Sunday, April 03, 2005

April 4, 2005 - An Evening on the Southern Border

Hello Thinkers!

Grab a cup of coffee and join me if you will, in the desert of southern New Mexico...

The burnt smell of smokeless powder was beginning to fade. His nose was welcoming the returning smell of the southwest desert, in particular the creosote bush he had seen so much of before the sun set. But his ears rung painfully. At his feet, now on the soil of the Great Satan, lay his escorts. They were both in pools of blood being soaked up by the thirsty ground. Just two minutes earlier, they had made the last mistake of their lives. They had turned their backs on the diminutive Abbas.

After a brief stop for water and to rest his blistered feet, Abbas had motioned for the Mexicans to continue their trek into the US. They were happy to do so. The pair were being paid more than triple their usual fee for getting their guest into New Mexico and were fronted half when they met their new travel companion in Mexico City 5 days earlier. The catch was they had to avoid their usual illegal immigrant trails. They chose one of the less traveled drug running routes in the general area Abbas had suggested. It was more desolate and far less likely to encounter border patrols. If there was an afterlife, now the Mexicans knew why the Syrian wanted it this way.

When Abbas had indicated his rest was over, his escorts stood and turned north. They began joking and talking about the big money party they were going to have with their favorite whores once they got to Los Angeles. Neither of them had seen Abbas reach in his front pocket for his Makarov. Abbas could not see the fixed blade of the front site against the back of their heads, yet at point blank range, it didn't matter. One hollow point bullet in the base of each skull was enough to do the job, but Abbas gave them both one more for good measure.

He rolled the cadavers and was fishing through their pockets, looking for his $30,000. He would need the money more than they would. Once the cash was secured, he straightened up, not enjoying the noticeable pain in his back. He had been warned about this by The Medico. There was no time to waste. He thought about leaving the spent shell casings behind but did not want to tempt fate by handing over more clues than necessary - not now when he was on the cusp of jihad. He decocked the East German semi-auto and placed it in his waistband. Removing the flashlight from his pack, he let the light slice through the cool evening air. The shine from the brass was easy to spot against the desert ground. Each reach brought the pain in his back to the front of his mind. The Medico had given him a series of pills in increasing strength for when his pain worsened. Back in Mexico City, the Imam had warned Abbas not to use the medication until he absolutely needed it. His head needed to be as clear as possible. Abbas returned the flashlight to his pack, pulled out his handheld Garmin GPS and hit the power button. He waited for the unit to triangulate with the satellites overhead and thought about what else his Imam had said.

This jihad, Abbas was told, would be unlike any other, and would easily kill more infidels than the great nineteen had taken on September eleventh. Instead of highjacking planes, Abbas would carry the revenge of Allah in his blood. A blood that ran hot when his youngest brother left their home in Syria to fight the infidels in Iraq. A blood that boiled when Abbas heard that his brother was blown to pieces in front of a mosque in Fallujah. A blood that now carried what The Medico had placed there in his Mexico City hotel room. The Medico was not Mexican, he was Libyan. The gloves he wore were not thin hospital latex gloves, but thick rubber. Whatever was in the syringe, The Medico wanted no part of. He was not willing to run the smallest risk of being pricked. Abbas knew this was a one-way ticket once The Medico stuck his arm, and that is the way he wanted it. Abbas knew his brother was waiting for him in paradise. He missed his brother terribly. The Medico on the other hand, knew the painful death smallpox would cause, and that his three million dollar fee would set him up for life in San Paulo.

The GPS unit had synched. Abbas was close. He had less than two miles to go north northeast and just about thirty minutes to get there. He stepped over the bodies of his escorts and headed off. On the flat ground, this would not be a problem as long as his back held out. He took his first pain pill to ensure his timeliness.

When Abbas got to the destination indicated by the Garmin unit, he would be picked up by Hussein - or Henry as he was known at the Texas Oil refinery in Texas City. Henry worked there in the kitchen preparing food and had stolen a security badge and uniform for Abbas. Henry did not know Abbas, nor did he know about the smallpox incubating within him. Henry would not know his true role in this jihad. The Imam said it was best this way. The reality was that it was not uncommon for jihadists to think twice about their plans after spending time within the borders of the Great Satan, as Henry had done.

Tomorrow morning, Abbas was to go to work with Henry, and stay there until he was certain he was spreading the revenge of Allah to the workers of Texas Oil via their cafeteria lunches. From there, he was to execute a similar operation at the Marathon refinery for two days with the help of another unwitting accomplice. With whatever strength was left, he was to travel to the malls and cinemas of Austin. Under no circumstances, was he to allow himself to be caught by any police or official before his death. It was best not to tip the hand of Allah. His deathbed would be a hotel room in central Texas, paid for with the money he lifted from the Mexicans. He would be long dead before his cash ran out and the hotel manager came knocking. By then his task would be complete. The less the infidels knew, the better the revenge would spread. The care package from The Medico would help him fight the pain and malaise for as long as possible.

The Garmin unit Abbas held in his hand told him he had reached his destination. He looked to the west. In the distance, headlights approached through the dry evening air and eventually stopped. Abbas retrieved his flashlight and flashed it twice at the car. The headlights replied in kind as they resumed their approach. Abbas let out a long sigh and sat next to the road, lowering his head, resting his back. His jihad had begun.

...think this couldn't happen? Think your "Compassionate Conservative" president will protect you? Guess again.
Immigration plan envisions 'incentives' to illegal aliens
By Jerry Seper
Millions of illegal aliens in the United States would be free from arrest and deportation, have access to tax-deferred savings accounts and Social Security credits, and get unrestricted travel to and from their home countries under President Bush's guest-worker program.
According to previously undisclosed details of the president's plan, which some critics have described as a limited amnesty, the proposal offers numerous "incentives" for the 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens to come "out of the shadows," Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson, the nation's border and transportation security czar, told a Senate panel.
Syrians caught; in U.S. illegally
2 indicted on charges of impersonating Americans
Susan Carroll
Republic Tucson Bureau
Mar. 18, 2005 12:00 AM

TUCSON - A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted two Syrian men on charges of impersonating U.S. citizens after Border Patrol agents stopped them in southern Arizona and found an undocumented Mexican immigrant in their car.

According to a criminal complaint, Ala Salem Mamoud Al-Kurdi and Mohamed Tamman Nakchgandi, both citizens of Syria, were pulled over by Border Patrol agents on Feb. 18 on Arizona 86, a highway that runs through the Tohono O'odham Nation, a vast reservation southwest of Tucson.
MONTERREY, Mexico – Four Iraqis were detained at an airport in the border city of Mexicali for allegedly carrying false passports, and two more were caught at a highway checkpoint, authorities said Tuesday.

The four Iraqis arrived Friday at the airport in Mexicali, across from Calexico, California, on a flight from Mexico City and were detained after immigration officials discovered the Dutch passports they were carrying were false, said Abraham Sarabia, an attorney general spokesman in Baja California state, where Mexicali is located.
HEATH, Ohio -- Two men have been arrested in the case of a young woman who said she was raped, NBC4's Karin Hirschey reported.

Authorities said the two men are illegal immigrants from Mexico, which has led to the involvement of federal immigration and customs officials.

Daniel Rodrigues Arriaga, 25, and Carlos Suarez, 18, are in jail for allegedly raping the young woman Wednesday night. Three additional suspects, however, are still on the loose.
TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican police said on Thursday they had arrested four drug cartel hit men who used acid-filled tubs to dissolve their victims' remains.
U.S. crackdown nets 103 alleged members of MS-13 gang
MS-13 called an emerging threat to U.S.
Monday, March 14, 2005 Posted: 2:24 PM EST (1924 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 100 alleged members of the violent Central American street gang MS-13 have been arrested in a nationwide sweep, authorities said Monday.

Using information from local and state law enforcement agencies, federal agents charged 103 members of the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang with a range of criminal and immigration charges. The arrests came in the New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Newark, Miami and Dallas metropolitan areas over the last several weeks.

Officials said MS-13 is one of the largest and most violent street gangs in the United States, and the majority of its members are in the country illegally. The gang has carried out beheadings and grenade attacks in Central America and is known to hack their enemies with machetes in cities along the East Coast in the United States.
Illegals at power plant prompt call for legislation
By Stephen Dinan

Illegal aliens using false Social Security numbers were able to enter and work as contract painters at a power plant in Florida, including work near one nuclear reactor. Officials at Progress Energy, which runs the Crystal River Energy Complex in Citrus County, say they followed federal regulations and that the contractor should have better vetted its employees.
Gang will target Minuteman vigil on Mexico border
By Jerry Seper

NACO, Ariz. -- Members of a violent Central America-based gang have been sent to Arizona to target Minuteman Project volunteers, who will begin a monthlong border vigil this weekend to find and report foreigner sneaking into the United States, project officials say.
James Gilchrist, a Vietnam veteran who helped organize the vigil to protest the federal government's failure to control illegal immigration, said he has been told that California and Texas leaders of Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, have issued orders to teach "a lesson" to the Minuteman volunteers.
The MS-13 gang has established major smuggling operations in several areas along the U.S.-Mexico border and have transported hundreds of Central and South Americans -- including gang members -- into the United States in the past two years. The gang also is involved in drug and weapons smuggling.
Gang members in America have been tied to numerous killings, robberies, burglaries, carjackings, extortion, rapes and aggravated assaults. Authorities said that the gang has earned a reputation from the other street gangs as being particularly ruthless and that it will retaliate violently when challenged.
The MS-13 gang, with 20,000 members nationwide, has risen in recent months to such prominence that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, has begun a nationwide crackdown on gang members in this country -- as part of a sweeping law-enforcement initiative known as Operation Community Shield.
March 31, 2005
Al-Qaeda made surprising advances in 'Agent X' bioweapon, report says
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Al-Qaeda had progressed much further toward developing a particular biological weapon before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks than the United States realized, the presidential commission investigating intelligence on weapons of mass destruction found.

The intelligence community was surprised by al-Qaeda's advances in a virulent strain in the disease, which the commission identified only as "Agent X" to prevent al-Qaeda from knowing what the U.S. government has learned.

The discovery of al-Qaeda's work came only after the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power, according to the report.

"Al-Qaeda's biological program was further along, particularly with regard to Agent X, than prewar intelligence indicated," the report reads. "The program was extensive, well-organized, and operated for two years before Sept. 11, but intelligence insights into the program were limited."

It was not so advanced that al-Qaeda had a functioning weapon, the report says.

U.S. officials have previously said they found signs of al-Qaeda's work in anthrax weapons in Afghanistan, but it was not clear if Agent X referred to anthrax. Other diseases that may be turned into weapons include smallpox, plague and Ebola.
Independently, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Russian scientists have identified smallpox (variola) as the greatest bioterror threat. The virus is highly contagious, has a low infective dose, is stable, could be easily deployed and kills approximately one-third of those it infects. As a result, variola is capable of affecting public health and medical infrastructures on a very large scale.
The US lists Iran, Iraq, Libya and North Korea as countries under suspicion of having variola virus stocks. No conclusive evidence that variola proliferation has actually taken place has been presented in public. According to the Washington Post1, a US intelligence review also indicated that the Al Qaeda network has made attempts to obtain the virus.


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