American tax dollars will no longer go to house and feed a terrorist mastermind.
From the Washington Post:
Omar Abdel Rahman, the Egyptian-born “blind sheikh” and spiritual leader who was convicted in 1995 of being a mastermind of terrorist plots against the United States, and who was called the “godfather” of radical Islamist movements, died Feb. 18 at a federal prison in Butner, N.C., where he was serving a life sentence. He was 78.He had a green card.
The cause was diabetes and heart disease.
Abdel Rahman, who was blind from an early age, had denounced secular tendencies in other Muslims since the 1960s and was linked for decades with extremist Islamist circles in Egypt and abroad. He was twice acquitted of helping plot the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat — whom he denounced as “not a Muslim” — and built an alliance with Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden while living in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
After moving to the United States in 1990, Abdel Rahman preached at storefront mosques in Brooklyn and New Jersey, and came under federal scrutiny after a 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center left six people dead and more than 1,000 injured.
Several of his followers were convicted in the bombing, although Abdel Rahman was not. Instead, he was arrested on broader conspiracy charges of planning to “levy a war of urban terrorism against the United States.”
Among other actions, Abdel Rahman was accused of plotting a “day of terror” in which simultaneous bombs would blow up the United Nations, the Lincoln and Holland tunnels in New York City, the George Washington Bridge and the building housing New York’s FBI headquarters.
...At his sentencing, Abdel Rahman spoke in Arabic for nearly 90 minutes, touching on such subjects as birth control, homosexuality, former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and his green-card status.
“This is an infidel country,” Abdel Rahman said in his rambling speech. “It has an infidel White House. It has an infidel Congress. It has an infidel Pentagon. And this is an infidel courthouse.”
From the Daily Caller:
Reuters reports that he was accused of issuing a fatwa that led to the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1986.
After being acquitted in that case, and though he was known as a member of a designated terror organization, Abdel-Rahman found his way to New York through a tourist visa issued by the U.S. Embassy in Sudan.
According to Reuters, U.S. officials claimed that a computer error was responsible for Abdel-Rahman being given a visa. But in 1991 he was given a green card and permanent resident status in the U.S.
Oh, a computer error!
That was unfortunate, wasn't it?
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore...
But don't give us the wretched refuse planning to wage holy war against the United States.