On the Border?

Andrew McCarthy says that Hezbollah is setting up shop along the Mexican border, ready to pounce:

Steve Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism reports that the Hezbos are at the Mexican border — and we’re not talking here about those “moderate elements” of Hezbollah that Obama’s counterterrorism czar is searching for; we’re talking about the jihad’s A-Team (i.e., the guys al Qaeda goes to for training).

As IPT relates:

Hizballah is setting up shop along the American border with Mexico, the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Seyassah reports. In an exclusive story, the Kuwaiti daily revealed that Mexican officials have arrested a Mexican national with ties to the Shiite terrorist group.

The militant, Jameel Nasr, was reportedly under police surveillance for a while, with authorities explaining he had traveled from Lebanon to countries throughout South and Central America, eventually gaining citizenship and a job as a graphic engineer in Mexico. While in Mexico, Nasr reportedly traveled frequently to Lebanon to receive information and instructions from Hizballah commanders.

The issue of border security for the United States, both to the North ad the South, is not new. We recently reported on an investigation by the House Committee on Homeland Security that confirmed the threat is only increasing. In June, Congresswoman Sue Myrick wrote to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano about this issue, asking that a task force be dedicated to the issue because, in the words of former Chief of Operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration, Michael Braun:

“Hezballah relies on the same criminal weapons smugglers, document traffickers and transportation experts as the drug cartel…They work together; they rely on the same shadow facilitators. One way or another they are all connected.”

Steve goes on to explain that the “report cited Mexican authorities as saying that Nasr had been ‘entrusted with forming a base in South American and the United States to carry out operations against Israeli and Western targets.'”

This is not new news (see, e.g., this 2009 Washington Times report). And let’s not forget that, in 2006, FBI Director Bob Mueller testified to a House Appropriations subcommittee that Hezbollah had a smuggling ring on the Mexican border and had already succeeded in infiltrating a number of its operatives into the U.S. (It would be foolish to think the rings we know about are the only rings that exist.)

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