Monday, October 10, 2011

Pat Kennedy

From: Jim
Subject: Fwd: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - ADVISORY:10/14 Hearing on McCaffrey-Scales Border Report
Date: Sunday, October 9, 2011, 11:21 AM

October 7, 2011 512.633.4550


Homeland Security Oversight Hearing

McCaul to Examine Report Substantiating Mexican Drug Cartel Incursions, Need to Secure the Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) will chair a hearing of the Homeland Security Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee to present to Congress a comprehensive military assessment of the U.S.-Mexico border, authored by General Barry McCaffrey (Ret) and General Bob Scales, Ph.D. (Ret). Both Generals and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, who commissioned the report, will testify.

The report, Texas Border Security: A Strategic Military Assessment, demonstrates that Mexican drug cartels are attempting to establish safe havens in Texas as a launching point into the rest of the United States. Among the findings the hearing will examine:

Ø Cartels’ intention to influence all levels of government throughout the Americas

Ø Cartels’ intention to establish sanctuary zones in the U.S. one county deep

Ø Poorly resourced U.S. tactical efforts to stop cartel incursions; vulnerability to corruption

Ø Increasing likelihood that competition to control distribution territories and corridors will result in greater violence in Texas, as the Mexican military gains more control in Mexico

Ø The need to designate Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations

Friday, October 14, 2011

HEARING: A Call to Action: Narco-Terrorism’s Threat to the Southern U.S. Border


LOCATION: 311 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

Live Webcast

*McCaul-Staples press availability to immediately follow.


General Barry McCaffrey
United States Army (Ret.)
President, McCaffrey Associates

Major General Robert Scales, Ph.D.
United States Army (Ret.)
President, Colgen, LP

Commissioner Todd Staples
Texas Department of Agriculture

Chairman McCaul on the hearing:

“This report is a call to action. Every American needs to be aware of the threat these narco-terrorists pose to our communities in every state, and to our national security. Generals McCaffery and Scales have done a great service for our country identifying this threat.

To date, this administration has buried its head in the sand rather than confront the extraordinary magnitude of the cartels’ incursions and operations in the United States and the propensity for increased violence. If the White House does not heed the warning that now is the time to commit to a comprehensive strategy to secure the border, it unfortunately may take a catastrophic event to gettheir attention.”

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The link to the Live Webcast didn't work.  I think I tracked it down and have put a link in there that should work.  ~Faye

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