By Michael Snyder
The “Department of Homeland Security” is a total farce. So is the “war on terror”. As you will see, the reality of the matter is that the Obama administration could not care less about either one of them. As millions of illegal immigrants pour across our southern border, a lot of really bad people are coming with them. And I am not just talking about thousands upon thousands of hardened criminals, gang members and operatives for Mexican drug cartels. The truth is that hardcore jihadists are making the trek north as well. In fact, an abandoned Islamic prayer rug was found near the border in Arizona just the other day, and it is being reported that Mexican gangs are being paid up to $50,000 a pop to bring “Middle Easterners” through the border. It is an absolute outrage that ordinary Americans are being subjected to an increasingly suffocating police state in the name of “homeland security” when members of Islamic terror organizations can enter this country through the Mexican border pretty much whenever they want. If Barack Obama actually cared about homeland security or the threat of Islamic terror at all, he would seal the border immediately. But he doesn’t. Just like with George W. Bush, the fact that Obama is leaving the southern border completely wide open says volumes about how he truly feels.
Since 9/11, the American people have been forced to make sacrifice after sacrifice in the name of “homeland security”. We have been told that all of these police state tactics are necessary in order to “keep us safe from the terrorists”. This is a pet peeve of mine, and I have written dozens of articles about the evils of the growing police state in America. You can find two recent examples right here and right here.
That is why what is going on down on the southern border is so infuriating to me. After everything the American people have been asked to do, next to nothing is being done to keep radical Islamic terrorists from coming across from Mexico.
And the federal government has known about this for a very long time. The following is an excerpt from a November 2012 House Committee on Homeland Security report…
U.S. Government officials who are directly responsible for our national security continue to affirm the vulnerability. In August 2007 former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell stated that not only have terrorists used the Southwest border to enter the United States but that they will inevitably continue to do so as long as it is an available possibility. In a July 2012 hearing before the full U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano confirmed that terrorists have crossed the Southwest border with the intent to harm the American people. Additionally, the U.S. Border Patrol regularly apprehends aliens from the 35 “special interest countries” designated by our intelligence community as countries that could export individuals that could bring harm to our country in the way of terrorism.” From Fiscal Years 2006 to 2011, there were 1,918 apprehensions of these special interest aliens at our Southwest border.
They know that it is happening.
They even catch a few of them from time to time.
But they refuse to do much of anything to stop it.
And according to one expert, U.S. Border Patrol agents are reporting that Mexican gang members are getting up to $50,000 a head to bring “Middle Easterners” into the United States…
Dennis Michael Lynch directed and produced “They Come to America” and “They Come to America II” and has extensive, daily contact with U.S. Border Patrol agents about the true state of the U.S.-Mexico border. He said there are essentially four groups of people pouring across the border: families of various sizes, unaccompanied minors, drug smugglers and career criminals and terrorists. Lynch said while the media focus on the kids, really bad people are easily slipping into the country.
“I can tell you from the people I speak to in the Border Patrol who are in the intelligence unit, they have told me that gang members are receiving as much as $50,000 per head to bring a person through. Those people are typically from the Middle East or from China,” said Lynch, who predicts the people waltzing into the country will perpetrate an attack on the U.S. that will rival or exceed Sept. 11.
And even top U.S. military officials are now speaking out about what a grave threat this border crisis is to our national security.
For example, the head of SOUTHCOM says that our porous border is “a threat to the United States’ very existence”…
America’s porous southern border and the recent surge in illegal immigration is more than just a “humanitarian crisis,” claims the top U.S. general in charge of Central and South America, it’s a threat to the United States’ very existence.
Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly is commander of the U.S. Southern Command, or SOUTHCOM, charged with responsibility for the Caribbean Sea and all lands south of Mexico.
Particularly in regards to the drug trade, murder rates and terrorist activity brewing in Central America, Kelly says, the waves of Latin Americans sweeping through Mexico and illegally into Texas presents a threat to the U.S. every bit as serious as Iran or North Korea.
So why can’t something be done?
We have successfully sealed the border between North Korea and South Korea for the past 60 years.
Why can’t we seal our own border?
And just check out what General Kelly recently told Congress…
“Supporters and sympathizers of Lebanese Hezbollah are involved in both licit and illicit activities in the region,” Kelly told Congress. “Members, supporters, and adherents of Islamic extremist groups are present in Latin America. Islamic extremists visit the region to proselytize, recruit, establish business venues to generate funds, and expand their radical networks.
It has been known for years that Hezbollah has been extremely active down in Mexico and Central America.
But now a much more dangerous threat could be facing us.
As ISIS has conquered vast areas of Iraq, they have gotten their hands on some very powerful weapons.
It has already been reported that ISIS has seized a major chemical weapons stockpile in Iraq, and now the Iraqi government is admitting that ISIS has captured 88 pounds of uranium that were being used for “scientific research”…
Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country’s north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to “stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad.”
Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.
“Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state,” Alhakim wrote, adding that such materials “can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.”
It would be bad enough if some other Islamic terror group got a hold of these weapons.
But when you are talking about ISIS, you are talking about people that are absolutely insane.
Just the other day, ISIS smashed up Jonah’s tomb in Mosul just because it offended them.
ISIS has been running around beheading and crucifying their opponents, smashing up religious shrines and even making threats against Mecca.
If ISIS can figure out how to use some of the weapons that they have gotten their hands on, I have no doubt that they will try to use them.
And considering how incredibly porous our southern border is, it is not unthinkable to imagine some of these jihadists coming across the Mexican border to attack America someday.
But by the way Obama is acting, he does not consider Islamic terror to be a threat whatsoever.
So he should not ask the American people to make any more sacrifices in the name of “homeland security” either. If we are not even going to try to protect the border, what is the point of even having a Department of Homeland Security? We have been spending hundreds of billions of dollars on this stuff, and yet we aren’t even doing the most basic things to defend this country.
Either Barack Obama should seal the border right now, or he should not say another thing about “homeland security” or the threat of “terror”.
Enough is enough.
This article first appeared at The American Dream: If Obama Actually Cared About Homeland Security Or Islamic Terror He Would Seal The Border NOW