Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Secure the Mexican Border Now! Why do we Americans have to beg for our security?

This article from the Washington Times today could not be any more clear that the southern border is a huge security risk. In fact, the dangers have been known since 2005. Here are some excerpts:

"Hearings I held in Laredo [Texas] last year and this DEA report show that our southern border is a terrorist risk," Mr. Royce said. "Law enforcement has warned that people from Arab countries have crossed the border and adopted Hispanic surnames. The drug cartels have highly sophisticated smuggling and money-laundering networks, which terrorists could access."

"We are the eyes and ears when it comes to gathering intelligence on the cartels and smugglers," said the DEA official. "What we know for sure is that persons associated with terrorist groups have discovered what cartels have known all along — the border is the backdoor into the U.S."

According to a Department of Homeland Security intelligence report obtained by The Times, nearly every part of the Border Patrol's national strategy is failing.

"The ability for people to completely transform their nationalities absent of their own identities is a dangerous step in the evolution of this cross-border operation," he said. "This is a true threat."

President Bush and all members of Congress: Are you going to continue to ignore this report and continue to endanger thousands of American lives?


(Hat tip to Dirk Diggler over at LGF)