August 2, 2010
The War on Terror at the Mexican BorderBy Norah Petersen
The border situation, at its core, is not an economic issue, a cultural issue, or a racial issue. It is a national security issue.
The record is unmistakably clear.
In 2001 , the brother of a Hezb'allah military chief illegally entered the United States by crossing the Mexican border. He then settled in Dearborn, Michigan and raised money for Hezb'allah .
In 2002, illegal immigrants from Lebanon who were thought to have ties to Hezb'allah were smuggled into the United States via the Mexican border, according to a congressional report:
The congressional report also revealed that the FBI has confirmed that persons from al-Qaeda-linked nations have been known to disguise themselves as Hispanic immigrants:
Furthermore, the report contained this sobering assessment of the border situation by Sigifredo Gonzalez, Jr., sheriff of Zapata County in Texas:
And terrorists indeed have set their eyes on the vulnerability of our border.
Just last year, an al-Qaeda recruiting video put forth this plot:
Yet plotting to take advantage of the Mexican border is not new to al-Qaeda.
Back in 2004, a Time magazine article reported that captured al-Qaeda operative, Sharif al-Masri, had said that al-Qaeda had considered smuggling nuclear materials into the United States through Mexico. The article also revealed that "U.S. and Mexican intelligence conferred about reports from several al-Qaeda detainees indicating the potential use of Mexico as a staging area "to acquire end-stage chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material" .
A year after the Time magazine article appeared, Representative John Culberson of Texas told Fox News:
Representative Culberson accurately described the border crisis as "The War on Terror."
Every day the border remains virtually open, the national security risk becomes more dire. Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez, Jr. told a subcommittee of the House Committee on Homeland Security:
Clearly, the open border is not an open question. The case is closed. The border should be, too. It is time that these devastating facts be brought to light in the national political arena. Our survival as a nation depends upon it. The enemy is invading, and our drawbridge is down.
 "Hezbollah uses Mexican drug routes into U.S." March 27, 2009 Sara A. Carter, The Washington Times
"A Line in the Sand: Confronting the Threat at the Southwest Border" p. 29-30. http://www.house.gov/sites/members/tx10_mccaul/pdf/Investigaions-Border-Report.pdf
"A Line in the Sand: Confronting the Threat at the Southwest Border" p. 30. http://www.house.gov/sites/members/tx10_mccaul/pdf/Investigaions-Border-Report.pdf
 "EXCLUSIVE: Al Qaeda eyes bio attack from Mexico," Sara A. Carter, June 3, 2009,The Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/03/al-qaeda-eyes-bio-attack-via-mexico-border/
"Bordering On Nukes?" Adam Zagorin, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004
"Exclusive! Rep. John Culberson," November 21, 2005, Fox News http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,176216,00.html
 "Written Testimony on "Examining Preparedness and Coordination Efforts of First Responders Along the Southwest Border" , Sigifredo Gonzalez, Jr. Sheriff, Zapata County, Texas Chairman Southwestern Border Sheriff's Coalition, Tuesday, March 31, 2009, p. 6 http://homeland.house.gov/SiteDocuments/20090331101204-32080.pdf