by Jim Kouri | Examiner.com | February 15th, 2011
A U.S. customs officer is quoted by a local San Diego TV news show as saying that government protection personnel intercepted what was termed a weapon of mass effect. Other than that statement, which was televised on February 11, there were few details.
When asked if U.S. homeland security agencies intercepted chemical agents or other weapons at U.S. ports of entry, San Diego's Assistant Port Director Al Hallor replied, "At the airport, seaport, at our port of entry we have not this past fiscal year, but our partner agencies have found those things."
When pressed for information regarding radiological "dirty bombs" or nuclear weapons, Hallor said, "Correct. Weapons of mass effect." Hallor hinted that such a device has been located at a U.S. point of entry, but he would not specify where.
Efforts by the Law Enforcement Examiner to discover if the recent San Diego incident was a "red team" operation met with negative results.
In the past, so-called "red teams" -- covert investigators working for the Government Accountability Office --successfully simulated the cross-border movement of radioactive materials or other contraband into the United States from both Mexico and Canada.
As a result of these tests, the GAO concluded that terrorists could use counterfeit identification to pass through most of the tested ports of entry with little chance of being detected.
In its most recent work, GAO officials shifted their focus from ports of entry and primarily performed limited security assessments of unmanned and unmonitored areas between ports of entry. The names of the states GAO visited for this limited security assessment have been withheld at the request of Customs and Border Protection officials.
In four states along the U.S.-Canada border, GAO covert investigators found state roads that were very close to the border that CBP did not appear to monitor. In three states, the proximity of the road to the border allowed investigators to cross undetected, successfully simulating the cross-border movement of radioactive materials or other contraband into the United States from Mexico, as well.
RADICAL IMAM AND TERROR SUPPORTER
Last month, U.S. Border Patrol agents captured a radical Muslim cleric attempting to sneak into the United States across the California-Mexican border near the location of the suspected WMD interception.
Said Jaziri was discovered hiding in a Mexican registered BMW. The terrorism supporting cleric has been banned from France and Canada, as well as the United States, police sources told the Law Enforcement Examiner.
Jaziri, who gained notoriety when he ordered his followers to "execute" the controversial Danish cartoonist who drew pictures of the prophet Mohammed, was arrested, as was the BMW's driver Kenneth Robert Lawler.
Jaziri, 44, had been deported from Canada to Tunisia in 2007 after Canadian immigration officials discovered that he had fabricated statements on his refugee application. Prior to that he had been imprisoned in France on terrorism-related charges.
While serving as Imam at a Wahabbi mosque in Montreal, Canada, Jaziri advocated civil unrest and the institution of Sharia law in Canada and the U.S. His detractors accused him of attempting to incite civil unrest among the Islamic population is Canada.
He also advocated stoning of homosexuals, whom he branded diseased.
According to Border patrol sources, Jaziri had allegedly paid a Tijuana-based smuggling ring thousands of dollars to sneak him across the border. He old the "coyotes" that he wished to be taken somewhere secure in the United States.
He reportedly told U.S. law enforcement officials he had flown from Africa to Europe and then to Central America and finally Chetumal, Mexico, at which point he traveled by jitney bus to the Mexican border town of Tijuana.
Counterterrorism experts believe that radical Muslims and Islamic terrorists routinely sneak into the U.S. across the Southwest border since many of them are indistinguishable from Mexican illegal aliens.