A couple of recent arrests of foreign terrorists in America highlight the fact that we had to let these people in for them to be a threat to us in the first place.
Najibullah Zazi, 24, appeared in federal court last week. He pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring with others to detonate explosives in the United States.
Prosecutors allege that on August 28, 2008, Zazi and others flew to Peshawar, Pakistan, a city with a strong Taliban and al Qaeda presence.
Those currently under surveillance in the United States include members of Zazi's travel group, according to one source familiar with the investigation.
So now the FBI is watching his fellow Muslim friends who are also living in the United States. When they went to Pakistan if they had not been allowed to return back to the US then we wouldn't have to deal with the threat they pose within US borders.
I say just keep the Muslims out. We can't afford to fight them over in their own countries. Consider that Muslim warriors in Afghanistan get all of $106 million from outside of Afghanistan. To fight that $106 million jihad army the United States spends a couple orders of magnitude more money and that money is not enough to get control of Afghanistan - let alone of the area in Pakistan where Zazi received training. The war in Afghanistan will not prevent people like Zazi from trying to attack within the United States.
But to Hall and his friends, he is "Omar" Zazi, their friendly van driver during a three-day midsummer trip to Denver to see their favorite band, Phish.
The driver was a knowledgeable sports fan, fluent in American slang, and seemed comfortable with these guys his own age.
Hundreds of members of Zazi's clan live in the United States. I wonder how many of them are married to their cousins.
The family, from a large tribal clan with hundreds of relatives living in the U.S., left Afghanistan to live across the border in Pakistan when Zazi was 7.
Zazi was a legal immigrant. Meanwhile a Jordanian teenager who overstayed his visa was thinking hostile thoughts (which the FBI says he tried to act on to blow up a Dallas building) about America while living in the town of Italy Texas.
Friends of the young Jordanian, Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, painted a complex portrait of him completely at odds with the zealous terrorist that F.B.I. agents said had spouted hateful messages about the United States on the Internet and was lured last week into a plot to blow up the Fountain Place tower in downtown Dallas.
Mr. Smadi was an extremely outgoing 19-year-old, friends in this tiny town said, who smoked marijuana and drank beer with his peers in the complex of domed cottages where he lived. They said he did endless favors for his friends, held barbecues and baby-sat for his neighbor’s children.
He married a local girl. They separated after 3 months. He overstayed a 6 month visa. If he had never been granted a visa then FBI agents wouldn't need to have hunted him down based on his hostile chat group messages. Why let teenage Jordanians come to the United States?
He says he wanted freedom. In the mythology of the Open Borders crowd everyone who comes to America wants freedom. But freedom for what? Freedom to blow up skyscrapers? Think of it as freedom for post-modern artistic expression.
“He said he came here because it was really strict out there in Jordan,” Ms. Deloach, 23, recalled. “He wanted freedom.”
Meanwhile he was on extremist web sites talking about attacking Americans in their homes. A very small number of people committed to terrorism can cause a big change in how we live and in what powers are given to federal law enforcement agencies. Is Muslim immigration really a price worth paying?
In the past week, U.S. officials have announced charges in five terrorism probes in five states. It is a confluence of cases unlike anything the country has seen since the September 11, 2001, attacks.
I remember the kind of society we used to have. We could walk into an airport and walk right up to the gate where an airplane's passengers walked out. It was a far more casual society than we have today. It is a society worth trying to bring back again.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2009 October 04 10:21 PM Immigration Terrorism|