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MS-13 Trafficking in Qaeda Members?

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MS-13 member with Arabic tattoos (police photograph)

MS-13 Smuggles Muslim Terrorists into U.S.

Paul Williams, PhD

From Family Security Matters via CICENTRE

Al Qaeda and the Latino Gang-Bangers

The situation at the border now poses a grave threat to national security.
Agent Mike Scioli of the U.S. Border Patrol confirms that the Tucson sector of the Border Patrol is facing a worsening problem with Mara Salvatrucha, a Salvadoran street gang that now controls the flow of arms, drugs, and illegal aliens into the U.S.

Two members of the violent gang were collared last week in Tucson and Nogales. Twenty have been brought into custody since President Barack Obama assumed the oath of office on January 20, 2009.

But the Salvadoran gang is bringing more than guns, dope, and Mexican peasant workers over the border.
In the wake of 9/11, Mara Salvatrucha attracted the attention of top al Qaeda officials, who realized that the gang could be used to smuggle operatives and weapons into the United States.[1] An agreement was forged between the terrorists and the gang-bangers. In exchange for safe passage across the border, al Qaeda – through its cells in South America – agreed to pay the Maras from $30,000 to $50,000 for each sleeper agent they managed to smuggle into the country with bogus matricula consulars.[2]
The rest here…
Usually I read things from CICENTRE and have a bit more cred for the sources, however, this articles source kinda worries me. I personally know something about the MS-13 set and I really don’t have much recollection of them being Coyotes for Al Qaeda, nor the types to really want to affiliate with them… However, money is money and they are pretty much in for the money and power, so they might just be doing this very thing.
The infiltration game is theirs though, so who else would you go to to get your agent provocateurs into the country but the Coyote’s who do it daily huh? Given that our border is so porous still, I hardly think its overly hard to get into this country. Now, tag that with an efficient group who smuggles as well as gathers fake papers and you have quite the force to be reckoned with.
Now, just how many of those pesky Al Qaeda look like Mexicans I wonder? Even shaven do they pass for a Mexican on a consular pass? I don’t really think so. My bet would be on proxies that are South American or Mexican who have been drafted into the Qaeda group for the sole purpose of attacking the US. Maybe as couriers to actual sleepers or just cells…
I have to tell you though.. That southern border would sure be an easy way to infiltrate with a nuke or a biological huh?

Written by Krypt3ia

2009/08/04 at 18:41

Cybersecurity Director’s IP Address Not Renewed

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Cybersecurity Director’s IP Address Not Renewed

by Marc Ambinder

The administration announced yesterday that acting National Security Council senior director Melissa Hathaway would be leaving her job as of mid-August, saying that she had resigned. But Hathway, in reality, is completing a task and will not be around to oversee it. She was detailed to the NSC from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for two periods, the last of which ends next week. She will stay on through 8/21, by which point the administration hopes to have appointed a new director for the cybsersecurity staff at the NSC.

Nick Shapiro, a White House spokesman, sent along this update about the progress of the search:

Cyber security is a major priority for the President which is why shortly after taking office he directed his National Security Council and Homeland Security Council to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the federal government’s efforts to defend our information and communications infrastructure and to recommend the best way to secure these networks and our prosperity. The White House released the report and announced the creation of a cyber security coordinator who will have direct access to the President and that the Obama administration is pursuing a new comprehensive approach to securing America’s digital infrastructure. The President is personally committed to finding the right person for this job, and a rigorous selection process is well underway.

Hathaway’s review was not well recieved, but it was hardly her fault: she had 60 days and fewer than 10 staff members to complete a task that should have been given more resources and time to complete.

Considering the lackluster names put forward thus far for this position, I had hoped that at the very least Melissa would be the front runner for this posting. Unfortunately now, I think that this is not at all possible and perhaps the messenger has been shot here.

Frankly, even with the 60 days time frame, it is clear that the punches were pulled a bit in the report and certainly the recommendations were sparse due to time as well as brevity in reporting. This effort, the one to “secure” our infrastructure is no simple task and is fraught with “EPIC FAIL STUPID” in everyone we will have to deal with to fix things. There is no easy way to secure the nations infrastructure, especially because much of that said infrastructure is in the hands of private corporations.

So, I predict much time wasting, useless candidates who are ill equipped to handle the job, and an EPIC amount of FAIL to overcome to make the smallest of changes on how things are done.
I said it once and I will say it again now.. The only ones really equipped to handle this would be the NSA.. But, given all the things that have been discovered.. No, wait, HALF discovered or disclosed lately, I think that perhaps;

A) Hell they already 0wn the networks so they are the ones exploiting the systems

B) Cannot be trusted.. For who is watching the watchers? Turns out no one is…

C) Even if they had an affiliation with the security of the nations infrastructure, the pall of abuse still lingers
So, I don’t think it feasible to have them involved at all.. This leaves us with  having the buffoons at DHS in charge…

Or the Senate sticking their computer illiterate fingers in the digital pie…

The net effect, we are screwed.