Op-ed: Terrorists Welcome

Chronic counterterrorism lapses at the border demand investigation and congressional intervention

By Todd Bensman on April 23, 2024

The latest release into the American interior of an FBI terrorist suspect who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border — a twice-freed Afghan national man free to roam America for 11 months until his capture — demands that the federal government regard this patterned problem as a chronic national security emergency requiring elevation to the highest priority within the intelligence community, federal law enforcement, and Congress.

The case of the 48-year-old Mohammad Kharwin, whom an overwhelmed Border Patrol freed into America on March 10, 2023 before agents could confirm the FBI watch list hit that initially flagged him and whom a swamped Texas immigration court freed a second time in February, is the seventh example of its kind that can establish, just from disparate public records, a mortally dangerous failure pattern.

More cases of accidental Border Patrol releases of illegally crossing terrorism suspects, who did not reach the public record, are highly likely if not certain.

But this latest miss-and-release propels the problem well beyond the critical mass threshold justifying coordinated high-priority government intervention, even if Congress must politically force it, before the next one—or those still roaming the country lost to authorities even now—needlessly kill and maim Americans.


[Read the rest at The American Mind]