Earlier this week, we reported about two terrorists who had gained entry into the country via a mistake in a refugee program. Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi came from Iraq four years ago.
More facts are surfacing about the two and their journey to America.
Alwan and Hammadi were members of a rebel Al-Qaeda force in Iraq fighting against American forces. During the years, the men had reportedly placed several bombs in attempt to kill the “infidels,” and bragged about, “eating the Americans for lunch and dinner.”
In 2007, the men were detained and labeled as fighting with Al-Qaeda, but were released sometime after – why? The reason is unclear.
The men had learned about a refugee program allowing Iraq refugees into America to escape the war. The men took full advantage of the program applying, and having to only answer a few questions stating they were not terrorists and give their fingerprints, the men were allowed access.
The strange part about this mistake is that the men’s fingerprints were on record from crossing a border into Syria. That being said, the former Deputy Under Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Dawn Scalici, says that all biometric checks did come back clean.
This leaves the question of what they were comparing the fingerprints to, as the terrorists fingerprints were in the DHS system years before coming to America. However, another official maintains that Alwan’s fingerprints were entered into the DHS system as strictly procedural, and not affiliating him to any terrorist organization.
One could argue however, that the fingerprints should have been linked to the man as he was detained and label a terrorist during his time in Iraq. Were fingerprints not taken during the time of his detainment?
During a 140 device search conducted in the DHS “bomb library,” the startling discovery was made. The fingerprint was found on an IED, made out of the base to a cordless phone, American soldiers found in Iraq before it was detonated.
After learning about the men, the FBI immediately placed 24 hour surveillance on house. The men had managed to not only get into the country, but into public housing paid for by citizen taxpayers.
Watching the men created the opportunity to set up a sting organization in attempt to sell the men weapons. The cache of weapons consisted of machine guns, C4 and rockets, all of which the men claimed they were sending to Al-Qaeda forces in Iraq.
After arrested in May 2011, the men were taken to prison where they plead guilty to providing material support to terrorists. Alwan received 40 years in prison, whereas Hammadi will remain in prison for the remainder of his life.
One soldier, that was with the four National Guardsmen killed by the two, expresses that wished he could have, “smoked them when it happened,” but admits that this “second best option, “will have to do.”
Sill many people are upset that this could even happen. Citizens and authorities want to know how these known terrorists could have even got into the country let alone gaining residency.
Let us know what you think.