Two men of Bangladeshi origin were caught by Customs and Border Protection illegally crossing the US-Mexico border last June and admitted they were members of a terrorist organization that allied with Bin Laden against America.
Now, it appears at least one of those men is free after posting bail and claiming asylum. And the Department of Homeland security has no idea where he is.
The information is according to a report this week by Pajamas Media, which gives some background on these suspected terrorists:
"The two men, Muhammad Nazmul Hasan and Mirza Muhammad Saifuddin, were intercepted near Naco, Arizona, not long after they had crossed the border on June 25, 2010. During their interrogation, one of the men admitted that they were members of Harakat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B), which was designated a terrorist organization by the United States in February 2008."
The State Department designated HuJI-B as a terrorist organization in 2008. The group has a long history of deadly bombings against India, and wages Jihad alongside other terrorist organizations with the goal of a global caliphate. According to Long War Journal, the terrorist group HuJI-B operates by recruiting from:
"Madrassas, or religious schools, in Bangladesh and are trained in al Qaeda and Taliban camps Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Bangladeshi terror group plays a crucial role in training jihadists from southern Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Brunei and provide[s] manpower for al Qaeda's affiliates in Jammu and Kashmir, Afghanistan, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Chechnya."
Earlier this week, PJ Media's Patrick Poole met with a national security official with direct knowledge of the case who reportedly said of the possible terrorist-at-large:
"That this guy was allowed out on bond is criminal. We don’t have the slightest idea where he is now. If he sets off a car bomb in Tucson or Phoenix, or shoots up a shopping mall or elementary school somewhere, there will be a lot of finger-pointing. But nobody seems that concerned about it now. And this is not the first time something like this has happened."
While an attack remains a real concern, the odds are against a lone wolf attack. The bigger and more immediate problem is the porous nature of the border for enemies of the U.S., and the lack of effective policies when it comes to illegal crossings by those with terrorist ties.
Fox News reported last year on a Somali smuggling ring that brought hundreds of individuals into the U.S. through Mexico. Some of those Somalis were allegedly affiliated with the Al Shabaab terrorist organization. Individuals with ties to Hamas, Hezbollah, and even Al Qaeda are believed to have crossed into the U.S. from Mexico, or attempted to do so.
While every American strips down and get in humiliating security lines at airports, our enemies remain well-aware of the wide open, 2,000-mile-long point of entry at our southern border.
(h/t PJ Media)