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Weapons seized in Mexico – intended for use in attacking Fort Huachuca?

“Intelligence obtained by the Northeast Intelligence Network suggests that the weapons seized at the Mexican-U.S. border could be used to launch an attack against U.S. military bases, especially those situated in the southwestern United States.” — Northeast Intelligence Network

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

26 November 2007: Today, the Washington Times is reporting that “Fort Huachuca, the nation’s largest intelligence-training center, changed security measures in May after being warned that Islamist terrorists, with the aid of Mexican drug cartels, were planning an attack on the facility.” In an interesting near-convergence of events, the Northeast Intelligence Network warned of an increased risk of an attack on military bases in the Southwestern United States on March 1, a full two-(2) months before security measures were ramped up at the installation.

The warning made public by the Northeast Intelligence Network stemmed from the seizure of a tractor-trailer registered in Texas containing an unprecedented shipment of weapons, ammunition and armored vehicles. At the time of the seizure, authorities and numerous counter-terrorism analysts claimed the weapons were destined for use by warring drug cartels in Mexico and emphatically denied that they were intended to be used against assets inside the U.S.


Weapons seized across from Brownsville, Texas
Were these intended for an attack on Fort Huachuca?
Although no one is making the connection between the weapons seizure and the plot against Fort Huachuca, the timing of the seizure, the types and amount of weapons seized, and the route of travel through Mexico is consistent with such a plan of attack. The following information was made public by this agency on February 23, 25 and March 1, 2007:

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Analysis: Weapons seized in US-Mexican border town suggest large-scale operationBy Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs

25 February 2007: Over the past couple of days, I have analyzed additional imagery and data associated with the report of a large cache of weapons and other military supplies seized in Tamaulipas, Mexico across from Brownsville, Texas [Initial report HERE]. Contrary to various public assessments, my analysis suggests that these weapons were not intended for an assault of one Mexican narco-gang against a rival gang within the territory of Mexico, but were intended for a larger and more specific operation within the United States.

My analysis involved additional images other than what is shown below, and noted that there were a total of three civilian up-armored vehicles with bullet-proof glass seized in this shipment. The assault weapons and ammunition seized was sufficient to equip 3 six-man squads of a special operations capable strike force, with at least 400 rounds per man. The rifle and handgun ammunition consisted of armor-piercing, tracer and hollow point rounds; the M203 grenade launcher ammunition was primarily of the fragmentary type along with one armor-piercing round. This force is assessed to be comprised of former Mexican Army troops known as Zetas in addition to Islamic terrorist operatives. Click “read more” above for complete article.

The potential targets of this force range from an outrageous and unprecedented raid to liberate the Mexican Gulf Cartel narco-boss, Osiel Cardenas GUILLEN, currently being held for trial in Houston, Texas to other possibilities such as an assault on a state legislature or a similar body in Texas or elsewhere within the U.S. One other possibility includes the execution of a very large “false-flag” operation. This assessment continues as new information is being developed.

The types, the quantities, and the nature of the various weapons and ammunition seized, in addition to the other miscellaneous military equipment and vehicles are assessed to be directly related to a special operations-like assault of significant magnitude somewhere in the USA rather than utilization in a narco-gang war in Mexico. It is obvious that a large-scale operation was set to be executed in the very near term. Additional analysis and investigation is continuing.

CRITICAL UPDATE: 1 MARCH 2007 (UPDATE 2 OF 2)By Doug Hagmann, Director, and Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs

Additional analysis of weapons seizure: Intelligence obtained by the Northeast Intelligence Network suggests that the weapons seized at the Mexican-U.S. border could be used to launch an attack against U.S. military bases, especially those situated in the southwestern United States. Information obtained from military and intelligence sources indicate that military assets within the U.S. are at increased risk of attack by Islamic terrorists already present with the U.S., having entered the country illegally via the border with Mexico. Our investigation is continuing.

More on arms seized at U.S. – Mexican border town23 February 2007: On February 11, 2007, a tractor-trailer registered in Texas and containing a large shipment of weapons, ammunition and a Nissan pickup truck fitted with armor and bullet-proof glass was stopped by the Mexican army in Matamoros, just south of the U.S. border at Brownsville, Texas.

The weapons seized included 18 M-16 assault rifles, including at least one equipped with an M-203 40mm grenade launcher, several M-4 carbines, 17 handguns of various calibers, over 200 magazines for different weapons, and more than 8,000 rounds of ammunition, assault vests and other military accessories.

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Weapons seizedAlthough the origin of the shipment is unclear, it is vividly obvious that areas along the U.S.-Mexican border are as much war zones as transshipment points. Matamoros has long been recognized as a vital choke point for the shipment of drugs, weapons and illegal aliens, including Islamic terrorists, into the United States from Mexico. Based on the sophistication of the weapons seized earlier this month, it is apparent that a battle is shaping up just across the border from Brownsville – one that will undoubtedly have ominous implications for those protecting our southern border.

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Border town of Matamoros, Tamaulipas across from Brownsville, TexasT.A. Adams contributed to this report