Barbarians at the Gate

The Growing Relationship Between Islamic Terrorists & Pan American Cartels

In recent months, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has annexed a private aircraft hanger at the Tucson International Airport. Their presence is intended to assist the United States Border Patrol. However, they have no intention of halting drug smuggling, human trafficking, or general illegal immigration, per se. Rather, according to an anonymous officer within the Tucson Police Department, the FBI has established this post in order to observe and report upon increasing communication and collaboration between Mexican cartels and Islamic terrorist organizations – an association that the Department of Justice and FBI have long whitewashed…untill recently.

The United States/Mexico border has long been criticized as a blatant weakness which might be exploited by terrorists wishing to gain entry into our country. In 2008, the United States Border Patrol reported finding 60 pieces of Islamic paraphernalia within the Tucson sector alone. It would require little effort for a Muslim terrorist of Arab ethnicity to disguise themself as a hispanic in order to illegally cross the border. In fact, there are over 1 million people of Arab descent currently living in Mexico, and tens of millions living throughout Central and South America, which has been a popular place of emigration for Arabs and Muslims for several centuries. Throughout the 1990s, directly corresponding with an influx of radical Islamic groups within the region, South America witnessed a wave of anti-semitic violence.

However, this conversation is anything but hypothetical supposition. In 2003, a Hezbollah operative was arrested in Detroit, having illegally gained access to the US via Mexico. Hezbollah,bankrolled by the Iranian government, has established base camps throughout South and Central America, and assists cartels in drug, weapon and human smuggling throughout the region.

In February 2001, Mahmoud Kourani crossed the border from Tijuana in the trunk of a car, heading for Dearborn, Michigan, a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism. Kourani, who federal prosecutors claimed say has received training in weapons, intelligence, and spy craft in Iran, bribed a Mexican embassy official in Beirut to obtain a visa. Kourani’s brother is a known Hezbollah agent in Lebanon.

In December 2002, Salim Boughader was arrested for smuggling 200 Lebanese, including Hezbollah operatives, across the border. Boughader had previously worked for Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV satellite network.

In June of 2004, Texas Border Patrol apprehended 53 individuals who crossed into the US with a larger contingent of illegal aliens. In order to blend in with the crowd and avoid attention, they refused to speak to agents, but were overheard and recorded speaking Farsi and Arabic to one another during transportation in the paddy wagon and in the detention facility.

This reveals yet another glaringly obvious flaw in US immigration policy: If a Muslim terrorist can maintain their disguise for just a few hours time, they will simply be deposited in Mexico – illegals believed to be of Mexican origin, and without prior arrest records, are immediately repatriated to Mexico, allowing them to make another attempt within hours.

In July 2004, Pakistani terrorist, Farida Goolam Mohamed Ahmed was arrested at a Texas airport boarding a flight to New York. Believed to be ferrying instructions to U.S.-based al-Qaeda operatives, authorities issued a terror alert for Washington D.C., New York, and New Jersey.

In mid 2004, Al Qaeda operative, Sharif al-Masri disclosed to interogators the terrorist group’s grandest of plans: to smuggle nuclear weapons into the United States via Mexico. This account was later corroborated by Osama bin Laden’s own biographer, Hamid Mir.

In October of 2004, Border Patrol reported the aprehention of 25 Chechnian nationals attempting to cross into Arizona, some of whom were believed to be linked to the terrorists who committed the Beslan school massacre in Russia.

In December 2004, Honduran authorities seized a Libyan cargo ship, captained by an Egyptian, and bound for Venezuela. The police recovered 900 tons of hidden explosives.

On 2 seperate occasions in 2004, Border Patrol recorded aprehending 77 ‘middle-eastern men’ crossing through the Chiracahua Mountains in Arizona. Agents reported that none of the men spoke either English or Spanish, and all were similarly dressed in brand new clothing – atypical for a struggling immigrant or refugee just looking for a better life.

The emerging power and influence of Islamic terorist groups in the Americas is becoming stronger and more worrisome as of late due to dubious, curious and exceptionally open relationships being kindled between Islamic groups funded by the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, and Communist governments of Central and South America, particularly Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

Throughout 2004, raids carried out by Britain’s MI 6 in Pakistan revealed documents that proved Al Qaeda’s extensive outreach efforts to establish relationships with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), The Shining Path of Peru, radical student groups in US territorial regions, the Venezuelan government under Hugo Chavez, as wel las the Popular Revolutionary Army of Mexico.

A relationship with Venezuela is particularly worrisome. Chavez’ former pilot, Maj. Juan Diaz Castillo, who has since defected along with hundreds of other officers since Chavez assumed power, purports that Chavez paid Al Qaeda $1 million dollars in the days immediately proceeding  the Septer 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in order to help them relocate and cover their tracks.

Informants within the Venezuelan government have disclosed that Venezuelan identity cards have been distributed en masse by the consulate to ‘middle-eastern immigrants,’ particulary from nations friendly to Hezbollah. These cards make it significantly easier for someone to acquire travel documents to the United States.

This is nothing more than a strategic relationship founded on pure anti-American hatred and spite. Chavez often hosts Hezbollah and Iranian representatives, and has traveled to Iran on several occasions. It is not unreasonable to speculate that – like the former Soviet Union – Islamists see Latin America, and its proximity to the “Great Satan” as a lucrative and alluring proxy theater to advance their offensive against America; akin to the placement of nuclear arms in Cuba, Iran’s stategic amassing of insurgents in Latin America is a direct threat that is no less hostile.

In January 2005, two Hamas operatives, Mahmoud Khalil and Ziad Saleh, were arrested as part of a criminal money laundering and drug smuggling enterprise in Los Angeles. Both had entered the U.S. after paying a smuggler $10,000 each to take them across the border.

In May of 2005, the FBI shut down an Iranian smuggling ring operated by Zeayadali Malhamdary, believed to have smuggled at least 60 Iranian nationals into the US via Arizona.

In November 2005, an Iraqi al-Qaeda operative on the terror watch list was captured living near the Mexico-Texas border, preparing to be smuggled across the border.

Between October of 2004 and December of 2005, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) reported that 51 people attempting to cross into the US illegally via Mexico were apprehended for further questioning and proescution on ‘terror-related charges.’

In 2006, reports began to emerge of Venezuela’s rapidly-growing complex of uranium mines, hidden beneath innocuous objects, such as bicycle manufacturing plants. Chavez expanded the market further by purchasing uranium ore from mines controlled by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC). The oil-rich nation has no need or intention of utilizing the uranium; rather, it is being sold and traded to Iran.

Later in 2006, additional reports emerged describing an illegal trade agreement to traffic nuclear-capable ground-to-ground Shibab missles from Iran to Cuba and Venezuela inside oil tankers. The reports were verified yet again in 2011.

In 2007, the FBI published and distributed a communication warning of a terrorist plan to wage an assault on the Fort Huachuca military base in southeastern Arizona. Fort Huachuca is major military communications hub, and trainer of translators serving in the middle east. The warning described how jihadists, including 4 Somalis believed to have already crossed into the United States, were paying cartel smuggling rings as much as $20,000 per head or in kind payments: weaponry and drugs. The jihadists, some disguised as Mexicans, would be smuggled across the Rio Grande River near Laredo, Texas while their arms, including automatic assault rifles and shoulder-mounted rockets acquired through corrupt channels in Latin American police and military forces, would be smuggled into the United States via underground tunnels in southern Arizona.

It wasn’t until after public reports were published in news media outlets that the FBI began to change their story, downplaying the threat, and dismissing and scorning sources within their own office, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and  enformants, as being liars despite the impressive and dramatic plethora of highly specific details contained within the report. If the threat was not considered credible, why did the FBI deem it necessary to brief the Defense Intelligence Agency, the CIA, the Customs and Border Protection, and the Department of Justice, as well as law enforcement offices throughout the country? Furthermore, why would Fort Huachuca have been prompted to overhaul their security operations throughout the base?

In February of 2008, 3 Afghan jihadists with forged Mexican passports provided by corrupt Mexican embassy employees were arrested in India en route to France.

In October of 2008, several dozen Hezbollah operatives were arrested in Columbia as part of a multi-million dollar drug trafficking and money laundering ring.

Saudi terrorist, Adnan G. el Shukrijumah, infamous for his obsession to acquire and detonate a dirty bomb, has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, often traveling under the guise of a Mexican passport.

ADNAN G. EL SHUKRIJUMAH

ADNAN G. EL SHUKRIJUMAH

The interrogation of an Al Qaeda operative in 2004 revealed Shukrijumah’s plans to enact a plot to deliver a nuclear attack against America. Many of the details of the operative’s story were corroborated by both Mexican and American authorities. A month prior to the interrogation,  a crop-duster was stolen from a farm in Mexico, and flown into the US; Shukrijumah – a trained pilot – is believed to have stolen the aircraft himself.

Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Shukrijumah, along with several other Al Qaeda operatives, enrolled at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, where he trained as a nuclear technician. Months later, Shukrijumah disappeared from the university, along with 180 pounds of nuclear waste; Shukrijumah remains on the loose, and the nuclear waste and crop-duster have yet to be recovered.

In April of 2010, New York City law enforcement arrested Jamal Yousef, a former member of the Syrian military. Yousef and his cohorts had established a cache of 100 M-16s, 100 AR-15s, 2,500 hand grenades, C4 explosives, and anti-tank munitions stolen from Iraq and shipped into Mexico via a cartel smuggling network. Yousef intended to sell the arms to the RevolutionaryArmed Forces of Columbia (FARC) in exchange for 1 ton of cocaine to sell on the streets of New York.

In June of 2010, Lebanese national and naturalized American citizen, Moussa Ali Hamdan was arrested in Paraguay. prior to 2008, when Hamdan fled the US in fear of prosecution, he lived in Dearborn, Michigan, a notorious hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism. Hamdan dabbled in drug smuggling and ID forgery, but made his biggest fortune operating auto theft rings for local cartels. Money made from his illicit activities were used to fund Hezbollah.

In January of 2011, Tunisian fundamentalist cleric, Said Jaziri, banned from both France and Canada (of all places), was discovered by Border Patrol agents while trying to illegally cross into the US in the trunk of a car. Jaziri, infamous as  a leading agitator who called for the murder of Danish cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard, for his depictions of Mohammad, paid a cartel $5,000 to cross him over the border near Tijuana, Mexico.

In March of 2011, documents were obtained from the Department of Justice by Pajamas Media outlining a volatile admission  by federal prosecutors revealing a massive smuggling operation throughout the Americas conducted by a Somali Al-Shabaab member named Ahmed Mohammed Dhakane. By Dhakane’s own admission, he stated that “he believed [Muslims] would fight against the U.S. if the jihad moved from overseas locations to the U.S. mainland.”

In July of 2011, Mexican authorities arrested Jameel Nasr, Hezbollah’s leader of operations in Latin America. Nasr entered the region via Venezuela, where he spent a month learning Spanish. Nasr’s presence in Mexico was intended to broaden relationships with nefarious criminal enterprises, and expand funding opportunities.

The South American “Tri-Border Area” (where Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil merge), became Hamdan and others’ base-of-operations, and is a stronghold for terrorist groups and cartels alike, who operate in the region with near-immunity. The region has become Hezbollah’s primary bankroller outside of the middleeast, funneling as much as $20 million annually to their headquarters in Lebanon and Syria.

In April of 2011, the Columbian government offered to extradict Syrian narco-terrorist, and wanted criminal, Walid “The Turk” Makled to the United States, an (in)famous “businessman” and leading drug manufacturer in Venezuela. The DEA estimates that approximately 60% of foreign terrorist organizations are associated with the drug trade, accounting for hundreds of millions of dollars of funding each year – the primary source of income for many terrorist groups. Eric Holder’s Department of Justice turned down the extradition, and now Mr Makled is under the personal protection of Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez.

Mexican cartels have begun to import tools of terror commonly used by their new-found freinds; car-bombs and IEDS, typical stratagems of the Muslim fundamentalist, have become the go-to weapon for cartels looking to make a public message.’  However, ‘the cartels seem to reserve yet another Islamic import for ‘personal messages.’ Used as an ultimate display of ruthlessness, cartel hitmen in recent years have begun taking machetes to the necks of those who have done wrong by the cartel, taking a page from the infamous murders perpetrated by Muslim terrorists. The infamous and sadistic 14-year old hitman for the Beltran Cartel known as “El Ponchis” (The Cloak) established his ‘signature’ by leaving his victim’s heads hanging by just threads of flesh.

Growing reports are emerging from law enforcement in the southwest region of apprehended cartel  gang members – most of whom are Hispanics, rather than Persians or Arabs – sporting tattoos in Farsi and Arabic, displaying common terrorist slogans and symbols. Ironically, Islam forbids the mutilation and maiming of one’s own body (but obviously not that of one’s victims).

Tattoo on cartel member reads, "Hezbollah"

Tattoo on cartel member reads, “The Greatest Allah”

Tattoo on cartel member depicting a mosque reads, “Dushman Kush,” or “Enemy Killer”

Take head – Obama’s last critical battle in his first term will be to usher in a mass amnesty plan, particularly in light of his failing voter numbers. Obama, much like the very terrorists and smugglers we continue to battle, continues to hold a gun to the head of the public, admittedly refusing to secure the border unless Republicans submit and compromise on an amnesty bill, which would usher in a massive wave of voters for him and his party.