Sunday, August 26, 2007

Terrorists At Mexican Border

What are the steps necessary to carry out another Terrorist Attack in the USA? According to an article posted at "WorldNetDaily" (Iraqi terrorists caught along Mexico border) these steps are identified by National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell.
"You've got committed leadership. You've got a place to train. They've got trainers, and they've got recruits," McConnell told the newspaper. "The key now is getting recruits in. So if your key is getting recruits in, how would you do that?"
Well the easy answer for me is the Border. Not Surprisingly also revealed in the article, is that this has already happened - but we caught them, right?.
"Coming up through the Mexican border is a path," McConnell said. "Now, are they doing it in great numbers? No, because we're finding them and we're identifying them and we've got watch lists and we're keeping them at bay."
Now, I certainly hope they caught them all, but with 10-20 Million illegal aliens in the US, I'm skeptical. A previous post like this one is one reason for my skepticism. RPG's, SAM's and Terrorists wanting to do us harm. Further proof we need Secure Borders - Both of Them.

Obviously, most of the illegal aliens who have gained entry into the US, are not Terrorists, but McConnell does admit to these astonishing numbers.
McConnell's office did reveal some numbers, during fiscal 2006, there were 14 Iraqi nationals caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally, while so far in 2007, that number is 16.

"Now some we caught, some we didn't," McConnell told the newspaper. "The ones that get in – what are they going to do? They're going to write home. So it's not rocket science; word will move around." [emphasis mine]
It is not encouraging to hear that we didn't really catch all of them. Question, How do we know that only 30 of the hundreds of thousands of illegals crossing the border were Iraqi?

Now especially if you oppose programs such as the NSA Electronic Monitoring, and Patriot Act, re-read the above quote and tell me again how you propose, at the very least, to monitor the ones we didn't catch at the border?
Also revealed was that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted 60 Iraqis crossing the nation's southwestern border in 2006 who were seeking asylum in the U.S., while that number so far in 2007 is 178.

The Times report said a U.S. intelligence analyst said there's been evidence that human smugglers, or coyotes, are telling Iraqis to ask for amnesty if they are caught.
One of the successes often pointed to by US Government sources is Mahmoud Youssef Kourani. Mahmoud in 2001 plead guilty to raising money for Hezbolla after entering the US through Tijuana, Mexico.
Mahmoud Youssef Kourani, for example, apparently paid a Mexican Consulate official in Lebanon $3,000 for a Mexican visa and then was smuggled into the United States in the trunk of a car.
It is apparent that we don't know how many got through undetected, but for those who think Border Security is not a problem - WAKE UP!

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