Even on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, government spokesmen continue to lie. On Thursday, the president’s press secretary, Josh Earnest, said we need not worry about such things. The Bloomberg News headline read:
“Earnest discounts Islamic State threat on Mexican border.” This lie was necessary because a government agency had issued an alert about known terror cells operating in Ciudad Juarez, which adjoins El Paso, Texas.
Will we all sleep better tonight after that Obama administration assurance? It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry at such bewildering nonsense. If they believe it, they are criminally insane. If not, they are criminals of a different sort. Some people not only can’t “connect the dots,” they don’t even recognize a dot when they see one.
Using only official Border Patrol data on border crossings, we know a problem exists on our southwest border with Mexico. In fact, everyone knows that except the Obama White House. That problem has existed for decades, and the numbers are available to the White House press office if they care to inquire.
While the attention of our news media has been focused on the 57,000 “UACs,” or Unaccompanied Children, apprehended by the Border Patrol – and then released to families and “sponsors” inside our country – we have seemingly forgotten some other numbers.
In 2013 alone, there were not 57,000 but a total of over 75,000 “OTMs” – Other Than Mexican – apprehended on the border. Of that number, over 1,200 were individuals from countries known by our government to harbor terrorist cells. Those countries include Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Indonesia.