Hezbollah on our doorstep: Radical Muslims in border towns

Tijuana, Mexico is more than seedy streets, a bullring, taco vendors, pharmacies, prostitutes and tequila.  In fact, it’s much more.  ABC 10 News in San Diego reports the Shi’a Muslim terrorist group Hezbollah has a long established foothold in the city.

A former U.S. Intelligence agent told 10 News “Their operators are far more skilled [than al-Qaida] they are the equals of Russians, Chinese or Cubans. I consider Hezbollah much more dangerous in that sense because of strategic thinking; they think more long-term.”

Hezbolah has operated in South America for decades and then Central America, along with their sometime rival/ sometime ally Hamas. Now, the group is blending into Shi’a Muslim communities in Mexico, including Tijuana. Other pockets along the U.S.-Mexico border region remain largely unidentified as U.S.intelligence agencies are focused on the drug trade.

According to the agent, the organization sees the U.S. as their “cash cow,” with illegal drug and immigration operations. Many senior Hezbollah leaders are wealthy businessmen. The group receives cartel cash and protection in exchange for Hezbollah expertise. “From money laundering to firearms training and explosives training,” the agent told News 10.

“The money they are sending back to Lebanon is too important right now to jeopardize those operations,” he said. The real concern is the group’s long-term goal of radicalizing Muslim communities. “They’re focusing on developing — infiltrating communities within North America,” according to the agent.

Read the complete report here. This is too important to overlook.

As far back as October 2001, WorldNetDaily reported in an article titled Arab terrorists crossing border, that there has been a “tremendous increase in OTM’s (law enforcement’s term for ‘Other Than Mexicans’). Illegals from the former Soviet Union, Asia, and the Middle East are joining the flood of Mexicans, Central and South Americans — all slipping in through our incredibly accessible and porous South border. Apprehensions have included illegals from the Sudan, Iraq, and even Iran.”

Note that the 2001 article by J. Zane Walley was datelined Cochise County, Arizona.

From your editors: We have added the following photo to the post since one of our readers thinks this blog is treating this issue “too mildly.”

30 Responses to Hezbollah on our doorstep: Radical Muslims in border towns

  1. Another LD11 PC says:

    And how does SB1070 stop a single one of them?

    IT DOESN’T.

    Wake up.

    Border security means securing THE BORDER.

  2. Ricky Lujan says:

    SB 1070 is one more tool in the toolbox. We have no magic bullet cure-all to end illegal immigration and bring to justice those who have broken our laws by taking up residence in our neighborhoods. SB 1070 says Arizona will do what it is able to do to solve some of the problems.

    We need much more interior enforcement, not less. Sitting on our hands waiting for the Fed’s to meet their constitutional obligation to end the illegal invasion is fruitless. Let’s pray for the day the border is 100% secure and interior enforcement is no longer needed.

    If only 1% of illegal entry is successful then it will be those who want to do America the most harm that make it through.

    • MacBeth says:

      Great response to the voice of constant dissent. Another LD11PC probably opposed Walt Disney as a 7 year old.

      A nation without an enforceable border is not a nation.

      • Another LD11 PC says:

        What did I state, MacBeth.

        Border security means SECURING THE BORDER.

        SB1070 does ZERO to do that and stops ZERO people from crossing.

        So, while you might feel great now that SB1070 has passed, Hezbullah sent another 1/2 dozen people across the border last night.

        So much for your opinion.

    • Another LD11 PC says:

      What does “one more tool in the toolbox” mean.

      More non-specifics.

      The FACT is SB1070 stops ZERO people from crossing the border.

      ZERO.

      That’s the FACT. The rest is fantasy.

      • Jill H says:

        LD11 pc, Interior enforcement is just fine and dandy with me! Stopping them at the border is preferred. Finding them through the legal remedies in SB 1070 is completely legitimate too. I gladly “concede” your point. SB 1070 does not stop them at the border – it is not border security. It still moves toward deporting bad guys and that’s great too. SB 1070 has the additional benefit of deterring more illegal crossings.

        SB 1070 is what Arizona is ABLE to do about the problem. We don’t want to wait for the feds to take care of us. Until the feds do their job, Arizona should be allowed to do all it can to solve the problems.

      • Another LD11 PC says:

        Jill, that’s false. The governor can put the National Guard at the border.

        Somehow our national guard can secure Iraq’s border, but can’t secure ours?

        C’mon? 1070 is all we can do? That’s patently false.

  3. Jane says:

    I’m convinced the only way to deal with the terrorists in Mexico is to deal with the terrorists in Wash D.C. who are on our payroll.

    Using this as an opportunity to bash Arizona law is silly. Drug cartels, Hezbollah, Chipotle Restaurants!…these aren’t border issues at the core. The problem is far deeper. As long as liberal donkeys and elephants are on Capital Hill, we will spend trillions defending foreign borders against Hezbollah, but we won’t defend our own borders against the same enemy.

  4. Another LD11 PC says:

    “I’m convinced the only way to deal with the terrorists in Mexico is to deal with the terrorists in Wash D.C. who are on our payroll.”

    HEAR HEAR!

    The chances of a Muslim terrorist impacting your life = .000001%

    The chances of a Washington DC terrorist impacting your life = 100%

    • Jane says:

      If you really believed that, you would not have tried to pull SB1070 into the conversation.

  5. TeaPartyPatriot says:

    When “You Lie!” hussein announces is latest AMNESTY-FOR ILLEGALS plan in Texas today, will he also include a “path to citizenship” for Hezbolah extremists?
    (BTW: Does AMNESTY-JOHN mccain also support the latter? I guess that depends on how many hezbolah illegals his wife uses in her beer distributorship.)

    • Another LD11 PC says:

      “Path to Citizenship” = AMNESTY

      Known Supporters
      John McCain
      Jon Kyl
      Jeff Flake
      Kirk Adams
      Mitt Romney
      Arizona Corporation Commission
      Utah State Legislature
      Lindsey Graham
      All current and former elected AZ Dems
      Obamanation

  6. American Dad says:

    And to deal with terrorist threats the feds are planning to implement a new system by which The Obamessiah himself (yeah?) will send text messages to our cell phones to alert us to impeding danger.

    For starters, Mr. Prez. how about keeping terrorists out of country? How about building the wall we’ve been promised? How about armed National Guard troops to aid armed Border Patrol personnel. Drop leaflets over Mexican border towns alerting them to the new policy. Then enforce it!!

    I want my children to know the America we had and are quickly losing.

  7. Steve Calabrese says:

    For once, Seeing Red is being too mild on an immigration related issue.

    In April, the Chair of the Arizona Hispanic Republicans gave a presentation to the Maricopa GOP EGC where he talked at length about the fact that Islamic Fundamentalists are heavily recruiting in areas that have heavy illegal alien populations.

    This is very alarming.

    • Seeing Red AZ says:

      Steve Calabrese:

      “Too mild” on this issue? We are giving the topic of Hezbollah’s longstanding presence in Mexico nearly 350 words — which is more coverage than you have seen in any of Arizona’s media. The Muslim radicalization of previous Catholic Mexicans is a phenomena that is also pervasive in prisons across the United States.

      The leaders of the Raza Unida Party (RUP), a “political party” created by MEChA, met with Yasser Arafat in Lebanon in 1980, (THIRTY-ONE years ago!) with a portrait of the Ayatollah Khomeini watchful over the festivities. We will add that photo to the post.

      If you want to take outlets to task on this issue, it shouldn’t be Seeing Red AZ. We have repeatedly covered this scourge.

      • Steve Calabrese says:

        Hey, I’m not arguing the content of your coverage. However, I think you should have mentioned the views articulated – rather persuasively – at the EGC about Islamic fundamentalist & Muslim Brotherhood recruiting here in Phoenix…not just over the border.

  8. Steve Calabrese says:

    To clarify my earlier post – recruiting here, in Phoenix. They are not at our doorstep. They are here, in our living room, and ransacking the fridge.

    • LD 6 PC says:

      Steve:
      My wife and I are PCs in LD 6. Recently we had a guest speaker who was an authority on radical Islam. He was the only scheduled speaker but was put to the end of the program so we could listen to a political consultant who makes his living via the not so clean elections scheme who was slipped in on the other man’s time. When the scheduled speaker was finally given time to speak, he had to curtail his prepared remarks, only giving “one-third” of his fascinating presentation. He took some questions at the conclusion. One incredibly naive PC actually stood up and said “This was not our fight. It is God’s.”

      When such important presentations are scheduled and then unnecessarily constrained it tells me that even the alleged conservative political activists in charge of this meeting, have their heads in the sand on this critical topic. And when a grown man who should be keenly aware of the countless instances of global Islamic terrorism, is not embarrassed to stand before a room full of people and utter such a foolish statement, that should tell you the lay of the landscape. God gave us brains and might. He never commanded us to roll over and sacrifice ourselves to Islam. We were so thoroughly disgusted, my wife and I left before the meeting concluded.

      • Steve Calabrese says:

        Concur. Religious tolerance is all very well and good, but considering that there seem to be millions of people in the world who cite Islam as the motivation for them to wish America ill, and considering that the Republican Platform advocates a belief in a just and righteous God – not some God who preaches that suicide bombers are the way to eternal paradise – and considering that there seems to be a concerted effort by the government of Mexico to use the immense illegal alien population here to further their goals of Mexican repatriation of the western states, well, then, I think the fact that there is a violent anti-American group recruiting here is certainly a relevant topic for a GOP meeting.

  9. Kathy says:

    But, but today Janet & the “O” said our borders were secure. And afterall the GOP wants to have a moat with aligators too – yuk yuk it up O, we all know your goal is to destroy this Country.

    • Kent says:

      He’s doing a damn good job of it, Kathy, Obama has expanded government in ways that were previously unthinkable, because our former presidents, whether Democrat or Republican, were Americans first and foremost. They would never bow to despots and Muslim potentates or impose federal takeover of American industries. The problem as I see it is that we now have generations who believe that government is their sugar daddy and needs to provide for them. So they greedily grasp the health care they think is free, without a concern about how it will be funded and maintained without severely restricting care. Social Security is broke and broken. We are a debtor nation, owned by the Chinese. We produce nothing in this country and outsource jobs that are desperately needed by our own citizens. Most egregious of all is the fact that our own leaders from Obama and McCain to Kyl and Jeff Flake all think the border should be further relaxed. They use the double talk of “guest workers” and never want to address the birthright citizenship granted to American born children of those “guests.” We are culpable in our own demise, when we call Islam a “Religion of Peace” or think we are such compassionate people by placing water and food stations in the desert for invaders. Our leftist religious institutions are a farce as are too many of our elected “leaders’ who have become adept at selling us out, as they work feverishly to ensure their next election — with our help.

      And who is the single outstanding Republican who can beat Obama? Once again we are splintering into factions while the dems unite. There is no one, folks. We’ve sat on our hands since this Marxist was elected, moaning and crying about what a bum he is, but we have done nothing to bring sanity to this crisis.

      • Steve Calabrese says:

        Jeff Flake wants to control the border, not relax it. Mexican farmworkers came over here for seasonal work for over a hundred years with no issues. It was only when we tightened the border up enough to be “inconvenient” to cross, but not tight enough to be effective, and combined that with an explosion of our social welfare system that we started having a problem.

        I have no problems with the border being locked down like a drum, and properly screened and documented Mexican nationals coming across to work and then return home, as long as they are tracked down and imprisoned if they violate the terms of their state.

        However, right now we have a giant underclass of illegals, and it seems that both parties have an interest in keeping them that way. There’s a lot of talk but no action whatsoever on actually solving the problem.

  10. retired attorney says:

    Who and where are the parties pictured? How explain the one person in the middle who is so much more clear than all the others?

    • Ah So says:

      As an attorney (retired or otherwise) aren’t you supposed to have at least a basic concept of investigative techniques so as to benefit clients? The type immediately below the photo clearly indicates the date (1980), the names of those in the photograph and the fact that they were visiting in Beirut, Lebanon. How difficult was that?

      • retired attorney says:

        While you were being insulting, I was doing the research you criticized me for not doing in your time frame.

        As an attorney, I realize that there are many smart and knowledgeable people who may already know the answer to the questions I posed.

  11. retired attorney says:

    These may be two of the persons pictured.

    http://www.aztlan.net/pena.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignacio_Garcia

  12. Ajo Joe says:

    Steve Calabrese:

    Your last comment shows your naiveté on the subject of illegals. I don‘t know how long you‘ve lived here or how involved you might previously have been with the issue, but I speak from firsthand experience when I tell you the “Bracero“ agricultural worker’s program you describe is not a workable solution in today’s world. In the 1940’s and 50’s the workers came across the border, picked crops and went home. It worked for them and it worked for the farmers. More recent history clearly shows that is unworkable, because they no longer want to go home. They stay and even those with families in Mexico, often start new families here with new girlfriends with the intention of using those niños as a link in the chain migration process. The Fourteenth Amendment granting birthright citizenship to babies born in the US to illegal alien parents must be repealed. That is but one major flaw in your argument.

    No doubt you are aware that only Canada and the United States stand out among industrialized nations still offering the gift of citizenship to children born to illegal parents? Numerous countries have repealed birthright citizenship laws in recent years.

    http://www.numbersusa.com/content/learn/issues/birthright-citizenship/nations-granting-birthright-citizenship.html
    The original bracero program was contracted during WWII and modified after the war. An important component of the agreement was the provision that Mexican nationals who came here to work and did not return to Mexico would not be paid from the account in which cash deposits were made in the Bank of Workers or Bank of Mexico — a stipulation that kept the program in check. However the vast majority of Mexican laborers desired to return to Mexico. Do you think that is even remotely on their minds today?

    My family has farmed in Arizona for generations. This is a topic with which I have more than just a passing knowledge or interest. The world has changed, Steve.

    • Steve Calabrese says:

      I agree the world has changed. However, do you see why a new program could not be created – with harsh penalties for non-compliance – that would encourage people to return home once their work is complete? It seems we have the technology to make it happen; we just lack the political will. Mandatory jail time for overstaying a work visa would help. Certificates attesting to the health of the workers – and saying that they are not pregnant at time of application – by pre-approved Mexican doctors, with that approval to be revoked if they are caught giving false certificates – would minimize the birthright citizenship issue. “Oh, you’re pregnant. Sorrry, can’t come in. And you don’t want to work in the fields in your condition anyway.” A very few might slip through the cracks, but they would be rare exceptions. No doctor will want their US certification for the exams revoked if the fees are juicy enough.

      • Ajo Joe says:

        Steve has decided he wants to give Jay Leno a run for his money and become a comedian. He’s just trying his shtick out on us.

        Encourage them to return home? There is no such inducement. They are willing to risk 125 degree desert heat in the summer to come here.

        Madatory jail time? Our jails and prisons are overcrowded as it is. And the costs involved are considerable. Many of these guys don’t live as well in Mexico as they do in our jails, so that would not count as a disincentive to them. You might not have heard, but the economy is in the toilet.
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        Make sure they’re not pregnant? You obviously need a lesson in human reproduction. Not being pregnant one day doesn’t guarantee you won’t be pregnant the next! And Hispanic male workers do a bang-up job of impregnating. It’s easy duty and fun, to boot.

        Using Mexican doctors? Like these? I found this posted right here on Seeing Red AZ. They don’t miss much.
        https://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2009/12/06/mexican-magic-trick-mothers-urged-to-give-birth-to-u-s-citizens/
        Gotta get back to work. I have to accumulate enough money to pay for Steve’s slick plans.

      • Steve Calabrese says:

        You say: Encourage them to return home? There is no such inducement. They are willing to risk 125 degree desert heat in the summer to come here.

        Well, then, let’s secure our border and shoot anyone coming over without authorization as invaders. Sounds good to me.

        You say: Madatory jail time? Our jails and prisons are overcrowded as it is. And the costs involved are considerable.

        Bad as things are in Mexico, I don’t think they’d overstay their visas if they knew it was a virtual certainty they would go to jail if they came across law enforcement in anyway.

        You said: Make sure they’re not pregnant? You obviously need a lesson in human reproduction. Not being pregnant one day doesn’t guarantee you won’t be pregnant the next!

        Well, I said, “Seasonal Guest Worker” program. Limit the visas to 5 months. With a 9 month gestation period for a fetus, that shouldn’t be a problem. Couple it with legislation that if a person gets pregnant and has a baby, that child becomes a ward of the state and has its identity concealed. Harsh, but if they want a guest worker program, they’ll have to play ball.

        You say: Using Mexican doctors? Like these?
        No, not like those. I’m talking about Mexican doctors who are pre-screened by us, and who understand 100% that if they play games and try to sneak people through, they’ll be barred from the program and permamently barred from ever entering the US legally.

        I still think a guest worker program can be passed, with draconian penalities, that would benefit the honest people out there who just want to work. As long as it was bundled with border security that is 99% secure, it would work. One step would be to start treating illegal entry to our country as a millitary issue rather than a social issue.