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Homeland Security report: African human-smuggling rings could bring terrorists over the border

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By See-Dubya  •  July 10, 2008 01:00 PM

Very interesting–both for the intercontinental flavor of these coyote rings, and because of the candid admission in an internal government report that terrorists could take advantage of our unfenced, under-patrolled border:

Intelligence officials are focusing new attention on these networks that smuggle people from Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan — known havens for terrorists, including al-Qaida — according to an internal government assessment obtained by The Associated Press.

In the 12 months that ended last Sept. 30, U.S. officials caught 372 East Africans trying to get into the country, the assessment said.

Long, three page AP report there and I’m surprised it hasn’t gotten more attention yet.

Here’s an interesting detail that didn’t make it into the AP report: if you’re wondering where this smuggling ring they discuss got its fake documents, this newspaper report from Belize might offer a clue:

“Sampson Lovelace Boateng, 53, admitted that between approximately June 2006 and February 2007, he conspired with others to smuggle unauthorized aliens to the United States by providing them with fraudulently obtained Mexican visas,” said the release. “Boateng charged approximately $500 per visa. These documents, which Boateng obtained through a corrupt employee of the Mexican Embassy in Belize, enabled East African aliens to travel into Mexico and reach a point where they could be smuggled across the southern U.S. border.”

Boateng, who was formally arrested in the US on November 5, 2007, reportedly operated as a car dealer while in Belize. He was extradited from Belize after he and two other Ghanaians – Frank Boateng (his brother), 28, and Gwame Boakye, 26, as well as his the common-law wife, a Belizean woman named Irma Valencia, 49, were arrested in connection with what police had said was a major immigration scam.

Valencia was employed as a secretary at the Mexican Embassy while the scam was ongoing.

Good work by ICE (and DEA) in shutting this ring down, and I’m glad to see that someone inside government has the guts to admit there’s a terror risk at our southern border. I wish they’d shout it a little louder.
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Speaking of terrorists in Africa, here’s the ultimate culture clash: racy French TV programming is filtering through the (satellite) airwaves to North Africa, and threats come filtering back:

Canal-Plus, France’s first pay-TV channel, received letters from one or more people claiming to be Muslim and threatening to blow up its headquarters if it continues to broadcast once-a-month pornographic films, the official said. The official was not authorized to be named publicly about such matters.

Okay, liberals–who do you side with? The victims threatened by cultural imperialism or the…victims threatened by cultural imperialism?
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{Post by See-Dubya}

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