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DHS seems confused on terror threat at home

Back in August of 2014 Judicial Watch published a story stating ISIS was planning to attack the US via its porous southern border.

Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on US Border—Ft. Bliss Increases Security
August 29, 2014 by Judicial Watch

Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

Specifically, the government sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.

Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source. “It’s coming very soon,” according to another high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.” An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, JW’s sources say. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information.

But in September of 2014 DHS took the dubious position of denying a terrorist invasion over the US/Mexico border was a concern. In fact, DHS claimed they were more worried members of ISIS would enter the country legally via aircraft.

ISIS terrorists won’t sneak into U.S. across loose Mexico border: Homeland Security officials
September 10, 2014 by DAN FRIEDMAN

Despite social media chatter on Twitter, Obama administration officials are more concerned about passport-holding bloodthirsty ISIS jihadists entering the U.S. via airplane.

WASHINGTON – Despite some Twitter chatter, there is no evidence ISIS terrorists are trying to slip into the United States from Mexico, Department of Homeland Security officials told Congress Wednesday.

Administration officials said they are more concerned about jihadists entering the U.S. legally on commercial airline flights.

Administration higher-ups testifying at a House hearing Wednesday threw cold water on scary border scenarios cited by conservatives such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

“We don’t have any credible information, that we are aware of, of known or suspected terrorists coming across the border,” Jennifer Lasley, a senior official in the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence and analysis office, told the House Homeland Security border security subcommittee.

Across the Capitol another top DHS official acknowledged that the agency has tracked online talk by ISIS backers about infiltrating the U.S. via the border.

But it turns out the ISIS camp just outside of El Paso, TX not only trains ISIS militants but even has plans to attack US targets.

ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm
April 14, 2014 by Judicial Watch

ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.

The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm.

During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.

Law enforcement and intelligence sources report the area around Anapra is dominated by the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Cartel (“Juárez Cartel”), La Línea (the enforcement arm of the cartel) and the Barrio Azteca (a gang originally formed in the jails of El Paso). Cartel control of the Anapra area make it an extremely dangerous and hostile operating environment for Mexican Army and Federal Police operations.

According to these same sources, “coyotes” engaged in human smuggling – and working for Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas. These specific areas were targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces, and the relative safe-havens the areas provide for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling that was already ongoing.

Mexican intelligence sources report that ISIS intends to exploit the railways and airport facilities in the vicinity of Santa Teresa, NM (a US port-of-entry). The sources also say that ISIS has “spotters” located in the East Potrillo Mountains of New Mexico (largely managed by the Bureau of Land Management) to assist with terrorist border crossing operations. ISIS is conducting reconnaissance of regional universities; the White Sands Missile Range; government facilities in Alamogordo, NM; Ft. Bliss; and the electrical power facilities near Anapra and Chaparral, NM.

So is DHS going to do anything about or even acknowledge the ISIS threat so close to home? Or do they have other things on their mind?

Obama Declares War On ‘Extremism’ – Are You An ‘Extremist’ According To His Definition?
January 11, 2015 by Michael Snyder

When you use the word “extremist”, you may have in your mind a picture of ISIS fighters or the terrorists from the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

But for elitists such as Barack Obama, the word “extremist” has a much broader meaning. In recent years, it has become a code word for those that do not have an “enlightened” view of the world. If your views on politics, religion or social issues are extremely different from the liberal, progressive views of “the mainstream” (as defined by the mainstream media and by “mainstream” politicians such as Barack Obama), then they consider you to be an extremist.

Early in the presidency of George W. Bush, we were told that Islamic terrorists were the enemy. And so most of the country got behind the idea of the War on Terrorism. But over the years that has morphed into a War on Extremism. In fact, the Obama administration has gone so far as to remove almost all references to Islam from government terror training materials…

Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole confirmed on Wednesday that the Obama administration was pulling back all training materials used for the law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam that some Muslim groups have claimed are offensive.

“I recently directed all components of the Department of Justice to re-evaluate their training efforts in a range of areas, from community outreach to national security,” Cole told a panel at the George Washington University law school.

Now, much of the focus in law enforcement training materials is on “domestic extremists”. We are being told that “domestic extremism” is just as great a threat to our national security as terror groups overseas are.

But exactly who are these “domestic extremists”?

Well, the truth is that you may be one of them.

I want to share with you a list that I have shared in a couple of previous articles. It is a list of 72 types of Americans that are considered to be “extremists” or “potential terrorists” in official U.S. government documents. This list will really give you a good idea of what Barack Obama means when he uses the word “extremist”. Each of these 72 items is linked, so if you would like to go see the original source document for yourself, just click on the link. As you can see, this list potentially includes most of the country…

1. Those that talk about “individual liberties”

2. Those that advocate for states’ rights

3. Those that want “to make the world a better place”

4. “The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule”

5. Those that are interested in “defeating the Communists”

6. Those that believe “that the interests of one’s own nation are separate from the interests of other nations or the common interest of all nations”

7. Anyone that holds a “political ideology that considers the state to be unnecessary, harmful,or undesirable”

8. Anyone that possesses an “intolerance toward other religions”

9. Those that “take action to fight against the exploitation of the environment and/or animals”

10. “Anti-Gay”

11. “Anti-Immigrant”

12. “Anti-Muslim”

13. “The Patriot Movement”

14. “Opposition to equal rights for gays and lesbians”

15. Members of the Family Research Council

16. Members of the American Family Association

17. Those that believe that Mexico, Canada and the United States “are secretly planning to merge into a European Union-like entity that will be known as the ‘North American Union’”

18. Members of the American Border Patrol/American Patrol

19. Members of the Federation for American Immigration Reform

20. Members of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition

21. Members of the Christian Action Network

22. Anyone that is “opposed to the New World Order”

23. Anyone that is engaged in “conspiracy theorizing”

24. Anyone that is opposed to Agenda 21

25. Anyone that is concerned about FEMA camps

26. Anyone that “fears impending gun control or weapons confiscations”

27. The militia movement

28. The sovereign citizen movement

29. Those that “don’t think they should have to pay taxes”

30. Anyone that “complains about bias”

31. Anyone that “believes in government conspiracies to the point of paranoia”

32. Anyone that “is frustrated with mainstream ideologies”

33. Anyone that “visits extremist websites/blogs”

34. Anyone that “establishes website/blog to display extremist views”

35. Anyone that “attends rallies for extremist causes”

36. Anyone that “exhibits extreme religious intolerance”

37. Anyone that “is personally connected with a grievance”

38. Anyone that “suddenly acquires weapons”

39. Anyone that “organizes protests inspired by extremist ideology”

40. “Militia or unorganized militia”

41. “General right-wing extremist”

42. Citizens that have “bumper stickers” that are patriotic or anti-U.N.

43. Those that refer to an “Army of God”

44. Those that are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”

45. Those that are “anti-global”

46. Those that are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”

47. Those that are “reverent of individual liberty”

48. Those that “believe in conspiracy theories”

49. Those that have “a belief that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack”

50. Those that possess “a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism”

51. Those that would “impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”

52. Those that would “insert religion into the political sphere”

53. Anyone that would “seek to politicize religion”

54. Those that have “supported political movements for autonomy”

55. Anyone that is “anti-abortion”

56. Anyone that is “anti-Catholic”

57. Anyone that is “anti-nuclear”

58. “Rightwing extremists”

59. “Returning veterans”

60. Those concerned about “illegal immigration”

61. Those that “believe in the right to bear arms”

62. Anyone that is engaged in “ammunition stockpiling”

63. Anyone that exhibits “fear of Communist regimes”

64. “Anti-abortion activists”

65. Those that are against illegal immigration

66. Those that talk about “the New World Order” in a “derogatory” manner

67. Those that have a negative view of the United Nations

68. Those that are opposed “to the collection of federal income taxes”

69. Those that supported former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr

70. Those that display the Gadsden Flag (“Don’t Tread On Me”)

71. Those that believe in “end times” prophecies

72. Evangelical Christians

Do you fit into any of those categories?

Personally, I fit into a couple dozen of them.

That is why alarm bells should go off whenever Barack Obama speaks of the need to crack down on “extremism”.

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From Ebola to Measles, Hysteria about Medical Isolation

During the brief 2014 Ebola scare the United States government took the clear position that isolation was not necessary. Ebola outbreak: US advises against quarantine. At the time there was no vaccine against Ebola, and the vaccines in the experimental stage were still very new and had little testing. When vaccines are available for a particular disease we are often told of the importance of inoculations. So what should we do if a disease, such as Ebola, which is many times more deadly than the Flu, arises in the U.S. but there is no vaccine? Isn’t isolation the next best thing?

Now, government enforced isolation is an entirely different situation from self-imposed isolation. I agree with some critics of certain state government actions on the Ebola scare (suggesting the allegedly infected should be detained for a matter of weeks.) An alternative approach I approve is a very short term isolation with immediate testing. If the patient is shown to be free from Ebola that person should be immediately released – no need for government mandated quarantine for several weeks.

But in California a high school is taking a different disease very seriously. Nearly 70 students from this high school were not permitted to return to school for a time because they were not vaccinated against measles. Whether you approve of the action taken by the school, one aspect of the situation just makes sense: if a vaccine is not available (or not utilized) the next best thing is isolation. I mean, we’re talking about spreading diseases here, even if they are not nearly as deadly as Ebola.

But in Washington, D.C. isolation during a disease scare doesn’t make sense. The Obama administration thinks putting illegal immigrant children (who need medical attention) into public schools without the need for an isolation period or vaccination is just fine. Feds Force Public Schools To Enroll Illegal Immigrant Children With No Medical Screening

And as a result, as common sense would suggest, we have a scare about diseases.

Illegal Alien Minors Spreading TB, Dengue, Swine Flu

Disease plagues illegal immigrants; lack of medications, basic hygiene blamed

Polio-like illness claims fifth life in U.S.

CDC Warning: Immigrant Children Could Be Spreading This New Mystery Virus In Public Schools

Some are denying illegal immigrants have anything to do with spreading diseases (which makes no sense at all, especially considering the spread of disease is one of several concerns for the immigration policies of any country). But the situation, like most things in life, is complex. It’s worth looking into it to find out for sure. Since we don’t know for certain, isn’t it wise to at least take some precautions and isolate the immigrants who’ve entered the country illegally and without medical screenings?

What is the Obama administration trying to do by pretending the spread of disease is of no legitimate concern when they can’t possibly know that?

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REUTERS MISLEADS ABOUT RESULTS OF OWN BORDER POLL

August 11, 2014 by JOHN NOLTE

Reuters commissioned a border poll and obviously didn’t care for the results. When you are Reuters, though, that’s not a  problem. You simply bury the inconvenient numbers under a misleading headline that reads, “Obama vow to speed deportation of children at odds with public opinion” — even though the poll says nothing of the sort.

What the Reuters poll actually says is that only 13% — that’s right, 13% — of those polled said the border children in question “should be allowed to stay in the United States.”

Only 38% believe “the unaccompanied youngsters should be sheltered and cared for until it was deemed safe for them to return home.”

Another  32% “said the children should be immediately deported.” Moreover…

The Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that 48 percent of Democrats believe the children should be cared for until it is safe for them to return home, against 30 percent of Republicans and 37 percent of people who identified themselves as independents.

What you have here are only 48% of Democrats on board.

So how does Reuters attempt to justify its misleading headline? With this meaningless factoid:

The poll, conducted on July 31-Aug. 5, found that 51 percent of Americans believe the unaccompanied children being detained at the U.S.-Mexico border should be allowed to remain in the country for some length of time.

First off, considering the question, that number is shockingly low and says nothing about approving or disapproving of a speeded up but legal deportation process. Regardless, Reuters spun it into opposition because it was the only number that could in any way be spun into a pro-amnesty headline

The media wants Obama to legalize millions of Democrats just as badly Obama does. Poll after poll, however, shows that the American people — huge majorities of the American people — disagree.

Rather than report that fact, outlets like Reuters have no choice but to mislead their own readers, and more importantly, DC lawmakers. If the media can build an artificial bubble that says amnesty is popular, that’s the best chance the Left has to intimidate Congress into getting those Democrats legalized.

original article: REUTERS MISLEADS ABOUT RESULTS OF OWN BORDER POLL

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‘The border fence is a joke’: Filmmaker crosses from US to Mexico dressed as Osama bin Laden

August 11, 2014 By DAVID MARTOSKO

A flamethrowing American conservative activist raised eyebrows in the U.S. on Monday by releasing a video of himself crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico into Texas, dressed as the late al-Qaeda terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Guerrilla documentarian James O’Keefe’s footage comes at a time when Americans are engaged in a national debate about border security. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have entered the U.S. illegally in recent months, drawn by a confusing White House policy that appears to offer amnesty for those who make it safely.

In Monday’s video release, O’Keefe focuses on the implications for national security: He illegally crosses into Mexico twice and returns – first in street clothes and again in army fatigues, wearing an Osama bin Laden Halloween mask

full article: ‘The border fence is a joke’: Filmmaker crosses from US to Mexico dressed as Osama bin Laden as Border Patrol says ‘we can’t be everywhere at once’

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Tolerance, open mindedness, and compassion from Occupy

Ah, Occupiers love to hate.
May 2, 2012 (h/t to Gateway Pundit)

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Hezbollah at the Border

Hezbollah at the Border
July 15, 2010 by Connie Hair

Signs are growing that the terror group Hezbollah has expanded its long-established influence with South and Central American drug cartels into a working presence in Mexico.

Rep. Sue Myrick (R.-N.C.) is asking the Department of Homeland Security to form a task force to investigate ties between the Islamic terror group Hezbollah, the drug cartels in Central and South America and new indications of a Hezbollah presence in Mexico.

Documents obtained exclusively by Human Events reveal a well-established smuggling route into the U.S. Over 180,000 illegal aliens from countries Other than Mexico (OTM) were apprehended from 2007 through mid-March 2010.

Nearly 150,000 of those apprehended were from South and Central American countries that the State Department says are being used as corridors for smuggling people from the Middle East, Southwest Asia and East Africa.

State Department documents examined by Human Events raise concerns that Hezbollah has already used these long-established narco-terror relationships to establish terror cells in the United States.

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Illegal immigrant driving while drunk, kills nun

Illegal immigrant who killed nun in accident was released by feds
August 2, 2010 by Stephen Dinan

The Virginia man suspected in a drunken-driving crash that killed a Catholic nun in Prince William County this weekend is an illegal immigrant and repeat offender who was awaiting deportation and who federal immigration authorities had released pending further proceedings, police said Monday.

Carlos Montano, a county resident, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and drunken driving. Mr. Montano had been arrested two other times on drunken-driving charges, and on at least one of those occasions county police reported him to federal authorities.

The crash at around 8:30 Sunday morning killed Sister Denise Mosier and injured two other nuns as they were driving to a retreat at the Benedictine Monastery in Bristow, Va. The two injured nuns were in critical but stable condition late Monday, according to St. Gertrude High School in Richmond run by the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia.

Mr. Montano was being treated for injuries he received in the crash and was expected to be released from the hospital into police custody as early as Monday evening.

Messages left with ICE and the Homeland Security Department were not returned, but the incident raises questions about the agency’s policy of detaining only some illegal immigrants awaiting deportation.

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Liberals still using Nazi label; MSM has no problem with it

Swastikas and Nazi References at Pro-Illegal Immigration Rally, Will Media Care?
May 30, 2010 by Noel Sheppard

For over a year, America’s media have been depicting Tea Partiers as homophobic racists citing inflammatory signs at rally events as evidence.

On Saturday, pro-illegal immigration supporters in Phoenix, Arizona, carried signs quite similar to what our press found repulsive and extreme when present at conservative protests.

Will swastikas and the Arizona governor being referred to as “Adolf Brewer” be equally unacceptable to America’s media?

Before you answer, consider the following news segment from NBC12 in Phoenix wherein an anti-SB 1070 protester was interviewed holding a sign emblazoned with swastikas claiming “Republicans Breed Ignorance,” and the reporter didn’t even bat an eye (video follows with commentary and additional pictures):

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Left-leaning journalists not finished with Arizona’s immigration law

MSNBC’s ‘A Nation Divided’ Teeming With Liberal Talking Points
May 26, 2010 by Alex Fitzsimmons

MSNBC’s May 26 special on immigration reform, “A Nation Divided,” was replete with unbalanced interviews with liberal activists and one-sided segments featuring only liberal positions on the controversial issue.

MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer pitched softballs to Democrats Michael Nowakowski, vice mayor of Phoenix, and Raul Castro, former Arizona governor, without brining on guests to counter their liberal perspectives.

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US drug war has met none of its goals

AP IMPACT: US drug war has met none of its goals
May 13, 2010 by MARTHA MENDOZA

MEXICO CITY – After 40 years, the United States’ war on drugs has cost $1 trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread.

Even U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske concedes the strategy hasn’t worked.

“In the grand scheme, it has not been successful,” Kerlikowske told The Associated Press. “Forty years later, the concern about drugs and drug problems is, if anything, magnified, intensified.”

This week President Obama promised to “reduce drug use and the great damage it causes” with a new national policy that he said treats drug use more as a public health issue and focuses on prevention and treatment.

Nevertheless, his administration has increased spending on interdiction and law enforcement to record levels both in dollars and in percentage terms; this year, they account for $10 billion of his $15.5 billion drug-control budget.

Kerlikowske, who coordinates all federal anti-drug policies, says it will take time for the spending to match the rhetoric.

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