Thursday, November 19, 2015

AZMEX I3 Rev 1 19-11-15

AZMEX I3 REV. 1 19 NOV 2015

Note: from Sharyl Attkisson Good reporting.

Afghani, Pakistanis caught illegally entering U.S. at Mexican border, say agents
by sattkisson on November 18, 2015 in News

Updates: In other news: reports say 8 Syrians caught crossing U.S. from Mexican border Monday; 5 Syrians with stolen Greek passports caught in Honduras; DC Metro issues BOLO (Be On The Lookout) for bearded men behaving suspiciously on metro last weekend. No public indication any of those apprehended were connected to terrorist groups.

Agents with the U.S. Border Patrol are expressing frustration and anger after a group of men from Pakistan and Afghanistan was reportedly caught crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. this week. The agents say the incident was kept secret from them until they pressed their managers for information.

The group of citizens from the Mideast was reportedly captured after sneaking into Arizona on Monday, three days after the Paris attacks and four days after a double suicide bombing in Beirut, Lebanon. The terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks in both cities.

The Border Patrol would not confirm the incident officially, and declined to provide information or comment when asked about it today. Several agents working in Arizona say they were not originally briefed on the arrests but heard about it from other agents. They say the case was not presented to them in their regular intelligence briefing, and that they only received bare bones information today when they pressed their managers.

"It's the kind of stuff you need to know," says one agent, who asked not to be identified. He said agents were upset that the information was being kept secret from them by their own agency.

According to those briefed on the incident, the group of five people from Pakistan and one from Afghanistan was captured near Patagonia, an Arizona town 18 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. They were apprehended by agents stationed at the Sonoita, Arizona Border Patrol. The group had been led across the border by two Mexican guides who were also detained. The Mexican guides were so worried about getting caught with the group that they reportedly broke into fisticuffs over who was at fault.

Afghanistan and Pakistan are well known strongholds for terrorist groups. Border Patrol agents and F.B.I. agents have long expressed fear that potential terrorists are exploiting the porous U.S.-Mexican border and lax enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.

My calls today to Sonoita and Tucson Border Patrol offices today were referred to a public affairs office. That office said it would be back in touch when it had information for me, but did not provide any after eight hours.

"We received your request. We will contact you back once we have information for you," wrote the Tucson Sector Border Patrol Public Affairs Office in an email.

When asked if agents were on heightened alert in light of the terrorist attacks in Beirut and Paris, one said, "Oh yeah. I know it's coming."

Frustration levels inside the Border Patrol have reached a peak, say some agents, with concerns that they are often effectively kept from doing the job they were trained to do: stop illegal traffic from crossing the border.

"We have people from all over the world coming to the Mexican border and claiming asylum. Since they're not from Mexico, we can't send them back over," says one agent, speaking of performing his job on a daily basis. The agent spoke about his routine experience apprehending illegal immigrants.

"Since they have no criminal record in the United States, they are let into the country, and given a date to appear in court, usually months or years out. After they sign the paperwork, they're free to go, and disappear. Because they have no criminal records, ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] can't go looking for them since they are not 'priorities.' Even if ICE encounters them later on, ICE still can't arrest them if their criminal record isn't serious."

"We see a lot of Somali's, which…has a large Muslim population. In Nigeria, there is a huge contingent of Boko Haram, which is just a ruthless as ISIS. They have been slaughtering schools full of children and priests for years now. The truth is, anyone can get into this country and stay. It's not possible that we don't have any ISIS sympathizers here. It's just too easy for them to get here."

None one of the agents who provided information for this report was aware of the current whereabouts of the group captured on Monday. They speculate that the F.B.I. may be interviewing them or taking custody.


Note: Note: passports most likely sold, not stolen. By them anyway. Keep in mind also the extensive resources necessary for such a long voyage. From Lebanon, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica and then Honduras. Very very expensive. Another Syrian also caught on Nov. 13th. No info or estimate on how many may have made it into U.S. ADDED: Also of interest will be the extensive support network needed to make all this happen. Collaborators, sympathizers and those doing it for the money. Although the Mexican drug cartels may determine it is bad for business and shut it down. A major incident could actually result in the US - MEX border being closed.

Note: will try this one in english this time.

Five Syrians with stolen Greek passports arrested
November 18, 2015 / 11:10 PM /
A warning that foreigners came to Honduras was received.

DPI agents escort five Syrians in Toncontin. They were taken under heavy security.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Traveling with Greek passports, the Honduran authorities found these inconsistencies because they had already alerted.

The intelligence of Honduras have five Syrian citizens under investigation suspected.

They entered through the Toncontin airport on Tuesday at night, after landing the flight number 721 from San Jose, Costa Rica, where according to authorities where they stayed six days.

In the morning the Police Investigations Department (DPI) reported that those arrested were Syrian citizens, but in a statement issued last night by the National Migration Institute is not established what the true nationality.

The suspects were identified as Syrians Vasileios Bouzas, Charalampos Kyrimopou, Bellios Anastasios Konstantinos Marinakis and Alexandros Tzempelikos.

The version indicates that foreign detainees carried identification papers reported as stolen in Athens, Greece, according to information provided by the authorities of that country to the Government of Honduras.

Aníbal Baca spokesman DPI reported that the five foreigners left Syria and made stops in Lebanon, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina and Costa Rica, before reaching Honduras. "It is assumed that they brought false documents (...) passports were stolen in Greece," he said.

The five people were pulled up yesterday morning Toncontin airport, where they were interrogated by the International Police (Interpol) and migration staff.

After spending the night at the airport they were taken with their luggage to the DPI in La Cañada village, amid tight security.

The police spokesman said that through Interpol alert came five Syrian nationals bound for Honduras was received, so "coordinations were made, it was seeing the itinerary of them last night and arrived at Toncontin Airport ".

A spokesman for the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa said the government of that country is working "closely" with Honduras to verify the identities of the five individuals allegedly Syrians.
"Our embassy in Tegucigalpa is working closely with their Honduran counterparts to verify their identities," the embassy.

The Migration Institute confirmed that it had already given a similar case last Friday November 13 at Toncontín airport when a person is identified as Antonios Kallinteris, 381-13-59 passport, which also showed inconsistencies. It handled it was also of Syrian origin.


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