Comment Last Three
March 27, 2009
We have been telling the politicians and American public for years that terrorists are crossing our southern border. Go to the American Border Patrol website and see the articles and warnings. Our southern border is more lawless that the Iraq border.
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.
Not only the Mexican drug cartels, but 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 and leverage those relationships to their benefit, to smuggle contraband and humans into the U.S. These concerns are 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.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Mexico on Thursday saying that the critical border situation is the fault of the U.S. The Obama administration must face reality and know that the border has to be closed with the assistance of the military and the illegals in this country must be dealt with by deportation.