BY LISA MARIA GARZA
DALLAS Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:59pm EDT
(Reuters) – A plan by U.S. protesters against illegal immigration to block traffic at more than a dozen border crossings in the southwest on Saturday was canceled after organizers said they received online threats from Mexican drug cartels.
Billed as a “Shut Down All Ports Of Entry” protest against the Obama administration’s immigration policies, demonstrators had said they would try to stop incoming and outgoing traffic at 17 locations in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
But lead organizer Stasyi Barth posted a warning on the event’s official website saying that a combination of violent threats and “suspicious activity” on the group’s Facebook page prompted her to call off the action.
“If you attend, you are not just putting yourself in danger, but the law enforcement officers, as well,” Barth wrote. “Risking anyone’s life is not worth it!”
Another organizer, Rob Chupp, said the threats came from Mexican drug cartels, but did not elaborate. He said that while the protest was officially canceled, he and some others still planned to demonstrate in Brownsville, Texas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement on Friday it has been coordinating with local police departments to respond to any situation near the ports of entry.
ISIS enjoys support in Turkey, a member of NATO
by KIT DANIELS | INFOWARS.COM | SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
A new video shows alleged Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists using public transportation in Istanbul, Turkey, without fear of local authorities, emphasizing the support ISIS enjoys in the NATO country.
Filmed in an Istanbul subway, the video shows the two men wearing ISIS gear while commuting through the Turkish city of over 14 million people.
The men appear calm and relaxed in public, which would be expected given that not only are stores within the NATO country selling ISIS merchandise, but the Turkish government has also trained ISIS militants to fight in Syria.
“At least one clothing shop was found in Bagcilar, a working class district near the outskirts of Istanbul, selling T-shirts, hats, cargo pants and bandanas with Islamic State imagery,” Fox News reported.
Turkey is one of the largest sources of foreign fighters for ISIS and many of these militants received training and equipment from the Turkish government near the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, where American personnel and equipment are located.
“…After training in Turkey, thousands of ISIS fighters went to Iraq by way of Syria to join the effort to establish an Islamic caliphate subject to strict Islamic law, or Shariah,” Aaron Klein of WND reported.
The centuries-old conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims and the trillions of dollars in potential oil and gas revenue in Syria are both key factors motivating the Sunni-dominated Turkish government to aid Islamic militants trying to overthrow the Shia Syrian government led by Bashar al-Assad.
In 2011, Syria announced the discovery of a promising gas field in the city of Homs, which, not surprisingly, became a battleground between Assad’s forces and ISIS, preventing Syria from fully tapping into the field.
Syria also rivals Turkey as one of the most strategic locations for natural gas pipelines to flow into Europe from Asia.
“Syria is the site of the proposed construction of a massive underground gas pipeline that, if completed, could drastically undercut the strategic energy power of U.S. ally Qatar and also would cut Turkey out of the pipeline flow,” Klein also reported. “Dubbed the ‘Islamic pipeline,’ the project may ultimately favor Russia and Iran against Western energy interests.”
But like the gas field in Homs, the construction of the 3,480-mile pipeline has also been delayed by Syria’s war with ISIS.
This is definitely to Turkey’s benefit, which views the proposed Islamic pipeline through Syria as a threat to its goal of becoming the main transit point for oil and gas flowing from East to West.
And if Syria falls to ISIS, Turkey stands to gain trillions.
Josh Siegel / @JoshDailySignal / September 19, 2014 /
Australian security officials say they stopped a suspected plan by Islamist extremists to capture random citizens and behead them in public and on camera.
More than 800 security personnel raided 25 homes across two cities early yesterday morning in what authorities said was the largest counterterrorism raid ever conducted in Australia.
Authorities said they arrested 15 suspects, one of whom, Omarjan Azari, 22, appeared in a Sydney courtroom later in the day. The raids also resulted in the seizure of computers, documents and a firearm.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters that intelligence showed the directive for the attack came from an Australian who holds a senior position in the Islamic State, the terrorist group also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Last week, Abbott announced that his nation’s terrorism-alert level had been raised from medium to high.
Nile Gardiner, a leading authority on transatlantic relations at The Heritage Foundation, complimented Australia for acting quickly to stop the alleged terror plot.
“Australia’s highly effective anti-terror raids are a reflection of the fact that the free world is engaged in a global war against a vicious Islamist enemy that seeks our destruction,” Gardiner said.
He credited Abbott with “decisive leadership.”
On the same day as the raids, Australia extended its participation in the fight against the Islamic State, sending 200 special forces troops to the United Arab Emirates as part of a U.S.-led coalition against the terrorist group in Syria and Iraq.
Australia estimates that 60 of its citizens are fighting for militant groups in the Middle East and 100 more support extremist groups from within Australia, the Associated Press reported.
Helle Dale, a Heritage Foundation senior fellow, said:
The arrests by Australian authorities of terrorist plotters planning savage attacks on Australian citizens shows both the ambitions and the limitations of the ISIS terror and propaganda strategy. The group persuaded unhinged individuals to heed its calls to murder, but vigilance, intelligence and good police work won the day.
(Breitbart) – U.S. Border Patrol agents have apprehended at least 474 aliens from terrorism-linked countries attempting to sneak into the country illegally this year alone, according to a leaked document obtained by Breitbart Texas.
According to the document from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Intelligence and Investigative Liaison, of the 474 aliens, 76 are from terrorism-linked nations located in and around the jihadist Islamic State’s area of operation — Turkey (41), Saudi Arabia (13), Syria (7), Jordan (7), Iraq (4),Iran (3), and J Kuwait (1).
The Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, controls areas inside Syria and Iraq, both countries are bordered by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Kuwait and Jordan.
Illegals from terrorism-linked countries apprehended by Border Patrol agents are referred to as Special Interest Aliens (SIAs) in the CBP intelligence document.
SIAs are individuals whose native country is found on a list of 35 nations described in a November 2004 CBP memo as “special interest countries.”
A 2011 audit by the DHS inspector general, which originally included a similar list that was later taken down, described special interest countries as those “that have shown a tendency to promote, produce, or protect terrorist organizations or their members.”
CBP refused to respond to numerous requests for comment on this story.
On September 14, CNN, citing an ISIS recruit, revealed that the extremist group is recruiting foreign fighters from Somalia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Lebanon, among other countries.
Those nations are found on the list of terrorism-linked countries compiled by CBP.
Among the 474 SIAs apprehended so far in 2014 alone are 34 from countries identified in the CNN report, including: Somalia (4), Turkmenistan (1), Uzbekistan (10), Egypt (13), Tunisia (1), and Lebanon (5).
The CBP intelligence document contains SIA arrest figures from the beginning of fiscal 2009 through July 20, 2014.
During that period, nearly 3,000 SIAs were apprehended by border agents for trying to sneak into the U.S. illegally.
Among the 474 special interest aliens arrested in 2014 are individuals from Pakistan (28), Yemen (4), and Afghanistan (2). Most, 266, are from Bangladesh.
The SIA apprehension figures mentioned in this story cover illegals attempting to enter the country in between official ports of entry at or near the Southwest, Northern, and Coastal U.S. borders.
In the leaked document, the apprehensions are not broken down by border area. Historically, however, Border Patrol apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border far outnumber those taking place elsewhere.
Human smuggling routes from Syria into the U.S. go through South America, Central America, and the Caribbean before reaching Mexico, the document shows.
Syrian human smugglers reportedly use the U.S.-Mexico border to enter America.
The CBP intelligence office predicts that the 474 SIA apprehensions so far this year will grow to 560 by September 30, the end of fiscal 2014.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, under questioning by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) during a House panel hearing yesterday, was unable to articulate whether or not known or suspected terrorists have been apprehended trying to enter the United States illegally.
SIA apprehensions included in the intelligence document peaked at 647 in 2010, then dropped to 328 in 2012. A 70 percent increase is expected between 2012 and the end of 2014 when apprehensions are projected to reach an estimated 560.
At the hearing yesterday, Rep. Chaffetz said that four individuals with ties to known terrorist organizations in the Middle East were apprehended in Texas on September 10.