According to ABC News, al Qaeda in Iraq planned to get operatives into America the same way the September 11 hijackers got into America, with student visas.
Mimicking the hijackers who executed the Sept. 11 attacks, insurgents reportedly tied to al Qaeda in Iraq considered using student visas to slip terrorists into the United States to orchestrate a new attack on American soil.
Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, recently testified that documents captured by coalition forces during a raid of a safe house believed to house Iraqi members of al Qaeda six months ago “revealed [AQI] was planning terrorist operations in the U.S.”
Sources tell ABC News that the plot may have involved moving between 10 and 20 suspects believed to be affiliated with al Qaeda in Iraq into the United States with student visas — the same method used by the 19 al Qaeda terrorists who struck American targets on Sept. 11.
U.S. officials now require universities to closely track foreign nationals who use student visas to study in the United States. University officials must report international students who fail to arrive on campus or miss class regularly.
Will the anti-war leftists actually try to argue that al Qaeda in Iraq wouldn’t have even considered this plot if we hadn’t gone into Iraq first? That’s the argument they use for everything that goes wrong in this world today, conveniently forgetting that we were attacked on September 11, 2001, without having done anything except live our lives. The same applies to the embassy bombings in Africa, the Cole bombing, as well as the first World Trade Center bombing.