There’s a growing call to change state laws in Minnesota after a no-fly lister obtained a license to drive large trucks then got one for school buses.
State officials said they had no legal way to prevent Amir Meshal from obtaining the licenses after he passed the required background checks and the tests.
WCCO Radio in Minneapolis reported Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, was “very concerned” and plans to ask the state legislature to review the case.
“Anyone who is not safe to fly on a plane shouldn’t be allowed to drive anything larger than a car,” he told the station.
Meshal was on the federal no-fly list, and Department of Homeland Security documents reveal he is “an individual who represents a threat of engaging in or conducting a violent act of terrorism.”
“I do have some concerns,” state Rep. Brian Johnson, a Republican, told WCCO.
“Are they doing a proper background check? We have the safety of our children to think about. I am concerned that they granted him a commercial driver’s license as well.”
Meshal told the station he’s never been charged with a crime, and he’s never been told why he’s on the no-fly list.
The state Public Safety Department said there are a number of offenses that can disqualify an applicant, including a felony conviction, criminal sexual conduct and indecent exposure. But none apply to Meshal.
Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch noted Meshal previously was being watched by federal authorities “for possible activities helping to recruit young people for terror groups.”
The report said he was banned from a local mosque a year ago which states it “does not tolerate any advocacy or recruitment or extremism on its premises.”
The ACLU told WCCO that Meshal has sued the government over his name being on the no-fly list.
Suspicion arose after Meshal traveled to Somalia to study Islam.
The Independent Journal reported Meshal was “removed” from a Bloomington, Minnesota, mosque after religious leaders told police, “We have concerns about Meshal interacting with our youth.”
The report said he was arrested by the FBI in Kenya in 2007 because he was suspected of leaving a terror training camp in Somalia.
The report said Meshal’s $4,000 tuition for a truck driving school was paid for by the state.