Federal officials have threatened law enforcement agents with termination and criminal prosecution for leaking information about the threat of terrorist attacks near the Texas-Mexico border, according to a new report.
The government watchdog organization Judicial Watch (JW) says that after it reported on the possibility of radical Islamic terrorists in Juarez, Mexico — just across the border from El Paso — a memo containing warning agents about leaking information “came down through the chain of command.”
Concerns about terrorist attacks are reportedly serious enough that the commanding general of the Army’s Ft. Bliss, in El Paso, has been briefed on them, says TPNN, citing JW.
After that report came out in late August, Democrat Congressman Beto O’Rourke made phone calls to various federal agencies with offices in the El Paso area to ask if anyone had been talking to JW — an action that would seem to confirm the authenticity of the original reporting.
His calls were followed by the threatening memo, the report says.
Law enforcement officials from multiple agencies have confirmed to JW that they have received “an alert bulletin” that states the possibility of an ISIS terrorist cell in the Juarez area. Juarez is approximately eight miles from El Paso, a city of almost 700,000 residents.
Other reports have indicated that the federal government is hiding the seriousness of the threat of Islamic terror along the border for unknown reasons. Four individuals with known ties to terror groups were reportedly apprehended at the border on Sept. 10, and a banner containing anti-American and pro-Palestinian messaging was discovered draped over the border fence on the morning of Sept. 12.
Federal officials have reportedly attempted to keep both of these incidents from being reported by the media.
The latest reports threatening federal officials who actually talk to watchdog groups or the press in order to keep the American people informed of possible threats are, unfortunately, only par for the course for the Obama administration.