It seems there is more and more information coming to light about the New York City terrorist who drove a truck into a crowd of people and killed eight individuals.
Apparently, Sayfullo Saipov, who was shot by police and hospitalized, has been bragging about his ruthless actions, which is quite disturbing, but what is really unsettling is the fact that the Department of Homeland Security actually spoke with him about possible terrorist ties several years ago, but there was not enough evidence to open a case.
Even more unnerving is that there might be another suspect on the loose.
via ABC News:
Saipov’s name and address was listed as a “point of contact” for two different men whose names were entered into the Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit’s list after they came to the United States from “threat countries,” one federal official told ABC News.
One of the two men has vanished and is being actively sought by federal agents as a “suspected terrorist.”
Saipov, 29, came to the United States from Uzbekistan through a Diversity Visa Program lottery in 2010, making him a legal permanent resident of the United States upon arrival. He has lived in Ohio, Florida and, most recently, Paterson, N.J., where federal agents interviewed Saipov in 2015.
Authorities say Saipov claimed in a handwritten note found near his truck that he carried out Tuesday’s attack on behalf of ISIS.
Investigators searching Saipov’s online activities have found social media links to people who are or were subjects of terror investigations. However the portrait that is emerging so far is of someone who found ISIS propaganda online with no sense that he was part of a cell or in any way directed to do this.
This is just more evidence that we need to seriously overhaul our immigration system, which is what opened the door for this guy to get over here in the first place. We also need to do a much better job at shutting down the means terrorists have of radicalizing people over here on our soil.
Little doubt this is their main strategy when it comes to plotting attacks on American soil, as it’s easier to win someone to the cause who is already here than to sneak someone located in another country over here.
Let’s hope Trump and his administration take appropriate action to make sure this sort of thing doesn’t happen again and those responsible for it, ISIS, are destroyed.