NYC Terrorist attack sheds light on entangled Immigration, Border Security and Counter terrorism problem

November 7, 2017 | Brainwave Science


November 2, 2017

On October 31, 2017, NYPD officers responded to reports of multiple people hit by a truck after it plowed through a bike path in lower Manhattan in New York City.  A 29-year-old man drove a rental truck into a pedestrian and bike path along the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan in New York City Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring 11 in the deadliest terror attack on the city since 9/11. Investigating agencies and officials identified a person by the name of Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant who moved to the US legally from Uzbekistan in 2010 as a suspect. He had apparently lived in Paterson, N.J., and Tampa, Fla. An official said Mr. Saipov rented a truck from a Home Depot in Passaic, N.J., where a white Toyota minivan believed to be his was found parked.

Reportedly, other law enforcement officials said that Saipov had been on the radar of federal authorities. Law enforcement officials said Saipov, who is from Uzbekistan, had come to federal authorities’ attention after coming into contact with an Uzbek who was under investigation by terrorism investigators in New York. “It appears that Mr. Saipov had been planning this for a number of weeks — he did this in the name of ISIS,” John Miller, the New York deputy police commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism, said at a news briefing on Wednesday. “He appears to have followed, almost exactly to a T, the instructions that ISIS has put out on its social media channels before with instructions to their followers on how to carry out such an attack.”

The suspect has been arrested and is in custody, he was shot by a cop after getting out of his car at Chambers and West streets with two realistic-looking guns while screaming “Allahu Akbar” — Arabic for “God is great,” police sources said. The suspect who entered the US legally through what is called the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program”. Following the attack, the FBI is on a manhunt for another Uzbek man associated with the suspect – 32-year-old Mukhammadzoir Kadirov.


As mentioned by the US President Trump and supported by many in his party, this incident, in particular, raises concerns not only about lone-wolf attackers who are radicalized online but also sheds light on Immigration Control and vetting of individuals entering the US.  “I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program”, said President Trump following the attacks in Manhattan, New York that claimed lives of 8 and injured 12. A Central Asia security expert says that there have been several men from Central Asia who committed acts of terrorism abroad – most recently in Stockholm, St. Petersburg, and New York – but that when we examine these cases, we find that “The common thread here seems to be that their radicalization did not take place in Central Asia. They were radicalized while living the lives of migrants elsewhere. This poses many questions for the United States as for Central Asian countries. Foreign ministries of Belgium and Argentina said five Argentines and a Belgian were among the victims. This raises a fundamental point that this is a problem that touches all countries in the world, it is an international problem relating to Immigration and Border Control tied complexly with threats posed to nations by those who intend to harm by terrorist attacks.


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