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