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CAIR Somali FBI translator to shut down terror database obstructed terror investigation

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Former FBI translator — who joined CAIR in an attempt to shut down terror screening database — charged with obstructing terror investigation
Abdirizak Haji Raghe Wehelie has been charged with misleading investigators and obstructing a probe into Al-Shabaab terror.
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Last year, a Somali-American man was listed as a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by the terror-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) against the Trump administration, as part of a concerted, transparent campaign to have a federal judge declare the U.S. government's terrorist screening database as unconstitutional.

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Today, that man, Abdirizak Haji Raghe Wehelie, who served as an FBI translator from 2012-15, was charged on multiple counts related to his alleged interference with a federal terrorism investigation.

Wehelie, 66, of St. Burk, Virginia, was arrested over the weekend and charged with seven counts of making false statements to investigators and one count for obstructing a federal investigation. He was scheduled to appear in federal court Monday afternoon in Alexandria, Virginia.

According to the indictment, Wehelie misled investigators when they were scrutinizing a terrorism investigation involving unnamed individuals connected to Al-Shabaab, an Islamic terrorist group that operates in East Africa and controls territory in Somalia.

In August 2018, CAIR sued the Trump administration on behalf of the Wehelie family, which included Hawa Wehelie, which court papers identified as Wehelie's daughter.

CAIR's lawsuit argued that counterterrorism measures imposed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection amounted to "a kind of second-class citizenship."