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The new book by journalist-turned-intelligence analyst Todd Bensman, AMERICA’S COVERT BORDER WAR, is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and anywhere books are sold. This 13-year work of journalism reveals, for the first time, secret (ongoing) border security operations that America built after 9/11 to prevent terrorist infiltration mainly over the southern border with Mexico. …

American media won’t speak its name — “Islamist terrorism’ — but the historic 9/11 Commission Report does and always will

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“But the enemy is not just ‘terrorism,’ some generic evil. This vagueness blurs the strategy. The catastrophic threat at this moment in history is more specific. It is the threat posed by Islamist terrorism — especially the al Qaeda network, its affiliates, and its ideology.”The 9/11 Commission Report, p. 362, July 2004

By Todd Bensman

In the American media’s impressive production output of 20th Anniversary 9/11 retrospectives this past week, a grand omission is now glaring: Why “they,”…

Doctor gained U.S. entry despite terror ties before and after screening

By Todd Bensman as published September 10, 2021 by the Center for Immigration Studies

In through a once-broken immigration front door that most Americans thought fixed after the 9/11 attacks came an Afghan doctor named Hayatullah Dawari, whose case is worth recalling on this 20th anniversary.

The U.S. State Department gave him a visa, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) granted him permanent residence, despite his active support for an anti-U.S. insurgent group that was killing American soldiers in his home country, according to court records from his 2014 federal prosecution.

CIS Fellow Dan Cadman wrote about the case

By Todd Bensman as originally published August 19, 2021 by the Center for Immigration Studies

AUSTIN, Texas — However many U.S. entry visas the Biden White House decides to grant Afghans, those who find the legal way blocked have a tried and true end run at their disposal: the stress-fractured American southern border.

Well-established routes and smugglers are in place — and have been for years — to move Afghans over the US southern border in spite of any Washington limitations on legal visas. …

Migrants from nations the world over make up increasing percentage of those reaching the US southern border

Eritrean immigrants in La Cruz, Costa Rica June 2021. Photo by Todd Bensman

By Todd Bensman as originally published July 30, 2021 by Creative Destruction Media

LA CRUZ, Costa Rica — Seven Eritreans sit in an irregular circle near the bus station in this far northwest corner of the country, discussing how they would eat that night and how they will get back on track to the American southern border.

One English-speaker among the Eritreans describes a bad first run-in with bandits and then with Nicaraguan soldiers during an attempted border crossing a few days earlier…

The intercontinental trail connecting the world to the U.S. border is more congested than at any time in recent memory, with people from Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Burkina Faso, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, and other countries. The significance of this “extra-continental” flow is that it ferries peoples from nations where violent Islamic extremism is rampant, as well as from African nations rife with war criminals and brutal tribal militia. At issue with this species of immigration is that any criminal histories, violent backgrounds, and purported persecution stories are rarely discoverable by U.S. homeland security agencies. …

Wisconsin Congressman Tom Tiffany Returns from the Jungle Raising National Security Concerns

By Todd Bensman as published June 2, 2021 by the Center for Immigration Studies

A record 10,000 so-called ‘extra-continental’ migrants from around the world poured through the notoriously untamed Darian Gap jungle passage between Colombia and Panama, bound for the American border, during just in the single month of May, according to two journalists and a US congressman who recently returned from the region. Amid the flood of humanity are many special interest aliens from nations of US intelligence community concern for terrorism.

“The numbers are the highest…

The media may have left the audience but the historic show goes on

A group of Central Americans moving up one of many dirt road capillaries toward a mobile Border Patrol processing station near Roma, Texas in Starr County


By Todd Bensman, as published May 26, 2021 by the Center for Immigration Studies

ROMA, Texas — The first two early clues that America’s burgeoning mass-migration phenomenon has become something nationally historic appeared out of the oil-black night on a white dust road leading from a residential outskirt of this rough-hewn Texas border town.

A small group of journalist friends and I had just begun the mile hike down the road to the Rio Grande, guided by a pistol-packing Christian pastor from the area, when a Border Patrol agent pulled…

Texas escalates and expands a deployment to secure international border

By Todd Bensman for the Center for Immigration Studies

(Disclosure: Bensman worked for the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism division from 2009–2018)

ROMA, Texas — The rafts filled with women and children started crossing the Rio Grande and landing on the Texas bank after night fell, in the immediate vicinity of the Roma-Ciudad Miguel Aleman International Bridge.

The first rubber raft loads immediately tied up the few US Border Patrol agents on hand under the bridge with taking down names, shooting photos of each immigrant and loading…

The eight Guatemalans and one Salvadoran at the moment of their reentry back into Mexico following a US Border Patrol expulsion from West Texas on April 22, 2021. Photo by Todd Bensman

By Todd Bensman for the Center for Immigration Studies

OJINAGA, Mexico — The nine Central Americans filed single file from a Mexican customs building at the Presidio-Ojinaga International Bridge and out onto the street with no food, no plan and the heavy burden of bad luck.

The US Border Patrol had caught them on a ranch about 80 or 100 miles inside Texas following a six-day wilderness trek and, under the so-called Title 42 pandemic-containment policy now being applied mainly to single adults, immediately transported them almost to square one. …

Todd Bensman

Todd Bensman is Senior National Security Fellow for the Center for Immigration Studies, a 9-year counterterrorism intelligence manager, and 23-year journalist

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