A BIT OF BOTHER ON THE BORDERS – AT 10:23 A.M. ET: Guess who's coming to dinner? From the Washington Examiner:
Somalis with ties to a terrorist organization are believed to be plotting to illegally enter the United States after being mistakenly released from custody in Mexico, a confidential federal law enforcement report said.
The report, obtained by the Washington Examiner, said that 23 Somalis who entered Mexico illegally earlier in the year were caught there, then released in late January.
Only 16 of the 23 people were identified by both Mexican and U.S. law enforcement officials, while the "other 7 are unknown," the report says.
Included in the group is Mohamed Osman Noor, 35, of Somalia, who U.S. officials suspect has strong ties to Al-Shabaab Mujahideen, an Islamist insurgency group in the ongoing war in Somalia with ties to al Qaeda.
The report was written by an intelligence official with the Laredo Sector Border Intelligence Center, a joint federal task force under the Department of Homeland Security that operates on the border.
"All were in Mexican Immigration custody due to illegal entry into Mexico and were released on January 21, 2010," it said. "All agents are reminded to maintain a heightened level of awareness and emphasize officer safety tactics when encountering individuals at all times. All agents are highly encouraged to wear ballistic armor, utilize long arms and work in groups when responding to illicit activity along the immediate border."
COMMENT: That's okay. Stay cool. They just want to come to register for Obamacare. No, not really.
For years there's been speculation that terror groups have been eyeing our southern border for logical entry points. Now, with Venezuela, Bolivia and Brazil establishing close ties with radical Mideast nations, the threat from the south becomes greater. This Somali group entered Mexico illegally, but one has to assume that Mexico wasn't their ultimate destination.
A source of legitimate concern. What are we doing about it?
April 6, 2010