Ron Brackin, co-author of the best-selling book ‘Son of Hamas,’ with Mosab Hassan Yousef, says that Yousef should not be deported from the United States. He believes that sending him back to the Middle East will be a ‘death sentence’
Ron Brackin, the American co-author of the best-selling “Son of Hamas,” believes that Mosab Hassan Yousef should not be deported from the United States and stated that, if he is, it will be a “death sentence” for him.
Yousef, the oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a charismatic founding member of Hamas, is facing a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deportation hearing in San Diego, California, this Wednesday (June 30, 2010).
Brackin, who is also a veteran correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (ANS), told me, “For ten years, Yousef… was a spy for the Shin Bet (Israeli version of the FBI). In March, he became a bestselling author with the release of his autobiography, ‘Son of Hamas.’
“By the Shin Bet’s own admission, Mosab was the most valuable agent it ever had or ever hoped to have. He exposed countless cells, operations and plots and was a key player in filling Israeli prisons with bomb-makers and terrorists.”
Brackin then quoted Gonem Ben-Yitzhak, Mosab’s Shin Bet handler, as saying, “So many people owe him their life and don’t even know it. People who did a lot less were awarded the Israel Security Prize.”
The writer went on to say, “When Mosab left the Shin Bet several years ago, he came to the U.S. and appealed to Homeland Security for political asylum. That’s when things got really screwy.
“They turned him down. And now they’re even trying to deport him. In terrorist-speak, that is a death sentence. If some Muslim zealot doesn’t cut his throat for collaborating with Israel, Mosab will be killed because he renounced Islam and became a Christian.”
And why did DHS deny him asylum?
Brackin said, “In her May pre-hearing statement, agency senior attorney Kerri Calcador cited a portion of a ‘Son of Hamas’ manuscript draft, provided as evidence by Mosab and his attorney, in which ‘a member of Shin Bet shows the respondent a list of suspects implicated in a March 2001 suicide bombing and asks the respondent whether he knows the individuals. The respondent indicates that he does know five of the people on the list and states that he previously drove them to safe houses.’
“‘At bare minimum,” Ms. Calcador concludes, ‘evidence of the respondent’s transport of Hamas members to safe houses . . . indicates that the respondent provided material support to a [Tier 1] terrorist organization.’ And that makes him a security threat to the United States.’”
Brackin went on to say, “Out of 251 pages in which a slew of edgy undercover missions are described in detail, all DHS could come up with as evidence of terrorist activities is that he gave five guys a ride home from prison. And the attorney didn’t even notice that the ride and lots more all took place while he was serving Israeli intelligence and fighting terrorism. Using this kind of logic, I guess James Bond, Ethan Hunt, and Jason Bourne are terrorists too.”
Brackin then stated that former CIA director James Woolsey told reporters at a recent Capitol Hill dinner to honor Mosab, Gonem, Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), Representatives Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Brad Sherman (D-CA), and Iranian-American pro-democracy activist Amil Imani, “My view is that the decision to deny him political refugee status was incredibly idiotic. It’s hard to think of a worse immigration decision in history. It’s fundamentally nuts.”
Brackin told me that the Israeli Knesset seemed to agree.
“Before flying to Washington, Mosab received a commendation letter from its Committee of Defense, acknowledging his extraordinary service to the State of Israel,” said Brackin.
“Nevertheless, on Wednesday morning, at 8 a.m. at the DHS Detention Facility on the Mexican border (446 Alta Road, San Diego, 45 minutes from downtown), Immigration Judge Rico J. Bartolomei will decide the future of File# A 088 271 051, aka Mosab Hassan Yousef.
“Personally, I side with Woolsey.”
Brackin then spoke about the days before work began on their best-selling book.
“Before we started writing ‘Son of Hamas,’ Mosab and I sat in my home, and I listened for more than 20 hours as he shared his entire story for the first time,” he said. “I was frequently overwhelmed by his intensity and refreshed by his wonderful political incorrectness. Of course, living through a couple of intifadas, three imprisonments, torture, military incursions and the minute-by-minute pressure of being a double agent will do that to a guy.
“After living together for a week and collaborating every day for the next four months, I sent the final manuscript to Tyndale House, fully convinced that Mosab Hassan Yousef is indeed a security threat—but to Islam and its hold on nearly two billion people, not to America. He is fully committed to exposing its deceptions and seductions, if it costs him his life. He has already lost his family, his country and everything else he holds dear.”
For more information: visit www.sonofhamas.com or follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mosab.yousef.
Note about Ron Brackin: Brackin has traveled extensively in the Middle East as an investigative journalist. He was in Bethlehem, Ramallah, Gaza, and Jerusalem during the Al-Aqsa Intifada. He was on assignment in Baghdad after the fall of Iraq and more recently with the rebels and refugees of southern Sudan and Darfur. He served as a broadcast journalist in Washington, D.C. and a congressional press secretary during the Reagan Administration. Visit his website at: www.ronbrackin.com.
Dan Wooding, Assist News Service