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War on Terrorism Reaches Paraguay's Triple Border

NCJ Number
Jane's Intelligence Review Volume: 13 Issue: 12 Dated: December 2001 Pages: 12-15
Mario D. Montoya
Date Published
December 2001
4 pages
This article examines the area where Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay meet and the organized crime, corruption, and terrorist support activities that flourish there.
Drug trafficking, smuggling, arms trafficking, and terrorism are all associated with the triple border. Globalization and the regional integration process have generated new opportunities for crime, which manifests a growing transnational dimension. Local terrorist groups are involved in logistic support to international terrorism including document and currency forgery, money laundering, smuggling, sex tourism, corruption, and the trafficking of narcotics, weapons, human organs, and human beings. The article claims that these activities are performed in a context where state as well as private corruption is highly developed. The article concludes that, to fight against terrorist organizations in the triple border area, human and material resources must be used jointly. This involves complete removal of corruption from the institutions which have actively participated up to now. In addition, the political and juridical system [of each state in the triple border area] must be adjusted to the new requirements derived from new types of attack against society, which are, at times, supported by technical and economic means greater than the resources of the state itself. Figure