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‘Where’s the Justice for My Son?’ Slain Border Agent’s Mother Outraged at Obama’s “Phony” Remarks
While President Obama tries to convince Americans the recent
scandals facing his administration are “phony,” the victims of the
Fast and Furious controversy still haven’t received answers.
Border Agent Brian Terry was killed with a weapon linked
to the botched gun-running operation nearly three years ago.
His mother Josephine Terry and uncle, Ralph Terry, spoke out
on Fox and Friends today.
Josephine had a message for the president: “I was very outraged
when he made that comment because he knew that my son was
a victim of Fast and Furious. And if that’s not enough proof for
him, well, he can come to Michigan and I’ll take him to the cemetery.
Him and I can have a conversation about what a phony scandal is.”
She choked up when talking about being strong through her fight
for the justice her son deserves. Terry’s mother wondered,
“How come nobody’s standing accountable? I think my son deserves
[justice]. I feel like they did throw him underneath the bus too.”
Ralph, who is president of the Brian Terry Foundation, cited an
Inspector General report which found that 14 people in the
administration did know what was going on with the Operation
Fast and Furious. “We’d like to know […] what happened to those
14 people. Are they still working for the ATF?”
“Gun battles between rival TCOs or with Mexican authorities have taken place in towns and cities in many parts of Mexico, especially in the border region. Gun battles have occurred in broad daylight on streets and in other public venues, such as restaurants and clubs. During some of these incidents, U.S. citizens have been trapped and temporarily prevented from leaving the area. TCOs have used stolen cars, buses and trucks to create roadblocks on major thoroughfares, preventing the military and police from responding to criminal activity. The location and timing of future armed engagements is unpredictable. We recommend that you defer travel to the areas indicated in this Travel Warning and exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the northern border region.
The number of kidnappings and disappearances throughout Mexico is of particular concern. Both local and expatriate communities have been victimized. In addition, local police have been implicated in some of these incidents. We strongly advise you to lower your profile and avoid displaying any evidence of wealth that might draw attention.
Carjacking and highway robbery are serious problems in many parts of the border region, and U.S. citizens have been murdered in such incidents. Most victims who complied with carjackers at these checkpoints have reported that they were not physically harmed. Carjackers have shot at vehicles that fail to stop at checkpoints. Incidents have occurred during the day and at night, and carjackers have used a variety of techniques, including bumping/moving vehicles to force them to stop and running vehicles off the road at high speeds. There are some indications that criminals have particularly targeted newer and larger vehicles, especially dark-colored SUVs. However, victims driving a variety of vehicles, from late model SUVs to old sedans have also been targeted. While violent incidents have occurred at all hours of the day and night on both modern toll highways (“cuotas”) and on secondary roads, they have occurred most frequently at night and on isolated roads. To reduce risk, if absolutely necessary to travel by road, we strongly urge you to travel between cities throughout Mexico only during daylight hours, to avoid isolated roads, and to use toll roads whenever possible. The Mexican government has deployed federal police and military personnel throughout the country as part of its efforts to combat the TCOs. U.S. citizens traveling on Mexican roads and highways may encounter government checkpoints, which are often staffed by military personnel or law enforcement personnel. TCOs have erected their own unauthorized checkpoints, at times wearing police and military uniforms, and killed or abducted motorists who have failed to stop at them. You should cooperate at all checkpoints.” More at link below:
Also, military/government personnel warning:
Caught! Immigration bill shackles border agents Bars them from considering race or ethnicity ‘to any degree’July 29, 2013
A truckload of young Hispanic men is spotted by a U.S. Border Patrol agent rumbling down a dusty road a mile north of the Mexican border toward El Paso, Texas.
Something the reader should understand before reading this posting. Profiling is certainly illegal in our country but consider this. In the last fiscal year those apprehended entering our country illegally represented 73 different countries! Those included every one of the countries which our authorities have labeled “countries which sponsor terror”. Let’s ask the obvious question……what are the agents supposed to do if not using their intuitive instincts ?
How should the agent respond?
Under the immigration-reform bill currently under consideration by Congress, Border Patrol agents or any other law-enforcement officer who stops such a vehicle to demand identification might be found in violation of the law.
The legislation bars all federal law-enforcement officers, including border agents, from using race or ethnicity “to any degree” while making routine or spontaneous law-enforcement decisions, a WND review of the legislation has found.
The bill further calls for the Homeland Security Department to collect data on immigration enforcement activities to determine the existence of racial profiling.
The data would be utilized to issue future guidelines to officers regarding the use of race or ethnicity during routine enforcement.
The bill states that “in making routine or spontaneous law enforcement decisions, such as ordinary traffic stops, Federal law enforcement officers may not use race or ethnicity to any degree, except that officers may rely on race and ethnicity if a specific suspect description exists.”
The bill defines federal law-enforcement officers as any “officer, agent, or employee of the United States authorized by law or by a Government agency to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of any violation of Federal law.”
The definition includes U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.
It is clear that immigration enforcement officials are singled out by the new directives.
The legislation refers specifically to border-security agents with another clause that states “in enforcing laws protecting the integrity of the Nation’s borders, Federal law enforcement officers may not consider race or ethnicity except to the extent permitted by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
If the legislation is enacted, the bill calls for the DHS secretary to begin within 180 days the collection of data regarding the “individualized immigration enforcement activities of covered Department officers.”
The data is to be utilized immediately to possibly issue new guidelines.
The act states that within 180 days of the data collection, the DHS secretary “shall complete a study analyzing the data.”
Ninety days after the study is complete, the bill dictates the secretary, in consultation with the attorney general, “shall issue regulations regarding the use of race, ethnicity, and any other suspect classifications the Secretary deems appropriate by covered Department officers.”
The bill allows for some exceptions to the racial profiling restriction.
It states federal law-enforcement officers may consider race and ethnicity “only to the extent that there is trustworthy information, relevant to the locality or time frame that links persons of a particular race or ethnicity to an identified criminal incident, scheme, or organization.”
BISBEE — A new team composed of both sheriff’s deputies and federal agents will focus on local and federal law enforcement issues along the border.
The 12-member Southeastern Arizona Border Region Enforcement (SABRE) Team will operate under the mission of the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and is composed of four sheriff’s deputies, four U.S. Border Patrol Agents and four agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The team gained final approval on Monday when an intergovernmental agreement between Cochise County and Border Patrol was approved by the Cochise County Board of Supervisors.
Prior to that, Sheriff Mark Dannels was working behind the scenes with federal partners to get the effort up and running.
“Since January, we’ve been working on these plans, putting this together,” Dannels said.
The combination of both local and federal agents on the team will mean that it will have the flexibility to enforce all laws and investigate any issues dealing with the border.
“This border team will be dealing with any crimes that have a nexus to the border. With immigration obviously being one of them, we wanted that partner from Border Patrol and customs, whether we’re working stash houses inside the county or working a smuggling group coming right from the border. So we’ll have both aspects covered with customs and Border Patrol,” the sheriff said.
“If we have an immigration issue or if there is a federal nexus that needs to be addressed, we have that authority on this team. If it’s a state or local law that is being broken, and we need to go that way, based on our prosecution authority, we’ll go that way.”
Beyond that, the sheriff’s office also played an active role in the selection of the federal agents selected for the team.
“We sat on their appraisal boards,” Dannels said. “We want the best to be on this team. We want people that care about people and understand the needs of the people of this county.”
Part of the team’s primary objective is to serve as a response team to crimes related to the border, such as burglaries and stolen vehicles, as well as respond to concerns of ranchers and other residents along the border.
“Their job is not to sit on the border. That is a federal problem,” he said. “Their job is to be a direct response team to the community. Working the open seams, the seams the ranchers and the homeowners in this county have identified that are causing them harm and great concern.”
To that end, the SABRE Team will often work in conjunction with the sheriff’s office’s Ranch Patrol, which serves as “the voice, eyes and ears of the ranchers.”
“The intel they gather from the rural parts of our county is provided to this border team for intel operations and setting up details,” Dannels said.
County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Richard Searle said the partnerships created through this effort would benefit the entire community.
“I’m fully supportive of the agencies working together, because together they can accomplish so much more,” Searle said.
Dannels agreed, saying “When law enforcement can start working together and sharing intelligence, especially when you have a task force like this, the citizens will benefit. That’s what this is all about, that we can direct our focus to make our communities better.”
Monday, the leader of the brutal Mexican Zeta Cartel Miguel Angel Trevino Morales was arrested and taken into custody. Morales was best known for punishing his enemies by boiling them alive in oil. He was captured in Nuevo Laredo, a border city right across from Laredo, Texas.
Trevino Morales, known as “Z-40,” was captured by Mexican Marines in Nuevo Laredo, the Mexican media reported. The U.S. official who confirmed the media reports was not authorized to speak to the press and asked not to be identified.
Trevino’s capture removes the leader of a corps of special forces defectors who splintered off into their own cartel and spread across Mexico, expanding from drug dealing into extortion and human trafficking.
Along the way, the Zetas authored some of the worst atrocities of Mexico’s drug war, slaughtering dozens, leaving their bodies on display and gaining a reputation as perhaps the most terrifying of the country’s numerous ruthless cartels.
Why does this matter? Despite what the Obama administration and Congress continually says about the border being “more secure than ever,” cartel violence is spilling over our borders and running rampant in states across America.
Take for example what happened last week when an innocent Texas man, with no relation to the drug trade, was kidnapped by Gulf cartel members, taken to back to Mexico thanks to a porous border and executed.
The partial unsealing of a criminal complaint by the U.S. Attorney’s Office reveals a Mexican man legally living in the U.S. was kidnapped on U.S. soil by the Mexican Gulf cartel, illegally brought across the U.S. southern border back into Mexico, and allegedly executed.
Roel Garza of Texas was arrested on July 7, 2013 and stands accused of participation in the kidnapping which authorities say was retaliation by the Mexican Gulf cartel for the theft of more than 100 kilograms of cocaine from the cartel. The victim, however, was not involved in any way with the stolen drugs.
“The victim was a permanent resident of the U.S. with no criminal record and had no involvement in the theft or sale of cocaine. The victim has not been heard from or seen since this event,” explained the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Just a few months ago, the Associated Press released an alarming report about cartels operating on American streets, within American gangs and in the American prison system.
Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States — an emboldened presence that experts believe is meant to tighten their grip on the world’s most lucrative narcotics market and maximize profits.
If left unchecked, authorities say, the cartels’ move into the American interior could render the syndicates harder than ever to dislodge and pave the way for them to expand into other criminal enterprises such as prostitution, kidnapping-and-extortion rackets and money laundering.
But a wide-ranging Associated Press review of federal court cases and government drug-enforcement data, plus interviews with many top law enforcement officials, indicate the groups have begun deploying agents from their inner circles to the U.S. Cartel operatives are suspected of running drug-distribution networks in at least nine non-border states, often in middle-class suburbs in the Midwest, South and Northeast.
“It’s probably the most serious threat the United States has faced from organized crime,” said Jack Riley, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Chicago office.
During an interview on Fox News Tuesday, former Immigration and Naturalization Service Agent Michael Culter reiterated this reality.
“We know that hundreds of cities across America have been infected by Mexican cartels” Cutler said.
For months President of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Union Chris Crane has been begging Congress to address the issue of interior enforcement to deal with the dangerous cartel problem. His requests have been repeatedly ignored by lawmakers working on immigration legislation.
“We aren’t even scratching the surface on the criminal illegal alien problem in the United States,” Crane said. “That part [cartels] is absent from this discussion as are many parts of this….we know that the drug cartels, that the lieutenants and the troops, the soldiers, they’re all within the interior of United States and they’re all conducting business as are many other criminal elements and criminal individuals. There are people coming here for this to be a land of opportunity and there are people coming here because the United States for them is a target of opportunity and we believe there is a very disproportionate number of criminals coming into the United States. That conversation is almost completely absent from this entire public conversation about what’s happening….It’s just another part of this debate that gives us this concern that this is all about politics and not about really fixing the problems that we face within our broken immigration system and providing for what is best for everyone is best for America to include and most importantly, public safety.”
A recent Rasmussen Report shows the majority of Americans are more concerned about cartel violence than they are about illegal immigration. The majority also want the military to patrol and do exercises on the border, something hardly being discussed seriously on Capitol Hill.
Voters remain more concerned about Mexican drug violence coming to this country than they are about illegal immigration, and most favor use of the U.S. military on the border to prevent it.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 34% of Likely U.S. Voters are more concerned about illegal immigration. Fifty-seven percent (57%) worry more about drug violence.
Sixty-nine percent (69%) believe the U.S. military should be used along the border to protect American citizens if the drug violence continues to escalate along the Mexican border. Only 16% disagree, but another 15% are not sure.
Seventy-three percent (73%) of U.S. voters think it is at least somewhat likely that this drug violence will spill over into the United States. Twenty percent (20%) feel that’s unlikely. This includes 36% who think the violence is Very Likely to come here and just two percent (2%) who say it’s Not At All Likely.
As the House starts work on an immigration overhaul tied to border security, representatives should keep in mind that they owe the American people action in order to protect their safety. Cartel violence is a serious issue that must be addressed, not ignored.