Gee, ya think there might be a problem?

June 5, 2010

So, in the annals of our porous southern border, we’ve had problems with illegal migrants, drug smuggling and human trafficking, vulnerability to terrorists, and even Americans being murdered on their own property.

Now we have to worry about the dam bursting. Literally.

Agents feared Mexican drug cartel attack on border dam

An alleged plot by a Mexican drug cartel to blow up a dam along the Texas border — and unleash billions of gallons of water into a region with millions of civilians — sent American police, federal agents and disaster officials secretly scrambling last month to thwart such an attack, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

Whether or not the cartel, which is known to have stolen bulk quantities of gunpowder and dynamite, could have taken down the 5-mile-long Falcon Dam may never be known since the attack never came to pass.

It may have been derailed by a stepped-up presence by the Mexican military, which was acting in part on intelligence from the U.S. government, sources said.

The warning, which swung officials into action, was based on what the federal government contends were “serious and reliable sources” and prompted the Department of Homeland Security to sound the alarm to first responders along the South Texas-Mexico border.

Mexico’s Zeta cartel was planning to destroy the dam not to terrorize civilians, but to get back at its rival and former ally, the Gulf cartel, which controls smuggling routes from the reservoir to the Gulf of Mexico, said Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez, head of the Southwest Border Sheriff’s Coalition, as did others familiar with the alleged plot.

But in the process, massive amounts of agricultural land would stand to be flooded as well as significant parts of a region where about 4 million people live along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

A local Texas police captain discounted the threat, but bear in mind that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by 15 guys with box-cutters. And isn’t it comforting to know they weren’t out to get us, really; they were just after other drug smugglers. The Zetas were even courteous enough to warn residents on (the Mexican side of) the border to clear out.  Bad guys fighting bad guys! Win-win!

Speaking of holes that need plugging, Mr. President…

(via Allahpundit)

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