You betcha! I am continually amazed at how long it takes the mainstream media to catch up with the blogosphere. I don’t want to brag, but heck we wrote about this now old news way back in June of 2011.
And, it cannot go unmentioned—-Senator Rand Paul was, and still is, the only US Senator I’ve seen in the last 6 years to have the guts to ask why the h*** are we doing this?
See here for just one of many posts about Paul’s demands for answers about how this Kentucky case happened. Isn’t it interesting that this lengthy ABC News investigation doesn’t even mention his name!
Let me repeat!
We have admitted 19,491 Iraqi refugees to the US in 2013 alone!
Thanks to all who sent the story today, including Judy who sent former Rep. Allen West’s post on the story and Brenda Walker at Limits to Growth for her write-up. Walker has been on top of the story from day one as well!
Good Morning America: Exclusive: US May Have Let ‘Dozens’ of Terrorists Into Country As Refugees
Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky — who later admitted in court that they’d attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq — prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists’ fingerprints.
“We are currently supporting dozens of current counter-terrorism investigations like that,” FBI Agent Gregory Carl, director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), said in an ABC News interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC News’ “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline”.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there were many more than that,” said House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul. “And these are trained terrorists in the art of bombmaking that are inside the United States; and quite frankly, from a homeland security perspective, that really concerns me.”
As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News …. [But, of course the refugee agencies and their contractors are making up now for lost time. Iraqis were the largest group of refugees resettled in 2013.—ed]
The now imprisoned pair were resettled in Kentucky:
In 2009 Alwan applied as a refugee and was allowed to move to Bowling Green, where he quit a job he briefly held and moved into public housing on Gordon Ave., across the street from a school bus stop, and collected public assistance payouts, federal officials told ABC News.
“How do you have somebody that we now know was a known actor in terrorism overseas, how does that person get into the United States? How do they get into our community?” wondered Bowling Green Police Chief Doug Hawkins, whose department assisted the FBI.
One of the saddest parts of this whole story is that these creeps may well have helped themselves to American welfare after killing American soldiers from Pennsylvania:
The FBI secretly taped Alwan bragging to the informant that he’d built a dozen or more bombs in Iraq and used a sniper rifle to kill American soldiers in the Bayji area north of Baghdad.
“He said that he had them ‘for lunch and dinner,'” recalled FBI Louisville Supervisory Special Agent Tim Beam, “meaning that he had killed them.”
Read the whole ABC story for details. Most regular readers will note that we reported most of this “exclusive” story over the last couple of years.
This is our 596th post on Iraqi refugees, click here for the entire archive.
For first timers, who have no clue what ‘refugee resettlement’ is, go here for our fact sheet on how the program works. Also, Bowling Green is a preferred resettlement site for the contractors. Type ‘Bowling Green’ into our search function and learn more about the problems there over the years.