The Saudi national who just killed 3 and injured 8 at the Pensacola Naval Air Station wasn’t the first. Another would-be Saudi terrorist with a pilot’s license obtained in the US nearly was able to slip through the cracks. Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, who attended flight school in Oklahoma in 2016-17 was charged and convicted of visa fraud for having lied about attending an al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in 2000, according to the DOJ.
KFOR A citizen of Saudi Arabia and a former resident of Weatherford, Oklahoma has pleaded guilty to visa fraud and making a false statement to the FBI by, among other things, concealing his application to and attendance at an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in late 2000.
Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, 35, was taken into custody in February of 2018, based on a criminal complaint signed in the Western District of Oklahoma.
A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, 34, after his fingerprints turned up on documents found by the U.S. military at an al Qaeda safe house in Afghanistan, the Justice Department said in a statement.
The document was a five-page application for the Farooq camp, where four of the Sept. 11 hijackers trained.
In March 2017, the FBI began analyzing a trove of documents recovered during a December 2001 raid on an al Qaeda safe house in Kandahar, Afghanistan. According to the criminal complaint, 15 latent fingerprints matching Alfallaj were found on an intake document for the al Farooq training camp.
Officials say some of the terrorist organization’s leaders and operatives were trained or instructed at the camp, located outside Kandahar, including some of the 9/11 hijackers.
Alfallaj pleaded guilty to one count of visa fraud and one count of making a false statement to the FBI relating to international terrorism. In particular, he admitted he possessed a nonimmigrant visa from March 2012 to early 2018 that he obtained by fraud.
He also admitted he falsely told agents during the December 2017 interview that he had never visited Afghanistan or participated in religious, tactical, or military training outside Saudi Arabia, and otherwise affirmed falsely that all of the answers on his nonimmigrant visa application were true and correct.
Court documents say in October 2011, Alfallaj applied for a non-immigrant spousal visa, stating his wife is a non-immigrant student visa holder in the United States. The application was approved six days later.