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Osama's exploits south of border
WND ^ | 10 May 2006 | Gordon Thomas

Posted on 05/09/2006 11:13:40 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher

LONDON – Britain's secret intelligence service, MI6, has established the first proof al-Qaida is playing a major role in the new Cold War between North and South America – with Osama bin Laden's terror network seeing itself in league with Mexican subversives in infiltrating the U.S. border.

The evidence emerged as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez swash-buckled into London after scoring a win in yet another venomous battle with Washington for influence and economic advantage across the Latin American continent.

Chavez is in London to meet the capital's anti-Bush mayor, Ken Livingstone, and other prominent British opponents of the war in Iraq. His arrival coincides with the downward spiral politically of Prime Minister Tony Blair – largely over his continued support for Bush.

Downing Street will monitor the Chavez visit closely – not least because he controls the western hemisphere's largest supply of oil reserves. As oil prices soar, Chavez has used the extra profits to reinforce his position with his electorate. He said last week he would seek "indefinite" re-election beyond the constitutional limit of 2014.

Chavez, a 51 year-old paratrooper, descended on London this week and was boosted by the knowledge that his rapidly expanding clout in Southern America could soon see a dramatic shift of power after elections in Peru, Nicaragua and Mexico.

This would result in a standoff between Western oil companies worried about rising oil prices and South American oil producers' new-found enthusiasm for threatening foreign companies with a further hike.

In the words of a MI6 memo, the situation "is a new and dangerous threat to stability that is also being exploited by al-Qaida."

Details of al-Qaeda's penetration into Latin America emerged from documents discovered during recent anti-terrorist operations in Pakistan to try and locate Osama bin Laden.

The documents included evidence that al-Qaida has established links with the Colombian terror group, FARC, and the Shining Path, SL, in Peru. They also reveal al-Qaida's links with thousands of Muslim students in the Dominican Republic.

Another Pakistani document shows the links between al-Qaida and Mexico's Popular Revolutionary Army, EPR. The documents reveal that al-Qaida sees EPR as collaborators in attacks in Mexico on foreign targets – "especially those of the United States and Britain." It also says that EPR can play a key role in allowing al-Qaida operatives to enter the United States through the busiest land crossing in the world – Tijuana.

Another document reveals that along Peru's border with Chile "a large Arab community is providing substantial sums of money for al-Qaida."

But the closest links al-Qaida has are with Venezuela. Exploiting Chavez's latest tirade against the Bush administration, al-Qaida is firmly entrenched in the country.

Before flying to London, Chavez said: "The axis of evil is Washington and its allies around the world who go about threatening, invading and murdering. We are forming the axis of good."

The godfather of that axis is Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader for 45 years. But in support is Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia who last week promised: "I am going to be a nightmare for Washington."

In coming presidential elections the candidates are Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega, Peru's Ollanta Humala and Andres Lopez of Mexico. The Mexican populist likes to see himself as a mirror image of Chavez and has labelled the country's outgoing president, Vincente Fox, "a puppy of Bush."

The documents discovered in Pakistan have become of prime concern to MI6 – given Britain's substantial holdings in Latin America. These could be seriously damaged by what one MI6 officer called "Chavez and his rogue's gallery of sinister wannabees and corrupt opportunists."

Chavez has so far spectacularly avoided Washington's efforts to curb his ambitions. He has warned Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, "I sting those who rattle me."

It is over threats like that MI6 analysts try to decipher how far Chavez will allow al-Qaida to be his sting master.

Already MI6 say that Venezuela is now one of the main conduits for trafficking drugs to Europe – and al-Qaida is a major player.

From Venezuela the drugs are taken by high-speed ocean-going boats to Africa's West Sahara. The cargoes are run ashore north of the town of Dakhia and trucked overland through Morocco into southern Spain. From there they are smuggled into France, Germany and Britain.

Deep inside their headquarters overlooking the River Thames, the MI6 analysts work in a room that is accessed by a swipe card, the codes of which change regularly.

The room houses the Terrorist Attack Assessment Center. Inside its computer-lined walls and state-of-the-art communications, analysts sit at workstations around the clock. TAAC is directly linked to the Pentagon and the CIA. Both have their versions of TAAC.

The MI6 department regularly updates its director general, John Scarlett. He is the quintessential English spymaster. In his customized suits and hand-stitched cotton shirts, he has a touch of the James Bond about his sartorial elegance.

He is taking a close interest in the documents that indicate how al-Qaida sees Latin America as a continent where it can expand its activities.

MI6 analysts have established that the documents are the work of Ayman al-Zawahiri, a founder member of al-Qaida and accepted by Western intelligence services as its prime strategist next to bin Laden.

Al-Zawahiri studied in Paris and London to become a recognized authority in behavioral psychology. After graduating from Cairo University he traveled widely.

An MI6 file confirms a Mossad profile of the heavily bearded psychiatrist – that he is arrogant and takes an obsessive pleasure watching film of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 – when he first emerged from the shadows to sit alongside bin Laden.

Both MI6 and Mossad believe al-Zawahiri made several visits to Latin America during the last decade.

As Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin first reported in 2003, Pentagon officials have confirmed human smuggling rings in Latin America are attempting to sneak al-Qaida operatives into the U.S.

Before the U.S.-led coalition attacked Iraq, the U.S. State Department offered congressional testimony that both al-Qaida and the Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah were taking firm hold in "America's backyard."

Mark F. Wong, the State Department's acting coordinator for counterterrorism, told the House International Relations Committee about the threat posed by both groups in Latin America.

Yet, then the matter seems to have been dropped – perhaps for diplomatic reasons, perhaps for political reasons.

But in 2003, G2 Bulletin reported authorities in Silvio Pettirosi International Airport in Asuncion, the Paraguayan capital, reported the arrival of a growing number of visitors carrying European passports, but undoubtedly appearing to be more Middle Eastern than anything else.

Some of these "Europeans" could not even speak the language of their so-called mother land.

There was very little doubt most of these visitors went on to find their way to the triple border region where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet. This region, often described as a lawless area, is nicknamed by some intelligence station agents as "The Muslim Triangle meeting zone."

Intelligence experts have been warning since the late 1990s they had noticed a tendency among Islamic terrorists to operate from Paraguay, a landlocked country in the heart of South America, with a territory slightly smaller than California, and with geographic extremes perfect for hiding illegal activities.

G2 Bulletin reported in 2003 the terrorists using Argentina are organized in active cells around the country with safe houses in neighboring Paraguay. An Argentinean document seen by G2B describes part of the drug-smuggling trail, as well as that of weapons and people. These elaborate trails run through a web of border crossings pointing also to the complex cooperation between various "smuggling experts." These belong to jihadi organizations such as al-Qaida, joining forces with local drug lords, developing and oiling their smuggling mechanism all the way to Mexico aiming ultimately to hit the U.S.

The Argentinean intelligence service assessment, privy among others, to European and Middle Eastern agencies, has reached a significant and grave conclusion, according to G2 Bulletin. It claims since 9/11 and the partial success in the war against terrorism, mainly in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Central Asia, the jihadi pendulum is tilting more and more toward South America. The reason terrorist cells in Paraguay, whether active or dormant, can continue to grow and flourish, is because of widespread corruption in South America.

The lawlessness and disorder in Paraguay, enabled operatives of such terrorist groups as al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and Hamas to feel safe, even in the heart of Asuncion. These organizations, and probably more, turned Paraguay into a logistical base, as one local journalist told G2 Bulletin: "It's easy. At this stage our country is not engulfed in a civil war or guerrilla campaign and, therefore, security forces are more prone to financial kickbacks."

The terrorists even get some official support in Latin America, according to some sources. As WorldNetDaily reported, a Venezuelan military defector claims Venezuela's Chavez developed ties to terrorist groups such as al-Qaida – even providing it with $1 million in cash after Sept. 11, 2001.

Air Force Maj. Juan Diaz Castillo, who was Chavez's pilot, told WorldNetDaily through an interpreter that "the American people should awaken and be aware of the enemy they have just three hours' flight from the United States."

Diaz said he was part of an operation in which Chavez gave $1 million to al-Qaida for relocation costs, shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

London-based intelligence expert Gordon Thomas is the author of "Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad"and a regular contributor to Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. This report includes background reports from previous G2 Bulletin dispatches.


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Open borders are a gilt-edged invitation to terrorists.
1 posted on 05/09/2006 11:13:43 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
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To: proud_yank

Chavez terror ties ping.


2 posted on 05/09/2006 11:21:57 PM PDT by jazusamo (-- Married a WAC in '65 and I'm still reenlisting. :-)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Bump!


3 posted on 05/09/2006 11:22:05 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

It is one thing to sit in sterile rooms tracking terrorist infiltration. It is quite another to actually do something about it. If Al Quaeda is in South America, what is anybody doing about it? It sounds as if the answer is, very little.


4 posted on 05/09/2006 11:24:12 PM PDT by KellyAdmirer
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To: Aussie Dasher

The time has passed for Chavez's dirt nap.


5 posted on 05/09/2006 11:25:38 PM PDT by Wolfhound777 (It's not our job to forgive them. Only God can do that. Our job is to arrange the meeting)
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To: Aussie Dasher

BTTT


6 posted on 05/09/2006 11:26:01 PM PDT by Razz Barry
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To: Aussie Dasher

No reason at all to close the border./sarcasm


7 posted on 05/09/2006 11:28:36 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: Aussie Dasher; All

ON THE NET...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1617489/posts?page=1595#1595


8 posted on 05/09/2006 11:28:54 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Aussie Dasher

These allegations are easy to believe about Chavez. I hope we have people on top of it.


9 posted on 05/09/2006 11:30:47 PM PDT by jazusamo (-- Married a WAC in '65 and I'm still reenlisting. :-)
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To: Wolfhound777

Get all the jihadists and their rent boys like Chavez..


10 posted on 05/09/2006 11:33:25 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: sheik yerbouty

Yup...We need to dispatch hunter/killer teams no matter where these cockroaches reside.


11 posted on 05/09/2006 11:35:30 PM PDT by Wolfhound777 (It's not our job to forgive them. Only God can do that. Our job is to arrange the meeting)
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To: Aussie Dasher; JustPiper; TigersEye; HiJinx; La Enchiladita; nicmarlo; wardaddy

Read this and WEEP--- ping


12 posted on 05/09/2006 11:49:35 PM PDT by exhaustedmomma (Calling illegal alien an undocumented immigrant is like calling a burglar an uninvited house guest)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Thomas is not reliable. He's actually quite nutty.
13 posted on 05/09/2006 11:50:36 PM PDT by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: tallhappy

"Thomas is not reliable. He's actually quite nutty."

It's a strangely written article, the author seems strangely keen to portray himself as having inside info with parts like:

"the MI6 analysts work in a room that is accessed by a swipe card, the codes of which change regularly."

Wow! Who'd have thought it? That is of no relevance to the reader at all, as soon as I read that the credibility of the author was diminished.


15 posted on 05/10/2006 12:36:05 AM PDT by Canard
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To: Canard
re ;Wow! Who'd have thought it? That is of no relevance to the reader at all, as soon as I read that the credibility of the author was diminished.

I noticed that as well.

16 posted on 05/10/2006 12:51:53 AM PDT by tonycavanagh (We got plenty of doomsayers where are the truth sayers)
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To: exhaustedmomma

I did and have it for my top story for today's daily


17 posted on 05/10/2006 1:55:43 AM PDT by JustPiper (So say your fond farewells! Mecha means fuse, and it is lit !)
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To: exhaustedmomma

Let the knucklehead's on the threads defend this!


18 posted on 05/10/2006 1:56:14 AM PDT by JustPiper (So say your fond farewells! Mecha means fuse, and it is lit !)
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To: Aussie Dasher; All
I have been covering, ( Or, as Seamole calls it...-backhoe's pseudoblog--... ) psuedo-blogging, for years, a couple of the elements in WWIV ( III being the Cold War ), in which we find ourselves engaged.

The first element?

Islam, a Religion of Peace®? ( links, blogs, quips, quotes, aggravating pictures ) is located here- click the Pic, and scroll backwards:

The other, somewhat interlocking element is this one:

"Thunder on the Border," click the picture:



What is happening under the radar is that the alien lobby, certain elements of radical Islam, and some on the Left share common goals, tactics, and exploitations of our system and society.

See "ANSWER" in the poster?

Work backwards on my links to see all the shady left-wing and terrorist-enabling organizations backing this nonsense.

19 posted on 05/10/2006 2:46:02 AM PDT by backhoe (The Silence of the Tom's ( Tired Old Media... ))
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To: JustPiper

Bookmark and BTTT


20 posted on 05/10/2006 5:26:56 AM PDT by WestCoastGal
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To: Aussie Dasher

http://mexica-movement.org/timexihcah/KNOWLEDGELIBERATION.htm


21 posted on 05/10/2006 7:59:41 AM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: All
ARTICLE SNIPPET:

"Details of al-Qaeda's penetration into Latin America emerged from documents discovered during recent anti-terrorist operations in Pakistan to try and locate Osama bin Laden. The documents included evidence that al-Qaida has established links with the Colombian terror group, FARC, and the Shining Path, SL, in Peru. They also reveal al-Qaida's links with thousands of Muslim students in the Dominican Republic. Another Pakistani document shows the links between al-Qaida and Mexico's Popular Revolutionary Army, EPR. The documents reveal that al-Qaida sees EPR as collaborators in attacks in Mexico on foreign targets – "especially those of the United States and Britain." It also says that EPR can play a key role in allowing al-Qaida operatives to enter the United States through the busiest land crossing in the world – Tijuana. Another document reveals that along Peru's border with Chile "a large Arab community is providing substantial sums of money for al-Qaida." But the closest links al-Qaida has are with Venezuela. Exploiting Chavez's latest tirade against the Bush administration, al-Qaida is firmly entrenched in the country."

22 posted on 12/18/2006 2:41:17 PM PST by Cindy
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