47-year-old Michael Hari, who is accused of bombing a Minnesota mosque, is trying to win a $10 billion contract to build Trump’s border wall.
In August of 2017, Hari and two others — 22-year-old Joe Morris and 29-year-old Michael McWhorter — allegedly broke a window at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota and threw in a pipe bomb. The explosion caused a fire that was eventually extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system. Nobody was killed or injured in the blast. Fox 9 News in Minneapolis/St. Paul showed security camera footage of the explosion:
The Chicago Tribune reported that Hari, Morris, and McWhorter were all formally charged on Tuesday with bombing the mosque, and in connection with an attempted bombing at an abortion clinic in November of last year. McWhorter allegedly told the FBI the goal of bombing the mosque was to “scare [Muslims] out of the country.”
Hari is also bidding for a $10 billion contract to build President Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S./Mexico border through his company, Crisis Resolution Security Services. According to the Tribune, Hari’s company is incorporated in the small town of Clarence, Illinois, which has a population of less than 100 people. Hari is also a convicted felon, following a 2005 incident in which he fled the country with his children, fearing he would lose them to his ex-wife in a custody dispute. Hari admitted to the Tribune that for roughly a year he lived as an undocumented immigrant in Mexico and Belize. He was eventually convicted of felony child abduction, though he didn’t serve any time in prison.
Hari’s border wall plan is styled in the same fashion as the Great Wall of China, in that there would be two imposing walls with a path in between, which would be used for recreational purposes. Even though there are approximately 2,000 miles of land in which the United States and Mexico touch, Hari’s border wall would only be roughly 1,500 miles long, with the other 500 miles being ceded to natural obstacles along the border’s rocky terrain.
While it may seem beyond feasible for Hari to be a contender for the border wall contract, it’s important to remember that last fall, Whitefish Energy Holdings — a company with only two full-time employees — was awarded a $300 million contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure after the U.S. territory was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The contract was later cancelled following further scrutiny into the deal.
Hari did not answer Grit Post’s calls to his cell phone, and did not respond to questions sent via text message.
Scott Alden is a freelance contributor covering national politics, education, and environmental issues. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in the suburbs of Detroit.