(CNSNews.com) - Under questioning by Sen. John McCain (R.-Ariz.) in the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano conceded that Mexican drug cartels pose a terrorist threat to the
In 2009, the U.S. Justice Department declared in its annual National Drug Threat Assessment that the Mexican drug cartels were “the greatest organized crime threat to the
Napolitano’s concession that Mexican drug cartels pose a terrorist threat to the
“Would you agree that the violence in
“Yes,” said Mueller.
“And would you say that, then, increases the national security threat on the other side of our border?” asked McCain.
“Yes,” said Mueller.
When McCain asked Napolitano if she agree with that, Napolitano said, “I think that’s right. Particularly in some of the state of northern Mexico—Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, for example, homicide rates are up dramatically, attacks on government, and, of course, we saw the paper in Juarez just a few days ago, on a front page editorial saying, ‘What do we need to do?’”
McCain then asked Napolitano is the massive influx of illegal aliens across the border and the fact that Mexican drug cartels have threatened attacks on the
“That goes to all of the efforts that are going on with
McCain then challenged Napolitano to state whether the situation in
“I think that in terms of the violent crime in
More than 28,000 people have died in drug-related violence in
Speaking at the Council of Foreign Relations on Sept. 8, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the drug cartels in
“We face an increasing threat from a well-organized network--drug trafficking that in some cases is morphing into or making common cause with what we would consider an insurgency in
“This is a really tough challenge,”
When asked what McCain meant when he said that the Mexican cartels had threatened to commit terrorist acts against the United States, the senator’s office pointed CNSNews.com to a story published in Houston Chronicle on June 2 about a plot by the Mexican Zeta cartel to blow up a dam on the Rio Grande River.
McCain told Secretary Napolitano at Wednesday’s hearing that residents in his state of
“From my visits to the southern part of our state, they don't see this dramatic improvement, Madam Secretary," McCain told the secretary of Homeland Security. "In fact, they are more worried than they've ever been. They see continued home invasions, they see continued requirements for our government to put up signs that say, 'Warning to our citizens' that they are in a drug smuggling area, a human smuggling area. They don't have the same security that people do in other parts of our country."
In its 2009 National Drug Threat Assessment, the Justice Department said, “Mexican DTOs represent the greatest organized crime threat to the
The 2010 National Drug Threat Assessment said that “900,000 criminally active gang members representing approximately 20,000 street gangs” distribute drugs for the Mexican cartels in more than 2,500 American cities.