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Could it really BE?!?!
If Trump's choice for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security gets his way, perhaps.
General John F. Kelly might not use the term "illegal alien" after he is sworn in as DHS Chief, but he in fact used the accurate term very recently, in his official capacity while testifying before the U.S. Congress!
"Severe budget constraints are significantly degrading our ability to defend the southern approaches to the United States. Sequestration merely compounds the ongoing challenge of limited and declining U.S. government maritime and air assets required for detection, monitoring, and "end-game" interdiction missions. Irrespective of sequestration cuts, we face a sharp downtown in availability of large surface assets such as U.S. Navy frigates and U.S. Coast Guard High Endurance Cutters, which face decommissioning or are approaching the end of their expected lifespan. The eighth and final U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, which will be delivered in the next few years, will be a critical asset to U.S. government efforts to protect our southern approaches.
Mr. Chairman, the impact of diminishing asset allocation will continue to impede our mission even if sequestration is reversed; our operational effectiveness is directly proportional to the number of assets we can put against detection, monitoring, and interdiction operations. When better resourced several years ago, we were able to disrupt a significant amount - more than 240 metric tons- of cocaine heading towards the United States. Last year, 20 more metric tons of cocaine reached the United States due to reduced asset availability, a number that will increase inversely as the availability of U.S. government assets decreases.
POSTURE STATEMENT OF GENERAL JOHN F. KELLY, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS COMMANDER, UNITED STATES SOUTHERN COMMAND
BEFORE THE 113TH CONGRESS HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE
26 FEBRUARY 2014
Asked about the legalization of marijuana and other drugs and how that would effect criminal activity, Kelly replied with tales of the tons of dope, guns, illegal aliens and sex slaves slipping through into the U.S.
Q. Are the cartels that deal with moving marijuana, are they starting to look at moving to another product? I mean, to shift -- move the marijuana in to the United States? Are they starting to consider moving to another product or is it just not having any effect, as you can tell right now?
KELLY: They're already completely diversified. They move cocaine, heroin - - they make heroin. They make methamphetamines. They make cocaine, and they transport it. They also do the same thing with illegal aliens, sex slaves -- something to the tune of 18,000 sex slaves a year, mostly adolescent, young women move through this network into the United States every year. Anything can move on this network.
They're already diversified. They're now starting to diversify into illegal mining, illegal logging for certain types of wood -- anything to make a buck. And the profits that come out, just the drug profits that come out of the United States is something to the tune of $85 billion a year, of which only $1 billion is required to keep the drug flow going. The rest of it is just -- is just profit. Their biggest problem, frankly, in our interagency, the Department of Treasury, FBI, Department of Justice -- is getting after this. But their biggest problem is taking $85 billion worth of U.S. currency and laundering it.
(UNKNOWN) So even -- just let me get your opinion on this -- so even if you were to see this trend of legalization or decriminalization here in America take effect, because of this diversification, can we not expect to save any money on the war on drugs from the, you know, Pentagon's point of view?
KELLY: The more we decriminalize or legalize drugs, God forbid, the more we do that, the price of -- the social price of dealing with the additional crime, because there will be additional crime, the additional health care and all of that will go up exponentially. This costs a lot of money. It's astounding to me that we are -- we've just kicked off -- the federal government has just kicked off a $100 million program to try to get people to stop smoking tobacco, yet we're opening up other areas of substance abuse. It's just astounding to me we're doing this, but...
He adds an astonishingly honest admission, that he "watches 74% of the dope and contraband go by" because of the lack of assets and resources he is given to work with!
GALLEGO: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I -- there's a time in the life of every problem where it's already big enough to see, but it's still small enough to solve. And it seems to me that what I understood you all to say is that an investment early- on, closer to the source in South America, before any of the drugs or before they hit Mexico in particular, is the best investment of our money. Is there some data that you call can share with the committee that would back that up?
KELLY: Yes, Congressman. This network that brings things to the United States, it is incredibly efficient. It's more efficient than FedEx could ever hope to be. And anything can travel on it. Most of what travels on it is drugs -- heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine. But people travel on it, all sorts of guns travel on it, money travels on it. It's incredibly effective. It's just now drugs are the big money-maker for them. As I mentioned a little earlier, I spend 1.5 percent of the counternarcotics budget -- 1.5 percent. I get the vast majority of cocaine with no violence in large amounts. And we capture these traffickers, bring them to the U.S. court system, and they cooperate to a man. And we gain a great deal of intelligence from them.
I can see, when I say "I," SOUTHCOM and Joint Interagency Task Force South in Key West, we can see it with amazing clarity this drug movement. But 74 percent of it, I watch go by. I can't touch it. And when I say I watch it go by , in the maritime domain to Honduras primarily, because I don't have the assets to stop it.
[For the original full document transcript, see CQ CONGRESSIONAL TRANSCRIPTS
Feb. 26, 2014 - Final
House Armed Services Committee Holds Hearing on the Proposed Fiscal 2015 Defense Authorization for the U.S. Northern Command and Southern Commands
Kelly also discussed the 'Crime-Terror Convergence:' and the grave potential for terrorists to slip through:
Clearly, criminal networks can move just about anything on these smuggling pipelines. My concern, Mr. Chairman, is that many of these pipelines lead directly into the United States, representing a potential vulnerability that could be exploited by terrorist groups seeking to do us harm. Supporters and sympathizers of Lebanese Hezbollah are involved in both licit and illicit activities in the region, including drug trafficking. Additionally, money, like drugs and people, has become mobile; it is easier to move than ever before, and the vast global illicit economy benefits both criminal and terrorist networks alike. Clan-based, Lebanese Hezbollah- associated criminal networks exploit free trade zones and permissive areas in places like Venezuela, and the Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay Tri-Border to engage in money laundering and other illegal endeavors, as well as recruitment and radicalization efforts.
The exact amount of profits generated by these illicit activities in the region is unclear, but it is likely—and at least—in the tens of millions of dollars.
External Actors: Iran and Islamic Extremist Groups.
Lebanese Hezbollah has long considered the region a potential attack venue against Israeli and other Western targets, and I remain concerned that the group maintains an operational presence there. Lebanese Hezbollah’s partner and sponsor, Iran, has sought closer ties with regional governments, largely to circumvent sanctions and counter U.S. influence. As a state- sponsor of terrorism, Iran’s involvement in the Western Hemisphere is a matter for concern. Additionally, members, supporters, and adherents of Islamic extremist groups are present in Latin America. Islamic extremists visit the region to proselytize, recruit, establish business venues to generate funds, and expand their radical networks. Some Muslim communities in the Caribbean and South America are exhibiting increasingly extremist ideology and activities, mostly as a result from ideologues’ activities and external influence from the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.
Mr. Chairman, we take all these activities seriously, and we and our partners remain vigilant against an evolution in capability of any group with the intent to attack the United States, our interests, or our allies. I remain concerned, however, that U.S. Southern Command’s limited intelligence assets may prevent full awareness of the activities of Iranian and terrorist support networks in the region.
Other External Actors.
Mr. Chairman, there has been a great deal of attention on the increased regional influence of so-called “external actors” such as China and Russia. Ultimately, we should remember that engagement is not a zero-sum game.
Russia and China’s expanding relationships are not necessarily at our expense. However, if we want to maintain our partnerships in this hemisphere and maintain even minimal influence, we must remain engaged with this hemisphere. Budget cuts are having a direct and detrimental effect on our security cooperation activities, the principal way we engage and promote defense cooperation in the region. The cumulative effect of our reduced engagement is a relative but accelerated decline of trust in our reliability and commitment to the region. Our relationships, our leadership, and our influence in the Western Hemisphere are paying the price.
In comparison to other global threats, the near collapse of societies in the hemisphere with the associated drug and [undocumented immigrant] flow are frequently viewed to be of low importance,” Kelly told Defense One. “Many argue these threats are not existential and do not challenge our national security. I disagree.”
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