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Inside Washington

What happens in the halls of national government – for better or for worse – can dictate the future course of America. Along with your fellow Prayer Team members, you are to be constantly and fervently interceding for all the men and women who serve in Congress, for your military leaders in the Pentagon, and for the President of the United States, his cabinet and administration.

“Inside Washington” will equip you to do just that … with reports on the nation’s leaders and the decisions they’re considering … or have already made. We’ll examine the implications for the nation, and call you to specific prayer for those needs.

ISIS and Drug Cartels Join Forces at USA Border

Inside Washington


Rumors abound of possible USA border attacks

By Bill Noles Jr.

One year ago, a Washington-based watch group released details on an ISIS training camp in northern Mexico, just a few miles from El Paso, Texas.

In April 2015, Judicial Watch reported, “Mexican drug cartels are smuggling Middle Eastern terrorists into a small Texas rural town near El Paso and they’re using remote farm roads – rather than interstates – to elude the Border Patrol and other law enforcement barriers.”

El Paso, Texas is the headquarters of Fort Bliss, the Army’s second largest installation. Fort Bliss is home to the 1st Armored Division which returned to U.S. soil in 2011, after 40 years in Germany. It’s also home to the 32nd Army Air & Missile Defense Command, the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, the 1st Armored Division Artillery Brigade and the 402nd Field Artillery Brigade.

“[Our] government sources revealed that terrorists have long entered the U.S. through Mexico and in fact, an internal Texas Department of Public Safety report leaked by the media documents that several members of known Islamist terrorist organizations have been apprehended crossing the southern border in recent years,” the Judicial Watch continued.

What is Washington’s response?

The director of the FBI visited the El Paso field offices later in April 2015 and addressed the rumored threat across the border from El Paso. He met with local law enforcement leaders from across the region and talked about the Islamic State, or ISIL as the FBI calls it, and the threat it poses around the world.

“I know since there’s been a lot of attention to this in the media that has reached my eyes and ears in Washington. The media reports on if there is an ISIL camp across the border here in El Paso? Nonsense. Not true,” Director James Comey said. “It frustrates me a little bit because my folks have to run out such things, because we do run out every tip to make sure there isn’t something to it. There is nothing to it.”

Texas Congressman, Beto O’Rourke, a Republican, took to social media to dispel the rumors:

“As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee in the 113th Congress, I asked the director of the FBI, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center and the Secretary of Homeland Security if there was currently any terrorist threat on the Southern border,” O’Rourke posted on his Facebook page. “They answered that there was not, nor had there ever been, any terrorist, terrorist plot, or terrorist organization that was able to exploit our border with Mexico.”

“Stories like these are good at scaring people and getting attention for those who spread them,” O’Rourke continued. “But they are terrible for the country’s image of the border, for El Paso’s ability to recruit talent, and for our region’s opportunity to capitalize on the benefits of being the largest bi-national community in the world.”

“Shortly after the Paris terrorist attacks, law enforcement officials confirmed that five Pakistani men and one Afghani man were arrested, along with two smugglers, near Sonoita, Arizona, about 30 miles north of the border,” Phoenix-based KPNX reported. “According to Customs and Border Protection data, Pakistani and Afghan nationals make up about 0.1 percent of border crossers at all U.S. borders.”

Once again in April of this year, Judicial Watch reported, “Mexican drug traffickers help Islamic terrorists stationed in Mexico cross into the United States to explore targets for future attacks, according to information forwarded to Judicial Watch by a high-ranking Homeland Security official in a border state.”

“This disturbing development appears on the Open Source Enterprise, the government database that collects and analyzes valuable material from worldwide print, broadcast and online media sources for the U.S. intelligence community,” Judicial Watch stated. “Only registered federal, state and local government employees can view information and analysis in the vast database and unauthorized access can lead to criminal charges.”

While not in the mainstream news, this situation is a hot topic among right-wing outlets. As the rumors persist, the Obama Administration continues to publicly deny the possibility as American voters take to the polls to make their voices heard.

Mexico’s top diplomat, Claudia Ruiz, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, said in an Italian newspaper article that she doesn’t understand why the Obama Administration and the U.S. media are “culpably neglecting this phenomenon,” adding that “this new wave of fundamentalism could have nasty surprises in store for the United States.”

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Bill Noles Jr. is a former Christian newspaper publisher, an entrepreneur, author and writer. He and his wife Diann live in Albany, Oregon.

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