Did I say good news? In the wake of a UK terror plot linked to Al Qaeda in Iraq, on a day when the new NIE names Al Qaeda in Iraq as a prime threat, to describe a smuggling ring involving Iraqis — that’s been operating for more than a year?

I meant delightful news.

The FBI is investigating an alleged human smuggling operation based in Chaparral, N.M., that agents say is bringing “Iraqis and other Middle Eastern” individuals across the Rio Grande from Mexico.

An FBI intelligence report distributed by the Washington, D.C. Joint Terrorism Task Force, obtained by the Blotter on ABCNews.com, says the illegal ring has been bringing Iraqis across the border illegally for more than a year…

The FBI report, issued last week, says the smuggling organization “used to smuggle Mexicans, but decided to smuggle Iraqi or other Middle Eastern individuals because it was more lucrative.”

Each individual would be charged a fee of $20,000 to $25,000, according to the report.

Twenty-five grand, huh? A coyote recently interviewed by Newsweek told them he charges $1,800 a head. Where on earth are impoverished Middle Easterners desperate to do the jobs Americans won’t do coming up with 20K a pop?

If you’re a new HA reader or even if you’re not, read this now. Exit question: My disquiet here means I’m an “anti-immigrant radical,” doesn’t it?