More in the continuing saga of the failure of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations' (ICE HSI) to do its job. HSI routinely refuses to perform its duties as directed so by ICE's head, John Morton. But besides its unwillingness to perform its responsibilities, HSI is also a blundering failure at the part of its duties that it claims is its priority: finding, arresting, prosecuting, and deporting terrorists. In this case, Somali terrorists from Minnesota and Ohio have been organizing and traveling to Somalia to participate in Al Shabaab's war in the horn of Africa.
We go through the security checks at the JKIA then we board the plane which lands in Hargeisa’s Egal International Airport two hours later. The immigration process is smooth and not as intense as it is in Nairobi. We each pay $50 (Sh4,000) for the visa.It is late afternoon when we are joined by an elderly man in his 50s whose long beard is dyed with red henna. He asks for a cup of coffee before greeting us. He is Mohammed Jimale, the recruit’s contact person in Hargeisa. He is taken aback by my presence and demands to know who l am and what l am doing there. I tell him l had got permission from the Al Shabaab spokesman Mukhtar Rubow to interview the recruits and accompany them to Mogadishu. He asks the recruits when their colleagues would be arriving. “They would be flying in by 3pm as we used different airlines,” said Adan Hussein in halting Somali. Jimale laughs and makes fun of the way Adan and the others speak the Somali language. “You boys need not to forget where you come from even if you have grown up around the wazungus,” he says. When l join them later, l am told that the vehicles are ready to leave. I get in the back seat of one of the Land Cruisers together with five other recruits and we are off to Mogadishu. Seated next to Omar, l can see he is nervous and afraid. He tells me that I should stay behind. I am more concerned about him. “I’m scared but I cannot change my mind now. It’s finally real. I have come too far to go back,” he tells me.
Again, complete ICE HSI fail. Rings of alien terrorists have free reign in the U.S. and operate without fear of the government office with the responsibility to stop their criminal activity. A bureaucracy out of control, incompetent and a wast of taxpayer dollars.