One of these days some bad thing will happen in America, maybe in Arizona, and we may learn that the evildoers came out of Mexico. And a bread crumb trail of evidence will lead through South America, and perhaps through parts of Africa, and perhaps over to Lebanon, and eventually to the House of Cake, which may possibly be located in Iran.
Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm. Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories by the Brothers Grimm.
Kay Nielsen, illustrator. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1925.
Kay Nielsen, illustrator. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1925.
And we suppose this because, from time to time, we read these fairy tales.
A Somali man used Brazil as a staging ground to smuggle people, including members of a terrorist group into the United States, witnesses are expected to testify during a sentencing hearing Thursday in San Antonio.The hearing is about a person, Ahmed Mohammed Dhakane, who allegedly failed to list his terrorist affiliations in Somalia and human smuggling credentials on his 2008 asylum application. Dhakane is 24. Thus he was born in 1987...? Allegedly, he failed to admit that he was associated with two organizations that the Treasury Department had one upon a time designated Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT). Allegedly, he was associated with these organization from pre-911 until January 2003. Yes, we also noticed that he was a young teenager at the time. So What?
Furthermore, from June 2006 to March 2008 he is alleged to have participated in and run a large scale human trafficking ring in Brazil. Yes, he was still a teenager. So What? Sounds like a business prodigy to us. Send him to Wharton for pete's sake.
Read the charges here: http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/case_docs/1193.pdf
Please note that REGARDLESS of the merits of this case, IT ADVANCES THE NARRATIVE -- that Islamic terrorists are making their way to the US via the Mexican border. That's the point.
...Regardless of how much time Dhakane receives, the testimony should offer a glimpse into the depth of Islamist terrorist activity in South America and how, in some cases, terrorist operatives try to make it to America via its southern border.
Bullshit charges + bullshit hearing ==> narrative gold.
The sentencing memo: http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/case_docs/1505.pdf
According to the sentencing memo, Dhakane told immigration court that "he worked for al-Barrakat [a US Treasury Department designated "terrorist organization" - ed.] from 1997 until 2002. In 2001, Dhakane stated that he became the director of money exchange and customer relations counselor." He did this WHEN HE WAS 12. Are these Islamoterrorists precocious, or what?
A sentencing memo notes that Dhakane put up some of his clients in a hotel in São Paulo, Brazil's largest city, which lies near the country's southern coastline.
Not far to São Paulo's west lies the Tri-Border Area (TBA), where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet. The TBA has long been identified as a hub of terrorist activity, especially for the Iranian-backed Hizballah.Dhakane's case reinforces concerns that criminal activity linked to terrorism might be spreading outside of the TBA, particularly to São Paulo.
Dhakane's case reinforces CONCERNS. Dhakane's case reinforces THE NARRATIVE. The narrative tells us to expect Islamic troublemakers to come up from South America.
See: confirming the suspicions of experts
Anyone remember how Wachovia Bank laundered about $380 billion in Mexican drug money and got a slap on the wrist? Can we put things in perspective? Let's put it this way. Even if all the things the government alleges about Dhakane are true, the whole thing still comes across like a Starsky and Hutch episode. Local detectives catch small-time criminals.
Let's ask Huggy Bear if he's seen Dhakane.
A 1999 FAIR expose reviews a litany of complaints about Investigative Project author, Steve Emerson:
Emerson's most notorious gaffe was his claim that the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing showed "a Middle Eastern trait" because it "was done with the intent to inflict as many casualties as possible." (CBS News, 4/19/95)
..."He's poison," says investigative author Seymour Hersh, when asked about how Emerson is perceived by fellow journalists....Yet Emerson seems irrepressible.Yet he seems irrepressible. He is still going strong after all these years. Indeed. And why is that? Because it doesn't matter whether he is factually accurate? Various powerful people really like Steve, and they like what Steve has to say, and they can use Steve's NARRATIVES to craft policy, policy that makes their supporters happy. For instance, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona is a fan of Steve's.
"On this date nine years ago, Islamist terrorists hijacked four commercial jets and killed almost 3,000 innocent people. Americans finally realized that the sporadic attacks that had occurred earlier were not isolated events – they were all part of a war that had been declared by leaders of militant Islamist groups and had to be confronted as such." ~ Jon Kyl remarks on 9/11/10
Obviously not a historical revisionist.
"Surprise suprise surprise." ~ Gomer Pyle
Senator Jon Kyl is also a fan of Israel.
Jon Kyl says US and Israel see eye to eye on Iran threat.
Jon Kyl hosts screening at the Capitol building of Geert Wilders' film about Islamic extremists.
Jon Kyl has an impeccable record of supporting pro-Israel legislation, and he's very tight with Bibi.
Kyl supports Israel. Kyl also supports Steve. Steve is an expert.
"[Emerson is] the most authoritative expert on Middle Eastern terrorism in the United States today and whose investigations have uncovered the existence of terrorist groups operating in the United States today…This country owes a great deal of gratitude to him." ~ Jon Kyl
Now you might also notice that Arizona shares a border with Mexico. And you may also remember that Gabby Giffords is from Arizona too.
Also near the border in Arizona, Fort Huachuca, in Cochise County.
"Major tenants are the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Army Signal Command and the United States Army Intelligence Center."
See: not newsworthy
It has "just been learned" that the US State Department has allowed an unprecedented number of arms to flow into Mexico in 2009, under the Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) program.
A secret operation to run guns across the border to Mexican drug cartels — overseen by U.S. government agents — threatens to become a major scandal for the Obama administration.
The operation, called “Fast and Furious,” was run out of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) office in Phoenix, Arizona. ATF sanctioned the purchase of weapons in U.S. gun shops and tracked the smuggling route to the Mexican border. Reportedly, more than 2,500 firearms were sold to straw buyers who then handed off the weapons to gunrunners under the nose of ATF.
But once across the border, the agency seemed to lose track of the weapons. Hundreds of AK-47s and Barrett .50 caliber rifles — favorites of warring drug cartels —made it easily into the hands of some of Mexico’s most ruthless crime organizations.
We think MORE THAN 2500 weapons made it across the Mexican border. Mexico is armed to the teeth. Regrettable.
Now this DCS program is run by the US State Department. And it has a big staff.
Key personnel here: http://www.pmddtc.state.gov/about/key_personnel.html
Look at all those Compliance Specialists.
This particular department is headed by an Army man, Mr. Kovac.
Before entering the civil service, Mr. Kovac was a US Army officer and served in infantry, intelligence, special operations, and inspector general assignments in the US, Korea, Germany, Honduras, the Caribbean and the Persian Gulf. Mr. Kovac is a member of the Senior Executive Service, and holds a BA in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, an MS in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College.Also see: The Mexican Drug War Has Become a Hot Market for US Weapons Sales
Are these people spectacularly incompetent, or was it by design that Mexico be flooded with weapons?
Let's assume it is by design.
Now let's suppose something happens, something bad, with some of these weapons. Where do you suppose the breadcrumb trail will lead? To the US State Department? To the US military? To Israel's flunkies in the US Congress?
Where is the House of Cake, where the Evil Witch lives who wants to cook us in her oven?
Well, if you follow the evidence, you will likely arrive here. Don't go in.