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THE JIHADIST THREAT ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER

With so many Jihadist threats metastasizing around the world, it’s getting tough to keep track. There are more Jihadists fighting in more countries than ever before. Here are just a few examples:

 

  • The Islamic State
  • HAMAS/Islamic Jihad in Israel
  • Boko Haram in west Africa
  • Al Shabaab in east Africa
  • Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
  • Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
  • Al Qaeda on the Indian Subcontinent
  • The Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Lashkar e Taiba in India and Pakistan
  • Hezbollah in Lebanon
  • Jemaah Islamiyah in Malaysia and Indonesia
  • Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)
  • Ansar al Sharia in Libya
  • Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines

Not long ago, America’s attention was focused on our porous southern border when thousands of unaccompanied minors were flooding across at an orchestrated invitation signaled by President Obama. That story seems to have been largely forgotten, except by people in border states.

Now, however, with President Obama’s unilateral executive action on illegal immigration, the border will likely come back into focus.

When the Mexican border was the top of the news, it served as a reminder that our southern border is almost completely unsecure. And there have been some reminders mixed in about the potential for a terrorist threat from south of the border, such as James O’Keefe of Project Veritas wading across the Rio Grande dressed like Osama Bin Laden.

But the Jihadist threat from south of the border is not new. It has been discussed since before 9/11. The Jihadist threat on the southern border is real and it is multifaceted.

 For instance in May 2001, former Mexican National security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations, Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, reported, that ‘Islamic terrorist groups are using Mexico as a refuge.’

Adolfo Aguilar Zinser

Adolfo Aguilar Zinser

There is no way to estimate how many jihadists may already have crossed into the U.S. from Mexico. But the time to play politics with the border issue is long past. The shallow sloganeering and race-baiting that have dominated the national debate about border controls should be recognized as what they are: hindrances to sane and sensible national defense measures.

SIA-OTMs 

OTM is an acronym for illegal aliens who are ‘Other Than Mexican’ — SIA stands for ‘Special Interest Aliens’ from 34 terrorist nations like Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan, and Yemen.

Special Interest Alien Countries of Origin

Special Interest Alien Countries of Origin

Mexicans trying to enter the U.S. illegally are often simply processed at the border and sent back. But Mexico won’t allow us to send citizens from other countries back through Mexico, and under U.S. law, they’re entitled to a formal deportation hearing. The immigration service lacks beds to hold them, so the vast majority of OTMs are released from custody and asked to voluntarily return for their court date.

In 2005 alone, there were estimated to be 71,000 such OTM fugitives.

From 2008-2010, an estimated 180,000 OTMs (Other Than Mexicans) were believed to have crossed the border illegally. In that same period, 1,918 “Special Interest” OTMs were apprehended on the border. It is generally believed that for every illegal alien apprehended at the border, there are several who elude border security and are not apprehended.

 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.

Perhaps not coincidentally, there has been a noticeable proliferation of Salafist mosques in Latin America since the early 1990s and an increasing proselytization campaign on the part of Wahhabi and Saudi-funded nongovernmental organizations like the World Assembly for Muslim Youth (WAMY). It is worth mentioning that WAMY’s U.S. operations were shut down by the Justice Department due to the organization’s massive material support for Jihad.

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The Jihadi-Cartel Relationship

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

99.9 percent of the time, the media line is that 99.9 percent of the people crossing our Southern border are just poor innocents looking for work and a meager wage. Evaluated in the most simplistic terms, this is of course, partly true. But the more complex reality isn’t that simple or sanitary.

The majority of border crossers are NOT economic immigrants.

An examination of anecdotes about general enforcement conditions on the U.S.-Mexican border paint a picture that indicates that America has not taken the steps necessary to defend itself from Jihadi infiltration.

For instance, there are severe constraints on border enforcement personnel. The Border Patrol is forbidden from patrolling on federal land, opening large swathes of territory by default. Demoralized Border Patrol officers also report receiving instructions to avoid detaining and processing illegal aliens.

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Against these constraints, our border and immigration enforcement personnel are going up against a robust, sophisticated alliance of drug cartels and Jihadis.

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 law enforcement. Cartels and “coyotes” employ scouts and snipers on the high ground along trafficking routes—as far north as Phoenix.

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Border enforcement personnel report that 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 law enforcement and kill them. Even U.S. law and border enforcement personnel are careful about using communications gear in the open on the southern border. It is believed that the cartels have snipers and scouts on the high ground all the way to Phoenix.

Anecdotal Evidence of Jihadi Activity on the Southern Border Over the Years

  • In an infamous YouTube video, a Muslim cleric in Kuwait, Abdullah al-Nafsi, in a sermon in his mosque said that “there is no need for airplanes and planning; one man with the courage to carry a suitcase of anthrax through the tunnels from Mexico to the United States could kill 330,000 Americans in one hour.”

  • In June 2004, the US Border Patrol arrested 77 “Middle Eastern” men attempting to cross the border from Mexico illegally.
  • In October 2004, US intelligence officials received reports that 25 Chechans had illegally crossed into Arizona from Mexico.
  • In December 2004, a Bangladeshi Muslim named Fakhrul Islam, was arrested crossing the southern border from Mexico in the company of the Central American gang MS-13.
MS-13 members

MS-13 members

  • In January 2005, two Hamas operatives, Mahmoud Khalil and Ziad Saleh, were arrested as part of a criminal enterprise in Los Angeles. Both had entered the U.S. after paying a smuggler $10,000 each to take them across the border.
  • In September 2007, Texas’ top homeland security official, Steve McCraw, told the El Paso Times that terrorists with ties to Hezbollah, Hamas and Al Qaeda had been arrested crossing the Texas border with Mexico in recent years.
  • In November 2007, the FBI issued an advisory about a plan by jihadists in league with Mexican drug lords to cross the border via underground tunnels and attack the intelligence training center at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, twenty miles from the border with Mexico. “The Afghanis and Iraqis,” one official explained, paid the Mexicans $20,000 or “the equivalent in weapons” for their help in getting into the U.S., and “shaved their beards so as not to appear to be Middle Easterners.”
  • In February 2008, three Afghanis were arrested at an international airport in India for traveling on forged Mexican passports.
  • A 2010 GAO report detailed the ease with which WMD might be smuggled across the southern border. In a simulation exercise conducted by intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in three states, investigators were able to cross undetected, successfully simulating the cross-border movement of radioactive materials or other contraband into the United States.

ISIS?

Most recently, the possibility that ISIS terrorists could be exploiting our southern border has been raised. While this possibility absolutely exists, this aspect of the threat is still in the realm of the theoretical.

Governor Rick Perry of Texas discussed it recently, as did the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Dempsey.

Joshua Katz, an Army veteran and former CIA operations officer who served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said it is “very, very, true” that ISIS may have crossed the southern border.

General Dempsey’s comments are much more significant. Dempsey said that ISIS was an immediate threat due to open borders and immigration issues. General Dempsey was actually referring to Europe, but…he could have easily been talking about the US.

Al Qaeda on the Southern Border

The Al Qaeda threat in Latin America has been well documented:

  • On June 30, 2004 it was announced by the Honduran Security Ministry that high-ranking Al Qaeda operative Adnān Shukrī Jumaʿah (Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah) had been in Honduras during the previous month meeting with members of the MS13 street gang. He is also believed to have conducted surveillance of the Panama Canal. He is still one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. ( He happens to be the son of an Imam from Miramar, FL incidentally)
Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah

Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah

  • In July 2004, a woman named Farida Goolam Mohamed Ahmed was arrested at a Texas airport boarding a flight to New York after she either walked or swam across the Mexican border into Texas. According to the Washington Post, she was connected to a Pakistani terrorist group and was believed to be ferrying instructions to U.S.-based Al Qaeda operatives.
Farida Goolam Mohamed Ahmed

Farida Goolam Mohamed Ahmed

  • In November 2004, captured Al Qaeda Egyptian Jihadist Sharif al-Masri told US interrogators that Al Qaeda sought to exploit the US’s porous southern border and possibly smuggle radiological material across it from Mexico. 
Sharif al-Masri

Sharif al-Masri

  • In February 2005, Porter Goss, the director of central intelligence, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Al Qaeda had considered infiltrating the United States through the Mexican border.
  • In February 2005, Adm. James M. Loy, the deputy secretary of homeland security testified before Congress that intelligence “strongly suggests” that Al Qaeda operatives have considered using the Mexican border as an entry point. Admiral Loy cited recent information from investigations and detentions as the basis for his concern about the Mexican border. He added, “Several Al Qaeda leaders believe operatives can pay their way into the country through Mexico and also believe illegal entry is more advantageous than legal entry for operational security reasons.”
  • Also in 2005, FBI Director Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony indicated that “there are individuals from countries with known Al Qaeda connections who are changing their Islamic surnames to Hispanic-sounding names and obtaining false Hispanic identities, learning to speak Spanish and pretending to be Hispanic.”
  • In November 2005, Texas Congressman John Culberson described on national TV how an Iraqi al-Qaeda operative on the terror watch list was captured living near the Mexico-Texas border.

Al Shabaab on the Southern Border

The east African Jihadist organization Al Shabaab has been discovered to have a footprint in Mexico. They are receiving Mexican language and cultural assimilation training, have been discovered to have a relationship of convenience with the Mexican drug cartels, and have been smuggling their operatives into the United States to raise money and to recruit members to their cause:

  • In 2010, a man named Ahmed Muhammad Dhakane allegedly secreted “hundreds of people” — including Somalis believed to be associated with Al Shabaab — into the United States. Prior to arriving to Congress, Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) worked as chief of counterterrorism in the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Western District of Texas — part of the Lone Star State that borders with Mexico. McCaul’s statement on this incident is chilling: “To this day we do not know where those 300 Somalis are … We do know they are in the United States.”
Ahmed Muhammad Dhakane

Ahmed Muhammad Dhakane

  • In May 2010, the DHS sent an alert to Texas law enforcement to be on the lookout for a suspected member of Al Shabaab suspected of entering Texas from Mexico.
  • In June 2010, Mexican Marines raided a house occupied by an Al Shabaab member in Mexico City, uncovering a large cache of explosives reportedly to be used in an attack on the US embassy, which was less than a mile away.

Hezbollah on the Southern Border

The Iranian-backed Shia Jihadist terrorist group Hezbollah is probably the biggest threat on the southern border:

  • In February 2001, Mahmoud Kourani (the brother of Hezbollah’s security chief in southern Lebanon) came across the border from Tijuana into California in the trunk of a car, after bribing a Mexican embassy official in Beirut to get a visa. He eventually settled in Dearborn, Michigan. Kourani had received training in weapons, intelligence, and spycraft in Iran.
Mahmoud Kourani

Mahmoud Kourani

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

Salim Boughader

  • In April 2006, FBI Director Robert Muller announced that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah had succeeded in smuggling operatives across the Mexican border into the U.S. Mr. Muller claimed the FBI had dismantled the smuggling ring, identified the people who had been smuggled in and “addressed” them. Or at least “addressed” those we knew about. Or something.
  • In July 2010, Mexican authorities announced that they had broken up a Hezbollah network operating in their country.
  • An indictment was handed down on August 30, 2010 by the Southern District Court of New York that showed a connection between Hezbollah and the drug cartels that violently plague the U.S.-Mexico border. In short, a well-known international arms dealer was trying to orchestrate an arms-for-drugs deal in which cocaine from FARC – the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which works with Mexican drug cartels to take cocaine into America – would be traded for thousands of weapons housed by a Hezbollah operative in Mexico.
  • Michael Braun, a former Drug Enforcement Administration chief of operations, has even been quoted as saying, “Hezbollah relies on the same criminal weapons smugglers, document traffickers and transportation experts as the drug cartels. … They work together; they rely on the same shadow facilitators. One way or another, they are all connected.”

 In February 2012, Braun testified before Congress that Hezbollah, had developed strong, sophisticated relationships with Mexican drug cartels: “And by developing those relations it provided them with the ability to operate far from home in our neighborhood and on our doorstep.”

  • In September 2012, three members of Hezbollah–including a US citizen named Rafic Mohammad Labboun Allaboun–were arrested in Merida, Mexico and turned over the US authorities. Allaboun was carrying a fake passport identifying him as a citizen of Belize at the time of arrest. Once a prominent Muslim leader in Northern California, Labboun spent over two years in prison for credit card fraud. Authorities suspected that the $100,000 in credit card fraud was linked to Hezbollah’s money laundering activities.
Fake Belize passport used by Hezbollah terrorist Rafic Mohammad Labboun Allaboun arrested in Mexico

Fake Belize passport used by Hezbollah terrorist Rafic Mohammad Labboun Allaboun arrested in Mexico

What all this adds up to is that the American people are being sold a bill of goods.

President Obama claims that he is taking unilateral executive action to “reform” immigration, but the reality is that the most pressing need for true reform is border security and there has been no action on that issue whatsoever.

This is despite the fact that there is a true national security threat on the southern border. Our Jihadist enemies have openly discussed this vulnerability and have already exploited it in documented cases. Pundits like Geraldo Rivera who go on national television and declare that there has never been a single credible report of a terrorist threat on the southern border are either ignorant or dishonest.

The American people are right to be concerned about the vulnerability of our porous, undefended borders. Open borders in the age of global Jihad are insanity.

 

This is What National Security Malpractice Looks Like: FBI Ignores Domestic Jihad Threat

Bill Gertz has an article over on the Washington Free Beacon about a new FBI Domestic Threat Assessment.

The 60-page report makes absolutely no mention of the threat from Jihadists or Islamic terrorism, which are, in fact the primary domestic terror threats, no matter what the “Famous But Incompetent” boys and girls would have us believe.

Here is a link to Gertz’s article with lots of good quotes from true expert John Guandolo:

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/fbi-national-domestic-threat-assessment-omits-islamist-terrorism/

And here are a few links to prior TTB posts over the years detailing the domestic Jihadi threat that the Famous But Incompetent folks now essentially say does not exist:

 

Two North Carolina Muslim Converts Arrested on Terrorism Charges

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2014/03/22/two-north-carolina-muslim-converts-arrested-on-terrorism-charges/

INSANITY: Why does Judge Daniel Martin still have a job? ( Judge OKs release Illinois man charged with terror)

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2013/05/02/insanity-why-does-judge-daniel-martin-still-have-a-job-judge-oks-release-illinois-man-charged-with-terror/

Islam, Muslims, Violent Jihad and Shariah

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2013/04/20/islam-muslims-violent-jihad-and-shariah/

What is it with L.A. (Lower Alabama) and Jihad?

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2012/12/21/what-is-it-with-l-a-lower-alabama-and-jihad/

ANOTHER COVER UP? More on the Arizona Jihadi, Abdullatif Aldosary

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2012/12/07/another-cover-up-more-on-the-arizona-jihadi-abdullatif-aldosary/

FOR CRYING OUT LOUD: The Arizona Jihadi the Media and Our Bureaucratized Counterterrorism Apparatus Doesn’t Want You to Know About

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2012/12/05/for-crying-out-loud-the-arizona-jihadi-the-media-and-our-bureaucratized-counterterrorism-apparatus-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about/

More Jihadis in Florida

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2012/12/04/more-jihadis-in-florida/

Some little known facts about the views of Muslims in America

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2012/10/17/some-little-known-facts-about-the-views-of-muslims-in-america/

Contingencies for possible Hezbollah attacks inside the U.S.

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2012/03/31/contingencies-for-possible-hezbollah-attacks-inside-the-u-s/

RIDICULOUS Prison Sentences for Chicago Al Qaeda Members

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2010/07/15/ridiculous-prison-sentences-for-chicago-al-qaeda-members/

18 American Jihadist Terrorists

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2010/07/07/18-american-jihadist-terrorists/

NY Daily News Editorial: The threat keeps growing: List of terrorists in our midst gets longer and longer

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2010/05/02/ny-daily-news-editorial-the-threat-keeps-growing-list-of-terrorists-in-our-midst-gets-longer-and-longer/

U.S. Computer Engineer and Accountant Charged With Helping Al Qaeda

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2010/05/02/u-s-computer-engineer-and-accountant-charged-with-helping-al-qaeda/

GOOD GRIEF: CAIR and Muslim “Leaders” Urge Leniency for 5 American Jihadis Caught in Pakistan

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2009/12/20/good-grief-cair-and-muslim-leaders-urge-leniency-for-5-american-jihadis-caught-in-pakistan/

A Year of Jihad in America (December 2008 to December 2009)

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2009/11/29/a-year-of-jihad-in-america-december-2008-to-december-2009/

Purple Hearts for the Two Soldiers Shot by the Little Rock Jihadist?

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2009/06/06/purple-hearts-for-the-two-soldiers-shot-by-the-little-rock-jihadist/

 

 

HOLTON: The Enemy Knows We’re In A World War, But We Don’t

Excerpt and LINK from my guest article in The Hayride…

The Islamic State is not simply an Iraqi problem or a Syrian problem. IS has metastasized into a worldwide organization with 20,000 recruits from Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, the U.S., Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Germany. Even worse, Jihadists from Boko Haram in Nigeria, Abu Sayyef in the Philippines, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Northwest Africa and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula from Yemen have all pledged allegiance to IS.

There can no longer be any doubt that the global Islamic insurgency that some have been warning about for some time, amounts to a world war. Nevertheless, policymakers here in the U.S. continue to ignore or deny this reality.

Over the period of a generation, the West has allowed itself to be thoroughly infiltrated by a savage and barbaric belief system. This is evidenced by the global base of recruitment that the Islamic State has been able to take advantage of and the numerous public displays of support for IS in the West.

http://thehayride.com/2014/08/holton-the-enemy-knows-were-in-a-world-war-but-we-dont/

 

 

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.

 

Hezbollah tunnel

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.

 

INSANITY: Why does Judge Daniel Martin still have a job? ( Judge OKs release Illinois man charged with terror)

Federal Judge Daniel Martin of Illinois is an irresponsible louse who has committed an act of gross ignorance and betrayal in time of war.

Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, 18, of Aurora, Illinois, was arrested last month as he was preparing to board an airplane to go overseas and join an Al Qaeda-affiliated Jihadist group.

So what does Judge Martin do?

He releases the man on home confinement.

This reckless and irresponsible decision should not go unnoticed.

Not surprisingly, Martin is an Obama appointee. Someone needs to bring impeachment charges against Judge Martin immediately.

Judge Martin evidently believes that a stern “talking to” is enough to intimidate someone who was looking to join Al Qaeda…

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/judge-oks-release-illinois-man-charged-terror

 

 

Islam, Muslims, Violent Jihad and Shariah

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By Christopher Holton

The overwhelming majority of Muslims do not commit acts of violent Jihad, but that does not mean that there isn’t a doctrinal basis for it in Islamic scripture.

I am not talking about just a few violent verses in the Quran. The Islamic trilogy is replete with it: the Quran, the Hadith and the Sirah. (The Hadith are traditions and stories of the life of Muhammed and the Sirah is the biography of Muhammed). Moreover, in the Quran, the principle of abrogation bestows the most violent verses with the greatest strength as compared to earlier, peaceful verses.

These are facts, and if you read what the Jihadis themselves talk to each other about, EVERYTHING they do is based on contemporary interpretation of Islamic scripture.

We’re not talking about a fringe element here, folks. We’re talking about entire regimes (the Ayatollahs in Iran and Taliban Afghanistan are examples) and scores of violent Jihadist organizations around the world such as, Al Qaeda, HAMAS, Hezbollah, Lashkar e Taiba, Abu Sayyef, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, Jemaah Islamiyah, Jaish-e-Mohammed, the Muslim Brotherhood…and many more.

To assign these beliefs to EVERY SINGLE Muslim of the 1.2 billion Muslims on the planet is wrong. But to deny the doctrinal basis in Islam for all of this violent Jihad is just as wrong and it is preventing the West from coming to grips with the global war with which we are faced, whether we want to believe it or not. There is a reason why we see Islamic terrorist organizations as well as individual Jihadis waging violent Jihad in places as geographically diverse as Boston, Los Angeles, Fort Hood, Little Rock, New York, Washington, Buenos Aires, London, Amsterdam, Toulouse, Madrid, Moscow, Beslan, Marrakech, Algiers, Benghazi, Damascus, Beirut, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Yaounde, Nairobi, Mogadishu, Timbuktu, Kaduna, Dar el Salam, Sana’a, Istanbul, Fallujah, Ramadi, Karachi, Islamabad, Kabul, Kandahar, Jalalabad, Mumbai, Amritsar, Dhaka, Hat Yai, Yala, Bali, and Mindanao.

In warfare, your enemy’s reality becomes your reality. To defeat him, you better understand him. You better understand his motivations and his goals. In short, you need to know what makes him tick. We understood what made the Nazis tick, we had Mein Kampf as a doctrinal guide. We understood what made the communists tick, we had The Communist Manifesto and other works as a doctrinal guide. But we REFUSE to even TRY to understand what makes the Jihadis tick because we fear that the reality will be too frightening. We are in willful denial: “The violence simply cannot have anything to do with Islam because there are too many peaceful Muslims in the world.”

That is missing the point entirely. The fact that the majority of Muslims do not know Islamic doctrine and thus do not adhere to it is not particularly remarkable or surprising. How many Catholics are truly highly familiar with the doctrinal aspects of their faith?

The fact remains that there are violent Jihadists around the world who commit acts of war and they both justify it on Islamic scripture and carry out these acts to promote Islam. The doctrinal basis is found in Islamic law, known as Shariah. The Jihadists’ goal is to impose Islamic law and Islamic law is the code which they follow. (If you are skeptical of this, go pick up a copy of the excellent work by Raymond Ibrahim, The Al Qaeda Reader, and read what the enemy writes and says.) To deny the doctrinal basis in Islam for violent Jihad is becoming more and more suicidal as a civilization with each new incident that we in turn deny.

The latest example is of course in Boston. Two Jihadis, perhaps members of a Jihadist organization, or perhaps so-called “lone wolf” actors, committed atrocious acts of violent Jihad, killing several innocents and wounding many more. Despite evidence on social media and YouTube, as well as accounts of the Jihadis’ devout Islamic beliefs, the simpletons in the news media and even in our own government are pondering aloud what their motivation could possibly have been. Hours and hours of TV coverage in the so-called “mainstream” media go by with nary a mention of the word “Islam.” The elephant in the room is being ignored.

Some “experts” are quoted as taking comfort in the belief that the two Tsarnaev brothers may not have had any operational connection with any known terrorist organization, such as Al Qaeda. This is 180 degrees out from reality and these “experts” completely miss the point.

The fact that the Tsarnaev brothers may have “only” been inspired to commit Jihad on their own is not cause for celebration or relaxation. It is cause for alarm and it would seem to be part of a disturbing pattern that has been emerging over the years:

• Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, aka Carlos Bledsoe, apparently acting on his own after receiving terrorist training in Yemen, shot two US Army soldiers outside a Little Rock, Arkansas recruiting office, killing one, Private William Long and wounding another.

• Major Nidal Malik Hasan, apparently acting on his own, after years of conversing with Al Qaeda Imam Anwar Al Awlaki, shot and killed 13 fellow US Army soldiers and wounded 39 more.

These types of attacks are indicative of a revolutionary critical mass in which centralized direction and control is no longer necessary. Jihadis around the world are now waging violent Jihad in Al Qaeda-like fashion after reading web postings and listening to sermons. This presents a whole new series of challenges for security services and makes the use of military force much less effective. Infiltrating organizations such as Al Qaeda and Hezbollah has been extremely difficult. But how does one infiltrate lone wolf actors like the Tsarnaev brothers? Who does the US military go after in the wake of the Boston attacks?

This new reality makes identifying and understanding the Islamic doctrinal basis of our Jihadist enemies all the more important, yet with each passing attack, we seem to be getting further and further away from doing so.

ANOTHER COVER UP? More on the Arizona Jihadi, Abdullatif Aldosary

Earlier this week we posted about Abdullatif Aldosary, an Iraqi Muslim refugee who set off an IED at a Social Security office in Arizona…

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2012/12/05/for-crying-out-loud-the-arizona-jihadi-the-media-and-our-bureaucratized-counterterrorism-apparatus-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about/

As we reported then, an FBI source told investigative reporter Patrick Poole at PJMedia that Aldosary would not be charged with terrorism, due to “political sensitivities.”

Now Poole has uncovered more about Aldosary which reveals yet another cover up by the Obama administration to avoid having to admit that we have been hit again by a Jihadist terrorist.

According to Poole, the DHS had previously concluded that Aldosary had been involved in terrorist “activities,” and a search of his home turned up $20,000 in cash (Aldosary was an only partially employed day laborer), an AK47, and bomb making materials…

“Move along, nothing to see here.”

Read more details from Patrick Poole at PJMedia:

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/12/06/arizona-bomber-was-rejected-for-citizenship-by-homeland-security-for-terrorism-related-activity/

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OUTRAGEOUS: Jihadi Threatens to Blow Up Synagogues, Sentenced to Only 10 Years

Ahmed Ferhani (left)

Ahmed Ferhani (left)

 

Once again we have proof that fighting Jihad as a criminal justice issue simply does not work. There are two reasons for this:

1. Jihad is not crime, Jihad means to war against non-Muslims and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada, signifying warfare to establish the religion. We treat Jihadists like criminals. They wage war against us.

2. There are some in our criminal justice system who don’t even take the “crime” of Jihad seriously.

Case in point: Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus.

Obus just sentenced Ahmed Ferhani to just 10 years for plotting to blow up synagogues in the New York area.

This was the outcome of a plea deal negotiated by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.  Ironically, Cyrus Vance, Jr. is the son of Cyrus Vance, who was Secretary of State under Jimmy Carter and resigned in protest when Carter authorized the mission to attempt to free American hostages held in Tehran, Iran back in 1980.

Vance, Jr. is a little bit better than Judge Obus; he at least asked for a 14-year sentence. Obus handed down the 10-year sentence with the comment that Ferhani would almost certainly be deported upon release. This is bad policy. Ferhani could have been sentenced to 32 years in prison. Sentencing him to less than a third of that is a disservice to the entire country. Passing down a light sentence based on the expectation that our bureaucratized counterterrorism apparatus is going to take care of matters in the end is a recipe for failure.

Committed Jihadists are not good candidates for rehabilitation. Just look at the recidivism rates of former Gitmo prisoners: Upwards of 20% rejoin violent Jihad.

Laws involving terrorism need to be strengthened. Jihadis need to be locked away for good. Is there a viable argument against life sentences for plotting to commit terrorist attacks that could result in the deaths of scores of innocent lives?

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/years_in_temple_bomb_plot_gSHgyyhUalo7QneT2jHs5I

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens-man-pleads-guilty-plotting-blow-synagogues-article-1.1213492

Justice Michael Obus

Justice Michael Obus

FOR CRYING OUT LOUD: The Arizona Jihadi the Media and Our Bureaucratized Counterterrorism Apparatus Doesn’t Want You to Know About

Aldosary

Abdullatif Aldosary is a terrorist. He may be a “lone wolf” terrorist, unassociated with any known Jihadist group, but he is a Jihadist terrorist nonetheless.

But our government won’t call him a terrorist.

Abdullatif Aldosary BOMBED a Social Security office in Case Grande, Arizona less than a week ago. He is a Muslim Iraqi “refugee.”

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But our government will not charge him with terrorism.

This is an outrage and a symptom of the utter denial to which we have fallen victim in America due to politics and political correctness.

The report of Aldosary’s crime first came to our attention two days ago on PJ Media and BreitBart:

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/12/02/iraqi-refugee-arrested-for-bombing-arizona-social-security-office-with-ied-media-silence-ensues/

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/12/02/Iraqi-Refugee-Bombs-AZ-Social-Security-Office-MSM-Remains-Silent

Note that the media then suppressed Aldosary’s identity, just as they have in previous cases in which Muslims have committed acts of violence, including and especially the Fort Hood terrorist attack.

Note also that the infamously irresponsible DailyKos almost immediately started speculating that the bombing was the work of a “right wing” terrorist of some sort. Again, this is reminiscent of the shameful Mayor Michael Bloomberg airing the same kind of wide-of-the-mark speculation when a Muslim Jihadi tried to set off a VBIED in Times Square a few years back.

Worst of all though–BY FAR THE WORST OF ALL–is the report from Patrick Poole on PJMedia that the FBI office in Phoenix was treating the incident internally as a terrorism investigation, but they weren’t going to charge Aldosary with terrorism. Instead, he will be charged with simple arson and explosives charges. Why? Because of the political sensitivities involved.

In other words, an Iraqi Muslim, with a history of run-ins with DHS (see the different mugshot below indicating multiple arrests), bombs a US government office and he gets charges the same as some moron who tries to blow up his own property to collect insurance?

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Ah yes, this is just a street crime. That’s what they said when Abdulhakim Mohammed killed Private Andy Long outside an Arkansas Army recruiting office. Despite the fact that the Arkansas attack came after Mohammed attended a terrorist training camp in Yemen, he was not charged by the Feds with terrorism:

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2011/04/13/605/

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2012/08/08/south-louisiana-showing-of-losing-our-sons/

And let us not forget that the Fort Hood massacre has been classified as “workplace violence” and not terrorism, despite the fact that Major Nidal Hasan was in touch with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader Anwar Al Awlaki and yelled out “Allah u Akhbar” as he was murdering and wounding his fellow soldiers.

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2009/11/13/fort-hood-was-it-terrorism-the-wrong-question-its-all-jihad/

This type of denial erodes our national will and we have to suspect that there are some either in government service or advising those in government service who want just that; they want to erode our national will so that we remain deaf, dumb and blind to the threat of Jihad. Because when the Department of Justice tells us outrageous lies about attacks carried out on US soil like those perpetrated by Nidal Hasan, Abdulhakim Mohammed and Abdullatif Aldosary, they are shaping the national psyche and public opinion. AND THIS NATIONAL SECURITY FRAUD MUST STOP. The Department of Justice is committing professional malpractice in the way in which it handles these Jihadist terrorist attacks.

 

More Jihadis in Florida

We are a little late in commenting on this story, but it is significant enough to warrant even a belated post.

Two Pakistani brothers were arrested in Florida on Friday on terrorism and material support of terrorism charges. The Feds went out of their way to point out that these two Pakis were NOT arrested as a result of a sting operation. This is probably because armchair intelligence agents in the hard Leftist, Islamist and libertarian communities are fond of calling every arrest of a potential Jihadi in a sting operation “entrapment,” even though just about every case has resulted in a conviction and no one has successfully defended themselves in such a case by claiming entrapment.

Still, the fact that this was not a sting operation does hold some significance because it indicates that these two (Raees Alam Qazi, 20 and Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 30) had some sort of plot going on and it was discovered by law enforcement and/or intelligence officials after it was conceived, i.e. it was not dreamt up by a FBI agent.

There are no details as to what the plot involved as of yet, but federal prosecutors say the men, both U.S. citizens, provided money, housing, communications equipment and transportation as part of a conspiracy and that the brothers’ goal was “to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives) against persons and property within the United States”.

We don’t like the use of the term “weapon of mass destruction” here. The US criminal justice system bastardized the term several years ago and it causes a great deal of confusion. A “weapon of mass destruction” should not refer to conventional explosives, but only to chemical, biological or radiological weapons. Nevertheless, the term “weapon of mass destruction” is commonplace in cases that involve items as lowly as a single hand grenade.

Note also another sore spot in this case: “If convicted, each could face a potential sentence of 15 years in prison on the charge of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.”

Fifteen years for someone who is providing support to an organization like Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban, HAMAS, Lashkar e Taiba, etc. is ridiculously light. Such sentences should be lengthened substantially. A Jihadi who takes part in this activity and spends 15 years or less in prison is not likely to be rehabilitated in the process. In fact, there is ample evidence to indicate that prisons are fertile recruiting grounds for Jihad. When one considers that the man in charge of the Muslim chaplains for the federal prison system is now in federal prison himself for financing Al Qaeda (Abdurahman Alamoudi), it should give us little comfort that a committed Jihadi will spend 15 years in federal prison. We should have no expectation that these types of people will be peaceful and tolerant when they are released.

Fortunately, in this case, the conspiracy to blow someone or something up carries a life sentence, which is much more appropriate…

The fact that these two Jihadis were arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the same place where some of the 9/11 hijackers spent time, is probably just a coincidence. Nevertheless, Florida can only be described as a hotbed of Jihadi activity in the US given the numerous cases that have surfaced there over the past decade or so.

Perhaps most important is the fact that the FBI is not releasing any details about this case because the investigation is ongoing. This suggests that other plotters could still be at large here in the US or abroad. It could even be that these two were but two players in a much larger plot. We just don’t know, but this requires careful watching.

http://m.yahoo.com/w/legobpengine/news/two-pakistan-born-brothers-arrested-florida-terrorism-charges-231038713.html?orig_host_hdr=news.yahoo.com&.intl=US&.lang=en-US

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