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Cowards at war

Yes­ter­day after­noon a jihadist mowed down dozens of peo­ple in Lower Man­hat­tan, killing eight and injur­ing eleven. Five of the dead were Argen­tini­ans cel­e­brat­ing a 30th class reunion.

Yesterday’s ter­ror­ist mas­sacre was one more inci­dent where cow­ards attack the unarmed, unaware, help­less pub­lic for the cause of a “holy” war against infi­dels … who can­not defend themselves.

Say­fullo Saipov arrived in the United States in 2010. The native of Uzbek­istan came legally under a Diver­sity Visa:

The DV pro­gram makes up to 50,000 immi­grant visas avail­able annu­ally, “drawn from ran­dom selec­tion among all entries to indi­vid­u­als who are from coun­tries with low rates of immi­gra­tion” to the U.S., accord­ing to the U.S. Cit­i­zen and Immi­gra­tion Ser­vices web­site. Appli­cants must prove they have a clean crim­i­nal record, have a high school diploma or its equiv­a­lent, or have at least two years of work expe­ri­ence within the past five years in order to qualify.

Uzbek­istan

is a large, majority-​Muslim coun­try located north of Afghanistan that gained inde­pen­dence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, the coun­try has been ruled by an author­i­tar­ian dic­ta­tor who placed firm con­trols on how his cit­i­zens prac­tice reli­gion and who can attend mosques. This harsh envi­ron­ment has caused many young Uzbeks to flee the coun­try and look for oppor­tu­ni­ties abroad, and some have appeared in Syria fight­ing for the Islamic State group, experts say.

We should not have a pro­gram that brings extra Uzbeks to the U.S. in the name of “diver­sity” or for any other purpose.

Sai­pay was known to the author­i­ties. The NYT reports (empha­sis added),

Three offi­cials said he had come to their atten­tion as a result of an unre­lated inves­ti­ga­tion, but it was not clear whether that was because he was a friend, an asso­ciate or a fam­ily mem­ber of some­one under scrutiny or because he had been the focus of an investigation.

Over the last two years, a ter­ror­ism inves­ti­ga­tion by the F.B.I., the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity, the New York Police Depart­ment and fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in Brook­lyn resulted in charges against five men from Uzbek­istan and one from Kaza­khstan of pro­vid­ing mate­r­ial sup­port to ISIS. Sev­eral of the men have pleaded guilty. It is unclear whether Mr. Saipov was con­nected with that investigation.

Sai­pay left a note swear­ing alliance to ISIS.

Is he part of an active ISIS cell in Brook­lyn, then?

UPDATE
Linked to by Stum­bling Block. Thank you!

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

Yesterday afternoon a jihadist mowed down dozens of people in Lower Manhattan, killing eight and injuring eleven. Five of the dead were Argentinians celebrating a 30th class reunion.

Yesterday’s terrorist massacre was one more incident where cowards attack the unarmed, unaware, helpless public for the cause of a “holy” war against infidels . . . who cannot defend themselves.

Sayfullo Saipov arrived in the United States in 2010. The native of Uzbekistan came legally under a Diversity Visa:

The DV program makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually, “drawn from random selection among all entries to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration” to the U.S., according to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services website. Applicants must prove they have a clean criminal record, have a high school diploma or its equivalent, or have at least two years of work experience within the past five years in order to qualify.

Uzbekistan

is a large, majority-Muslim country located north of Afghanistan that gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, the country has been ruled by an authoritarian dictator who placed firm controls on how his citizens practice religion and who can attend mosques. This harsh environment has caused many young Uzbeks to flee the country and look for opportunities abroad, and some have appeared in Syria fighting for the Islamic State group, experts say.

We should not have a program that brings extra Uzbeks to the U.S. in the name of “diversity” or for any other purpose.

Saipay was known to the authorities. The NYT reports (emphasis added),

Three officials said he had come to their attention as a result of an unrelated investigation, but it was not clear whether that was because he was a friend, an associate or a family member of someone under scrutiny or because he had been the focus of an investigation.

Over the last two years, a terrorism investigation by the F.B.I., the Department of Homeland Security, the New York Police Department and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn resulted in charges against five men from Uzbekistan and one from Kazakhstan of providing material support to ISIS. Several of the men have pleaded guilty. It is unclear whether Mr. Saipov was connected with that investigation.

Saipay left a note swearing alliance to ISIS.

Is he part of an active ISIS cell in Brooklyn, then?

UPDATE
Linked to by Stumbling Block. Thank you!

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog