A portion of the nation is irate that five Taliban terrorists held at Gitmo have been freed in exchange for an American prisoner-of-war (POW) soldier in captivity for five years. According to the Weekly Standard, “The Taliban has long demanded that the ‘Gitmo 5’ be released in order for peace talks to begin in earnest…the administration set preconditions for the talks, including that the Taliban break its relationship with al-Qaeda. When it became clear that this was a non-starter, the administration decided to make the Taliban’s desired break with al-Qaeda a goal, and no longer a precondition, for its diplomacy.”
In 2008, senior U.S. defense officials and the Pentagon considered the Gitmo 5 “high risk” for launching attacks against American interests according to leaked dossiers. The five are Mullah Mohammad Fazi (former deputy minister), Abdul Haq Wasiq (former deputy minister of intelligence), Mohammed Nabi Omari (senior official), Khairullah Khairkhwa (former heroin trafficker and Taliban governor of Herat) and Mullah Norullah Noori (personally asked by Osama Bin Laden to participate in northern drug wars). The Obama administration negotiated with terrorists on their terms by not demanding that ties with al-Qaeda be broken. Hold that thought! Let’s take a look at an investigation from WSB-TV in Atlanta about terrorists crossing the southern border.
In 2010, WSB-TV reported that terrorists were crossing the southern border of the U.S. The investigative report found, “The U.S. Border Patrol has captured thousands of people they say are classified as OTM which stands for ‘other than Mexican.’ Documents show many of them are from terrorist nations like Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan and Yemen. Federal authorities call those groups SIAs, which stands for ‘special interest aliens.’”
At the time, federal authorities denied that terrorists crossed the border. However, the WSB-TV report found a federal indictment that Ahmed Muhammad Dhakane had allegedly smuggled hundreds of people from Brazil into the U.S. by way of Mexico, including Somalis from the terrorist group al-Shabab. If al-Shabab sounds familiar, it is because they have been in the news recently.
Al-Shabab was behind the 2013 Kenya mall massacre and hostage crisis in which more than 60 people were killed. Al-Qaeda congratulated al-Shabab for joining its terrorist network. The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababab just issued a warning to U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Ethiopia about threats from al-Shabab.
Understand, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is still under the directive to “prioritize” the detention of illegal aliens. Illegally crossing the border alone does not warrant arrest, detention and deportation.
Let’s wrap this up: the Obama administration gave the Taliban what they wanted (no separation from al-Qaeda) and released the Gitmo 5 (terrorists) who have deep roots in the Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorist network. In 2010, there was proof that al-Shabab (an arm of al-Qaeda) entered the U.S. through our southern border. Yet, President Obama orders DHS to conceptually “stand down” because crossing the border illegally is not enough of a crime.
Let this sink in, for the picture is very clear.