Fort Bliss, the American Army post across the border from the crime-ridden Mexican city of Juarez, is on high alert against a potential terrorist attack through the Labor Day weekend — but the Obama administration won’t admit it.
A Fort Bliss news release blandly describes the precautions, which include closing two normally open to civilian traffic and random inspections at others, as the “results of several recent security assessments and our constant concern for the safety of military members, families, employees and civilians,” according to the El Paso Times.
That’s understating the matter, according to the conservative group Judicial Watch. Judicial Watch issued a bulletin Friday stating federal authorities are aware of the risk of a Juarez-based attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Citing “high-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources,” the Judicial Watch bulletin said investigators have “picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to ‘carry out an attack on the border.’
“It’s coming very soon,” Judicial Watch quoted one source as saying, adding that the source identified the potential attackers as ISIS and al-Qaeda.
Separately, Breitbart.com reported Friday that it had obtained a document from state officials at the Texas Department of Public Safety warning of a potential ISIS attack. That document was illustrated with pictures of conservative activist James O’Keefe crossing the border in early August dressed as Osama bin Laden. The move was a stunt to show how porous the border really is.
Concern about the soft underbelly of the southern border and terrorist infiltration there has been around for years, but has grown this summer with the wave of illegal alien children who crossed the border thanks to the Obama administration’s manipulation of immigration law during the 2012 election.
In late August, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a Heritage Foundation event in Washington that, “We have been put on notice lately by a jihadist army that is right now charging across a country we were told was secure and stable.”
In the El Paso Times report, base officials cited no specific threat that prompted the sudden increase in security at a base with a an established “easy access” policy for civilians. However, it noted that other military bases have been targeted for attack.
That includes the Muslim Maj. Nidal Hasan, who killed 12 fellow soldiers and a civilian doctor in a November 2009 terrorist attack on Fort Hood, Texas, that the Obama labeled an act of “workplace violence.”
So an administration that in one of its earliest and most cowardly decisions refused to call a terrorist attack on a Texas Army base by its rightful name is now increasing security at a Texas Army base and refusing to explain its real reasons for doing so.
The heavy security at Fort Bliss isn’t because anyone’s afraid of a disgruntled co-worker, and it’s not because there’s been an upsurge of “workplace violence” around the world lately.
The terror war is on America’s southern border now, whether the White House publicly admits it or not.
CORRECTION: This post originally identified Texas Gov. Rick Perry as “Mexican Gov. Rick Perry.” My apologies to Gov. Perry and BPR readers. And special and sincere thanks to the reader who emailed me about the mistake. — Joe
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