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'Hundreds' of 'Soldiers of Hezbollah' Inside the U.S., Says Homeland Security Chairman
CNSNews.com ^ | March 23, 2012 | Edwin Mora

Posted on 03/23/2012 11:23:53 AM PDT by CNSNews.com

(CNSNews.com) – At a Wednesday hearing, House Homeland Security Chairman Pete King (R.-N.Y.) said that "at a minimum" there are hundreds of "soldiers of Hezbollah" inside the United States. "Now, how many Iranian and Hezbollah terrorists are here already?" said King. "The highly-disciplined soldiers of Hezbollah are trained to lie low for years, or for decades. Those who have gone up against this enemy for our government estimate the number to be at a minimum--at a minimum--in the hundreds."

At the same hearing, the former chief of operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration testified that Mexican drug cartels are in "very close contact" with Hezbollah, Hamas and al Qaeda. He then pointed to what he called the possibility of a "nightmare scenario" in which Hezbollah and the Iranian al Quds force "focus on our Southwest border and use that as perhaps a springboard in attacking our country."

“When most people think of, you know, [the] drugs-terror nexus, they immediately think of Latin America,” Michael Braun, who retired from the DEA in 2008, told the committee on Wednesday.

“But let me be perfectly clear," he said. "As Europe’s demand for cocaine continues to grow and as the Mexican and Colombian cartels, including the FARC, have sent their operatives into West Africa and North Africa to establish the transshipment infrastructure needed to move tons of those drugs, these bad guys are now routinely coming in very close contact with the likes of Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaeda who are vying for the same money, the same turf, and the same dollars.”

Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaeda and FARC (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) all have been officially designated by the U.S. government as foreign terrorist organizations.

“If anyone thinks for a moment that Hezbollah and the [Iranian] Quds Force, the masters at leveraging and exploiting existing illicit infrastructures globally, are not going to focus on our Southwest border and use that as perhaps a springboard in attacking our country, then they just don’t understand how the real underworld works.”

Homeland Security Chairman Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) told the hearing, "we know" that Hezbollah "is in America," and that the Iranian-sponsored group "has been trained to lie low for years."

"Since 9/11, America's counter-terror officials have focused on finding al Qaeda operatives inside America, as weill as homegrown radicalized Islamist extremists ready to perpetrate violence against our people," King said.

"Now, as Iran moves closer to nuclear wepaons, and there is increasing concern over war between Iran and Israel, we must also focus on Iran's secret operatives and their No. 1 terrorist proxy force, Hezbollah, which we know is in America," King said.

"That's right. We know Hezbollah operatives are here," King emphasized. "The question is whether these Hezbollah operatives have the capacity to carry out attacks on the homeland, and how quickly they can become fully operational."

"More than 20 federal investigation since 9/11 identified by the majority's investigative staff offer a chilling view of Iranian and Hezbollah's operations inside the United States," said King.

King pointed to the possibility that Iranian backed terrorist could strike the United States from inside the United States.

"So will Iran launch terror strikes inside our homeland if it feels threatened?" King asked. "In light of last year's bomb plot, in light of the 20 Hezbollah cases prosecuted since 9/11, and in light of Hezbollah attacks overseas, we have a duty to prepare for the worst."

This possibility, he said, was underscored by the fact that there are already hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah terrorist inside the U.S.

"Now, how many Iranian and Hezbollah terrorists are here already?" said King. "The highly-disciplined soldiers of Hezbollah are trained to lie low for years, or for decades. Those who have gone up against this enemy for our government estimate the number to be at a minimum--at a minimum--in the hundreds."

King said that Iranian officials at the U.N. have already been removed from the country after they were discovered photographing the rail systems in New York City.

"Also, there are 55 Iranian diplomats at its U.N. mission in New York, and another 29 Iranian officials here at its interest section in D.C., according to the Obama Administration; many of whom, it must be presumed, are intelligence officers," said King.

"Several of their comrades of these U.N.-mission types in New York were removed from the U.N. mission and sent back to Iran after the NYPD caught them photographing the city's rail systems in the years since 9/11," said King.

"Intelligence officials and leaders have told us that Hezbollah is the group most capable of flipping its nationwide network of criminal fund-raising cells into an operational terror force, capable of great violence on orders from its leaders in Iran or Lebanon," said King.

Last fall, U.S. law enforcement foiled an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. by blowing up a Washington, D.C., restaurant. The plot involved a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Iran who had been a member of Iran’s Quds Force, an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps component.

The Iranian suspect tried to hire a DEA informant who was posing as a member of a violent Mexican drug cartel.

In its latest budget justification submitted to Congress, the DEA highlighted the thwarted plot to murder the Saudi ambassador as an example of the established nexus between terrorism and drug trafficking organizations.

James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, told lawmakers last month that Iran is “now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States.”

Historically, the State Department has dismissed Hezbollah’s presence in Latin America as being solely focused on fundraising and not operational.

“In the Western hemisphere, Hezbollah has tapped into Muslim communities to raise funds … we do note, however, that we have no credible information to indicate that Hezbollah has an operational presence in Latin America,” Daniel Benjamin, the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism, told lawmakers in June 2010.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hezbollah; immigration; invasion; mexico

1 posted on 03/23/2012 11:23:58 AM PDT by CNSNews.com
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SO?????? Get rid of them. What are they waiting for. Maybe it’s because they represent Islam.


2 posted on 03/23/2012 11:37:53 AM PDT by RC2
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I got the first hundred. After that I’ll need to take my morning constitutional, but can come back if needed. I assume I would not be...


3 posted on 03/23/2012 11:40:08 AM PDT by IrishPennant (Are you behind a "Blade of Grass?")
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To: CNSNews.com
Mohamed went mohamecidal because mohamed commanded him to!

Murdered by islam.
March 2012 Toulouse


When is it open season on Slimes??? They have a standing 1400 year declaration of genocide against mankind. When will we say ENOUGH?

4 posted on 03/23/2012 11:44:24 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Mohammedan law every woman must belong to a man will delay the end of slavery until Islam has ceased)
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My personal belief is that a large number have already come in by way of our southern border, but that concept is apparently way too hostile for Congress or DHS to seriously consider.


5 posted on 03/23/2012 11:55:22 AM PDT by Pecos (O.K., joke's over. Time to bring back the Constitution.)
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To: rawcatslyentist

Every night I go to sleep I thank the Lord that Janet Napolitano is keeping me safe by defending our borders. She has done such an incredible job, between her and Eric Holder. Forget Army Strong, the USA is “Obama Strong”. Perhaps in a second Obama term, we can remove the red and the blue from the flag.


6 posted on 03/23/2012 11:56:31 AM PDT by Sir Clancelot
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No, Obama wants to remove the blue & the white from our flag.

The older I get the more I’m convinced of two things:

I will never have enough ammo.

I will probably die of other than natural causes.


7 posted on 03/23/2012 12:03:37 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: Sir Clancelot

A second term of Obama, and we might be removing the blue and white from the flag and adding a little gold hammer and sickle.


8 posted on 03/23/2012 12:07:45 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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So what the F’n reason is this limp-wrist giving that at the very least all the se Hezbollah are not all yet on a slow boat back to P’stine?

Why do We the People have to PAY these retards in DC anything?they certainly aren’t DOING anything!!!!


9 posted on 03/23/2012 12:08:47 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: elcid1970

I was thinking in terms of leaving us with a white flag for surrender, but you are correct, we could also go red. But all of this just makes me feel blue!


10 posted on 03/23/2012 12:09:47 PM PDT by Sir Clancelot
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To: rawcatslyentist

“When is it open season on Slimes???”

Can’t be soon enough for me, r.

RIP, Little Girl.


11 posted on 03/23/2012 12:30:16 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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Good to know someone is reporting the obvious.

I'm deeply saddened by the fact that most USAians haven't already figured this out. On their own.

I'm worried that thought itself is only done over a cell phone, TV set or sports conversation. We're _way_ tilting over one or more edges...

12 posted on 03/23/2012 12:33:33 PM PDT by veracious
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To: CNSNews.com

““If anyone thinks for a moment that Hezbollah and the [Iranian] Quds Force, the masters at leveraging and exploiting existing illicit infrastructures globally, are not going to focus on our Southwest border and use that as perhaps a springboard in attacking our country, then they just don’t understand how the real underworld works.”

BTT


13 posted on 03/23/2012 12:44:09 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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If they KNOW they're here, how about they give us their names and cities in which they reside.

That would go a very long way to solving the problem.

14 posted on 03/23/2012 1:51:42 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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Your orders? Just lie low and hang out at strip clubs and learn how to fly or golf or something ‘til we need you.


15 posted on 03/23/2012 2:30:27 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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I suppose they will be allowed to drive in LA with law enforcement ignoring state impound laws, but only if you are here illegally, all others subject to laws because you are legal


16 posted on 03/23/2012 7:03:22 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
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