America, as has been the case for the last year and a half, is yet again placating our enemies and condemning our allies. A policy that allows illegals to remain in the US where we educate their children and provide them with medical care–despite their paying no taxes–has somehow passed over Mosab Hassan Yousef. A self-declared convert to Western society and Christianity, he is the son of a Hamas leader and, after being detained in an Israeli prison, became an invaluable double agent against Hamas. Following his conversion, he was considered Shin Bet’s (Israel’s security force) best informant and it was his information that prevented multiple suicide bombings and assassinations. He most recently moved to California and authored the book “Son of Hamas” where he outlines exactly what led him to renounce Islamic terrorism and become a double agent for the Israelis, an action that would lead to death were he caught by Hamas or Islamists.
So what is America doing? Well, obviously we are deporting him. Instead of immigration investigating the possible terrorists who have entered this country by overstaying their visas, instead of focusing on Al Qaeda’s perceived mission from Allah to murder all infidels, instead of focusing on preventing Iran from developing a nuclear missile it would most likely deploy on the US or Israel, Homeland Security is instead deporting a man who has risked his life and been disowned by his family by turning on a terrorist organization. What’s more, the evidence they’re using to deport him are the “terrorist acts” he committed as a double agent to Shin Bet (which, by the way, has confirmed his account of events). This man is a patriot. He should be held as a beacon of hope and possibility for the world, not treated with repugnance and dishonor as a terrorist.
He recently wrote a blog post about his outrage at Homeland Security’s actions. Why? Not just because he is outraged as being treated as a terrorist, because he believes that “God is using this situation to expose the weaknesses of Homeland Security and to put pressure on it to make changes that can save lives and preserve freedom”. Parts of his book, he contends, were taken out of context to prove that he knew and was involved in terrorist activities. But, as he writes, “Even a child reading the book can see that, during that time, I was working as a secret agent for the Shin Bet (Israeli’s internal security service, comparable to our FBI)”. He continues: “Yes, while working for Israeli intelligence, I posed as a terrorist. Yes, I carried a gun. Yes, I was in terrorist meetings with Yassir Arafat, my father and other Hamas leaders. It was part of my job. And I passed on to the Shin Bet all the information I gathered during those meetings and saved the lives of many people—including many Americans”. What he did is the equivalent of a CIA member infiltrating a terrorist cell. I believe most of the time, if they’re not killed by the cell themselves, they are granted clemency for their actions. What Yousef did is almost exactly similar; he may not have been an American, but his heritage probably allowed him access that Americans never could have obtained.
The question he is led to ask is one I would like the answer to, as well: “If Homeland Security cannot tell the difference between a terrorist and a man who spent his life fighting terrorism, how can they protect their own people?”
With two attempted terrorist attacks in the last year that were only stopped by pure luck, with Iran possibly building a nuclear bomb, with Muslims actively provoking Israel and rising violence in the Kandahar province and Waziristan, Homeland Security’s attention to Yousef is more than just troubling. Instead of investigating him, they should be asking him for ways to help weed out and defeat terrorism.
Given Homeland Security’s obvious incompetence in this matter, his outlook toward the future is bleak, indeed:
“Homeland Security has absolutely no idea of the dangers that lie ahead. For nearly 30 years, I watched from the inside as Hamas dug its claws deeper and deeper into Israel. They started awkwardly, clumsily, but they got good at it. And al-Qaeda is becoming more like Hamas…
…Americans have never experienced anything like this. This country is not ready. Try to imagine attacks by suicide bombers and car bombers, attacks on schools, in shopping malls, in the gridlock of rush-hour traffic, week after week, month after month, year after year, here and there, in big cities and rural towns. No one feels safe anywhere. There seems to be no reason behind the attacks, no pattern. Everyone is a target. Men, women, children, office buildings, private homes, town halls, schools and hospitals. The government is powerless to stop them. Every car and truck you see is suspect. Every suitcase and package is suspect…
…I was born and raised in this kind of environment. More than that, I was on the inside of both sides. I am not asking Homeland Security or anybody else for a job or a salary. I am asking them to be humble and listen, so they can learn.
Exposing terrorist secrets and warning the world in my first book cost me everything. I am a traitor to my people, disowned by my family, a man without a country. And now the country I came to for sanctuary is turning its back.”
Let us not turn a deaf ear on his man. Let us not turn our backs on this man. As the statue of liberty says, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of you teamming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” If “tempest-tossed down not describe Yousef’s situation to a tee, I don’t know what does.
What can we do? Everything we can. Share his blog post and write to Homeland Security:
Write letters to:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
880 Front Street, Suite 224
San Diego, California 92101
or call her at 619.557.5578.
His hearing is at 8 a.m. on June 30 in CA.