September 9, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Representative Frank Wolf [R-VA] today in a speech on the House floor urged his colleagues to support a bill to limit travel to Syria by American citizens to prevent those who have either trained or fought with Islamic terror groups such as ISIS from freely reentering the United States.
The need for this legislation is underscored by the fact that upwards of 150 American citizens have already chosen to fight alongside their jihadist brothers in Syria.
For example, in May a 37 year old from Florida, Moner Mohammed Abu-Salha became the first American suicide bomber in Syria, killing 37 soldiers fighting for the Assad regime. Abu-Salha had joined the al Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda franchise and rival of ISIS. It is of special concern that before committing his terrorist act, Abu-Salha freely traveled between Florida and Syria. [see, Michael S. Schmidt, Syria Suicide Bombing Puts U.S. Face on Jihad Video , NY Times]
It should be obvious to all that while on U.S. soil this individual represented a clear and present danger.
Mr. Wolf’s bill is entitled , the International Conflicts of Concern Act, H.R. 4223 , and is designed to prevent terror trained or affiliated American citizens from returning to the U.S., possibly to wage jihad with their new-found skills.
In a floor speech, Mr. Wolf said that the United States had to, “take proactive steps to discourage Americans from travelling to Syria to link up with these groups,” Wolf said. “Current law does not prevent Americans from travelling freely to Syria and back, which creates a loophole that would-be jihadists can exploit. Unless the U.S. has solid evidence that they have joined one of these terrorist groups, the FBI can’t arrest suspects upon their return. Unfortunately, it can be very hard to prove that suspects fought with a terrorist group in Syria, due to limited U.S. intelligence about their activities in the region.”
It is our hope that the House will promptly pass this bill then send it over to the Senate. With Mr. Obama constantly yammering about the lack of bipartisanship in DC this would be the perfect opportunity for both parties to get behind a common sense piece of legislation that can only strengthen America’s security posture.
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