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Some Facts and Notes About The Situation on the Border: From the Jihadi Threat Perspective

 

By Christopher Holton

• Hezbollah has a major presence in North, Central and South America.

 

• Hezbollah is embedded in the Lebanese Muslim community in the US and enjoys protection from a neighborhood watch-type program that serves as a countersurveillance and counterintelligence operation. They also are embedded in multiple Shia mosques, some of which are directly tied to the Iranian regime.

 

• In 2003, then-CIA director George Tenet testified before Congress that 12 Hezbollah cells has been identified as operating in the US conducting surveillance.

 

• A Congressional Research Service report published in 2011 indicated that Hezbollah was present in 15 US cities, including Houston and Nashville.

 

• Hezbollah’s activities in the US primarily center around drug trafficking and criminal schemes and scams.

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• In Operation Smokescreen from 1995-2002, a Hezbollah cell in North Carolina that was bootlegging cigarettes to raise money was broken up. This was detailed in the excellent book, “Lightning Out of Lebanon.”

 

• In Operation Tobacco Road, 16 Muslim in the US were indicted for trafficking bootleg cigarettes in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York. The proceeds are believed to have gone to Hezbollah and/or HAMAS.

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• In 2011, 70 car dealerships in Florida and elsewhere were uncovered laundering cars for sale in West Africa to raise money for Hezbollah.

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• Hezbollah has two major networks operating in Latin America:

 

1. The Hojjat al-Eslam Mohsen Rabbani Network
2. The Ghazi Atef Salameh Nassereddine Network

 

• Rabbani is an Iranian diplomatic official who was formerly the cultural attache’ to Argentina when Hezbollah attacked two Jewish targets there in 1992 and 1994. He is wanted on an Interpol Red Notice.

Hojjat al-Eslam Mohsen Rabbani

Hojjat al-Eslam Mohsen Rabbani

 

• Nassereddine was born in Lebanon, became a Venezuelan citizen in 2000-2001 and became Venezuela’s number 2 diplomat to Syria.

Ghazi Atef Salameh Nassereddine

Ghazi Atef Salameh Nassereddine

 

• Hezbollah’s Rabbani network operates in Brazil and Venezuela and is linked to the Sinaloa Cartel and has been identified as operating cocaine labs and providing security for drug operations.

 

The Southern Border of the US

The Southern Border of the US

 

• Former DEA Operations Chief, Michael Braun, has testified about Hezbollah’s extensive operations in Latin America:

 

–Hezbollah has exploited America’s porous southern border for years.

 

–Hezbollah has close relations with Mexican cartels.

 

• Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman detailed Hezbollah’s Latin American operations in his indictment of Iranian officials for the 1992 and 1994 Buenos Aires bombings:

 

–9 Latin American countries have Hezbollah deeply embedded.

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–The origin of Hezbollah’s presence in Latin America was the heavy emigration out of Lebanon from 1975-1990.

 

–Hezbollah initially set up operations in the lawless “Tri-border” area where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay come together.

The lawless "Tri-Border Area" in South America

The lawless “Tri-Border Area” in South America

 

• Hezbollah has a particularly heavy presence in Venezuela, especially on Margarita Island, where Hezbollah operates a training camp and has banking assets.

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• Hezbollah operates in Mexico and has relations with the Los Zetas cartel.

 

• In Mexico, Hezbollah’s operations include drug and human trafficking and providing explosives and tunneling training for the cartels. Hezbollah originally provided explosives training to Al Qaeda in Sudan in the 1990s and they have extensive experience in tunneling operations on the Lebanon-Israel border.

 

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Hezbollah tunnel

 

• In July 2010, acting on intelligence provided by the US, Mexican authorities arrested a Hezbollah operative in Tijuana.

 

• The two main north-south routes for Hezbollah trafficking operations are I-35 and Highway 59.

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US Highway 59

US Highway 59

 

• US LE and Border Patrol have reported an increase in detainees with Farsi language tattoos and Hezbollah imagery on tattoos in recent years.

Source: fortressoffaith.org

Source: fortressoffaith.org

 

• It has become increasingly common for Muslims in Mexico to change their Islamic surnames to Hispanic sounding names to facilitate moving across the border. Apologists claim this is simply to avoid discrimination. 

 

• Cartels have been involved in trafficking Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab and Hezbollah operatives into the US.

 

• From 2008-2010, an estimated 180,000 OTMs (Other Than Mexicans) were believed to have crossed the border illegaly.

 

• In that same period, 1,918 “Special Interest” OTMs were apprehended on the border. “Special Interest” means they originated from nations of terrorism concern, such as Middle Eastern Islamic nations.

 

• In January 2011, a Farsi language book was found on the border in Arizona. It was named “In Memory of Our Martyrs.” It was an anthology of Jihadis killed in martyrdom operations.

English language translation of "In Memory of Our Martyrs" published by Iran's Qods Force and available on Amazon in the UK

English language translation of “In Memory of Our Martyrs” published by Iran’s Qods Force and available on Amazon in the UK

 

• In April 2005, then-FBI director Robert Mueller reported that Hezbollah was involved in human trafficking on the southern border.

 

• In July of 2012, six Special Interest aliens from Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen were arrested in Laredo, TX. Each had 60,000 Iraqi dinars.

 

Information on general enforcement conditions on the Mexican border:

 

• There are constraints on border control. The Border Patrol is forbidden from patrolling on federal land. The Border Patrol reports receiving instructions to avoid detaining and processing illegal aliens.

 

• The majority of border crossers are NOT economic immigrants.

 

• Cartels are buying real estate on both sides of the border to set up staging areas and camps.

 

• The cartels employ high-tech comm gear superior to that in the hands of US LE.

 

• Cartels and coyotes employ scouts and snipers on the high ground along trafficking routes.

 

• The Mexican army has in fact provided surveillance and cover fire FOR traffickers on more than one occasion.

 

• Arizona ranchers are afraid to use their cell phones in the open because cartel snipers might think they are calling in reports to LE and kill them. Even US LE are careful about using comm gear in the open on the southern border. It is believed that the cartels have snipers and scouts in the high ground all the way to Phoenix.

 

• In 2010, an indictment in San Antonio involved the human smuggling of 100 or more Al Shabaab members from Somalia.

In short, the border is not secure, not at all. Any politician that says otherwise is LYING. In significant portions of the border, for much of the day/night, the border is completely controlled by cartels who have known ties to Jihadis, such as Hezbollah.

 

Contingencies for possible Hezbollah attacks inside the U.S.

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Matthew Levitt recently testified before Congress about possible Hezbollah terrorist attacks inside the US. A link to a summary of his testimony is provided below.

Here are a few particularly salient points from Levitt’s remarks:

• “FBI investigations to date continue to indicate that many Hizballah subjects based in the United States have the capability to attempt terrorist attacks here” should they so desire.

• there is reason for concern that Hizballah could decide to carry out attacks on U.S. soil…

• In light of Hizballah’s perception that the United States is actively targeting it and its allies, Washington should consider how the group might pursue an attack in the homeland. There are four main ways in which Hizballah could use passive sympathizers and/or active networks to support such an operation:

1. Use operatives already in the United States.

2. Import professional operatives.

3. Leverage criminal ties.

4. Homegrown violent extremism.

Read the details at the link:

http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC05.php?CID=3464

A Year of Jihad in America: 2011

There is mounting evidence that the global Jihadist insurgency is fully entrenched in the USA.

Note that it makes little difference if the perpetrators are members of a previously known terrorist organization (such as Al Qaeda or Hezbollah) or are lone actors. Actually, it DOES make a difference. It is difficult to combat a shadowy organization like Al Qaeda, but it is far more difficult to combat lone wolf actors. Al Qaeda may be difficult to infiltrate and gather intelligence on, but how do we “infiltrate” a lone Jihadist?

This is symptomatic of a revolutionary Jihadist subculture metastasizing within the American Muslim community, especially within some of its mosques and organizations. This revolutionary subculture has produced an atmosphere in which Jihadis are inspired to act violently on their own, as well as part of organizations.

This is a very dangerous and volatile situation.

Over the last 12 months alone, we have been provided with a stack of evidence of the Jihadist insurgency inside America. Americans have largely ignored this evidence, or at least failed to “connect the dots.” Seemingly completely unrelated cases do in fact have common threads: they are acts of Jihad. And these are not in actuality isolated incidents, but rather are linked by a common ideology that animates and motivates Jihadis everywhere….it’s only some that respond with actual, overt violent action, but many others are inspired to support passively, with words only, or financially. This is a global movement with a unified core ideology and doctrine rooted in Islam.

It is not difficult to go back and research examples of Jihad in America over the course of a calendar year, such as 2011. What follows is a list of incidents, cases, actions, statements and plots which point to a Jihadist insurgency in our midst: (Keep in mind that insurgencies are 80% civilizational/political and 20% violent/militant.):

JANUARY 2011

Embassy Bomber Sentenced to Life in Prison

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/nyregion/26ghailani.html?

Charlotte, North Carolina Hezbollah Financier Has Prison Sentence
Reduced By Federal Judge

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2011/01/30/charlotte-north-carolina-hezbollah-financier-has-prison-sentence-reduce-by-federal-judge/

Florida Professor And Mosque Leader Pleads Guilty To Tallahassee Attacks

http://www.americansagainsthate.org/press_releases/PR-Bassem_Alhalabi_4.php

FEBRUARY 2011

Muslim-American Sentenced to Life in Prison for JFK Bomb Plot

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/queens/life_for_jfk_terror_plot_8Qo7Akikhv2XkLtxWDb3qL

Virginia Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Providing Material Support and Encouraging Violent Jihadists to Kill U.S. Citizens

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/February/11-nsd-238.html

Saudi Student in Texas Arrested on Charge of Attempted Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/February/11-nsd-235.html

Former southern New Jersey resident to be tried for funding Hezbollah

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2011/02/28/former-southern-new-jersey-resident-to-be-tried-for-funding-hezbollah/

MARCH 2011

Two New Jersey Men Plead Guilty to Trying to Join Al Qaeda Group

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/03/03/new-jersey-men-plead-guilty-trying-join-al-qaeda-group/#ixzz1i51iB5Hk

Colorado Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Terrorists

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/March/11-nsd-291.html

Bridges TV Co-Founder, Muzammil Hassan, Receives Maximum Sentence For Beheading Of Wife

http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=hassan392011101%2Ehtm

APRIL 2011

Virginia Man Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison for Plotting Attacks on D.C.-Area Metro Stations with People He Believed to Be Al Qaeda Members

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/April/11-nsd-456.html

MAY 2011

Two Muslims arrested in NY synagogue bomb plot

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g5P4lhEsaRQSTg8X6CDiihZDysEw?docId=CNG.3477ce51a5c996948ebd68c917bb5a08.b1

Six Muslims, Including Two Imams, Charged in Miami for Providing Material Support to the Pakistani Taliban

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/May/11-nsd-621.html

Court Filing Alleges “Clear And Convincing ” Evidence Of Iran’s “Direct Involvement” In 9/11 Attack

http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=sept115202011101%2Ehtm

JUNE 2011

Two Iraqi Nationals Indicted on Federal Terrorism Charges in Kentucky

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/May/11-nsd-701.html

Iranian Defector Reza Kahlili – Iran Runs “Large Network” Through U.S. Mosques And Islamic Organizations

http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=kahili672011101%2Ehtm

Muslim Man Charged With Shooting at Military Buildings in Northern Virginia

http://www.fbi.gov/washingtondc/press-releases/2011/alexandria-man-charged-with-shooting-at-military-buildings-in-northern-virginia

Two Muslim Men Charged in Plot to Attack Seattle Military Processing Center

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/June/11-nsd-832.html

3 Muslims convicted in plot to bomb NY synagogues, shoot down military planes sentenced to 25 years

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/06/29/sentencing-awaits-men-convicted-in-nyc-temple-plot/

Ohio Woman Sentenced to Just 3 Years in Plot to Fund Hezbollah

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2011/06/23/ohio-woman-sentenced-to-just-3-years-in-plot-to-fund-hezbollah/

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2011/05/24/ohio-lebanese-american-couple-pleads-guilty-in-hezbollah-terror-funding-case/

JULY 2011

Obama Administration Moves To Release Convicted Al-Qaeda Financier Aldurahman M. Alamoudi From Prison

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2011/07/16/obama-justice-department-seeks-to-free-convicted-al-qaeda-financier-abdurahman-alamoudi/

Muslim Soldier Arrested In New Plot To Attack Ft. Hood

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/07/28/exclusive-us-military-serviceman-arrested-in-second-alleged-attack-on-ft-hood/

AUGUST 2011

4 Narco-Terrorists Indicted for Attempting to Fund the Taliban and Hezbollah

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2011/08/08/4-narco-terrorists-indicted-for-attempting-to-fund-the-taliban-and-hezbollah/

Muslims Riot At Playland Amusement Park, NY – 15 Arrested

http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/disturbance-at-rye-playland-20110830-LGF

SEPTEMBER 2011

U.S. Citizen Rezwan Ferdaus Arrested In Plot to Attack Capitol, Pentagon

http://www.boston.com/Boston/metrodesk/2011/09/alleged-terror-plotter-indicted-federal-grand-jury/OevOhHc4o1VwcQABMplHIN/index.html

Insurance Giant Lloyd’s Sues Saudi Arabia for $215M Over 9/11 Claims; World’s 4th and 15th Largest Shariah Banks Named in Suit

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2011/09/19/insurance-giant-lloyd’s-sues-saudi-arabia-for-215m-over-911-claims-worlds-4th-and-15th-largest-shariah-banks-named-in-suit/

3 Boston Islamic charity leaders convicted for support of jihad

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2011/09/06/3-boston-islamic-charity-leaders-convicted-for-support-of-jihad/

OCTOBER 2011

Plot By Iranian American To Assassinate Saudi Ambassador Foiled By Feds

http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/ag/speeches/2011/ag-speech-111011.html

Kent State Professor Shouts “Death to Israel” at Israeli Bedouin’s Speech

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/149268#.Tv6Lt5gW_jo

Two Minnesota Women Convicted of Providing Material Support to al Shabaab

http://www.fbi.gov/minneapolis/press-releases/2011/two-minnesota-women-convicted-of-providing-material-support-to-al-shabaab

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2011/10/14/minnesota-terrorism-financiers-talked-of-jihad-on-recorded-phone-calls-jihad-is-your-duty-brother/

NOVEMBER 2011

Muslim Convert Muhammad Yusuf [aka Jose Pimentel] Arrested In Al-Qaeda Terror Plot

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/nyregion/jose-pimentel-is-charged-in-new-york-city-bomb-plot.html?pagewanted=all

Missouri man pleads guilty to attempting to finance Al Shabaab

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2011/11/07/missouri-man-pleads-guilty-to-attempting-to-finance-al-shabaab/

Man Convicted in US of drug-running for Al Qaeda

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2011/11/28/man-convicted-in-us-of-drug-running-for-al-qaeda/

Texas man caught on boat bound for Middle East stands trial for trying to smuggle money, GPS receivers and Army manuals to Al Qaeda

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2011/11/07/texas-man-caught-on-boat-bound-for-middle-east-stands-trial-for-trying-to-smuggle-money-gps-receivers-and-army-manuals-to-al-qaeda/

DECEMBER 2011

Study Shows U.S. Mosques Are Repositories Of Muslim Brotherhood Literature And Preachers

http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/p18887.xml

Georgia Muslim Woman Killed in Attack on Police Officer, Had Sent Threats to Congressman

http://www.mdjonline.com/view/full_story/16898599/article-Woman-killed-amid-attack-on-police-officer?instance=home_news_bullets

http://abcnews.go.com/US/georgia-woman-shot-police-sending-fake-wmd-package/story?id=15240887#.Tv6WnJgW_jp

Christmas Day Massacre in Texas Was Islamic Honor Killing Carried Out By Muslim Dressed as Santa Claus

http://www.therightscoop.com/texas-christmas-day-slaughter-was-islamic-honor-killing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheRightScoop+%28The+Right+Scoop%29

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/12/islamic-honor-killing-in-texas-man-who-murdered-family-on-christmas-morning-was-muslim-who-disliked.html

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/12/27/3619671/dads-text-message-referred-to.html

DEA News: Civil Suit Exposes Lebanese Money Laundering Scheme For Hizballah

http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/pressrel/pr121511.html

Hezbollah works with Mexican drug cartels on U.S. border

Iran-tied terror group Hezbollah may be colluding with drug cartels along the U.S.-Mexico border, a Republican congresswoman warned, calling on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to establish a special task force to figure out how to “clamp down” on this “national security” threat.

The Lebanon-based group has long-standing and documented ties to South America and its drug gangs, but reports have recently surfaced that it is expanding its influence to Mexico and the U.S. border.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/25/congresswoman-raises-red-flag-hezbollah-cartel-nexus-border/

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