Previously vetted DC airport security guard discovered to be a Somali war criminal

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A former Somali military leader accused of war crimes during that nation’s civil war has been working as a security guard at a U.S. airport for years.

Yusuf Abdi Ali, who is living in Alexandria, Va., was placed on administrative leave after working at the Dulles International Airport where he passed all FBI and TSA checks, Fox 5 reported.

Ali was approved for his airport badge after the standard, federally mandated vetting process, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority told Fox 5. An FBI check of criminal history records, a TSA security threat assessment, and a license from the Commonwealth of Virginia are all part of that process. The spokesperson confirmed that “all of these processes were followed and approved in this instance.”

Accused of leading mass executions and torturing people in the 1980s during Somalia’s bloody civil war, Ali is named in a lawsuit filed by a human rights group in 2006 for crimes against humanity, according to Fox 5.

Master Security, the company that employs Ali, was unaware of the lawsuit.

“Master Security was unaware of the pending litigation,”  chief executive officer Rob Weinhold told Fox 5. “However, due to the very serious nature of the allegations, we have placed Mr. Ali on administrative leave while our organization reviews all of the facts and circumstances surrounding this case.”

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has requested a complete briefing from relevant agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, Fox 5 reported.

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