Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab, an Iraqi Muslim, entered the country using a tourist visa. Seven months later, just before his visa was about to expire, he asked for political asylum and planned to bring his entire family into the United States.
A year later the Iraqi refugee was arrested as part of a plot to kill George W. Bush for ISIS.
According to a confidential informant, Shihab was actually Abu Ahmed, who boasted of being related to Al-Baghdadi, the deceased Caliph of ISIS, and claimed to have aided the Jihadist group, with killing many Americans in Iraq between 2003 and 2006.
He worked at an Islamic Halal market in Indianapolis and then similar jobs in Columbus, Ohio, and while waiting for his political asylum to kick in, he got into the immigration business.
Shihab, according to the government’s complaint, had only received a tourist visa to come to America through the assistance of a corrupt Iraqi American contractor at the U.S. Embassy.
If applying for political asylum didn’t work, Shihab was going to enter into a fraudulent marriage with a U.S. citizen after having already obtained fake Iraqi divorce papers for his current wife.
Since Halal markets and personal immigration fraud weren’t keeping him busy enough, the aspiring refugee allegedly began brokering illegal migration through Biden’s open border. He charged $40,000 to bring illegals to America through the Mexican border, and according to the Iraqi, they had already brought three Iraqi illegals in one trip.
Everyday illegal alien smuggling took a turn for the worse when Shihab announced that another four incoming Iraqis were members of ISIS, including the secretary of an ISIS financial minister and that once he was here, they would have access to large amounts of money. ISIS was going to move money to a Columbus, Ohio car dealership using an Islamic hawala.
The four ISIS terrorists were also coming to kill former President George W. Bush. The ISIS refugee began trying to secure fake FBI IDs and formed a plan to get the assassins out through Mexico after the attack. He took videos of Bush’s home, his office, and other locations, and allegedly coordinated with a terror cell operating out of Qatar.
Shihab is now under arrest, but it’s unclear if the ISIS cell in Qatar, an Islamic terror state that hosts the Muslim Brotherhood, hosted the Taliban, and other terror groups, will try again.
All of this could have been averted with Trump’s “Executive Order 13769: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”, the so-called Muslim ban, which blocked entry to the U.S. from the terror states of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
Democrats fought the move tooth and nail, but so did some Republicans.
George W. Bush had criticized the travel ban, claiming, “I am for an immigration policy that is welcoming.
A welcoming immigration policy is how we got 9/11 and numerous other Muslim terrorist attacks.
“It’s very important for all of us to recognize one of our great strengths is for people to be able to worship the way they want to, he argued. While that’s laudable, Islamic worship is terrorism.
Or as a 15-year-old Yazidi girl who, under Islamic law had been made a sex slave by ISIS related, Every time that he came to rape me, he would pray and describe the sexual assaults as worship. Had ISIS succeeded in killing Bush, that would have been considered worship too.
After numerous legal battles, the original travel ban was replaced with a weaker version. And under pressure from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Iraqi government, Trump took Iraq off the list while Americans were promised that Iraqis would receive the best possible vetting.
Tillerson claimed that an intense review over the past month identified multiple security measures that the State Department and the government of Iraq will be implementing to achieve our shared objective of preventing those with criminal or terroristic intent from reaching the United States.”
So much for that.
Removing Iraq from the travel ban was a foreseeable disaster with a predictable outcome.
The Iraqi government consists of Shiite terrorists and Sunni terrorists. And apparently even our embassy has been infiltrated by corrupt contractors who provide ISIS members with visas.
Two years ago, Hawazen Sameer Mothafar, an Iraqi member of ISIS living in Portland, was indicted for helping manage the ISIS propaganda operation. When the media broadcast ISIS propaganda showing attacks on American cities, the material was coming out of Oregon.
Mothafar was one of a series of Iraqi terrorist immigrants including Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, whose extradition bid to Iraq was finally approved in April 2022.
Al-Nouri was allegedly the Emir of an Al Qaeda terrorist group in Fallujah who applied for Social Security disability benefits because his “injuries” in Iraq had made it too hard for him to work.
He came to America as a refugee and managed to become a military contractor.
Other Iraqi refugees include Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi. Alwan had boasted that of how he had “f___d up” Hummers using IEDs and admitted to having taken part in an attack that killed Americans. He had even left his fingerprints on an IED in Iraq. But the thorough vetting had failed to turn that up. Alwan and Hammadi were then accused of trying to send grenade launchers, plastic explosives, missiles and machine guns to Al Qaeda in Iraq.
Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan came here as a refugee. When the FBI searched his Houston apartment, agents found an ISIS flag. Hardan had been planning to leave bombs in the trash cans of two Houston malls. Al-Hamzah Mohammad Jawad, an Iraqi refugee from Michigan, was arrested while trying to join ISIS. Abdullatif Ali Aldosary set off a bomb outside a Social Security office in Arizona. The authorities found plenty of bomb making materials in his home.
Vetting doesn’t work. If it did work, our country wouldn’t be crawling with ISIS members.
Unfortunately there’s no sign that President George W. Bush or anyone else has learned anything from the experience. A travel ban for terror states, especially Iraq, protects Americans.
And most Americans, unlike former presidents, don’t have their own secret service details.
The media has long ago stopped telling its old lie that claimed no refugees have been involved in terrorist plots in America. It just buries the stories on Page 22, knowing that most Americans are no longer paying attention. At least until one of those terrorists pulls off another major attack.
And then maybe we can finally get permission to secure our own country against the “refugees”.