“What Happens in Mexico May Not Stay in Mexico”
The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel:
“It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made one.”
It is not “Anti-Immigrant” to be Pro-American!
If our government’s failures to protect American jobs by securing our nation’s borders and effectively enforcing our immigration laws concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation!
All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!
We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.
This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!
You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!
Democracy is not a spectator sport!
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“What Happens in Mexico May Not Stay in Mexico”
Michael W. Cutler, Senior Special Agent, INS (Ret.)
Senior Fellow, Californians for Population Stabilization
In this post-9/11 world it can take more than a bit of courage to turn on the news programs.
Most recently, on the morning of December 4, 2013, the major news networks provided the very disconcerting news that a truck transporting an obsolete medical device containing pellets of Cobalt 60 was stolen in Mexico. What a way to start the day!
The immediate concern was whether or not those who stole the truck knew what they were stealing. While the radioactive pellets could not be used to create a nuclear fission or fusion bomb, those highly dangerous pellets could, conceivably be used to create a so-called dirty bomb. A dirty bomb consists of non-nuclear explosives but contains radioactive materials that are widely dispersed when the bomb is detonated.
This is not unlike an “anti-personnel” bomb that contain nails, ball-bearings or other such components that. upon the detonation of the bomb, creates high-speed shrapnel to inflict maximum harm as the shards of metal ripped into the flesh of hapless victims, as we recently saw in the bombing of the Boston Marathon this past April 15.
A “dirty bomb” would not only inflict damage as a result of the blast but the radioactive material would create the additional nightmare of killing victims who are struck by the radioactive debris. These victims might suffer deadly radiation poisoning even if the immediate injuries were not particularly severe. Additionally, the cleanup of the area where the debris was spewed would be difficult, costly, time-consuming and keep people out of the area for a significant period of time. This would be very disruptive for an entire neighborhood for a possibly lengthy period of time.
A dirty bomb is second only to a nuclear weapon in inflicting damage and depriving access to an area.
As Mexican officials scurried about attempting to locate the truck and its potentially deadly cargo, DHS and the administration attempted to mollify Americans by saying that our ports of entry have sensitive sensors that could easily detect the radiation emitted by the device that was stolen.
What a relief! Now all that we had to hope for is that those who might want to smuggle the Cobalt 60 pellets into the United States would be considerate enough to enter the United States through a port of entry.
What are the odds that they would not evade the inspections process used by smugglers of illegal aliens and narcotics? (Often the smugglers who smuggle aliens also smuggle narcotics.)
By nightfall, to everyone’s relief, news organizations such as CNN announced that the truck had been found along with the obsolete medical device which had apparently been dismantled.
Fortunately the Cobalt pellets were reported found in the truck so that the only cleanup that will be needed is to clean the area where the truck was found. According to the report, this is not going to be an easy task.
The CNN report noted that the truck and the device did not have GPS tracking devices. This creates a dangerous situation that was exacerbated by the fact that the truck was not protected by any security officers.
Because our borders are as porous as a sieve, security failures in Mexico can quickly create nightmares inside the United States. Yet the administration and political leaders who are determined to dismantle our borders think that border security is punch line in a political stump speech.
On May 10, 2011 Mr. Obama delivered an outrageous “stump speech” where he said that Republicans want a moat with alligators on the border.
We got lucky- this time!
However, if hope is not a strategy, then dumb luck is not a success!