As we reported previously, Joe Biden’s and Kamala Harris appeared to have been absent in action when discussing the motive for the takeover of the Texas synagogue in Colleyville. That, despite the hostage-taker — Malik Faisal Akram — allegedly demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, the terrorist known as “Lady al Qaeda.” Siddiqui is presently locked up in a Fort Worth federal facility for 86 years for trying to kill U.S. military members. Physically, however, all the hostages survived the attack. The incident ended when the police entered the synagogue. Akram died as a result.
Biden mentioned that the incident may be related to someone who had been “arrested” long ago, but although he referred to the incident as an “act of terror,” he scrupulously avoided mentioning any Islamic terrorist connection, and he didn’t mention Siddiqui’s name or offense or Akram’s name.
Biden also didn’t note that Akram was a British national, allegedly with a criminal record, which raises the question of how Akram got into this country — did he have known connections? Is this why he was allowed to enter? As I noted in my prior story, there’s a big additional question that the media should be asking — about whether Biden’s executive orders might have made it easier for Akram to get into the country.
Biden’s very first day as a president he reversed several Trump orders regarding enhanced screening of travelers to the United States. Malik Faisal Akram was benefited from Biden’s reckless approach toward immigration and borders https://t.co/diIl6y0FYN https://t.co/qL6byxzIti pic.twitter.com/kuCoraDtJd
— Jon Feere (@JonFeere) January 16, 2022
Now there’s more intriguing information in the case. According to reports, two teenagers were detained in the UK by Greater Manchester police. They are currently being interviewed about their case. There isn’t a lot of information about why the teens were arrested and are being questioned. But they have been identified as Akram’s sons.
UPDATE / NBC News : Two men were arrested for being the sons and daughters of hostage-taker. This is according to Mike Kosnar, a top law enforcement officer.
As a reminder British law enforcement agencies have wide latitude to make arrests in terror investigations that sometimes don’t lead to charges.
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) January 17, 2022
According to NBC’s Mike Kosher, the sons were on the phone with the Akram during the hostage-taking.
Un senior official from law enforcement tells @NBCNewsThe two teenage boys held in Manchester by Faisal Akram, a Texas hostage-taker, are Faisal’s sons.
According to an official, Akram had been in contact with them throughout the siege of the synagogue. https://t.co/8Ii1oOfz7v
— Raf Sanchez (@rafsanchez) January 17, 2022
The police may feel that they have valuable information or might be questioning the suspects. It would seem logical. This could indicate that police may be looking at other avenues. It is likely that they would want to investigate and eliminate any other potential issues.
I wait with bated breath to see if we hear anything more about “motivation,” though the FBI does at least now appear to be acknowledging that this was an act of terror.