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FrontPage summarizes Somali terrorism connection to U.S.

Posted by Judy K. Warner on December 8, 2010

It’s good that attention is now being paid to the problem of Somali terrorists from the U.S., as in this article on FrontPage Magazine today. It begins:

For several years the Somalia-based Islamic terrorist group Al-Shabab has been diligently recruiting new members in the United States, efforts that have produced both a disturbing and growing increase in the radicalization of young Somali-Americans.

When 19 year-old Somali-born Mohamed Osman Mohamud was arrested on November 27 for his failed attempt to blow up a van full of dummy explosives at a tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, some saw the influence of Al-Shabab.

However, law enforcement officials were quick to insist Mohamud had not been directed by any foreign terrorist organization, pointing out he had been the one to initiate contact with Al Qaeda recruiters in Pakistan in an effort to join its jihadist movement.

While no connection to Al-Shabab apparently exists, it certainly wasn’t an implausible conclusion to draw, given the series of arrests this year alone of Somali-Americans from all parts of the United States.

The author, Frank Crimi, gives good information about what has gone on on in Somalia that has brought us the terrorism connection here. And he covers the refugee aspect thusly:

These Somali communities, which cover all corners of the United States, are composed primarily of refugees who have been escaping the ongoing civil wars that began in Somalia since 1991 with the ouster of then President Mohamed Siad Barre, conflicts which have gone on unabated ever since.

While most Somalis have earned a reputation as law-abiding and patriotic members of the American community, in a population that has swelled from 35,000 in 2000 to upwards of 150,000 today, there are still a number who feel culturally disconnected, making them ever susceptible to the lure of outside jihadist forces.

As Thomas Mockaitis explains, “Many of these people are in fact the children of refugees. They were probably born in Somalia or born soon after they [i.e., their mothers] came to the United States. And they are not particularly in touch with their parents. And yet, neither are they particularly attracted to or accepted by mainstream American culture. So there is this kind of double alienation that makes them particularly prone to recruitment.”

It would be helpful if he and others who write about Somalis in the U.S. were more aware of the problems in the refugee program, the longstanding problems in Somali communities here, and the fact that the terrorist connection has not reduced the numbers coming in. Ann has written volumes about the refugee program and Somalis. Here, for instance, is confirmation that the Christmas tree bomber in Oregon is a refugee. And here is the story of how we got so many Somali refugees (about 84,000 so far), and continue to bring them in as refugees despite  enormous fraud in claiming family relationships.

And here is the list of all the articles on Somalis at RRW.

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10 Responses to “FrontPage summarizes Somali terrorism connection to U.S.”

  1. Not true! I am an african American and I don’t see them threat. I refused to be quite and control by tea baggers extremists.

  2. Arglebargle said

    Somali-americans? Are they not african-americans as are their once enslaved brothers?

    • acorcoran said

      We have reported many times on these pages that Somali-Americans often look down on African-Americans (well at least those African Americans who have not converted to Islam).

      • Birm said

        Do you actually “report” much at all? I see that you primarily link to other articles or blogs and then make a few comments about what others have written.

        • acorcoran said

          Hi again, that is what bloggers do—report what is already in the news and give an opinion. I wish we had the time and resources to do original reporting, but this is a project done in our spare time. Consider it our charitable work.

  3. Mike said

    Keep up the great work you’re doing on this site and keep exposing the fraudulent crime-infested refugee rackets. Ignore the paid shills such as Allahsoldier and Birm who are parked here monitoring this site 24/7. Those posters fit the pattern of a team of trained internet disinfo agents.

    Reread their posts. Their words drip with contempt for Americans and they clap and bark like trained seals for their co-ethnic crime gangs no matter how dispicable the crimes.

    Thanks for warning the good-hearted but gullible Americans who are the true victims of what seems to be an endless variety of refugee-immigrant crimes and scams.

    • acorcoran said

      Thanks Mike, for the encouragement. These two are only the latest two. Over the years we have critics who for days, weeks, (even months sometimes) hang around and call us racists (or imply racism in our reporting) for posting any negative story about any immigrant. Again, since we feel it is our job to balance the mainstream media on this issue AND to bring reform to the refugee program, we go on. Eventually they drop away when they realize that magic bullet they’ve been taught by their radical leftist friends (calling someone a racist) bounces off us.

    • Birm said

      I’m not a paid shill. I grew up on a farm, live in small town, was raised a Christian, don’t work in the refugee field, and have friends who are African immigrants. I’m speaking up for them.

  4. Only 150,000! Naah that’s low number I estimated quarter million to 300,000.
    And since baby boomers are retiring which government doesnt need large families.
    Hello! Wake up folks! It is time to make common sense rather than demonizing fellow human beings.

  5. acorcoran said

    Just further comment on the Somali population in the US. It greatly exceeds the 150,000 number that is often used. We have admitted Somali refugees for 25 years and they produce very large families. Our admission numbers (at RRW) are only for refugees and do not include other programs such as the outrageous ‘diversity visa lottery’ or those who have come through other Legal programs. And, we don’t know exactly how many have come across the border illegally—nobody does!

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