Tom McNamara and the Eyewitness News 4
Investigators have spent the last three months talking
to experts and eyewitnesses.
The stories are compelling and the evidence
is frightening, and just this week, Colorado Congressman
Tom Tancredo released a report showing that the problem
is worse than anyone thought.
Here's what the Eyewitness News 4 Investigators
"It's a Muslim prayer blanket. It
was found about a mile and a half west from the Douglas
port of entry in 2001."
Larry Vance is a rancher who lives near
the U.S.-Mexico border in Douglas, Arizona.
For years, he says he's watched - and
documented - thousands of illegals crossing the border
and running away to eventual arrest... or freedom and
anonymity somewhere in this country.
And in just one hour, during this stake-out
along the border between Douglas and b\Bisbee, The Investigators
count 198 illegals in five different groups crossing into
the U.S. with no resistance.
Watch as they huddle in the bushes, then
climb thru a few strands of barbed wire and run for freedom.
We called Border Patrol and waited another
full hour, but no one ever came.
Later, we checked Border Patrol logs which
note agents being dispatched following our call, but also
note those agents found no signs of activity in the area.
In recent years, Vance says, the evidence
some illegals leave behind is alarming.
Vance says, "Other log books, diary-type
things, other bits and pieces of paper with Arabic written
on them found in the area over the last few years
We've all heard of the U.S. government's
Terror Watch List: countries flagged because Americans
are endangered by their citizens, yet regularly, illegals
from those countries are crossing the Arizona border,
blending in with groups of Mexican and South American
If apprehended, they are brought to this
federal detention center in Florence, Arizona.
The investigators found that on this day,
several individuals of this kind were being detained here,
including some from Sudan, Iran, and even Iraq.
These are just the ones who were caught.
These detainees are called 'other than
Mexicans' or OTM's. Most will eventually be sent back
to their home country.
But some disappear very quickly, usually
before they even reach this center or other holding facilities.
They're taken away by tight-lipped federal agents to who-knows-where.
Who are they? They're called 'Special
Interest Aliens" or "SIA."
According to Ben Anderson, a retired U.S.
Army Colonel, The SIA that they don't want to talk about.
That's special interest alien. These are people from those
countries that we consider terrorist threats."
Anderson is a retired U.S. Army Colonel
who tracks illegal immigration from his home in Sierra
Vista, Arizona. He has a website sharing his research
into Special Interest Aliens.
"You will not read about that. You
will not hear about that. They will not talk about that.
They will not provide that info to the press
Colonel Anderson says these Special Interest
Aliens originate in the Middle East or Northeast Asia.
They travel through Spain to what's called the tri-border
area of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay, then, to Mexico
They pay to learn Spanish language skills,
and by the time they reach the U.S., they're acting and
talking like Mexicans to fool border agents.
And, Anderson says, they're entering the
United States right through our backyard. "This is
the main alley. It's called "Cocaine Alley"
or "Terrorist Alley." Whatever you want to call
it, Arizona is the prime place."
Cochise County is the center. It's the
point of gravitus, center of gravity for all illegals,"
Anderson says some Special Interest Aliens
are well-funded. paying tens of thousands of dollars to
be smuggled into this country. They manage to get passports
from non-terrorist nations.
And here's the shocking part: if they
are caught, they are often released on their own recognizance,
never to be seen again.
According to Retired Border Patrol Agent
David Stoddard, "There are Middle Easterners coming
across the border as we speak."
Stoddard agrees with Anderson. Stoddard
spent 17 years as a Border Patrol agent and supervisor
in the Tucson Sector before retiring.
"What's scary is that I can show you places out here
on the line right now where 18-wheelers can be driven
"These 18-wheelers can be loaded
with anything -- illegal aliens, atomic weapons, whatever."
Stoddard says Americans would be shocked
if they knew just how many people from all over the world
are getting into this country across the Arizona border.
And he says we're even less safe from terrorism today
than we were before 9/11.
for example, the capture of terrorist suspect Jose Padilla
(pictured at right). The Justice Department says Padilla
and an accomplice planned to enter the U.S. thru Mexico
to blow up apartment buildings in major cities, like New
Or the case of suspected al-Qaeda sleeper
agent Mohammed Junaid Babar.
Babar has told investigators of a scheme
to smuggle terrorists across the Mexican border. He's
tied to a terror plot to carry out bombings and assassinations
And the Tombstone Tumbleweed newspaper
reports that in June, 53 Middle Eastern men were apprehended
by Border Patrol agents near Willcox.
It's believed they were from Iran or Syria.
Stoddard says, "It's the ones who
are sneaking into our country under cover of darkness
between our ports of entry that concern me and should
concern every American.
Border Patrol Council President T.J. Bonner
says, "You don't know what is getting by you unless
you come across, as you said, small pieces of evidence,
remnants of things that give you clues, that not everybody
is coming across from mexico looking for a job."
Bonner knows exactly who and what current
agents are uncovering along our border and he has a dire
"It's only a matter of time before
another terrorist attack occurs, unfortunately.
Some in Congress are starting to take
notice of the threat. Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo
released a report that revealed a 50% increase in OTMs,
illegals Other Than Mexicans, crossing the border.
Tancredo says some illegals from terrorist
nations are paying as much as $50,000 to be smuggled in.
He says they're not paying that kind of money simply to
work at a 7/11.
another story on this from the UK Telegraph News