Somali Jihadists could attack within the US

I was away over the weekend and missed this alarming news from Fox News Catherine Herridge.    The Director of the FBI told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that indeed Somali-trained terrorists were capable of attacking within the US.   Although I missed it, Jihad Watch was on top of the story here?

That news from the FBI is a far cry from what they told this same committee back in March, here, where they assured Senators that the recruitment in the Somali American refugee community was all about patriotism and defending the homeland against Ethiopian invaders.

Do we really want to bring back those ‘youths’ who went to Somalia last year for terrorist training as the President of Somalia pledged to do yesterday in Minneapolis, here.

7 thoughts on “Somali Jihadists could attack within the US

  1. to further clarify, there are no restrictions on US citizens with passports traveling to their country of origin, regardless of how they were admitted. (Cuba is an exception and requires special permission).

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  2. All US citizens are eligible to apply for a US passport. It is up to the travel carrier to determine their eligibility to board a plane bound for a particular destination. That USUALLY (exceptions are countries that have reciprocity, like UK) requires a valid visa entry.

    Carriers are required to check that all travelers have valid visas to their country of destination.

    Legal permanent residents can apply for a “ Re-entry permit” which is similar to a passport, and if they were admitted as refugees , they have the option of applying for a “Refugee Travel Document”. Former refugees who are LPR’s have the option of applying for either document. There are advantages/disadvantages to each, depending on the country of destination (for example, it may be easier to get a visitor visa to France with a Refugee Travel Doc than a Re-entry permit , although that changes from time to time).

    The Refugee Travel Document does not generally permit a person to travel to their country of origin, unless there are special circumstances (the impending death of an immediate family member, for example) and require additional permission and documentation.

    In the case of the “poor kidnapped Somali kids”, we can assume that most of them were US citizens. Their stated destination, of course, was NOT Somalia, but most likely Kenya. Once in Kenya, it’s a no brainer to get to Somalia. No one there is gonna stamp their passports, so there will be no record whatsoever.

    In short, it’s not impossible, or even very difficult, for someone admitted as a refugee to travel back to their country of origin.

    Obviously, it’s more complicated than this simple explanation, but I hope this is of some help in explaining how people can do this.

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  3. I’m not sure if this is the correct post to say my piece, but here goes.

    I’m back. I hope I don’t sound like I’m rambling, but I’m having a harder time keeping quiet.

    I read this post and the link to what the Jihad Watch had to say. Wow.

    I don’t understand Islam or the Muslim religion. I’ll be the first to admit that. I’m not religious myself, but I do try to live by the Golden Rule and have taught our children to do the same. I believe that if there is a higher power, when I die I will have to be judged then for the things I do today. I will not judge anyone else for the decisions they make as long as those decisions don’t interfere with my life. Isn’t that what “freedom” is all about? (Unless we have to count the American Presidential election process, then my choice doesn’t matter anyway.)

    That being said; How can Ahmed say that the young men were “stolen and taken witout the knowledge of their parents or imams”? This is America. You came here because your own country couldn’t work out its differences on its own. You came here to be AMERICAN. Doesn’t that mean that the young men were FREE to make their own choices when they came here? If they were “stolen or taken” shouldn’t there have been an investigation for kidnapping? If they were missing, shouldn’t someone have filed a missing person report? Who’s minding the refugees if they’re coming up missing anyway?

    Now to the Jihad Watch article: If they came here as refugees, why are they allowed to travel freely back and forth to their abusive countries? Doesn’t being a refugee mean you left to escape the problems? If a refugee wanted to return to their troubled country, whey are they here in the first place? I can’t even travel back and forth from Maine to Canada without a passport (which I still can’t afford, by the way) and potentially be subjected to a full car and body cavity search. But the refugees can come and go.

    All I can think is that the refugees come over here, get on whatever welfare system they can, and then go back to their country while someone stays behind and cashes the checks. I do remember reading a post about welfare money funding terrorist activities, but I’ve got to find it again. You can also put the home health care fraud money in the same category while you’re at it. Since no one seems to be monitoring the out of control welfare system, it seems like a piece of cake for a refugee to get benefits. And, since there’s only one review required each year to continue to keep getting benefits, at least in Maine, folks could show up only for the review and then go on with whatever they were doing. How many refugees have gone from state to state claiming to have no documentation or proof of identity in order to get benefits in other states? Could this be possible?? I know if I want to buy so much as a specific cold medication I almost have to give fingerprints and a DNA sample.

    Stealth Jihad? I think we see it every day as we go on with our eyes closed. I think there are those who talk freely about it in languages the average American cannot understand. I for one have been thinking about getting ready for what ever might be coming. Forget a “storm pack”; I think it’s time to start thinking about a “war pack”. Some folks are beginning to get nervous about what 2012 is going to bring; it just might be the end of freedom as we know it.

    Mad in Maine

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    1. Hi Mad in Maine, Welcome back! Good questions, all. I especially want to address your question about how (and why!!) supposedly persecuted people would want to go back to their homeland where they were persecuted. It is happening, which begs the question of whether they were ever really persecuted in the first place.

      I’ve noted in the past that Bosnian Muslims (we took over 100,000 from Bill Clinton’s Bosnian War) are going back and forth, even vacationing in Bosnia. Some still have property there that they return to check on!

      Think about it, at least 20 former refugees have returned to Somalia, it is probably many more than that. And, if we don’t even know exactly which ones are gone, how are we going to stop them from coming back? It is all very troubling and most people, even those following immigration issues closely, have no clue this is even going on (as I learned this past weekend).

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      1. Vacationing? Refugees get to vacation, too? Wow. Maybe I should become a refugee somewhere. I couldn’t finance a trip to the Bangor Fair this year. Apparently my tax dollars are working for someone. Boy, I really hope those refugees enjoy their break from sitting on the dole. I know (actually I don’t know) how hard it can be to just sit back while others throw money my way. Whew. Hard life here in the U.S. I realize that welfare might not come to much dollar wise, but it’s free money, so why not?

        How can they afford the air fare? Are we paying for that too?

        Who’s going to clean up this mess? No more. Please, I’m begging the government, no more. I can’t afford any more if I’m not going to get something in return.

        I’d give my full name and address, but I need my job and speaking out might cause some ripples in the water and I’m in a sinking boat.

        Mad in Maine

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