Did HA correspondent Clint Taylor help bust a terrorist in Venezuela?

posted at 6:17 pm on November 30, 2006 by Allahpundit

Could be. Teodoro Darnott called himself Hezbollah, but he wasn’t really — just a freelance jihadi piggybacking on a famous brand who nonetheless had the will and potentially the ability to cause some serious geopolitical friction. Venezuelan police pinched him two weeks ago and charged him in connection with the pipe bombs left at the U.S. embassy in Caracas on October 3rd. Clint had been following his web activities for months and called the FBI after Darnott posted a threat against U.S. interests on August 18th. (He also filed two video reports for us on the subject; watch part 1 and part 2.)

Why’s this important? Because we’ve got enough known knowns to worry about right now that we don’t need any known unknowns making things worse.

[T]errorists within Venezuela need to keep a low profile. No one wanted a buffoon like Darnott drawing attention to Hezbollah’s presence. Chavez is drawing ever closer to Iran, Hezbollah’s chief sponsor, and before this story broke reporters had already begun to question the relationship between the Iranian embassy in Venezuela and Hezbollah’s activities there…

Also, while Chavez frequently relies on a mythical impending U.S. invasion as an excuse for further tightening his control over his country, the last thing he wants is an actual U.S. invasion. A major strike against an American embassy or ambassador would have invited retaliation from the United States, especially since Darnott was able to recruit terrorists publicly and with impunity all summer long and Chavez had done nothing about him.

El Universal’s writeup includes an admission by a DISIP [Venezuelan secret police] officer that Darnott had been under investigation for three months — and interestingly, his arrest was almost three months to the day from when I reported the bomb threat to the FBI. I’ve no way of knowing this, but I like to think that the FBI let the DISIP know they were interested in Darnott — and thereby made him that much harder for Chavez to ignore.

Well done, Clint. Tom Tancredo would be proud.


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Hugo will keep him under wraps until after he steals the upcoming election. Then he’ll make him a cabinet member.

JammieWearingFool on November 30, 2006 at 6:54 PM

Well done, watch your six.

shooter on November 30, 2006 at 8:56 PM

It’s pretty obvious that the reason Venezuela and Iran keep selling us huge amounts of oil, while bad mouthing and threatening us at the same time, is so that we ourselves help finance their present and future actions against us. I think it is pathetic and akin to all the instances we’ve armed 3rd world countries then ended up fighting them… and watched our soldiers get killed by weapons we built and sold to the enemy that ended up using them against our troops.

Good job on that work Clint. But I can’t help wondering that in some way maybe his remaining ‘at large’ might have done more good than harm in the long run. Hugo and his henchmen need a good ass kicking, and Darnott might have given us the justification to do so eventually. Ah well… there many more fishies in that pond I’m sure.

SilverStar830 on November 30, 2006 at 10:36 PM

are… there are many more fishies in that pond I’m sure.

sheesh.

SilverStar830 on November 30, 2006 at 10:37 PM

Tom Tancredo would be proud.

I am not sure about that.

Ouabam on December 1, 2006 at 3:53 AM

Three cheers for Clint!

Seixon on December 1, 2006 at 3:56 AM

Defector01 on December 1, 2006 at 4:21 PM