FBI Uses Fingerprints to Link Saudi Immigrant to Al Qaeda’s Most Notorious Training Camp

What happened?

A Saudi immigrant who had been living in the U.S. since 2011 has been charged with visa fraud by the FBI. Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj was discovered when the FBI matched his fingerprints to ones found on an application to the Al Qaeda camp where four of the 9/11 hijackers were trained.

How was he flagged as a threat?

Alfallaj used a fraudulent visa as ID so he could take private flying lessons and get his pilot’s license. The FBI used those fingerprints to track down the match on the Al Qaeda camp document.

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Glenn’s take:

“The Saudi man in Oklahoma was a good catch by the FBI, but this episode highlights the fact that there is still a mountain of work to be done in counterterrorism,” Glenn said on today’s show.

The government is planning to borrow $1 trillion this year, but how much of that will go toward fixing gaps in the immigration system and protecting us from terrorism?