Ajaj, went on filing for political asylum even while under arrest for his role in the World Trade Center bombing. Their pals, Mahmud Abouhalima, who routinely told passengers that “In Islam, the people are the weapons”, and Mohammed Salameh, were illegal aliens who had applied for amnesty as agricultural workers. But they didn’t go on to pick lettuce or blueberries.
Instead they went on to bomb the buildings, Americans wouldn’t bomb.
The Blind Sheikh, who headed a Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group, applied for political asylum even after the bombings. He really did need political asylum because the Egyptian government wanted him. Unfortunately the State Department, even back then, took the side of the Muslim Brotherhood over that of the Egyptian government and obstructed the request because the charges were “political”.
The Sheikh would have faced persecution in his home country, but it was a deserved persecution. His case is a reminder that Middle Eastern countries may persecute dissidents, but they also persecute terrorists. Some of those they persecute, like the Muslim Brotherhood, deserve persecuting.
Accepting terrorists as refugees leads to terrorist attacks on America.
While the World Trade Center bombing and the Boston Marathon bombing cases are the most famous terrorist attacks by Muslim refugees, there are numerous other cases of Muslim refugee terror.
America has been resettling huge numbers of Somali Muslim refugees. One of them, Nuradin Abdi, was an illegal alien who wanted to bomb a shopping mall in Columbus, Ohio after using his refugee travel document to fly back to Africa for terrorism training while claiming that he wanted to visit Mecca.
Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a Somali refugee, plotted to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland in 2010. “I want whoever is attending that event to leave, to leave dead or injured,” he said.
The family had been settled in Oregon by the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. The Ecumenical Ministries had nearly caused an ecumenical Somali Muslim massacre of Christians.
Numerous other Somali refugees have also left the United States to become terrorists abroad, joining Boko Haram and pledging to the Jihadist campaign of Islam against the non-Muslim free world.
And they aren’t the only ones.
Mir Qazi, a Pakistani using a fake passport, applied for political asylum and then got amnesty. A year later he murdered two CIA employees and fled to Pakistan. Hesham Mohamed Hadayet walked into Los Angeles International Airport and opened fire. Like the Blind Sheikh, Hadayet was a “refugee” from Egypt because of his Islamic religious beliefs. This refugee killed two people before he was stopped.
Devout Muslims who claim asylum because of religious persecution in a Muslim country should be considered highly suspect. It most likely means that their Islamic practices are more violent than usual.
But that wasn’t the only Muslim refugee terrorist plot targeting Los Angeles International Airport.
Abdel Hakim Tizegha, a member of the Millennium plot to bomb the airport, had applied for political asylum in the United States. Ahmed Ressam, another of the bombers, had applied for political asylum in Canada claiming that he was fleeing persecution in Algeria. He was caught entering the United States and the plot was averted.
But Ressam’s case shows us that when Canada accepts Muslim refugees, they are a threat to America.
Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer was another Muslim refugee who applied for political asylum in Canada in order to carry out terrorist attacks in America. He made repeated efforts to cross the border. He told a Border Patrol agent that he wanted political asylum because Israel had suspected him of terrorist involvement. Instead of getting rid him as fast as possible once he had admitted that he was suspected of terrorism in another country, he applied for political asylum in the United States. Then he was set free and was only arrested once he was caught plotting to bomb subways in New York.
Other Muslim terror refugees who took the Canadian route included Abderraouf Jdey, an aspiring 9/11 hijacker who filed for political asylum in Canada, and was repeatedly suspected of plotting terrorist attacks against Americans.
The Fort Dix plotters intended to kill as many Americans as possible. Three of them, the Duka brothers, were illegal aliens who invaded the country through Mexico and applied for asylum.
Yassin M. Aref, the Imam of Masjid As-Salam, who was arrested for his part in a plot to buy a surface-to-air missile to supply to a terrorist group, came to the country as a refugee through a UN asylum program. Aref had been accepted into this country despite working for the Islamic Movement of Kurdistan, a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate.
Shahawar Matin Siraj, who had plotted to bomb the Herald Square subway station, had come here with his family who had demanded asylum claiming that they faced religious persecution in Pakistan. Instead, like other religious refugees on this list, their son subjected Americans to Islamic religious persecution.
Even a brief review of these cases shows that we have a serious Muslim refugee terrorist problem. Some of the deadliest and most ambitious terror plots in America came from Muslim refugees.
But instead of improving our refugee screening, Obama tore it down. Last year, he loosened the restrictions on refugees who were guilty of providing material support to terrorist groups by exempting those who had provided “limited material support” so that these limited terrorist supporters could come to America. Because what harm can limited material support to Islamic terrorists do?
The rule change had been intended to benefit Syrian refugees, many of whom were members of the Sunni sect whose militias were Islamic terrorists often linked to Al Qaeda. Senator Dick Durbin had complained that the laws could keep supporters of the Free Syrian Army, a coalition that included numerous Islamic terrorists some of whom had worked with Al Qaeda and ISIS, out of the country.
The thousands of Syrian Muslim migrants that Obama is bringing to this country will have an easier time of explaining away any terrorist connections. ISIS terrorists playing refugee have already been spotted in Germany and France. But because of Obama and Durbin, we may be blind to the threat until it’s too late.
Congressman Peter King, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, warned that Obama’s decision to admit 10,000 Syrian migrants “will put American lives at risk.”
“The decision is in direct contrast to the opinions of leading law enforcement and intelligence officials in this administration. We do not have the capability to vet these individuals nor will we be able to develop it in the next twelve months,” he warned.
“We do not want another Boston Marathon Bombing.”
But Obama clearly doesn’t care if more Americans are murdered and mutilated by Muslim refugees. Their lives matter more than our lives.
It’s more important for him to bring aspiring terrorists to this country than it is to save American lives.
More Muslim refugees mean more terrorist attacks. It is an inescapable fact of history. We would not have Muslim terrorism without Muslim immigration. And the Muslim refugee terror wave of the past is even more likely to be repeated by groups of Muslim migrants coming from a war zone.
The question is not will these Obama migrants kill Americans. The question is how many will they kill.