Illegal aliens, terrorism & drug smugglers….oh my!

2 01 2007

Cross posted from  Bear Creek Ledger

Don’t you always wonder when the Border Patrol cites statistics on illegal border crossers caught how many others didn’t get caught? So, in reality the government really has no clue on the number of illegals coming across the southern border. We’ve all seen the videos of illegals streaming across with nothing to stop them. So, how is it the Border Patrol has any idea the number of OTM’s (other than Mexicans)? I always snigger when I read any specific numbers since I don’t think the Border Patrol bureaucracy carries a whole lot of believability.

From The Daily Bulletin – Links between illegal immigration, terrorism, drug trade worry U.S. Officials:

On Sept. 5, a man calling himself Miguel Alfonso Salinas was apprehended off a deserted highway near the U.S.-Mexico border. 

The tinted windows on Alfonso Salinas’ vehicle aroused the suspicion of Border Patrol agents patrolling a dark and desolate stretch of Highway 9, which runs parallel to the border and is the site of large numbers of illegal crossings.

The agents discovered three Mexican migrants in the vehicle with Alfonso Salinas.

But what they discovered several days later made a far greater impression.

Alfonso Salinas was not who he seemed, according to U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security documents. He lied to the agents about who he was, where he came from and what he was doing.

It would take nearly a week of interviews with federal agents before Alfonso Salinas would give his real name: Ayman Sulmane Kamal, a Muslim born in Egypt – a country designated as “special-interest” by the United States for sponsoring terrorism.

Kamal’s case is not an isolated one.

Evidence of “special-interest aliens” using the Mexican border to gain entry to the United States has been kept secret from the American public, according to federal law enforcement agents, terrorism experts and critics of U.S. foreign policy with Mexico.

In 2005, the Border Patrol apprehended approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. illegally. Of those, 165,000 were from countries other than Mexico, and roughly 650 were, like Kamal, from special-interest countries, according to the Border Patrol.

Those interviewed by the Daily Bulletin say agencies including the FBI and CIA are not using information from Border Patrol and Drug Enforcement Administration agents to make connections between the drug trade, illegal immigration and terrorist organizations.

“For us to believe that Mexican smugglers will not assist, knowingly or unknowingly, foreign terrorists trying to enter the United States is incomprehensible,” said Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, who, along with other congressional representatives, has pushed for stricter border security policies.

Whether Kamal had ties to a terrorist group is not known. No information about him, including his current whereabouts, is available aside from what is in Justice Department and Homeland Security documents.

But the links between illegal immigration, expanded trade, Mexican narcotics organizations and terrorist groups has already been assessed by U.S. federal law enforcement agencies, according to DEA documents obtained by the Daily Bulletin.

According to an intelligence report written by the DEA, “La Entrada al Pac fico (Gateway to the Pacific)” – also the name of a Texas-Mexico plan to expand border trade – Asian narcotics traffickers, in collusion with Mexican drug trafficking organizations and terrorist groups, could use expanded trade routes to bring contraband into the United States.

“The DEA has made a conscious effort to generate predictive intelligence so policy makers can be aware and plan ahead for significant changes in narcotics and smuggling operations,” said a DEA official who asked to remain anonymous. “Any time you send in a predictive piece of intelligence that has merit and it’s ignored, then the consequences of that can be devastating to national security.”

According to DEA intelligence reports, the link between terrorism and narcotics has been well known since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

But federal agents say getting bureaucrats to understand the growing danger is difficult when most lawmakers won’t even acknowledge many of the problems already happening along the U.S. border.

There’s much more in the article which recaps testimony from border sheriffs, tells of the drug cartels control of the border and also an interesting comment from the new chairman of the committee which will control the Department of Homeland Security. Yes, this would be Rep. Silvestre Reyes who doesn’t or didn’t know the difference between Sunni or Shiite Muslims with Al Queda, Hezbollah or Iran:

snip…. One of those problems was on full display in Texas earlier this year. 

Sheriff Arvin West of Hudspeth County – a border area 50 miles east of El Paso – and other Texas border sheriffs had complained for more than a year that Mexican military personnel were helping cartels smuggle humans and contraband across the Rio Grande and into the U.S.

The Daily Bulletin first published Department of Homeland Security documents and maps from the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy in January, showing 226 Mexican military incursions into the United States since 1996. That information led to a call for congressional investigations and hearings to determine the extent of the intrusions.

Shortly afterward, West was confronted with another incursion. This time, local law enforcement officials videotaped the event and went public with it.

“We had video and photographs,” West said. “We went to Congress and testified before them with the evidence in hand. And we were told by Congressman (Silvestre) Reyes (D-El Paso) that we were either lying or mistaken.”

Reyes, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, and U.S. and Mexican government officials tried to play down the documents and the incident in Hudspeth County. They stated publicly that the cartels were dressing like Mexican military to damage relations between the U.S. and Mexico.

Reyes, who recently was appointed chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Here’s a comment that Matthew Heidt (froggy from BlackFive) who is a retired SEAL and had worked as a Special Agent for Customs:

Comment below written by: Froggy
One more anecdote on ROE. I used to be a Special Agent for US Customs investigating narcotics smuggling along the California border. Some of the enforcement tools we were taught included: the controlled delivery of narcotics (allowing dope to cross and follow it to its delivery point in the US), undercover operations, and execution of search warrants. While on paper we were authorized to do these things, our supervisors who were career bureaucrats in cushy jobs were so risk averse that we would rarely get permission to carry out such operations. Furthermore, if you were an agent who regularly requested to do these kinds of ops, then you were subject to harassment by those supervisors who were afraid of your aggressiveness. I was one of those agents. I don’t do that job anymore. 

The result of this “ROE” in Customs was that since you would get punished for being aggressive and left alone for being a slug, the policy created a bunch of lazy, slug agents. These are the same agents who now work for ICE in the DHS and are supposed to protect us from terrorist infiltrators. I’m not calling our military lazy slugs, but when you punish aggressiveness you encourage passivity and caution. This is an attitude that is difficult to correct, but unless it is we cannot succeed in Iraq or anywhere else militarily.

Posted by: Froggy | Dec 29, 2006 12:15:59 PM

The comment came from a discussion on ROE (Rule of Engagement) for the military in Iraq. The issue is the same, bureaucrats would rather prosecute soldiers and border patrol agents than get serious about winning against terrorists or controlling our border.

Make no mistake, whether Mexican, Honduran or Middle Eastern all of those illegally crossing the U.S. southern border are INVADERS.

See also:

Our Compassionate Conservatives pardon drug dealers but not the officers charged from Stiknstein

Why enforce the law?….When you can just Embrace The Economic Reality? from Stiknstein

There Was A Time…. from Common Sense America

This was a production of the Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII).  If you would like to participate please go to the above link, then email the coalition and let Brian know at what level you would like to participate.




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