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Friday, June 10, 2010     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Hizbullah building terror infrastructure in U.S., infiltrating from Mexico

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The following is excerpted from the 'Backgrounder' column, compiled by Bill Gertz.

The threat to the United States posed by Iranian-backed Hizbullah terrorists is growing and U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies have failed to adequately address the problem, according to U.S. intelligence officials. ShareThis

Hizbullah is continuing to build up its terrorist infrastructure within the United States through infiltration operations across the Mexican border and through other U.S. entry points.

However, little of the activity has been detected by the FBI, which has not been able to identify the networks, other than through some of its semi-covert fundraising operatives who have been caught.

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The most recent detection of Hizbullah infiltration dates to 2006 when FBI Director Robert Mueller stated in House testimony that “Hizbullah operatives were assisting others with some association with Hizbullah in coming to the United States.”

“That was an organization that we dismantled and identified those persons who had been smuggled in,” Mueller said, adding that they had come across the Mexican border.

The influx of Hizbullah, a Lebanese Shi'ite terror group that is considered a major terrorist surrogate for Iran, is believed linked to increased international pressure on Iran for its nuclear program.

U.S. officials fear that if the U.S. or Israel take military or covert action against Iran’s nuclear program preemptively, that Iran will unleash clandestine Hizbullah operatives in the United States to conduct major terrorist attacks.

The office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, a part of the director of national intelligence, launched a counterintelligence initiative several years ago to try and identify U.S.-based Hizbullah networks but the effort has been largely unsuccessful, U.S. officials said.

Michael Braun, former assistant administrator and chief of operations at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) told The Washington Times last year that Hizbullah is using the same southern narcotics trafficking routes as Mexican drug networks.

Hizbullah relies on "the same criminal weapons smugglers, document traffickers and transportation experts as the drug cartels," Braun said.

Concerns about Hizbullah in the United States followed a recent Pentagon report on Iran that stated that “we assess with high confidence that over the last three decades Iran has methodically cultivated a network of sponsored terrorist surrogates capable of conducting effective, plausibly deniable attacks against Israel and the Untied States.”

Through Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Qods Force, Iran has maintained terrorist surrogate capabilities around the world including the Middle East and North Africa, the report said, noting that “recent years have witnessed an increased presence in Latin America, particularly Venezuela.”

“If U.S. involvement in conflicts in these regions deepens, contact with the IRGC-QF, directly or through extremist groups it supports, will be more frequent and consequential,” the report said.


If the United States ever stops supporting Israel and backing them up God will allow more terrorist to infiltrate our country. The right to bear arms is very important, and should be supported, and I do. People need to wake up to everything that's going on around them. Some of the people can't see that God is trying to wake up to what's going on in our country and our world. God is the answer to our problems. I am praying for more and more people to turn to God and repent, for God is the final authority over all.

glenda mayfield      11:13 a.m. / Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I've lived in Israel and gone in and out since 1952, but two years ago on a visit in the Negev, I encountered Bedouin in western dress and was astonished at how much they resembled Mexicans in both demeanor and physical features. You could cast a western with them, and if Hizbullah is infiltrating its people into the States, we can expect big trouble.

E.S.Lombard      10:38 p.m. / Sunday, June 13, 2010

Next week the Obama administration is going to support a UN resolution to investigate Israel's action on the flotilla. When the U.S. stops Israel from protecting its border, then God allows terrorists to cross into the United States to destroy the country from within. Obama is a narcissistic idiot who is aiding terrorists and has doomed the United States.

Kim      2:12 p.m. / Friday, June 11, 2010

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