The Minneapolis-St. Paul area is home to a large Somali Muslim population, many of whom are young first and second-generation Somali-Americans who have grown up in the Midwestern city formerly a stronghold of Scandinavian immigrants from a century ago.

These young Somalis have attended American schools in the Twin Cities districts and hold jobs in the community, but Somali supports terrorism through the Islamic extremist group, Al Shabaab, which has infected young Somali-Americans in Minnesota mosques that recruit and create willing martyrs to the cause of jihad.

One month ago, nine young Somali-American men from Minneapolis were convicted in federal court of conspiring to travel to Syria to join ISIS, and many others have been implicated in various attacks including the one on a Kenyan shopping center.

So, in the convoluted world of the Obama administration, it would seem only logical to invite groups of Somali Muslims for behind-the-scenes tours at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to reassure them that they are not being profiled and quell their complaints that they feel “harassed.”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson held meetings with Somali-American leaders in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area requesting their suggestions on how DHS can be “more culturally sensitive” to their feelings, which led to at least two tours of the airport’s facilities.

Unbelievably, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) records reveal that the tours – at least one of which was conducted in December during the traditionally busiest travel time of the year – included the airport’s “sterile” and secure areas that are most closely guarded to protect against breeches by terrorists.

Judicial Watch obtained the documents that described the tours by the Customs and Border Protection of the DHS as “providing Muslim participants with an in-depth, on-site tour and discussion of both inbound and outbound passenger processing.”

Almost equally disturbing was that in the era of deadly targeting of airports with mass casualties in Brussels and Istanbul, Somali community leaders, including the imams of mosques where radicalization of young men had taken place were guests at a luncheon and “cultural exchange and educational brief” to give them the opportunity to ask questions about the agency’s “specific practices” at the airport.

Significantly, no other group has been provided with such unprecedented access to the airport.

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