Earlier this week, Judicial Watch published a report alleging that ISIS established a camp 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, and, with the help of cartels,
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.
However, other than the Judicial Watch report, I could not find another source for the ISIS story. The story received attention at several blogs and news outlets, but all relied on Judicial Watch. When it comes to stories on Latin America, it’s best to have at least two in-country original sources.
Judicial Watch now has another report, FBI Holds “Special” Meeting in Juárez to Address ISIS, DHS Not Invited
A high-level intelligence source, who must remain anonymous for safety reasons, confirmed that the meeting was convened specifically to address a press strategy to deny Judicial Watch’s accurate reporting and identify who is providing information to JW. FBI supervisory personnel met with Mexican Army officers and Mexican Federal Police officials, according to JW’s intelligence source. The FBI liaison officers regularly assigned to Mexico were not present at the meeting and conspicuously absent were representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It’s not clear why DHS did not participate.
Publicly, U.S. and Mexico have denied that Islamic terrorists are operating in the southern border region, but the rapid deployment of FBI brass in the aftermath of JW’s report seems to indicate otherwise.
While Judicial Watch is the only source so far, Judicial Watch in the past has been reliable. Additionally,
Last August JW reported that ISIS, operating from Ciudad Juárez, was planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level U.S. federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources confirmed then that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border had been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies were placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning the imminent terrorist threat.
Aside from the Judicial Watch report, here’s the situation: Cartels control all the smuggling through the US-Mexico border, and the cartel people will do anything for the right price.
I don’t know what to make of the Judicial Watch report.
But I firmly believe that border security is national security.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s blog.