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Published on March 30, 2008

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Slide1:  IMMIGRATION & NATIONAL SECURITY Edward F. Gallagher Assistant U.S. Attorney Southern District of Texas April 5, 2007 KEY ASSETS & CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE:  KEY ASSETS & CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE Production Sector (energy, nuclear power plants, dams, chemical industry & Hazmat, defense industrial base) Service Industries (banking & finance, transportation & border security, postal & shipping) Sustenance & Health (agriculture, food, water, public health) Federal & State (government, emergency services) IT & Cyber (info. technology & telecommunications) Other (commercial facilities, real estate, recreational, monuments & icons) ASSETS IN SDTX:  ASSETS IN SDTX Third largest U.S. city (Houston) Most active Seaport (by tonnage) – six seaports in district Largest land port in U.S. (Laredo) 170 petroleum refining plants 100 chemical plants that use, store & manufacture toxic chemicals Petrochemical plants produce 52% of nation’s gasoline, 35% of jet fuel World’s largest medical center Nation’s strategic oil reserve facilities NASA/Johnson Space Center South Texas Nuclear Project 85 consular establishments Military installations Nation’s second largest citrus producer Nation’s second largest Muslim population The Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF):  The Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) Established by the FBI to facilitate real time coordination between federal, state, local, & tribal agencies to combat terrorism Comprised of members of the FBI, state, local, & tribal law enforcement, & other federal, state, & local agencies JTTFs handle domestic & international terrorism issues Coordination between JTTF & Immigration Enforcement TERRORIST CONNECTIONS TO HOUSTON:  TERRORIST CONNECTIONS TO HOUSTON Ramzi Yousef Lackawanna Six Ahmed Omar Abu Ali Jeffrey Leon Battle & The Portland 7 NOEL EXINIA:  NOEL EXINIA Informant: Exinia part of organization to smuggle 24 terrorists from Mexico to U.S. to blow up targets in Washington, D.C. Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, money laundering USA PATRIOT Act – delayed notice search warrant Convicted, sentenced to 50 years AUSA Charlie Lewis NIZAR LORIAN:  NIZAR LORIAN Syrian national, U.S. naturalized citizen Human smuggler, working with five others – attempted to bring 17 illegal aliens into U.S.; mostly from China Plan: Smuggle Chinese aliens into U.S. from Ecuador & Peru (low on Special Interest country radar), bring over Mexico border Conspiracy to smuggle illegal aliens Charges dismissed, due to Lorian’s health AUSA Jeff Vaden FARIDA GOOLAM AHMED:  FARIDA GOOLAM AHMED Born in Pakistan, living in South Africa “Swam” across Rio Grande, went to McAllen Int’l Airport, travel to NYC Showed BP altered South African passport Smuggler of SIAs, base of operation in Johannesburg, believed to have catered to known terrorist groups from Middle East Illegal entry, false statements, visa fraud USA PATRIOT Act – emergency wire taps AUSA Glenn Cook EBER ANIBAL “LESTER” RIVERA-PAZ:  EBER ANIBAL “LESTER” RIVERA-PAZ Smuggled into U.S.- Caught in trunk of car chased down by Border Patrol Numerous MS-13 tattoos over body; numerous aliases Wanted in Honduras in connection with December 2004 murder of 28 people (including six children) on bus Illegal re-entry Sentenced to one year in prison, deported AUSA Glenn Cook OPERATION LABOR LEASE & THE TOLLIN GROUP:  OPERATION LABOR LEASE & THE TOLLIN GROUP OPERATION TARMAC:  OPERATION TARMAC BLUE BADGE High level access WHITE BADGE Low level access 2500 employees Tarmac Terminals Plane interior Maintenance Concession, janitorial services 600+ – possible violations 143 prosecutions Blue = 57 White = 96 OPERATION ACCESS DENIED:  OPERATION ACCESS DENIED OPERATION INSECURITY GUARD:  OPERATION INSECURITY GUARD Employment of private security contractors by federal government to protect critical infrastructure TSA CHECKPOINT GUARDS:  TSA CHECKPOINT GUARDS Gave false information on employment application forms regarding criminal histories (convictions for drugs, assault, DWI) False statements Convicted & sentenced AUSA Gary Cobe BORDER APPREHENSIONS:  BORDER APPREHENSIONS North America – Canada, Mexico Central America & Caribbean – Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras (mostly MS-13), Nicaragua South America – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia Europe – Albania, Kosovo, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Turkey Africa – Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Mauritania, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania Middle East – Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon Asia – Afghanistan, China, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Philippines, South Korea (ind. born in North Korea)

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