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The -- the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez raising some new questions.
About Islamic terrorists based in Venezuela while he was a live shot as develops in deep ties with -- Which is financed the terror group has a -- shot -- reportedly allowed has -- -- country as a base for operations in fact the relationship between Venezuela and Iran.
Apparently so close that Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Declared a day of mourning and solidarity because the shot this -- -- But there are some differing opinions about how much of a threat has blaze is now -- south of our border.
And what will happen in light -- Chavez is -- Thank you that it is director of counterterrorism and intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy is also the author.
Have an upcoming book has the -- the global footprint of eleven -- party of god so good.
Person to talk about has below -- -- exceeded differing of opinions about.
How active how much of a threat has blaze because it what -- operations it might have and Venezuela what's the truth about has -- Venezuela.
The truth is that without hyping things Hezbollah has been in -- -- for many years.
There's a large Lebanese expatriate community there and -- -- that community a small number of Hezbollah operatives are able to hide.
And plain sight.
When the United States are very aware of this because we've seen the connections and multiple different cases we've had here.
When Hezbollah operatives were cut in a cigarette smuggling -- in North Carolina three of them we found came in through Venezuela.
In a major bust in through the Philadelphia area.
Where Hezbollah operatives were buying and stealing playstations and cellphones there -- shipping them to Venezuela.
And -- -- getting passports and in return from one of our concerns is that Hezbollah apparently is getting Venezuelan passports which are very easy to.
Duplicate on the one hand and they often don't even have to because according to some reports.
The government has been providing them to the group -- is and the more freedom to to travel to places like America.
To travel anywhere but we're obviously concerned here in the Western Hemisphere Venezuela's just our south.
And so this is an issue -- of immediate concern to.
Let me think about the death -- shot -- to connect a game changer could that really limit has was -- growth and its operations.
On the one hand Hezbollah was active in Venezuela even prior to Hugo Chavez come into power.
On the flip side there are opportunities expanded many many fold them under his -- There's an opportunity now with that without doubt for there's been opportunity of change the last election Venezuela demonstrated there's a very large segment of the population.
That is not enamored with his -- -- very in revolution.
His -- at some of the alternative candidates are able to make a stronger stand now that this dominant personality is gone.
You could have a situation which the government is no longer is tolerant of Hezbollah.
But that remains to be seen.
Just real -- and we -- talking in the past about ghost flights between Tehran and Damascus all the way to Venezuela.
Rent it it does that I only have about thirty seconds here but is that -- connection with that happening because it has flowers that something else.
It's happening because of Iran but as follows taking advantage of it US law enforcement referred to this Caracas -- flight as aero terror.
We have several instances where people were on these flights that were people of interest apparently you could not just go on a book a flight.
-- -- We have don't think it can.
And then we were told from -- out there's no tickets available had an interstate.
Usually the never work.
Thank you free time that I was -- to seal.
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