ICE Waits Months To Warn Agents Of Gang Hit Plots
MAY 16, 2011
President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security endangered the lives of federal officers by waiting months to alert them of a notoriously violent Salvadoran gang’s plots to murder Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and their families.The daunting information was brought to Judicial Watch by outraged Homeland Security sources that provided the written memo warning ICE agents in the U.S. that the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) had specific plans to kill agents and their families in Virginia and Maryland. The problem is that Janet Napolitano’s agency sat on the intelligence for two months while federal officers risked their lives to protect the nation.As early as March the FBI obtained reliable information that a high-ranking MS-13 gang banger in El Salvadorordered the hit on ICE agents and their family members, according to Homeland Security sources. The FBI informant also said that MS-13 members who killed any ICE agent in Maryland or northern Virginia would get a $50,000 reward.For unknown reasons, Homeland Security officials sat on the information until this week while unsuspecting agents performed their duties. Distributed as an internal “Officer Safety Advisory,” the alert says that the agency is forwarding the information for “rapid awareness due to the threat specificity and the current elevated concern regarding drug cartel violence against US law enforcement personnel.”The MS-13 is a feared street gang of mostly illegal immigrants that’s spread throughout the U.S. and perpetrates violence to intimidate rival gangs, law enforcement and the general public, according to the FBI. In 2008 three atrocious MS-13 crimes received worldwide media attention. In San Francisco an MS-13 gang banger murdered a father and son with an assault weapon because their car blocked his from making a turn. In Los Angeles an MS-13 member just released from prison murdered a high school football star as the teen jock walked home from the mall. In Maryland a 14-year-old honors high school student was shot to death on a crowded public bus by an illegal alien who proudly revealed he belonged to the MS-13.A few years ago the Justice Department’s National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) published a report that said criminal street gangs like the MS-13 are responsible for the majority of violent crimes in the U.S. and are the primary distributors of most illicit drugs. Why on earth would Homeland Security officials wait to inform their own agents about specific death threats from this established criminal enterprise?
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