DEA report: U.S.-based jihadis hooking up with Mexican drug gangs to finance terror

posted at 10:00 am on August 8, 2007 by Allahpundit

We are blessed this morning, my friends, with the reddest red meat story evah.

Islamic extremists embedded in the United States — posing as Hispanic nationals — are partnering with violent Mexican drug gangs to finance terror networks in the Middle East, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration report…

The 2005 report outlines an ongoing scheme in which multiple Middle Eastern drug-trafficking and terrorist cells operating in the U.S. fund terror networks overseas, aided by established Mexican cartels with highly sophisticated trafficking routes…

“It is very likely that any future ‘September 11th’ type of terrorist event in the United States may be facilitated, wittingly or unwittingly, by drug traffickers operating on both sides of the United States-Mexico border,” the DEA report says…

“Hearings I held in Laredo [Texas] last year and this DEA report show that our southern border is a terrorist risk,” [Rep. Ed] Royce said. “Law enforcement has warned that people from Arab countries have crossed the border and adopted Hispanic surnames. The drug cartels have highly sophisticated smuggling and money-laundering networks, which terrorists could access.”…

Lending credence to [security consultant Peter] Brown’s concern, an El Paso, Texas, law-enforcement report documents the influx of “approximately 20 Arab persons a week utilizing the Travis County Court in Austin to change their names and driver’s licenses from Arabic to Hispanic surnames.”

It’s not just El Paso police who have noticed the Arab caravan across the Rio Grande. As for the mix of drugs and terror, See-Dub reminds us that the Taliban perfected this racket years ago. He might also have mentioned the case of a guy arrested just yesterday: Dawood Ibrahim, an Indian mafia boss who specializes in drug trafficking and extortion but dabbles in jihad. Well, more than dabbles: he’s suspected of masterminding the 1993 Mumbai train bombings and has been linked to Osama and the Pakistani jihadist nutjob group Lashkar e-Taiba.

Click here and scroll down to page 27. The accusation of economic cooperation between jihadis and Mexican drug runners is new but the bigger picture is very old news.


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No big surprise here. Any illegal enterprise needs untracable money.

The solution, of course, would be to legalize the drugs and remove the untracability factor, but of course that’s not what will happen.

Farmer_Joe on August 8, 2007 at 10:07 AM

Please stop with the print links! God that is annoying.

bj1126 on August 8, 2007 at 10:11 AM

Duh.

captivated_dem on August 8, 2007 at 10:12 AM

A match made in heaven…aka the oval office.

right2bright on August 8, 2007 at 10:12 AM

Those Jadhis just don’t understand that our Southern border is for good hard working folk who want to do work that we won’t. Maybe we can get Sen. Lindsey Graham to explain it to them.

Or just build the fence. One of the two approaches could work.

TunaTalon on August 8, 2007 at 10:13 AM

III. Vulnerability to Terrorist Infiltration
The number of aliens other than Mexican (“OTMs”) illegally crossing the border has
grown at an alarming rate over the past several years. Based on U.S. Border Patrol
statistics there were 30,147 OTMs apprehended in FY2003, 44,614 in FY2004, 165,178
in FY2005, and 108,025 in FY2006. Most of them were apprehended along the U.S.
Southwest border.100
The sheer increase of OTMs coming across the border makes it more difficult for Border
Patrol agents to readily identify and process each, thereby increasing the chances that a
potential terrorist could slip through the system. Moreover, there is no concrete
mechanism for determining how many OTMs evade apprehensions and successfully enter
the country illegally.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pays particular attention to OTMs

From the last report linked. Page 28 is guaranteed to ruin your morning.
BUILD THE FENCE AND STAFF IT PERMANENTLY WITH NATIONAL GUARD!

labwrs on August 8, 2007 at 10:19 AM

The story mentions there’s still difficulty with information sharing. I thought the PATRIOT Act took care of that problem.

Despite this our liberal friends will still ask, “What war on terror?”. They’ll also refuse to see this as yet another example of why we need to scure the border.

Yakko77 on August 8, 2007 at 10:23 AM

Ibrahim Hooper and Enrique Morones will be hooking up for a nationwide victimization tour.

Theworldisnotenough on August 8, 2007 at 10:25 AM

From the last report linked. Page 28 is guaranteed to ruin your morning.
BUILD THE FENCE AND STAFF IT PERMANENTLY WITH NATIONAL GUARD!

labwrs on August 8, 2007 at 10:19 AM

labwrs, we could not possibly do that! That would interfere with the sketchy, incomprehensible deal we have apparently cut with the, oh so respectable, Mexican government. Plus, that would make us racists.

Zetterson on August 8, 2007 at 10:28 AM

Why am I not shocked that it took the government this long to figure it out? I figured this out about three days after 9/11.

When the next attack happens, and if it’s determined that the attackers came accross the southern borders, I pity whomever is in the Oval Office at the time. Both parties are to blame for this, both of them.

Pulchritudinous Patriot on August 8, 2007 at 10:33 AM

Who knew? Who’da thunk it? You’re kidding me. No one expected this. This wasn’t obvious. Tricky bahstards. Lack of imagination. Duh2.

captivated_dem on August 8, 2007 at 10:36 AM

Please stop with the print links! God that is annoying.

bj1126 on August 8, 2007 at 10:11 AM

I always try to remember to point before clicking, but yeah, AP, a .pdf warning is always appreciated.

Connie on August 8, 2007 at 10:46 AM

I question the timing.

Jaibones on August 8, 2007 at 10:47 AM

Drugs and terrorism. The perfect marriage made in hell.
Tell me again, those good reasons we don’t have tighter border enforcement.

oakpack on August 8, 2007 at 11:10 AM

“..an El Paso, Texas, law-enforcement report documents the influx of “approximately 20 Arab persons a week utilizing the Travis County Court in Austin to change their names and driver’s licenses from Arabic to Hispanic surnames.”

Does Texas give DL’s to illegals? If not, does anyone do a background check/DL check on these dudes? That a foreign national can go to a US court and change their name without a ripple tends to boggle the mind. No wonder these ME types have multiple ID’s.

Can I go to Mexico or Saudi Arabia and change my name? Somehow, I think not.

Then again, it’s Austin.

Nichevo on August 8, 2007 at 11:14 AM

Wait, wait, wait…how is this NEWs? Note the capitalization. We heard about this YEARS ago, just after 9/11, primarily involving Mara Salvatrucha, and nobody paid a damn bit of attention to it.

Next up: Breaking News! Terrorists are setting up sleeper cells in the US!

MadisonConservative on August 8, 2007 at 11:14 AM

Ibrahim Hooper and Enrique Morones will be hooking up for a nationwide victimization tour.
Theworldisnotenough on August 8, 2007 at 10:25 AM

La CAIR
or
CAIR RAZA

mmmmmm red meat is always a good thing first thing in the morning

Mojack420 on August 8, 2007 at 11:18 AM

Allah, what a bigoted, racist, fascist, jingoistic and xenophobic article for you to post.

For shame!

Hoodlumman on August 8, 2007 at 11:29 AM

Wait, wait, wait…how is this NEWs? Note the capitalization. We heard about this YEARS ago, just after 9/11, primarily involving Mara Salvatrucha, and nobody paid a damn bit of attention to it.

MadisonConservative on August 8, 2007 at 11:14 AM

You are correct.

Remember the Fort Dix terrorists? And that happened almost immediately before Graham-amnesty-McCain-Chuck Hagel-Trent Lott-John Kyl-Ted Kennedy-Democrat Party Sham-nesty bill, and nobody cared except for a few patriots named Sessions, Mint, etc.

Just think Graham-Amnesty and friends wanted to reward these people with the gift of USA citizenship… The Fort Dix terrorists were illegal aliens who had crossed the Texas open border years ago.

Does Texas give DL’s to illegals? If not, does anyone do a background check/DL check on these dudes? That a foreign national can go to a US court and change their name without a ripple tends to boggle the mind. No wonder these ME types have multiple ID’s.
Nichevo on August 8, 2007 at 11:14 AM

I do not know about Texas.

But Wisconsin provides state driver’s licenses with hardly any documentation, etc. Many illegal aliens who live in Chicago drive up to Wisconsin and obtain WI driver’s licenses. I have seen this done often.

ColtsFan on August 8, 2007 at 11:30 AM

Imagine that!!!! Who would have thought……

jeanie on August 8, 2007 at 11:32 AM

Is this what Bush meant by saying “Family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande.”?

infidel4life on August 8, 2007 at 11:34 AM

Thanks for posting this, but one person’s fresh red meat is another’s old beef jerky.
Two summers ago I heard that not only were there sleeper cells/terrorist training camps in the US but that they had smuggled in at least 7 suitcase bombs and that the FBI knew all about it but could do nothing. I guess they have to wait until there are mushroom clouds over seven cities.

Christine on August 8, 2007 at 11:46 AM

As long as they support the Democrats it will be business as usual. All those bigots that have been after the peaceful Mexicans and Muslims are also supporting the current administration and Hilary has spent the last fifteen years dealing with them. (screach!!!!!!!)

Hening on August 8, 2007 at 11:47 AM

C’mon folks, let’s not get sidetracked. We really need to focus on universal health care. After all, it’s our children’s future we are talking about.

Weight of Glory on August 8, 2007 at 12:19 PM

Who knew?

PRCalDude on August 8, 2007 at 12:20 PM

I do not know about Texas.

But Wisconsin provides state driver’s licenses with hardly any documentation, etc. Many illegal aliens who live in Chicago drive up to Wisconsin and obtain WI driver’s licenses. I have seen this done often.

ColtsFan on August 8, 2007 at 11:30 AM

On Page 31 of the Congressional report Allah linked above we have this gem:

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller has confirmed in testimony “that there are individuals from countries with known al-Qa’ida connections who are changing their Islamic surnames to Hispanic-sounding names and obtaining false Hispanic identities, learning to speak Spanish and pretending to be Hispanic immigrants.

Well, those “Hispanic identities” aren’t exactly “false” when they can get a D/L with almost no identity, then zip into an Austin court and change their names from Achmed to Alfredo, Mr. Mueller. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re also learning Spanish in some government-funded program, because, of course, we just want to be so very tolerant. Blech!

Nichevo on August 8, 2007 at 1:03 PM

Teeth of the Tiger, a book by Tom Clancy

- The Cat

MirCat on August 8, 2007 at 1:12 PM

When will people learn that this useless War on Drugs is only putting money into the pockets of dangerous criminals and now they are giving this money to terrorists, great. Legalize drugs and this money goes to American businesses and the criminals are left F@#$ed

libertytexan on August 8, 2007 at 1:32 PM

I’m not forming my opinion until Geraldo chimes in…
Maybe they’re good jihadis who only want to come out of the shadows.

WWGD.. What would Geraldo do?

Paul the American on August 8, 2007 at 1:43 PM

It’s not as if this wasn’t predicted. Unfortunately, none of the prognosticators work for HS.

baldilocks on August 8, 2007 at 1:45 PM

Anyone notice the glaring ASYMMETRY here??

Airports – LOTS of so-called screening, but still far from perfect: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,262604,00.html

Ports – Congress, etc., go ballistic when Dubai is proposed as manager.

Land borders security?? mañana! No problemo!

George Bush (for whom I voted twice – second time holding my nose as a recent Independent after 40 years as a Republican) and his open borders policy may well be the reason for the next large attack on our soil. Sad. Very sad.

MR. PRESIDENT! You have left the back door wide open! Duh!

fred5678 on August 8, 2007 at 2:03 PM

Speaking of Geraldo – I remember him on ABC or Fox in early 2002, interviewing (masked) coyotes in Tijuana, who said that they charged TEN TIMES as much for Arabs.

fred5678 on August 8, 2007 at 2:05 PM

To come close to adequately expressing my reaction to this terrible “news,” I’d need a font large enough to fill the entire message posting window with these two words: NO KIDDING?!

Last is First on August 8, 2007 at 3:11 PM

The problem of drugs and terrorists coming up from the south today would be an internal matter, if the Americans’ ancestors had continued to increase their numbers and had expanded southward after completing their westward expansion. The way seems still to be open for the Americans to resume their growth and then to resume their expansion. Don’t they have fertile women and enterprising men? Don’t they have great wealth and technology? If matters comes to war, don’t they have superb arms, both public and private?

Kralizec on August 8, 2007 at 5:20 PM

If only my two senators took time outs to read these reports, like we do..no the Turbin Durbin, and the Osama both sent me emails during the shamnesty bill, writing me back,saying how much in agreement they were with the Presidents plan..for the dear life of me, I can’t understand why they are willing to sell out the American middleclass. And worse yet to let into our country possible terrorist cells..BUILD THE WALL

Legions on August 8, 2007 at 9:44 PM

AP’s last link is to A Line in the Sand. I first read it soon after it came out in OCTOBER of LAST YEAR! McCaul is a Republican and at the time was chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security. With the D’s running things, now he’s not.

There is absolutely no excuse for the lack of action by the President and Congress. It is absolutely appalling that with this knowledge (I’m sure someone, somewhere read it) they pushed amnesty as hard as possible.

INC on August 9, 2007 at 4:17 PM