Skip to comments.Hezbollah Raises Latin American Profile
Posted on 09/18/2012 9:27:36 PM PDT by neverdem
Two news stories from recent weeks, if true, should raise a red flag in the United States that Iran is preparing to use Hezbollah to strike at U.S. interests in Latin America, if not in the United States itself.
First, this story from the Lebanese news portal Naharnet and sourced in part to Israeli radio. The Naharnet story was taken down shortly after it appeared:
Hezbollah is using a training base established by Iran in northern Nicaragua near the border with Honduras, the Israeli radio reported on Thursday [September 6]. The area is cordoned off and there are around 30 members of Hizbullah being trained in the camp, the radio quoted intelligence sources as saying. According to the report, Tehran is funding and supplying the training base
Second, this story from Belize Citys News 5 Online:
Within three days a suspected terrorist with alleged ties to the radical group Hezbollah was able to secure a Belizean identity. Rafik Mohammed Labboun Allaboun arrived in the country on August twenty-ninth and when he left, he had a Belizean birth certificate, a drivers license and a passport all issued in the name of Wilhelm Dyck, a Belizean Mennonite of Shipyard who was born in February of 1976 and died two months later.
As News 5 points out, Wikileaks also shows a long Hezbollah involvement in Belize.
Against the backdrop of riots across the region, Iranian officials have become even more threatening than usual. Hojjat al-Eslam Kazem Tabatabaei, Zabol Friday prayer leader, for example, called for “a jihad to annihilate the Arrogance [the United States],” while Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamadani warned the United States to “expect harsher reactions.” It would be a mistake for the Obama administration to dismiss Iranian threats as mere rhetoric, given the elaborate preparations the Iranians and Hezbollah appear to have engaged in, south of our border.
Well....the Bed-Wetter-in-Chief will have to consider changing to Depends-in-Chief if he continues being so mobile in his campaign.
Or....is he avoiding Washington in case there is a horrible incident there due his inaction?
I am amazed at their network, planning and patience. Nobody in DC seems to care how many have probably already come across the border between Mexico and Texas. It would appear that no Federal agency has learned a thing since 9/11.
Leave that lettuce pickin’ border alone! Racist! /s
I am scared for our future if Obama is reelected. Just watching Glenn Beck prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Admins story on Libya is a FLAT OUT LIE has me more worried than ever before that Americans might be fooled by the Obama lie once again. The president is doing nothing to stop these people. Literally nothing. Have we sanctioned Nicaragua? Why haven’t we!?
Daniel Ortega takes his orders directly from Chavez, who is providing access to Latin America for terror networks. This comes straight from the top. The Nicaraguan government is sheltering terrorists. Heck, who knows how many are training in the jungles of Morales’ Bolivia? Ahmadinejad is photographed embracing these tyrants. What more evidence do we need?!
The worst part is, the majority of Americans have no idea. They don’t know a single thing about what is going on out there. They’re all glued to Gray’s Anatomy, unaware that the destruction of our way of life is being engineered both outside and in. WAKE UP AMERICA!
Already at a border town near you. No surprise.
Its very scary. I can’t sleep thinking about that bastard Obama and what a second term portends.
Apart from David Cameron, Obama is the leader who has the most contact with the Prime Minister of Turkey. He is a belligerent Muslim, allied with the Muslim Brotherhood, who once said “our mosques are our barracks, our minarets are bayonets”. This is the man who is advising Obama on the nature of the brotherhood and how to handle Israel.
What can we do? Our military won’t say anything with the admin watching every Facebook post. Our media is complicit.
The only way to create a future worth living in is to vote Obama out. We cannot lose with this much at stake.
When listening to Mark Levin last week he mentioned a news story that he had just seen that described 2 middle eastern men being stopped at our border crossing from Mexico. They were stopped by Mexican border guards. I was working and half listening but was shocked by what he said and immediately checked FR and other sites like Drudge but never found any mention of the story. Wondered if anyone here had heard it. I haven’t had time to go back in Mark’s archives to try to find it but it was quite alarming and I couldn’t believe I never heard about it again.
It wasn’t covered by a single network. Here it is.
Disturbing. Who knows what they were up to.
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Thanks for the link, that was driving me crazy! Well, they weren’t crossing the border (yet) but, gee, wonder if they were thinking about it??
Cindy’s Note: This is a MUST READ. Thank you.
“Hezbollah in Latin America: Terrorism and Organized Crime”
Roman D. Ortiz
September 19, 2012
REALITE-EU.ORG - Insight into Today’s Middle East
URL for post no. 15:
Here’s a very small sampler regarding Iran and Hezbollah:
Forum: Iran/Islamic Revolution
A Look at Iran
Background to Canadas expulsion of Islamic Republic of Iran diplomatic personnel
(September 7, 2012)
SNIPPET: My previous entries here will give you a taste of what Ive been seeing north of the lower 48. Im quite certain a number of Iranian illegals (as in agents not using diplomatic cover) remain.
“USF Prof. Stephen Zunes Still Shilling for Iran”
Posted by Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene (August 23, 2012)
SNIPPET: “His topic was The United States and Iran and in keeping with his past talks on the subject, Zunes assured the audience of approximately fifty people that Iran is not a threat. He claimed that Irans nuclear weapons would not be ready for another four to five years; that Iran would never strike first with nuclear weapons; that there are no Hezbollah cells in South America and on Americas southern border; and that reports of Iranian-sponsored global terrorism are exaggerated.”
“Hezbollah Raises Latin American Profile”
Michael Rubin |*@mrubin1971
09.15.2012 - 10:00 PM
“Report: Hizbullah Training 30 Members in Nicaragua Base”
(September 6, 2012)
20 August 2012 Last updated at 21:24 ET
“US seizes $150m ‘linked to Hezbollah money-laundering’”
“Hezbollah Delegation Visits Cuba, Venezuela, Meets Officials”
(July 11, 2012)
“Treasury Targets Major Money Laundering Network Linked to Drug Trafficker Ayman Joumaa and a Key Hizballah Supporter in South America”
by Raymond Ibrahim
May 11, 2012 at 4:30 am
The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
“Latin America as an Arena for Iran and Hezbollah’s Terrorist, Subversive and Criminal Activities”
(April 18, 2012)
Note: Video included at link.
“’Hundreds’ of ‘Soldiers of Hezbollah’ Inside the U.S., Says Homeland Security Chairman”
By Edwin Mora
March 23, 2012
Note: Updates and additional information posted at this link.
SNIPPET - quote:
King Announces Hearing on Iran/Hezbollah Threat to U.S. Homeland
THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY ^ | March 14, 2012 | n/a
Posted on March 14, 2012 6:05:32 PM PDT by Cindy
SNIPPET - quote:
King Announces Hearing on Iran/Hezbollah Threat to U.S. Homeland
MAR 14, 2012 Issues: Counterterrorism
Washington, D.C. Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced that on Wednesday, March 21 he will convene an investigative hearing to examine the terror threat that Iran poses to the U.S. homeland. The hearing is entitled: Iran, Hezbollah, and the Threat to the Homeland.
King said: The disruption last fall of an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States at a popular Washington restaurant was a wake-up call for all Americans. Last months forthright comments by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that the Iranian regime is now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States has further heightened concern about an attack by Iran on the homeland. At this hearing, we will focus on Irans primary terrorism proxies, including Hezbollah, which already has a robust network within the U.S., and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as well as the real potential that the regime will activate its network of operatives to carry out an attack here.
(Excerpt) Read more at homeland.house.gov ...
Note: Updates and additional information posted at this link.
“DEA Raids Car Dealership with Alleged Ties to Terrorist Group Hezbollah”
(December 18, 2011)
“Hezbollah Sets Up Shop in Mexico”
by Ryan Mauro (July 13, 2011)
“Tucson Police: Yes, Hezbollah is operating in Mexico”
(July 7, 2011)
“LulzSec doc drop: Arizona Officials Say Hezbollah Operating in Mexico”
(July 7, 2011)
Video posted May 5, 2011:
“Terrorist Group Setting Up Operations Near Border
Hezbollah Considered To Be More Advanced Than Al-Qaida”
SNIPPET: “A terrorist organization whose home base is in the Middle East has established another home base across the border in Mexico.
“They are recognized by many experts as the ‘A’ team of Muslim terrorist organizations,” a former U.S. intelligence agent told 10News.
The former agent, referring to Shi’a Muslim terrorist group Hezbollah, added, “They certainly have had successes in big-ticket bombings.”
Some of the group’s bombings include the U.S. embassy in Beirut and Israeli embassy in Argentina.
However, the group is now active much closer to San Diego.
“We are looking at 15 or 20 years that Hezbollah has been setting up shop in Mexico,” the agent told 10News.”
“Hezbollah May be seeking narco-terror ties”
(September 20, 2009)
Note: The following text is a quote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThursday, December 17, 2009
Guyanese National Charged with Smuggling Indian Nationals to the United States
A Guyanese national has been indicted on charges of conspiracy and alien smuggling in connection with her role in the smuggling or attempted smuggling of four Indian nationals to the United States.
Annita Devi Gerald, aka Annita Rampersad, 52, was charged in a nine-count indictment returned yesterday by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Texas. Gerald was arrested by ICE special agents in Houston on Nov. 17, 2009, and has been held without bond since that time.
According to the indictment, from approximately April 2009 to Nov. 17, 2009, Gerald and others conspired to smuggle four Indian nationals into the United States. Allegedly, Gerald and her co-conspirators fraudulently obtained Belizean visas for the Indian nationals and escorted them from India to Belize, moving through various countries in Central and South America. Gerald allegedly provided lodging for all four Indian nationals in Belize while further smuggling arrangements were made.
In August 2009, Gerald allegedly arranged transportation for one of the Indian nationals to cross the border from Belize into Mexico where he met with Geralds co-conspirator, who escorted him through Mexico. In Monterrey, Mexico, Geralds co-conspirator paid a Mexico-based smuggler to illegally transport the individual across the Mexico-U.S. border to Houston. After making these arrangements, Geralds co-conspirator allegedly flew to Houston where the co-conspirator received the Indian national at a motel approximately 10 days later. The smugglers who delivered the Indian national to Geralds co-conspirator in Houston allegedly demanded and received a smuggling payment prior to releasing him. The Indian national smuggled to Houston is currently being administratively detained by ICE, awaiting removal. The whereabouts of the other three Indian nationals allegedly harbored by Gerald in Belize is currently unknown.
If convicted, Gerald faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for conspiracy, and 10 years in prison for each of the four counts of encouraging and inducing aliens to come to the United States for profit. Additionally, she is subject to the maximum penalty for each of the four counts of bringing aliens to the United States for profit, which is 10 years for a first or second violation, and 15 years for any other violation. She is also subject to a fine of up to $250,000.
An indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.
The investigation was conducted by ICEs Office of Investigations in Miami and Houston, with the critical assistance of the ICE Attaché offices in El Salvador, Ecuador, Brazil, Singapore and Panama, as well as the ICE Office of Intelligence in Washington, and the Alien Smuggling Interdiction Unit of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Washington. El Salvadoran authorities, particularly the Direción General de Migración y Extranjería (El Salvador Immigrations) and the Grupo Especial de Investigaciones Nacionales e Internacionales (El Salvador Police-GEINI) also provided invaluable assistance.
The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Jerry Massie and Jessica Morris of the Criminal Divisions Domestic Security Section, with the assistance of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Edward Gallagher and Douglas Davis of the Southern District of Texas.
Note: The following text is a quote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Guyanese National Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Indian Nationals to the United States
Annita Devi Gerald, a Guyanese national, pleaded guilty today to bringing an alien into the United States for commercial gain, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno of the Southern District of Texas and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary John Morton.
Gerald, 52, pleaded guilty today in Houston before U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Hughes. At sentencing, scheduled for May 17, 2010, Gerald faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years, and a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Todays guilty plea puts another alien smuggling organizer out of business, said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division. Traveling the globe seeking people willing to pay for illegal entry into the United States, this defendant sought personal riches in exchange for disregarding the immigration laws of our country.
My office will continue to work closely with the Department of Justice and ICE to pursue international smugglers who engage in elaborate schemes to import undocumented and/or fraudulently documented aliens into the United States through Houston and South Texas, said U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno of the Southern District of Texas.
ICE targets organizations that try to compromise the integrity of our immigration system for the sake of profit, said ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton . The network of ICE offices around the world as well as our partnerships with law enforcement agencies around the globe, enable ICE to shut down these human smuggling operations.
According to plea documents, Gerald provided assistance to undocumented aliens from India in their efforts to illegally enter the United States. Gerald admitted that she and her co-conspirators prepared letters of invitation for several Indian nationals from a trading and agricultural company affiliated with Gerald. These letters falsely proclaimed the Indian nationals were farming experts whose expertise was needed for a project in Belize. The letters were used to assist the aliens in obtaining the Belizean visas that enabled them to board aircraft and transit through numerous countries in route to the United States.
According to plea documents, in July 2009, Gerald escorted two Indian nationals on a series of flights from Singapore to Belize. In addition, Gerald admitted to providing lodging for the aliens in Belize while they awaited additional smuggling arrangements; to obtaining a Mexican immigration stamp for one aliens passport to facilitate domestic travel in Mexico; and arranging for transportation from Belize to Mexico for one of the aliens.
Upon Geralds direction, one of the aliens was smuggled into Mexico and then into the United States, according to court documents. Gerald was arrested in Houston on Nov. 17, 2009, on a criminal complaint charging her with conspiracy to commit alien smuggling, before any of the other aliens could be smuggled into the United States.
The investigation was conducted by ICEs Office of Investigations in Miami and Houston, with the critical assistance of the ICE Attaché offices in El Salvador, Ecuador, Brazil, Singapore and Panama, as well as the ICE Office of Intelligence in Washington, and the Alien Smuggling Interdiction Unit of Customs and Border Protection in Washington. El Salvadoran authorities, particularly the Direción General de Migración y Extranjería (El Salvador Immigrations) and the Grupo Especial de Investigaciones Nacionales e Internacionales (El Salvador Police-GEINI) also provided invaluable assistance.
The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Jerry Massie and Jessica Morris of the Criminal Divisions Domestic Security Section, with the assistance of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Edward Gallagher and Douglas Davis of the Southern District of Texas.
Information leading to the location of
Adnan G. el Shukrijumah
Up to $5 Million Reward
Date of Birth : August 4, 1975
Place of Birth : Saudi Arabia
Height : 5’3” - 5’7” (160 - 170 cm)
Build : Medium to Heavy
Hair : Black
Eyes : Black
Complexion : Olive
Sex : Male
Citizenship : Guyanese
Characteristics : El Shukrijumah occasionally wears a beard. El Shukrijumah carries a Guyanese passport, but may attempt to enter the U.S. with a Saudi, Canadian, or Trinidadian passport.
Aliases : Adnan G. el Shukri Jumah; Abu Arif; Ja’far al-Tayar; Jaffar al-Tayyar; Jafar Tayar; Jaafar al-Tayyar
Adnan G. El Shukrijumah was indicted in the Eastern District of New York in July of 2010 for his alleged role in a terrorist plot to attack targets in the United States and the United Kingdom. One plot was uncovered in September of 2009 and targeted New York City’s subway system. That failed plot was directed by senior al-Qaida leadership in Pakistan and was also directly related to a scheme by al-Qaida plotters in Pakistan to use Western operatives to attack a target in the United States. El Shukrijumah is thought to have served as one of the leaders of al-Qaida ‘s external operations program.
Click here to listen to a Public Service Announcement about this terrorist
Iran’s Growing Influence In Latin America
SPERO Forum.com - SPERO News ^ | April 24, 2010 | Commentary, Analysis by Mark P. Sullivan
Posted on April 27, 2010 1:33:46 AM PDT by Cindy
SNIPPET: “President Chávez also announced during the visit that Venezuela is working on a preliminary plan for the construction of a nuclear village in Venezuela with Iranian assistance so that the Venezuelan people can count in the future on this marvelous resource for peaceful purposes. The transfer of Iranian nuclear technology from Iran would be a violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions - 1737 (2006), 1747 ( 2007), and 1803 (2008) - that imposed restrictions on Irans nuclear technology transfers.
In late September 2009, comments by Venezuelan officials offered conflicting information about Irans support for Venezuelas search for uranium deposits. Venezuelan Minister of Basic Industry and Mining Rodolfo Sanz said that Iran was assisting Venezuela in detecting uranium reserves in the west and southwest of Venezuela. “
SNIPPET: “Nevertheless, on the diplomatic front, Iran has opened embassies over the past several years in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua, as well as in Colombia, Chile, and Uruguay. This is in addition to having existing embassies in Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela.”
SNIPPET: “As noted above, President Ahmadinejad has visited Venezuela several times, and has also visited Bolivia, Brazil, Nicaragua, and Cuba. In early May 2009, a scheduled first trip by Ahmadinejad to Brazil was unexpectedly postponed until after Irans election in June. There had been some protests in Brazil against Ahmadinejads visit, but the trip ultimately took place in November 2009. Brazilian President Lula da Silva maintains that the West should not isolate Iran. On the same trip, the Iranian President once again visited Bolivia and Venezuela. “
SNIPPET: “In March 2009 congressional testimony, Admiral James G. Stavridis, then commander of the U.S. Southern Command (Southcom), also asserted that the main concern about Irans increased activity in Latin America is its links to Hezbollah. He maintained that there was Hezbollah activity throughout South America, particularly the tri-border area of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay as well as parts of Brazil and the Caribbean Basin.”
SNIPPET: “Mark P. Sullivan is a specialist in Latin American Affairs for the Congressional Research Service. It is a portion of a longer January 25, 2010 CRS report, Latin America: Terrorism Issues (PDF)
The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author only, not of Spero News.”
Read the whole article here: http://www.speroforum.com/a/31543/Irans-Growing-Influence-in-Latin-America