As reported in the news feed a few days ago, Judicial Watch has learned that Mexican authorities have confirmed that the Islamic State is operating a terrorist camp in the state of Chihuahua near the U.S. border, just a few miles from El Paso, Texas.
JW has followed up with a report that the FBI is meeting with Mexican officials at the U.S. consulate in Juarez, without involving the Department of Homeland Security. What does the law say about an arm of the Justice Department meeting with foreigners on foreign soil about matters that concern domestic security? Not that the law matters to the Obama administration, but still…
And what kind of a tightrope does the Mexican government have to walk between these ISIS terrorists and the domestic drug cartels? Which, incidentally, are just as violence-prone, brutal, and fond of beheading as any group of mujahideen. Traditional organized crime syndicates and terrorist groups (communists, narco-terrorists, the IRA, Al Qaeda, etc.) often cooperate with each other for tactical reasons. Is the Mexican franchise of the Islamic State already working with the cartels? Or are they rivals, with ISIS poaching on the cartels’ territory?
Here’s the story:
FBI Holds “Special” Meeting in Juárez to Address ISIS, DHS Not Invited
Responding to Judicial Watch’s report earlier this week of ISIS activity along the Mexican border, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) supervisors called a “special” meeting at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez.
A high-level intelligence source, who must remain anonymous for safety reasons, confirmed that the meeting was convened specifically to address a press strategy to deny Judicial Watch’s accurate reporting and identify who is providing information to JW. FBI supervisory personnel met with Mexican Army officers and Mexican Federal Police officials, according to JW’s intelligence source. The FBI liaison officers regularly assigned to Mexico were not present at the meeting and conspicuously absent were representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It’s not clear why DHS did not participate.
Publicly, U.S. and Mexico have denied that Islamic terrorists are operating in the southern border region, but the rapid deployment of FBI brass in the aftermath of JW’s report seems to indicate otherwise. A Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector were among the sources that confirmed to JW that ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas. The 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.
“Coyotes” engaged in human smuggling — and working for the 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.
Last August JW reported that ISIS, operating from Ciudad Juárez, was planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level U.S. federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources confirmed then that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border had been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies were placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning the imminent terrorist threat.
Oh, and don’t forget ISIS is the “junior varsity” (jayvee) team our feckless leader sneered at when they first began their killing sprees. Was he deliberately egging them on?