April 5, 2007, - 9:36 am

Dual-Income Household: O’Hare Airport Gate Agent Was Spy for Iraq

By Debbie Schlussel
Since I’ve written about the many pro-Bin Laden airport employees– including a Northwest Airlines ticket agent whose husband is an Al-Qaeda terrorist–this latest news out of Chicago is not shocking to me. What is shocking is that the TSA, airports, and airlines continue to give jobs to Muslims without nary a background check into their pasts.
Until he was arrested in 2004, Sami Khoshaba Latchin worked for years as a gate agent at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport–one of the largest and most trafficked airports in the country. But, at the same time, he was also a sleeper cell recruiter for Saddam Hussein. But for documents seized by our soldiers in Iraq in 2003, we’d never know, and he’d continue working at O’Hare. Because, after all, we can’t discriminate against Muslims or Arabs. Or even do a cursory background check, years after 9/11. That would be wrong. Right?
Latchin is now on trial. More from the Chicago Tribune:

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Sami Khoshaba Latchin: Spied for Saddam in U.S. for 11 Years

Federal prosecutors began laying out their case Tuesday against a Des Plaines man accused of being an officer for the Iraqi Intelligence Service under Saddam Hussein.
Sami Khoshaba Latchin worked for years as a gate agent at O’Hare International Airport, but he was really a “sleeper spy” recruiting operatives to gather information on groups opposing Hussein’s regime from inside the United States, prosecutors said.
Secret documents that fell into American hands after the 2003 invasion of Iraq point to Latchin as an Iraqi operative, first in Greece and then in the Chicago area, Assistant U.S. Atty. James Conway told jurors.
“There’s a spy in this room,” he said.
Before his arrest in 2004, Latchin had been planted in the U.S. as a long-term operative, directing collaborators and awaiting further instructions from Baghdad, Conway said.
He is charged with lying on documents to obtain American citizenship, lying to the FBI, and being an unregistered foreign agent in this country.
He might have remained in his position if the paperwork outing him had not surfaced overseas, Conway said.

And whose fault is that? Oh yeah, ours. Because we’d never have looked into his background. What a joke.

Conway showed . . . documents that refer to a “Sami Khoshaba” and some of his directives. Khoshaba was described as being in “public affairs” for the Iraqi government, which was code for the intelligence service.

“Intelligence”. That’s not really a word one can legitimately use to describe anything having to do with America’s airport security. And this is yet another glorious example. Not the exception.
More from the Chicago Daily Herald:

[Assistant U.S. Attorney Conway] also said phone records will show Latchin communicating with his Iraqi “handlers,” or spies who managed his activities. Several times, phone records show Latchin communicating with handlers and then almost immediately getting on a plane to meet them in foreign lands, Conway said. In one case, Latchin met with a handler in Amman, Jordan, where he received $24,000, even signing a receipt for the money with his code name or symbol “Abu Sarmad” and sending $15,000 of it back to his U.S. account via wire transfer.

This man, Latchin, has been a U.S. citizen since 1993, but he could easily become one, had he applied in 2007. The fact is now, like then–and it’s actually worse now, according to officials who work on this–citizenship applications are being rubberstamped. They are not being checked against terrorism databases or much else.
Saddam may be gone. But there are plenty of others who aren’t. And their spies are here, unfettered, just like Latchin.
Good luck, America. We’ll need a lot of it.

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6 Responses

We don’t need anymore damn immigrants! This is what we get when we continue to be this welcoming “melting pot” for the world. How are all of these immigration-seekers going to make our country a better place?! What do they really have to offer us?! Our own demise.

Yiddish Steel on April 5, 2007 at 11:10 am

I’m all for diversity and the “melting pot” thats why I love being American. However, I have a problem with allowing immigrants who want to see America’s demise and the demise of the American people into our great nation. This is what happens when there is no middle ground…no gray area between the extremes of “tolerance” and “non-tolerance”. It really seems that this country is slipping towards the “ultra liberal” “ultra P.C.” end of the spectrum which will certainly cause the collapse of America. With the pseudo-conservative Republicans selling away the “American Dream” and the ultra P.C. liberal Democrats sleeping in bed with our “enemies” *cough* (Pelosi)that progress is certainly accelerating.

the_don on April 5, 2007 at 11:52 am

I canĂ­t understand why the people of this country tolerate so many enemies from foreign countries within our midst?
For example, take a look at these guys from Detroit (many of which are foreign).
Part I:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqbfZqX7LWU
Part II:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxeweTTLqII
Part III:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1BlPhbW5tw
Here is a story about them that aired on Fox 2 News (Detroit):
http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=2828453&version=4&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=3.1.1
The U.S. should not tollerate such behavior from “guests” in our country.

lgb on April 5, 2007 at 12:25 pm

One of the leaders of the rally linked above is Shemon Salam. He is from Canada, and lives there too. However, the U.S. lets him cross the Canadian border just so he can bash America and its allies at rallies he organizes at Wayne State.
Why does the U.S. keep letting this guy in?
Here is Shemon defending the swastika at the rally on the news:
http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=2838924&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=3.2.1

lgb on April 5, 2007 at 12:29 pm

So this is what passes for diversity these days? Now before you mistaken me for being anti- immigrants, I’m not. In fact, I encourage those who want to help protect America to do so provided that they have legal status and pledge their loyalty to this country. Terrorist spies is not my idea of diversity exspecially when it comes to security.

Jew Chick on April 5, 2007 at 8:57 pm

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