The United States and Iran has been on a collision course since the Carter administration and the seizure of the U.S. Embassy at Tehran, Iran on November 4, 1979.
Iran has issued a string of threats against the U.S. since that day. Consider my earlier articles published in 2018: Iran Threatens U.S. And Its Allies With “Drugs, Refugees, Bombs And Assassination” and Congressional Hearing: Iranian Sleeper Cells Threaten U.S. So many hearings, so little action
On January 2, 2020 the New York Times reported, U.S. Strike in Iraq Kills Qassim Suleimani, Commander of Iranian Forces. The Iranian response was reported on January 3, 2020 by Radio Free Europe / Liberty Radio: Khamenei, Other Iran Officials Vow ‘Severe Retaliation’ For Soleimani Killing.
The United States has been in the crosshairs of foreign terrorists for decades- and not just those affiliated with Iran. Almost exclusively, these terror organizations have been affiliated with radical Islam. Wikipedia posted a list of terror attacks in NYC up to and including 2017.
On September 11, 2001 the United States suffered the most devastating terror attacks in history. By far, the greatest destruction and casualties occurred in NYC at the World Trade Center.
The 9/11 Commission, to which I provided testimony, was convened to not only document what had occurred, but to also determine what vulnerabilities enabled those attacks so that appropriate actions could be taken and measures implemented to thwart future terror attacks.
The 9/11 Commission ultimately authored the 9/11 Commission Report that identified multiple failures of the immigration system that enabled international terrorists, and not only the 19 hijacker/terrorists who carried out the savage attacks of 9/11 but other terrorists who attempted to carry out terror attacks in the U.S. in the decade preceding September 11, 2001.
The Executive Summary of the Final 9/11 Commission Report included this excerpt:
Permeable Borders and Immigration Controls
There were opportunities for intelligence and law enforcement to exploit al Qaeda’s travel vulnerabilities. Considered collectively, the 9/11 hijackers
- included known al Qaeda operatives who could have been watchlisted;
- presented passports manipulated in a fraudulent manner;
- presented passports with suspicious indicators of extremism;
- made detectable false statements on visa applications;
- made false statements to border officials to gain entry into the United States; and
- violated immigration laws while in the United States.
Neither the State Department’s consular officers nor the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s inspectors and agents were ever considered full partners in a national counterterrorism effort. Protecting borders was not a national security issue before 9/11.
These obvious facts were not only a major theme of the 9/11 Commission report, but also for the staff of federal agents, from a variety of federal agencies, and for the attorneys who were assigned to assist the 9/11 Commission.
That staff produced an official report that focused on the myriad failures of the immigration system, 9/11 and Terrorist Travel – Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.
The preface of this report begins with the following paragraph:
It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made one.
Over the years Iran has quietly and covertly moved their sleeper agents into the United States to scope out potential targets and embed their operatives to pre-position them. Several have been arrested.
While our officials know who they have found, they obviously don’t know who they have not found.
I wrote about one of those sleepers, a naturalized citizen who was from Lebanon, in my article, Hezbollah Sleeper Agent Convicted Of Plotting U.S. Terror Attacks.
The threats posed by sleeper agents have been the subject of a series of Congressional hearings and yet the federal government, even after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 has failed abysmally at addressing the failures of the immigration system while sending American troops into harm’s way around the world.
Far more is involved than securing our dangerous southern border. Immigration fraud undermines the integrity of the entire immigration system yet even after the terror attacks of 9/11, when it was well understood that immigration fraud was the key method of entry and embedding for international terrorists.
This vulnerability was the predication for my extensive article, Immigration Laws, Lies That Kill.
The only way to uncover fraud and locate aliens who violate our immigration laws and those who may enter into criminal conspiracies to violate our immigration laws including human traffickers is to have field agents conduct investigations and make arrests.
There are, nevertheless, precious few ICE agents. While the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has 45,000 employees, our military has more than 1.2 million members, however, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) only has about 6,000 agents for the entire United States with only about one-third of those agents devoting their efforts to the enforcement of our immigration laws.
In essence our politicians have, by design, turned America into a Sanctuary Country.
This lunacy is vastly exacerbated by the creation of Sanctuary Cities and Sanctuary States that openly, gleefully and contumaciously obstruct immigration law enforcement and of late, have taken to issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens and even blocking access to DMV computers in New York and New Jersey. This outrageous betrayal of America and Americans was the focus of my recent article, New York State Blocks ICE and Border Patrol Access to DMV Database.
Now let’s consider the reaction of New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio to the latest Iranian threats as reported by the January 3, 2020 edition of the Daily Mail: ‘We are at a state of war’: NYC mayor’s Iran warning as Homeland Security braces for attacks on U.S. soil – and sleeper terror cells could already be here.
That report quoted de Blasio:
‘No one has to be reminded that New York City is the number one terror target in the United States. We have to recognize that this creates a whole series of dangerous possibilities for our city,’ de Blasio said.
‘We have plenty of knowledge of previous efforts by Iranian proxies to scout and target locations in New York City. Hezbollah and others have made it a point in recent years… We know there’s been an effort to target and prepare to attack in New York City in the past.’
The mayor said the threat has changed significantly given the resources that a state such as Iran has compared to non-state organizations like Al Qaeda or ISIS.
‘It’s just a world of difference,’ de Blasio said.
In a series of tweets later on Friday, de Blasio added: ‘We are in an unprecedented situation today, but the NYPD is ready for any scenario. New Yorkers will see heightened security at locations around the city, but there is NO credible and specific threat at this time. If you see something, say something.
‘The NYPD has a strong relationship with our security and intelligence partners around the country and the world. They will be working together non-stop to keep New Yorkers safe, and I have absolute faith in them. Everyone should go about their lives unafraid.
The last paragraph is an utter, bald-faced lie and de Blasio knows it! Sanctuary policies effectively obstruct ICE from carrying out its vital duties in apparent violation of 8 U.S. Code § 1324. Immigration law enforcement is a major factor in the investigation of foreign terrorists who operate on American soil.
De Blasio and every candidate for every significant elected position must be asked, without equivocation, “Have you read the ‘9/11 Commission Report’ and the ‘9/11 Staff Report’ in their entirety?” As a follow-up, they must also answer the question, “How does your position on immigration square with the findings of those reports?”