by Jon Dougherty
One thing POTUS Donald Trump's detractors and political enemies in the media never take into consideration when he makes statements about the insecure nature of the U.S.-Mexico border is the fact that he receives daily briefings from U.S. intelligence agencies and the Department of Homeland Security -- information that the general public will never hear and isn't entitled to hear, for the purposes of operational security.
So when the president says something like, 'Hey, there are terrorist elements trying to get through our southern border,' it's a safe bet he's been told that by our intel agencies and DHS (which, by the way, has its own intelligence branch).
As reported last week by Fox News, a newly published study and report quoted former ISIS operative Abu Henricki, a Canadian citizen with dual citizenship with Trinidad, who told the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism that the terror organization asked him to travel to the U.S. through Mexico in order to carry out “financial attacks."
“They were going to move me to the Mexican side [of the US southern border] via Puerto Rico. This was mastermind[ed] by a guy in America. Where he is, I do not know,” Henricki said. “That information, the plan came from someone from the New Jersey state from America. I was going to take a boat [from Puerto Rico] into Mexico. He was going to smuggle me in.”
“What they wanted to do, basically, is they wanted to do financial attacks. Financial attacks to cripple the economy," he said.
“They have their system of doing it,” Henricki said. “It wasn’t me alone. They were sending you to Puerto Rico and from Puerto Rico [to Mexico]," he added.
The study and report, by the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) and published in Homeland Security Today, noted that Henricki's route was to the U.S. was to have begun in Central America.
“ISIS has organized plots in Europe with returnees so it seems entirely plausible that they wanted to send guys out to attack. The issue that makes a North American attack harder is the travel is more difficult from Syria,” Anne Speckhard, who co-conducted the study as the director of ICSVE and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University, told Fox News. “So the idea that they would instead use people who were not known to their own governments as having joined ISIS might make it possible for them to board airplanes.”