In "Hezbollah builds a Western base," Pablo Gato and Robert Windrem of NBC News report:
An investigation by Telemundo and NBC News has uncovered details of an
extensive smuggling network run by Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim group
founded in Lebanon in 1982 that the United States has labeled an
international terrorist organization. The operation funnels large sums
of money to militia leaders in the Middle East and finances training
camps, propaganda operations and bomb attacks in South America,
according to U.S. and South American officials.
U.S. officials fear that poorly patrolled borders and rampant
corruption in the Tri-border region could make it easy for Hezbollah
terrorists to infiltrate the southern U.S. border. From the largely
lawless region, it is easy for potential terrorists, without detection,
to book passage to the United States through Brazil and then Mexico
simply by posing as tourists.
It's commendable for NBC to investigate Hezbollah's activities and its certainly newsworthy. But it's hard not to be cynical and suspect that the prime real estate on the Web site has mostly to do with marketing an NBC exclusive. After all, why else would MSNBC downplay a thwarted terror plot that's closer to home?