July 10, 2010   Current Site Visitors -> web tracker

Border Accounting Needed
Speaking Truth to Power
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Left: Rep. Gabriel Giffords, D-AZ, Rep. Bennie Thompson, Chairman, House Homeland Security Committee, U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector Chief Victor Manjarrez Jr. -- Right: Glenn Spencer
Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report -- July 10
    (There was very little advance notice of this meeting and it was only through the diligence of "Sadie" that I learned about it.)
    Yesterday I attended a town hall meeting held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). Besides Giffords, official participants included Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Chairman, House Homeland Security Committee, and U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector Chief Victor Manjarrez Jr.
    Most of the approximately 50 people in attendance were local ranchers and officials, including Sheriff Dever of Cochise County and the Mayor of Douglas, where the meeting was held.
    Many of the ranchers complained that there are few Border Patrol agents on the border itself. One woman said she had driven from Montezuma Pass in the Huachuca Mountains to Lochiel and not seen one agent. When she complained to CBP Commissioner Alan Bersen, she was told she was mistaken. (See Open Border Arizona for proof she was right.) Despite an attempt by Giffords to keep me quiet, I was able to blurt out that I had videotape showing more than 60 miles of border near Douglas and Lochiel that showed no evidence of the U.S. Border Patrol.
    When my turn to speak came I said there is pressing need for a proper accounting system that would tell us when the border is secure.
    Following the meeting I approached Rep. Thompson and said, "I am a researcher and in this packet you will find evidence that the fence started the Mexican drug war." He took the packet as he was quickly whisked away by Border Patrol agents. (See the Fence and the Mexican Drug War)
    The meeting was very short but Thompson did learn a lot, if he was listening.

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