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Thursday, June 3, 2010     FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

Janet Napolitano offers to help put stop to illegal border crossings — in Saudi Arabia

ABU DHABI — The United States government, which has difficulty controlling its own borders, has agreed to help Saudi Arabia secure its dangerous border areas near Yemen.

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  • "It is a very rough border, very difficult to protect from illegal crossings," U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

    In late May, Ms. Napolitano met Saudi leaders to discuss a range of security programs, including training, joint exercises, intelligence and arms sales. Officials said both the Americans and Saudis agreed that the Iranian-backed Shi'ite insurgency from Yemen was the leading threat to Riyad.


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    Officials said Riyad and Washington were expanding cooperation in protecting the kingdom's borders from insurgents and smugglers, Middle East Newsline reported. They said the biggest threat was the Shi'ite insurgency in neighboring Yemen, which shares a 1,600-kilometer border with Saudi Arabia.

    Officials acknowledged that thousands of Yemenis were infiltrating Saudi Arabia despite recent border security measures. They said many of the Yemeni infiltrators were smugglers.

    "So many of our discussions were about how to protect a very tough, geological, topographical border from illegal crossings," Ms. Napolitano said during a visit to the Saudi kingdom on May 31.

    Officials said Saudi Arabia and the United States were also expanding their intelligence exchange. They said the expansion began during the Yemeni Shi'ite war in southern Saudi Arabia in November 2009, which included the capture of two Saudi towns.

    "We all share a concern about terrorist activity emanating from Yemen," Ms. Napolitano said. "Actions of the U.S. in Yemen are with the consent, cooperation of the government of Yemen."

    Officials said the U.S. military was modernizing the Saudi Arabian National Guard as well as Interior Ministry security forces. They said Riyad has ordered hundreds of millions of dollars worth of air- and ground-based reconnaissance equipment to monitor the desert border with Yemen.

    Another area of consultation has been the Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which operates in both Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Officials said most of the AQAP leadership was comprised of Saudi nationals.

    "The security coordination is very strong with Saudi Arabia," Ms. Napolitano said.




    Comments


    So the first thing that bugs the hell out of me is simply the headline. In recent weeks any news headline speaking about any issue on the US border(s) and the media won’t even use the term "illegal Immigrants" anymore….it's now "migrant" but 1.) The term migrant or immigrant implies a process was followed to gain that status, and 2.) they are crossing illegally!....the news media can't call US stories by the correct headline "Illegal Border Cossings" but they have no trouble using that term in a headline when talking about Saudi. (I don’t see the difference between what they are facing and what Texas, AZ, New Mexico, and CA are facing.) Seriously can we be a little less concerned about hurting the feelings of those who are ILLEGALLY entering America please! (Of course the plan is to get them to be legal voters so they can keep their jobs forever and ever!) Then I can deal with the rest of the story and how our money is going to secure the border of another country when she couldn't (or wouldn’t) fix ours here in AZ, and certainly has done nothing to help any other states once she got into the White House....she is just another perfect example of politics, position and power and how it can help the politician instead of "We The PEOPLE"! We are fed up and we want our elected officials to stand up for America, even when the President of Mexico comes to dinner. We need to get back to America First; if our own elected officials won’t stand up for us then it’s time to elect them out and elect someone who is proud to be an American and will address our needs and rights FIRST!

    SAB      12:36.m. / Thursday, June 9, 2010


    While I did not agree with Janet's politics I did like her as a person; always thought she had a great sense of humor. But this is beyond "humor". Americans are dying on American soil; in their homes; on their land and Janet turned a blind eye to the problem while she was Governor. Now she is helping Saudi Arabia? Who is paying for the training? I do not authorize that money coming out of my taxes. When will this nightmare in Washington end?

    Carole V. Bartholomeaux      2:02 a.m. / Thursday, June 9, 2010


    Shame on you Ms. Napolitano!!! You not only stated that you hadn't read SB1070, so you couldn't speak intelligently about it, you now want to protect other countries from ILLEGAL immigrants. I as a citizen of the state that you were governor of need protection too.

    Sharon B.      10:02 p.m. / Thursday, June 9, 2010


    The Saudis must want the illusion of border security not an actual secure border. Perhaps, this is the covert mission. Sleight of hand.

    Maureen A. Wilson      3:29 p.m. / Sunday, June 6, 2010


    Since the 9/11 terrorists were Saudis, and the Saudi-financed religious schools in Muslim countries as well as in the U.S. teach hatred for us infidels, Napolitano's visit and advice on border security is deserved punishment.

    Syd Chaden      12:56 p.m. / Sunday, June 6, 2010


    Janet Napolitano Did nothing for Arizona. What makes anyone think she'll do any better for Saudi Arabia. Where is the rest of the media? Why are they not covering this?

    Arizona Spirit      11:17 a.m. / Sunday, June 6, 2010


    I don't see how they can offer that when they can't even protect Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. What a bunch of hippos.

    Mary Johnson Muna      8:18 a.m. / Saturday, June 5, 2010


    DHS isn't making any money from the illegals crossing in the Middle East so maybe they will do a better job there than here in the US. What part of Homeland is it Napolitano doesn't get??? Why are we there? Why are they not closing our borders here?? Unbelievable!

    Michael Shatswell      2:57 a.m. / Saturday, June 5, 2010


    Who knew the Saudi's were such racists??? I wonder what race baiting Nazi came up with their hate based border security plan? After all, the Yemeni's aren't SMUGGLING, they're just trying to make a living, selling things the Saudi's won't sell. Right?

    Jeff      1:25 a.m. / Saturday, June 5, 2010


    What part of HOMELAND SECURITY does she not understand? This agency was created after 9-11 and FEMA went under it. FEMA is the former CIVIL DEFENSE! This border issue has nothing to do with Homeland Security. OUR borders in the north and the south do, but I guess she's too busy.

    Charles Giles      9:06 p.m. / Friday, June 4, 2010


    Great now another country can have borders that leak like a sieve just like ours.

    deyone      8:20 p.m. / Friday, June 4, 2010


    As a former Arizonan I just want to say I was happy to leave AZ when this bass-clown was governor. Napolitano made the border problem in Arizona worse, and I can't believe she is considered an expert at anything. There is no such thing as 'Homeland Security' with her in charge.

    GI Jack      7:55 p.m. / Friday, June 4, 2010


    Uh excuse me . . . . You are supposed to be working for us! You know? Us. The United States of America??? Disgusting! Disgusting! Disgusting!

    Judie      7:41 p.m. / Friday, June 4, 2010


    As an Arizona resident, I have to say, Thank you very much Ms. Napolitano. Perhaps you should stay for a couple of weeks in a border town here in AZ. I'm sure it'll be enlightening.

    Angela Francis      6:55 p.m. / Friday, June 4, 2010


    How can she help Saudi Arabia. She can only make their border issues worse. Does Saudi Arabia want help or want to fail to secure thier borders. Saudi Arabia Border patrol can do better if they get help from the Russians that use to guard the Berlin Wall. Now that was security. Janet is clueless and is only making U.S. security worse not better.

    danfinrud      6:49 p.m. / Friday, June 4, 2010


    Exactly WHAT am I missing? I can't wrap my brain around this idiocy!

    Sandy      6:47 p.m. / Friday, June 4, 2010


    We BEG for the govt to help us secure our American borders and she laughs and ignores us, but now she's offering to help a foreign government secure their's? If ever there was doubt that our current administration didn't give a crap about this country, this article should remove it.

    White Deer      6:06 p.m. / Friday, June 4, 2010


    Unbelieveable! Have we entered the Twilight Zone?

    David      5:13 p.m. / Friday, June 4, 2010


    This "Department" of the U.S. Government can't even protect its' own borders! What gall to offer assistance to the Saudis when we desperately need the same HELP! Maybe she can assist with brain surgery or nuclear plant design which makes about as much sense!

    Charles Chosewood      9:11 a.m. / Friday, June 4, 2010


    This is a joke, right?

    Denise      7:10 a.m. / Friday, June 4, 2010

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