Thanks to a reader for sending us this piece by radio host Howie Carrpublished yesterday in the Boston Herald. Star of the op-ed is Boston Bomber Tsarnaev friend Khairullozhon Matanov.
This is a must-read and here is how it begins (emphasis is mine):
Which group of undocumented Democrats is enjoying a softer retirement here in the U.S. — illegal aliens or “political refugees”?
Until recently, I would have said illegals. But then I realized, being a “political refugee,” or an asylum seeker, can be pretty damn sweet too. Why else would the late Auntie Zeituni have bothered to change her status from illegal to refugee?
Now we have more evidence, in the case of Khairullozhon Matanov, pal of the leeching Tsarnaev brothers.
Last Friday, you may recall, Matanov demanded a public defender, because he was “indigent.” They’re all indigent now. When you haven’t paid for a thing since you arrived on these shores with the huddled masses, yearning for everything free, you’re damn sure not going to actually hire a lawyer.
When Obama and Deval are giving these foreign terrorists everything, like Section 8’s and EBT cards and MassHealth etc., etc., why would you ever spend your own money when you could use it to build bombs to blow up the infidels who feed you?
But now we find out that this “Quincy cabbie,” Matanov, between 2010 and 2013 made 114 wire transfers overseas, for a total of more than $71,000.
However, the Portland Chief of Police maintains that Maine is still a safe state with only a few loosely affiliated immigrant gangs!
It’s all over the news, but as usual the UK press (Daily Mail!) is covering the story in its famously direct fashion, no beating around the bush about the nationalities of the gang bangers like the defensive-sounding Maine papers.
Longtime readers of RRW know that Maine has become a magnet for African refugees—as refugees resettled directly there by the US State Department, as secondary migrants, and as asylum seekers. See our lengthy archive on Maine,here. See especially our 2009 post about the Somali migration to Maine for its generous welfare.
By the way, when you check out the Portland paper (the Sun Journal), note that one of the gangs they are watching is the Somali True Bloods.
Here is the UK Daily Mail (Hat tip: ‘pungentpeppers’):
The 9mm pistol that Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev used to murder one police officer and gravely wound another came from a brutal street gang in Maine that is allegedly led by an Eritrean immigrant.
Tracking the path of the Ruger P95 semiautomatic pistol has led investigators to believe he may have dealt drugs to finance the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three spectators and injured more than 260 others.
Drug money is also believed to have funded the 26-year-old’s 2012 trip to Chechnya and Dagestan in Russia, where he became involved in radical Islam.
They found that it was legally purchased at a Cabella’s sporting goods store outside Portland, Maine, in November 2011 by Danny Sun Jr – a Los Angeles native. The gun typically sells for about $375.
Sun told investigators that he gave the pistol to Biniam Tsegai, a 27-year-old Eritrean immigrant who goes by the street name ‘Icy.’
The Times reports that Tsegai is a reputed leader of a Portland, Maine, street gang with a lengthy arrest record – including robbery, criminal trespass and reckless driving.
In May 2013 – a month after the marathon bombings – Tsegai was arrested and indicted on federal drug trafficking charges. Prosecutors noted that the drugs he is accused of trafficking were brought from Boston to Maine.
Tsegai has refused to talk to authorities about the Ruger pistol – or anything else.
However, Tsarnaev’s possession of the weapon have strengthened their suspicions that he was involved in drug trafficking.
This last bit in the story is a terrible black mark on investigators. That these murders linked to Tsarnaev were not solved (and still aren’t solved as far as I know) in a timely fashion is a travesty.
They have not been able to prove his involvement, but suspect he had something to do with the September 11, 2011 murder of three men in an apartment outside Boston who were found with the throats slit. Marijuana and $1,000 in cash was found sprinkled around the crime scene.
Besides Maine, where are the Eritreans?
They are in Washington DC in very large numbers. The State Department and its contractors don’t normally resettle new refugees to DC (the well-off and well-connected might be troubled by that), but Eritreans are going to DC as secondary migrants having been resettled elsewhere in the US.
Here is a lengthy story, also thanks to ‘pungentpeppers,’ about how their kinfolk in Africa are being kidnapped and ransomed and the DC Eritreans are stressed about it.
Eritreans began migrating to the U.S. in small numbers in the 1960s, when the country was still part of Ethiopia, according to Hepner. Subsequent waves in the 1980s and over the past five years brought thousands more, mainly as part of refugee resettlement programs, and the D.C. area has long been home to one of the largest communities in the country, Hepner says.
Read it all.
This is our 30th post in our Boston bomber category, click here, for more on the case and that grateful refugee family.
Another case where Obama used his pen? (or his minions did!)
We told you yesterday that Obama, bowing to international pressure and lobbying from refugee resettlement contractors anxious to bring in thousands of Syrians this year, has relaxed a security screening law put in place after 9/11, here.
Former State Department official and current director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies Jessica Vaughan questioned the administration’s right to unilaterally change the law.
“[T]here is a very legitimate question as to whether the administration actually has the authority to change the law in this way,” Vaughan wrote in an email. “It seems to me that they are announcing that they will be disregarding yet another law written by Congress that they don’t like and are replacing it with their own guidelines, which in this case appear to be extremely broad and vague, and which are sure to be exploited by those seeking to game our generous refugee admissions program.”
While Vaughan admitted that there are a number of immigrants seeking protection who have been denied due to unintentional contact with terrorists, she sees the exemptions as likely another opportunity for people to bypass the system.
“If the recent past is any guide, those evaluating these cases will be ordered to ignore red flags in the applications, especially if the applicant is supported by one of the many advocacy groups that have the ear of senior DHS staff,” she explained.
“The administration already approves of the admission of gang members as asylees and criminals in the DACA program and grants of prosecutorial discretion, so I don’t expect them to be troubled by the admission of terrorists and garden variety fraudsters in our refugee program. This is how we end up with families like the Tsarnaev brothers [the Boston marathon bombers], who were originally admitted for political asylum.”
Just a reminder it was the federal refugee contractors complaining to a Senate hearing in January, here, that refugees were being held up for admission because they gave a “sandwich to a terrorist” (one of the US’s favored terrorists in Syria), that got this done! One group testifying was the US Conference of Catholic Bishops which said that it wants 15,000 Syrians admitted ASAP!
I’m sure the families who lost loved ones, or the victims of the Tsarnaev brothers who will live with their injuries for life, wish they hadn’t come either.
A friend sent me this Wall Street Journal story about the Tsanaevs written by a Russian-speaking reporter who knew them in earlier days and I was excited to read it in hopes we would learn more about how exactly they got here. No such luck, author Alan Cullison tells us that rich uncle Ruslan helped but not exactly how. We assume they claimed persecution back home and were granted asylum as was reported earlier, but suspect that Ruslan’s wealth and connections may had sped up the process.
Here are some snippets of the article with my commentary, but please read the whole thing. Emphasis is mine:
When I first met Tamerlan Tsarnaev, now familiar as the elder of the two alleged Boston Marathon bombers, he gripped my hand like he was wringing out a rag. It was 2004, and Tamerlan had been in the U.S. for about a year, but he already had an outsize American dream. He planned to box for the U.S. Olympic Team one day, and he wanted to earn a degree, perhaps at Harvard or MIT, and to hold a full-time job at the same time, so he could buy a house and a car. I suggested he forget the house and the car during college, as most American students do. He didn’t see why he should.
A decade ago, there was nothing about the Tsarnaevs to suggest any involvement in Islamist extremism. But they already seemed like “losers,” as their successful Americanized uncle told reporters after the attack. They were out of place in the U.S., and my relationship with them developed because they needed so much basic advice about how to get by. I didn’t sense impending danger in their household, but looking back, I can see now that I glimpsed a new type of threat to the U.S., one that we have only recently begun to confront.
Now, that last sentence (above) turns out to be a big disappointment because I eagerly read-on wondering what Cullison would say was the new type of threat the US must confront. Were budding Jihadists a new threat? Muslims generally? How about “losers?” Should we be weeding them out of the immigration process? How about the mentally unstable, are we letting too many of those in? Maybe immigrants with illusions about the grand life they would have in America should be excluded? Or, those whose cultures don’t easily assimilate? Crooks and cheats? How about boys whose moms are nuts and fathers are weak? Or, should we be worried about the threat from rich uncles connected to the CIA? All of the above? Maybe you can find the “new threat” we must confront in this otherwise entertaining narrative.
Then came the attack in Boston last April. And although I was stunned to hear police say that Tamerlan and his brother were the bombers, it fit with the profile of terrorists I’d encountered in my work. The failed suicide bombers I’d interviewed in Afghan prisons were mostly young men with no prospects. One told me he was planning to kill himself because he had no job or family, and some Islamists persuaded him to try to take out some American soldiers while he was at it.
Ruslan, married to the daughter of a former CIA official, helped his “loser” family get into the US. Did the rich lawyer help them through the asylum process? That is the sort of thing I want to know!
The Tsarnaevs had come to America thanks largely to Anzor’s younger brother Ruslan, who, as the family told it, was a rich and successful lawyer. He lived near Washington, D.C. and for a time was their model in adapting to the new world. I had known little about Ruslan when I was in Cambridge, but now, reporting on the family after the bombing, I learned his story.
When I met him in Washington last summer, he looked the part of the rich uncle. He picked me up in a silver Mercedes and drove me to Off the Record, a bar in the Hay-Adams hotel near the White House, where we talked for three hours.
Ruslan was indeed successful in ways that his older brother wasn’t. They grew up in the penurious former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, where Ruslan excelled in school, learned English, landed a white-collar job in the capital of Bishkek, and met and married the daughter of a retired high-ranking CIA officer, who was there advising the government on privatization. Soon he had a U.S. passport and was studying law at Duke University.
Uncle Ruslan says he tried to help Tamerlan who only got nuttier as time went on:
As Tamerlan’s options dwindled, he started to take an interest in conspiracy theories, according to neighbors and his former brother-in-law. He saw silent, unseen forces working against him. When the family’s landlord allowed me into their old apartment over the summer, I was able to examine Tamerlan’s books and a ring-binder full of articles that he had copied and marked up: material from a course on how to seduce women quickly, a manual on how to hypnotize people, some collected biographies of famous Jewish actors, and pages filled with racial theories purporting to explain why Jews were so successful. [I was surprised to see that a reporter could gain so easy access to Tamerlan’s apartment, wouldn’t you think the Justice Department would have it sealed before the trial to come.—ed]
Mom got them all into Islam, but it couldn’t be THE reason for those evil acts at the Boston Marathon because the local mosque (conveniently) says they didn’t like him either.
Zubeidat, the boys’ mother, told me that she was the one who got Tamerlan interested in Islam, because she worried he was becoming wayward and was partying too much with American friends. But even Islam didn’t give him a place in society that he could keep. In Cambridge, he was told to leave the local mosque because he couldn’t control his outbursts against speakers whom he considered too moderate, according to a spokeswoman for the mosque.
You can read the rest and note that Mom thinks maybe they shouldn’t have come to America. So is America the problem? What am I missing?
Let me know if you find the “new threat” that we have recently begun to confront? Maybe Cullison plans a part II.
However, because he is the product of an elite “humanitarian” circle in Boston, I doubt he will see that much time. See our earlier post entitled, Boston bomber pal gets out on bail with help from “refugee” mom’s elite friends.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A third college friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was indicted on charges he lied to federal investigators, the U.S. Attorney General for Massachusetts said in a statement on Thursday.
Robel Phillipos, 19, was one of the three people who removed a backpack full of fireworks and a laptop from Tsarnaev’s dormitory room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth days after the April 15 attack, and later lied about it, prosecutors claim.
The two other students, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov – both from Kazakhstan – have already been indicted on obstruction charges and detained pending trial. They have pleaded not guilty.
Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan, ethnic Chechens, are believed to have set off a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the world-renowned marathon’s finish line, killing three people and maiming scores of others in one of the worst attacks on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001.
According to the indictment against Phillipos, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sent a text message to Kadyrbayev on April 18, shortly after the FBI published pictures of the bombing suspects, asking his friend to go to his “room and take what’s there.”
The three men allegedly took the laptop, backpack and other items from Tsarnaev’s room later that day and put them in a dumpster in nearby New Bedford. Investigators later recovered the items from a landfill, according to the indictment.
Phillipos, along with Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov, concealed his actions during interviews with federal investigators between April 19 and April 25, according to the indictment.
The Kazakhs could get deported without jail time?
Phillipos, who has been under house arrest since May, faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face up to 25 years in jail or deportation.
As much as I hate the thought of spending tax dollars on their incarceration, those two Kazakhs, if deported, will become major jihadi heroes in their home country and probably find some other way to terrorize humanity for Allah.
All of our posts on these terrorists is herein our ‘Boston Marathon bombing’ category.
When individuals granted asylum return to the country they’d fled, they can lose their asylum privileges-–but only if U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services knows about it, the head of the agency’s asylum program said during a House hearing July 17.
Joseph Langlois, the associate director for refugee, asylum and international operations at USCIS, suggested that the agency would not have known that Tamerlan Tsarnaev–the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who died in a gunbattle with police–traveled in 2012 to Russia, which his family had received asylum from.
Langlois told the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on national security that he couldn’t publicly discuss the Tsarnaev family in particular for confidentiality reasons. But he did speak in general terms about cases like that of Tamerlan.
When an asylee comes back to the United States after traveling abroad, Customs and Border Protection can alert USCIS about an asylee’s travel, he said. [Gee, I wonder if they were alerted about Tsarnaev and did nothing—ed]
“We do have referrals from CBP. They are not great in number though,” Langlois said.
Additionally, those referrals only come from entries into the United States–Langlois said it was his understanding that USCIS has no knowledge when asylees depart for the country where they said they feared persecution.
The father of the Tsarnaev brothers reportedly applied for asylum after arriving in the United States legally, under a tourist visa, which would make him an affirmative asylum applicant. Individuals in removal proceedings, on the other hand, can apply for asylum defensively, at which point USCIS screens them for credible fear of persecution.
Asylum claims up 400% since Obama took office.
Langlois said the agency is on track to receive about 29,000 defensive applications this year–an increase of about 400 percent since 2009. He added though that there have been large fluctuations in applications, both defensive and affirmative, in recent years.
Surely you saw the news yesterday from Boston, but I thought I should post it just to keep our archives up to date and to remind readers that the Tsarnaev family came to live in the US as political refugees. We gave this murdering Jihadist the opportunity for a good life and he decided that pleasing Allah by killing innocent Americans was a more important goal for him.
Additionally, I consider the failure of Homeland Security to identify these terrorists in advance, with all their fancy surveillance techniques, to be a greater scandal than many being heaped on the Obama Administration at the moment.
Here is one of many similar reports, this story is at US News/NBC: The evil US made him do it. I checked several stories to see if they mentioned the fact that we gave his family asylum and they had been living off the generosity of the US taxpayer and didn’t see a thing. NBC does mention the shooting practice in Manchester, NH (home of fellow Chechen “refugees”).
Tsarnaev can get life in prison or the death penalty, it’s up to Eric Holder.
See our entire Boston Marathon bombing category, here.