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Created by John Eipper on 04/16/15 8:45 PM

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IS/Daesh on Mexican Border? (Timothy Brown, USA, 04/16/15 8:45 pm)

In response to Enrique Torner and Tor Guimaraes (16 April), the best approach to any strategic threat is to pray for the best but prepare for the worst.

Unfortunately, Americans almost always ignore or downplay potential threats to the US from Mexico. But during the Cold War, the Soviet bloc did not make the same mistake.

One documented example, revealed in the Mitrokin archives, was the existence during the Cold War of KGB sabotage sleeper cells in Mexico aimed at US targets. One such cell was located on the US-Mexico border in Ensenada. It was headed by a Nicaraguan/Mexican doctor, Manuel de Jesús Andara y Ubeda. Andara y Ubeda was trained in guerrilla warfare by Noel Guerrero. As noted in Chapter 2 of my book Diplomarine, shortly after the triumph of the Cuban revolution, Noel Guerrero was working as Che Guevara's senior advisor on organizing guerrilla wars, and was later assigned by Che to organize and train the first Sandinista guerrilla group. Andara y Ubeda was one of the members of that group. But just before they deployed into Nicaragua, Andara y Ubeda was pulled out of the group and sent to the Soviet Union where he spent a year being trained in Line F Sabotage operations before returning to Mexico to head a KGB sabotage cell on the US-Mexico border, targeted at key installations in the US southwest, including Hoover Dam.

To my amazement, I discovered during my interview of him, that I had actually met Guerrero in Nicaragua while I was a teenaged Marine Embassy Guard. Contrary to the cover story of how the Sandinista Front was created, Guerrero, not Carlos Fonseca, was the original leader of the Sandinista Front and the Sandinista Front was organized in Havana, not Central America. General Humberto Ortega, the brother of Daniel Ortega, confirms this in his most recent book. The photo of Guerrero in Diplomarine, and in my new video trailer now on YouTube (search Diplomarine) may be the only photo of him ever published.

Guerrero was a founding director of Nicaragua's Communist (Socialist) Party in the 1930s, and told me he'd worked as a Communist union organizer in the US shortly before the outbreak of WWII. I was introduced to Guerrero by José "Pepe" Obidio Puente León, who tells part of Guerrero's story in Chapter 2, "The Road from Sandino to Sandinismo and Back" in my earlier book When the AK-47s Fall Silent (Hoover: 2000) and, in a later videotaped interview (not yet published), Guerrero confirmed this and more, as did Pepe Puente, who was also present at the creation of the Sandinista Front in Havana and was, in its earliest two decades, a National Director of that Front.

I found an April 17, 1965 handwritten letter from Andara y Ubeda to Puente in a collection of documents of the pre-Revolution Sandinista Front I was able to collect for the Hoover Archives.

In my opinion, for many reasons, including our national defense, Mexico is the most important country in the world to the US, and we underestimate its importance to our own domestic tranquility at our peril.

JE comments:  Great job on the video, Tim!  Here's your assignment, WAISers:  click on this link:


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