Abdul Razak Ali Artan was the 18-year-old who plowed his car into a group of people on campus, injuring 11, before being killed by police. He had the will to kill. Thankfully he never got the chance. But did you know that the Department of Homeland Security knew Artan was a terror risk even before he was allowed in the country? Yep, they knew, and seemingly ignored it.
Oh, do you want to know who they learned it from? His own mother told them.
The Daily Caller has the story:
“While seeking asylum as refugees from Mogadishu, Somalia in 2013, Artan’s mother told immigration authorities that she feared persecution from al-Qaeda affiliate group al-Shabaab, and worried that Abdul and his siblings would be recruited by the terrorist organization if they remained in Somalia.
“That knowledge should have lead USCIS officials to ‘conduct additional questioning better understand ties to a group that the United States designated as a foreign terrorist organization in 2008.’ But the additional questioning, which the Committee describes as ‘common practice’ in those situations, never happened.”
After driving his car into a group of people on the OSU campus, Artan got out and started attacking with a butcher knife. ISIS soon after claimed credit for the attack.
And Artan, it was later learned, had recently complained to school officials they weren’t providing Muslims with enough prayer rugs.
Grassley’s letter continues, the Daily Caller reports:
“According to sources, Abdul Razak Ali Artan was a lawful permanent resident who originally came to the United States from Mogadishu, Somalia after spending time in a Pakistani refugee camp with his mother, Fatima Abdullahi, and six siblings. …
“According to records obtained by the Committee, the mother sought asylum in 2013 for herself and seven of her eight children because she feared persecution from ‘Militia and Al-Shabaab.’ She also indicated that her husband was kidnapped, and that her children would be kidnapped and recruited by Al-Shabaab if they remained in Somalia.
“This information should have caused the asylum officer to conduct additional questioning of the older children to better understand ties to a group that the United States designated as a foreign terrorist organization in 2008. Further questioning could have eliminated the possibility that the asylees had dubious ties to the terrorist group and could have allowed for more robust vetting and data collection. However, although common practice in these cases, no additional questioning was conducted.”