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Al Qaida Prepares to Attack Obama’s America

America has changed, Bush is gone, Obama’s brought hope. So why is there more terror directed at the U.S. than ever before?

After the attacks of 9/11/01 George Bush batted .1000: we were not hit again on American soil. Why aren’t the terrorists responding to Obama’s repeated peace gestures and preparing more attacks against us?
 
What if President Obama’s pledged outreach to the Taliban is mistaken by our enemies as sign of weakness? What if that extension is met with al-Qaida’s still clenched fist?  We don’t have to wonder ‘what if.’ We have to wonder, ‘when?’  
 
Terror cells operate all over America today.  So said Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano this week. Recent FBI arrests indicate she’s right — and, while the FBI is doing heroic work, little is being done by DHS to stop terrorists from coming to America to plot to kill Americans.
 
Open borders have resulted in at least ten million (and probably more like twelve or fifteen million) illegal aliens in the U.S.  But the illegal alien problem — and the problem with our immigration enforcement system — has long since morphed into a national security threat.
 
Consider the case of Hosam Maher Smadi (not a known relative of Bill Maher), a 19 year old Jordanian arrested by the FBI for trying to blow up a Dallas skyscraper with a car bomb.
 
How did this Jordanian teen get in the U.S. in the first place?  Smadi entered the U.S. in early 2007 on a six-month tourist visa. Smadi never left; no one ever checked.  
 
Congress has appropriated over one billion dollars to modernize the visa program. Documentation of people entering the country has improved since 9/11.  The "difficulty" of entering the U.S. was cited as at least one reason the Olympics Committee turned down the Chicago bid.
 
But no one checks the "overstays." According to the New York Times, in 2008 alone, 39 million foreigners entered the U.S. using legal temporary visitor visas. No one knows how many left when the visas expired. That’s right — no one.
 
The current system relies on the visa holder to turn in a paper stub when leaving the country. Remarkably, DHS officials contend that 92.5% did turn in the paper stub and did leave the country on time. That leaves 7.5% or 2,925,000 foreigners unaccounted for — in just one year.
 
Smadi was not idle during his "overstay."  The Times reports he enrolled in high school in California, got a California I.D. card, got jobs in both California and Texas, rented apartments and houses, bought cars, and even bought a gun and ammunition.
 
When pulled over by a Sheriff’s deputy in Ellis County Texas for a broken taillight, and arrested for no driver’s license and no insurance, Smadi paid a fine and was released when no federal warrant appeared in the computer.
 
If all this sounds familiar, it sadly is. California "sanctuary cities" knowingly harbor and protect illegals–even, in a celebrated case in San Francisco, criminal illegal aliens.  Employers everywhere give illegals jobs that could go to Americans just to save a few bucks an hour. Gun laws are enforced against the law abiding.  
 
Weren’t the 9/11 attackers visa "overstays" — illegals operating freely in the U.S. because the federal government failed in its primary Constitutional duty to protect the country ? Didn’t they have numerous drivers’ licenses from various states?
 
It only gets worse. ABC News reported this week on the fact that convicted drug dealers and gun runners get to keep their FAA issued pilot’s licenses.   
 
ABC reported that the "Al Capone of Peru," one Fernando Zevallos Gonzalez, is in prison in Peru convicted of drug trafficking and money laundering. Nonetheless, the drug kingpin still has his FAA pilot’s license issued in 1992 even though FAA Regulations require revocation of the license for "drug kingpin" activity. The lame excuse was the FAA doesn’t cross check its pilot list with other federal law enforcement watch lists, such as the DEA.
 
Pedro Benavides Natera was convicted in 2006 for purchasing planes for drug smuggling. Currently serving time in a Miami area prison, he is scheduled for release in 2012.  Pedro also still holds a valid, FAA issued pilot license
 
Romulo Alfredo Martinez, a former Venezuelan Air Force Officer pled guilty to illegal arms trafficking, spent time in federal prison, and yes, still has his FAA issued pilot’s license.
 
The federal government is tragically inept — the same federal government that now wants to run health care and claims to be able to do it better and cheaper.
 
Even so, the FBI is making arrests.
 
Smadi was arrested in the same week as Michael Finton on charges of plotting to blow up the federal building in Springfield, Ill. Both of those arrests came on the heels of Najibullah Zazi the Al Qaida bomber-wanna be in Queens, Zazi, was born in Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 1985. He moved to Pakistan at age 7 and emigrated to the United States in 1999, according to his attorney. A legal permanent resident of the U.S., he returned to Pakistan in 2007 and 2008 to visit his wife, the lawyer said.
 
Not all terrorists are "overstays" or legal or illegal immigrants at all: some of them are ‘us.’  Perhaps even more disconcerting are these "homegrown" Islamic converts and wannabes. People like Abdulhakim Mujahaid Muhammed who would end up shooting and killing a U.S. soldier outside an Army recruiting station in Little Rock in June, or the North Carolina Al Qaida cell run by Daniel Patrick Boyd. Boyd had actually studied and tried to join the mujahadeen in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Four more converts to Al Qaida’s brand of Islam were also recently arrested trying to blow up a Jewish temple in the Bronx.
 
These terrorists and wannabes may not have been taking orders directly from Osama Bin Laden and his cohorts, but they certainly aspired to work as an instrument of his deadly plans. It is only a matter of time before terrorists actually working for Bin Laden succeed.
 
 All these plots, all of these dropped balls, and missed dots, still unconnected and all the while, Al Qaida waits, to kill and kill again on our own streets because of our own Government’s misfeasance.  
 
America has changed,  Bush is gone, Obama is the Hope of the World.  So why is there more terror directed at the U.S. than ever before?  Is it because our president has misread both the capabilities and intentions of our enemies?

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