In June, a computer hacker group, Luiz Security, commonly abbreviated as LuizSec, targeted the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS). LuizSec has claimed responsibility for several high profile attacks; this time, however, the 440 megabytes AZDPS documents displayed a bulletin mentioning the presence of Hezbollah militants operating in smuggling corridors on the U.S. border with Mexico.The document, from the Tucson Police Department, is dated September 20, 2010. At the time, just few months earlier, the Kuwaiti daily newspaper Al-Seyassah published an article saying that operatives of the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah were employing Mexican nationals to set up a network in Latin America to target Israeli and Western interests. According to the newspaper, the Hezbollah group’s alleged leader, Ali “Jameel” Nasr, a 30-year-old Mexican national of Lebanese descent, was arrested in the Mexican city of Tijuana in July 2010. The Kuwaiti daily also mentioned that for a period before his arrest, Nasr was under surveillance by Mexican authorities. He was also reported to be travelling frequently to Lebanon to receive instructions from Hezbollah, and making trips around Latin America, including a two-month stay in Venezuela in 2008.As reported in 2010 by Fox News, however, U.S. and Mexican officials did not (or did not want to) confirm that a Hezbollah leader had been arrested in Mexico. “Police officials in Tijuana told FoxNews.com that they have no information pertaining to Nasr […]. U.S. State Department officials said they could not confirm Nasr’s arrest, but would be unable to do so if the arrest occurred in Mexico. […] The Department of Homeland Security said it does not have ‘any credible information’ that terrorist groups are operating along America’s Southwest border,” wrote FoxNews.com.
After a year, in June 2011, LulzSec disclosed instead not only that the Tucson police were informed about the arrest of Nasr, but that LuisSec was seriously worried about Hezbollah infiltrations in the U.S. through its neighbor, Mexico. The document states the following:
“Based on a study done by Georgetown University, the number of immigrants from Lebanon and Syria living in Mexico exceeds 200,000. Along with Iran, Syria is one of Hezbollah’s strongest financial and political supporters, and Lebanon is its country of origin.
“In July of this year, Mexican authorities arrested Jameel Nasr in Tijuana, Baja California. Nasr was alleged to be tasked with establishing the Hezbollah network in Mexico and throughout South America.
“In April of last year , the arrest of Jamal Yousef – in New York City – exposed a weapons cache of 100 M-16 assault rifles, 100 AR-15 rifles, 2,500 hand grenades, C4 explosives and antitank munitions. According to Yousef, the weapons, which were being stored in Mexico, had been stolen from Iraq with the help of his cousin who was a member of Hezbollah.
“With the arrest of Jameel Nasr and Jamal Yousef, obvious concerns have arisen concerning Hezbollah’s presence in Mexico and possible ties to Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTO’s) operating along the U.S.–Mexico border. The potential partnership bares alarming implications due to Hezbollah’s long established capabilities, specifically their expertise in the making of vehicle borne improvised explosive devises (VBIED’s).
“Recent incidents involving the use of VBIED’s in Mexico mark a significant change in tactics employed by DTO’s and conjures images expected to be seen in the Middle East. While no connection has been made, Hezbollah’s extensive use of VBIED’s raises strong suspicion concerning a possible relation to Mexico’s DTO’s.”
The case of Jamal Youssef, arrested in New York City, is even more worrying than the arrest of Jameel Nasr in Tijuana. As reported by the Center of Immigration Studies in February 2011, Jamal Yousef, a former member of the Syrian military and senior agent of Hezbollah, was conducting a business deal to provide thousands of new U.S. arms stolen from American forces in Iraq that had been shipped and stored in Mexico, and were to be sold to the terrorist group Colombian FARC, allegedly supported by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, in exchange for drugs that were to be couriered into the U.S. by Mexican cartels.
In a letter that U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, R-NC addressed to Homeland Security a year ago, she called for more “intelligence gathering” on Hezbollah’s presence along the U.S.-Mexico border.” “Many experts believe Hezbollah and drug cartels have loosely been working together for decades. We have seen their cooperation in countries across South America […] Hezbollah operates almost like a Mafia family in this region, often demanding protection money and “taxes” from local inhabitants,” Myrick wrote.
Congresswoman Myrick adds in her letter that in the U.S., particularly in the Southwest, officials are beginning to notice that tattoos of gang members in prisons are written in Farsi, implying an Iranian influence that can be traced back to its proxy army, Hezbollah. Further, these tattoos in Farsi are usually seen in combination with gang or drug cartel tattoos, meaning that the individuals in jail are tied both to Hezbollah and to gangs and drug cartels. In the document hacked by LulzSec it is possible to see photos of these tattoos on individuals in jail; some of them portray a crossed AK-47 gun, the symbol of Hezbollah.
Law Enforcement Finally Admits Hezb’Allah is Operating in Mexico – Atlas Shrugs
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Arturo Zamora Jiménez, a Mexican congressman affiliated with the Institutional Revolutionary Party, recently stated that Hezbollah is operating in drug trafficking in the North of Mexico. Without any doubt, he said, the Lebanese terrorist group has links with Mexican drug cartels and has trained Mexican organizations on how to handle guns and explosives. Zamora also stated that Hezbollah is using drug revenues to buy weapons to fight in the Middle East. Moreover, political analysts point out that tunnels used for connecting drug trafficking are also used to infiltrate Hezbollah operatives in the U.S.
As noticed by the Center for Immigration Studies, the presence of Hezbollah on the U.S. border provokes several questions about security, and on how to face the problem: “These questions go beyond the horrendous cartel violence in Mexico we are witnessing on both sides of our border, bringing to light the national security aspect of drug- and gun-running, the volatility of our southwest border, and the playground northern Mexico has become for extreme lawlessness and anti-American activity.”by Anna Mahjar-Barduccivia hudson-ny.org
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s biggest problem was named Walid Makled. The Colombian government just confirmed, however, in an announcement from its Minister of the Interior and Justice, Hermán Vargas, that Venezuelan drug trafficker Walid Makled — wanted by both Washington and Caracas — will be extradited to Venezuela, not to Washington as the US had hoped.
This is a big victory of Venezuela over the US. Colombia, which had been the main ally of the US in Latin America, had good reason to feel abandoned by the Obama Administration and preferred to pursue its own interest with Venezuela. The Obama administration has still not ratified the free-trade agreements with Colombia; and President Obama avoided visiting Colombia on his recent, first Latin American tour.
Makled made it clear that he wanted to be extradited to the U.S., and has said he would give answers to most questions only to the U.S. prosecutor. Given the policy of rapprochement between the two Latin American countries, however, it seems that the Colombian government preferred to extradite Makled to Venezuela, where the wealth of information that Makled could have provided on drug trafficking, on Chavez’s links with terrorism and on Hezbollah’s operations in South America will be lost for good. The Venezuelan regime can now easily “silence” the drug kingpin, who fears for his life.
Makled, alias “El Arabe,” a Syrian-born Venezuelan citizen, labelled by the U.S. government one of the world’s top three drug kingpins, was arrested in Colombia last August in a joint operation of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Colombian police. Ever since, he has become the object of battle between the United States and Venezuela: both countries were asking for Makled’s extradition to their soil.
Makled, whom the US Drug Enforcement Agency has accused of shipping up to 10 tons of cocaine a month from Venezuela to the United States, acknowledged bribing and collaborating with highest officials of Venezuela’s government — including the general-in-chief, the head of military intelligence, the commander of the Navy and some 40 generals.
In the many interviews Makled has given from his prison in Colombia, he says he has videotapes and other evidence documenting his transactions with Venezuelan generals and senior government officials, provincial governors, members of Venezuelan Congress, cabinet secretaries. He describes making payments of about $1 million a month to Venezuelan high-ranking civilian and military officials. “If I am a drug trafficker, everyone in the Chavez government is drug trafficker,” Makled has said.
Further, Makled claims to have information on Chavez’s help to Hezbollah and other Middle Eastern terrorist groups operating in the Venezuelan soil. Makled stated in an interview that Hezbollah is “absolutely” active in Venezuela. He also has information on the flights between Venezuela and Teheran — a serious source of concern for the US.
As the Washington Post puts it: “The Obama administration is about to lose an extraordinary opportunity to prosecute one of the world’s biggest drug traffickers. It will fail to break up a network that annually smuggles hundreds of tons of cocaine to the United States. And it will miss delivering a devastating blow to the most dedicated U.S. adversary in Latin America, Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.”
Obama pisses off allies. Why would Columbia cooperate with him?
Chavez, FARC (Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces), ETA (Basque Homeland and Freedom), and Muammar al-GaddafiMarch 17, 2011
Although Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has offered to mediate an eventual peace negotiation for the Libyan crisis, as the Spanish court keeps providing clear evidence that the Venezuelan President sponsors terrorist groups such as ETA and the FARC, which are responsible for killings, kidnappings and plots to kill former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, among others, it is becoming clear to the International community, especially in Europe, that Hugo Chavez cannot be considered a serious mediator to stop the Libyan massacres or any other crisis.
Recently, Chavez’s his credibility and credentials have been even more undermined: a Spanish court has just indicted a Venezuelan high official as being a leading figure of the Basque terror organization ETA.
Spanish Judge Eloy Velasco, of the Spanish National Court, is investigating whether the ETA cooperated with the FARC (Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces), and whether this alliance was sponsored by the Venezuelan government. In a video-conference with judge Velasco, two ex-FARC guerrillas, admitted that they had been trained by ETA members between 2002 and 2008 in the Venezuelan forest and Colombia. The training was in the preparation of explosives, car and motorcycle bombs, the use of watches and mobile phones as timers, and detonating various types of explosives (R2, TNT and C4).
Top ETA terrorist leaders find safe haven in Venezuela
Velasco ordered the prosecution of ETA member Arturo Cubillas Fontan, head of security at the National Lands Institute (INTI), an agency attached to the Venezuelan Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. Cubillas, who was born in Spain, has lived in Venezuela since 1989. According to the investigation, Cubillas had a constant, permanent and direct relationship — at least between 2004 and 2008 — with ETA’s leadership, and has coordinated and executed directive duties, such as training and weapons’ improvement, and terrorist techniques. Further, Cubillas – against whom an arrest warrant was already issued in 1985 for murder charges – is accused of being the leader of the group on the American continent.
The list of ETA refugees in Venezuela is not closed. Last week, the Spanish magazine Tiempo revealed that the veteran gunman, José Luis Eciolaza Galán, alias “Dienteputo,” who is presently the topmost leader of ETA, has also been hiding in Venezuela at least for the last year. According to the Spanish Ministry of Interior, Eciolaza Galán is still guiding the military apparatus of the terrorist organization, and fled to Venezuela where apparently he can enjoy “a certain degree of impunity” in an environment in which he and his kind can thrive dedicating themselves to “training, logistics and communication duties.”
According to former Ambassador to the United Nations, Diego Arria, who became the first Venezuelan deposed on alleged links between ETA and the FARC, Cubillas and other ETA terrorists managed to carry out activities such as training, provided they could count on the support of Venezuelan military forces.
The “Yankee’s plot”
Venezuela reacted strongly to the case. “The Venezuelan government found out about it the ruling by way of the [Spanish] press coverage of the ruling, in which it makes unacceptable, politically motivated allusions to the Venezuelan government,” a statement read. The statement also said the ruling made several disrespectful references to Chavez, and unfounded and tendentious allusions about the Venezuelan government.
On previous occasions, Chavez declared that these accusations are part of plot in which “on one side you have the ‘Royal’ Spanish Judiciary and on the other hand you have Washington… Everything is orchestrated. And, behind this, there is the Yankee Empire, obviously.”
Yesterday, reports came across Twitter that Libyan revolutionaries in Benghazi renamed “Hugo Chávez Stadium” to “Feb17 Martyrs Stadium.”
The soccer stadium, named after the Venezuelan President by Qadhafi’s Libya, was a testament to the friendship Chávez and Qadhafi enjoyed as long-time allies against US imperialism.
Clearly, the new Libya will not be kind to Hugo Chávez. And neither should we.
The revolutionaries’ understandable shunning of Chávez began last week when Chávez broke his silence on Libya over Twitter:
“Viva Libia y su Independencia! Kadafi enfrenta una guerra civil!!” [Long live Libya and her independence! Qadhafi is facing a civil war!!]
If it was ambiguous to anyone whose side Chávez was on with this statement, yesterday he made it clearer. “I’m not going to condemn him,” he said about Qadhafi. “I’d be a coward to condemn someone who has been my friend.”
Unfortunately, Chávez then proceeded to provide a spot-on analysis:
The United States has already said it’s ready to invade Libya, don’t you see? And almost all the countries of Europe are condemning Libya … What do they want. They are rubbing their hands together. Oil is what’s important to them.