Corpus Christi TX naval base shooting.

SlickyBoy

Ostrich
No picture, no name, no kidding....

An act of terrorism.

A shooting at a Texas naval air station that wounded a sailor and left the gunman dead is being investigated as "terrorism-related," the FBI said Thursday. The shooting began around 6:15 a.m. Thursday at Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi.

The gunman tried to speed through a gate at the base in a vehicle and opened fire on security workers, U.S. officials told The Associated Press. A female sailor who is a member of the security force at the base was struck but was able to roll over and hit a switch that raised a barrier, stopping the vehicle from getting onto the base.

The man got out of the vehicle and was killed in an exchange of gunfire with security personnel, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details about an ongoing investigation....

Initially there was concern that shooter might have had explosives, the officials said, But Navy explosive experts did not find any.

The injured sailor was treated for a minor injury at a hospital and discharged, according to a statement from the station command.

The FBI is investigating the shooting as "terrorism-related," FBI Special Agent Leah Greeves said at a news conference Thursday afternoon, and investigators were working to determine whether a second person of interest was at large in the community.

"We have determined that the incident this morning at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is terrorism-related," Greeves said. "We are working diligently with our state, local and federal partners on this investigation, which is fluid and evolving."

Greeves did not elaborate on a potential motive or specify what led investigators to believe the shooting is related to terrorism. Federal investigators also did not provide any information about the "potential second related person of interest at large in the community" or why they believe that is the case.

Officials were still working to process the crime scene, Greeves said.

The FBI's field office in Houston has taken the lead on the investigation and neither investigators nor the Navy provided details on the shooter or a possible motive.

Attorney General William Barr was briefed on the shooting, a Justice Department spokeswoman said.

The facility was on lockdown for about five hours Thursday morning, but that was lifted shortly before noon. The station's main gate was reopened to traffic, but the gate where the attack happened remained closed.

The station had a similar lockdown last December. In another incident at the base last year, a man pleaded guilty to destruction of U.S. government property and possession of a stolen firearm for ramming his truck into a barricade at the Corpus Christi station.
 
*reporter voice* He had quotes from the Koran scriptures all over his social media accounts. The effects of Islam religious extremism are devastating to society. *camera cuts to view of Westborough Baptists holding anti-LGBTQ signs* Every day, people wake up and wonder if they'll be the next victims. *Camera cuts to unflattering footage of Trump* Even worse, sane alt-right lawmakers refuse to keep guns out of the hands of the Muslims and democrats mentally ill. *Camera cuts to flattering view of minority female FBI agents at work* The only way to stop this now is by turning the US into a police state prudent monitoring of phone calls and emails. Don't let right wing bigots and religious extremists destroy America.
 

Garuda

Woodpecker
I thought this guy was a recent refugee but his father has held US citizenship for over three decades. The article questions whether or not people who only have citizenship for convenience should have to prove loyalty when moving here. I think they should but I doubt this matter will be addressed soon.

https://cis.org/Bensman/How-Corpus-Christi-Jihadi-Attacker-Entered-United-States

How the Corpus Christi Jihadi Attacker Entered the United States
A new national security vulnerability

By Todd Bensman on May 22, 2020


The Syria-born attacker killed Thursday morning during an apparent jihad-inspired attack on a Texas naval air station was neither a resettled refugee nor an asylum-seeker who slipped through security vetting. Instead, CIS has learned that he fell under an immigration category unusual for foreign-born extremists who have attacked inside the United States.

Adam Alsahli, 20 at the time of his death Thursday, was already a U.S. citizen when he moved from the Middle East to Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2014 with his mother (and likely several siblings) at the height of the Syrian civil war, by virtue of his father's American citizenship, according to two sources familiar with the family's immigration status. The attacker's 75-year-old father, Salim Alsahli, became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1984, the sources told CIS, and subsequently seems to have sired a family back in Syria that included Adam Alsahli's birth in 1999.

Although his children and their mother were born in and resided in the Middle East, the father's U.S. citizenship conferred U.S. citizenship on Adam Alsahli, since he properly registered a declaration at a U.S. embassy or consulate office overseas. That apparently happened with Adam Alsahli because by the age of three, in the year 2002, he was granted an American passport that was repeatedly renewed over the years, sources said.

In 2014, at the height of the civil war inside Syria, Adam and at least his mother moved to the United States. The mother is currently a legal permanent resident who has a pending application for U.S. citizenship, the sources said.

With an American citizen father anchored inside the United States, Adam Alsahli, his siblings, and their mother would not have entered any refugee resettlement pipeline, nor would they have had to apply for asylum, processes that would have required fairly extensive security vetting. Adam Alsahli, then about 15 years old, would have been moved right to the front of the line with almost no security vetting; likely the same would have been true of his mother and siblings.

Little is known at this point about Alsahli's interest in Islamic extremist theology or connections to foreign groups, as the FBI continues an investigation. Nor is it yet known where the family was living prior to entering the United States in 2014.

At about 6:15 a.m. Thursday, Alsahli drove a vehicle up to the gate of the naval air station near Corpus Christi, exited, and began firing shots at military personnel. One round hit the bullet-proof vest of a sailor guarding the gate, which drew a response from other armed sailors, who killed Alsahli.

One well-placed source told CIS that Alsahli drove up to the gate wearing an Arab head-wrap garment and blaring Arabic language music from a vehicle stereo. Arabic-language writings were found inside the vehicle. Although these details could not be independently confirmed, the FBI stated at a press conference later Thursday that Alsahli's attack was "terrorism-related". A linkedIn page for Adam Alsahi of Corpus Christ contains only one bit of biographical information, which is that he is a "student at Umm Al-Qura University" in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

A Previously Undetected Security Vulnerability?
Since 9/11, American homeland security authorities have closely tracked the methods by which foreign-born attackers and plotters have entered the country and have enhanced security vetting and fraud prevention. But Islamic extremists continue to get past vetting in refugee resettlement and asylum and visa application processes, such as the so-called "fiancée visa" that enabled one of the 2015 San Bernardino, Calif., attackers to enter the country. In April of this year, for instance, the FBI arrested a Pakistani medical doctor on terrorism charges who had gone to work for the Mayo clinic on an H-1B visa granted in 2018.

In December 2019, a Royal Saudi Air Force pilot trainee — participating in an American program to provide training to the military personnel of allied countries — murdered three American service personnel and wounded eight others in an attack on a Pensacola, Fla., air base. In a press conference this week, Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray announced investigative findings that the pilot trainee, Mohammed Alshamrani, was an active member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who maintained regular contact with the terrorist group even while training at the base.

Family immigration of the sort that Alsalhi and his mother used to enter is subject to minimal security vetting. Foreign nationals with conferred or "retained" U.S. citizenship, particularly if they were driven from a foreign war, are fast-tracked in like any American citizen caught up in a troubled area, according to CIS's Jessica Vaughan, a former consular officer.

But Vaughan sees the retained citizenship rules as a vulnerability that has not been sufficiently recognized, when individuals holding American passports have no meaningful connection to the United States. While security checks may have found nothing on Alsahli at 15 years of age at the time he moved to Texas, older people with citizenship retention rights also build lives in foreign countries and then move to the United States.

"This is definitely a vulnerability in our system; we can't really deny entry to a U.S. citizen," Vaughan said. "But over many years, mainly to accommodate the families of American expatriates, there has been an erosion of citizenship retention requirements, and erosion of the notion that a U.S. citizen should have some meaningful ties with this country, especially if they're spending their lives outside of the country.

"This is an example of why we need to be more careful and have stricter retention requirements, and that should also apply to the children of birth tourists. There are tens of thousands of people around the world, many living in areas hostile to the United States, who are U.S. citizens, but for whom that citizenship is just a matter of convenience, without any understanding or affinity at all for our country."
 
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