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Don't think terrorism can't happen in Minnesota

Prosecutor Jeffery Paulson puts the risk of offending the Somali community above public safety. In the Post-Bulletin’s Oct. 21 news story headlined "Two guilty in terror trial," Paulson said, "It is not a case about anyone else in the community, and it’s not a case about religion. This is a case about two individuals and only two individuals." But in the same article, supporters say these two women were only practicing their religion!

Minnesota has a history of underestimating terrorism.

Flight instructors in Eagan reported to authorities suspicious activities of Zacarias Moussaui.  Moussaui was slated to participate in a "second wave" of attacks after those on 9/11. Moussaui was arrested by INS officials.

Omar Abdel-Rahman, a spiritual leader to "The Islamic Group" and former resident of the Rochester Federal Medical Center, was not removed before his attorney and three supporters passed information to the sheik’s terrorist network. The damage included ending a cease-fire between the Islamic Group and Egypt, and a fatwa mandating the bloodshed of Israelis everywhere.

Al-Shabaab admits to ties with Al-Qaeda; this alone should cause alarm. In 2010, our government accepted a UN decision to send 6,000 Somali refugees from Uganda to the United States. The refugees did not integrate well with other refugees and some became jihadist fighters. Are these two women part of the Ugandan refugees? According to Prosecutor Paulson’s comment, he does not care.

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Karl Elshoff

Chatfield

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