With another week of controversy surrounding the White House, it would be easy to forget about the actual crises going on in our nation. But that doesn’t mean that we can. And lawmakers, who have been tasked with correcting the failures of our government, should know this better than most.
But it seems that is precisely what leading liberals have done. They are so focused on pushing their party’s agenda forward they are completely ignoring the real issues that need to be fixed. Meanwhile, hundreds of immigrants are being allowed to infiltrate our communities and terrorize them without so much as a second glance.
This week the Justice Department announced that a Lebanese refugee who had been living in New Jersey had been arrested for being involved in a terror operation. Alexei Saab was found to be a trained Hezbollah fighter who had reported back to the Islamic Jihad Organization or IJO on numerous occasions about possible attack sites here on American soil.
Saab had obtained an “unspecified visa” for the US nearly 20 years ago and has been living here ever since. However, that doesn’t mean he had become loyal to his new home.
The report released this week said that Saab had traveled back and forth between the US and Lebanon many times to report on sites such as high-profile landmarks and busy transportation hubs in large cities including Washington, New York City, and Boston.
The Southern District of New York’s US attorney’s office wrote, “Saab focused on the structural weaknesses of locations he surveilled in order to determine how a future attack could cause the most destruction. (his) reporting to the IJO included materials used to construct a particular target, how close in proximity one could get to a target, and site weaknesses or ‘soft spots’ that the IJO could exploit if it attacked a target in the future.”
He was arrested on July 9, but the report including this information was not released until just this week. The 33-page account proves that Saab had trained with Hezbollah from 1996 to 2000 when he came to the US to live. During his training, he was involved in several terrorist missions, including attacks on Israelis in the Middle East.
When he moved here to the US in 2000, he was made part of the IJO and a group often referred to as “Unit 910.” This group is well known for its intelligence and counterintelligence expertise when planning attacks on Western targets.
Unit 910 operatives are known to be those who can easily infiltrate our immigration system, typically by securing a family visa due to having relatives living here in the States. And since Saab first entered the country before 9/11, it is understandable that he would have been given such a visa.
However, the report also included evidence that he traveled back to Lebanon in both 2004 and 2005 and took part in IJO bomb-making courses. Then between 2005 and 2008, he was reported to have made at least ten known trips back and forth between the two countries where he conveyed findings on various sites throughout the US.
Photos were found in Saab’s possession of the Supreme Court Building, the Washington Monument, the Capitol and quite a few highly-trafficked bridges throughout New York City.
So the question is: how was Saab able to move back and forth so often and conduct the surveillance he obviously did all while being investigated for naturalization as a US citizen?
It’s a known fact that immigration policies, especially for those coming from predominantly Muslim countries, have become stricter since 9/11. In addition, Unit 910 has been well-documented in recent years as a known terrorist group that poses a severe threat.
You would think government officials would take them more seriously. And yet, over 60,000 immigrants from Lebanon alone have been granted green cards since 2001.
There seems to be a disconnect here.
Now, the numbers of those allowed in have lessened since Trump has been in office. But it still leaves us to wonder how many more like Saab are already here, ready and willing to report on our weaknesses to a group that clearly seeks to see us destroyed. This is just one example. There are many more that we could discuss.
And yet, liberal lawmakers focus all their efforts on getting rid of Trump and opening our borders to more and more immigrants we know nothing about.