Skip to comments.Terrorists are using Canada as a launching pad to illegally enter America.
Posted on 11/18/2003 4:51:22 PM PST by holyscroller
SEATTLE -- Terrorists are using Canada as a launching pad to illegally enter America.
An exclusive KIRO Team 7 Investigation uncovers not only are terrorist recruitments going on in British Columbia, but holes in border security between there and Western Washington are an open gate, letting terrorists walk right in.
KIRO Team 7 Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne exposes the threat from Vancouver.
This city wants to be known as our friendly neighbor to the north and host for the 2010 Winter Games.
However, a KIRO Team 7 Investigation discovered it's also home to 55 known terrorist organizations, some of which would do anything to kill Americans.
Hezbollah, Hamas, the Armed Islamic Group, al-Qaida, and the Army of Mohammed aren't confined to terrorist training camps in the Middle East. National security insiders tell KIRO Team 7 Investigators hundreds of seasoned terrorists are hanging out in British Columbia.
"Those people have a hate for this country," said Carey James, retired Border Patrol Chief and current undersheriff of Whatcom County. "Some of the intelligence I had access to said there were terror groups; organizations from all over the world. Every group you can think of has a cell in the Vancouver area."
The sleeper cells aren't just sitting idle.
The Royal Mounted Police tell KIRO Team 7 Investigators al-Qaida is dealing drugs in Vancouver to raise money for its cause. Justice Department sources also tell us this year known terrorists have been probing our porous border just north of Seattle.
"It's a genuine threat to this country," said former U.S. Border Patrol Deputy Chief Gene Davis.
Davis continues to advise Congress about northern border security.
"I'm telling you the threat up there has not diminished one bit. It's probably greater now than ever before and greater right here in this area," Davis said.
KIRO Team 7 Investigators uncovered some pretty scary lapses already. A smuggler successfully walked a group of Pakistani men down a pipeline underneath a broken border camera this summer. Authorities caught two at Sea-Tac Airport, but as many as five others remain at large.
"I think it's well known what can potentially cross the border. They've already crossed," said Daryl Schermerhorn.
Schermerhorn is a current Border Patrol agent along the Blaine sector, a 40-mile stretch of Canadian-U.S. border.
He says the biggest problem agents have right now of stopping potential terrorists is a new Border Patrol mandate: Don't arrest anyone, just chase them back into Canada.
"If you're making arrests, bringing them to the office, identifying them, interrogating them -- then you can gather intelligence. You can't gather intelligence from people you don't arrest."
No arrests mean the terrorist watch list is useless.
"If you're not going to catch 'em, don't know who they are, how you gonna check the list?"
Adding to security problems, the new super-computer remote cameras established to catch trespassers along the northern border still don't work as promised.
KIRO Team 7 Investigation first broke the story last year and very little has changed: $8 million over budget and cameras break down every day.
"It's been shown time and time again that they don't work well in certain weather conditions and those issues haven't been addressed," said Schermerhorn.
Due to national security reasons, KIRO Team 7 Investigators aren't going to reveal the exact location of this camera pole, but we do want to reveal one of the great deficiencies here. There are supposed to be two cameras, one for day and one for night. But agents tell us, the night vision broke months ago and there are no spare parts to replace it.
The Justice Department has ordered at least 400 new agents be assigned to the northern border in the coming months. We're told top officials in Washington, D.C., are nervous that the next big terrorist attack will have Canadian roots.
Canadian House of Common member Val Meredith hopes that's not true, but admits her government has been lax.
"We're very critical that the government hasn't moved strong enough, fast enough, in identifying the terrorist organizations like Hamas," said Meredith.
This Member of Parliament also warns us to look within. She says there is proof already that terrorist recruiting is occurring at local Mosques.
We're not just talking about foreigners; we're talking about our own young people being pulled into this circle of violence and terrorism.
International security experts say that since 9/11, Canadian immigration policies have toughened up. However, some members of parliament say prior to that, Canada did allow some well-known terrorists to slip into Vancouver. Then they disappeared.
yeah yeah .. whatever
Vancouver is but a small part of the Northwest problem. The Washington border is a long stretch through some of the most rugged and desolate country that this nation has to offer. Not to mention that the ferry crossing from Victoria to Port Angeles is a vehicle ferry and a tremendous security concern.
NATIONAL POST.com (A Part of CANADA.com): "CANADA TERRORIST HAVEN: GLOBAL RISK CONSULTANT Lax Immigration, Security Policies Can Be Exploited" by Stewart Bell (ARTICLE SNIPPET: ""Martin will ... take over at a time of heightened concern that Islamic extremists linked to or inspired by al-Qaeda will attempt to stage an attack in Canada or use Canada as a staging point from which to launch further attacks in the U.S.," the report said. "Undoubtedly, Islamic and other militants will continue to seek to exploit Canada's liberal immigration laws and relatively weak law enforcement to establish themselves in Toronto, Montreal and other urban centres."") (November 12, 2003) (Read More...)
EL-UNIVERSAL.com.mx - THE HERALD (Mexico Edition): "REPORT RAISES SECURITY FEARS" by Juan Arvizu/El Universal (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Migrant smuggling through Mexico into the United States has become a major national security risk, according to a report from the Interior Ministry. The report says migrant trafficking organizations are diversifying into other areas of crime, which broadens their international connections and creates a national security risk. "Connections between people trafficking and other crimes, relating to terrorism as well as trafficking of minors, organ smuggling, money laundering and forging documents," is creating a major national security risk, the report says.) (November 16, 2003) (Read More...)
US DOJ.gov - Press Release: "THIRD DEFENDANT PLEADS GUILTY IN CASE INVOLVING SCHEME TO SELL VISAS" (PRESS RELEASE SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON, D.C. - Assistant Attorney General Christopher A. Wray of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott of the Eastern District of California announced today that Ramesh Kumar Jaisingh has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to defraud the United States, bribe State Department officials and commit visa fraud. Jaisingh, 57, of Fairfax, Virginia, entered the plea at U.S. District Court in Sacramento, California. He faces a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 at sentencing, scheduled for Feb. 20, 2004.") (November 14, 2003) (Read More...)
FOX NEWS.com (AP): "LOST RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL RAISES DIRTY BOMB FEARS" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON - Federal investigators have documented 1,300 cases of lost, stolen or abandoned radioactive material inside the United States over the past five years and have concluded there is a significant risk that terrorists could cobble enough together for a dirty bomb.) (November 10, 2003) (Read More...)
Posted 14 November 2003--The hitting Coming to America is a day of 19 ! Today or Tuesday !
Originating Source: [REDACTED]
Analyst: Jill St. Claire
[BEGIN QUOTED MESSAGE] A warning by an unknown Islamic organization claims nineteenth movement of the Islamic clarification of the occurrence of imminent attacks in Washington and New York and Los Angeles.
...the hitting coming from the Al-Qaeda Organization to the United States of America becomes imminent, and it may symbolize the number 19 to a code related to the operation. Since As the movement becomes optimistic about the number 19 and it is the number of hijackers of the famous operations on 11 - a Sbtmir - 2001 - I expand on this...
Since it may be 19 November ( ? )... And it may be today Friday 19 Ramadans ( according to the fast of the people of Mecca ) because the organization name itself vontains the number 19 !!
In the days that follow, the hidden will be disclosed !!!
A moved ( a young man - the reform ) ........
And I do not say except : - amen .................
The hitting coming to America is a day of 19 ! [END QUOTED MESSAGE]
Analyst Note: This message was selected for posting as it references the symbolism of numbers within various "coded" messages.
It will take you and everyone else that is concerned about it calling or writing their representatives (not email, a letter or postcard).
When did you last call them?
Here, I will help you out.
202 224 3121.
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