Somali immigrant turned United States Congresswoman, Ilhan Omar (D-MN), has been on a Twitter tear lately, blasting President Trump’s decision to stop refugees from top terror nations from coming to America until we can find a way to properly vet them.
Last week, Ilhan Omar called for an end to Trump’s “Muslim ban” calling it a “discriminatory, bigoted act of Islamophobia.”
Trump’s Muslim ban is a discriminatory, bigoted act of Islamophobia. It’s time we put the Muslim ban into the dustbin of history where it belongs and pass the #NoBanAct.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 7, 2019
Would preventing Somali Muslim war criminals into our country, and then employing them as security guards at major airports would be considered “Islamophobic?” Would stopping war criminals from entering America and driving unsupecting passengers around in their vehicles for Uber and Lyft also be considered a “bigoted act of Islamophobia?”
The Washington Examiner reports – An accused Somali war criminal has been driving for Uber and Lyft in the suburbs of Northern Virginia for the past 18 months.
An investigation by CNN revealed that Yusuf Abdi Ali, also known as “Colonel Tukeh,” has been working full time for the companies and is an “Uber Pro Diamond” driver with a 4.89 rating.
Ali told undercover reporters who were riding with him that it was easy to get approved to drive for the companies.
“They just want your background check; that’s it,” Ali said. “If you apply tonight, maybe after two days, it will come, you know, everything.”
Ali is accused of committing war crimes in the 1980s while serving as a military commander under then-Somali leader Mohamed Siad Barre. A documentary by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation featured eyewitnesses who claim that he was known to have directed brutal torture and executions.
“Two men were caught, tied to a tree. Oil was poured on them and they were burnt alive. I saw it with my own eyes. I cut away their remains,” a witness said in the documentary.
After news of Ali’s occupation was released, Uber suspended Ali pending review and Lyft permanently banned him.
Prior to working for Uber and Lyft, the accused Somali war criminal, Yusuf Abdi Ali, the man who is accused of committing horrific war crimes during the civil war in Somalia — including leading mass executions, burning villages, and torturing people — worked as a security guard at the Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC.
In June 2016, CNN wrote: An accused war criminal living in the United States is working as a security guard at Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC.
A CNN investigation found that Yusuf Abdi Ali, who is accused of committing atrocities while he was a military commander during Somalia’s brutal civil war, has been living a quiet life near the nation’s capital for about 20 years.
He is just one of more than 1,000 accused war criminals living and working in the United States.
The Guardian reports – Human rights abuses and atrocities committed in Somalia during the brutal 21-year reign of the dictator Siad Barre will come under scrutiny in a Virginia courtroom this week as a villager finally confronts the military commander he accuses of attempting to kill him.
Farhan Warfaa last saw the defendant, Yusuf Abdi Ali, in March 1988 when he says Ali – known to terrorized members of the northwestern Somalia Isaaq clan as “Colonel Tukeh” (the crow) – pulled out a handgun and shot him five times at point-blank range following a torture session.
Ali was the commander of the Somali army’s notorious fifth brigade responsible for “gross human rights abuses” in the separatist province of Somaliland during the Barre regime of the 1970s and 1980s, according to the complaint brought by the California-based Center for Justice and Accountability.
Warfaa, a teenager at the time of his abduction and now a respected village elder, has travelled from Somalia for the scheduled five-day hearing in the US district court for the eastern district of Virginia, at which he is seeking unspecified damages for torture and attempted extra-judicial killing.
In 2016 a Virginia appeals court stripped elements from the lawsuit that prevented Ali – who was discovered by a CNN crew in 2016 working as a security guard at Washington DC’s Dulles airport – from facing wider allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.