Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Disturbing Intersection Of Lies, Fraud, Homeland Security, And Asylum

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) states on its website stopping terrorists is the agency's top priority:

CBP is one of the Department of Homeland Security’s largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing and facilitating trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws.

However, like the alleged priorities of John Morton at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, it is a lie. Probably not from the line employees, but a lie none the less, intimately connected with the Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty.

A lie as reported by Pajamas Media:

Two Bangladeshis who were caught by Customs and Border Protection illegally crossing the border in June 2010 admitted under questioning that they were members of a designated terrorist organization that signed on to a fatwa by Osama bin Laden pledging to wage war against Americans.

But amazingly, after one of the men requested asylum, he was released on bond. And now one Homeland Security official tells me, concerning the released terror operative, “We don’t have the slightest idea where he is now.”

The two men, Muhammad Nazmul Hasan and Mirza Muhammad Saifuddin, were intercepted near Naco, Arizona, not long after they had crossed the border on June 25, 2010. During their interrogation, one of the men admitted that they were members of Harakat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B), which was designated a
terrorist organization by the United States in February 2008. Earlier this month the group claimed responsibility for a bombing a courthouse in New Delhi. That attack killed 11 and wounded at least 45 others.

A 2006 State Department report described HuJI-B’s goals and connections to other terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda:

The goal of HUJI-B is to establish Islamic rule in Bangladesh. The group’s core membership consists primarily of Bangladeshi veterans of fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. The Bangladeshi Government arrested a senior HUJI-B leader, Mufti Abdul Hannan, in October. HUJI-B has connections to the Pakistani militant groups Harakat ul-Jihad-I-Islami (HUJI) and Harakat ul-Mujahedin (HUM), which advocate similar objectives in Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir. The leaders of HUJI-B and HUM both signed the February 1998 fatwa sponsored by Usama bin Ladin that declared American civilians to be legitimate targets for attack.

Capturing two terrorist operatives illegally crossing the border would appear to be a big win for the Border Patrol. But in a stunning move, one of the men was released on
bond after claiming asylum.

A Homeland Security official I met with last week in Washington, D.C., who was familiar with the case says that no government agency is tasked with monitoring those that are released pending asylum hearings, and that the terror operative’s whereabouts now are unknown.

That this guy was allowed out on bond is criminal. We don’t have the slightest idea where he is now. If he sets off a car bomb in Tucson or Phoenix, or shoots up a shopping mall or elementary school somewhere, there will be a lot of finger-pointing. But nobody seems that concerned about it now. And this is not the first time something like this has happened.

Back in March I reported here exclusively at PJMedia on a Department of Justice memo submitted in a court case of Ahmed Muhammed Dhakane, who ran a human smuggling ring out of Brazil on behalf of the Somali Al-Shabaab terrorist organization. Dhakane was nearly granted asylum, but was eventually charged with lying about his terrorist associations based on his conversations with a jailhouse informant. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Dhakane’s case was representative of the surging wave of Somalis who have been intercepted crossing the border over the past two years. And now some officials are worried that the case of Hasan and Saifuddin might be the tip of the iceberg of extremist Bangladeshis who are leaving their country under pressure from authorities there cracking down on HuJI-B and setting up terror-support operations in the United States. And the preferred transit route into the U.S. appears to be illegally entering over the southern border — the route taken by the two Bangladeshi terror operatives.

What it tells us that Catch-and-Release continues unabated and combined with asylum fraud, the bad old days before 9/11 are back. Just as the Bush Administration did nothing to catch the 9/11 terrorists in the months before the attack, it continued Catch-and-Release on the border, as well as the interior, despite claims that it had ended the policy. It no more ended Catch-and-Release than it build the border fence.

What also continues is asylum fraud, where captured illegal aliens are released upon a claim of asylum, given employment authorization, and are free to continue a life of crime or terrorism, like Ramzi Yousef, or Alex Sanchez.

On the face of it, any one attempting to enter the United States illegally, asylum claim is fraudulent. A real claimant would have first applied overseas for refugee status, second a real claimant would not have to enter the U.S. illegallly to make the claim as the person need only appear at a Port-of-Entry, such as those on the U.S.-Mexican border, and make a claim. An asylum claim by an illegal entrant is only designed to buy the alien time and, more importantly, release and employment authorization.

For a short time, such applicants for asylum spent time in custody until an Asylum Officer at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services adjudicated their claim. Apparently not any more. But it really was not that important, as USCIS routinely approves fraudulent asylum claims, especially those of Brazilian homosexuals for example. USCIS never met a lie it did not believe. And these Bangladeshi terrorists were in no danger of being ferreted out by USCIS. But it is clear that the Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty includes a return of Catch-and-Release as well as credulity in the area of asylum claims. Though one can say these two aspects were also part of the Bush Administration Administrative Amnesty as well.

But it is clear that CBP has been lying to the public for years, claiming that preventing terrorism is one of their policy goals. That clearly is not the case. If so, why release a terrorist? Of course their argument would be that ICE released the terrorist, since it takes custody of asylum applicants as a general rule when they are arrested by CBP. But it certainly also tells us that ICE does not think much of its anti-terrorism responsibilities:

ICE's primary mission is to promote homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade, and immigration.

So much for the much tauted Homeland Security Investigations. They just lost a terrorist, much like the FBI could not find the missing 9/11 terrorists in the months before 9/11. I wonder if Catch-and-Release is part of promoting homeland security?

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