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US officials worry Islamic extremists could form alliances with Latin American drug lords

MIAMI (AP) _ There is real danger that Islamic extremist groups such as al-Qaida and Hezbollah could form alliances with wealthy and powerful Latin American drug lords to launch new terrorist attacks, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Extremist group operatives have already been identified in several Latin American countries, mostly involved in fundraising and finding logistical support. But Charles Allen, chief of intelligence analysis at the Homeland Security Department, said they could use well-established smuggling routes and drug profits to bring people or even weapons of mass destruction to the U.S.

“The presence of these people in the region leaves open the possibility that they will attempt to attack the United States,” said Allen, a veteran CIA analyst. “The threats in this hemisphere are real. We cannot ignore them.”  More from

I’m glad they finally figured this out.  Some time ago, we put together a video about the Mexican Truck Pilot Program , “Ode to Juan and Moe, during which Joey Holiday, who performed the song, sang “Who will be driving these trucks?”.  At that point in the video, we included a photo of Adnan el Shukrijumah – on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” terrorist list…  Some folks didn’t “get it” – maybe now they do…..


October 8, 2008 - Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Homeland Security | , , , , ,

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