Uber and Lyft Hire Somali Muslim Driver Accused of War Crimes, Torture and Attempted Murder
First of all, what is this guy doing in the United States?
Uber and Lyft hired a Somali Muslim war criminal who is currently living in Virginia, to shuttle passengers around.
Yusuf Abdi Ali is accused of torture and directing mass executions and he was not only allowed to enter the US, but he’s listed on Uber’s app as an “Uber Pro Diamond” driver with a 4.89 rating, reported CNN.
Ali’s dangerous past is easy to find — all it takes is Googling his name, but apparently this was too much work for Uber and he worked as one of their ride-hailing drivers for 18 months.
“I do this full time,” said Ali, who drives in suburban Virginia. He explained that he prefers to drive during weekends because “that’s where the money is.”
Ali said he has driven for Lyft, too, but he prefers working for Uber. His white Nissan Altima had only an Uber sticker on it. Asked if the application process was difficult, Ali replied that it was a breeze.
“They just want your background check, that’s it,” said Ali, who was unaware that undercover CNN reporters were riding with him and recording the trip on video. “If you apply tonight maybe after two days it will come, you know, everything.”
Ali’s work as a ride-share driver raises new questions about the thoroughness of Uber and Lyft’s background check process and the ease with which some people with controversial pasts can get approved to drive.
CNN previously reported that Uber and Lyft have approved thousands of people who should have been disqualified because of criminal records. Some of those Uber drivers have included a murderer on parole and a convicted felon who was later convicted for sexually assaulting an Uber passenger.
Both Uber and Lyft have since suspended Yusuf Abdi Ali as a driver.
What was Ali doing before he drove for Uber? He was working as a security agent at Dulles International Airport. Had enough yet, America?
Notice CNN is only concerned that Ali is driving for Uber and doesn’t ask how or why the US govt permitted this dangerous war criminal to enter the US.
Uber and Lyft approved alleged war criminal to drive
He’s accused of war crimes and torture, but he drove for more than 18 months, raising questions about the thoroughness of the background check process https://t.co/XDEa9eAvoI pic.twitter.com/y7zY17hAaq
— CNN (@CNN) May 14, 2019