Past Features

January 16, 2017

Terror at our border
Trump administration will make it a priority

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Christian Science Monitor   
Terror and the Mexico border: How big a threat?
    January 15, 2017 -- Nogales, Arizona --- Islamic militants purchase a nuclear device from a sympathetic official in Pakistan and ship the weapon on the flip side of a drug trafficking route through West Africa to South America. Next, the package is smuggled north to the United States-Mexico border.
    Although this sounds like the plot line of a spy thriller, it is a scenario laid out in an online magazine produced by the Islamic State, the apocalyptic Syria-based terror group also known as ISIS.
    “From there it's just a quick hop through a smuggling tunnel and … presto, they're mingling with another 12 million ‘illegal' aliens in America with a nuclear bomb in the trunk of their car,” the 2015 ISIS article says.
    The debate over security along the US-Mexico border isn't just about the millions of unauthorized migrants who have crossed the international boundary seeking work and better lives. And it isn't just about the drug smugglers and assorted other criminals who routinely use the border as an easy back door into America.
    There is potentially a greater threat from a porous southern border. [...]
    But not everyone thinks a tunnel is necessary. In 2004, a member of a group urging tighter border controls conducted an experiment to make a dramatic point about border security.
    A member of the group – a former US Army sniper – carried a simulated nuclear device in a backpack a few steps over the Mexican border at the San Pedro River. He then turned around and walked four miles into Arizona along an active smuggling route to a pickup point near the bridge at Highway 92.
    “They put the simulated nuclear bomb in the back of a truck that had actually been used by drug smugglers and drove it to Tucson where it was parked near the front door of the federal building,” says Glenn Spencer, whose group, American Border Patrol, sponsored the effort.
    The experiment was recorded on video tape. The grainy images can still be viewed on American Border Patrol's website.
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