As I was checking news articles this evening, I came across an article that was authored by Congressional Representative Sue Myrick, a Republic member of Congress from the state of North Carolina that has provided me with yet another reason to not be able to sleep this evening.
The article in question appeared in the Washington Times this past Wednesday, September 1st- somehow I had apparently missed seeing this article when it first appeared. I decided to use Rep. Myrick article as the predication for my commentary this evening. As the saying goes- “Better late than never!”
I have provided you with her article (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/sep/1/hezbollah-car-bombs-on-our-border/ Hezbollah car bombs on our border – Why isn’t Obama’s Department of Homeland Security concerned? By Rep. Sue Myrick) and I have also decided to provide you with another disturbing news report that appeared in the Washington Times on April 21st of this year which I had previously used as a predication for a commentary a few months ago. This extremely disturbing news report was entitled, “Iran boosts Qods shock troops in Venezuela”
Here is an excerpt from the news report about the Iranian troops that are now stationed in Venezuela:
“Although its operations sometimes appear at odds with the public voice of the Iranian regime, it is not a rogue outfit,” the report says. “It receives direction from the highest levels of the government and its leaders report directly, albeit informally, to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei,” the report says.
Kenneth Katzman, a Middle East specialist with the Congressional Research Service, said the report’s identification of Qods force operatives in Venezuela is significant.
“The new information on an increased Qods Force presence in Venezuela – amplifies the warnings of some experts about an increasingly close, anti-U.S. relationship between Iran and the government of Hugo Chavez,” Mr. Katzman said.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recently played down the growing Iranian influence in the Chavez government. Asked about Iran’s ties to Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, Mr. Gates said, “I think it makes for interesting public relations on the part of the Iranians, the Venezuelans.”
It would appear that you can now add Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates who refuses to, at least publicly, acknowledge the extreme threat our nation’s unsecured borders pose to the security of our nation and to the survival of our citizens.
Let me repeat what Mr. Gates had to say about the presence of elite Iranian shock troops in Venezuela:
Mr. Gates said, “I think it makes for interesting public relations on the part of the Iranians, the Venezuelans.” Mr. Gates thinks that the presence of elite Iranian shock troops in Venezuela makes for “interesting public relations?!”
I really and truly want to know how Mr. Gates would have described the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001!
You can add Mr. Gates pronouncement to several outrageous statements made by Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Surrender who has made numerous assertions that “the Mexican border is secure,” echoing Senator Schumer’s similar outrageous statements- making that baseless claim as a way of justifying the enactment of “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” that would provide tens of millions of illegal aliens whose true identities, nationalities, criminal or terrorist backgrounds in other countries are unknown and unknowable. There would be no way of knowing the intentions or affiliations that these illegal aliens may well have with criminal or terrorist organizations.
I would also urge you to remember that when an airliner and its crew and passengers were nearly reduced to rubble in the skies over Detroit last Christmas Day, Ms Napolitano quickly called a news conference to enthusiastically proclaim, “The system worked!”
The only reason that the “underwear bomber,” Nigerian citizen, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab did not succeed in his attempted terrorist attack was that his bomb did not detonate and quick acting passengers tackled him.
As the facts concerning this case slowly emerged it turned out that Mr. Abdulmutallab’s father, a prominent banker in Nigeria warned our government officials about his concerns that his son had become a radical Islamist and still our officials failed to cancel his visa and failed to keep him off of the airliner. There were a number of other failings, but the point is that the system most certainly did not work!
You may recall that I wrote a commentary shortly after Ms Napolitano’s public victory dance the day after that near tragedy in which I noted, “If hope is not a strategy, then dumb luck is not a success!”
The 9/11 Commission made it clear that the process by which visas are granted to aliens needs to be tightened up to prevent terrorists such as Abdulmutallab from getting on airplanes or other conveyances destined for the United States. The system needs to be tightened up to prevent terrorists from entering our country altogether. Yet, every few months our government, under this administration as well as under the preceding administration expanded the Visa Waiver Program with Greece having been added this past March! There are now a total of 36 countries who participate in the insane Visa Waiver Program- the citizens of these countries need not apply for a visa nor receive a visa before boarding airliners or otherwise traveling to the United States and seeking to enter our country.
(I would remind you that the 19 terrorists who attacked our nation nearly 9 years ago all managed to game the visa system and the immigration system to enter the United States and then embed themselves in our country once they succeeded in entering the United States.)
Estimates as to the number of aliens who have violated the terms of their admission into our country vary greatly- US VISIT, the program by which our country is supposed to track the entry and departure of aliens has never been fully implemented and recently it was disclosed that US VISIT would not make use of biometrics in order to make certain that this critical element of national security that was highly recommended by the 9/11 Commission! Add this to yet another glaring failure of the government of the United States!
However, it is estimated that no fewer than 5 million such visa violators are now present in our country. Incredibly ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has all of 272 special agents seeking to locate and apprehend those 5 million, 6 million or God knows how many millions of those illegal aliens who have presumably embedded themselves in communities around the United States. Most are most likely not a threat to national security, however, as the old joke about “How many morons does it take to screw in a light bulb?” asked- the question in this perilous era is “How many terrorists would it take to kill tens of thousands of innocent victims?” (We already know how much destruction 19 can do!)
I also want you to consider the point made by Ms Myrick about the probability that the government of Venezuela is issuing authentic passports and other identity documents to Iranian soldiers to disguise their true identities and nationalities. I am certain that the folks at the State Department are still happy to issue visas to citizens of Venezuela.
I can tell you with absolute certainty, based on my 30 years with the former INS that it is impossible to simply look at another human being and know what the citizenship of that person is. An Iranian who has spent several years in Venezuela and immersed himself (herself?) in the language and culture of that country would be easily able to pass himself off as a citizen of Venezuela.
Once such bogus Venezuelans enter the United States, with the lack of resources and competence of our “leaders” at DHS no one would even try to look for those make-believe Venezuelans as they embed themselves in communities around our country awaiting instructions to take action against us from within our country!
There are other countries in Latin America who also hate the United States and would love nothing better than to help some truly evil people to gain entry into our country. The president of Bolivia was a cocoa farmer and is an advocate for sending as much cocaine to the United States as possible. The “Tri-Border Region” of Brazil is known to have terrorist training camps for Hezbollah, Hamas and likely al-Qaeda.
Meanwhile when the leaders of Arizona passed an immigration law that essentially mirrored the federal immigration statutes that the administration is adamant about ignoring and not enforcing, the Department of Justice eliminated any possible doubts about the administration’s intentions to secure our nation’s borders and create and immigration system that has real integrity that protects our nation and our citizens while honoring the many millions of honest and law abiding immigrants who followed the letter of the law as well as the spirit of the law to legally immigrate to the United States to begin their lives anew here and, in so doing, built our nation.
Clearly the administration and the advocates for “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” want to make running our nation’s borders a prerequisite for becoming a United States citizen!
Clearly while the administration does not “get it,” Congresswoman Myrick most certainly does “gets it!”
While we are on the topic of videos, on May 26th of this year, Television Station WSBTV ran a news report for which I was interviewed. The title of this news report was, “Border Investigation Gets Worldwide Response.
Here is the link to this startling news report that provides still more evidence of terrorists entering our country via the southern border: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/23686786/detail.html
It is time for the politicians in Washington to live up to their oaths of office as well!
The administration and our elected representatives must take to heart, the statements made by the union leaders who represent the employes of Immigration and Custom Enforcement who gave the “leadership” of that beleaguered agency a “No confidence” vote recently and do whatever is necessary to address these massive deficiencies as quickly and effectively as possible. The security of our nation and the safety of our citizens must, without equivocation take priority over any political goals or agenda.
It is unacceptable that the citizens of this nation be alienated by their own government especially where border security and the enforcement and administration of our nation’s immigration laws are concerned!
A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!
November 2nd cannot come fast enough!
We the People, throughout this nation must seek opportunities to make it clear to our political “representatives” that we understand their game plan and won’t tolerate it!.
I believe our nation’s is greatly benefited by the rich diversity of our people which is why I could never imagine living anywhere except New York City, arguably the most diverse city in our nation if not, in fact, the world. However, my idea of diversity most certainly does not include members of MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels and members of al-Qaeda!
We the People can add to the consternation of those politicians who are failing to live up to their oaths of office by contacting them and making it abundantly clear that election day is coming and they should think of election day as their personal “Day of Reckoning!”
Our government must live up to its obligation of protecting its own citizens and, indeed, all who are present in our country from the criminals and terrorists who would threaten our lives and the survival of our nation and our way of life. In the end, the government is actually those who are elected to act as our “leaders.” Those who fail to truly lead and look out for those they are supposed to represent, need to be sent packing this coming Election Day!
If our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the “American Dream” the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!
We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm’s way in defense of this nation and our citizens.
My goal is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.
The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.
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 Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the outrageous betrayal that this would represent given the national security implications that this program would have, should be shown the door at the next election!
If you find yourself to be in agreement with what I had to say, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same. We need to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”
In just two months, each and every member of the House of Representatives is up for reelection. 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!
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!
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!
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