In announcing the arrests of six Minnesota men charged with making repeated attempts to join the ISIS jihadist army in Syria, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger made a stunning admission Monday.
“To be clear, we have a terror-recruitment problem in Minnesota,” he said at a press conference Monday in Minneapolis. “This case demonstrates how difficult it is to put an end to recruiting here.”
Luger said the case against the six was broken open only after one of their own changed his mind and decided to cooperate with officials. He said his office regularly reaches out and seeks those who want “to break the cycle of terror recruiting in Minnesota.”
Ground zero for the problem is the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, home to America’s largest Somali community. This community didn’t form through normal immigration. It has been created by the U.S. government through its systematic relocation of Somali refugees from their war-torn East African homeland into communities across the U.S.
Minnesota has been the most frequent depository for the Somali refugees but certainly not the only one. Other large Somali communities have been created in Columbus, Ohio, in Lewiston, Maine and San Diego, California, in Texas and other Southern states.
The Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis has received so many Somalis over the years that it is now known as “Little Mogadishu.”
One of the men arrested, in a conversation recorded by an FBI source, described his feelings toward his adopted homeland, the United States: “The American identity is dead. Even if I get caught, whatever, I’m through with America. Burn my ID,” he said, according to a transcript filed with the case.
Somalis are radicalized in mosques, over the Internet, and from person to person contact.
Luger said there is no one person, “no master recruiter, radicalizing your son, your brother, your neighbor,” and he admitted ISIS recruitment is not only being conducted by strangers over the Internet.
“It could be their best friend right here in town,” he said. And Somali community leaders have said both young men and women are at risk of being radicalized in Minnesota.
That begs the question: If there is an acknowledged problem with Somalis joining foreign terrorist organizations, why does the U.S. government continue to import more Somalis into the United States?
But listening to Luger, and the establishment media reports about the arrests, one would never know that this problem is one of the government’s own making, say critics of the program.
Most Americans aren’t aware that the Somalis were transported to Minnesota, Maine, Ohio, Texas, California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, Washington and other states by the U.S. government, at taxpayer expense, with the help of the United Nations and nine resettlement agencies.
One of the FBI’s own counter-terrorism experts warned Congress in February that it is impossible to screen the incoming refugees from broken, war-torn countries, such as Syria and Somalia, where the U.S. military does not have “boots on the ground.”
Since 1991, the U.S. State Department has imported more than 100,000 Muslim Somalis straight from United Nations refugee camps into U.S. cities and towns. They arrive at a rate of 5,000 to 12,000 per year, according to State Department figures.
Somali pipeline to U.S. often goes through Kenya
The largest of these refugee camps is in Kenya and holds many young men with ties to the al-Shabab Islamic terror group that has been trying to spread shariah law throughout east Africa. Since the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the young Somalis coming to the U.S. have also become attracted to that notoriously brutal organization.
Many of the Somali refugees are housed in a complex of refugee camps at Dadaab, Kenya, designed for 90,000 people. It now holds more than 250,000 Somalis, according to the U.N., making it one of the world’s largest and most cramped refugee centers.
Following the April 2 slaughter of 148 Christians by al-Shabab terrorists at a university in Kenya, the Kenyan government just last week announced it has put the United Nations on notice: Either close down the Somalian refugee camps within 90 days or the Kenyan government will move in and close down the operation.
Dadaab is about 60 miles from Kenya’s border with Somalia.
Kenya has now started building a wall on its border to keep Somali terrorists from crossing into its territory to carry out attacks. The university slaughter was the second major attack in less than two years on Kenyan soil, coming on the heels of the September 2013 attack on the Westgate Mall, where al-Shabab killed 67 people, again targeting Christians.
CNN reported in 2013 that it was easy for al-Shabab jihadists to cross the border, sneak into the camps at Dadaab and pose as refugees.
“(Kenyan) authorities believe that during the build-up to the Westgate siege, Al-Shabaab operatives traveled from Somalia through the panya routes and hid among the refugees in the camp in northeast Kenya,” according to the CNN report.
The establishment media’s coverage of the six arrests Monday has not pointed out that the male suspects were either refugees or children of refugees, who entered the country through the U.S. government’s refugee resettlement program. The Associated Press, for example, in its report Monday did not mention the men were Islamic or the refugee connection.
Charged are Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21; Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Abdurahman Yasin Daud, 21; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20.
Watch this CBS Minneapolis affiliate’s report on the local Somali community’s problems with radicalization, but no mention of how the Somalis arrived in their state, or why they keep coming.
U.S. Attorney goes to bat for Somali Muslims
Luger, the U.S. attorney in Minnesota who announced the arrests Monday, has taken an activist stance in support of perceived civil rights violations involving Somali refugees. In December he announced his office was suing the north metro city of St. Anthony, Minnesota, for rejecting the construction of a proposed Islamic center, according to a report in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Proponents point out that of the 100,000 Somalis transplanted into America, the vast majority have shown no interest in terrorism. But critics say the program needs tightening up.
Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., introduced legislation last year that would revoke the citizenship of any American caught leaving the country to fight for a foreign terrorist organization. The legislation got nowhere but refugee watchdog Ann Corcoran believes it should be revived.
“I would let them go and revoke their passports so they can never come back,” Corcoran said on blog at Refugee Resettlement Watch. “Now we will have to pay for their incarceration and a charade of rehabilitation (besides having raised them on the taxpayer’s dime).”