Man accused of war crimes found working security at US airport

Man Accused of War Crimes Found Working Security at US Airport

An alleged war criminal from Somalia was found working as a security guard at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C.

Yusuf Abdi Ali is accused of torture and committing mass executions when he was a commander in the Somali National Army in the 1980s.

Ali has firmly denied the accusations, but he's still facing a civil lawsuit in a U.S. court that says he committed "crimes against humanity." One man named in the suit claims he was beaten, stripped naked, shot and left for dead on Ali's orders.

In February, a court ruled that he can't be charged as a war criminal in the U.S. because those crimes took place outside the country. However, that judge allowed the claims that Ali tortured one of the plaintiffs to move forward.

Somalia doesn't have a court system that would be capable of trying Ali for his crimes, and there isn't an international court with jurisdiction to do so, either.

Ali's current employer, Master Security, says he had to go through an FBI background check and a TSA assessment to get the job. But the company told CNN it was "unaware of of the pending litigation."

Ali has since been placed on administrative leave, and his airport access has been withdrawn.

Ali was able to enter the country on a visa through his wife, Intisar Fasar. She was later found guilty of naturalization fraud for claiming that she was a refugee from the Somali group that Ali's military unit is accused of terrorizing.

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Man accused of war crimes found working security at US airport

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1969: Marie Dean Arrington

Arrington, then 36, escaped from the Lowell Correctional Institution Annex in Marion County, Florida, in 1969 while she was awaiting execution for the murder of a legal secretary for the lawyer who'd failed to get her two children acquitted of felony charges. 

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1970: Angela Davis

Davis, then 26, was a famous communist organizer who'd been fired from her job as an assistant philosophy professor at UCLA when a guns she'd bought were used in the armed escape of three murder defendants from a Marin County, California, courtroom in August 1970. 

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1970: Bernardine Dohrn

Dohrn, a leader of the Weather Underground, also known as the Weathermen, was listed in 1970 for her general radical activities.

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1970: Katherine Ann Power & Susan Edith Saxe

Power and Saxe, then 21 and radical roommates at Brandeis University, and two male ex-convicts robbed a Boston bank.

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1987: Donna Jean Willmott

Willmott, then 37, and her husband, Claude Daniel Marks, then 38, had already been fugitives for two years when they were added to the FBI list in 1987 in connection with an attempt to help radical Puerto Rican separatist Oscar López Rivera escape from federal prison.

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2007: Shauntay Henderson

Henderson, then 24, the alleged leader of a Kansas City, Missouri, gang, captured March 31, 2007 — the same day she went on the list — in connection with the 2006 execution-style shooting death of a man who was sitting in his car outside a convenience store.

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