by Debra Heine
The government watchdog group Judicial Watch is not backing down from its report about ISIS training camps on the border amid Obama administration denials.
In a new report, up at its website today, Judicial Watch reports that a “high level intelligence source” has confirmed that FBI supervisors called a special meeting at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez.
The source, who “must remain anonymous for safety reasons,” told Judicial Watch that the meeting was convened specifically to address a press strategy to deny their reports about terrorist activity on the border, and to figure out who is leaking the information to JW.
FBI supervisory personnel met with Mexican Army officers and Mexican Federal Police officials, according to JW’s intelligence source. The FBI liaison officers regularly assigned to Mexico were not present at the meeting and conspicuously absent were representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It’s not clear why DHS did not participate.
Publicly, U.S. and Mexico have denied that Islamic terrorists are operating in the southern border region, but the rapid deployment of FBI brass in the aftermath of JW’s report seems to indicate otherwise. A Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector were among the sources that confirmed to JW that ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas. The base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm. During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.
Newsmax TV’s J.D. Hayworth talked to Judicial Watch investigative reporter Irene Garcia about their bombshell report from earlier this week, which claimed that terrorists have set up a training camp on the southern border. Garcia, a former L.A. Times reporter, said authorities on both side of the border have confirmed that the activity is occurring, but the Obama administration continues to claim the reports are unfounded for a number of reasons.
Garcia said: “He wants better relations with Mexico, he’s allowing this influx of illegal immigrants coming in, he’s now facilitating with a program that Judicial Watch just broke, last week, where he’s flying the minors in, now because it’s too treacherous to cross the desert. If there’s terrorists right nearby – that would of course ruin that plan. A lot of it is denial – a lot of it is negligence – it’s downright insane and certainly deplorable that this is happening so close to our border, and yet the administration continues to officially say, that the border is secure – that this is unfounded.”
Garcia explained that ISIS is trying to enter the country through two ports of entry – El Paso and an area on the New Mexico border.
She referenced a Judicial Watch report from last August exposing a leaked DHS warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border that had been issued within the agency and was not meant to go public.
Garcia ended by noting that a U.S. government report a few years ago acknowledged that Middle Eastern Islamic terrorists have teamed up with drug cartels on the border.
As Judicial Watch reports, “coyotes, engaged in human smuggling – and working for the Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico.”
“But these reports get very little media attention and most of the public never hears about it,” she said.