A reader writes to comment on my pieces here and elsewhere regarding the threat from “Minnesota men.” Citing this Daily Mail article dating from September 2014, he writes:
Thank you for your reporting on the security issues at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and how that relates to Islamic terror.
You might recall this is not the first time MSP and Islamic terror have intersected. In 2014 it was reported that Abdirahmaan Muhumed had special access to clean airplanes for Delta. He was of course one of the first (if not the first) “Minnesota men” who went to fight and die for ISIS.
This is most certainly not a coincidence. MSP is rife with Somalis working behind TSA lines, and any half-wit terrorist recruiter would be targeting our airport for “new hires.” Before I came to Minnesota I held top secret security clearance…. Espionage 101 – look for people on the edge of society, with access and vulnerabilities. Maybe, a secretly gay Somali man with a sick grandmother in Mogadishu who could benefit from treatment in Saudi Arabia, to make up an example.
I fear the next big terror strike will have a Miinnesota connection, unless people wake up. I have previously pressed the FBI on this during an MPR show, and of course they claim “they are working on it.” Keep up the pressure.
I don’t think the FBI needs any pressure from us, but MSP undoubtedly raises profound security issues.
Earlier this year, incidentally, Governor Dayton appointed a minimum wage airport cart driver named Ibrahim Mohamed to the MAC’s ruling body. Mohamed is from Somalia. His appointment was supported by SEIU; the wages of airport employees is apparently one of his primary concerns.
MAC board chairman Daniel Boivin commented that the board was “excited to get someone on the worker level and hear what’s going on.” Boivin added that having a Somali-American on the panel also was important because “our employee base is very big with the immigrant community,” which puts one of our reader’s observations in different words.