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TEL AVIV – While U.S. government agencies have strongly denied a Judicial Watch report claiming there are ISIS camps near the U.S. border with Mexico, lawmakers have expressed fears the global jihadist organization is linking up with deadly Mexican drug cartels.
Such a partnership would not only help to facilitate the smuggling of jihadists into the U.S. but could ultimately translate into a devastating terrorist attack on American soil, such as an Electro Magnetic Pulse, or EMP, catastrophe.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Northern Command and the Texas Department of Public Safety all have denied the April 14 Judicial Watch report citing unnamed “sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.”
The sources claimed ISIS “has established its base around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as ‘Anapra’ situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.”
Judicial Watch further reported on an ISIS camp west of Juarez, which the organization said was planning to attack towns in New Mexico.
Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, said he contacted the Mexican government, DHS and the U.S. Northern Command, all of whom told him they have no intelligence indicating ISIS is operating on the U.S.-Mexico border. O’Rourke represents the border city of El Paso and the surrounding area.
“Stories like these are good at scaring people and getting attention for those who spread them,” wrote O’Rourke on his Facebook page. “But they are terrible for the country’s image of the border, for El Paso’s ability to recruit talent, and for our region’s opportunity to capitalize on the benefits of being the largest bi-national community in the world.”
Department of Public Safety Deputy Director Robert J. Bodisch also denied the Judicial Watch claims.
“The Department of Public Safety and its intelligence community partners have no such credible information to corroborate or validate this today,” Bodisch wrote in an agency memo.
It’s not the first Judicial Watch report claiming ISIS was using Mexico as a base to stage attacks in the U.S.
Last August, the watchdog reported “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,” citing anonymous “high-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources.”
In a report that made headlines last October, two Republican lawmakers told BuzzFeed that suspected terrorists had infiltrated the U.S.–Mexico border and as many as 10 jihadists were captured. The DHS at the time denied the claims.
Numerous U.S. lawmakers have repeatedly warned about ISIS teaming up with drug cartels.
In October, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., warned in a town hall conversation that “groups like the Islamic State collaborate with drug cartels in Mexico who have clearly shown they’re willing to expand outside the drug trade into human trafficking and potentially even terrorism.”
“They could infiltrate our defenseless border and attack us right here in places like Arkansas.”
Cotton was likely referencing the Judicial Watch report.
In August, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, a member of the House Judiciary Committee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, was asked on Newmax TV’s “America’s Forum” whether there was an ISIS-Mexican drug cartel connection.
“My opinion is yes,” he replied. “There seems to be at least a talking to each other. How much? I don’t know. But … drug cartels use the same operational plan as terrorist groups do. They kill their opponents, they behead their opponents, they brag about it and they have operational control of many portions of the southern border of the United States. Mexico doesn’t.
“The United States doesn’t,” he continued. “Otherwise they wouldn’t be crossing daily with their drugs. They’re as vicious as some of these other terrorist organizations. We need to recognize them that this is an organized international crime group. And we have to deal with them as such.”
The reports of terrorists trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border also took center stage during the 2012 presidential campaign, when candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney both warned terrorists infiltrating via Mexico posed a significant threat to U.S. national security.
Texas’s O’Rourke, however, was the public face of the Democrats in responding to those claims. He stated Republicans were simply trying to gin up opposition to immigration reform.
“There’s a longstanding history in this country of projecting whatever fears we have onto the border,” stated O’Rourke.
“In the absence of understanding the border, they insert their fears. Before it was Iran and al-Qaida. Now it’s ISIS. They just reach the conclusion that invasion is imminent, and it never is.”
If terrorists are teaming up with Mexican drug cartels, the implications could be cataclysmic.
Not only do Mexican drug gangs maintain sophisticated smuggling routes, some of the more dangerous Mexican group have evidenced guerrilla-like tactics already used in terrorist-style attacks.
On Oct. 27, 2013, for example, the criminal drug cartel known as the Knights Templars attacked electrical facilities and blacked out Mexico’s Michoacan state, which boasts a population of 420,000. During the blackout, the Knights Templars reportedly entered towns and villages at will, terrorized the citizens and police, and publicly executed leaders opposed to the drug trade.
In an attack still largely unexplained, on April 16, 2013, a sophisticated assault was carried out on PG&E Corp’s Metcalf Transmission Substation outside of San Jose, California, which supplies power to San Francisco and other areas. A team of gunmen fired sniper and assault rifles on the substation, severely damaging 17 transformers.
Peter Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, believes the assault could have been part of a terrorist group’s preparation for a future attack on the U.S. electrical grid.
Jon Wellinghoff, the former chairman of the U.S. agency responsible for grid security, also warned that the Metcalf attack was likely a dry run for a future large-scale attack.
On the same day as the Metcalf assault, North Korea flew its KSM-3 satellite on the optimum trajectory and altitude to evade U.S. radars and carry out a potential EMP attack drill.
Networks within U.S. cities
An ISIS-Mexican drug cartel alliance could cause pandemonium in U.S. cities. Mexican drug cartels have established major networks within the U.S.
Earlier this month it was reported that federal agents arrested 976 suspected gang members across scores of American cities in a large-scale operation in February and March. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said 199 of those arrested were foreign nationals.
Criminal street gangs are responsible for the majority of violent crimes within the U.S. and are the primary distributors of most illicit drugs, according to a previous report by the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center, or NDIC.
The NDIC was a task force established in 1993 to coordinate law enforcement actions to stop drug trafficking and to curb the growing threat of violent gangs in the U.S. The agency was closed by the Obama administration in June 2011.
In October 2011, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported that in 2009 and 2010 it arrested 5,270 illegal alien gang members across all 50 states.
A 2011 FBI report draws a far dimmer picture of the nature of criminal gangs operating domestically. According to the FBI, criminal street gangs – mostly comprised of illegal aliens – are acquiring high-powered, military-style weapons to engage in lethal encounters with law enforcement members and citizens alike.
States the report: “There are an estimated 1.4 million active street, prison and outlaw motorcycle gang members in more than 33,000 gangs operating in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.”
The report notes those numbers reflect an increase from 2009 figures due “primarily to more comprehensive reporting from law enforcement and enhanced gang recruiting efforts.”
In July 2014, WND reported the risk of ISIS infiltrating from Mexico, perhaps with the help of drug gangs.
WND senior staff writer Michael Maloof, a U.S. Defense Department analyst under President Bush, warned ISIS could use the Mexican border to infiltrate America, and it could happen “sooner rather than later.”
“MS-13 already are in over 1,100 U.S. cities, and, as a consequence, the infiltration capabilities are very, very high and the threat from them can be sooner rather than later,” Maloof warned at the time.
The news of JADE HELM 15 has caught the internet on fire. Now, coming out of the woodwork are the nay sayers, propagandists, and straight out liars. Yes, I am calling them exactly what they are, liars. Political Correctness stops here. The truth may hurt, but it is the truth. If you don’t like that, then either go to a different site or change your behavior.
There have been individuals from “trolls” to others that “claim” they are ex-Special Operations Command stating “this is not a real drill,” Or that “the documents have been modified.” These statements are not true, and are only being used in another “PSYOP” upon the American People. I will prove to you beyond the shadow of a doubt this operation is, in fact, true, and call these people out for what they are, liars! Anyone who tells you this is not a planned drill is lying to you either blatantly or by complete ignorance, neither of which is acceptable.
JADE HELM 15 is a (SOC) Special Operations Command (RMT) Realistic Military Training planned drill for the South Western United States covering seven states which broke in alternative media almost a week ago. Freedom Outpost’s Joe McMaster covered this on March 20, 2015. I will not sit idly by and allow our alternative media to be portrayed as “conspiracy theorists” by those that are ignorant or liars. I stand in defense of all the alternative media that have reported and helped to expose this very real “exercise/drill,” JADE HELM 15, to the American Public. I challenge the propagandists, liars, and PSYOP’s to debunk this! You have been caught with your pants down and now you are trying to do “damage control.” It’s not going to work.
On OFFICIAL: February 10, 2015 the Brazos County Commissioners Court held a meeting about “JADE HELM 15”. Ref: #4
OFFICIAL: Thomas Mead the JADE HELM Operations Planner/MSEL addressing Brazos County Commissioners on February 10, 2015. Including them planning “surgical strikes”, while the county commissioner makes a joke of it. Listen below:
Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/03/jade-helm-15-is-real-heres-the-proof/#2otfDbO1JveJe1uE.99
U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen ordered federal agencies to cease implementing Obama’s amnesty plan.
An attorney for Sheriff Joe Arpaio made a filing with the federal judge who ordered the halting of President Obama’s executive amnesty, asking that a hearing be held on Obama’s refusal to comply with the court’s order.
The attorney, Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, stated to the judge in the filing:
“Several reports indicate that the executive branch under the Obama administration has not complied with this court’s temporary injunction, but continues full-speed to implement a grant of amnesty and related benefits to approximately 5 million citizens of foreign countries who are illegally in the United States under the defendants’ November 20, 2014, executive action programs implemented by several memoranda issued by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.”
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U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen ordered federal agencies to cease implementing Obama’s amnesty plan; but, since then, Obama has warned that “one federal judge” will not stand in his way toward implementing amnesty.
Obama, according to the Washington Times, “told a Miami crowd that he will move ahead with his executive action on immigration and vowed that his administration will become even more aggressive in the weeks and months to come.”
Klayman noted in the filing: “The Obama administration is continuing to signal not only its disagreement with the court’s order, which is its right, but beyond that its non-compliance with the court’s order.”
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He went on to write:
“In short,” Klayman told the court, “President Obama’s defiant pledge in Miami, Florida, on February 25, 2015, to move forward aggressively with implementation of his deferred action amnesty by executive over-reach … more than suggests that the Obama administration is continuing to implement the executive action amnesty in defiance of the court’s temporary injunction.
“Given the strong reports that DHS is continuing to implement the programs that the court enjoined, the court should issue an order to show cause and call for clarification and assurance from the defendants that they are and will comply with the court’s temporary injunction, and if not take immediate remedial actions to [ensure] that the order is being complied with.”
Klayman also noted that Obama is threatening “consequences” to federal employees who obey the federal judge’s ruling to cease implementation of his amnesty.
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The stage is set for one of the most important legislative battles of the 114th Congress.
On the first day of the new Congress last month, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) reintroduced H.R. 24, the popular “Audit the Fed” bill, a measure first championed by former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.
Shortly thereafter, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Senate version, S. 264, with 30 co-sponsors.
It didn’t take long for the Washington Establishment to react with outrage – maybe because they know this bill now has an excellent chance of becoming law.
Shortly after Sen. Paul introduced S. 264, the Wall Street Journal online, in a column that reports on Global Central Banks, carried a headline “Yellen Prepared to Fight a Revived ‘Audit the Fed’ Movement.”
Wall Street Journal reporter Jon Hilsenrath noted that former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke had strenuously resisted such a proposal and that current Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen recently went on record saying that she would “forcefully make the case” against it.
Surveying the opposing forces, the Journal reported, “Ms. Yellen will have President Obama on her side again if the bill gets new life. She will also have the central bank’s 12 regional bank presidents, an influential but little seen force in Congress with strong connections in the deep-pocketed business and banking communities around the country.”
Apparently, the Fed isn’t taking any chances.
In the past few days, nervous Fed Governors have fanned out across America to denounce the effort on TV and in high-profile speeches.
Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser warned that it would empower Congress “to audit and question monetary policy decisions in real time.”
|“Audit the Fed” sponsor Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)|
Apparently forgetting the secretive and intensely political deals the Fed made with big banks during the 2008 financial crisis, Plosser added with a straight face, “This runs the risk of monetary policy decisions being based on short-term political considerations instead of the longer-term health of the economy.
Of course, it’s preposterous for the Fed to suggest it is not “political” while simultaneously lobbying elected officials at full tilt, including huddling in secret meetings with members of the Democrat Party.
Underscoring how nervous Washington’s power players are, Alan Blinder, a former Fed Vice Chairman who is currently advising Hillary Clinton, penned an insulting op-ed in the January 28 print edition of the Wall Street Journal, headlined “Beware of Woolly-Minded Attacks on the Fed.”
Blinder, a Princeton University economics professor, specifically targeted the “Audit the Fed” proposal, calling it “an old standby that has been rejected by Congress several times.”
Blinder is deliberately twisting the facts. Let’s review the record.
Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced the original “Audit the Fed” bill in the 112th Congress, and it passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming majority of 327-98 on July 25, 2012. In the 113th Congress, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) reintroduced Dr. Paul’s bill and once again it passed the House of Representatives on September 17, 2014 by a crushing margin of 333-92.
On both occasions, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) employed his usual obstructionist tactics and refused to schedule the popular bill for a Senate vote.
So Professor Blinder is lying when he argues Congress has rejected the bill. The truth is that one senator, Harry Reid (acting at the behest of Barack Obama and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke), scuttled the legislation.
It is likely that H.R. 24 will once again pass the House of Representatives by an overwhelming margin. If it achieves just 75% of its prior House support, the bill will still enjoy a veto-proof majority. Then the action will move to the Senate, where Harry Reid, now the Minority Leader, will no longer be able to bury it.
The Sound Money Defense League is firing up grassroots pressure to persuade Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and especially Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to schedule a vote.
Your support for the Sound Money Defense League is needed to make sure this happens.
Senate Democrats, possibly joined by some Establishment Republicans, could still derail the bill by mounting a filibuster. In that case, the bill would need 60 votes to pass.
Even if the bill passes the Senate, it is certain that President Obama will follow the advice of Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen and veto the bill. Congress could only override the veto by a 2/3 vote.
Achieving that will be a challenge, especially with the Fed using any means necessary to defeat the bill. Get ready for the Big Banks (remember they literally own the Fed) and the Washington politicians to flood the media with predictions of economic doom if the bill passes. Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, and Janet Yellen will all play a major propaganda role.
The key to success is to fire up enough grassroots pressure that the bill receives bipartisan support in the Senate, as it already has in the House.
So far, one Senate Democrat, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D–HI), has broken ranks and signed on to co-sponsor the bill with Sen. Paul. With enough grassroots pressure, more Democrats are likely to join her.
After all, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act (the bill’s formal name) is hardly a revolutionary idea. Congress and its accounting arm, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), routinely perform oversight, including audits, on federal agencies that are a lot less powerful than the Federal Reserve.
Of course, that’s really the point.
The Federal Reserve has become so powerful and so immune from critical scrutiny that its central role in economic policymaking is zealously hidden from public view.
That’s why this battle is one of the most crucial fights of this Congress. With your support today the Sound Money Defense League will mobilize the vital grassroots pressure needed to defeat the power brokers in Washington and on Wall Street.
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Pfarrer: Americans sold a bogus story of bin Laden kill mission
Retired SEAL Team commander Chuck Pfarrer, author of SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden, told Guns & Patriots that the Obama White House manufactured their own narrative of the SEAL raid that killed bin Laden for the purpose of a quid pro quo with Hollywood.
The 2012 action thriller “Zero Dark Thirty” allegedly tells the story about the May 1, 2011 SEAL raid code-named “Neptune’s Spear” on bin Laden who was hiding in Abottabad, Pakistan, is fictitious, said the former SEAL commander, who spoke to members of the SEAL Team Six, and other principals involved while gathering information on his book. “Look at the movie – it’s preposterous.”
The movie mimics Obama’s then counterterrorism advisor, John O. Brennan’s version of events, when he describes a bottom-up SEAL operation and a 45-minute, three-flight firefight that never took place, he said.
“Pakistani investigators found seven hand grenades on the third floor after the raid,” he said. “If the assaulters came from the ground floor, bin Laden would have certainly used them.”
As detailed in Pfarrer’s book, there was no evidence of a three-flight firefight, no spent cartridges and no bloody boot-prints. According to eye witnesses Neptune’s Spear was a top-down operation, not a bottom-up one, he said.
The helicopter landed on the roof of the compound, as planned, and the SEALs jumped down into the third floor, shot and killed bin Laden and one of his sons, said Pfarrer. “It was over in about 90 seconds.”
Eye witnesses said about 10 to 15 minutes into the operation, the helicopter came off the roof, unmanned, crashed nearby and was later deliberately blown up by the departing SEAL Team, he said.
“The American media stuck to the crashed-on approach story even though Pakistani news sources quoted bin Laden’s neighbors who saw the helicopters land on the roof,” he said.
Pakistan’s own investigation, the Abottabad Commission Report, quoted Pfarrer’s book and cited it as the most accurate description of the actions in the compound, he said. “The WhiteHouse did not get the story right, twice, so they clamped down on the last narrative–and stuck to it.”
A month before the raid, Sony pictures hosted President Obama for an in-studio fundraiser that took in a million dollars, said Pfarrer. Days after operation Neptune’s Spear, the White House gave Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal access to the situation room, classified documents, and interviews with officials who rolled-out the same false narrative, he said.
The press was complacent, he said. “Nobody asked about this symbiosis in the White House briefing room.”
Judicial Watch, a D.C. government watch group, met with closed doors in its attempt to receive information from the Obama administration. In July, they filed joint federal lawsuits against the Department of Defense for failing to produce answers to its FOIA request.
In a July press release, Judicial Watch said:
“We have assiduously pursued the Obama administration for the bin Laden death photos for more than three years, and we are not about to stop now,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “President Obama’s decision not to release the bin Laden photos is at odds with his promises to make his administration the most transparent in history. And we just want the truth so we can complete the public record on one of the most significant military operations, and successes, in United States history. We are concerned that the Pentagon, as this administration has repeatedly done, has destroyed documents or played other games in order to deceive the public and the courts. The fact that we have to file a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit about our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit shows just how insane this administration is when it comes to secrecy.”
Pfarrer said he was similarly stonewalled by the DOD and the Central Intelligence Agency while preparing his book. “I met with the CIA and got the run-around.” They refused him access to the situation room, composite pictures and live video that is in their possession, he said.
“My manuscript was vetted by the DOD who made changes to it,” he said. “At the highest levels of government my story has been confirmed.” Yet, when his book was released, the White House issued a character assassination of him, he said. “History deserves better. I stand by my story.”
The SEALs are the best in the world and the operation was a brilliant military success, he said.
“Nobody has to tell me about duty,” said Pfarrer. “Someone needs to tell the truth.”