Judicial Watch: Feds’ Bulletin Describes Threat of Imminent Terrorist Attack on Southern Border

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By Andrew C. McCarthy
August 29, 2014 1:47 PM

For those of us who’ve been raising alarms about both the jihadist threat and the national-security vulnerability created by the Obama administration’s non-enforcement of the immigration laws, this is not a surprise — particularly less than two weeks before September 11. But it is nonetheless jarring to read. Judicial Watch has just put out this statement:

Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.

Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source. “It’s coming very soon,” according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.” An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, another source confirms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information.

The disturbing inside intelligence comes on the heels of news reports revealing that U.S. intelligence has picked up increased chatter among Islamist terror networks approaching the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. While these terrorists reportedly plan their attack just outside the U.S., President Obama admits that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to combat ISIS. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” the commander-in-chief said this week during a White House press briefing. “I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggest that folks are getting a little further ahead of what we’re at than what we currently are.”

The administration has also covered up, or at the very least downplayed, a serious epidemic of crime along the Mexican border even as heavily armed drug cartels have taken over portions of the region. Judicial Watch has reported that the U.S. Border Patrol actually ordered officers to avoid the most crime-infested stretches because they’re “too dangerous” and patrolling them could result in an “international incident” of cross border shooting. In the meantime, who could forget the famous words of Obama’s first Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano; the southern border is “as secure as it has ever been.”

These new revelations are bound to impact the current debate about the border crisis and immigration policy.

SIX MONTHS: 37,477 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT KIDS RELEASED, 280 DEPORTED

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The Obama administration has released a huge majority of illegal immigrant children who poured over the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year into dozens of tony counties without notifying the public, while deporting just 280, according to new reports.

The Health and Human Services Department released a list of 126 counties 29,890 of the kids were placed into, sometimes with their parents who are also in the United States illegally.

Those counties include some of the most exclusive in the nation, including the Washington suburbs of Fairfax and Loudoun in Virginia and Howard and Montgomery in Maryland. Fairfax received 1,023.

States like California and New York were given large numbers of the unaccompanied children, while President Obama’s home state of Illinois, where experts expected many to go, received only 175, according to the list.

The HHS statistics covered only January to July. Federal officials expect another huge surge of children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to begin next week when the temperatures cool. One independent expert said that the second wave this year could include another 30,000 illegal children.

And next year could be even worse. Federal officials who predicted that 90,000 illegals immigrant children will enter the United States this year from Latin America are projecting that to increase to 142,000 next year.

Longtime immigration expert Jessica M. Vaughan said that the tiny number of deportations, which she cited in a report this week, encourages illegal immigrants to rush into the United States believing that they will be able to stay.

“The priority of the administration is to release the individuals to the United States,” said Vaughan, policy director with the Center for Immigration Studies. “They are not trying to persuade people from coming here.”

In its list of county-by-county releases, HHS said that they keep the identities secret. The children are expected to attend future immigration proceedings.

Former Cyber Security Chief in Charge of Obamacare Site Going to Jail for Heinous Online Activities

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A former acting director of cyber security with top clearance at the Department of Health and Human Services has been convicted of several child pornography charges, after a yearlong investigation by the FBI.

As reported by the New York Daily News:

Timothy DeFoggi, who had been the lead IT specialist at the Department of Health and Human Services, was found guilty Tuesday for accessing and viewing child porn, and discussing his fantasies — which included the rape and murder of children — on message boards.

[He] was found guilty of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography.

He was listed as an employee with top clearance at the HHS up until January 2014, though he was charged and held without bail in May 2013.

But DeFoggi wasn’t only looking at pornographic pictures. It’s far worse than that.

His activities on the site included accessing child pornography and expressing sexual fantasies — including raping and murdering children — in his communication with other site members.

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DeFoggi even suggested meeting one member in person to fulfill their mutual fantasies to violently rape and murder children,” the Department of Justice said of DeFoggi’s activities.

Chilling. He faces up to life in prison at his November sentencing hearing.

In May, the Department of Homeland Security announced the major bust of a childhood pornography ring leading to the arrest of 71 individuals, in part due to the monitoring of elicit activities on a web group with over 3,000 members.

The offenders came from all walks of life, including “two police officers, a Little League coach, and a mother.”

It’s terrifying to think how many child predators are able to hide their twisted, evil activities because of their cyber skills–and that some of them are even at the highest levels of government, even in agencies tasked (in part) with protecting children.

ILLEGALS TO BE READ ‘MIRANDA-STYLE’ LIST OF RIGHTS ON DEPORTATION

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Legal pact likely to slow deportations

By Stephen Dinan and Dave Boyer – The Washington Times – Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Federal agents will have to read a Miranda rights-style list of protections to immigrants before sticking them in fast-track deportation proceedings, according to the terms of a legal settlement announced Wednesday that will make it tougher for the Obama administration to quickly deport illegal immigrants.

Tens of thousands of immigrants previously already sent home could also apply to come back into the U.S. and plead with a judge to be allowed to stay — though immigration officials said the number that end up winning their cases will be small.

SEE ALSO: Rubio warns Obama against unilateral action on immigration

“This is a substantial reform of how Border Patrol and ICE do business,” said Sean Riordan, senior staff attorney for the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. “If the agencies implement the agreement fully, never again should families be driven apart based on immigration-enforcement practices that rely upon misinformation, deception and coercion.”

The agreement applies to immigrants who accept voluntary departure, which is a deal between the government and illegal immigrants. They return to their home countries at their own expense and without going through a full court proceeding, but also don’t suffer penalties associated with being officially deported.

Homeland Security officials said they don’t tolerate coercion or deception, but said the new procedures will ensure it doesn’t happen in either of the two agencies charged with immigration enforcement.

“In an effort to address the issues raised in this litigation, both agencies have agreed to supplement their existing procedures to ensure that foreign nationals fully comprehend the potential consequences of returning voluntarily to Mexico,” said Marsha Catron, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security.

SEE ALSO: Immigrant rights groups accuse Obama of ‘deportation mill,’ sue to stop removals

The full settlement still must be approved by a federal court, but the government has already committed to reading the list of rights to migrants.

Under the new procedures, agents will be required to provide — both written and orally — a list of consequences of taking voluntary departure. Immigrants will be granted the right to use a phone and will have two hours to decide whether to take voluntary departure.

The government must also maintain a toll-free hotline that gives information about voluntary departure, and will be required to let lawyers have access to immigrants in detention, the ACLU said.

Homeland Security officials estimate that about 30,000 immigrants were subject to voluntary departure during the period covered by the settlement. It’s not clear how many of them will qualify to petition to come back to the U.S., but the government anticipates it will be a small fraction.

The agreement stems from a 2013 lawsuit that argued the government was illegally pressuring immigrants to take voluntary departure, which means giving up their rights to make their case to an immigration judge.

Some immigrants choose voluntary departure because being officially deported or “removed,” in legal terms, carries stiff penalties such as a longtime bar from legally returning to the U.S.

Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, which was one of the plaintiff groups, said the new agreement will end “the cowardly practice of coercing immigrants” into accepting voluntary departure.

“Up until now, such a procedure became a de facto involuntary waiver of core due process rights for countless individuals who in a matter of hours sometimes were uprooted from their communities and expelled to their home country,” she said.

The settlement comes just as the immigration issue is heating up again in Washington.

President Obama is nearing a self-imposed deadline for taking unilateral action to try to halt deportations, and is facing pressure from immigrant-rights groups to go as broadly as possible.

Several Republicans, including Rep. Steve King of Iowa and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, have hinted in published interviews that if Mr. Obama does that, the GOP will use the upcoming spending debate to try to cancel those orders.

That sets up the possibility of another shutdown showdown, like last year’s fight over Obamacare.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president won’t be bullied into forgoing his unilateral action by the threat of a shutdown.

“The president is determined to take the kinds of common-sense steps that are required to address the worst problems of our broken immigration system,” Mr. Earnest said.

He said blame for a shutdown would fall on the GOP.

Mr. King said if Mr. Obama does take executive action, it would be “nearly politically nuclear,” The Des Moines Register reported.

“I think the public would be mobilized and galvanized, and that changes the dynamic of any continuing resolution and how we might deal with that,” the congressman said.

The continuing resolution he referred to is a stopgap bill to keep the government open past the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. Congress hasn’t passed any of the 12 annual spending bills required to fund the government, so a “CR,” as it’s known in Capitol Hill-speak, will be necessary.

Congress, which has the power of the purse, could include language in that CR to prevent the administration from carrying out its plans. But while the GOP might be able to push that bill through the House, it would find a tougher time in the Senate and an almost-certain veto awaiting from Mr. Obama.

If no funding bill agreement can be reached, the government would enter a partial shutdown.

Mr. Obama has vowed to make a decision on executive action at the end of the summer.

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Justice Dept. Opens New Asylum Gate For Guatemalans

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The Department of Justice’s board of immigration appeals has decided to let Guatemalan women win asylum in the United States if they claim to be victims of domestic violence.

The decision creates a huge new incentive for Guatemalan women to cross the U.S. border, because if their asylum claim is accepted, their children get U.S. citizenship, plus the use of federal health, education and retirement programs, regardless of their initial education and work skills.

The new decision also means that many of the Guatemalan women who have already crossed the border this year have a new claim for asylum.

“Under this breaking decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals, many [migrant] women [detained at the detention center] Artesia may be eligible for asylum,” said a Aug. 26 tweet from Ben Winograd, a lawyer who is paid to help foreigners win residency and citizenship.

“This (long overdue) BIA decision should make many [foreign] victims of domestic violence eligible for asylum,” said Winograd, a liberal advocate who is based in Alexandria, Va.

The decision was announced in an Aug. 26 decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals at President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice.

The board’s decision likely will accelerate the rapid growth in asylum awards to foreigners. For example, the number of foreigners who successfully filed asylum claims in the United States almost tripled from 2012 to 2013, up to 30,393. (RELATED: Leaked Data Shows 10-Fold Increase In Obama’s Asylum Approvals)

Coyotes and migrants in Central America are exploiting the administration’s lax policies. From Oct. 1 to July 31, 55,420 adults and children from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras crossed the border to file asylum claims following the White House’s 2010 decisions to relax enforcement. Another 57,525 “unaccompanied alien minors” were brought by coyotes to the U.S. border, in the expectation that federal agencies will deliver the minors to their parents and relatives already living in the United States.

Few of those who have crossed the border have been sent home.

Since 2010, the administration has relaxed immigration enforcement even though the annual supply of new labor — 4 million Americans youths, roughly 600,000 working-age immigrants and roughly 800,000 foreign guest-workers — far exceeds companies’ demand for extra labor. In response, household wages have dropped since 2010, and nearly all of the income gains since 2010 have gone to the wealthiest investors.

Under long-standing congressional laws and court precedents, people can seek asylum by showing evidence that they are persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality or political opinions or membership in a qualified social group. The “social group” is something of a catch-all category, and already includes married women from El Salvador, thousands of whom have also streamed across the border this year.

“Depending on the facts and evidence in an individual case, ‘married women in Guatemala who are unable to leave their relationship’ can constitute a cognizable particular social group that forms the basis of a claim for asylum or withholding of removal,” said the immigration board’s decision.

“We find that the lead respondent, a victim of domestic violence in her native country, is a member of a particular social group composed of ‘married women in Guatemala who are unable to leave their relationship,’” it said.

The woman and her three children entered the country in 2005. She was slated for deportation in 2009, and then appealed to the board.

Since 2009, the Department of Homeland Security quietly reversed a prior policy that said victims of domestic violence don’t count as a “social group” for immigration purposes.

Under the DHS’s new policy, DHS officials told the immigration court that “the respondent established that she suffered past harm rising to the level of persecution and that the persecution was on account of a particular social group comprised of ‘married women in Guatemala who are unable to leave their relationships,’” according to the appeals board.

The immigration courts are part of the Department of Justice, not the judiciary.

The Aug. 26 decision is a victory for the progressive groups now trying to help many foreigners become citizens. The domestic-violence decision likely will be used as a precedent in future immigration cases that will be bought on behalf of other women in South American, African and Asia.

Outside the United States, hundreds of millions of women suffer from domestic violence, according to an advocacy report by the United Nations’ World Health Organization. “Overall, 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence,” said the 2013 report, which is titled “Global and regional estimates of violence against women.”

“There is a clear need to scale up efforts across a range of sectors, both to prevent violence from happening in the first place and to provide necessary services for women experiencing violence,” the U.N. report said.

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US intelligence: 300 Americans fighting alongside Islamic State

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The United States government is tracking as many as 300 Americans supposedly fighting with Islamic State, the jihadist group with a heavy presence in parts of Syria and Iraq, according to senior US officials.

Washington is worried that radicalized foreign fighters could become a risk to the US if they return to employ skills learned overseas to carry out attacks, anonymous US officials said, according to the Washington Times.

“We know that there are several hundred American passport holders running around with ISIS in Syria or Iraq,” a senior US official said. “It’s hard to tell whether or not they’re in Syria or moved to Iraq.”

Past reports have put the possible number of Americans who have flocked to the fundamentalist extremist group Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS and ISIL) at around 100. IS, a former Al-Qaeda affiliate, gained strength fighting Bashar Assad’s forces in the Syrian civil war before turning to cross the border into Iraq, where they have made swift gains in western and northern sections of the volatile country.

The US State Department did not respond to the Washington Times when asked to comment on Americans fighting in Iraq or Syria.

The news of as many as 300 Americans fighting with IS comes one day after reports that a 33-year-old American, Douglas McAuthur McCain, was killed over the weekend in Syria while battling alongside Islamic State against members of a separate opposition group. Family members confirmed his passing to NBC News, and senior US officials acknowledged that they were aware of the man’s death.

McCain had expressed support for IS on his Twitter account.

Other IS supporters have taken to social media to inspire anxiety among the US government. In recent weeks, photos were posted on Twitter showing the Islamic State flag unfurled in front of the White House, and, in front of the Old Republic building on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, a message in Arabic was shown, reading, “We are in your state, we are in your cities, we are in your streets, you are our goals anywhere.”

The Secret Service is investigating the photo near the White House. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued last week a bulletin to local law enforcement agencies to be alert without identify a specific threat.

“We continue to use every tool we possess to disrupt and dissuade individuals from traveling abroad for violent jihad and to track and engage those who return,” US National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

The alleged IS killer of kidnapped American journalist James Foley, shown in a video last week before he was supposedly beheaded, said that militant Muslims are proliferating throughout the world, not just in Iraq and Syria.

“You’re no longer fighting an insurgency. We are an Islamic army and a state that has been accepted by large number of Muslims worldwide,” Foley’s executioner said. “So effectively, any aggression towards the Islamic State is aggression towards Muslims from all walks of life who has accepted the Islamic caliphate as their leadership. So any attempt by you, Obama, to deny the Muslims their rights of living in safety under the Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people.”

The Obama administration believes any potential attack by American jihadists returning to the US would likely be carried out on a small scale, such as suicide bombings, and not a time-consuming long-range plan such as the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Senior US officials said, according to the Washington Times, that intelligence agencies will put any Americans affiliated with IS on an appropriate watch list or no-fly list.

“I know that law enforcement agencies in Homeland Security are mindful of some Americans who have become radicalized, and some have taken up with [the Islamic State],” an official said.

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How the Department of Homeland Security would track such Americans was not immediately clear, according to the report.

Despite all the consternation in official Washington over such potential threats, observers note that IS has gained strength from the financial backing of United States’ allies in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar.

Elite donors of American allies in the Persian Gulf region have poured an immense amount of resources into rebel groups like IS in efforts to advance on three general goals: opposing Iran, its ally Bashar Assad and his government in Syria, and fomenting the Sunni-Shia divides in the region.

Meanwhile, the United States has also supported so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels with both lethal and non-lethal aid, lending to fears that arms sent with the help of the Gulf states were channeled to the likes of IS.

In addition, Western incursions in the region, namely the 2003 invasion of Iraq that ushered in a brutal sectarian war that still divides the country today, have led to extreme instability, creating a power vacuum for militant groups to fill.

In light of IS advances across Syria and Iraq, the US Department of Defense is considering a number of options for President Obama to consider, including airstrikes against militant positions in Syria, similar to those the US has recently carried out against IS in Iraq. The US insists, though, that there are no plans to coordinate anti-terror attacks with the Syrian government.