Intrigue surrounds terrorists’ wives gone missing and hefty travel budgets

Boston Bombing suspect

Photo: Original ‘wanted’ FBI flier for a suspect in the Boston Bombings in 2013.

After the latest terrorist attack on US soil courtesy of alleged bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami, news broke that his wife and mother are no longer in the US.

That status is reportedly shared by the Orlando shooter’s wife. The women in these families and in other similar situations weren’t the only members who traveled, though. 

Rahami’s wife is apparently in the United Arab Emirates; his mother is also abroad according to British newspaper The Daily Mail:

“Rahami’s wife left for Pakistan just days before the bombings, and was stopped by officials in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, a popular stopover for flights between the U.S. and the Middle East. It’s still unclear whether she was allowed to travel on to Pakistan, was held in the UAE or returned to the U.S, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Rahami’s mother also left for Turkey three weeks before the attacks, and has not yet returned to the U.S., an official told ABC News.”

CNN and others said Rahami’s wife was from Pakistan, but he “was born in Afghanistan and traveled home often — common for immigrant families. He is married to a woman from Pakistan, who was in the United States recently but left just before the bombings.”

Noor Salman, wife of Omar Mateen, mass killer at the Orlando gay nightclub, is nowhere to be found. When asked about it, the Dept. of Justice could shed no light on the matter. Salman is allegedly known to have assisted Mateen.

Before Mateen killed 49 people in Orlando, he somehow found funds to travel to Saudi Arabia. Twice—in 2011 and 2012, according to Breitbart News and other media.

Breitbart included information in that article about costs for such travel:

“Adnan Khan, former leader of the Council of Pakistan-American Affairs, told Fox News two consecutive trips of this nature were suspicious. ‘It’s not cheap to do so and people that young usually don’t go twice,’ he argued, ‘And especially considering he appeared not to have come from a staunchly religious background.’ Each of the trips is estimated to have cost $3000-$4000 per person, typically featuring luxury hotels and an itinerary full of meals at upscale restaurants, Fox News notes.”

Mateen worked for a security company who is a major supplier of services to the US Government. The pay and perks must have been generous, right?

Rahami was working for his father’s chicken restaurant.

Consider extended travel by the terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev’s travel exploits were included in an article at Long War Journal:

“According to NBC 4 New York, Tamerlan Tsarnaev left New York for Russia on Jan. 12, 2012 and returned on July 17.

Subsequent reports indicate that Tsarnaev traveled to Dagestan and Chechnya during those months and it is this trip that has drawn suspicion.”

Tsarnaev apparently relied on government benefits to provide for his wife and child.

Authorities have never explained what Tsarnaev’s wife knew about his terrorist activities:

“During [Dzhokhar] Tsarnaev’s trial, prosecutors showed that they had found bomb-making evidence in the Cambridge apartment. Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife, Katherine Russell, had also been living at the apartment, but she has not been charged.”

Tamerlan was killed in a confrontation with authorities.

We have to ask ourselves how these individuals managed to absent themselves from family and presumably work for extended travel. Also, where did they obtain funding for said travel?  What did their wives and family members know about their upcoming deeds?  Why do some people who can afford such travel receive taxpayer funded benefits?

None of these individuals had a profession involving the creation of real wealth. Exactly how thorough are immigration authorities when determining whether a family qualifies for welfare benefits?

If family members know a loved one is about to commit violence against others, and if family members physically assist that loved one, why aren’t those family members liable for damages either on behalf of the state or the victims?

Did any of these individuals receive federal funding such as grants for college? Will any student loans be repaid?

Each of these cases deserves in depth investigation by media, and answers are owed to the American people, both natural born and legal immigrants.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Sept. 20, 2016)

About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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