Why Was the Owner of the Deadly Limo Allowed into the Country?



Authorities want to know why Shahed Hussain’s dangerously defective stretch limo was allowed on the road. A more pertinent question might be: Why was Shahed Hussain allowed to enter our country in the first place?

Hussain’s entire life is a fraud. From the day he first set foot in the United States, circa 1995, using a fake passport, his existence has been one of deceit piled upon deceit. Last Saturday, his limitless capacity to bend, break, and ignore every rule of American society finally, and predictably, ended in tragedy. Twenty people lost their lives in Upstate New York when a limousine Hussain owned, that had repeatedly failed inspection (for faulty brakes, suspension, and chassis, as recently as last month), crashed near Albany.

The tragedy behind this tragedy is that the government knew Hussain was a fraud. But instead of booting him out of the country, the FBI made him a government informant, who provided them with information about the activities of terrorists who also should never have been allowed into the country.

Hussain is a Pakistani national who was granted political asylum in the United States after having passed through Russia and Mexico along the way. He claimed that he was a member of an opposition political party and that he had been arrested, tortured and falsely charged with murder in Pakistan, before his father bribed local officials to gain his release.

New York authorities would like to question Hussain in connection with the deadly crash involving his ironically named Prestige Limousine service, but they can’t. Guess why? Because according to his lawyer, Hussain is in Pakistan, the country where he claims he was tortured and fled in fear for his life.

Before getting into the business of transporting people in rolling death traps, Hussain earned his living by criminally defrauding the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles by helping people (presumably illegal aliens) obtain driver’s licenses (including commercial licenses) using fake documents, and by providing his clients with answers to questions on the written test under the guise of acting as an interpreter.

His other ventures included a number of shady businesses, including ownership of a hotel which accepted reservations for rooms and cabins that didn’t exist. In 2003, Hussain filed for bankruptcy, running up $177,000 in debts he claimed he was unable to pay. A judge in a later case involving his activities as an FBI informant was so disturbed by this man that she wrote a letter to federal prosecutors in which she expressed her belief that Hussain likely skipped out on his debts and had “perpetrated a fraud,” while receiving “substantial sums of money” from a family trust in Pakistan.

But perhaps the most infuriating aspect of this whole saga that ended with the deaths of 20 innocent people is the lack of accountability on the part of everyone in federal and state government who made it possible. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is up for reelection next month, is demanding to know how Prestige Limo continued to operate despite its countless violations of state safety laws. This is the same Andrew Cuomo who, if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had attempted to go after Hussain for having committed immigration fraud, almost certainly would have refused to cooperate or even obstructed the efforts of an agency he has described as “a bunch of thugs.”

The federal government’s record isn’t any better. They knew, or should have known, that Hussain was a fraud and someone who should never have been granted the privilege of staying in this country. Instead, the FBI chose to protect him, attempting to harness his prodigious capacity for lies and deceit in the hope that he could help them uncover other dangerous people who were let into the country. This is not the first time the FBI’s protection of a shady asylum seeker has ended in tragedy, as investigative journalist Michelle McPhee documents in her book about the Boston Marathon bombing, Maximum Harm.

When events like the deadly limousine crash occur, there is the inevitable hand-wringing about how this should never have been allowed to happen – especially from the people who allowed it happen.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.

14 Comments

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    Thomas Brechlin on

    Why isn’t the State of New York culpable? My car gets impounded for expired tags yet this guy is allowed to drive this vehicle?

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    Dave Veselenak on

    Psst, I’ll let you on a little secret: we have a NWO-FBI – isn’t it apparent by now after the failed coup of our president – that is orchestrating nearly all of the false flag, gun control mass shootings! They take their marching orders from the Godless, Satan worshiping, power-mad NWO-elitist ghouls that are large and in charge! The Boston marathon bomber, the Orlando queer club killer, the high school mass murdered, the Texas Muslim army doctor and the Las Vegas shooter WERE ALL ON THE FBI’s RADAR but somehow escaped scrutiny! WTFU sheeple, your being played like the fools that you are! REVOLUTION will be the final SOLUTION – guaranteed, it always is against TYRANNY!

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    You SEE WE WERE JUST TAUGHT A LESSON IF YOU DON”T MAKE THOSE IDIOT FOREIGNERS SPEAK ENGLISH , ANY FOREIGNER MAINLY MEXICANS OR SAND ******* , THERE SO DISSEATFUL,YOU DON”T KNOW WHAT THE HELL THEIR SAYING THEY CAN LIE RIGHT TO YOUR FACE WITH A SMILE! IT’S A GOOD THING WE HAVE AMERICANS THAT KNOW DIFFERENT DIALECTS, BUT MIDDLE EASTERN SAND ****** IS LIKE TALKING LIKE A MONKEY

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    It is time the U.S. adopts a stance on immigration similar to that of Japan. Japan does not have these problems for a reason. Americans who keep hiring illegals should also face fines.

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    Christine Pearson on

    Lots of laws need to be made re: politicians, gov.ernment & federal employees . No one is ever held accountable within these institutions. It’s absolutely insane . The fraud ,waste, abuse of power, misused public funds , & lack of accountability has gone on for so long it’s infuriating! They pad their pockets at our expense and sell us out to everyone across the globe ! Should not be allowed to work as lobbyists for 5 years after leaving public office for one, I could go on but I won’t.

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    Another 3rd world SCHITTHOLE sub-human , playing the game with the USA FEDERALS, how can one trust one of these LIARS, to be imformants. Who are going to believe ?? are they really telling the truth ?? and how much information did the send back to their HOMETOWN SCHITTHOLE. ??? like MAD MAGAZINE, ” SPY vs SPY vs SPY “. SEND THEM ALL BACK. and TRUST NONE of them

  7. avatar

    Open borders Senator Flake, who will thankfully be retiring soon, is very upset about the Saudi journalist who disappeared in Turkey and I certainly hope he is OK and was not murdered. That said, where is Crooked Flake’s similar outrage every time an American is killed as a result of our idiotic immigration policies that Crooked Flake supports?

    Crooked Flake cares more about what happened to a Saudi national in Turkey than Americans who die as a result of the open borders policies he supports. Shame on you Crooked Senator Flake!

    But unfortunately after he retires Crooked Flake will probably continue to cash in on stabbing Americans in the back and work for a lobbying firm in DC and get paid big bucks to lobby for open borders, or for “American” business interests in China, or both as former members of Congress frequently do.

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