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Sunday, October 26, 2014


an expert in fake passports. He used a counterfeit French passport to enter Canada
and apply for political asylum. While living there, he supplied fake Canadian passports
to other Algerians. And he used a fake Canadian passport under the alias of Benni
Noris in his failed attempt to enter the United States and bomb Los Angeles
International Airport.
Ressam recently testified that he was trained in these and other “security” techniques
at one ofOsama bin Laden’s training camps in Afghanistan. He also testified that an
Al Qaeda representative had recruited him to supply the group with false Canadian
The picture of Al Qaeda that is emerging through Ressam’s case and ongoing
investigations is of a sophisticated terrorist network, able to send “sleeper” agents
like Ressam anywhere in the world. Al Qaeda depends on the ability to travel inter
-nationally in order to raise funds, recruit operatives, train the operatives in
Afghanistan and send them out to plan and conduct terrorist attacks. Key to their
international mobility is being able to circumvent immigration laws and law
enforcement “watch lists.”