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November 7, 2006

A congressional probe and the boasts of an al-Qaida leader indicate terrorists have already crossed the border and infiltrated the United States -- and their weapons of choice may include dirty bombs, says Investor's Business Daily (IBD).

The Times of London reported last month that according to International Atomic Energy Agency figures, smugglers have been caught 300 times since 2002 trying to traffic radioactive materials that could be used to make a dirty bomb.  Most incidents apparently were in Europe, but considering our porous border, the United States is clearly at great risk.

"Suspected terrorists are hiding inside the United States and they got here by sneaking across the Mexican border," according to an investigative report by KRGV-TV in south Texas.

  • A five-page section of a new analysis from House Homeland Security Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), is devoted to terrorist infiltration.
  • It documents the discovery by law enforcement officials of terrorist paraphernalia near the Rio Grande.
  • The McCaul report found that hundreds of illegal aliens from the Middle East were successfully smuggled over the border into the U.S., including members of the terrorist organization Hezbollah.
  • The FBI reports that citizens from nations with an al-Qaida presence are learning Spanish and changing their names to make them Hispanic-sounding in order to pose as Latin Americans and cross the border more easily.
  • Hugo Chavez's regime in Caracas has even provided identity documents to nationals of countries that support terrorists; several Pakistanis recently were caught at the border with such fraudulent Venezuelan papers, the report noted.

Federal law enforcement authorities estimate that only between 10 percent and 30 percent of illegal aliens get caught crossing the border.  Can there be any greater priority for Homeland Security in America than full control of who gets into this country?

Source: Editorial, "Border Terror," Investor's Business Daily, November 7, 2006.


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