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Congressional Report: Hezbollah, Iran Have Mexican Cartel Ties

November 19, 2012 by  

Congressional Report: Hezbollah, Iran Have Mexican Cartel Ties
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A new report out from House Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management says that Mideast terror organizations are making inroads with drug cartels south of the American border.

The report, “A Line in the Sand: Countering Crime, Violence and Terror at the Southwest Border,” details why government officials believe America’s Southwest border is the biggest threat to terrorist infiltration into the country.

The report says that not only have Mexican drug cartels developed the financial means to more successfully bring their products into the United States, but that there is also reason to believe the cartels are working in collusion with terror organizations such as Hezbollah.

From the report:

The presence of Hezbollah in Latin America is partially explained by the large Lebanese diaspora in South America. In general, Hezbollah enjoys support by many in the Lebanese world community in part because of the numerous social programs it provides in Lebanon that include schools, hospitals, utilities and welfare…

United in their dedication to the destruction of Israel, Iran has helped Hezbollah grow from a small group of untrained guerrillas into what is arguably the most highly trained, organized and equipped terrorist organization in the world. In return, Hezbollah has served as an ideal proxy for Iranian military force – particularly against Israel – which affords Iran plausible deniability diplomatically. Hence wherever Hezbollah is entrenched, Iran will be as well and vice-versa.

The report also details an increased Iranian presence in Latin America due to the relationship between Iranian officials and Venezuela’s newly re-elected socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Butch

    Exhibit A as to why continuing the failed Drug War hurts America. It empowers the drug cartels AND gives them incentives to work w/ MidEast terrorist organizations. Decriminalization would take away drug cartels’ main source of income and they would crumble.

    • Viki

      Unfortunately, removing drugs from the equation (which will probably never happen) would not crumble the cartels. They will only move more into grand theft, extortion, kidnapping, and human trafficking. There are many lucrative ways to be evil!

      • Eagleeye

        It is TIME TO ARM EVERY “OATH KEEPER IN AMERICA” and MAKE A PLAN OF ACTION! We shall need to form small SECRET GROUPS whom can and will SILENCE EVIL AS IT INFILTRATES AMERICAN SOCIETY WITH “DEATH SQUADS”! Immediately if and when “We the People” are demanded to relinquish our ONLY MEANS OF DEFENSE AGAINST TYRANNICAL RULE “WE THE PEOPLE” USURP THE “LAW BREAKERS” AND MUST “DEFEND WITH OUR LIVES” AGAINST SATAN!!!!! THERE IS NO CHOICE OTHER THAN SLAVERY AND DEATH UNDER THE CONTROL OF TYRANNY! If you have any doubt PLEASE WATCH “THE HOLOCAUST VIDEOS AND THE RISING OF HITLER”!!!! Oh yes even the “forward slogan” Hitler used! Government has NO SOUL!!!!

    • Bev

      I would not bet money on your plan. Legalization of drugs will probably only be marijuana which should never have been put on Schedule 1 in the first place. That makes it more of a threat than heroin. Please…Hard drugs, and prescription drugs will always have an underground black market.

  • eddie47d

    Once again it all comes down to our huge appetite for drugs in America. No market = no profits= no traffickers. This article doesn’t surprise me in the least because the war on drugs has always been a failure. It did surprise me that 8 million Lebanese have recently moved into Brazil and Argentina. Which means more have moved into other countries also (who’s left)? The thing is is that the majority of their citizens who departed Lebanon are Christians not Hezbollah which wasn’t addressed. So how are they involved? Hezbollah members are not known for their wealth or influential status in the economic arena but anything is possible with world wide travel abilities. Are they the new Mafia? This article also tried to connect drug traffickers with terrorist attacks when they are for the most part two separate entities. Drug Traffickers can indeed be violent but they are in it for the money and Terrorists are generally in it for revenge and political power. Mexico and Columbia are still the pipeline for most drugs yet Venezuela was highlighted as being more important although I do see the Iran connection.

  • ROGER, Irish-Canadian LIBERTARIAN

    Any lies, or at best distortions of reality to discredit the opposition, to American/Israeli hegemoney. and provide another excuse for WAR. What is ignored, OF COURSE, is American DEEP and EVIL involvement in the Drug industry

    • Vigilant

      Yes, Roger, the growth of Hezbollah below our southern borders is just a “distortion of reality to discredit the opposition to American/Israeli hegemony [sic].” You’re sick.

      And as you sit comfortably north of our border, how generous of you to take potshots at a nation for which you are not a citizen and to which you have no loyalty.

      We’re not interested.

      • ROGER, Irish-Canadian LIBERTARIAN

        VIGILANT- If “we’re not intrested” then why bother responding. I have as much right to comment as you do, so you know where you can stick your attitude !!! Only Bob can decide ,not you.

      • Vigilant

        “VIGILANT- If “we’re not intrested” [sic] then why bother responding.”

        Answer: To advise you of such. I wouldn’t have you run the risk of believing that people actually care about your mindless comments.

        “I have as much right to comment as you do…”

        And where did I say you didn’t? That’s the equivalent of playing a race card when no such assertion was made. You’ve claimed that I would censor your speech. Pray tell, where did I say that?

        On the contrary, I encourage you with all my heart to continue to make an ass of yourself with such stupid postings.

  • Bev

    A couple of thoughts on the Cartel-Terrorist link. First if you want to get rid of the drug cartels, get rid of them. Do your homework (intelligence) and drop a few Daisy Cutters on known locations. Don’t try to take these guys down one by one. It’s the equivalent of playing whack-a-mole. One fell swoop, cartel disappears. I think that would be a good deterrent for others who might want to engage in this activity. Most likely some civilians would be killed, but look at the numbers that have been slaughtered already.
    Secondly if the cartels think they are gaining ad advantage by hooking up with islamic terrorists they are sadly mistaken. Once the infidels are no longer useful it will all be over soon enough. In the meantime our border is nothing but a sieve and the terrorists are already here. It’s not a matter of if, but a question of when.

    • Vigilant

      The danger of terrorist acts on our own soil far outweighs the danger created by the drug cartels. And the relationship of those dangers has little to nothing to do with drugs; it has to do with porous borders.

      Unless and until the political parties cease to use the border situation as a football and face the stark reality of national security concerns, terrorists will continue to come into the USA unimpeded.

    • momo

      Bev, getting rid of the cartels would require more than a few daisy cutters. They’re incidious, the government of Mexico is impotent at best and at worst is abetting the cartels.

  • TML

    “In general, Hezbollah enjoys support by many in the Lebanese world community in part because of the numerous social programs it provides in Lebanon that include schools, hospitals, utilities and welfare.”

    This statement is actually given a footnote reference which does not even refer to a ‘world community’ of Lebanese, but instead is even titled; “Poll Finds Overwhelming Majorities IN Lebanon Support Hezbollah, Distrust U.S.” (Emphasis mine) and was a poll based on 800 citizens of Lebanon, and comes from “World Public Opinions .com” http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/articles/brmiddleeastnafricara/236.php
    Somehow this is translated to “world community” to serve the purpose of compelling everyone to be suspicious of Lebanese who have lived in Latin America.
    When the report can’t even get the simplest of facts correct, from a reputable source, one has to question everything that comes out of their mouth in such reports… especially in trying to make the Lebanese population synonymous with Hezbollah.

    Here is another example from the report:

    “The evidence to suggest Hezbollah is actively involved in the trafficking of South American cocaine to fund its operations is mounting as well. In 2008, U.S. and Colombian authorities dismantled a cocainesmuggling and money-laundering organization that allegedly helped fund Hezbollah operations.
    Dubbed Operation Titan, the enforcement effort uncovered a money laundering operation that is suspected of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars of cocaine proceeds a year and paying 12 percent of those profits to Hezbollah.29 Operation Titan has led to more than 130 arrests and the seizure of $23 million.30 One of those arrests was of Chekri Mahmoud Harb (also known as “Taliban” or “Tali”) who is a Lebanese national suspected of being a kingpin of the operation.”

    Now let me point out that here it is claimed that “evidence” is mounting. What is the evidence according to the claim? – The dismantling of a criminal operation ALLEGEDLY to help fund 12% of profits to Hezbollah, for no other rationale than the suspected ‘king pin’ was Lebanese.

    “The presence of Hezbollah in Latin America is partially explained by the large Lebanese
    diaspora in South America.”

    There has been great numbers of Lebanese in South America for a very long time, and considering that this article asks us to equate Lebanese with a terrorist organization is rather prejudiced considering most of the Lebanese who left Lebanon were Christian. I suppose the Columbian-Lebanese Shakira and her father are now suspected terrorist supporters?

    I could go on as the theme of the report continues much the same with little real “evidence” and a great deal of speculation.

    That said, I’m not arguing against border security, or even against possible real threats. In fact, I think we should stop worrying about the borders of other countries and spend that money in strengthening our own. I’m positive that we could secure more than 40 porous percent with the money we give in foreign aid. We should start spending our money on REAL defense; not imperialist political hegemony and militant economic interest abroad.

    • NativeBlood

      In the meantime, we sit and wait on our faddazzez, watching NAFTA highways being widened instead of putting a brick/cincrete/barbed wire barriers with pitbulls and 25kv
      electric fence! Coulda had it done 2 decades ago but we had to let 3o million through to keep the democrats in power!…..and the Republican NEOCONS arbitrated the whole thing.

      • TML

        NativeBlood says, “…instead of putting a brick/cincrete/barbed wire barriers with pitbulls and 25kv electric fence!”

        I’m not sure enclosing our border like prison walls is the answer, since most illicit ‘highways’ across the border are underground. The one thing I had (prideful) agreement with the report was “The State of Texas continues to be a leader in the State and local effort to promote security on
        the Southwest border… …Texas is at the vanguard of innovative and effective approaches to border security for State and local agencies.”. This is the technological age, and while I reject the usage of drones for many reason, it seems one of the primary effective implementation was simple wildlife cameras at $300 a pop. I think the use of technology could be expanded to capabilities which map underground disruptions.

  • ROGER, Irish-Canadian LIBERTARIAN

    No, “Vigilant”, the real reason you responded to me is to show support for the THUGS in your government, in front of an audience, here on Personal Liberty. Judging by your comments you are probably a shill for, or, even employed by those same authoritarian criminals. Too bad because it is your type which are destroying your country. I am sure you are doing well considering the lack of political awarenes of so many, mainly in the U.S. but also in much the rest of the West. Happy days ahead for you, I am sure.

  • Marten The Canadian Libertarian

    Good point Roger…that’s why America suffers from a culture of violence

    • Vigilant

      And apparently Canada suffers from a culture of stupidity. Roger claims I support thugs and violence, based on absolutely NOTHING I’ve posted, and then Marten agrees.

      Roger winds up his screed with “Happy days ahead for you, I am sure.” Dude, if and when the USA goes down the tubes, it’ll take a few second-rate powers like Canada with it. Be careful what you wish for.

      • ROGER, Irish-Canadian LIBERTARIAN

        There you go again using the authoritarian technique of , as RAND would have said, using the “argument of intimidation”, but for a simpleton like you are showing yourself to be, let me explain : you are trying to imply my character as that of of”stupidity” rather than disproviing the point made.

        A true sign of weakness on your part and even possibly I have you judged correctly.

        Once again you INTERPRET rather READ EXACTLY what I said, but I forgive, knowing how bad your education system is…..Take care now

    • Vigilant

      First you say, “No, “Vigilant”, the real reason you responded to me is to show support for the THUGS in your government, in front of an audience, here on Personal Liberty.”

      And I said, “Roger claims I support thugs and violence, based on absolutely NOTHING I’ve posted.”

      Care to tell me just where I indicated any support for violence, thugs, or tyrannical government action? I’ll wait for your answer.

      Then you say, “you are trying to imply my character as that of of”stupidity” rather than disproving the point made.”

      Au contraire. I’m not implying anything. I’m telling you straight out.

      P.S. While I agree with you on the deplorable state of American so-called public “education,” you would do well to understand that I went through that system long before the leftists ruined it.

      • ROGER, Irish-Canadian LIBERTARIAN

        No need, as you have proven my point once again. I have no desire to prove anything to you. I BELEIVE am right about you and that is sufficient . Did you forget I only ORIGINALLY responded to the article and you decided to ATTACK my argument. So because you attacked me, I stand by my argument, in full and that by virtue of your stance you are most probably are a right wing statist, the type referred to in Bandon Smith’s article in the following Personal Liberty, and not worth arguing with…please note- I said PROBABLY not DEFINATELY as I said in my last comment which you didn’t seem to notice . I have nothing further to say as I have a life and i dont intend to waste it in silly semanitcs and interpretations to keep someone ,like you who is in denial.

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