WASHINGTON, September 25, 2014 — On the heels of a major security breach at the White House, with a mentally disturbed man scaling a fence and making his way into the presidential mansion, the Obama administration assured lawmakers its southern open-border policy does not pose a national security threat.
“We see no specific intelligence or evidence to suggest at present that ISIL [the Islamic State] is attempting to infiltrate this country through our southern border,” said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Assistant Commissioner John Wagner, on the other hand, was less than comforting. “The numbers of known watch-listed individuals that we have encountered at the southern border is minimal.”
He did not elaborate.
The Obama administration has downplayed the terrorist threat posed by its lax border control policy for years.
Four years ago, a San Antonio federal grand jury indicted Ahmed Muhammed Dhakane, formally of Somalia, of “making false statements under penalty of perjury to federal authorities concerning his association with global terrorist organizations,” said an FBI statement.
Later convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison, the FBI said Dhakane “participated in, and later ran, a large-scale human smuggling enterprise” out of Brazil.
Dhakane dealt with the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group Al Shabab, smuggling hundreds of its members into America. “To this day, we do not know where those 300 Somalis are,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex) told Atlanta’s WSB-TV, “But we know they’re in the United States.”
“There’s intelligence that we have that is very troubling, said Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Arizona, “that is not open and available to the public… Americans want to know, especially the threats that exist right here in our own country.”
A 2012 report issued by the House Committee on Homeland Security said, “The U.S. Border Patrol regularly apprehends aliens from 35 ‘special interest’ countries ‘designated by our intelligence community as countries that could export individuals that could bring harm to our country in the way of terrorism.’ From Fiscal Years 2006 to 2011, there were 1,918 apprehensions of these special interest aliens at our Southwest border.”
Former Drug Enforcement Agency executive Michael Braun told the House committee, “Operatives from FTOs (foreign terrorist organizations) and DTOs (drug trafficking organizations) are frequenting the same shady bars, the same seedy hotels and the same sweaty brothels in a growing number of areas around the world. And what else are they doing? Based upon over 37 years in the law enforcement and security sectors, you can mark my word that they are most assuredly talking business and sharing lessons learned.”
That same year, the Department of the Treasury accused Ayman Juma, a Lebanese national with ties to the terrorist group Hezbollah of “being the leader of an international drug trafficking and money laundering network that coordinated multi-ton shipments of cocaine from Colombia to the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel destined for the United States.” According to the Treasury, Juma laundered “as much as $200 million per month.”
A Pew Research Center survey found that “as President Obama considers executive action to delay the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, the public’s priorities for U.S. immigration policy have shifted, with more people favoring a focus on better border security and tougher enforcement of immigration laws.”
Drug importation, money laundering and human trafficking along our southern border clearly helps criminal cartels and their terrorist partners. But the Democratic Party’s push to change the demographic map of America requires a change in language. And so, illegal aliens are called “undocumented workers” or “dreamers.”
The “intelligence” of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is so “specific” to the Islamic State, he neglects to consider those jihadists already in place south of the border… and those who have crossed into America and are plotting their next move.