Saturday, August 11, 2007

Definition of a Veteran

A veteran - whether active duty, retired, or national guard or reserve
is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including my life."

That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who
no longer understand it.

Author unknown.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Terrorists Teaming With Mexican Drug Cartels

The article that I have attached below appears in today's edition of the Washington Times. This article is critical for a number of significant reasons. First of all, it shows that the porous borders of the United States represent a threat to our security as a means of entry into the United States for drugs that fund terrorism as well as for terrorists themselves. My friend Rachel Ehrenfeld wrote a book, not long ago entitled, "Funding Evil." She coined the term "Narco-Terrorists." Terrorism requires money in order for the terrorists to carry out their malevolent objectives. This is no different from any other enterprise. Without money a terrorist can no more launch an attack than could an entrepreneur establish a business. Money is the necessary component of any undertaking. The politicians who are so eager to dismantle our borders in the name of free trade and corporate profit are hammering our nation and our citizens in many ways.

The sale of narcotics funds criminal and terrorist organizations. Narcotics is a violent business in which it is common for rival drug gangs to engage in shootouts with their competitors. It is also common for the drug traffickers to kill anyone they believe may have informed on them to law enforcement authorities. Those addicted to narcotics often commit violent crimes in order to secure the money to buy their drugs. Those who are high on drugs may become involved in motor vehicle accidents when they are under the influence of the drugs. You get the point, narcotics are behind a significant amount of the crime committed in the United States and often destroys the lives of the drug users and the lives of the members of their families.

Our nation spends billions of dollars waging a "War on Drugs" yet, paradoxically, the administration is not willing to secure our borders against the flow of drugs, criminals and potentially terrorists, all so that corporations can increase their profits. Meanwhile, Americans are dying. Law enforcement officers are getting wounded and killed and, in fact, I have lost several colleagues and friends in the law enforcement community to this supposed "War on Drugs."

Next this article echoes a point that I have made often, when I have engaged in debates on various radio and television programs concerning the argument I often hear that Mexicans are not terrorists. The question is, what does a Mexican look like? If a terrorists managed to gain entrance into Mexico or other Latin American country such as Brazil where there is a problem concerning training camps for terrorist organizations being reported in that nation's Tri-Border region, how difficult would it be for that terrorist to become fluent in the Spanish language and then assume a Latino identity, enter the United States and then embed himself (herself) in a community and pass himself off as a member of the Latino community?

Now I want you to consider this disturbing question. What would enable the overworked bureaucrats at USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) to determine the identity of millions of illegal and undocumented aliens who would participate in the sort of Guest Worker Amnesty Program that is innocuously referred to as "Comprehensive Immigration Reform?" I am not just referring to the name of such an alien applicant but the nationality as well. I ask this question because even though the most recent effort at jamming this treacherous legislation down the throats of our nation's senators just several weeks ago was defeated thanks to the courageous efforts of such senators as Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania appears to be attempting to do it yet again! What part of the word "No" does he not understand? When a young man refuses to take "No" for an answer when he is with a date, he may find himself being charged with "date rape." Here there are politicians who appear to be similarly unwilling or somehow unable to take "No" for an answer and are figuratively intent on raping this nation! All to satisfy their wealthy campaign contributors and curry favor with the special interest groups.

Providing identity documents for individuals who have no verifiable way of identifying themselves would enable terrorists to assume new and legal identities in the United States. This would provide them with the opportunity to embed themselves in communities around our nation as they await instructions to carry out another murderous attack against our nation and our people. That is why I referred to the most recent version of the Senate immigration bill as the "Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act of 2007."

Not securing our borders provides easy and undocumented access to our nation by criminals and terrorists and enables millions of illegal aliens to circumvent the efforts designed, at great expense, to document the arrival of aliens entering our nation. The lesson here is clear to the bad guys who would want to enter our country. Why pick the lock on the front door when the homeowner has left the back door wide open?

The politicians in Washington are frustrating the vast majority of Americans by expanding the Visa Waiver Program, not securing our nation's borders and refusing to properly fund efforts to enforce the immigration laws both along the border as well as from within the interior of the United States. There is virtually no integrity to the immigration benefits program yet the President continues to push for legislation to further erode our freedoms and expectations of privacy. As a former INS senior special agent I understand and appreciate the need for enhanced surveillance and other such measures. It is not, however, acceptable to increase these efforts while refusing to secure our nation's borders and create an immigration system that has meaningful integrity. i would remind you that we are rapidly approaching the 6th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and our borders are still porous, Border Patrol agents who do their jobs are imprisoned, USCIS loses tens of thousands of critical immigration alien files and still provides benefits including United States citizenship to thousands of aliens without reviewing their files!

When the next attack comes there will be no way for the self righteous politicians to stand before the cameras and microphones and thump the podium demanding to know why the "Dots were not connected!"

In the years since 9/11 many of us have not only connected the dots, we have provided the "Fools on the Hill" with the crayons so that they could color in the pictures! Yet they refuse to do so. They must be made accountable in the voting booths the next time that they are up for election!

We the People must become involved in the political process as never before, because our nation's survival is being challenged, as never before!

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Lead, follow or get out of the way!

The Washington Times


Article published Aug 8, 2007

Terrorists teaming with drug cartels

August 8, 2007

By Sara A. Carter - Islamic extremists embedded in the United States posing as Hispanic nationals are partnering with violent Mexican drug gangs to finance terror networks in the Middle East, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration report.

"Since drug traffickers and terrorists operate in a clandestine environment, both groups utilize similar methodologies to function ... all lend themselves to facilitation and are among the essential elements that may contribute to the successful conclusion of a catastrophic event by terrorists," said the confidential report, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times.
The 2005 report outlines an ongoing scheme in which multiple Middle Eastern drug-trafficking and terrorist cells operating in the U.S. fund terror networks overseas, aided by established Mexican cartels with highly sophisticated trafficking routes.

These terrorist groups, or sleeper cells, include people who speak Arabic, Spanish and Hebrew and, for the most part, arouse no suspicion in their communities.

"It is very likely that any future 'September 11th' type of terrorist event in the United States may be facilitated, wittingly or unwittingly, by drug traffickers operating on both sides of the United States-Mexico border," the DEA report says.

Rep. Ed Royce of California, ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs terrorism and nonproliferation subcommittee, said the DEA document substantiates information that his committee has been given in the past year.

"Hearings I held in Laredo [Texas] last year and this DEA report show that our southern border is a terrorist risk," Mr. Royce said. "Law enforcement has warned that people from Arab countries have crossed the border and adopted Hispanic surnames. The drug cartels have highly sophisticated smuggling and money-laundering networks, which terrorists could access."

Garrison K. Courtney, spokes- man for the DEA, would not comment on the document. However, he said that the DEA, which has only 5,000 active agents worldwide, is sharing information with other U.S. intelligence agencies and working closely with local law enforcement.
"We focus on drugs, but we keep our eyes open for any connection that can aid our other partners in law enforcement," Mr. Courtney said. "Everything we do relies on our ability to gather intelligence. We have said for years that there are shades of gray in the organizations we're dealing with. Intelligence requires us to look at the whole picture. Realistically to leave out a certain set of dots could be a huge mistake."

In the two years since the report was written, other DEA intelligence officials have said they are still struggling to cooperate with and share and gather information from other lead U.S. agencies charged with fighting the war on terrorism.

Lack of information sharing between U.S. intelligence agencies is creating a blind spot in the war on terror and has left the U.S. vulnerable to another attack, the report states.

"We are the eyes and ears when it comes to gathering intelligence on the cartels and smugglers," said the DEA official. "What we know for sure is that persons associated with terrorist groups have discovered what cartels have known all along รข€” the border is the backdoor into the U.S."

According to a Department of Homeland Security intelligence report obtained by The Times, nearly every part of the Border Patrol's national strategy is failing.

"Al Qaeda has been trying to smuggle terrorists and terrorist weapons illegally into the United States," the 2006 document states. "This organization has also tried to enter the U.S. by taking advantage of its most vulnerable border areas. The seek to smuggle OTMs [other than Mexicans] from Middle Eastern countries into the U.S."

Peter Brown, terrorism and security consultant, stated that the "biggest element" to the DEA report is the ease with which terrorist cells have taken on new identities.

"The ability for people to completely transform their nationalities absent of their own identities is a dangerous step in the evolution of this cross-border operation," he said. "This is a true threat."

Lending credence to Mr. Brown's concern, an El Paso, Texas, law-enforcement report documents the influx of "approximately 20 Arab persons a week utilizing the Travis County Court in Austin to change their names and driver's licenses from Arabic to Hispanic surnames."

Under the current drug-intelligence collection, analysis and reporting posture, the DEA runs the risk of failing to detect or report the entry of terrorists, weapons of mass destruction or portable conventional weapons into the United States, according to the DEA document.

Many times, smugglers don't know what they are transporting.

"Despite all the pronouncements of the administration that these networks and their funding is being traced," Mr. Brown warned, "progress has been limited, and in certain circles of intelligence, they are nonexistent."