Tunisian Man Charged with Visa Fraud Related to Terrorism, Intended to Remain in U.S. to Facilitate an Act of International Terrorism

Hi Gang:

Earlier today, Thursday, May 9th, I wrote about the fact that a citizen of Tunisia who was, according to an NBC News report, present in the United States with a work visa had been charged with obtaining by lying on his application, thereby committing fraud.
The FBI has just posted a press release in which more details have been made public.  I have attached the FBI press release below. 

It is interesting that while we are often told about “home grown” terrorists, this Tunisian attempted to game the visa process and immigration benefits program to remain in the United States to recruit terrorists.  He is alleged to have radiacalized at least one of the Canadian terror suspects (Chiheb Esseghaier).

Fortunately he was apparently identified prior to his coming to the United States and was under surveillance.  Think of how many others are “out there” who have not been identified by our authorities who are intent on pursuing similar goals by similar means.  I don’t believe that this suspect “invented the wheel” but was probably using the tactics as have others with similar malicious intentions.
The 9/11 Commission reported that of 94 terrorists who were identified and who operated in the United States in the decade leading up to the terrorist attacks of sEptember 11, 2001, 59 of those terrorists had used visa fraud and/or immigration benefit fraud to enter the United States and as an embedding tactic to enable them to “hide in plain sight.”
It is important to note that simply fingerprinting millions of illegal (undocumented) aliens whose true names, countries of citizenship, backgrounds, affiliations and ultimate intentions are unknown and unknowable will not enhance national security but create huge vulnerabilities- providing terrorists with the opportunity to create false identities.
This is why I have come to refer to Comprehensive Immigration Reform as being the “Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act.”
On February 18, 2013 AIM (Accuracy IMedia) posted my commentary about the “Gang of Eight” and their proposal for “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.”  The title for my commentary was:
On April 16, 2013, AIM published another of my articles in which I continued to voice my concerns about how the “Eight Gangsters” who are pushing Comprehensive Immigration Reform ignore the lack of integrity to the process by which applications for immigration benefits are adjudicated, thereby endangering national security.  
While it is undeniable that the U.S./Mexican border must be secured, it is clear to everyone that there is far more to the immigration system than the issue of security of the Southwest Border of the United States.  Yet the Eight Gangsters and other proponents for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will not even talk about the other vulnerabilities, let alone offer to come up with solutions to these problems that compromise the security of the United States and imperil the lives of Americans and others. 

Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today!  

Our armed forces are charged with securing America’s borders externally while the DHS is supposed to secure those same borders from within.  The failures of the DHS to live up to its half of the equation are undermining the efforts, valor and incredible sacrifices of Americas men and women who serve in our military!The immigration laws are supposed to achieve two primary goals- to protect American lives and protect Americans’ jobs. 

Our nation is greatly benefited by the rich diversity of our people which is why I could never imagine living anywhere except New York City, arguably the most diverse city in our nation if not, in fact, the world.  However, my idea of diversity most certainly does not include members of MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels or members of other transnational gangs or members of al-Qaeda or other terrorist organizations!

It is also vital that American workers never be made to compete with foreign workers for their jobs!  (This requirement is a component of the Immigration Laws that are not being enforced today!)

If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce our immigration laws that are intended to protect our nation and our citizens concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation! 


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We the People must make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!

We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.

This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!

You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!

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http://www.fbi.gov/newyork/press-releases/2013/tunisian-man-charged-with-visa-fraud-related-to-terrorism-intended-to-remain-in-u.s.-to-facilitate-an-act-of-international-terrorism


Tunisian Man Charged with Visa Fraud Related to Terrorism, Intended to Remain in U.S. to Facilitate an Act of International Terrorism

U.S. Attorney’s Office May 09, 2013

  • Southern District of New York (212) 637-2600

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Raymond W. Kelly, the Police Commissioner of the city of New York (NYPD), today announced the unsealing of charges against Ahmed Abassi, a Tunisian citizen, for fraudulently applying for a work visa in order to remain in the United States to facilitate an act of international terrorism. Abassi was arrested on April 22, 2013, and was presented and arraigned on May 2 before U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum. Judge Cedarbaum has scheduled a conference in the case for 3:00 p.m. today.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “As alleged, Ahmed Abassi had an evil purpose for seeking to remain in the United States—to commit acts of terror and develop a network of terrorists here, and to use this country as a base to support the efforts of terrorists internationally. Thanks to the extraordinary vigilance of our prosecutors and law enforcement partners, Abassi has been thwarted and is being prosecuted for his alleged crimes. Protecting the residents of the Southern District, and all Americans, from terrorists is the number one priority of this office.”

FBI Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos said, “As alleged, Mr. Abassi came to the United States to pursue terrorist activity and support others in the same shameful pursuit. What Mr. Abassi didn’t know was that one of his associates, privy to the details of his plan, was an undercover FBI agent. The FBI and its Joint Terrorism Task Force partners will continue working tirelessly to protect the country from those who seek to do us harm. “

NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said, “The allegations in this case serve as still another reminder that terrorism has not abated, that we must remain vigilant, and that when we do, terrorist plots against us can be thwarted.”

As alleged in the indictment unsealed today in Manhattan federal court and other documents filed in the case:

Abassi, who previously resided in Canada, traveled to the United States in mid-March 2013, where he remained until his arrest. While in the United States, Abassi, who was under surveillance by law enforcement agents at all times, maintained regular contact with an FBI undercover officer (the UC) and also met with Chiheb Esseghaier in New York City. Esseghaier, who was recently arrested in Canada and is currently incarcerated there on terrorism charges, was previously radicalized by Abassi. During Abassi’s discussions with Esseghaier and with the UC, which were recorded by the UC, Abassi discussed his desire to engage in terrorist acts against targets in the United States and other countries and his intention to provide support and funding to organizations engaged in terrorist activity—including the al Nusrah Front, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of State as an alias for Al Qaeda in Iraq—and to recruit other individuals for terrorist plots. In particular, Abassi discussed with the UC a number of individuals known to Abassi and/or to his associates, whom he described as like- minded and who, in his view, would be willing to engage in terrorist activity.

On April 12, 2013, Abassi and the UC discussed Abassi’s efforts to recruit others for terrorist plots and that he might be able to obtain immigration documents to remain in the United States, purportedly in order to work for the UC’s U.S.-based company. In reality, Abassi made clear that he wanted to obtain immigration documents and to remain in the United States so that he could engage in “projects” relating to future terrorist activities, including recruitment. Thereafter, Abassi made false statements on two immigration forms, under penalty of perjury, and subsequently mailed those forms to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for processing.

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The indictment charges Abassi with two counts of knowingly making false statements in an application to the immigration authorities for a green card and work visa in order to facilitate an act of international terrorism. Each count carries a maximum term of 25 years in prison.

The charges and arrest of Abassi are the result of the close cooperative efforts of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force—which principally consists of agents and detectives of the FBI and the NYPD—and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Mr. Bharara also thanked the National Security Division and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for their ongoing assistance.

The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys John P. Cronan, Michael Ferrara, and Benjamin A. Naftalis are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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