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MANSFIELD Terror From The North
by Laura Mansfield
[author, analyst] 8/25/06

1997 would be subway plotter claimed asylum because Israel considered him a terrorist

Wednesday night, CNN’s Anderson Cooper presented a very important segment about the vulnerability of the northern US border with Canada. One of the men interviewed was a sheriff of a northern border town, where the border crossing is on the “honor system”. The sheriff told CNN that he was certain that terrorists have come across the northern border.

The sheriff of that small town was correct. Terrorists HAVE crossed the border from Canada into the US. That’s a matter of court records.

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Some, like convicted Millenium bomber Ahmed Ressam, were detected at the border; others like Ghazi Abu Mezer were more successful at penetrating the United States – Abu Mezer came into the US illegally from Canada not once but three times.

The case of Abu Mezer is particularly difficult to understand.

In June 1996, Abu Mezer was caught trying to sneak into the United States from Canada; the US simply turned him around and sent him back to Canada. But Abu Mezer was determined to get into the United States. In January 1997, he was arrested again after entering the US for the third time illegally. The US tried to send him back to Canada, but the Canadians had had enough. They refused to allow him to return to Canada.

According to an article on CNN Internactive, Abu Mezer was arrested, and bond was set at $15,000, and then reduced to $5,000. He filed for political asylum in the United States. He claimed that if he was sent back to Israel he would be persecuted because the Israeli government believed he was a terrorist, a member of Hamas.

The CNN article says a hearing for Abu Mezer’s asylum application was scheduled for June 23, but that he withdrew his application on June 12. He agreed to leave the US by August 23, 1997.

Instead of leaving the US, Abu Mezer moved to Brooklyn. Less than a month before he was supposed to leave the US on the “honor system”, Abu Mezer was arrested in connection with a plot to attack New York City.

On July 31, 1997, Abu Mezer and accused co-conspirator Lafi Khalil were found with a cache of explosives in their New York apartment, and what officials described as a suicide note.

Both men were indicted on August 28, 1997 on “charges of conspiracy to kill a U.S. citizen, knowingly and intentionally use and carry a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; knowingly and intentionally possess counterfeit alien registration receipt card.”

Abu Mezer was sentenced to life in prison and 10 years of supervised release, and Khalil was sentenced to 36 months of imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release.

Terrorism didn’t take a vacation in New York City between the arrest of Omar Abdul Rahman, and the September 11, 2001 attacks. Radical Islamist terror had the subways of New York City in its sights in 1997.

We spend a lot of time worrying about our unsecured southern borders; but as Anderson Cooper reminded us tonight, terrorists can and have slipped through our northern borders as well.

Ghazi Abu Mezer and his plot to bomb the New York City subway system is proof of that. CRO


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