Tuesday, April 26, 2011


A couple weeks ago I made a statement that Hezbollah or Hamas was on our border with Mexico. My MOST FREQUENT commenter (the certificate of achievement and the secret decoder ring are in the mail), Salvage, essentially said that I was full of crap. While that may be true, I stand by my assertion that we have Middle Eastern terrorist organizations on our border and throughout Central and South America, too.

Below I've posted just a few excerpts from articles and even one scholarly document to prove my point.

Now, I think that one could logically ask what the intentions of these groups are? Are they setting up an eventual attack on the United States and Canada? Or, are they just running organized crime operations that would make the Mafia proud, looking to fatten their wallets to finance global terrorism? Personally, I think it's both.

Iran's connection to Venezuela and their shared hatred of the U.S. is
well documented and very much out in the open. Iran's ties to Hezbollah/ Hamas are documented as well.

Again, I think there is very little question as to the presence of Islamic terrorists on our border and in Central and South America. The only real question is their intent. Whatever their final objective I know it'll be bad for us.

From Adam Housley of Fox News:

"“Hezbollah are absolute masters at identifying existing smuggling infrastructures,” says former DEA Chief of Operations Mike Braun, adding that the group “is developing relations with those responsible for operating those smuggling operations and then forming close relations with them, so that they can move anything they have an interest into virtually anywhere in the world.” That comment comes from former DEA Chief of Operations Mike Braun. He goes on to tell me that the Middle East terror group is “rubbing shoulders” with drug cartels around the globe.

My military and Department of Homeland Security contacts are insistent…it’s not if Hezbollah operatives have been smuggled into the U.S….but how many? They note that drug tunnels are becoming much more sophisticated and striking similar as tunnels being used by terror organizations to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip. My contacts also say they have real concern that bombing techniques used in the Middle East to promote terror are now also being used inside Mexico, as the cartels war with each other and anyone in their way."

From Rep. Sue Myrick in the Washington Times:

"An indictment was handed down Aug. 30 by the Southern District Court of New York that shows a connection between Hezbollah - the proxy army of Iran and a designated terrorist organization - 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.

This most recent case brings up several questions: Why would a member of Hezbollah be in Mexico? Why would Hezbollah need thousands of weapons in Mexico? Why are members of Hezbollah willing to work with FARC? Perhaps to exchange weapons for drugs? If Hezbollah has guns in Mexico and wants drugs, isn’t it logical to assume that it is trading with more accessible Mexican drug cartels?"

From the Washington Times:

"Hezbollah is using the same southern narcotics routes that Mexican drug kingpins do to smuggle drugs and people into the United States, reaping money to finance its operations and threatening U.S. national security, current and former U.S. law enforcement, defense and counterterrorism officials say.

The Iran-backed Lebanese group has long been involved in narcotics and human trafficking in South America’s tri-border region of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. Increasingly, however, it is relying on Mexican narcotics syndicates that control access to transit routes into the U.S.

Hezbollah relies on “the same criminal weapons smugglers, document traffickers and transportation experts as the drug cartels,” said Michael Braun, who just retired as assistant administrator and chief of operations at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

“They work together,” said Mr. Braun. “They rely on the same shadow facilitators. One way or another, they are all connected.

“They’ll leverage those relationships to their benefit, to smuggle contraband and humans into the U.S.; in fact, they already are [smuggling].”

His comments were confirmed by six U.S. officials, including law enforcement, defense and counterterrorism specialists. They spoke on the condition that they not be named because of the sensitivity of the topic.

While Hezbollah appears to view the U.S. primarily as a source of cash - and there have been no confirmed Hezbollah attacks within the U.S. - the group’s growing ties with Mexican drug cartels are particularly worrisome at a time when a war against and among Mexican narco-traffickers has killed 7,000 people in the past year and is destabilizing Mexico along the U.S. border."

From MSNBC (hardly a bastion of conservative sentiment):

"The Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia has taken root in South America, fostering a well-financed force of Islamist radicals boiling with hatred for the United States and ready to die to prove it, according to militia members, U.S. officials and police agencies across the continent.

From its Western base in a remote region divided by the borders of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina known as the Tri-border, or the Triple Frontier, Hezbollah has mined the frustrations of many Muslims among about 25,000 Arab residents whose families immigrated mainly from Lebanon in two waves, after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war and after the 1985 Lebanese civil war.

An investigation by Telemundo and NBC News has uncovered details of an extensive smuggling network run by Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim group founded in Lebanon in 1982 that the United States has labeled an international terrorist organization. The operation funnels large sums of money to militia leaders in the Middle East and finances training camps, propaganda operations and bomb attacks in South America, according to U.S. and South American officials.

U.S. officials fear that poorly patrolled borders and rampant corruption in the Tri-border region could make it easy for Hezbollah terrorists to infiltrate the southern U.S. border. From the largely lawless region, it is easy for potential terrorists, without detection, to book passage to the United States through Brazil and then Mexico simply by posing as tourists."

From The Foreign Military Studies Office:

"Hugo Chavez’ strategy of embracing Iran in its quest to build an “anti-imperialist” and
anti-American coalition of nations has undoubtedly gained strength in recent years. Beyond the close ties between Venezuela and Iran due to the two countries’ shared anti-American priorities, there are also many similarities between the basic ideologies of Chavez’ Bolivarian revolution and Iranian revolutionary thought. The Lebanese group Hezbollah shares many of Iran’s priorities and principles, and it receives a sizeable amount of financial support from the Islamic Republic.

Although its armed activities are focused primarily within its traditional area of operations in the Middle East, Hezbollah has been implicated in terrorist activities around the globe. These activities range from financing and training to outright attacks and cooperation with criminal
elements. The recent establishment of direct airline flights between Caracas and Tehran, as well as the eagerness of both regimes to embrace the other, does not bode well for anti-terror prospects in Latin America, given the close collaboration of Iranian and Hezbollah operatives in the past. Hezbollah members and sympathizers have gained the ability to move with relative ease outside the Middle East to Latin America and such movements already appear to be taking place. This points to a particularly worrisome possibility: that Hezbollah will move beyond financing and support in Latin America to pursue operational objectives within the Western Hemisphere.

...Iran’s close ties to Hezbollah and its deepening embrace of Chavez’ regime should put the
United States on alert to the security of both friendly Latin American governments and its own
southern border. Groups like Hezbollah now possess the ability to use Venezuela as an entry
point to the Americas, to obtain official Venezuelan documentation, and to utilize well-known
smuggling networks in cooperation with established violent drug cartels.

Hugo Chavez identifies with what he considers to be Hezbollah’s successful model of resistance to imperialism, and it appears he seeks to emulate elements of that success within his
sphere of influence. His demonstrated support for anti-American groups like FARC and his
consistent harsh rhetoric against neighboring Columbia must be viewed as an indication of his
willingness to embrace other radical elements sharing a common anti-American agenda. By
allowing Iranian and Hezbollah operatives ease of access to the Americas through Venezuela,
Chavez runs a substantial risk to the stability of his regime. If and when Hezbollah or Iran seek to exploit their ability to function in Venezuela by pursing specific operational goals, the probability of future confrontation with the United States will most certainly increase, thus inviting the only scenario in which Chavez is nearly guaranteed to lose."


  1. Yeah, and there were WMD in Iraq, I know cuz all those papers said so!

    Please show me one Middle Eastern terrorist arrested or otherwise caught in Mexico on his way to the USA?

    See the problem is that a large group of Middle Eastern terrorists would kinda stick out in Mexico. I know, I know, they all look and sound the same unAmerican way but they're really different. For instance the drug cartels are only interested in making money selling drugs, I doubt their politics and sense of justice extend much further.

    Oh and Venezuela? It's pretty far away from Mexico actually and as scary as an Iran Venezuela Axis of REALLY EVIL THIS TIME! BOO-GAA! BOO-GAA! sounds I'm really not too worried.

    But that's one of the many differences between you and I, you have to feed your fear and loathing with fear and loathing so you need the paranoia.

  2. I have absolutely no fear and loathing. However, I do try to honestly assess the world around me.

    So, you only want one example of terrorists arrested crossing from Mexico to the U.S.?

    There are a whole bunch more but I suspect that you'd deny them too. Look, I don't have a horse in this race. I'm not worried about terrorists because that would be a pointless exercise. Most worrying is. That being said, I'd just as well be aware of the things that are going on and asses them honestly as deny them because they don't fit my personal prejudices.

    This isn't a left or right issue. The Republicans have been as bad as the Democrats on border security. Big business and unions both profit from the influx of cheap labor. The only people that seem to get screwed are the average citizens.

    And because of greed our borders are porous. And because they're porous our enemies can cross them. And they are, which is abundantly clear to anyone that can make a judgement divorced from political chauvinism.

    By the way, Venezuela may be a long way from Mexico (about a 2 1/2 hour flight) but I'm sure that it's a surmountable problem.

  3. >I have absolutely no fear and loathing.

    No, you do, it's part of who you are, you fear and loath homosexuals and anyone you percive as different. I know you don't see it; a snake can't taste its own venom.

    >However, I do try to honestly assess the world around me.

    And that's a lie, anyone who says "There is no evidence of evolution" cannot make that statement. What you do is embrace anything that supports your point of view and ignore and or disparage anything that does not.

    >Look, I don't have a horse in this race. I'm not worried about terrorists

    And yet here you are hollering about them massing at the border to Invasion USA!

    > be a pointless exercise.

    So is digging up a corpse to declare it magical, theism is rife with pointless exercise.

    >Big business


    >and unions both profit from the influx of cheap labor.

    Nope. What a perfect example of you doing the exact opposite of "That being said, I'd just as well be aware of the things that are going on and asses them honestly as deny them because they don't fit my personal prejudices."

    See if you gave it some thought you'd get that undocumented workers are not paying union dues, giving union political clout or otherwise enriching their status. One reason why big biz luvs the illegal is that they are never going to organize.

    > The only people that seem to get screwed are the average citizens.

    Oh yes, once again White Christian Americans are screwed! Will the suffering of this oppressed majority in the richest nation on the planet ever end?!? Why they can't even be President anymore!

    Now on to that silly article that is a good sumation of the other ones you posted; short on facts and sources but high in fear and loathing.

    >Documents show many of them are from terrorists nations like Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan and Yemen. Federal authorities call those groups SIAs, which stands for "special interest aliens".

    They're from places with terrorists! They must be terrorists!

    >Retired immigration agent Michael Cutler

    Retired?!?! Well he must be in the loop!

    >Government officials have denied that terrorists have crossed our open border.

    LIES! The government is run by a Muslim now that's why!

    >Channel 2 Anchor Justin Farmer found documents filed in federal court in San Antonio, Texas, in May. They show an indictment against Ahmed Muhammad Dhakane for allegedly smuggling hundreds of people from Brazil to Mexico, then into the U.S. The federal indictment states it includes some Somalis from the terrorist group Al Shabob.

    And they know this how exactly? They looked up the Al Shabob website and cross referenced?

    What's more likely is that they were sneaking into America to get paid less than minimum wage to mop Wal-Marts.

    No! They are Somalis they are Muslim and must be terrorists!

  4. >Terrorism experts say the group is responsible for terrorist attacks and suicide bombings worldwide.

    Wow, experts! How can you argue with 'em?

    >"To this day we do not know where those 300 Somalis are," said Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas. "We do know they are in the United States."

    So... he doesn't know where they are but he knows where they are? THEY'RE RIGHT BEHIND YOU!!!! RUNNNNNNN!

    >A 2009 Government Accounting Office report confirmed agents have picked up three known terrorists who crossed the southwestern border of the United States. No other information was released.

    And it's interesting how this rather pertinent nugget gives no source. I guess they just called up the GAO and asked and that was all the answer they got? That's some deep reporting right there!

    >"There are many people not only being apprehended, but slipping through the cracks on our southern flank that are very dangerous," said McCaul.

    'kay, are you ready for some reality? I know you're not a fan but I'm about to throw some facts at you to put this whole thing into perspective.

    Do you know what kills more Americans than terrorism?


    Cars, booze, (together or mixed), floods, cancer, the Mafia, Hells Angels, sex, drugs, bacon, raw chicken, wild and domestic animal attacks, the weather, each other and so on.

    Oh and the number one victim of Muslim terrorism in the world?


    I know, you think it's all about you but really it's not.

    Hey are you going to do a post about the whole digging up Jean Paul to give him super holy powers cuz dude, I have questions.

    First and foremost; why are Catholics so obsessed with dead people? I know it's a Pagan Roman thing but still, ew, whole business smacks of voodoo.

  5. I don't fear homosexuals. Why would I? To say that someone fears homosexuals is to attempt to paint a reasoned rejection of certain activities as an irrational response when it isn't. And your insistence that I do fear them is rather bizarre since you know nothing about me or my life at all, besides what you've read on my blog. if you can find something that says I fear homosexuals please show it to me.

    It's true that I could potentially fear certain homosexuals, but that would be based on factors apart from their sexual proclivities. It's true that I am opposed to special legal protections being granted homosexuals based on sexual proclivities but that doesn't mean I want to see normal human rights and protections taken away from them, either.

    I don't believe that I have ever said that there is no evidence of evolution because there is some evidence. What I have said is that there is no absolute, close the book, end of story proof that evolution is the mechanism by which we were created because there isn't.

    I'm talking about terrorists on the border not because I fear them but because they are there and they are our enemies.

    At this point I think that we should bring all the troops home, seal the borders and tell the rest of the world to kiss our ass. Learn to live off of what we can produce ourselves even if that means going back to a way simpler life. Default on our debts, close the doors, turn off the lights and start over. Maybe then we won't have to worry about crazy Islamic fundamentalists and crazy wars that serve no real purpose.