“Be nice or leave.” That is the admonition given by a friendly Chattanooga neighborhood nestled just across the Tennessee River, between the Lookout and Signal mountains. Obviously, there are some who did not heed that advice.
Who would have thought that a tragedy like we have just seen could have happened in such a nice place? The answer may surprise you. We brought it upon ourselves!
The murderer, in this instance, was Youssef Mohammad Abdulazeez. And political correctness being what it is, CNN would not use his name for fear it might suggest that he is a Muslim. In a live TV interview, the chief FBI investigator from Knoxville said he wanted to make it perfectly clear that, although the investigation is being conducted as a terrorist event, it has not been classified as such. The Administration is still calling it “workplace violence.”
But the problem goes far beyond a loose border through which 400,000 illegal aliens enter each year. Under current U.S. immigration policy, an ISIS terrorist doesn’t need to hop a fence or swim a river to reach America. He can enter the U.S. legally as a student, as a skilled guest-worker, as a refugee, as an entrepreneur, or as a tourist; he can fly here in the comfort of a jumbo jet…and never leave. The sheriff of nearby Putman County recently told me that he is currently attempting to track some 1,500 Middle Eastern students who came to the Tennessee Tech University, located there, dropped out, and simply disappeared into the local community. Our community. My community!
According to Census data, the U.S. welcomes about 100,000 Muslim immigrants legally each year. This represents the fastest-growing segment of immigrants coming to America. Youssef Mohammad Abdulazeez arrived with his parents from Kuwait at the age of 6. He was educated in American public schools, was an engineering graduate of the University of Tennessee, and, by all accounts, was a fully assimilated U.S. naturalized citizen. But something happened. Last year, at the age of 23, he traveled to Jordan and Yemen for seven months. U.S. intelligence agencies aren’t sure who he visited or what he may have been taught while there. But when he returned home, he grew his beard out and started writing a Muslim blog in which he made philosophical, anti-American statements.
FBI Director James Comey’s dire warning to Congress several weeks ago now seems prophetic because it applies perfectly to young Muslims like Abdulazeez. He said the message from ISIS to American Muslin youth is, “Come to the ISIS Caliphate state if you can, and kill somebody. But if you can’t, just kill somebody where you are.” Obviously, Youssef Mohammad Abdulazeez did just that.
Clare Lopez, vice president of research and analysis for the Center for Security Policy and a former CIA analyst says, “With the U.S. so liberally allowing more Muslims into the country – about 800 new refugees a month come from one country, Somalia, arguably the most jihadist-rich country in the world — we have no idea if there are hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands across America today who decide to pledge their allegiance to the Shariah doctrine of jihad.”
And where do American Muslim youth go to feed on the poison of Islamic jihadism? “Muslim mosques — like the one in neighboring Murfreesboro, TN — Islamic cultural centers, and online indoctrination all play some role.” Lopez said. “But neither Comey, nor the FBI, nor local law enforcement, currently has the legal right or investigative tools to identify and stop such individuals before they take the next step on the pathway to violent jihad.” We can’t give the impression of profiling, or being racially prejudiced, you know.
This country spends an estimated $58 Billion a year on our intelligence services. They missed 9/11. They missed Fort Hood. They missed the Boston bombing. And they missed Chattanooga.
Senator Jeff Sessions from neighboring Alabama cited a recent warning by the Citizenship and Immigration Council: “Our government cannot effectively track these foreign visitors and immigrants … Applications for entry are rubber-stamped. We’ve become the visa clearinghouse for the world.”
Former Representative Michele Bachmann, (R-MN), has long been concerned by the rising immigration from hostile countries and rising incidents of Islamic terror. When she served in the House, she warned that, “Terrorism is real, barbaric and will continue on American soil until the U.S. determines to get serious about prevention.” She said, “Across the world, wherever Muslim immigration has been allowed to flourish, a connection to terrorism has also flourished. No one has a right to immigrate to America. It is our choice as to who we allow to gain entrance to our great land.”
And she should know, the Minneapolis/St. Paul area has the largest population of Somolian Muslims outside of Somolia. Just last Sunday, the terrorist group al-Shabab made a propaganda video warning of an attack on shopping malls around the world, including Minnesota’s famous Mall of America, our country’s largest. You will recall, Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the terror attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya two years ago, which left 67 dead.
So, should we be surprised? Nashville has one of
the fastest-growing foreign-born populations of any major U.S. city. According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, “The 2000 data showed Nashville with an increase of 210.1 percent in the immigrant population since 1990, which compared with a 6.5 percent increase in the native-born population over the same period. That meant that immigration accounted directly for 45.4 percent of the overall population increase of the city.” Nearby Shelbyville, formerly the Tennessee Walking Horse capital of the world, has become a Somali center because of available employment in the Tyson Foods chicken processing plant there.
What to do? Former Minnesota Congresswoman, Michele Bachmann said it best: “America is our country. It is time the politicians listen to us, the people who support this nation!”
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