A Saudi Man with links to Al-Qaeda arrested in Oklahoma.
A Saudi man living in Oklahoma with ties to al-Qaeda was arrested and charged with visa fraud and lying about his involvement with international terrorism.
Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, 34, first entered the U.S. in 2011 on a nonimmigrant visa due to his wife’s status as a foreign student, according to the Justice Department.
He was issued a private pilot’s license in November 2016 which was revoked last year when authorities began to suspect that he posed a risk for terrorism or air piracy.
Authorities charge that Alfallaj attended an al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in 2000 and then lied on his visa application about it. Alfallaj’s fingerprints turned up an application to al-Farooq, a key al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan. The application was found by the U.S. military at an al-Qaeda safe house in Afghanistan.
Alfallaj was indicted on two counts of visa fraud, each of which carry up to 10 years in prison, and one count of lying about his involvement in international terrorism, punishable by up to eight years in prison.
Most of the 19 terrorists in the September 11, 2001 attacks were from Saudi Arabia. A number of them took flight training classes in the U.S.
Once again we see a need for better vetting and better immigration policies. The fact that someone with ties to Al-Qaeda training camps was allowed into this country and then was able to take flying lessons should remind us all too well of 9/11.