Connecting the Dots: Drugs Fund Terror

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Yesterday I wrote a commentary about the issue of corruption within the ranks of employees of CBP (Customs and Border Protection).

While many of our nation’s federal officers whose mission is to secure our nation’s borders is beyond reproach, there are those who have sold their badges and our nation’s security to smugglers operating in Mexico.

Today the news report on the ABC News website focuses on how, through a “sting” investigation, 3 alleged men who are allegedly associated with al-Qaeda have been arrested and extradited to New York City where they will stand trial for conspiring to move large quantities of cocaine into Europe to fund al-Qaeda’s terrorist objectives.

You could call my commentary today, “Connecting the Dots!” (Think back to the days, weeks and months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the parade of self-righteous politicians who stood before the cameras demanding to know why no one had connected the dots.)

Time and again I have made the point that terrorists often engage in all sorts of criminal activities in order to generate the funds that are essential for al-Qaeda and other terrorist and criminal organizations to carry out their nefarious objectives.

In this investigation, the cocaine was to have been moved into Spain from North Africa and West Africa. The three men have been identified, for now, as being citizens of Mali, but their claims of being citizens of that country has not been confirmed. I am also of the belief that even the names of these defendants may not be true, either. This also coincides with something else I have been saying every time I have the opportunity, that law violators and terrorists often lie about their true names, nationalities and other related information. This is the reason I have come to refer to Comprehensive Immigration Reform as actually being the “Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act.”

The news article also makes it clear that the Colombian cartels tendrils reach all the way into Europe and West Africa. I would remind you that Colombia, as a Latin American nation, moves huge quantities of cocaine across our nation’s border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico.

How many times have you heard the open borders advocates accuse anyone who seeks to secure our nation’s borders against the unlawful entry of aliens into our country as being xenophobic, nativists and racists?

The phobia I have pertains to my fear that criminals and terrorists are easily able to enter our country across our non-secure borders.

If the goals of al-Qaeda is to raise money buy transporting cocaine and other drugs, why on earth is it so difficult for our nation’s “leaders” to understand that drug trafficking throughout the world, including the United States, is a veritable ATM for terrorist and criminal organizations? How eager, do you suppose, are members of al- Qaeda and other terrorist organizations to smuggle narcotics into the United States as a means of generating necessary funds and simultaneously poison our citizens and especially our children with those drugs?

Let me answer that question- terrorists would absolutely love to peddle narcotics in the United States to do grave harm to our nation and to generate billions of dollars in cold, hard cash!

Furthermore, I can assure you that it is impossible to sit across the desk from someone and know who that person truly is unless he (she) has reliable identity documents- and even then a bit of skepticism is called for! The huge threat to national security that the cooperation of al-Qaeda and the Colombian drug cartels represents to our nation is inestimable! Stop and think about it- in order to operate, the Colombian cartels routinely violate our nation’s borders, moving drugs into our country and money out of our country. By joining forces with al-Qaeda, that unholy alliance would enable al-Qaeda to move people, money and potentially weapons across our nation’s borders!

I can also tell you with certainty that a Middle Eastern person who has spent a number of years in Latin America and has become truly proficient in the Spanish language would in all probability be able to pass himself (herself) off as being a citizen of Colombia, Mexico or other Latin American country. Members of al-Qaeda would easily be able to pass themselves off as being citizens of Latin American countries.

Meanwhile the administration and members of Congress are salivating over the prospect of implementing Comprehensive Immigration Reform and generating millions of new voters they expect will owe allegiance to them especially in the voting booth. What should be remembered is that al-Qaeda and other terrorist and criminal organizations are also salivating at that prospect!

The first step in solving problems is to identify the problem- clearly our nation’s leaders are refusing to accept the reality of the situation! Their refusal jeopardizes our nation’s security and the lives of our citizens!

A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!

Any politician who refuses to work to secure our borders and create an immigration system that has integrity is either corrupt or too dumb to keep his (her) job. Any politician, irrespective of party affiliation who favors health care for illegal aliens and/or Comprehensive Immigration Reform should be shown the door at the next election!

If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same.

Next year each and every member of the House of Representatives is up for reelection. Next year more than one third of the members of the United States Senate will have to face their constituents. They need to be reminded that they work for us, We the People!

However, the practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there. The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this nation has emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the People absolutely must do- we must stop sitting on the sidelines! The collective failure of We the People to get involved in make our concerns known to our politicians have nearly made the concerns of the great majority of the citizens of this nation all but irrelevant to the politicians. I implore you to get involved!

Any American who has lost his job certainly has enough time on his (her) hands to get involved!

Any American who fears the loss of his job must make effective use of his spare time to make certain he keeps his job! (Remember, the job save may be your own!) If this situation concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right – it is your obligation! You need to politely but pointedly, demand to know what they are doing to protect our nation. You need to ask them how they are protecting you and your families. You can also forward this commentary to them. All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are! We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue! You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem! Democracy is not a spectator sport! Lead, follow or get out of the way!

Selling Drugs to Fund Terror: al-Qaeda Linked to Cocaine Trafficking

By Richard Esposito and Jason Ryan

Michael Cutler, a former Senior INS Investigator, an expert witness in more than a dozen Congressional Hearings is a Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies and an advisor to the ‘911 Families for a Secure America.’ He writes about the nexus between immigration and national security.