Three Iraqis tell how they reached Texas boarder In 2009, ICE allowed Todd Bensman into the detention facility at Pearsall, Texas to interview three captured Iraqi Kurds. Their story shed rare public light on smuggling routes and methods of traveling from Iraq to Texas. August 24, 2009 · 10:52 AM UTCUpdated:May 30, 2010 · 9:05 AM EDTBy Todd Bensman PEARSALL, Texas — One fled the … [Read more...] about Iraqi border jumpers
As drug violence escalates, Mexican cops are fleeing the country. A Dallas immigration judge may decide whether one cop on the run lives or dies. ByTodd BensmanPublished in D MagazineNovember2009 One day in April of last year, four-year police veteran Jose Alarcon and his partner, Capt. Felipe Galindo, detained two armed drug dealers after making a traffic stop in Juarez, Mexico. It … [Read more...] about Can a Mexican Cop Find Asylum in North Texas?
From Africa to the Middle EastImagine Mexican drug cartel operatives strolling with robed business prospects in the souks of Damascus and Tehran. Or cash-laden Mexican traffickers setting up business offices in African cities like Kinshasa and Accra. Or maybe even Mexican drug syndicate emissaries plying the streets of Baghdad outside the Green Zone. There’s nothing fictional about any of … [Read more...] about Mexican cartels go truly global
April 9, 2009 The Global Post After strengthening ties with other Latin American countries, Iran pushes for closer ties with Mexico. SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — While U.S. leaders remain fixated on Mexico’s drug war, Iran has quietly sought to establish closer ties to Mexico, with almost no notice. Over the last year, Iran has been pushing for an expansion of trade and diplomatic ties between … [Read more...] about Iran Reaches Out to Mexico
A four-part series from an undeclared war With powerful warring drug trafficking organizations and Mexico’s military laying siege to one another by 2009, a growing number of citizens saw only one way to survive: by fleeing over the American border. They have arrived with gruesome stories of kidnap, torture, extortion and random brutality at the hands of ruthless trafficking groups. The arrival … [Read more...] about Mexico’s drug war refugees
When border security proponents justify post-9/11 initiatives, scoffing critics often throw down this challenge: Show me a single terrorist who crossed the border. There is Mahmoud Kourani, convicted in Michigan of supporting Hezbollah. But this 2008 article provides a starting benchmark of others who crossed the borders. It includes an addendum excerpting 2015 NPS thesis research. DEARBORN, … [Read more...] about Have Terrorists Crossed?
For Hearst Newspapers MONKEY POINT, NICARAGUA -- The second military helicopter in as many days hovered over the jungle and then landed to a most unwelcome reception from several dozen angry Rama Indian and Creole villagers. Rupert Allen Clear Duncan, a leader of some 400 Creole who live along the shoreline,confronted the foreigners, who were dressed in suits and military uniforms that … [Read more...] about Iran’s Push into Nicaragua
By Todd Bensman, special to D Magazine, September 2007 The federal trial of the richardson-based Holy Land Foundation is actually the last of a trio of trials. The five Elashi brothers, all of them immigrant Palestinians, have been indicted or convicted of various forms of supporting the terrorist group Hamas, or of trading with state terrorism sponsors like Syria. The current trial may last … [Read more...] about What Will Happen to the Children of the Holy Land Foundation Trial?
Ever since fellow agents accused Gamal Abdel Hafiz of refusing to wear a wire to record other Muslims, one of the nation's best counter-terrorism agents lived a nightmare in the glare of the national media. Trouble was; the claims were never true, a small fact that was left out - until now. Gamal Abdel-Hafiz was once one of the most valuable counter-terrorism assets the FBI had. He turned up … [Read more...] about The Quiet American
MONKEY POINT, NICARAGUA -- The second military helicopter in asmany days hovered over the jungle and then landed to a most unwelcomereception from several dozen angry Rama Indian and Creole villagers. Rupert Allen Clear Duncan, a leader of some 400 Creole who live along the shoreline, confronted the foreigners, who were dressed in suits and military uniforms that day in March. The villagers … [Read more...] about Iran’s Push into Nicaragua, a few porous borders from Texas