Moroccan with expired student visa arrested for terror plot

As you know, I live in South Florida and it was just down the road, in Broward County, that Mohammad Atta was picked up on a routine traffic stop, released, and ended up purchasing the tickets leading to his last flight on 9/11. Atta and several of his fellow Islamic terrorists were here in the US on student visas.

You might think an immediate response going forward would be to scrub the rolls for anyone entering the US on a student visa from countries listed on terrorist watch lists.

But apparently not.

As reported in the Toronto Sun, a Moroccan man with an expired student visa who entered the United States as an exchange student six years ago is facing criminal charges after planning to use a remote-controlled plane to bomb a U.S. university and a federal building in Connecticut.

The resident of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 26-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fathi, was arrested on Monday after telling a friend that he was studying how to carry out the bomb attack with a toy plane, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut and court papers filed by a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.

In a conversation recorded by the FBI, Fathi “repeatedly confirmed his desire to bomb an educational university outside the state of Connecticut” and claimed he had lined up financing from drug dealers to fund the attack, officials said.

This just serves as another reminder that we have enemies within our gates. And let me be one of the first to congratulate our law enforcement agency on their efforts in foiling this plot.

Fathi’s case provides a number of flags that should serve as a potential blueprint to use for tracking others.

As the Toronto Sun reports, Fathi entered the United States in 2008 on a student visa that expired in 2009 after he failed all the classes he had enrolled in at Virginia International University, according to court papers. He had been preparing an asylum application but told a friend in a conversation recorded by the FBI that he had constructed a false history of abuse for political dissent in his native country to justify that bid. Fathi has been arrested twice since entering the United States, in 2010 in Virginia for trespassing, a charge that was later dismissed, and in California in 2012 for theft.

Instead of the Obama administration pushing its agenda of granting amnesty to illegal immigrants, it should be focusing on protecting the American people from those here illegally first and foremost. We reported here about the 68,000 criminal illegals who were released by the Obama administration.

Obviously Islamic terrorists have developed a basic modus operandi of acquiring student visas, overstaying them, and then possibly developing false stories in order to apply for asylum. It’s also apparent that Mexican drug cartels are willing to collude with Islamists as enablers and in support of both entities’ nefarious objectives against the United States. Lest we forget that the purported assassination plots against the Ambassadors of Israel and Saudi Arabia by Islamic terrorists were supported by Mexican drug cartels.

This is why the first step in immigration reform MUST be border security. Iran has supported its proxy terrorist army, Hezbollah, to establish operations south of the US border. As well, Iran’s Al Quds force has established operations in Venezuela, which began with agreements between Hugo Chavez and Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

I always laugh when I hear liberal progressives complain about “profiling.” When there are specific and evident trends only a dummy wouldn’t act upon it and conduct trend analyses. We need to clean up the US student visa program before one of these violators slips through the cracks — ala Mr. Atta and his co-conspirators.

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Walt Craig
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He should be sent to meet his 72 Virgins….immediately!

jimmie redding
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I wonder what Islamic women meet when they die? Do you think for one minute that after I escaped from that hell hole where my body had probably been mutilated that I would demand that Americans accept me and my burka. My Burka would be somewhere in the ocean between here and there. I would try so hard to be liked and accepted by my hopefully new country. there would only be respect from me. I would not allow my daughter to be anywhere near those people for fear of her mutilation. I watched a video that gives me nightmares.… Read more »
marylou
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This country is quite often incredibly stupid…. when it comes to common sense regarding those with EXPIRED VISAS and ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.
Neither one is an asset… and more often than not, either a physical threat to our freedoms, or country’s well being and a drain on our economy.

gjsmith_62
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First, it’s criminal for Obama to not deport illegal aliens, it is impeachable to not deport illegal aliens captured, found to be felons and subsequently released.

Second, why is the US importing foreign students at all? End student visas entirely.

Roxanne McArdle
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Have you ever noticed that when something happens that would not bode well for the united states we are often guided to something bad that happens to grapple together the media? Therefore distracting the citizens ….

Aida Payton
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that’s right all the terrorist are founded by wealthy people on Middle east, because for them to teach people and educate the people is treat for them, when people finds that out that their toying them People got angry with their leader, so that’s why they pay terrorist to attack U.S.A. Now there is Obama. I hope and pray that Obama will stand to America as he swear in under oat..

Cynthia Banks
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Not a chance, he is a closet muslim

Rena
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not to be mean but were you drunk when you wrote this?

Tracey Pettingill
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Likely her first language is not English. I salute her for speaking her mind and for probably doing far better with a second language than many here.

Rena
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My apologies to Aida for my assumptions…

Ruth DelaCerda
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But I bet we can still track cows with mad cow disease a lot better.

Don.B
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And yet here in ct. We are being stripped of our second amendment rights!!.

AnneCameo
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The Sandy Hook (practice) that was in the news as a real tragedy – certainly built the type of emotional response, as Obama was hoping for; to state-by-state eliminate all citizens’ rights – especially 2nd.

Yukiko
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You still have your Suicide Vest rights.

The_Patriot
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More of Valerie Jarrett and barry’s agenda. When I heard about barry’s letting in arabs who seek asylum with “LIMITED” terrorist connections, I knew that somehow this would come into play.
barry is seeking to destroy this country, what better way than to let terrorists in who pretend to seek asylum. We need to get barry out of office and purge our government of these Islamists, before it is too late

Rafael X
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So all we need is the word bomb and an Arab name to conclude “Islamic terrorist”. We are not even sure that the guy wanted to bomb those building because of religious reasons. Nowhere in this piece or the Toronto sun article is it even confirmed that the guy is even a Muslim.

Cynthia Banks
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The point is he had failed, he had broken the law and not returned to his own country, so if he was staying and planning a bomb, it’s a no brainers. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure this out.

Rena
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Oh you are so right, I mean who would suspect an innocent Arab here illegally would do such a thing as become an “Islamic Terrorist”, I mean really… just because he “forgot” that his visa expired doesnt mean he is going to hurt anyone… /sarc Please spare me…

Rafael X
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He flunked all his classes, that’s enough to be pissed off at the school. American kids go on shooting rampage for a lot less.

Cynthia Banks
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Why not be pissed off at himself. He obviously wasn’t studying

Rena
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Wow and how many kids through out the world flunk out of school and just leave on to other things.. why did he wait so long to decide to blow up a school that had nothing to do with his flunking? You really need to get your head out of the sand and back into reality… stop making excuses.

Rafael X
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I’m not making excuses, he could be an Islamist terrorist who knows? My point is we actually don’t.

Cynthia Banks
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Rafael, that is so weak.

Wantabe
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Let me understand this Rafael X, you think that he was flunking out and the solution was to bomb “an educational university” in another state??
Really???

Rafael X
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Nope what I’m saying is we don’t even know if he’s in fact a Muslim. Not from that article anyways.

Yukiko
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“Fathi entered the United States in 2008 on a student visa that expired in 2009 after he failed all the classes he had enrolled in at Virginia International University Read more at http://www.allenbwest.com/2014/04/moroccan-expired-student-visa-arrested-terror-plot/#bJi0CP3lJ7K1cK7p.99 Fathi entered the United States in 2008 on a student visa that expired in 2009 after he failed all the classes he had enrolled in at Virginia International University Read more at http://www.allenbwest.com/2014/04/moroccan-expired-student-visa-arrested-terror-plot/#bJi0CP3lJ7K1cK7p.99Th Fathi entered the United States in 2008 on a student visa that expired in 2009 after he failed all the classes he had enrolled in at Virginia International University Read more at http://www.allenbwest.com/2014/04/moroccan-expired-student-visa-arrested-terror-plot/#bJi0CP3lJ7K1cK7p. Fathi… Read more »
MotherBatherick
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More scrutiny should be given when issuing visas to foreign students, home loans to foreigners wanting to buy a vacation home or even just to travel here for business and/or pleasure. Somehow we need to make it clear and simple to stop doing business with these people.

jimmie redding
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These Islamic terrorist are all over America, just waiting for the right time and place. I truly feel sorry for the good ones who just want a better life and pose no threat.. It’s time to do the job and get the radicals out of this country. After he failed all classes is when he should have been sent back never to return again.

AnneCameo
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Absolutely, after he failed his classes, and he also was accused of a couple of crimes – if our FBI can’t do the job of deporting these individuals…. get Dog the Bounty Hunter. These people are too dangerous to be ignored.

And, we SHOULD NOT label all of them… but if the legal ones don’t want to labeled under the same “dangerous” label – they should be speaking out against them, and since they are probably associating with them – REPORTING THEM.

Cynthia Banks
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Our government is bent on taking away the rights of law abiding citizens, and turning their heads from known criminals…

lungshot
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The focus should be on defending OUR borders, instead of creating more and more enemies abroad with our unconstitutional, interventionist/militarist/crony-capitalist foreign policies. None of us Americans deserve these threats which are ENTIRELY generated by our self serving politicos.