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Friday, May 21, 2010

Homeland Security versus ‘Son of Hamas’

By Dan Wooding writing from Rome
Special to ASSIST News Service

Mosab Hassan Yousef Son-of-HamasIn America, we love our spies and undercover cops. James Bond, Ethan Hunt, Michael Weston and the gang from NCIS are heroes, bagging the bad guys and making our world a little bit safer.

Mosab Hassan Yousef is one of those heroes. The son of Hamas founder and charismatic leader, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, he was raised in Islam but converted to Christianity. He also became the most effective secret agent the Shin Bet (Israeli FBI) ever had (their words), a hero that his handler said was entitled to the Israel Security Prize for saving the lives of so many Israelis (including President Shimon Peres) by locking the worst terrorists in prison.

Now, ASSIST News has obtained a Homeland Security document that accuses Yousef, author of the New York Times Bestseller, “Son of Hamas”, of consorting with and abetting terrorists and being a threat to the security of the United States.

As evidence, Homeland Security senior attorney Kerri Calcador cites a portion of Yousef’s book in which “a member of Shin Bet shows the respondent a list of suspects implicated in a March 2001 suicide bombing and asks the respondent whether he knows the individuals. . . . The respondent indicates that he does know five of the people on the list and states that he previously drove them to safe houses.”

Hamas being a Tier I terrorist organization, the document goes on to state that, “At a bare minimum, evidence of the respondent’s transport of Hamas members to safe houses—discussed above in the Statement of the Case as but one example of the respondent’s involvement with Hamas—indicates that the respondent provided material support to a terrorist organization.”

The move to deport Yousef began shortly after he came to the United States from Israel in 2007. On August 22, he filed an application for asylum. He was interviewed a month later, and on February 23, 2009, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service informed him that he was barred from a grant of asylum, according to the records of File#: A 088 271 051, “because there were reasonable grounds for believing he was a danger to the security of the United States and because he engaged in terrorist activity.”
“They took it out of context,” said Ron Brackin, the writer of Yousef’s book. “Mosab was working for the Shin Bet at the time and was doing what he had to in order to gather information that eventually led to the arrest or death of those terrorists. They were the same terrorists behind the Hebrew University bombing that killed five Americans. And who brought them to justice? Not Israel. Not the United States. Mosab did. And this is the guy Homeland Security says is a threat? The guy they want to deport? That’s crazy.

“If Homeland Security had any sense, they would learn all they can from him, because no one has the perspective and experience he has. Mosab told me this morning that even the FBI is laughing at them for prosecuting him. The FBI recognizes an asset when it sees one. Homeland Security doesn’t seem to be able to tell the difference between a terrorist and a patriot. How many American deaths might Mosab be able to prevent in this country if our civil servants would listen to him instead of signing his death warrant?”

Yousef is scheduled for a final hearing and determination at 8 a.m., June 30, 2010 before Immigration Judge Rico J. Bartolomei at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego.

Whether he is granted asylum and allowed to remain in the U.S. and become a citizen or whether he will be deported to another country where he is confident that he would be killed within a week of his arrival is quite a call that he has to make.

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