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Whatever Happend to the Triple Border Threat?
Posted by: 277fia (IP Logged)
Date: October 26, 2004 07:26AM

In the old forum, I posted several articles about terrorists congregating at the Triple Border where Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina meet. According to this article, the US military considered it as a target for retaliation after 9/11.

Anyone have any updates?

The following paragraph was excerpted from a Seymour Hersh article in the New Yorker:


"Rumsfeld began complaining to his deputies about General Holland's caution soon after September 11th. A few days after the attacks, he asked Holland to compile a list of terrorist targets for immediate retaliation. Holland returned two weeks later with four possible targets—suspected Islamic-fundamentalist redoubts in Somalia, Mauritania, the Philippines, and the Triple Frontier, the point where Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina meet. But the General also told Rumsfeld that an immediate attack wasn't possible, because the military did not have "actionable intelligence" on the proposed targets, according to a defense consultant. The retaliation would have to wait until the war in Afghanistan got under way. The Defense Secretary was not pleased. In the following months, "actionable intelligence" became a derisive catchphrase among civilian Pentagon officials, and Rumsfeld and his aides spoke of Holland's case of "the Slows," the complaint President Lincoln made before relieving General George McClellan of his Union Army command."

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