Prosecutors say they have evidence that at least one of the five Somali-Americans on trial in Minnesota harbored plans to do more than travel to Syria and fight for the Islamic State.
Guled Ali Omar, 21, was working to set up routes for Syrian jihadists into the U.S. through Mexico, according to prosecutors. But a defense attorney for the men is trying to convince the court to suppress the evidence from being presented at trial.
The news comes on the heels of Tuesday’s report by Judicial Watch and WND that Islamic terrorists were sneaking in and out of the U.S. through the Mexican border to plan attacks. A high-ranking Homeland Security official told Judicial Watch that one ISIS operative has lived in Mexico for over a year while training thousands of jihadists to carry out attacks across the border in the U.S.
Omar wanted to open up routes for jihadis from Syria to infiltrate the U.S. through Mexico. The routes would then be used to carry out terrorist attacks in America, the Clarion Project reported.
Three other men are on trial with Omar: Hamza Naj Ahmed, 21; Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 22; and Abdirahman Yasin Daud, 22. They all reside in Minnesota’s fast-growing Somali community, meaning they all either came to the U.S. as refugees or were sons of refugees.
More than 132,000 “refugees” from the terrorist hotbed of Somalia have come to the U.S. since 1983. Their route into the U.S., where they live primarily off of Minnesota’s generous welfare programs and low-wage jobs, has been the federal government’s refugee resettlement program.
Defense lawyers for Daud claimed that, without any evidence that their client threatened specific attacks on the U.S., any references during the trial to such attacks would prejudice the jury.
Prosecutors said they have audio tapes in which Omar discussed “many times” the possibility of attacks in the U.S., according to Clarion.
Another Somali defendant, Abdihamid Farah, 22, allegedly discussed murdering an FBI agent. His younger brother, Adnan Farah, 20, pleaded guilty earlier this month to conspiring to provide material support to the ISIS.
Both of the Farah brothers attended a radical mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota, which has produced at least six known jihadists, WND reported earlier this month. The imam, Waleed Idris al-Maneesey, heads up the al-Farooq Islamic Center and has railed against Jews, quoting from hadiths that say they should be killed without mercy wherever they are found.
Prosecutors also said images from the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center as well as that of Osama bin Laden were found on Omar’s phone. Daud’s lawyer is also trying to quash that evidence.
The four men were charged with multiples crimes, including conspiracy to commit murder outside the U.S.
Five other men from Minnesota’s Somali community, including Adnan Farah, recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to support a foreign terrorist organization. A tenth man was charged but is unaccounted for, as prosecutors believe he may have fled to Syria.
The FBI has confirmed at least a dozen Somali men have left Minnesota to go fight for ISIS in Syria. Another 22 Somalis have left Minnesota since 2007 to join al-Shabaab, a terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaida that is fighting to establish a hardline Islamic state in Somalia. Al-Shabab carried out terror attacks last year in neighboring Kenya, killing nearly 200 Christians at a Nairobi mall and at a university.
The U.S. imports most of its Somali refugees from a United Nations camp in Kenya. The flow began in the early 1980s and since that time has resulted in more than 132,000 Somali refugees coming to the United States, about 64 percent of them arriving since the 2001 terror attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.
Even though U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Andrew Luger admitted at a press conference one year ago that his state had a “terror recruitment problem” with ISIS luring young Somalis, the influx of refugees from Somalia continues at a rate of more than 700 a month, according to data on file with U.S. State Department’s National Refugee Processing Center.
The Somalis being resettled in Minnesota are selected by the United Nations and then screened by the U.S. government, which pays resettlement contractors such as Lutheran Social Services and Catholic Charities to set them up in their new homes, enroll their children in public schools and sign them up for various welfare assistance programs.
The U.S. is not only importing refugees from Somalia at a rate of 8,000 per year but also taking them in from Syria at a rate of 10,000 per year. Several thousand Burmese Muslims are also coming to America as refugees every year, as are those from Iraq and Afghanistan.