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News Terror Watch Along US Mexico Border

  1. May 26, 2010 #1

    chemisttree

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    The Department of Homeland Security has just issued a terror watch to law enforcement agencies in Texas. A Somali terrorist smuggler residing in Texas (how does that happen?) has been running a "large-scale smuggling operation" recently unsealed Federal court documents reveal. The http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/05/26/terror-alert-mexican-border/" states that, "Many of the illegal immigrants, who court records say were given fake IDs, are alleged to have ties to other now-defunct Somalian terror organizations that have merged with active organizations like Al Shabaab, al-Barakat and Al-Ittihad Al-Islami." The subject of the terror watch, a mister Mohamed Ali, is believed to be in Mexico and planning his trip north.

    Janet Napolitano was unavailable for comment. Likely she's busy reading Arizona's SB 1070 so that she can speak about it intelligently.
     
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  3. May 26, 2010 #2
    Eh? Smuggling drugs or what?

    Mohamed ali huh?
     
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  4. May 26, 2010 #3
    so now we've got about 200 Somali pirates on the mainland? what will they do, hijack freight trains with grenade launchers?
     
  5. May 26, 2010 #4

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    "A Somali terrorist smuggler residing in Texas" so I assume they're smuggling Somali terrorists?
     
  6. May 26, 2010 #5

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    Smuggling terrorists from Somalia into the US via the Texas-Mexico border. The terrorists are associated with Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in Somalia.

    Yes, Mohamed Ali.
     
  7. May 26, 2010 #6

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    From the Fox News article:
    Illegal immigrant has ties to defunct Somali organizations. Defunct Somali organization has ties to Al Shabaab. Al Shabaab has ties to Al Qaeda. That's 3 degrees of separation from Al Qaeda.

    I'm not saying these illegal immigrants are completely harmless, but I think the risks are being overblown here a bit.
     
  8. May 26, 2010 #7

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    Well I know somebody who used to live next door to a general's mechanic who said there was a big risk.
     
  9. May 26, 2010 #8

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    Why we never got control of the border after 911 is a complete mystery to me. This should have been one of the highest priorities. In my view, this is not only one of the biggest failures of the Bush adminstration [along with attacking the wrong country], but it made a joke of his war on terror. It esp made moot his rationale for trashing the Constitution.

    Ever since 911, and long before, any would-be terrorist could just walk here.
     
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  10. May 26, 2010 #9
    hasn't been on Obama's agenda, either, 'til this.
     
  11. May 26, 2010 #10
    We should start with the canadian border first imo that is if we are really worried about terrorists.
     
  12. May 26, 2010 #11

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    So should we - remember 1812
     
  13. May 26, 2010 #12
    Eh not really... I was more hinting at how it is easyer to get into canada then mexico and also easyer to cross into the US from it.
     
  14. May 26, 2010 #13
    But how easy is it to get into Canada and then get into the USA? After 9/11 Canada pretty much cracked down on terrorist activities, you may not have heard about it but one time it happened pretty much right down the street from me.

    Canada has a zero-tolerance for terrorism and we have even passed laws regarding it, what can you say about Mexico? Do they even look into terrorist activities or care about the well being of their own country and their neighbours??? No, to both, in my opinion.

    This comment actually slightly offended me, I'm not going to lie.

    EDIT: I don't even think what you said is factually true at all. You really think it's easier to get into Canada than Mexico??? I'd like to see some evidence to support that assertion, cause you're not presenting this as your opinion, your stating it as a 'fact that your attempting to hint at', so prove it.
     
  15. May 26, 2010 #14

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    From Afghanistan just cross into Pakistan then India, through the Himalayas into China, across Tibet, Mongolia , Russia, the Bearing straight and Alaska then it's easy to get into Canada.
    From there only the eternal vigilance of the TSA will keep them out of Vermont ( http://www.wptz.com/news/22826310/detail.html [Broken])

    Plus don't forget that some of the 911 hijackers flew into America passing over Canadian airspace - as the nice senator reminded us.
     
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  16. May 26, 2010 #15
    Ok your right I don't know for sure that it's easyer to get into the usa from canada from iran or some place. But I did live in minnesota and my family/many friends would cross from minnesota into canada for fishing ect often. Nobody at that time ever really checked anything besides if they had been drinking beer mby. And thats if you crossed at a place where a check point was set up...

    Also I find it hard to believe that it's easyer to get on a ship from iran to mexico then it is to canada but that's also just mostly a guess.
     
  17. May 26, 2010 #16
    The US I believe has heavier security on the US-Mexico border than the US-Canadian border. I think that Canada is actually probably more concerned about the Canadian-US border than the US is, though I am not too sure about that. As far as entering the US goes I am fairly certain that it is easier from Canada than from Mexico though entering Canada in the first place is probably more difficult than entering Mexico.
     
  18. May 26, 2010 #17
    I'v heard it's actually really easy to get into canada even without papers. And that it is easy to get offical papers in canada.

    Does anyone listen to coasttocoast? They talk about this type of stuff about every other week it seems.
     
  19. May 27, 2010 #18

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    Somewhat! The US -Canada border is often difficult to find, that's why people keep getting arrested going for a pizza or picking up a frisbee.

    Generally guns, hard drugs, tobacco, booze going north - BC-Bud going south.
    Of course it depends which politician on either side of the border you listen to that day.

    True although a terrorist is a lot more likely to land at a major US airport with a false passport and a valid visa than be snowshoeing across a mountain border somewhere in Saskatchewan.
     
  20. May 27, 2010 #19

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    Not exactly. Now defunct Somali organization merged with organizations like Al Shabaab.

    Again, not exactly. Al Shabaab aligned itself with Al Qaeda and stated its intent to harm the US.

    Who cares how far up the food chain you must go to find a bona fide AQ operative?
    A terrorist that goes to summer camp at Al Qaeda's farm is a dangerous terrorist regardless of some alleged 'tie' to the organization.... whatever that might mean.

    Possibly a pun on your part? The christmas pants bomber also had 'ties' to Al Qaeda. He learned, or almost learned, to make a bomb capable of killing hundreds. I don't want those responsible for stopping these people wasting their time calculating risk levels. I'd rather their hair was on fire and they overestimate the risk.
     
  21. May 27, 2010 #20

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    And an American president that campaigned alongside a long time IRA supporter and fundraiser is also a terrorist?
     
  22. May 27, 2010 #21

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    Entirely non sequitur. Did that president announce his intent to harm Britian?
     
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