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    U.S. Rep. O'Rourke refutes latest ISIS in Mexico rumors, shows decades-long rumors

    U.S. Rep. O'Rourke refutes latest ISIS in Mexico rumors, shows decades-long rumors of terrorists in Mexico

    POSTED: 12:33 PM MDT Apr 15, 2015 UPDATED: 02:20 PM MDT Apr 15, 2015
    Herald-Post image courtesy U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, ISIS in Anapra image courtesy Judicial Watch

    Top image shows a scan of the El Paso Herald-Post from 1982 about a supposed Libyan hit squad in Mexico and the bottom image is a screengrab from Judicial Watch's April 9, 2015 article reporting that ISIS is in Anapra, Mexico. ABC-7 checked with several federal law agencies involved with border security and were told the report is unverified, and it is unlikely that ISIS is in Anapra or Juarez, Mexico.



    EL PASO, Texas -Editor's Note: Congressman Beto O'Rourke posted the below statement on his Facebook page regarding the latest online story that the terrorist group ISIS is in Anapra, Mexico. ABC-7 on Tuesday checked with several federal law agencies involved with border security and were told the online report of ISIS in Mexico is unverified, and it is unlikely that ISIS is in Anapra or Juarez, Mexico. Below is O'Rourke's statement from his Facebook page on April 15, 2015.
    Is Isis in Juárez?

    Some have shared stories on social media suggesting that is the case. Others have contacted my office to see if it's true.

    Today I reached out to the Mexican government, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Northern Command.

    None of them have found any evidence, credible or otherwise, that Isis is in Juárez.

    Stories like these are good at scaring people and getting attention for those who spread them. But they are terrible for the country's image of the border, for El Paso's ability to recruit talent, and for our region's opportunity to capitalize on the benefits of being the largest bi-national community in the world.

    Stories like these have come up before. The 1981 story about Libyan hit squads in Juárez. The fears that Al-Qaeda was going to invade after 9/11. The claims about Isis crossing the border last year.

    As a member of the House Homeland Security committee in the 113th Congress, I asked the director of the FBI, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center and the Secretary of Homeland Security if there was currently any terrorist threat on the Southern border. They answered that there was not, nor had there ever been, any terrorist, terrorist plot, or terrorist organization that was able to exploit our border with Mexico.

    Beyond hurting our image nationally, these kinds of false stories could lead us to take our eye off real threats to the homeland. While we should always remain vigilant at our borders -- and we currently spend $18 billion a year to do so -- the greatest proven homeland threats have been at our airports and with homegrown terrorists radicalized over the internet. Not in El Paso, the country's safest city 4 years in a row.

    El Paso -- let's fight back with the facts. Share this post or this link to statements from the national intelligence community: https://medium.com/@RepBetoORourke/t...r-662d1815ab15

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    Homeland Security: Rumors of ISIS on NM border not valid

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    FBI Holds “Special” Meeting in Juárez to Address ISIS, DHS Not Invited

    APRIL 16, 2015

    Responding to Judicial Watch’s report earlier this week of ISIS activity along the Mexican border, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) supervisors called a “special” meeting at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez.

    A high-level intelligence source, who must remain anonymous for safety reasons, confirmed that the meeting was convened specifically to address a press strategy to deny Judicial Watch’s accurate reporting and identify who is providing information to JW. FBI supervisory personnel met with Mexican Army officers and Mexican Federal Police officials, according to JW’s intelligence source. The FBI liaison officers regularly assigned to Mexico were not present at the meeting and conspicuously absent were representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It’s not clear why DHS did not participate.

    Publicly, U.S. and Mexico have denied that Islamic terrorists are operating in the southern border region, but the rapid deployment of FBI brass in the aftermath of JW’s report seems to indicate otherwise. A Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector were among the sources that confirmed to JW that ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas. The base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

    Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm. During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.

    “Coyotes” engaged in human smuggling – and working for the Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas. These specific areas were targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces, and the relative safe-havens the areas provide for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling that was already ongoing.

    Last August JW reported that ISIS, operating from Ciudad Juárez, was planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level U.S. federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources confirmed then that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border had been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies were placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning the imminent terrorist threat.

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    Residents of U.S.-Mexico border town say no signs of ISIS

    Residents of U.S.-Mexico border town say no signs of ISIS


    Residents of a small community on the border say an article about an ISIS training camp in the area is nothing more than a “rumor.”

    Angela Kocherga, KHOU 11 News Border Correspondent11:18 p.m. CDT April 16, 2015


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    RANCHO ANAPRA – Residents of a small community on the border say an article about an ISIS training camp in the area is nothing more than a "rumor."

    "They should not be saying things with no basis," said Rosa Velia Sanchez, a local mother of three.


    Sanchez was at a bus stop waiting to catch a ride to the factory where she works in the nearby industrial Ciudad Juarez.


    "We're all working class people, people who work in factories and construction," said Sanchez. "We would notice strangers."

    She and other neighbors say outsiders, especially foreigners, stand out.

    "Right away you can recognize it by the accent," said Jose Sanchez. "I'm from Zacatecas for example."


    And his neighbors can tell if someone is from another part of Mexico simply by their regional accent.


    Residents of the Mexican border community echo authorities in the U.S., who say there's no evidence to support the claim by the website Judicial Watch that "the exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as Anapra."


    Anapra is in the Ciudad Juarez area.


    "I reached out to the Mexican government, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Northern Command," said Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) in a statement posted on his Facebook page. "None of them have found any evidence, credible or otherwise, that Isis is in Juárez."

    "Our sources are trusted and in the past have proven reliable and correct," said Jill Ferrell, a spokesperson for Judicial Watch.

    The article quotes two unnamed sources, including "a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector." Judicial Watch's researcher is a "former army intelligence officer who specializes in human intelligence," according to Ferrell.


    He spent time in the El Paso area but that did not include a trip across the border or a ride along to see the camp in Mexico, said Ferrell.


    The only person recruiting on the streets during a recent afternoon in Anapra was a young man with a loud speaker trying to get people to apply for jobs are area factories or "maquiladoras."


    A group of locals armed with brooms and shovels took to the streets as part of an organized spring cleaning effort.


    Residents in this close-knit working-class community are confident there are no ISIS soldiers in their midst or training nearby.


    "If there were here, we'd have spotted them right away," said Sanchez.

    http://www.khou.com/story/news/2015/...isis/25916003/

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    Border community: claim about ISIS camp just a 'rumor'

    Angela Kocherga, KVUE Bureau Reporter
    10:56 p.m. CDT April 19, 2015



    "If there were here, we'd have spotted them right away," a resident said.


    RANCHO ANAPRA, Ciudad Juarez – Residents of a small community on the border said an article about an ISIS training camp in the area is nothing more than a "rumor."

    "They should not be saying things with no basis," said Rosa Velia Sanchez, a mother of three.


    Sanchez was at a bus stop waiting to catch a ride to the factory where she works in the nearby industrial Ciudad Juarez.


    "We're all working class people, people who work in factories and construction," Sanchez said.


    "We would notice strangers," Sanchez said. She and other neighbors say outsiders, especially foreigners, stand out.


    "Right away you can recognize it by the accent," said Jose Sanchez. "I'm from Zacatecas for example."


    And his neighbors can tell if someone is from another part of Mexico simply from their regional accent.


    Residents of the Mexican border community echo authorities in the U.S. who say there's no evidence to support the claim made by the website, Judicial Watch.


    The website stated that "the exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as Anapra."


    "I reached out to the Mexican government, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Northern Command,"
    said Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) in a statement posted on his Facebook page.


    "None of them have found any evidence, credible or otherwise, that ISIS is in Juárez," O'Rourke said.


    Anapra is in the Ciudad Juarez area.


    "Our sources are trusted and in the past have proven reliable and correct," said Jill Ferrell, a spokesperson for Judicial Watch.


    The article quotes two unnamed sources including "a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector."


    Judicial Watch's researcher is a "former army intelligence officer who specializes in human intelligence," according to Ferrell.


    He spent time in the El Paso "area," but that did not include a trip across the border or a "ride along" to see the camp in Mexico, Ferrell said.


    The only person recruiting on the streets during a recent afternoon in Anapra was a young man with a loud speaker trying to get people to apply for jobs for area factories, or "maquiladoras."


    A group of locals armed with brooms and shovels took to the streets as part of an organized spring cleaning effort.


    Residents in this close knit working class community are confident there are no ISIS soldiers in their midst or training nearby.


    "If there were here, we'd have spotted them right away," Sanchez said.

    http://www.kvue.com/story/news/2015/...umor/26052209/

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    Judicial Watch has been pretty consistent in the past. Beto O'Rourke on the other hand is a dyed in the wool open borders advocate.
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    Editorial: False reports on border used to stir fears

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    POSTED: 04/20/2015 04:43:49 PM MDT

    Border residents have long been accustomed to seeing our communities misrepresented for political gain. We're living through it again with thinly sourced reports about Islamic State terrorists setting up camp in the Mexican village of Anapra.

    The latest silliness comes from Judicial Watch, the same right-wing outfit that breathlessly — and falsely — announced last summer that the terrorists were in Juárez and an attack on Fort Bliss was "imminent." In each case, their "reporting" is based on unnamed sources and can't be replicated by anyone else.


    Even the Texas Department of Public Safety, which has been used by politicians to hype supposed border threats, said there was "no credible evidence" to support the latest tale.


    There's no real accountability for false reports, so when a new round of drivel came out last week, it was widely promoted on social media.


    Republican Congressman Ken Buck of Colorado presented ISIS in Mexico as fact to his 979 Twitter followers. Radio talk show host Sean Hannity passed it along uncritically on his nationally syndicated show.


    If they really believed that a terrorist camp was set up on the U.S. border, they would be talking about nothing else, not settling for hit-and-run jobs. But truth isn't particularly important when you have an agenda to promote.


    We've written previously about the damage done to the border region by the false narrative of this area as a war zone.


    But this version of border paranoia also perversely benefits the Islamic State, according to Charlie Winter, a researcher with the counter-extremism think tank Quilliam. Like others who closely study the Islamic State, he finds it extremely unlikely that they would set up shop in Mexico.


    "This is exactly the kind of coverage ISIS wants, for others to project and exaggerate its menace for it," he said in an interview with The Independent newspaper in Great Britain.


    After a string of setbacks in Iraq, the Islamic State is being seen less and less as "invincible," he said. "I think it's very important that we dismantle the menace of ISIS rather than add to it."


    Our nation, including the U.S.-Mexico border region, face real threats. False or exaggerated threats can divert attention and resources from real concerns.


    Being repeatedly wrong won't deter the spreaders of misinformation.


    They will continue to prey on the fears of some people for their own benefit — to raise money, build audiences, gain votes.


    We who live on the border will continue to work to make our region more prosperous.


    We must do better at sharing the message that our success in that mission is vital to the future for both the United States and Mexico.


    The frequent canards don't help us on that journey, but they also can't be allowed to deter us.


    — El Paso Times

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