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Homeland insecurity: The year in review
World Net Daily ^ | December 29, 2004 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 12/29/2004 6:19:06 AM PST by alloysteel

2004 was a good year for terrorists, violent gang members, law-breakers and fraud artists seeking safe haven in America. Let's reminisce:

The rise of MS-13. The savage El Salvador-based gang, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), has now penetrated more than a dozen states. In May, a Fairfax, Va., teenager had his fingers chopped off in an MS-13 machete attack. In November, Washington, D.C.-area police received warning that MS-13 is plotting to ambush and kill them when they respond to service calls. Active in alien, drug and weapons smuggling, MS-13 members in America have been tied to numerous killings, robberies, carjackings, extortions and rapes. The gang has also been linked to efforts to help al-Qaida infiltrate the U.S.-Mexico border.

The path of least resistance. Border Patrol officers and local investigative journalists in the Southwest reported on increasing numbers of Middle Eastern males entering illegally from Mexico. Muslim prayer books and Arabic diaries were discovered on "Terrorist Alley" in southern Arizona. Suspected al-Qaida operative Adnan Shukrijumah, a fugitive Saudi pilot who reportedly met with MS-13 earlier this year, is believed to be in Mexico.

In April, a suspected al-Qaida agent arrested in Queens, N.Y., revealed a scheme to smuggle terrorists across the U.S.-Mexico border. In July, two alert Border Patrol agents apprehended Farida Goolam Mohamed Ahmed at McAllen (Texas) airport. She was carrying an altered South African passport, muddy jeans and dirty shoes. She confessed to having entered the country illegally by crossing the Rio Grande River. Court documents showed that she was on a government watch list and had entered the United States up to 250 times.

Upon news of Ahmed's arrest, intelligence experts reported that suspected terror agents are acquiring passports from South Africa and other non-suspect countries; flying to the al-Qaida-coddling "tri-border area" in South America; learning Spanish; traveling to Mexico; and doing the backstroke into America. Lawmakers in Texas warned that the feds are arresting and then releasing thousands of other suspected terrorists classified as "Other Than Mexicans" because of lack of jail space.

President Bush said "family values don't stop at the Rio Grande." I repeat: Neither do the Islamofascists.

Bungling Washington bureaucrats. In the skies, federal air marshals continue to be hampered by director Thomas Quinn's moronic "professional" dress code (no athletic socks or jeans allowed). Although he no longer oversees transportation security, underperformin' Norman Mineta remains in charge of the Department of Transportation, where he maintains an absolutist opposition to homeland defense profiling. And kowtowing to civil liberties Chicken Littles and Muslim lobbyists, the Bush administration canceled the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System out of fear of privacy and discrimination lawsuits.

In July, the Department of Homeland Security rebuked Border Patrol agents in Southern California for conducting interior enforcement sweeps because they did not bow down to the "sensitivities" of open-borders radicals. In September, DHS Border Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson stated publicly that it's "not realistic" for his own officers to try to do their jobs and deport law-breakers.

Morale among rank-and-file enforcement officers has plummeted. The botched Bernie Kerik DHS nomination and the refusal of the Bush administration to support common-sense immigration enforcement and secure identity measures in the "intelligence reform" bill (which ended up containing more non-intelligence than intelligence provisions) didn't help.

Amnesty, shamnesty. The year ended as it began, with President Bush dangling his abominable proposal to grant a mass governmental pardon to millions of illegal alien workers and their employers. First floated in January, the White House also pushed through a Social Security "totalization" program with Mexico, which will dispense billions of dollars to illegal alien workers who used counterfeit Social Security cards and stolen numbers to secure illegal jobs.

Announcement of the Bush plan led to a spike in illegal alien apprehensions at the border during the first three months of 2004 – 25 percent higher compared with last year. Those are just the ones who got caught. T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told the Washington Times in April: "People were coming up to our agents and saying, 'Where do we sign up for that guest-worker program, or that amnesty?' Word travels like wildfire down there."

And around the world. The word is we're open. Wide open. What a way to ring in the new year.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: 2004review; aliens; borderpatrol; homelandinsecurity; homelandsecurity; immigrantlist; islamofascists; malkin; michellemalkin
The implications for bringing Islamic terrorists through Mexico are frightening. Almost as frightening as converts to Islam among the more militant Hispanic youths.
1 posted on 12/29/2004 6:19:06 AM PST by alloysteel
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To: alloysteel

It's funny that they mention Arab speakers learning Spanish.

I live in Queens, New York in an Arab community, and I'm amazed that many of the Arabs I meet speak better Spanish than English! Partially, it's because of the work they do here, but it's interesting.


2 posted on 12/29/2004 6:24:14 AM PST by TFine80
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To: alloysteel
We know who they are, where they are and what they are... Kill them quietly and systematically. - Restore America!

Oh, sorry, that's would mean upstanding, law-abiding, taxpaying free AMERICANS would be able to take back some of the freedom government has stolen right out from under us.

My apologies to all.
3 posted on 12/29/2004 6:24:44 AM PST by odoso (Millions for charity, but not one penny for tribute!)
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To: alloysteel

4 posted on 12/29/2004 6:28:41 AM PST by alloysteel ("Master of the painfully obvious.....")
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To: alloysteel

I agree. I am afraid of what it is going to take for people to wake up about this...another 9/11?

I don't know why Bush has dropped the ball on this?..it doesn't take a rocket scientist. What is Bush afraid of? Who is is afraid of offending and why? Seems a heavy price to pay but what is he paying off?!..... Hillary will be all over this and it might just be the thing that tips the election in her favor.


ready to be flamed : )


5 posted on 12/29/2004 6:31:23 AM PST by socialismisinsidious ("A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.")
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To: socialismisinsidious

I think it goes back to his experience in Texas where illegal immigration is an entrenched part of the economy.

His opinions on this issue seem incredible stubborn and inflexible.


6 posted on 12/29/2004 6:46:12 AM PST by TFine80
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To: alloysteel

Yup, we're screwed.


7 posted on 12/29/2004 7:12:50 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: gubamyster; HiJinx

ping list ping.


9 posted on 12/29/2004 11:07:59 AM PST by Klickitat
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 4.1O dana super trac pak; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...

ping


10 posted on 12/29/2004 11:59:19 AM PST by gubamyster
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To: odoso
Oh, sorry, that's would mean upstanding, law-abiding, taxpaying free AMERICANS would be able to take back some of the freedom government has stolen right out from under us.

We can't have that, can we? After all, political correctness and compassionate conservatism are the mantras of this White House...and to hell with America.

11 posted on 12/29/2004 12:53:45 PM PST by janetgreen
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To: alloysteel

Looks like the Carter Administration second term begins Jaunuary 2005.


12 posted on 12/29/2004 11:33:59 PM PST by dagnabbit (Defeat Bush's Dishonest Amnesty Scheme. No Mexico Merger. No Global Labor Market.)
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