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posted on Feb, 15 2007 @ 04:51 PM
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There's an area in South America called the Tri-Border Area. Have you heard about it before? Represented are Hezbollah, Hamas, Colombian extremists, Chinese Triads and Russian Mafia groups, to mention a few. To this mix there are reports of Al Qaeda agents. This topic and area of high interest is seldom written about in western media, even rarely mentioned. It is of paramount importance to put this troublesome spot on the map and it needs exposure.


In Ciudad del Este, Foz do Iguaçu and Puerto Iguazú which is located in this area, the illegal activity is immense. The turnout for the region is roughly estimated to more than 20 Billion Dollars annually.


SOUTH AMERICA'S TERROR FINANCIAL CENTER

September 30, 2006



Three South American countries and the United States are expected to open "an intelligence center aimed primarily at combating criminal and militant activity" in the triangle where the three South American countries share a border, says intelligence service Stratfor.com. This little known, but highly important area is well known to be a financial center for Hezbollah and perhaps other terror linked organizations. The announcement marks an interesting shift in the way the U.S. is fighting the war on terror.


International Herald Tribune: Brazil says triple border area under constant vigilance

February 8, 2007



The Triple Border, a porous region where Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina converge, is home to more than 20,000 Arabs — mostly Lebanese Muslims — as well as drug and arms traffickers, smugglers and counterfeiters. It has also been described by the U.S. State Department as a focal point for Islamic extremism in Latin America.

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The U.S. government contends that radical Islamic groups including Hezbollah and Hamas receive funds from the Triple Border area.

It has described the area as "South America's busiest contraband and smuggling center, where billions of dollars annually are generated from arms trafficking, drug smuggling, counterfeiting, intellectual property-rights violations, and other crimes."

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Money and support often come from remote regions and obscure areas of the world. What's your view and what can you find out about Tri-Border Area's major influence on dark matter?

See also:
TERRORIST AND ORGANIZED CRIME GROUPS IN THE TRI-BORDER AREA (TBA) OF SOUTH AMERICA (pdf file)




posted on Mar, 12 2007 @ 11:00 PM
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South America will be another battleground once again it appears. After most leftist factions had been more or less decimated there a decade ago, with the war on terror and the U.S.'s focus overseas, our backyard has again become a politically frothing area where leftists, fascists, and just general anti-Americanism has again found a solid foothold.

It's hard to imagine that South America won't become a very important locus of trouble for the U.S. and the Western Industrialized Democracies as a whole again in the coming years as powers such as China and Iran take advantage of the situation with help from the likes of Castro and Chavez.


[edit on 3/12/2007 by djohnsto77]



posted on Apr, 20 2007 @ 01:28 AM
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Brazil drafted a new antiterrorism law in March. However, they will probably not touch the Tri-Border Area. They say "there's nothing illegal going on in the TBA", and they don't regard Hezbollah and Hamas as terrorist organizations...

Brazilian Counterterrorism Efforts: Legislative Progress, But Little Action on the Ground


April 18, 2007


In March, Brazilian authorities drafted a new antiterrorism law instituting stiff penalties for a variety of violent acts committed by both individuals and organizations. The new legislation, expected to pass Brazil's congress in a modified form, will likely be used to target criminal gangs from Brazil's indigent favela neighborhoods, not Middle Eastern terrorist groups operating in the Argentina-Brazil-Paraguay Tri-Border Area (TBA). Brazil denies that illegal terrorist activities are being conducted in the TBA, and it does not regard groups like Hizballah or Hamas as terrorist organizations.

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The TBA is especially important to Hizballah. The group raises nearly $10,000,000 per year there, according to a study produced by the U.S. Naval War College. The report cited U.S. Southern Command estimates "that Islamist terrorist groups raise between three hundred million and five hundred million dollars per year in the Triple Frontier and the duty-free zones of Iquique, Colon, Maicao, and Margarita Island."

Click the link to read the full version...



posted on Jun, 7 2007 @ 08:06 PM
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Here's some more on the Tri-Border Area. They've also linked to the pdf file I linked to in my OP.

ThreatsWatch.Org: Commentary: Terrorists in Our Neighborhood?


June 7, 2007


There is a difference between evidence justifying cause for concern, and evidence justifying cause of action. The best unclassified evidence available to us today clearly demonstrates that there is a definite cause for concern.

The Tri-border area (TBA) of Ciudad de Este, Paraguay, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, and Puerto Iguazu, Argentina is a lawless region that operates as the hub of a multi-billion dollar business in money laundering, arms sales, drug trafficking, and other criminal enterprises according to a 2006 report issued by the U.S. State Dept.

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An exhaustive open-source investigation into the presence of terrorist groups operating in the Tri-Border Area of South America was conducted in 2003 by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress and is, quite frankly, the most extensive analysis of multi-language sources (books, newspapers, journal articles, published investigations) available, to our knowledge. It should be required reading for those interested in the TBA region.



posted on Jun, 7 2007 @ 08:24 PM
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And as an interesting side note, I read that Bush bought a very large ranch not too far from that area. It's about 100,000 acres. Actually, his daughter was there with UNICEF and did the deed.

I don't know how that ties in, or if it does at all, but it is thought provoking.



posted on Oct, 23 2007 @ 05:50 PM
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Remember this thread? Here's a little update. A multinational task force has apparently been set up in the tri-border area.


Scotsman.com: U.S. commander warns of Latin America terrorist threat


18 Oct 2007


Islamic terrorist groups have networks in Latin America and the Caribbean and could use the region as a base to launch attacks on the United States, the senior U.S. military commander for the region says.

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A multinational task force has been set up in the so-called tri-border where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet, an area reputed to be a hotbed of money-laundering and smuggling.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Oct, 24 2007 @ 01:44 AM
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i found this article a while back. good read

www.msnbc.msn.com...

take that ..and add this...

archive.newsmax.com...

and this..

Conservatives such as Tancredo are angry that Bush has funded only one-tenth of the new Border Patrol agents that Congress has authorized.


www.usatoday.com...

also if you know that terrorists are working and training in south america and are learning spanish and crossing into the US through mexico wouldnt you close that backdoor? they surely upped airport security after 911 but they have not done squat with the mexican border. i made up a little saying a while back, " the terrorists are not going to try another "plane" stunt, the rats stopped coming through the cracks in the front of the house once they realised the entire back wall of the house is missing"

its like a big game of chess.. .. CHECK !!



posted on Nov, 9 2007 @ 11:39 PM
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Feds target Hezbollah cell in Los Angeles. Oh, look... the Tri-Border area...


Counterterrorism Blog: Sources: Feds Target Hezbollah Cell in L.A.



November 9, 2007


Today we report in the New York Daily News about a bizarre case unfolding in the Los Angeles communities Bell and Cudahy, where a special task force collared a dozen Arab-American and Latino suspects involved in a seemingly small-time drug and counterfeit clothing ring. While on the surface it doesn't appear to be terrorism-related, our sources say Operation Bell Bottoms targeted a "classic case of terrorism financing," with the defendants smuggling profits from selling dope and counterfeit goods in L.A. back to Iran-backed Shiite terror group Hezbollah in Syria and Lebanon.

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Also, while unmentioned so far in court papers, Hezbollah is well known to have profited from the illegal sale of name-brand counterfeits produced in the tri-border area of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.



posted on Nov, 10 2007 @ 09:34 AM
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I'm bumping this thread for more visibility. This is one of the most important threads in the War on Terror Forum and needs to be seen by everyone in ATS. Excellent topic, Hellmutt!

I think we pay too much attention on the MidEast and not enough on our own backyard, mainly Central and South America. I've heard so many stories about Russians, Chinese and Al Quaida massing just south of us, ready to storm in and take over (not that I believe them or worry our gun-happy populace won't shut this down with home-owned artillery
) and while it may not be accurate, it has to have roots to grow. THIS MAY BE THE SOURCE of all those rumors. I'm watching now, Hellmutt, thanks!

Cuhail



posted on Nov, 22 2007 @ 08:39 PM
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Thanks Cuhail! Really appreciated.



Btw, I see that a US delegation is going to visit the Tri-Border area next week...


TheHill.com - Reid to lead delegation to Latin America


November 21, 2007


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will lead a bipartisan delegation to Latin America next week, his office announced Wednesday.

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The delegation will meet with the presidents of Guatemala, Colombia, Paraguay, and Mexico and also visit the so called Tri Border area that connects Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.

According to Reid’s office, the “purpose of the trip is to show the United States’ commitment to strengthening ties with our neighbors in Latin America.”

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Jan, 3 2008 @ 03:58 AM
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The Tri-Border Area is apparently "being watched". No wonder, since every major criminal organization in the world is there. And note the concerns about possible future terrorist attacks against i.e. New York. Hmmm...


Paraguay called financial hub for terror and crime


"Every major criminal organization in the world has a criminal representation in Ciudad del Este," Nieves, 63, said in a recent interview.

The lawlessness of the region makes it a threat for future terrorist financing and action in New York, Nieves said. He isn't alone in his concerns.

"It is being watched," Rep. Peter King, the ranking Republican on the House's Homeland Security Committee, told Newsday recently when asked about the tri-border zone.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Mar, 15 2008 @ 06:39 PM
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Here's from a recent article. The TBA is still being watched.


World Tribune: Billions for terror flowing from South America's notorious 'tri-border' area


March 14, 2008


“I continue to be concerned about the tri-border area,” Stavridis said of the area between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.

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A U.S. Army report said the region “is an ideal breeding ground for terrorist groups.”

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“The TBA offers terrorists potential financing; access to illegal weapons and advanced technologies; easy movement and concealment; and a sympathetic population from which to recruit new members and spread global messages. While the TBA is not currently the center of gravity in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), it has an important place in the strategy for combating terrorism.”

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Mar, 15 2008 @ 07:18 PM
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I can easily see us pulling down troops in the ME and redeploying to South America. There are a lot of benefits to the "war machine" in this, and I think it's one of the reasons America's back door has been left open.



posted on Mar, 15 2008 @ 07:26 PM
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Seeing as many of the sources for these claims are Stratfor and Newsmax, I'm disinclined to believe any of this. Both sources have strong neoconservative slants and, AFAIK, they don't cite any sources in their articles for claims of a tri-border base in the region.



posted on Mar, 15 2008 @ 08:31 PM
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Its rather unfortunate parts of South America are so unstable. I want to move my family down there relatively soon.

The Tri-Border area is quite an interesting topic.

Here's some additional news articles.

South America's terror connection

Terrorist Threat in the Tri-Border Area: Myth or Reality?

South America's 'tri-border' back on terrorism radar


CNN has learned from coalition intelligence sources that several top terrorist operatives met recently in the area -- where the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay intersect -- to plan attacks against U.S. and Israeli targets in the Western hemisphere.



Why would these people want to attack American and Israeli targets in the first place?

Could it be they are remnants of the Nazi regime?

It is well known Operation Paperclip brought Nazi scientists to America.

It may not be all that well known that the Nazis were in fact spreading their sphere of influence to South America.

Nazi South America


After WW II, at least five German U-boats reached Argentina with no less than 50 high ranking Third Reich officials on board. During the trip they sunk a US battle ship and the Brazilian cruiser Bahia with a death toll of more than 400, including US citizens. Both the US and the British Government have systematically covered up the operation. Why? Did they take Hitler to Patagonia?

Supporting their research with irrefutable first hand documentation, two Argentine investigators, Carlos De Napoli and Juan Salinas, made an extraordinary contribution to unveil what has been called the last secret of World War II. Übersee Süd, Overseas South in English, is the name of the operation that, according to this investigation, helped high Nazi officials to escape from the Soviet fist under the umbrella of the British Government and the US hawks




I think the most interesting part is the Bush family residence in the TBR.

Bush buys land in Northern Paraguay


An Argentine official regarded the intention of the George W. Bush family to settle on the Acuifero Guarani (Paraguay) as surprising, besides being a bad signal for the governments of the region.

Luis D Elia, undersecretary for the Social Habitat in the Argentine Federal Planning Ministry, issued a memo partially reproduced by digital INFOBAE.com, in which he spoke of the purchase by Bush of a 98,842-acre farm in northern Paraguay, between Brazil and Bolivia.


The topic of Bush's ranch has been discussed twice already on ATS:

Bush buys 100,000 acres of land in Paraguay - Disturbing and relevant questions- ATS

GW Bush and family to relocate to Paraguay!!- ATS

US Military presence in Paraguay

Why would the military be down there? To protect our 'fearless leader' of course.


[edit on 3/15/2008 by biggie smalls]



posted on Apr, 25 2008 @ 05:35 PM
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Very interesting input, biggie smalls. Thank you!


 


One of the leading U.S. experts on Paraguay, Professor Frank Mora, fears that Paraguay may become a failed state.


Top Paraguay threat: Nation may crumble


Apr. 24, 2008
By ANDRES OPPENHEIMER



The United States and Paraguay's South American neighbors may soon have more reasons to be worried about the country's vast lawless areas that have long been used as operations centers by arms dealers, drug traffickers and Hezbollah terrorist support groups, the professor said.

Mora says he is ''pretty pessimistic'' about Paraguay's future despite Sunday's election victory by Fernando Lugo, a former Roman Catholic bishop who defeated the long-ruling Colorado Party.

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'Everything illicit goes through Paraguay,'' Mora said. ``If the country becomes ungovernable, if it becomes a failed state, it will become an even greater threat.''

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My Opinion: Mora's concerns reflect the current post-Sept. 11 U.S. national security thinking, which holds that the biggest threat to U.S. national security does not come from hostile governments but from failed states that can become a safe haven for international terrorist groups.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on May, 24 2008 @ 08:08 PM
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Movie

Someone is making a new movie about an agent who goes undercover in the TBA.


Jose Padilha Gets Some Action in Hollywood


May 20th 2008


the movie will be about an American federal agent who goes undercover in South America's "Triple Frontier" (the dangerous tri-border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay) to break up a terrorist-funding network.



posted on Sep, 13 2008 @ 09:43 PM
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More tri-border area...


Western Hemisphere Nations Consider Disaster Response


Sep 10, 2008


Walser also says criminal organizations - gangs, as well traffickers of drugs, weapons and humans - demonstrate the need for better hemispheric security cooperation. "Citizen security and fighting domestic and international crime are central concerns for all of the Americas," he said. The senior policy analyst pointed to the threat of global terrorism from radical Islamic groups in the tri-border area between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.

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Source: U.S. Department of State



posted on Oct, 6 2008 @ 06:22 PM
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Revisiting an old thread

This thread may have been forgotten, but the threat from the TBA is still there...


Latin America: Mutating threats


24 Sep 2008


Hizbollah, Hamas, al-Qaida and Islamic Jihad have all been associated with the TBA and elements of its large Arab diaspora population. Recent Argentinean and US intelligence suggests that these groups do not currently pose an operational threat. Terrorist activity there appears confined to fundraising (estimated to be hundreds of millions of dollars by the Department of Homeland Security), recruitment and training.

At least one of these groups has, however, conducted operations in the region in the past. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the 1992 Israeli Embassy bombing and is assumed to be responsible for the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires. It is plausible that these groups, if conditions permit, may conduct operations again in the future; if not in Latin America then elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere.

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In reality, the TBA currently exists only as a dormant safe-haven but the potential remains for evolution to operational capacity. Al-Qaida and Hizbollah have worked together in the past; commentators remain divided on whether they will do so in the future. It is possible that sectarian divides will not be overcome. Those who believe there is a potential for future collaboration believe it's most likely to take place outside the Middle East in areas such as the Latin American TBA.

Click the link to read the whole article...



posted on Nov, 5 2008 @ 04:27 PM
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Osama Bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden apparently visited the TBA in 1995...


New Criminologist Special - Global Terrorism: The Latin American Connection Persists


11/1/2008


Brazilian intelligence officials also believed that Al Qaeda has been active in the TBA since the mid-1990s. Citing an anonymous high-ranking official of the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, Veja, a leading Brazilian newsweekly, reported that Osama Bin Laden had visited Foz do Iguaca in 1995. The source told the publication that his agency had obtained a 28-minute video of Bin Laden participating in meetings at a mosque during his visit. Al Qaeda's Khalid Sheik Mohammed is also believed to have visited the TBA in December 1995 and in 1998. In late December 2001, after the US-led coalition ousted the Taliban from power, a CNN reporter found a large tourist poster from the TBA at an Al Qaeda safe house in Kabul.

 


War Games

Brazilian wargames angers Paraguay.


Paraguay Warns Against Provocation While Brazil Plays War Games at the Border


27 October 2008


War exercises by the Brazilian military along the border of Brazil with Paraguay are escalating tensions between the South American neighbors.

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Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo warned Brazil in a news conference in Asunción that "not even one millimeter of the territorial sovereignty of the country can be bothered" or "the Paraguayan reaction will be swift."

Paraguayan TV showed armed Brazilian troops occupying the "Friendship Bridge" separating the countries at Ciudad del Este. The maneuvers come amid a series of clashes between Paraguayan peasants and militias controlled by Brazilian farmers in the country.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.






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