Truck with man in it guards the entrance to the San Pedro
River Riparian Area where Granite Construction is erecting a
border fence. San Pedro River is to the right, Mexico is at the
top of the photo.
This morning Glenn Spencer of American Border Patrol heard construction
sounds coming from this area so he grabbed his cameras and went
to the site. After walking around the orange plastic barrier
shown, below, he was stopped by a young man who emerged from
this truck. On an earlier visit to the site this past week, Spencer
was told this young man was an assistant to the archaeological
survey crew working on the construction project. The man told
Spencer he couldn't come on the site and he could take pictures.
Spencer asked on whose authority. The young man said the Army
Corps of Engineers. The man said they didn't want the archaeological
site disturbed. Spencer pointed out that he and the man were
standing in the middle of a road that had just been graded and
it couldn't be more disturbed.
The young man then demanded Spencer's name. Spencer refused to
give it to him. Spencer then told the young man he had an aircraft
and could certainly take pictures of the site. The young man
admitted that he couldn't stop that. Spencer commented that the
young man had no authority to stop anything.
With that parting comment, Spencer went to the airport and he
and Wes Fleming flew over the site and took pictures.
Here is the same bearded young man looking
up at the Border Hawk M. Here is the same man two
minutes and a one 360 degree turn by the Border Hawk M later.
He appears to be talking on a cell phone - probably reporting
the aircraft to whomever he reports.
TOMORROW - Photos of what they didn't want you to see.