Terrorist Trainee Indicted

PUBLISHED: 7:39 PM 7 Feb 2018

Chain Migration Allowed Terrorist Camp-Trainee Into U.S.

He lied on his application and lax rules allowed him to enter.

A Saudi Arabian immigrant residing in Oklahoma was charged for visa fraud because he made false statements to authorities about trying to join an Al-Qaeda training camp a couple of years ago.

According to a Tuesday report, a Saudi Arabian immigrant residing in Oklahoma was charged with visa fraud because he made false statements to authorities about attending an Al-Qaeda training camp a couple of years ago. The 35-year-old suspect is named Naif Abdulaziz Alfallaj. This man got arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after they connected his fingerprints with a document for an application for a training camp of the Islamic terrorist organization.

According to the Department of Justice, this man was able to come to the United States on a non-immigrant visa application back in 2011, since his wife was a foreign student at that time. Basically, we’re talking about another case of Obama’s chain migration where a trained terrorist walked freely in the country for years.

The 2000 document was for a camp known as Farooq, where four of the 9/11 hijackers trained before the attack. Apparently, Alfallaj signed the application document when he was only 17 years old. The training camp was located near Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The complaint against the suspect alleges that he committed visa fraud by falsely answering certain questions on whether he had any kind of connection with terrorist organizations or if he had supported any of these groups when he was applying to enter the country.

According to the DOJ, this man faces two different charges of visa fraud. Apparently, one is for obtaining a visa by fraudulent means for the past six years, while the other count is for gaining a pilot’s license by using this fraudulent document.

In addition, the DOJ pointed out that his third charge stems from making some false statements to the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI about his background.

Regarding this case, law enforcement officials explained that the Saudi Arabian immigrant submitted his application to the terrorist training camp soon after this group declared its plan to harm America.

These officials said that anyone who tried to join the training camp would have known that Al-Qaeda was one of the most dangerous terrorist organizations in the world.

According to prosecutors, the United States military recovered the document at one of Al-Qaeda’s safe houses in Afghanistan. Apparently, this document had an emergency contact for Alfallaj’s father.

As reported by The New York Times, people who applied to the training camp filled out what was known at the time as a “mujahedeen data form.”

Apparently, the people who went to those camps initially needed an invitation and a reference from someone known and trusted by the terrorist organization.

In addition, it was known that trainees learned how to use different types of weapons and explosives in order to conduct certain operations.

On the other hand, the New York Times reported that camp attendees fought with the Taliban or Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, and revealed that Osama bin Laden frequently visited the training camp.

For several months, the FBI has been watching Alfallaj in order to determine whether he was involved in any kind of terrorist activity in the country.

Apparently, the suspect and his family didn’t interact with their neighbors and stayed mostly to themselves for years. The couple lived in an apartment complex that wasn’t far from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

According to one student, while many Saudis attended the school and had cookouts, Alfallaj and his family never attended these gatherings.

As reported by the New York Times, this case highlights the difficulty facing the government in processing large amounts of email addresses, phone numbers, fingerprints, photographs, messages and DNA samples that have been collected in almost 20 years of war.

Apparently, a huge amount of documents and electronic media collected in Afghanistan land on the shelves of a unit in the Bureau’s counterterrorism division. Each of these materials, which are stored at the FBI headquarters in Washington, has been an uncomfortable problem for the agency.

While American officials have long wanted to exploit these materials, they lacked the resources. After all, the Bureau has focused on some other pressing terrorism investigations over the last few years.

Regarding Alfallaj’s case, the former head of counterterrorism at the FBI James W. McJunkin said that this man should never have been able to enter the United States.

According to McJunkin, there was a number of “breakdowns” going back to where the original intelligence was stored. In addition, he pointed out that the suspect “should have been on a watch list.”

As authorities believe he is a flight risk, Alfallaj pleaded not guilty to the charges and is now in custody with U.S. marshals.