Al Qaeda Leader: Materials
Smuggled Across Border
Terrorists trying to blend in with Mexican culture
A News Channel 5 Investigation
Channel 5" -- - investigation reveals what the feds don't
want you to know. Suspected terrorists are hiding inside the
U.S. and they got here by sneaking across the Mexican
What we've been reporting for more than a year has been
confirmed by a government report just released. (Click
here to download the report.)
And a brand new interview by Pakistani investigative
reporter Hamid Mir is bringing in more information.
Mir has interviewed some of America's most dangerous
terrorist enemies. This time the Al Qaeda commander he
talked to gave a grim warning that another attack on America
is coming very soon.
"We can attack America anytime," says Abu Dawood during the
interview. He also told the reporter that Muslims must leave
Mir says, "Abu Dawood told me, 'We are determined to attack
America again and that attack will be bigger than 9/11."
The Al Qaeda commander says the attack will be led by Adnan
El Shukrijumah. He goes by many aliases but is called
Brother Adnan by his terrorist friends.
Brother Adnan is wanted by the feds for possible terrorist
threats against the U.S. He's considered armed and dangerous
According to the Pakistani reporter, Dawood said Brother
Adnan "had smuggled some dangerous materials from the
Mexican border to inside the United States of America."
"It's the kind of scenario that worries everybody," says
Fred Burton, a former special agent for the U.S. State
Burton spent much of his federal career studying terrorists,
predicting their next move. He now does the same thing at
Stratfor, a private intelligence agency in Austin.
NEWSCHANNEL 5 asked Burton about the threat.
"I think it has to be viewed credible, until proven
otherwise," he says.
The former special agent tells us the U.S. government is
well aware Al Qaeda's been working hard to get a dirty bomb
into the country, an explosive packed with nuclear materials
small enough to carry in a suitcase.
Smugglers have been caught 300 times in the past four years
trying to sneak in radioactive material, which could be used
to make a dirty bomb.
That's what the International Atomic Energy Agency told the
London Times last month.
But Burton says, "I think if Al Qaeda has a dirty bomb, we
would have seen it by now." He says a chemical attack is
more likely and the Valley could be a launching ground.
Burton says there are several specific locations in Houston,
which if hit, could carry out a devastating terrorist attack
on U.S. soil.
However Burton also says if Al Qaeda really does have a
dirty bomb, border cities are much more vulnerable to
attack, because he says terrorists don't want to get caught.
"You'd want to bring that in right across the border, and
you'd want to detonate that as soon as you can," he
We asked who would be at risk.
"You would look at cities such as El Paso or Brownsville,"
For law enforcement, it's a very big worry, says Zapata
County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr.
He testified to lawmakers in Washington about the dangers of
terrorists and terrorist weapons getting smuggled in through
The sheriff tells us his biggest fear is that something
could go wrong with a bomb.
"We're not prepared," he says.
The possible dangers are also a concern to U.S. Congressman
Solomon Ortiz. He was among the first in Washington to sound
the alarm about dangers at the border.
Ortiz says, "The biggest threat is people coming in and we
don't know who they are."
The government does know terror groups like Al Qaeda, Hamas,
and Hezbollah are active in Latin America. In fact, members
of Hezbolla are already inside the U.S., coming in through
the Mexican border.
We're also learning these Middle Easterners are changing
their Islamic names to Hispanic names, buying fake
documents, learning Spanish and posing as Hispanic
Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo says there's even a
training camp in Brazil teaching Middle Easterners how to
blend in to the Mexican culture.
According to government intelligence, Middle Eastern aliens
from countries known to harbor terrorists are smuggled to
staging areas in places like Venezuela and the tri-border
region between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Then they're
smuggled again through Mexico and our border right into the
There's a big payoff for those who sneak them in. Mexican
illegals pay smugglers an average of $2,000. Middle
Easterners pay as much as thirty times that amount, up to
"I don't think they really care who they're bringing across,
as long as they get paid for it," says Texas Congressman
Michael McCaul. He put out the report, which also says
Islamic terrorist groups may be using Mexico as a refuge.
During our investigation, we found out a lot of people from
suspicious countries are crossing right here in South Texas.
Since 9/11, literally hundreds of illegal aliens have been
caught here from places like Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt and
Federal law enforcement estimates only ten to thirty percent
of illegals who cross are actually caught.
Governor Rick Perry says, "To think that international
terrorists have not already exploited our border is naive."
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