I often get asked about the vulnerability of the U.S. food supply given the fact that so many refugees work in the food-processing industries. Our meat, in particular, is highly vulnerable. I have reported in the past that refugee labor is used for up to 12 percent of the workforce at many of the meatpacking factories that dot small-town America. It would be an unimaginable act of jihad terror, potentially surpassing even the 9/11 attracks, if these plants started churning out meat laced with a biological agent of some kind. We now have evidence that some devout Muslims in the U.K. have indeed been thinking along these lines.
From the BBC in London:
A couple who met online have been convicted of preparing for terrorism in a plot that could have attacked Derby or poisoned supermarket food.
Who was the man behind the plans – and why was he even in the UK in the first place?
Munir Mohammed fancied himself as a bit of a catch. He was a charmer.
He was so convinced that he was a ladies’ man, Derby’s own online Casanova, that he was aiming for four wives.
Even though along the way he’d abandoned the first on the migrant trail in Greece and never actually met the second.
As for the third prospective bride, British woman Rowaida El-Hassan, things didn’t work out too well there either.
She found herself in the Old Bailey dock alongside him, accused of helping Mohammed prepare a major act of terrorism.
In that plan:
Munir Mohammed began buying chemicals for a homemade pressure cooker bomb and offered himself as a “lone wolf” attacker to an IS commander communicating with him over Facebook.
He also investigated making poison while working at a supermarket ready-meals factory.
His jihadi bride Rowaida El-Hassan provided him with technical guidance as a trained pharmacist [just imagine if a jihadist migrants were to infiltrate a U.S. meatpacking plant’s inspection rank].
Rowaida El-Hassan came from Sudan to the UK legally as a child while 36-year-old Munir Mohammed, originally from Eritrea, grew up in the neighboring country with his mother.
After she died, the then teenager worked in Libya, before returning to Sudan to marry.
Looking for a better life, he and his pregnant wife left for Europe in June 2013 and paid people smugglers to take them by boat across the dangerous Mycale Strait between Turkey and the Greek island of Samos.
From there they went to Athens and started to walk. And when Lana lost the baby, Munir Mohammed walked on without her, dumping her in the country, the BBC reports.
He followed the now familiar Balkan migrant route and reached France in January 2014.
Finally, he paid more people smugglers to hide him in a lorry so he could reach the UK. And he eventually emerged at a motorway services on the M1 in Bedfordshire.
Police handed him over to immigration officers, and in February 2014 he made an application for asylum. He was later released from an immigration removal center and placed in a shared house at the Home Office’s expense in Leopold Street, Derby.
Munir Mohammed wasn’t allowed to work but he wanted to earn and took a cash-in-hand job at a car wash and then cleaned at an Indian restaurant.
By May 2016 he had obtained EU documents in another man’s name and secured work at Kerry Foods, a major manufacturer of ready-meals in nearby Burton upon Trent. He told the jury he cooked sauces for meals going to Tesco and Morrisons.
During his often incoherent evidence, Munir Mohammed claimed to have been sending money to the woman he’d abandoned in Greece – but he also revealed that he had since “married” a second woman in Sudan.
The only problem is that they hadn’t met. So he began looking for something more satisfying than a virtual wife, signed up to a British dating website and found Rowaida El-Hassan.
And all the time, his interest in the extremism of the so-called Islamic State was growing.
How did Rowaida El-Hassan get involved?
Rowaida El-Hassan, 32, came from a well-to-do Sudanese family. The university-educated north Londoner helped her husband grow a successful pharmacy network in Khartoum – but he cheated on her.
She returned home with her two children and began the messy process of a divorce, and looking, once more, for Mr Right.