Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has come under renewed scrutiny after news reports noted she intervened on behalf of a group of Minnesota men who were accused of trying to join the Islamic State.
According to KMSP-TV, in 2016 Omar wrote to Judge Michael Davis on behalf of Abdirahman Yasin Daud, who was one of two young men arrested in San Diego in 2015, but were members of a larger group attempting to join ISIS.
The group consisted of nine Somali-Americans; Omar herself is also a native Somalian.
Reports noted that Daud was arrested after attempting to buy phony passports to travel to Syria. Federal prosecutors recommended in 2016 that he serve 30 yers in federal prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release.
At the time Daud was attempting to join ISIS, the U.S. was already involved there militarily in an effort to help defeat ISIS forces. President Obama ordered air strikes to begin in 2014 (without congressional authorization, by the way), followed by the introduction of U.S. ground forces the following year.
Omar was a Minnesota state lawmaker at the time she made her appeal. She urged Davis to show the men “compasson” and employ a “restorative approach to justice” — which is Left-wing code for ‘let them off easy,’ even though they were attempting to join a terrorist organization.
She also said that Davis’ ruling would “set a precedent and has the potential to be a landmark case in addressing extremism” — which is precisedly why he should have been tough on the men, to dissuade others from following suit.
“The best deterrent to fanaticism is a system of compassion,” she wrote to Davis, without offering any evidence that her claim is accurate.
“We must alter our attitude and approach; if we truly want to affect change, we should refocus our efforts on inclusion and rehabilitation. A long-term prison sentence for one who chose violence to combat direct marginalization is a statement that our justice system misunderstands the guilty,” she added.
In the end, her plea made no difference. And in the end, Daud himself make a mockery of her efforts.
Davis sentenced Daud to 30 years in federal prison. He was found guilty on charges of “conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit murder outside the U.S.,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
And he said at his sentencing: “I’m certainly not being persecuted for my faith. I was certainly not entrapped. I was not going there to pass out medical kits or food. I was going strictly to fight and kill on behalf of the Islamic State.”
Omar has also come under fire for her anti-Semitic tweets and comments regarding Israel.
Would Omar have cared if these men weren’t Muslims or Muslim sympathizers?
Given her own actions, at some point it becomes appropriate to ask: Just whose side is she on, ours or those of our enemies?
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