4. Hezbollah Has an Operational Foothold in Mexico
It has long been known that Hezbollah operates in many Latin American countries, especially those with Marxist governments sympathetic to the anti-Western views of radical Islamism. A recent Fox News report by Adam Housley shows that our fears of Hezbollah gaining a foothold in Mexico have been realized:
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.
This comes as Mexican authorities busted a senior Hezbollah operative who employed Mexicans nationals with family ties to Lebanon to set up the network, designed to target Israel and the West, according to multiple reports. The man’s name is Jameel Nasr and he was arrested after a Mexican surveillance operation revealed that he traveled frequently to Lebanon to receive information and instructions from Hezbollah commanders and he also spent several months in Venezuela working with the terror group and Hugo Chavez’s people. American security contacts say the Mexican operation was impressive and they are seeing some increased pressure on the cartels from Mexican authorities and thus…their friends.
Meantime, over this past weekend President Calderon of Mexico sent a significant number of troops to the border regions and while they are there to help battle the cartels, they have also been sent to deal with the growing connection to Hezbollah. As one contact told me, “Mexico knows the seriousness of a cartel connection with Hezbollah and the threat to their national security.”
We also know from DHS documents that over 180,000 illegal aliens from countries Other than Mexico were apprehended from 2007 through mid-March 2010 and the State Department Country Reports on Terrorism said that “smuggling rings have been detected moving people from East Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia”. I am told these people and drugs are then moved up through Central America and into the Unites States through Mexico.
Our wide open border is allowing an unknown number of Islamists to pour through unchecked. A book celebrating suicide bombers was found in the Mexican desert just recently and Islamist cleric Said Jaziri was discovered being smuggled into the U.S. in the trunk of a car driven by a human smuggler. In 2009, 52,000 OTMs (other than Mexicans) were arrested at by Border Patrol. If Islamism is our greatest threat, how can we leave the southern border open to them?