Good morning. Here’s your Early Warning for Wednesday, 07 February 2018.
On 05 February, the FBI arrested a citizen of Saudi Arabia living in Weatherford, Oklahoma, who is now being charged with visa fraud, making false statements to the FBI, and “concealing his application to and attendance at an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in late 2000.”
After raiding a safe house in Afghanistan, U.S. forces recovered a batch of paper applications to a terrorist training camp known as al Farooq. Those applications were then sent to the FBI for exploitation, which included the recovery of latent fingerprints. (This is referred to as DOCEX, or Document Exploitation, and has been very helpful in identifying known and suspected threats.)
The man in question — Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj — was living in Oklahoma and had first come to the United States in 2011 on a non-immigrant visa, based on his wife’s status as a foreign student. According to the FBI, Alfallaj fraudulently applied for a visa, and then used the visa “to apply for lessons at a private flight school in Oklahoma.”
The FBI didn’t say whether or not Alfallaj was suspected of being involved in planning terror attacks, however, it’s not out of bounds to suspect that he could have harbored a desire to commit a terror attack. According to the FBI, he attended the Farooq training camp in 2000, then in 2011 was successfully admitted to the U.S. based on false statements, denying that he had ever attended terror training. This is Exhibit A of how our immigration and visa system are failing national security. Don’t expect to hear about this on the news, however, you can read the DOJ complaint here.
On today’s episode of The ACE on Forward Observer Radio, I’ll be joined by our Strategic Threats Analyst, Jon Dougherty. We’ll be talking about the new National Security Strategy, National Defense Strategy, and the Nuclear Posture Review, and how those will affect national security and the future of conflict. You can listen live on Spreaker today at 2pm Central, or catch the podcast edition on iTunes or Spotify, or iHeartRadio.