In October 2014, Judicial Watch (JW) reported that four ISIS terrorists “have been apprehended in the last 36 hours by federal authorities and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in McAllen and Pharr.” The information was provided by a source within Homeland Security, according to JW.
California Congressman Duncan Hunter claimed that no less than ten ISIS fighters had been caught crossing into Texas to date and that his information was provided to him directly from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
In August, JW reported that “that Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED).”
After Congressman Hunter made the claim on Fox News, the main stream media did some investigating of their own and found no evidence to corroborate Mr. Hunter’s assertion. They said that both Homeland Security and the Texas Department of Public Safety found no evidence of such activity. In an email to Politifact Texas, DHS spokes lady Marsha Catron, wrote: “The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground. DHS continues to have no credible intelligence to suggest terrorist organizations are actively plotting to cross the southwest border.”
DPS deputy director, Robert Bodisch, wrote: “An unsecure border is certainly a vulnerability that can be exploited by criminals of all kinds, and it would be naïve to rule out the possibility that any criminal organization would not look for opportunities to take advantage of security gaps along our international border. That said, DPS does not have any information to confirm the specific statements recently reported in the press.”
I find it interesting and quite telling that a Texas DPS official sounds a lot like Obama. He seems, like Obama, to take great pains not to mention the words “terrorism” or “terrorist,” but rather “criminals of all kinds” and “criminal organization.”
And now there’s this. Remember the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez just mentioned? It seems that ISIS is not just using it as a jumping off point for entry into the United States.
According to Judicial Watch, ISIS has set up a base camp just west of the city.
JW writes that “During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.”
Coincidently, the same Fort Bliss increased base security two days after the October JW report. I can tell you for a fact that no military base will ever increase security without a confirmed credible threat. It is never implemented on a whim, or as the DOD put it, over “the constant concern for the safety of military members, families, employees and civilians.”
Mexican law enforcement and intelligence officials confirmed that the terrorists are working in concert with ruthless drug and human traffickers, the Juárez Cartel, to “help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas. These specific areas were targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces, and the relative safe-havens the areas provide for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling that was already ongoing.” Wow! This is right out of the 2012 film Act of Valor.
So who are we to believe? Do we trust that the Obama DHS, previously run by that hack Janet Napolitano, and now headed by the hack Jeh Johnson, is being straight with us? Do we trust the DPS Deputy Director not to dance around the truth, as he appears to have done?
Or do we trust Judicial Watch, an organization that is right about 99% of the time and is no doubt well aware of the pit falls of publishing false or inflated claims.
For safety sake, I’d like nothing more than to find that Judicial Watch got this one wrong, but I’m afraid we’ll find out the hard way that they were right again.