December 13, 2012   Current Site Visitors -> web tracker

GPS -- CBP Slow to Use It
Is DHS obstructing justice?
Glenn Spencer – American Border Patrol -- December 13   
The reverend Robin Hoover, pictured here in 2006, wants to give GPS devices to human smugglers along the Mexico-Arizona border.
    I have reported this many times, but it is worth repeating.
    Fifteen years ago I asked the head of the San Diego sector of the US Border Patrol why agents didn't use GPS to help them in their jobs. He, Johnny Williams, told me it was because the agents aren't trained to use maps. This is really true.
    Three years ago -- almost to the day (Dec. 11, 2009) I reported on a device that had been designed to help border patrol agents use GPS coordinates. Turns out CBP management wasn't interested.
    In the past few months border patrol radio broadcasts have been overheard where agents are using GPS coordinates quite regularly.
    Fifteen years after they could have begun using GPS systems and coordinates, the US Border Patrol is finally doing so on a regular basis. This is not just incompetence; it is deliberate neglect. The government did not teach border patrol agents how to read maps, because they didn't want them to be able to easily catch people. They only now began to use GPS systems because smugglers were using them openly.
    An attitude of obstruction of justice and malfeasance that began in 1994 with the ascendancy of Doris Meissner to head the INS, is now deeply imbedded in the management of the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection. Congress must realize that when people from these agencies appear before them to explain why the border is still open, they are dealing with hostile witnesses.

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