Yet another Advantage For Terrorists and Criminal Aliens"

Hi Gang:

As you will see, this time my commentary was predicated upon a news report about a naturalized citizen from Korea was apparently thwarted from fleeing the jurisdiction of the United States after he allegedly committed a horrific act of cold-blooded murder- repeatedly running over his former girlfriend who is also an apparent member of the Korean community in New Jersey.  The defendant in this case, Charles Ann, is hardly unique in attempting to flee the jurisdiction of American law enforcement.  The list of such fleeing criminals would likely contain hundreds of thousands of such fugitives and include international terrorists as well as sociopathic criminals.

Many films about “cops and robbers” include high speed chases in which the bad guys attempt to escape from the “Long Arm of the Law.”

Our vernacular even includes the term “getaway” which, according to the Oxford Online Dictionary program is defined as:


Pronunciation: /?get??w?/


  • an escape or quick departure, especially after committing a crime: the thugs made their getaway [as modifier]: a getaway car
The ultimate escape occurs when the fleeing criminal not only eludes pursuing law enforcement officers by slipping into an alleyway for a moment of freedom, but occurs when the fugitive escapes from the jurisdiction of those pursuing law enforcement officers permanently!  All too often, foreign nationals who are able to return to their home countries achieve that goal of making the ultimate getaway! 
This emboldens such criminals who know that they can commit even the most heinous crimes imaginable and likely never be made to “pay a price” for their crimes.  Aliens whose home countries do not honor extradition treaties know that for them the term “Home free” has a novel and extremely descriptive meaning.  Even when criminals are extradited from foreign countries to the United States, many countries will insist that the United States not be permitted to execute the criminals who are turned over to American law enforcement authorities, thereby conferring a measure of protection of foreign murders that American murder suspects cannot avail themselves of.
Once again the issues discussed provide evidence as to why it is essential that the United States government acts in the best interest of our citizens and, indeed, all who are present in the United States, to secure its borders and enforce the immigration laws that are supposed to deter the entrance of aliens into the United States who pose a threat to the safety and well being of our citizens and our nation. 

It is absolutely impossible to comprehend how, given all of these facts, that there is even a debate about whether or not our borders should be secured and our immigration laws be enforced in such a way as to deprive terrorists the opportunity to enter our country and embed themselves in our country.

It is similarly impossible to comprehend why there is any controversy to be found in enforcing immigration laws to make certain that Americans are able to be provided with jobs at a time of record levels of unemployment and at a time of record levels of foreclosures on American homes!

Show me a politician who refuses to enforce the immigration laws or attempts to trivialize these laws, and I will show you a politician who needs to find out what it is like to stand on the unemployment line!

Benjamin Franklin, in discussing our then fledgeling nation, said that they had given us a republic if we could keep it!

What he was making clear was that this democratic republic required that its citizens take their citizenship seriously and keep the political leaders accountable.

It is time for the citizens of our nation to make certain that our nation’s leaders, on all levels, to come to terms with the fundamental fact that the purpose of our immigration laws is to protect our nation and our citizens from aliens whose presence has the potential to have a serious adverse impact.  Ignoring those laws exposes our nation and our citizens to a variety of serious threats and challenges ranging from national security and criminal justice and public safety to the economy, the environment, healthcare and education!

A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!


our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the “American Dream” the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!

We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm’s way in defense of this nation and our citizens.  

My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.

The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.

If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same.  We need to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”

The practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there.

For far too long our citizens demonstrated apathy which emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. 

It is therefore understandable that the politicians of both parties, are greatly concerned about the demonstrations currently sweeping our nation just as did the creation of the Tea Party.  Clearly  more and more of our fellow Americans are demonstrating that they are not as dumb as the politicians from both parties had expected us to be!

I am encouraged that more and more of us, We the People, are not willing to simply sit on the sidelines anymore!

I believe our nation’s 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!

I also believe that the original purpose of our nation’s immigration laws need to be be brought “front and center” to make certain that our nation does not permit the entry of aliens into our country whose presence in our country is problematic for the citizens of our nation and that if such aliens do succeed in entering our country that our nation have the resources, integrity and dedication to do everything possible to make it impossible for such aliens to function within our country so that even if they are not apprehended, they will find it pointless to remain in the United States.
As I have noted on a number of occasions, “No one would break into the amusement park if they could not get to go on the rides and no one remains in the amusement park at the end of the day when they turn shut down the rides and turn off the lights!” 

If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce our immigration laws 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! 

All I ask is that you 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!

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Lead, follow or get out of the way!

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The Trap Door: Yet another Advantage For Terrorists and Criminal Aliens

While the advocates for open borders and many of our political leaders often claim that virtually all aliens who enter our country simply want their share of the “American Dream,”  in fact, there are aliens who enter our country to evade law enforcement authorities in their home countries or other countries where they are wanted for committing heinous crimes or enter our country with the intentions of committing crimes and may belong to transnational gangs.

While such criminal aliens comprise only a small percentage of the aliens who enter our country, the fact remains that each year many people are killed, injured or otherwise victimized by aliens who engage in crime in our country.  Often the victims of the crimes that are committed by these aliens are, themselves, immigrants or members of the same ethnic community as are their assailants. 

Today my commentary is predicated on the alleged horrific homicide that was committed by a naturalized citizen of the United States, Charles Ann, who was born in South Korea and naturalized in 2009.  Purportedly, his victim was his former girlfriend, Anna Hong who, according to published reports, was seen arguing with Mr. Ann moments before he ran her down with his car when she terminated their relationship.  According to eyewitness accounts of the crime, Mr. Ann drove over her with his car and then shifted into reverse running over her repeatedly.

Here is an excerpt from the February 21, 2012 New York Post article that reported on this alleged murder:

“Authorities suspect Ann, who was born in Korea, was going to flee the country. He was captured at a friend’s house in Queens early this morning with a passport and large amounts of cash, authorities said.”

The issue to focus on is how, at the time of his arrest, Mr. Ann was found with his passport as well as with large amounts of cash.  It is unclear if the passport he had in his possession when he was arrested was his U.S. passport or his South Korean passport.  According to published reports, bail has been set at 3 million dollars because he presented an extreme flight risk.

Most aliens who are arrested in the United States present an extreme risk of flight because they are able to leave the United States to head for their home countries where extradition may be difficult or even impossible.  This provides transnational criminals and terrorists who enter the United States with the intention of carrying our criminal or terrorist acts with a virtual “Trap Door” they can escape through to to evade the “Long arm of the law” of various law enforcement agencies within the United States.

When I was an INS Special Agent I was often called upon by state and federal prosecutors to actively participate at bail hearings following the arrest of defendants who were aliens or dual nationals.  A bail hearing consists of two primary factors: 1) danger to the community, and 2) risk of flight.  In the great majority of the cases where I was called to testify at bail hearings, the alien defendants were either remanded without bail at all, or the bail was set so high that the defendants were unable to post the bail.  We made certain that they “faced the music!”

This is yet another reason why local and state law enforcement agencies and prosecutors should work in close cooperation with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) so that aliens who are accused of committing serious crimes are denied the opportunity to post a low bail which will result in yet another alien on the long list of fugitives.  Criminals all seek to evade detection by law enforcement authorities.  This is why criminals resort to all sorts of tactics to keep from being identified as participating in a crime or being caught after a crime is committed.

Aliens who commit crimes have an additional tactic in their “bag of tricks” one that is not readily available to the American counterparts: they can simply leave the United States after they commit a crime. For these criminals, our borders represent a sort of “turnstile.”  They obviously have to get into the United States in order to commit a crime but then may well seek to cross the border in the opposite direction to prevent being arrested or, if arrested, to avoid serving a lengthy jail sentence if they are arrested and facing prosecution.

Terrorists similarly move around the globe frequently to plan and carry out attacks and to evade capture.  In fact, the 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel focused on just how essential international travel and crossing international borders was to the attacks of 9/11 and other such terrorist attacks.  This is a voluminous report but one well worth reviewing.

The June 18, 1997 edition of the Washington Post published an important news report that was entitled, “Suspect in ’93 Shooting Spree at CIA Captured.” Here is an important excerpt from that news report:

WASHINGTON — Mir Aimal Kansi, the alleged gunman in a ruthless 1993 shooting spree outside CIA headquarters that left two agency employees dead and three others wounded, has been captured and secretly brought back to the United States to face murder charges, the CIA and FBI announced Tuesday.

Kansi, a Pakistani immigrant, coldly machine-gunned motorists stuck in morning rush-hour traffic at an intersection outside the CIA’s headquarters in LangleyVa.U.S. officials charge. He was turned over to American officials by Afghans cooperating with the FBI and CIA, the government said. Officials said that Kansi, who is being held in the Fairfax County Jail, is expected to be arraigned in a Fairfax County court this morning. He faces state murder charges and could get the death penalty if convicted.

After fleeing the United States for Pakistan after the shooting, Kansi, now 33, had managed for more than four years to elude one of the most intensive international manhunts ever mounted by U.S. law enforcement and intelligence operatives.

Clearly criminals and terrorists understand the importance of being able to elude American law enforcement by simply fleeing from our country after they do their “dirty work.”  It is time for our “leaders” on all levels to devise strategies to defend our nation and our citizens and immigrants from the threats posed by those who would, in one way or another, gain entry into our country to do us harm.

This is not about being “Anti-Immigrant” but about being “Pro-America!”

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