Date: Saturday, July 07, 2007 3:55 AM
<<<<< JOB DESTRUCTION NEWSLETTER No. 1724 -- 7/07/2007 >>>>>
The article below is interesting, especially considering it was published on
an Indian news website. It's a stark warning that Al-Queda is using H-1B and
H-4 visas to create sleeper cells in the U.S. and they are going about it in
much the same way they are doing it in the United Kingdom.
Al-Queda is recruiting software engineers, doctors and other
highly skilled professionals in Bangalore, Hyderabad and
other cities all around the world to create sleeping cells in
US, UK and other countries. They focus on India because Indian
passports will be presumed terror-free .
In case you haven't heard, the doctors who are accused of masterminding the
attempted car bombings in the UK tried to work in the United States, and there
are articles circulating in newspapers that 45 radical Muslim doctors have
planned attacks within the United States.
We have lots of foreign doctors in the United States, as the Washington Post
About 25 percent of U.S. physicians -- or 228,655 -- are trained
abroad, not counting those trained in Canada, according to the
American Medical Association. Of the 11,000 applicants certified
to apply for residency and fellowship programs in 2006, 83
percent were non-U.S. citizens; 25 percent came from India; 6
percent from Pakistan; and 4 percent from China, according to
the medical education commission.
The three most common ways for foreign doctors to get visas are:
1) Employment Based Green cards (EB) -- foreign doctors can apply for
permanent residency in the United States.
2) CONRAD Program -- Medical students who entered the United States with a
J-1 visa status for the purpose of obtaining graduate medical education can
use the CONRAD program to convert their J-1 visa to an H-1B. These H-1B visas
are exempt from the yearly cap but are limited to about 30 visas per state per
3) H-1B -- foreign doctors can come to the U.S. directly by getting an H-1B
visa. These visas are not exempt from the yearly cap.
On July 6th Lou Dobbs had a report on this new terrorist threat.
Unfortunately the report was marred by a moronic reporter that stated as a
matter of fact that there is a shortage of medical personnel. The reporter did
her shortage shouting without a challenge from the host of the show, Kitty
Pilgrim. Don't get me wrong -- I'm glad that the Lou Dobbs show had this
report, but that reporter really blew it.
DOUGHERTY: The number of foreign-born doctors in the U.S. is growing
because the country needs them. (on camera) The United States has a
shortage of medical personnel. And about a quarter of all physicians
working in the United States are international medical graduates,
according to the American Medical Association.
The next statement was so dumb I almost fell off my chair.
(voice-over) In order to work in the U.S., foreign medical
professionals must have an H1-B visa, which is meant for highly
skilled professionals. The Department of Homeland Security says
doctors get the same kind of screening that a computer specialist
or lawyer would, including fingerprinting, and a face-to-face
interview at the U.S. embassy in their own country.
Foreign medical professionals might be given the same security screen as
computer programmers but that shouldn't make anyone feel safe! Most H-1Bs are
given no more than a few basic security screenings such as a name check, and
even that is considered a huge burden by the Dept. of Homeland Security.
Security screenings for most H-1Bs amount to no more than a rubber stamp from
visa processors that get bonuses for the number of visas they approve.
This is what the DHS has to say about FBI checks, and it's not very
FBI name checks, one of the security screening tools used by
USCIS, significantly delay adjudication of immigration benefits
for many customers, hinder backlog reductions efforts, and may
not achieve their intended national security objectives.42
To put this in plain English, it says that security checks for employment
based visas are a huge burden for employers who need cheap labor quickly, and
even if the checks are completed they probably won't do any good. Doing
security checks causes backlogs because of all the extra hassle -- so why not
just get rid of security checks altogether and let anyone come into our
country that wants a job? Well, that's just what is going on!
According to the Immigration Lawyers Website, the USCIS decided to reduce
their backlog by approving 60,000 green cards without doing background checks.
Don't you think if Al-Queda is smart enough enter the UK they will be smart
enough to exploit this carelessness by our own government?
"USCIS cleared 60,000 from the EB backlog by approving cases
older than 6 months, some without completing FBI security
If the USCIS is this careless with green cards we can safely assume that H-1B
visas get far less scrutiny.
Material Included Below
UK terror happened because of unchecked import of skilled migrant workers
-- it is time to stop H1B permanently in US
Two Terror Suspects Inquired About Medical Positions in U.S.
Aired July 6, 2007
45 Muslim doctors planned US terror raids
UK terror happened because of unchecked import of skilled migrant workers
-- it is time to stop H1B permanently in US Harish Baliga Jul. 4, 2007
The way America and Britain imports skilled workers without thorough
background checks is the root cause of Al-Queda s success in creating
unlimited sleeping cells.
Al-Queda is recruiting software engineers, doctors and other highly skilled
professionals in Bangalore, Hyderabad and other cities all around the world to
create sleeping cells in US, UK and other countries. They focus on India
because Indian passports will be presumed terror-free .
It is time to stop the so called H1B program. Every skilled professional
entering UK and US must go through a thorough background check and be
monitored continuously by the Homeland Security department.
The cost for monitoring these individuals should be transferred to the
employers in US and UK who sponsor these alien workers.
The Al-Queda recruitment network in Indian cities go well beyond the
perimeters of the Islamic communities. Software Engineers and other
professionals are constantly approached with large sums of money by these Al-
Queda recruiters to create sleeping cells in America and Britain.
All H1Bs should be monitored. All foreign skilled workers should be
immediately checked for their background. If you just look at the Islamic
names, you can be very well fooled. In India for example, it takes little
bribe to change name and get a false passport. The US consulate normally
allows H1Bs to get the visa without much question.
The H1B can also bring false spouse in H4 visa. The H4 visa holder is just a
spouse of the H1B and is not allowed to work in US. A false H4 visa holder can
easily be a suicide bomber larking in US malls.
It is time to stop H1B visa issuance immediately the way it is done in US.
"We''ll expand the background checks that have been done where there are
highly skilled migrant workers coming into this country," British Prime
Minister Brown told the House of Commons in his first appearance at the weekly
Prime Minister's questions.
"As a result of what has happened in the National Health Service, I have asked
Lord West, the new Terrorism Minister, to conduct an immediate review as to
what arrangements we must make in relation to recruitment," Brown said.
It is required that Bush Administration and Homeland Security department take
the matter into their hands fast. The employers sponsoring these H1Bs should
be taxed heavily for paying the cost of the background checks of H1Bs and
constant monitoring of the same.
Anyone can walk in as H1B in America, bring a false H4 spouse with him or her.
They can form sleeping cells and create havoc in America like they did in
USCIS cleared 60,000 from the EB backlog by approving cases older than 6
months, some without completing FBI security checks. The USCIS action may run
9 FAM Appendix I 302.1 which defines "documentarily qualified applicants"
as those applications which have completed its clearance procedures
9 FAM 42.51 Procedural Notes 1 which states that monthly allottment of visa
numbers should not include non-documentarily qualified applicants absent
special individual circumstances
22 CFR 42.51 which limits the number of immigrant visas that may be issued in
any month to 10% of the worldwide amount of 140,000, plus any remaining
balance from previous authorizations A week has passed since the Visa Bulletin
was updated and no lawsuit has yet been filed. While a lawsuit will uncover
all the sordid facts of this drama, the litigation road is protracted and
cumbersome. Is there a better way? Yes. Since money is the mother's milk of
politics, Congress is in an ineviable position to hold USCIS accountable. Rep.
Lofgren began the dialogue by issuing letters to Secretary Rice and DHS
Secretary Chertoff asking them to reconsider any mid-month updates of the July
Visa Bulletin, maybe the Senate can get into the act too. Mark-up hearings
should be held by both the Senate and the House next week to suspend USCIS's
fee increase until USCIS comes clean about this mess. Anything less from
Congress will be a tacit condonation of Executive Branch anarchy in our
Two Terror Suspects Inquired About Medical Positions in U.S.
By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, July 7, 2007; A07
Two of the foreign-born doctors suspected of plotting last week's failed car
bomb attacks in London and Glasgow had inquired about applying for medical
training positions in the United States, U.S. officials said yesterday.
Within the past year, Mohammed Asha, 26, a Saudi-born Jordanian, contacted a
Philadelphia-based clearinghouse that reviews and approves foreign applicants
for U.S. medical residency and fellowship programs. A second suspect, who was
not identified, approached the same group, whose members include the American
Medical Association, medical schools and teaching hospitals.
Stephen S. Seeling, vice president of operations for the nonprofit Educational
Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, confirmed that FBI agents visited
its offices in Philadelphia this week but also declined to discuss the two
contacts for privacy reasons.
All eight suspects in the custody of British authorities are believed to have
worked for Britain's National Health Service. The two men who rammed a burning
sport-utility vehicle packed with propane cylinders into Glasgow Airport's
main terminal Saturday are alleged to be Iraqi doctors who worked at a nearby
hospital. Some officials have said the same pair was linked to two Mercedes-
Benz sedans rigged with propane tanks and nails that failed to detonate in
London on Friday.
British authorities have responded to news of the plot with alarm that, in
that country's rush to fill a physician shortage, they failed to scrutinize
adequately the visa applications of foreign-born doctors and medical workers.
But FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials yesterday played down
the significance of the suspects' contacts inside the United States and said
they did not immediately evoke official concern that U.S. procedures for
screening foreigners seeking training in specialized fields are lax.
"There continues to be no credible information to suggest an imminent threat
to the United States," DHS spokesman Russ Knocke said. "The focus of the
investigation is overseas, and there is no record of travel to the U.S.
by the suspects." The contacts were first reported by the Philadelphia
Inquirer and the Associated Press.
Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has markedly tightened
procedures for admitting foreigners to study or work in technical fields.
Changes include the introduction of a computer system that since
2003 has tracked 2.5 million foreign students and dependents, 1 million of
them active. All visa applicants now must undergo consular interviews, FBI
fingerprint and name checks, and immigration and State Department background
Universities, companies and tourism groups have complained about these
procedures, alleging that the obstacles faced by potential visitors have
eroded U.S. competitiveness and its international standing.
Victor C. Johnson, associate executive director for public policy for the
Association of International Educators, said that tightening the limits would
be counterproductive. "You get to the point it's not worth the cost anymore,"
Johnson said. "That's one of the issues of globalization.
Countries like ours and the United Kingdom are talent-short, and we rely on
Knocke said the government is not considering expanding screening requirements
because of the British arrests. "In many respects, events in recent days
validate the focus that's been placed on foreign nationals traveling in the
United States in terms of screening and vetting," he said.
About 25 percent of U.S. physicians -- or 228,655 -- are trained abroad, not
counting those trained in Canada, according to the American Medical
Association. Of the 11,000 applicants certified to apply for residency and
fellowship programs in 2006, 83 percent were non-U.S. citizens; 25 percent
came from India; 6 percent from Pakistan; and 4 percent from China, according
to the medical education commission.
Foreign-trained doctors must obtain certification by the commission to apply
for medical residency programs in the United States, Seeling said, which most
states require before granting licenses.
Aired July 6, 2007
Well, there are new concerns tonight that radical Islamist terrorists in
Britain may be planning attacks against targets in this country. Two suspects
in the failed car bombing in Britain made inquiries about working in the
Separately, British police today charged one of the suspected terrorists with
conspiracy to cause explosions.
Jill Dougherty reports from Washington.
JILL DOUGHERTY, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): According to the FBI, two
suspects in the British car bombings looked into the possibility of working as
doctors in the United States, contacting the Philadelphia-based Educational
Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.
Apparently, however, they did not take the test for med school graduates, and
never came to the U.S.
Muslim physicians in the United States, meanwhile, are condemning the U.K.
DR. ASMA MOBIN-UDDIN, COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS: I actually was
shocked to hear about the plot. I was angry. I really felt sick -- a sick
feeling inside that physicians, people from my own profession, could be
guilty, suspected of being guilty of such heinous acts. I really couldn't
DOUGHERTY: The number of foreign-born doctors in the U.S. is growing because
the country needs them. (on camera) The United States has a shortage of
medical personnel. And about a quarter of all physicians working in the United
States are international medical graduates, according to the American Medical
(voice-over) In order to work in the U.S., foreign medical professionals must
have an H1-B visa, which is meant for highly skilled professionals.
The Department of Homeland Security says doctors get the same kind of
screening that a computer specialist or lawyer would, including
fingerprinting, and a face-to-face interview at the U.S. embassy in their own
Their names are run through what's called the Interagency Border Inspection
System, crosschecking a number of law enforcement and security databases.
If they get a visa, they're checked by Customs and Border Protection and
fingerprinted again as they enter the U.S.
Homeland security says it is not planning any changes to H1-B visa regulations
at this time.
Dr. Khalique Zahir of the Islamic Medical Association of North America agrees
the checks are thorough.
DR. KHALIQUE ZAHIR, ISLAMIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA: It's very
difficult already for many foreign medical doctors to immigrate to this
country and to get the training they need. It's because significantly
different since 9/11.
Other than the basic backgrounds that they do, I don't know what more needs to
DOUGHERTY: Dr. Zahir says the U.K. attack should not reflect on Muslim
physicians in the U.S. Terrorism is contrary to Islam, he says, and contrary
to Islamic medical ethics.
Jill Dougherty, CNN, Washington.
PILGRIM: Now more evidence tonight that radical Islamist doctors may be
planning attacks in this country. A group of 45 doctors threatened to launch a
terrorist attack against Mayport Naval Base in Jacksonville, Florida. That
according to "The Daily Telegraph" newspaper in London.
British police found evidence of the plot while investigating the three so-
called cyberterrorists in London. A British judge sentenced the three men to
long prison terms yesterday for inciting terrorist murder.
45 Muslim doctors planned US terror raids
By John Steele, Crime Correspondent
Last Updated: 2:14am BST 06/07/2007
Glasgow airport bomber left suicide note Ties that bind terror car bomb
suspects Airport attack doctor was known extremist A group of 45 Muslim
doctors threatened to use car bombs and rocket grenades in terrorist attacks
in the United States during discussions on an extremist internet chat site.
Cyber-terrorists: Tariq Daour, Younis Tsouli and Waseem Mughal
Police found details of the discussions on a site run by one of a three-strong
They were discovered at the home of Younis Tsouli, 23, Woolwich Crown Court in
south-east London heard.
One message read: "We are 45 doctors and we are determined to undertake jihad
and take the battle inside America.
"The first target which will be penetrated by nine brothers is the naval base
which gives shelter to the ship Kennedy." This is thought to have been a
reference to the USS John F Kennedy, which is often at Mayport Naval Base in
The message discussed targets at the base, adding: "These are clubs for naked
women which are opposite the First and Third units."
It also referred to using six Chevrolet GT vehicles and three fishing boats
and blowing up petrol tanks with rocket propelled grenades.
Investigators have found no link between the Tsouli chat room and the group of
doctors and medics currently in custody over attempted car bomb attacks in
London and Glasgow.
However, sources said it was "definitely spooky" that the use of doctors for
terrorist purposes was being discussed in jihadi terrorist circles up to three
Part of the inquiry into the London and Glasgow incidents will focus on
whether al-Qa'eda has recruited doctors or other medical professionals because
they are less likely to attract suspicion and can move easily around the
The three "cyber terrorists" - a British national and two who had been given
the right to live in Britain - are facing lengthy jail sentences after
admitting using the internet to spread al-Qa'eda propaganda inciting Muslims
to a violent holy war and to murder non-believers.
They had close links with al-Qa'eda in Iraq and believed they had to fight
jihad against a global conspiracy by kuffars, or non-believers, to wipe out
The three are the first defendants in Britain to be convicted of inciting
terrorist murder on the internet. They waged cyber-jihad on websites run from
Tsouli promoted the ideology of Osama bin Laden via email and radical
websites. He said in one message he was "very happy" about the July 7 bombings
in London in 2005.
Tsouli, along with Tariq Daour, a biochemistry student, and Waseem Mughal, a
law student, were intelligent, computer-literate men who promoted violent
They created chat forums to direct willing fighters to Iraq and discuss
murderous bomb attacks around the world. Films of hostages and beheadings were
found by police.
Daour, 21, of Bayswater, west London, who was born in the United Arab
Emirates, yesterday admitted inciting another person to commit an act of
terrorism wholly or partly outside Britain. Moroccan-born Tsouli, 23, of
Shepherd's Bush, west London, and British-born Mughal, 24, of Chatham, Kent,
admitted the same charge on Monday.
They are due to be sentenced today. They also admitted conspiring together and
with others to defraud banks, credit card companies and charge card companies.
Daour had instructions for making explosives and poisons, the court was told.
Police found instructions on causing an explosion with "rocket propellant''
and constructing a car bomb.
In one on-line conversation, Daour, asked what he would do with #1 million,
replied: "Sponsor terrorist attacks, become the new Osama."
The three men outwardly appeared to be leading normal lives, studying and
living with their parents. Tsouli had come to the UK with his family from
Morocco in 2001.
Mughal had a degree in biochemistry from Leicester University and was studying
for his masters.
Daour, who was granted British citizenship in May 2005, had applied to start a
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