An Uber driver in Virginia turns out to be an accused Somali war criminal known for torturing enemies, according to Wednesday reports.
“I do this full time,” Yusuf Abdi Ali told CNN reporters who hitched a ride with him. “They just want your background check, that’s it.”
Ali’s background check apparently turned up no crimes in American databases, but a quick internet search of his name shows that he is alleged to have brutally killed several people in his native Somalia. A Somali farmer, Farhan Warfaa, traveled all the way to the United States to sue Ali in civil court, alleging that Ali shot his brother five times at point blank-range after torturing him.
“Ali was the commander of the Somali army’s notorious fifth brigade responsible for “gross human rights abuses” in the separatist province of Somaliland during the Barre regime of the 1970s and 1980s, according to the complaint brought by the California-based Center for Justice and Accountability,” said a Guardian report.
He was the subject of a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary in which eyewitnesses described his crimes.
“Two men were caught, tied to a tree. Oil was poured on them and they were burnt alive. I saw it with my own eyes. I cut away their remains,” one witness said.
“He caught my brother,” another said. “He tied him to a military vehicle and dragged him behind. … He shredded him into pieces. That’s how he died.”
Ali reportedly fled to Canada when the war ended, but was deported to the United States when Canadian authorities discovered his history. He has also worked at Dulles International Airport during his time in the United States.
Uber is facing increased scrutiny over security policies after a University of South Carolina student got into the wrong car, thinking it was her Uber, and was brutally murdered by the driver.
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NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine
Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.
In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.
In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.
A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.
Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.
This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.
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