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Terror Tunnel

02.06.2006 06:06 | DISPATCHES

"Senior U.S. intelligence officers are concerned that the sophisticated 1.4 mile tunnel, complete with ventilation, electrical, and water systems, as well as cement flooring, that connects two warehouses on each side of the border, could have been used to secretly transport nuclear devices or material into the United States."
-- Wayne Madsen, February 1
As always Madsen leads the way. Meanwhile, the last thing fellow investigative journalist Paul L. Williams would like to see is for his warnings to come true. In The Al Qaeda Connection: International Terrorism, Organized Crime, and the Coming Apocalypse (Prometheus Books, 2005), he chronicled how Hezbollah settled in South America in the 1980s. Forgotten, or unremarked upon, in America, are its Bueno Aires attacks on the Israeli Embassy in 1992 that killed 29 and on a Jewish Center in 1994 that killed 86.

Eventually, according to Williams, elements of Al Qaeda, sojourned to Iguacu Falls, where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet. His story that an El Salvadoran gang escorts Al Qaeda mules -- carrying not drugs, but nuclear materials -- over the US-Mexican border parallels Madsen's report that Al Qaeda "rents" the route under which the tunnel was built from a Mexican drug cartel.

Progressives condemn border-control freaks like the Minutemen, but they're concerned with more than illegal Mexicans looking for work.

"It is frightening to think that just one terrorist hiding among thousands of illegal immigrants who come across the border each day could easily carry chemical, biological or even nuclear materials into the U.S. At this point, it's not a question of 'if' but of 'when.'"
-- Chris Simcox, founder of the Minutemen
Neither has Madsen comforting words:
"Senior intelligence sources are concerned that the Department of Homeland Security and the Energy Department's Nuclear Emergency Search Teams (NESTs) have failed to conduct tests for radioactivity in the Mexico-California tunnel."
One would like to believe the unheralded heroes of NEST -- volunteers from other federal agencies -- will soon be deployed to the site. If not, however, is this the same death wish that drove us to invade Iraq, turning it into a Petri dish for terrorists while executing self-inflicted wounds to both our economy and our military?


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