Skip to comments.Terrorist Alley: Terrorists using the Arizona/Mexico border to cross into the U.S.
Posted on 12/16/2004 9:23:29 AM PST by FBD
In August, The Investigators on Eyewitness News 4 first reported the possible threat of terrorists using the Arizona/Mexico border to cross into the U.S.
While local government officials and immigration advocates questioned the validity of such a threat, our report, "Terrorist Alley," gained national attention.
Just a few weeks ago, high-level sources told a Washington newspaper that Chechen terrorists have entered the U.S. through our state.
Now, we've uncovered even more evidence that the threat along our border is real.
"The story you did was 100% accurate. It showed what's happening on the border on a daily basis. It was completely accurate," says a Border Patrol agent.
This Southern Arizona Border Patrol agent came forward to talk with The Investigators about his concerns regarding homeland security along the Arizona/Mexico border. He does not want to be identified, but we've verified his employment through pay stubs and high-level sources.
As our cameras had captured this day, hundreds of illegal entrants sneak into Arizona from Mexico.
Items left behind, like a Muslim prayer rug and a diary written in Arabic have led some to believe not all crossers are from Central and South America.
In our original story.sources. including a former Border Patrol supervisor, say people from terrorist-related countries are crossing the border at will.
This agent says it's certainly happened, describing one incident with a detainee near Naco, Arizona.
"So they took him back to the Naco station for further investigating there, and when they entered his fingerprints into the AFIS database, which is maintained by the FBI, several minutes later they received a phone call from someone on the other end -- I'm not sure who it was."
"and they stated, whoever is working on this particular terminal, they need to separate that gentleman right away. He was later determined to be from Pakistan. And he had affiliations with a terrorist group. It wasn't al-Qaida, but it was another terrorist group and this gentleman was wanted out of France for trafficking in heroin."
And he details another incident.just a few months ago.
"We received intel that seven males of Middle-Eastern descent had entered the United States illegally, and they were here to carry out a terrorist attack on this country. I'd never seen the agency go to the level that we did as far as treating it with such urgency."
"and when we got that information we immediately sent agents to patrol the highways. We had never done anything like that before. And like I said before, within a week, there I am, watching the nightly news, and the terror threat was raised, and they actually showed pictures of these seven men who had reportedly entered the country. And that's when it kinda really hit me for the first time that it's really happening."
"We were told specifically that these people had terrorist pasts and they were coming here specifically to carry out a terrorist attack."
As far as we know, no arrests were ever made in that case, but this Border Patrol agent says he's been told that other terrorists are, perhaps, lying in wait south of the border.
"We know it's happening. We've seen it. We've actually received hard intelligence that they're there in Mexico. It's just a matter of trying to keep them from coming north."
This agent says, if terrorists want to cross, it's become too easy for them because of a severe lack of manpower in the Border Patrol.
"And there's just complete areas of fence that are missing, roads that lead north, well-traveled. I mean, you can tell the tire sign. A vehicle was there within the last day or two. Where they're going, who knows. And the worst part is what are they carrying. I would like to think it's just marijuana, because we can deal with that, but what if it's not?"
And he says other resources are desperately lacking and keeping agents from adequately protecting our border with Mexico.
"Over 50% of our vehicles at that station are out of service, or deferred for maintenance. If our cameras worked, which I would say well over 50% of them do not work at night, the infrared lenses are not functioning."
Even before new agents are deployed, he says, they're not prepared to fight illegal entry into this country.
"Some of our training, it lacks in that department. At the Academy we do three hours of training to determine if somebody is carrying fraudulent documents. And I can tell you from working the checkpoint, there are times people have given me documentation that I have absolutely no clue, as sad as it is to say that, what I'm looking at."
This agent says there's enormous pressure to rush people through checkpoints, and he says agents can't take adequate time to check out suspicious individuals because there are too many of them and too few agents.
He says the Border Patrol is at the mercy of bureaucrats in Washington who either don't realize the extent of the terrorist threat or who choose to deny it.
"Before September 11, I tell people 'yeah, you can make arguments for anything you wanted 'cause we were relatively safe, or we thought we were. After September 11, everything changed, and to continue to do business as if September 11 never happened, which is what we do in our agency, I don't think that's acceptable and I think people in Arizona need to know what's really happening
As you might imagine, the Border Patrol has plenty to say about this agent's claims, and we'll talk with Arizona Senator Jon Kyl about what you just saw and heard tomorrow night at 10.
Our "border" fence:
Real "secure border", huh?
Illegals on a stroll, ready to cross our "secure" barbed-wire fence border
AK-47 in drug smuggler's car.
Infrared night pictures of invasion through Coronado National Forest
Illegal immigration invasion near Cocaine Alley - Three Points, Arizona
Backpacks, discarded by narcotics "mules".
Tom Tancredo IN ACTION. Tom Tancredo is America's "Numero Uno Point Man " in Congress on Illegal Immigration. Please support him, and the members of the Immigration Reform Caucas.
The border in AZ. Three years after 9/11. Does that look secure?
12,000 illegals coming across the Mexican border, per day, this year.
That seem like an improved immigration policy to you?
The murder of Kris Eggle (see the separate page of collected articles), a park ranger in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona on August 9, 2002, was little noted by the media, although the press has paid considerable attention to the deaths of illegal aliens on the border. By contrast, Ranger Eggle was shot down by Mexican drug dealers who were using Organ Pipe as a route for their smuggling. Only 28 when he was murdered, Eggle was a valedictorian and an Eagle Scout who joined the National Park Service because he loved the outdoors. (Organ Pipe is considered to be the most dangerous of the national park system: 200,000 illegal aliens and 700,000 pounds of drugs were intercepted at the park in 2001.)
PING this subject needs to get more fully exposed in order for something to change
Happy, would you mind pinging "the usual suspects" to this thread?
If we give them all IDs, then they won't be illegal....
An open, unsecured border is the handmaiden of terrorism. And when our leaders fail to secure our border, they are doing the biding of Osama bin Laden.
We need to militarize the border.
And the answer to illegal immigration is very simple. DETER, DETECT, DETAIN, DEPORT.
"He says the Border Patrol is at the mercy of bureaucrats in Washington who either don't realize the extent of the terrorist threat or who choose to deny it. "
Hmmm...could that be ASSA HUTCHINSON?!? (see other threads below)
I really dislike this guy.
"If we give them all IDs, then they won't be illegal"
How are we going to confirm their identity when they are issued this "id" to non-citizens? Trust the Mexican birth certificates which are bought and sold for $20 on the streets of Tijuana or Juarez?
Good luck getting our Congress-critters to listen. They've been brainwashed by this "undocumented workers are only coming here to work in jobs that Americans don't want" crap. That nonsense ranks right up there with the "religion of peace" propaganda.
Amen, FRiend. Amen.
"Good luck getting our Congress-critters to listen. They've been brainwashed by this "undocumented workers are only coming here to work in jobs that Americans don't want" crap. That nonsense ranks right up there with the "religion of peace" propaganda."
Michelle Malkin: "Political correctness is the handmaiden of terrorism."
Next step after illegal alien amnesty for Mexicans: open borders with Syria, Algeria, and Egypt.
It isn't just about doing things to protect against illegals coming in. Its also about stiffening and actually doing something to greatly punish those who hire and give them cover in the US.
"It isn't just about doing things to protect against illegals coming in. Its also about stiffening and actually doing something to greatly punish those who hire and give them cover in the US."
I actually think a well-organized boycott against a major U.S. company that is caught employing illegals might really send a message. Not only to corporations, but also to our politicians.
I am also hoping that Hillary's musings on her "adamant" opposition to illegal immigration scare our political leaders into action. I'm not counting on it, though.
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