Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More "domestic terrorism"?

Three Miami-Dade businessmen face terrorism-related smuggling charges alleging they secretly exported video-game players to a shopping center in Paraguay that U.S. authorities say served as a front for financing the Middle East terrorist group, Hezbollah.

The businessmen -- Khaled T. Safadi, Ulises Talavera and Emilio Gonzalez-Neira -- were arrested late Thursday on conspiracy charges of violating a post-9/11 law that prohibits any person or company from doing business with a U.S.-designated terrorist group. . . . A fourth suspect, Samer Mehdi, who owns a business called Jomana Import Export that operated in the Galeria Page Mall in Ciudad del Este, also was charged. Mehdi, a 37-year-old Brazilian and Paraguayan national, has not been arrested.

Again, foreigners engaging in this type of behavior within our borders is not domestic terrorism.

Rather, it is an example of our lax border controls and weak immigration laws.