From Weasel Zippers: If it’s them or Judicial Watch, I believe Judicial Watch.
Via Fox News:
The U.S. State Department Friday shot down a recent report that Islamic State fighters– aided by violent drug cartels– are operating training bases near the U.S. southern border to smuggle terrorists into states like Texas.
A Judicial Watch report released Tuesday that cited an unnamed Mexican Army officer and a Mexican police inspector who identified the locations of two bases, raising new fears that the fight with ISIS is closer to the U.S. than previously thought.
But a State Department spokesman told Fox News Friday that U.S. authorities have worked closely with Mexican officials to investigate the allegation, and both countries have determined the claim to be “unfounded.”
Meanwhile Judicial Watch is reporting on a meeting in Juarez with FBI trying to determine who is leaking to them.
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