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Gente de Osama

I am a big believer in border security.  When we next get hit by terrorists, and make no mistake we will be hit again, it will be perpetrated by agents who entered this country through our porous southern border.  Every time closing the border is proposed due to national security reasons, the whining maggots always point out that none of the 9/11 hijackers came in through Mexico.  Well, just because it didn’t happen in the past doesn’t mean it can’t happen in the future.  (Nobody had flown planes into buildings before 9/11, had they?) If we can imagine it, the terrorists can imagine it.  And, if this report is any indication, their operations are already underway.

Both Exinia and Nunez eventually pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges, including moving more than a quarter-ton of cocaine from Mexico through the Rio Grande Valley and on to New York City. But court documents filed in Exinia’s case contain details of a December 2004 incident where he allegedly tried to secure transportation for 20 Middle Eastern men waiting to enter the U.S. from Puebla, Monterrey and Chiapas in Mexico.

As the Herald reported, “Recorded conversations authorized under the U.S. Patriot Act and a court order captured the (suspect) referring to the 20 men as ‘gente de Osama,’ or ‘Osama’s people.’ “ During a Jan. 5, 2005, conversation, Exinia described the men as “Iraqis,” ages 25 to 33, who were willing to pay $8,000 for transportation past Border Patrol checkpoints in South Texas and into the U.S. interior.

Could they have been terrorists? Coast Guard Adm. James Loy, who was acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security before the swearing-in of Michael Chertoff, told the Senate Intelligence Committee last year: “Several al-Qaida leaders believe operatives can pay their way through Mexico and also believe illegal entry is more advantageous than legal entry for operational security reasons.” Recent information, he added, showed “al-Qaida has considered using the Southwest border to infiltrate the United States.”

Gee, you’d think this would have, ya know, made the front page of every newspaper in America, huh.

In August 2004, as Leo W. Banks reported in the Tucson Weekly, Arizona rancher William Kolbe, brother of Republican Rep. Jim Kolbe, in whose district he lives, was chasing some wild animals off his property when he found a backpack hooked to the barbed wire fence behind their house.
In the backpack was a diary largely written in Arabic. Looking through the book, Mrs. Kolbe noticed two names and two numbers — one listing in Canada, the other in Iran — with the beginning numbers being the international calling codes for those two countries.

Rep. Solomon Ortiz, a Democrat from Corpus Christi and former sheriff of Nuences County, said the information found in court documents underscores the U.S.-Mexico border’s vulnerability to terrorist infiltration. “We know there are terrorist cells in the United States,” he told the Herald. “These guys are coming through the back door.”

Ortiz reports that local ranchers have found clothing native to the Middle East and items such as Sudanese money in the South Texas brush and that al-Qaida is trying to use the MS-13 gang (Mara Salvatruchas) “to move high value al-Qaida operatives across the border for a large sum of money.”

This is why I am a big supporter of the idea of guest workers.  I am enough of a pragmatist to realize that, from an economic standpoint, our country needs unskilled workers who are willing to do shit jobs for dirt cheap.  But I am enough of a realist to understand that we can’t just keep letting them sneak in here.  We need to close the border to illegal traffic, but make it so that those who wish to come to this country and work can do so, provided we know who they are first.  Guest workers are an excellent idea.

Posted by Lee on 01/30/06 at 07:41 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • Permalink

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