Saturday, June 11, 2005

No Hope Here

From Jim Kouri at The Reality Check, via Free Republic:

[...] As Americans remember the horror of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington almost four years ago, the US borders are practically as porous as ever.

According to testimony given to the US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee by General Peter Pace, the Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Hamas has joined Hezbullah and Al-Qaida in the Triple Frontier Zone in Latin America where the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay converge. There the Islamic terror groups train recruits, gather intelligence on targets, launder money and sell drugs. There is evidence that these terrorists and narco-terrorists will soon migrate north into the United States. He cited terrorism reports indicating terrorist groups are active in Canada and Central-South America. [...]

We are in danger.

Not only terrorist organizations, but drug-related organizations are also becoming more active:

[...] Border Patrol agents began to voice what many believed were legitimate concerns about "armed incursions" into the United States from Mexico-based assailants. They reported that heavily armed Mexican army units and federal police, called federales, had infiltrated US territory and fired upon them[,]

I would hesitate to believe that Mexican army and police personnel are acting in any official capacity in this regards. More likely it's los Zetas, with maybe some off-duty police and federales joining in on their own time, so to speak. I wrote previously about los Zetas here. Andi at Andi's World also talks about los Zetas, but she only hints that they may have turned.

Returning to the original Reality Check article, it also says that:
[...] If these killers aren't afraid to target or kill cops, then who in America is really safe from terrorists, murderers, rapists and other offenders; and anyone wishing to address the problem is labeled a racist or xenophobe. Americans can probably count on one hand the number of congressional leaders who will even debate the issues of illegal immigration or border security. What sense does it make to inspect shipping containers in New York seaports while ignoring the vulnerabilities existing on our borders?

(Emphasis mine) Obviously, perfection is not attainable. The fact that borders are still porous DOES NOT mean that we should do nothing about alternative avenues of entry. All seaports should be monitored. AND borders should be closed.

Update: From MSNBC via unpartisan.com comes this article about the Minuteman Project, and plans to scale up the operation.
[...] Headlines from the Arizona event gave the group momentum, and turned what some first believed to be nothing more than a publicity stunt into a national movement. The group has since hired lawyers, reorganized into separate corporations, filed to legally protect the name “Minuteman Project,” hired a Washington-based media consultant and started an aggressive fund raising campaign. And, representatives of the group, have been to Washington to lobby Congress and relate the lessons learned from their time on the border. [...]

If our government won't do anything, then we as private citizens must.

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