“My view is that the decision to deny him political refugee status was incredibly idiotic,” former CIA director James Woolsey told reporters at a recent Capitol Hill dinner to honor Mosab, Gonen, Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), Representatives Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Brad Sherman (D-CA), and Iranian-American pro-democracy activist Amil Imani. “It’s hard to think of a worse immigration decision in history. It’s fundamentally nuts.”
The Israeli Knesset seems to agree.
Before flying to Washington, Mosab received a commendation letter from the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, acknowledging his extraordinary service to the state of Israel.
Nevertheless, on Wednesday morning, at a DHS detention facility on the Mexican border, a judge will decide the future of Mosab Hassan Yousef.
Personally, I side with Woolsey.
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. 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 radical Islam, not to America. He is fully committed to exposing its deceptions and seductions, even if it costs him his life. He has already lost his family, his country, and everything else he holds dear.