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Saturday night I’m sitting between two trails close to ground level after dark. With me is an independant journalist from France -he just happens to be the same reporter who went out with Jack Foote and Casey Nethercott of Ranch Rescue in Texas. He witnessed their encounter and wanted to see how we work. Also with me is an independant documentary film producer. He videotaped the following encounter.
It was windy and hard to hear the group of fifteen that marched down the ridge and came within feet of where the three of us were sitting. They passed by us and we called them in to volunteers waiting further up the trail. We contacted Border Patrol immediately,  they dispatched an agent to us within ten minutes, he  arrived at our location 25 minutes after the group was first spotted. He was too late, the group had made the river.
We switched on our handheld floods and swept the area. The group was found lying on the ground together trying not to be seen. We approached them, said good evening and learned they were not citizens of the United States. They had breached the border undetected.
I told them Border Patrol were on their way. They sat quietly for a few minutes then the leader, the coyote, told the group to get up and follow him. They oblidged and began a rapid walk toward the river. The coyote knew who we were and decided we could do nothing to stop him.
I followed at a safe distance shining my light on them so they could see where they were going, all the while telling them Migra would catch them. I even warned them that “vigilantes” might find them. I asked them to stop and save their energy -they would be caught because I will follow them and tell Border Patrol where they are.
Nothing worked.
They ran. They stopped to rest in the field. I told them again Border Patrol was close.
I flashed my light to guide the B.P. agent to the area. They got up and continued again and reached the river and dissapeared. I can’t go into the river area because my government won’t allow me to defend myself with a firearm.  I chose to return to the group of volunteers and reached the road near the trail where we first encountered the group just as the B.P. agent arrived. I directed him to where he could find the group. He and two other agents spent the next hour or so trying to round them up because the group has total disregard for authority and rule of law. It’s just like how terrorists work, no regard for our way of life - and we have little power to stop them.
What do we do now?
A Mexico cover-up of U.S. terror threats?
Task-force investigators find U.S. space center, George Bush International Airport among targets
Editor’s note: Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin is an online, subscription intelligence news service from the creator of – a journalist who has been developing sources around the world for the last 25 years. 

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 While Washington is focused on finger-pointing over responsibility for 9-11, some of the 100 members of the Houston Task Force on Terrorism say Mexico is not fully cooperating on preventing the next jihadist attack on the U.S., a report by Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin finds.
  The weekly online intelligence newsletter has learned from a source on the task force of fresh Mexico-based threats to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the George Bush Intercontinental Airport and industrial targets linked to the oil and power industries.
  Task-force members say agents from various state, federal and local agencies are, because of corruption and bureaucratic red tape in the Mexican government, forced to sift through thousands of tips connected to possible terrorist build-ups south of the border without the kind of guidance and cooperation they would expect from a neighbor and ally.
  One task-force source said the Mexican security community, especially the Center for Investigations and National Security, is still mired with political corruption and that members in President Vicente Fox’s own administration insist they should be informed about any high-priority intelligence before it is passed on to U.S. authorities.
  President Fox’s administration, sources say, is suppressing information that might reveal the actual size of anti-U.S. terror cells in the capital, Mexico City, and their connection to militant Muslim groups around Mexico and in many Latin American hotspots.
Sources say Guadalajara and Tijuana are two Mexican cities harboring anti-American terror cells. Nationwide, there are more than 70 anti-terrorism task forces like the Houston agency. They incorporate thousands of agents. In Texas there are operational task forces in El Paso, San Antonio and Dallas.  
  Some of the information coming from Mexico indicates serious preparations by terrorists to cross the border with well-designed missions. Intelligence sources say the quality of information filtering through the Mexican government is often compromised by internal struggles within the Mexican drug cartels or by corrupt customs and police officials.
  A task-force source in El Paso said the lack of cooperation from Mexico has resulted in few cases where U.S. authorities were able to intercept infiltration attempts by Arab nationals. In one case, two years ago, a number of Iraqis tried to cross the border and were arrested thanks to a tip from Mexico. But that kind of cooperation is the exception rather than the rule, the sources say.
  One task-force source said it is only a question of time before the U.S. pays the heavy price of another major terrorist attack as a result of the breakdown in cooperation between the two countries.
  “It’s not anymore a question of if, but rather of when and where,” he said.
  Last month, President Bush and Fox pledged to become “partners” who are committed to “building a safer, more democratic and more prosperous hemisphere.”
  “In this age of terror,” said Bush, “the security of our borders is more important than ever, and the cooperation between Mexico and American border and law enforcement is stronger than ever.”
  Mingling at Bush’s Crawford, Texas, ranch, both men said that, through a “Border Partnership Agreement,” their governments were committed to “improving the infrastructure at ports of entry along our common border,” while “using technology to allow law-abiding travelers to cross the border quickly and easily” as “officials concentrate on stopping possible threats.”
  “Our Mexican and American officials are working together to arrest dangerous criminals, including drug smugglers and those who traffic in human beings. President Fox and I are determined to protect the safety of American people and the Mexican people,” Bush said.
  But U.S. law enforcement sources actually working with their counterparts in Mexico say they haven’t seen the kind of cooperation Bush talked about.
  Meanwhile, there are growing concerns about growing terrorist operations throughout Latin America. With Islamic “charities” under increasing international pressure and scrutiny to cut ties with terrorists, al-Qaida and other allied organizations are expanding operations in Latin America, establishing both legitimate and criminal enterprises to fund future operations.
  Counterterror experts monitoring the Central American scene are concerned with news that so-called youth gangs active in Central America are now moving north into Mexico. The youth gangs, known to be among the most ruthless street criminals in that part of the world, prey on prospective illegal immigrants. Some indications from Honduras and Guatemala suggest that gangs known as Mara-18 and Salvatrucha are already active in the Mexican state of Chiapas, stretching their activity to Tijuana close to the U.S. border.
  A number of Mara-18 members are known to have ties with drug dealers, including those identified with some of the most radical Islamic jihadists.
Thursday, April 22, 2004
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