March 11, 2011
U.S. National Intelligence Director James Clapper told lawmakers here that drug-related violence in Mexico poses a security threat to the United States and acknowledged that the system in place to prevent a potential terrorist from penetrating the U.S. southwestern border is not “iron-clad.”
During an appearance Thursday before the Senate Armed Forces Committee, Clapper reiterated the U.S. government’s position that drug trafficking and the prevalence of drug cartels in Mexico is a “matter of national security interest in both countries.”
“The whole business of, however you want to label it, of drug trafficking is just a very serious national security problem. It’s one that we, both countries, share in,” Clapper said.