Middle Eastern nationals currently in flight school 'not being properly vetted'

A Jordanian Muslim named Feras M. Freitekh, originally in the U.S. on a student visa, enrolled in a U.S. flight school and then crashed his airplane in Connecticut after arguing with his flight instructor.  The FBI is investigating whether this was an act of terrorism.  Sources say the crash was intentional, and that Freitekh lives with three other "foreign nationals," also attending U.S. flight school.

A Middle Eastern Muslim man originally on a student visa, in a U.S. flight school?  Have we learned nothing since 9/11?  Apparently not.  Middle Eastern Muslims are still attending U.S. flight schools in large numbers.  Here are some anecdotes from recent years.

Just this past March, a Muslim student was expelled from a U.S. flight school for threatening to kill Donald Trump:

An Egyptian student in California has agreed to return to Cairo after he wrote a threatening comment on Facebook about Donald J. Trump that drew the attention of the Secret Service and led to the cancellation of his student visa, according to law enforcement officials and his lawyer.

Emadeldin Elsayed, 23, posted an article on Facebook last month about Mr. Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States. “I literally don’t mind taking a lifetime sentence in jail for killing this guy, I would actually be doing the whole world a favor,” he wrote, according to his lawyer, Hani Bushra.

After the Secret Service investigated his comments, Mr. Elsayed was expelled from flight school[.]

From a 2012 GAO report:

... a new US Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation that concludes that not all foreign nationals who are training to fly airplanes inside the United States are being “properly vetted.”

“It is completely unacceptable that a decade after 9/11, GAO has uncovered weaknesses in our security controls that were supposed to be fixed a decade ago,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R) of Alabama, chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security[.] ...

... a woman was arrested for bringing foreign students from Egypt, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan to train at her southern California flight school with fraudulent visas.

At a Boston-area flight school in 2010, theDepartment of Homeland Security’s ICE division discovered 25 illegal immigrants who were enrolled and taking flight lessons. “That’s not the worst of it,” Representative Rogers notes. “The owner of the flight school was also here illegally.” The aspiring student pilots had nonetheless been approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to take the lessons, despite their illegal immigration status[.]

Indeed, a recent TSA analysis found that more than 25,000 foreign nationals in a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) database were not in the TSA’s database, “meaning that they had received an FAA airman certificate but had not been successfully vetted or received permission from the TSA to begin flight training,” according to Stephen Lord, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the GAO. “In a perfect world, the two databases should match.”

If you asked Hillary Clinton about this, she would no doubt nod vigorously and say we need "more intense vetting!"  But we cannot vet what is in someone's mind, and cannot be certain some Muslims from Middle Eastern countries will notuse this training to commit mass murder, as Feras M. Freitekh just tried to do in Connecticut.  After all those people died on 9/11, political correctness is leaving us open to the exact same kind of attack again from the exact same kind of foe.

Ed Straker is the senior writer at NewsMachete.com.

A Jordanian Muslim named Feras M. Freitekh, originally in the U.S. on a student visa, enrolled in a U.S. flight school and then crashed his airplane in Connecticut after arguing with his flight instructor.  The FBI is investigating whether this was an act of terrorism.  Sources say the crash was intentional, and that Freitekh lives with three other "foreign nationals," also attending U.S. flight school.

A Middle Eastern Muslim man originally on a student visa, in a U.S. flight school?  Have we learned nothing since 9/11?  Apparently not.  Middle Eastern Muslims are still attending U.S. flight schools in large numbers.  Here are some anecdotes from recent years.

Just this past March, a Muslim student was expelled from a U.S. flight school for threatening to kill Donald Trump:

An Egyptian student in California has agreed to return to Cairo after he wrote a threatening comment on Facebook about Donald J. Trump that drew the attention of the Secret Service and led to the cancellation of his student visa, according to law enforcement officials and his lawyer.

Emadeldin Elsayed, 23, posted an article on Facebook last month about Mr. Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States. “I literally don’t mind taking a lifetime sentence in jail for killing this guy, I would actually be doing the whole world a favor,” he wrote, according to his lawyer, Hani Bushra.

After the Secret Service investigated his comments, Mr. Elsayed was expelled from flight school[.]

From a 2012 GAO report:

... a new US Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation that concludes that not all foreign nationals who are training to fly airplanes inside the United States are being “properly vetted.”

“It is completely unacceptable that a decade after 9/11, GAO has uncovered weaknesses in our security controls that were supposed to be fixed a decade ago,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R) of Alabama, chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security[.] ...

... a woman was arrested for bringing foreign students from Egypt, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan to train at her southern California flight school with fraudulent visas.

At a Boston-area flight school in 2010, theDepartment of Homeland Security’s ICE division discovered 25 illegal immigrants who were enrolled and taking flight lessons. “That’s not the worst of it,” Representative Rogers notes. “The owner of the flight school was also here illegally.” The aspiring student pilots had nonetheless been approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to take the lessons, despite their illegal immigration status[.]

Indeed, a recent TSA analysis found that more than 25,000 foreign nationals in a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) database were not in the TSA’s database, “meaning that they had received an FAA airman certificate but had not been successfully vetted or received permission from the TSA to begin flight training,” according to Stephen Lord, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the GAO. “In a perfect world, the two databases should match.”

If you asked Hillary Clinton about this, she would no doubt nod vigorously and say we need "more intense vetting!"  But we cannot vet what is in someone's mind, and cannot be certain some Muslims from Middle Eastern countries will notuse this training to commit mass murder, as Feras M. Freitekh just tried to do in Connecticut.  After all those people died on 9/11, political correctness is leaving us open to the exact same kind of attack again from the exact same kind of foe.

Ed Straker is the senior writer at NewsMachete.com.