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  • WATCH THIS: Secret video footage proves cop lied about horrific accident

    04/14/2014 10:10:47 AM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 89 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-14-14 | Robby Soave
    A border patrol officer who crashed his van into a civilian car blamed the accident on the other driver — but little did he know, the civilian had a secret camera installed in his vehicle.
  • MILLIONAIRES NEED YOUR HELP!... Ann Coulter

    04/03/2014 12:01:16 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 34 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 2 Apr 2014 | Ann Coulter
    Last Sunday, The New York Times published a front-page article about the heartfelt need of California farmers for more illegal aliens. The first tip-off that heinous public policy ideas were coming was that the Times introduced farmer Chuck Herrin, owner of a farm-labor contracting company, as a "lifelong Republican." That's Times-speak for "liberal." Herrin admitted that he employs a lot of illegal aliens and bitterly complained that they lived in fear of "Border Patrol and deportations." (But, apparently, he doesn't live in fear of admitting he's violating our immigration laws.) Sorry that running a country inconveniences you, Chuck. He said...
  • Graphic Images Justify Border Patrol's Use of Deadly Force Against Rock Attacks

    04/02/2014 8:15:48 AM PDT · by 12th_Monkey · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Apr 2014 | Brandon Darby
    Breitbart Texas has reported extensively on the left-of-center campaign to restrict the ability of Border Patrol agents to defend themselves and on the false narratives such open-borders advocates use in their political and media attacks against the men and women of the Border Patrol. The reality being far from the false narrative of "kids throwing pebbles," the life-threatening rock attacks against Border Patrol agents often occur in remote areas when a solitary Border Patrol agent may be up to a 90-minute drive from their nearest backup. The solitary Border Patrol agent's radio often does not work due to insufficient communications...
  • Border Patrol Limits Use of Force

    03/10/2014 10:21:44 AM PDT · by don-o · 10 replies
    officer.com ^ | Brian Bennett
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Border Patrol has restricted border agents’ authority to shoot at moving vehicles or at people throwing rocks, changing a controversial policy that has contributed to at least 19 deaths since 2010. In a memo released Friday, Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher directed border agents not to step in front of moving vehicles, nor to use their bodies to block them, in order to open fire at drivers. He also barred shooting at vehicles whose occupants are fleeing from agents. A deadly threat, which would justify use of force, does not “include a moving vehicle merely...
  • Border Agent Kills Man Who Threw Rock at Him

    02/19/2014 11:11:48 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 46 replies
    Newser ^ | 2/18/14 | Kate Seamons
    Agent was patrolling known smuggling trail near San Diego A US Border Patrol agent who claims he feared for his life after a rock hit his head reacted by shooting and killing the man who hurled the stone. It marks the ninth fatal shooting involving rock throwing since 2010. The unnamed agent was patrolling a smuggling trail east of San Diego early Tuesday when he came upon men suspected of crossing the border illegally; rocks were thrown at him, with one hitting his head. The San Diego Union-Tribune describes one of them as being as large as a basketball, and...
  • Illegal Aliens Apprehended by Border Patrol Up 15% in FY 2013

    01/23/2014 8:49:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 23, 2014 - 6:00 AM | Susan Jones
    U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions—a key indicator of illegal immigration—increased for the second year in a row in fiscal 2013, the agency reported in a recent summary of border activity. Apprehensions—the number of people caught trying to enter the country illegally—totaled 420,789 in Fiscal Year 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012-Sept. 30 2013). That’s 15.35 percent above the 364,768 apprehensions in FY 2012; and 23.67 percent above the 340,252 apprehensions in FY 2011. The Border Patrol says a greater number of apprehensions indicates a higher number of attempted illegal border crossings. While apprehensions of Mexicans in FY 2013 remained largely unchanged from FY...
  • (MUST SEE) Vintage 1939 PHOTO: US Lawmen Dragging Fugitve Across US-Mexico Border; El Paso, Texas

    12/14/2013 12:10:34 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    Retronaut ^ | 1939 | Luis Marden / National Geographic
    circa 1939: Dragging a fugitive across the border, near El Paso, Texas, USA Picture by Luis Marden / National Geographic.
  • Department of Homeland Security Stacked With Pro-Amnesty Attorneys

    12/06/2013 12:51:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    As Congress gets ready to battle on immigration reform next year, it's important to take a look at who will help enforce and shape any kind of immigration overhaul. Former Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General and radical open borders attorney Tom Perez was safely put into the position of Labor Secretary by President Obama and the Senate earlier this year, knowing the Department of Justice is safely locked down as pro-amnesty. Perez has a long history of advocating not for American workers, but for illegal alien workers and made sure the Department of Justice was stacked with pro-amnesty...
  • "Unruly" Crowd Attacks Border Patrol Agents

    11/26/2013 9:16:50 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 28 replies
    nbcsandiego.com ^ | Nov 26, 2013 | Christina London
    A crowd of more than 100 people pelted Border Patrol agents with rocks and bottles as they tried to cross into the U.S. illegally, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The incident happened Sunday in the Tijuana River channel, near the San Ysidro Port of Entry. According to CBP, a Border Patrol agent ordered the Mexican nationals to stop, but they continued walking into the U.S. Officials said the agent fired a PepperBall Launcher, but it did not deter the crowd. “They had their phones out so this group was out to spark an incident. That's what they wanted...
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit by family of slain border agent

    11/18/2013 7:12:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 7:02 p.m. CST, November 18, 2013 | Tim Gaynor
    A wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry has been dismissed by a federal judge on the grounds that a court settlement would interfere with the powers of the U.S. government, which has a compensation scheme of its own. Terry died in a shoot-out with Mexican drug cartel gunmen in southern Arizona in December 2010 in a case tied to a flawed bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, gun-running operation that embarrassed the Obama administration and strained relations with Mexico. Last year Terry's parents, Kent and Josephine Terry, filed a...
  • Border Patrol Beefs Up Surveillance Through Tethered Spy Blimps In South Texas

    11/07/2013 2:44:42 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 26 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | November 07, 2013
    The nation's federal border protection agency announced this week it will begin using more military-owned equipment for surveillance along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. The new equipment, set up at three locations, will include large balloon-like devices called “aerostats” that contain sensor equipment for viewing activity along the border. The sensor equipment is similar to what the Border Patrol already uses but will give the agency a greater viewing area so they can track drug traffickers and undocumented immigrants crossing the U.S.’s southern border. The announcement of the border balloons comes on top of recent announcements by...
  • Exclusive--Border Patrol Rep Claims Agents Being Ordered to Stand Down

    10/04/2013 6:38:02 AM PDT · by kimtom · 17 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | 3 Oct 2013 | Brandon Darby
    The National Border Patrol Council has come forward to reveal to the American public once again management practices that could be risking the lives of Americans -- and the lives of illegal immigrants. Shawn Moran, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, spoke exclusively with Breitbart News and claimed that Border Patrol management has begun the practice of ordering Border Patrol Agents to stand down and cease pursuing drug smugglers, human smugglers and traffickers, and illegal aliens. He also warned it could lead to illegal aliens entering the country from nations associated with terrorism. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s...
  • For the first time in a decade, immigration flow to South Texas greater than Arizona

    09/07/2013 5:40:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    NBC Latino ^ | 09/07/2013 | Monica Ortiz Uribe
    A costly game of cat and mouse unfolds nightly along the banks of the Rio Grande in South Texas. The number of immigrants crossing illegally there has doubled in the last four years, making it the busiest section along the Southwest border. As night fell outside Mission, Texas in late August the Rio Grande looked deceivingly peaceful under the glimmer of a full moon. Suddenly through a pair of night vision goggles, a Border Patrol agent spotted movement. He picked up his radio. “Ey, can you tell what’s on the raft,” he said. On the river ahead of him a...
  • Loophole: People are being told to use "key words" to cross border

    08/11/2013 12:29:34 PM PDT · by yoe · 19 replies
    My FoxPhoenix,com ^ | August 10, 2013 | Staff
    <p>A loophole is allowing hundreds of immigrants across the Mexico border in to the United States.</p> <p>Immigrants are being taught to use "key words and phrases" to be allowed to enter and stay in the country.</p> <p>Just this past Monday, Border Patrol agents say about 200 people came through the Otay Crossing claiming a quote: "credible fear" of the drug cartels.</p>
  • Congressman sees dead body while on tour of Rio Grande Valley

    08/07/2013 12:46:11 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 19 replies
    KGBT ^ | Veronica Gallegos
    For three days, Congressman Michael McCaul has been traveling across the Southwest border. He stopped in San Diego, Tucson and on Wednesday he shifting his focus to the Rio Grande Valley "We are seeing an increase in the crosses right here in the Rio Grande sector in fact over the last year I think its increased over 55 percent," McCaul said. Immigration reform is at the center of the debate. McCaul toured key areas of the Valley to discuss threats along the border. Spokesman for the U.S.Border Patrol Daniel Tirado said in May the Valley surpassed the number of illegal...
  • John McCain: We Might Drop Those 20,000 New Border Patrol Agents We Promised

    07/31/2013 12:23:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/31/2013 | Katie Pavlich
    As the House of Representatives prepares to take up the issue of illegal immigration, the Senate is already prepping for conference negotiations with John McCain taking the lead. It turns out, some of the most crucial aspects of border enforcement already passed by the Senate, including the addition of 20,000 new Border Patrol agents, are likely to be negotiated away, proving once again that the Gang of 8 was a complete sham. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) signaled Tuesday that the dramatic boost in border-security in the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill could be one of the provisions that may be...
  • Family of Murdered Border Patrol Agent: Nothing 'Phony' About Deaths Linked to Fast and Furious

    07/26/2013 8:03:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Wednesday during a speech at Knox College in Illinois, President Obama referred to the many scandals surrounding his White House as "phony." Obama's comments came just hours after White House Press Secretary Jay Carney referred to the scandals as phony on MSNBC and said Republicans have gone too far in their efforts to investigate them. "With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball," Obama said. In response to the comments, the family of murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry is reminding President Obama that the hundreds of deaths linked...
  • U.S. Border Patrol Deporting Illegal Alien with 37 Criminal Convictions in USA

    07/25/2013 9:04:14 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/24/13 | Susan Jones
    Patrol agents say they have detained an illegal alien who's racked up 37 criminal convictions in the United States. - See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/us-border-patrol-deporting-illegal-alien-37-criminal-convictions-usa#sthash.PH4jCEOd.dpuf
  • Sessions: Border Security Amendment Would Not Hire Agents Until 2017

    06/22/2013 10:33:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jun 2013 | Kerry Picket
    Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) blasted the Senate's border security amendment to its immigration bill, touted as a breakthrough for the controversial legislation. Sessions alleged that it does not hire any new border agents until years after its presumed passage. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) gave reassurances on Thursday that their amendment would enact tough border security provisions before any legalization of new immigrants could occur. Corker and Hoeven stated on Fox News Friday that their amendment would bring a “surge” to border security. The provisions of the amendment include 20,000 additional border patrol agents, 700 miles of...
  • Ex-Border Patrol agents get at least 30 years

    06/22/2013 7:19:06 AM PDT · by Baynative · 25 replies
    Herald Standard ^ | 6/22/13 | Associated Press
    Two brothers who worked as Border Patrol agents were sentenced to at least 30 years in prison each for smuggling hundreds of immigrants into the United States, crimes that the judge termed a threat to national security. U.S. District Court Judge John Houston sentenced Raul Villarreal on Friday to 35 years in prison for being the ring leader and ordered him to pay a $250,000 fine. His brother, Fidel Villarreal, was sentenced to 30 years for managing the illicit business. The sentences are among the longest given to border law enforcement officials for corruption.
  • SHOCKING: 'Just 3% Of Illegal Aliens Are Caught In Tucson Sector', Says Chairman NAFBPO

    04/26/2013 8:26:56 AM PDT · by AuntB · 11 replies
    The Dave Levine RAdio Show ^ | April 25, 2013 | Dave Levine
    I was under the impression that it was "1 in 7". Instead, I'm told by a very reliable source that only "1 in 30" are being caught along the very "hot" Tucson Sector of our Southern Border! Here's what Zack Taylor, Chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, emailed me a few days ago when I asked him the following question (and I have his permission to post this): ********************************************************** Dave Levine: "You're saying that the BP are catching 3 of every 100 Border-jumping illegals? That is unbelievable. I thought they were catching 1 in 7!" NAFBPO's...
  • Video: Disgusted ICE head finally faces down Gang of 8

    04/25/2013 4:30:03 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 21 replies
    bizpacreview ^ | April 25, 2013 | Janeen Capizola
    "Lawmaking in our nation has indeed taken a strange twist. Senators invite illegal aliens to testify before Congress…but American citizens working as law enforcement officers within our nation’s broken immigration system are purposely excluded from the process and prohibited from providing input".
  • During polygraphs, border agency applicants admit to rape, kidnapping

    04/09/2013 4:52:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    One admitted to kidnapping and ransoming hostages in the Ivory Coast. Others said they had molested children or committed rape. And one, as he prepared for survival in a post-apocalyptic world, contemplated assassinating President Barack Obama. These are among the thousands of applicants who have sought sensitive law enforcement jobs in recent years with the U.S. Border Patrol and its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection. In many cases, these people made it all the way through the hiring process until one of the last steps – a polygraph exam. Once sitting with a polygraph examiner, they admitted to a...
  • Border Patrol agent accused of excessive force

    04/08/2013 11:06:00 PM PDT · by South40 · 15 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 4/8/2013 | Greg Moran
    SAN DIEGO — For the first time in more than a decade, a U.S. Border Patrol agent will go on trial today on a charge of beating an unauthorized immigrant who was in custody after being caught trying to enter the United States. Agent Luis E. Fonseca has pleaded not guilty to the single charge handed up in an indictment last year: deprivation of rights under color of law. Prosecutors say a videotape shows Fonseca kneeing and choking into unconsciousness Adolfo Ceja Escobar just before 8 p.m. on July 26, 2011.
  • Border Patrol Now Experiencing an Ammunition Shortage

    04/05/2013 6:22:08 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 72 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Apr. 5, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Despite the Department of Homeland Security recently putting in orders to purchase billions of rounds of hollow point ammunition for a purpose of what officials say is target practice, training and quarterly qualifications, Border Patrol agents were told yesterday afternoon that they will not be issued any new proficiency ammunition for next quarter. Due to budget concerns and ammunition availability, we will not be getting issued any proficiency ammunition for next quarter. In addition to these reductions, we are also being limited to qualification ammo only. What this means to you is that you will not receive the normal 150...
  • Heated Exchange Between Fox News' Ed Henry and Jay Carney (VIDEO)

    04/02/2013 11:27:03 AM PDT · by JesseWatters · 12 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | April 2 | Staff
    A testy exchange broke out today between Fox News' Ed Henry and White House press secretary Jay Carney over border patrol furloughs. Henry challenged Carney on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s claims that America was going to be less safe due to the sequester furloughing border patrol agents. The border agency announced yesterday that it would be postponing the furloughs.
  • Mexican drug cartels are coming to America

    04/01/2013 4:20:08 AM PDT · by raybbr · 70 replies
    NewHavenRegister.com ^ | April 01, 2013 | N/A
    CHICAGO — 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. Cartel activity in the U.S....
  • Saturday rally will protest Border Patrol pay cuts, furloughs [AZ]

    03/28/2013 4:11:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Shar Porier
    SIERRA VISTA — U.S. Border Patrol spouses have banded together and will stage a protest at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, at Veterans’ Memorial Park to voice their opinions on a possible 40 percent cut in pay agents may see as a result of the federal budget sequestration. “The spouses of the agents have banded together and we want the public to know that these pay cuts and furloughs will not only have a devastating effect on us,” said Connie Johnson, event organizer and wife of a Border Patrol agent. “It will have a domino effect on the local...
  • Border Will Be 25% Less Secure Due to Sequester

    03/27/2013 5:57:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 4:00 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    The United States borders are about to become “25 percent less secure” as a result of budget cuts due to automatic spending cuts triggered by the sequester, Fox News reports. Agents will no longer work a full 10-hour shift, meaning that the borders could be open and unattended during shift changes, according to Fox. … Some agents told the network that the government actually has the funds to pay them, although the government denies the allegation. …
  • GOP House to Vote on CR Allowing Obama to Continue Paring Back Border Patrol

    03/21/2013 8:24:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 21, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is preparing to vote today on the Senate-approved continuing resolution to fund the government for the rest of this fiscal year that would give the Obama administration the discretion to slightly decrease the number of Border Patrol agents. That could make 2013 the second year in a row when the administration has decreased the size of the Border Patrol, according to official data released by the Border Patrol itself. In fiscal 2011, according to the Border Patrol, there were 21,444 Border Patrol agents. Of these, 232 were deployed along U.S. coastlines, 2,237 were deployed along...
  • Mexican, U.S. Media Too Scared To Cover Border Crime

    03/19/2013 11:47:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 19, 2013
    Violence along the southern border has gotten so out of control that both Mexican and American journalists have stopped reporting it out of fear that drug cartels will retaliate against them and their families. This means Americans will be kept in the dark about the crisis along the porous and increasingly dangerous Mexican border. We certainly can’t expect the truth from the government. Remember that the nation’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, insists that the region is “as secure as it has ever been.” This delusional assessment has been repeated by Napolitano over and over again in a seemingly...
  • (South Texas:)Rancher says Border Patrol budget cuts are stab in the back

    03/13/2013 1:51:28 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KGBT ^ | 3/11/2013 | Brett Crandall
    As Washington struggles to find a solution to the federal budget cuts in the recent sequester, the U.S. Border Patrol has begun to cut back, and the numbers are already beginning show immigrants are taking advantage of it. Border Patrol stats leaked to our newsroom show the RGV sector detained almost twice as many immigrants in February as they did in January. While Border Patrol agents will likely lose overtime and face up to 14 furlough days, one south Texas rancher says he’s going to lose too, security he depends on. Just 4.5 miles north of the Falfurrias checkpoint, Mike...
  • Furloughs bite for customs workers

    03/07/2013 5:34:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 8:21 PM EST, Thu March 7, 2013 | CNN Staff
    The U.S. government on Thursday notified 60,000 federal workers responsible for securing borders and facilitating trade that they will face furloughs due to government-wide spending cuts. Customs and Border Protection said it expects furloughs and other austerity will cause delays at ports of entry, including international arrivals at airports, and reduce the number of border patrol officers on duty at any one time. …
  • More illegal immigrants caught, expecting quick release, Border Patrol union says

    03/05/2013 11:00:32 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    The Monitor ^ | March 5, 2013 | Dave Hendricks
    McALLEN — Illegal immigrants have started surrendering to local Border Patrol agents after crossing the Rio Grande, convinced they’ll be released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which recently turned hundreds of immigrants loose to save money. In preparation for the sequester — federal spending cuts forced by Congress’ inability to reach a budget deal — ICE released several hundred low-risk illegal immigrants from detention centers last month and placed them on supervised released instead. The news apparently reached illegal immigrants preparing to cross the border. “These are people that are just voluntarily turning themselves in to our agents with the...
  • Retired Border Patrol reject amnesty proposals from both Pres. Obama and Senate Gang of Eight

    02/14/2013 11:32:26 AM PST · by AuntB · 4 replies
    Numbers USA/NAFBPO ^ | Feb. 4, 2013 | NAFBPO Press Release
    NAFBPO rejects the President's proposal out of hand. It is unacceptable in that it contains not so much as a nod to immigration enforcement or a secure border. It is predicated upon administration claims that the border is secure now, or at least, secure enough. That claim is at best wishful thinking but is more likely willful misdirection of the public's opinion of the situation. A study of Border Patrol operations by the Government Accountability Office indicates that the Border Patrol is about 60% effective, a deplorable figure even if accurate. NAFBPO members maintain contacts with many field officers and...
  • Claim: ICE is now being run by the illegal alien lobby

    02/08/2013 8:29:17 AM PST · by AuntB · 11 replies
    Examiner ^ | Feb. 7, 2013 | Dave Gibson
    On Tuesday, Chris Crane, president of the union representing more than 7,600 rank-and-file ICE agents, told the House Judiciary Committee how the agency is "now guided in large part by the influences of powerful special interest groups that advocate on behalf of illegal aliens." Crane testified: These influences have in large part eroded the order, stability and effectiveness of the agency, creating confusion among all ICE employees. For the last four years it has been a roller coaster for ICE officers with regard to who they can or cannot arrest, and which federal laws they will be permitted to enforce....
  • Obama's ATF Nominee on DOJ's Fast and Furious Design Team

    01/21/2013 4:37:36 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-19-13 | Matthew Boyle
    As part of President Barack Obama’s 23-point gun control plan, he nominated Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones–who currently doubles right now as the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives–to be the ATF director. Jones was personally a part of the high-ranking Department of Justice unit that first met on October 26, 2009, to create the new DOJ policy that was used to justify “gunwalking” in Operation Fast and Furious. In Fast and Furious, the ATF “walked” roughly 2,000 firearms into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels. That means through straw purchasers the agency...
  • Family Of Slain Border Agent Sues Over Botched Gun Operation

    12/14/2012 4:55:09 PM PST · by Theoria · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 14 Dec 2012 | AP
    <p>The family of a slain Border Patrol agent has sued federal officials over the botched "Fast and Furious" gun operation.</p> <p>Agent Brian Terry was mortally wounded on Dec. 14, 2010, in a firefight north of the Arizona-Mexico border between U.S. agents and five men who had sneaked into the country to rob marijuana smugglers.</p>
  • Unmanned planes could begin flying over Texas in a matter of months

    05/13/2010 12:04:46 AM PDT · by Sarajevo · 11 replies · 367+ views
    Statesman.com ^ | 05/10/2010 | Tim Eaton
      After years of political pressure from Texas politicians, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar said Monday that he expects the federal government to deliver unmanned aircraft to watch over the border with Mexico by this fall.Cuellar, a Democrat from Laredo, said he has had discussions with top officials from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's office of air and marine operations, and they agreed to the timetable, subject to Federal Aviation Administration approval to allow the surveillance planes — often referred to in the political vernacular as "Predator drones" — to fly over Texas.Laura Brown, an FAA spokeswoman, said the...
  • Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations (Dec 2011)

    06/20/2012 9:30:30 PM PDT · by txnuke · 91 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 7, 2011 | Sharryl Attkisson
    Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales. PICTURES: ATF "Gunwalking" scandal timeline In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder...
  • Border Patrol agents had radio contact before shooting

    11/03/2012 8:31:20 AM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    BISBEE — Two U.S. Border Patrol agents communicated by radio with agent Nicholas Ivie prior to the Oct. 2 shooting that resulted in his death in a remote area of southern Cochise County, based on information released by the Sheriff’s Office on Friday. Several reports totaling 39 pages were released to the media after a public records request. Some information in the documents has been redacted, including the names of the surviving agents and most ballistics evidence. Ivie, 30, was fatally shot on Oct. 2 at around 1:30 a.m., when he and two other Border Patrol agents responded to a...
  • Family, friends share cherished memories of Ivie

    10/09/2012 2:43:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — More than 1,000 people attended the funeral service for US Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie on Monday, where his friends and family praised him as a dedicated servant and a loving family man. Ivie was killed a week ago, on Oct. 2, just 11 days before his 31st birthday, during an exchange of friendly fire after he and two other agents were responding to a ground sensor that had been activated in the desert east of Bisbee and about 5 miles north of the Mexican border. Among those filling the seats and pews of the Church of...
  • Union: Border agents opened fire on each other [Nick Ivie death]

    10/07/2012 5:28:46 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/7/2012 | BOB CHRISTIE
    PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol agent killed last week in a shooting in southern Arizona apparently opened fire on two fellow agents thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they returned fire, the head of the Border Patrol agents' union said Sunday. The two sets of agents approached an area where a sensor had been activated early Tuesday from different directions early Tuesday and encountered each other in an area of heavy brush, National Border Patrol Council president George McCubbin said. Agent Nicholas Ivie apparently opened fire first and wounded one of the other agents but...
  • Candlelight vigil honors Ivie's sacrifice

    10/05/2012 5:50:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Jonathon Shacat
    NACO, Ariz. — Nearly 100 people gathered Thursday evening for a candlelight vigil at St. Michael’s Catholic Parish in Naco, Ariz., to remember U.S. Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie and his sacrifice. Family members, law enforcement officials, local residents and members of the media attended the event in honor of Ivie, who was fatally shot around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, after he and two other agents responded to a ground sensor hit near mile marker 352 on Highway 80, in a remote area of the desert, about seven miles east of Bisbee. Rev. Seth Polley, vicar of St. John’s Episcopal Church...
  • FBI: Border shooting was likely an accident [Nicholas Ivie -- "friendly fire"]

    10/05/2012 5:25:40 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 8:04 PM EDT, Fri October 5, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    This week's fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and the wounding of another in Arizona was likely the result of friendly fire, the FBI said late Friday. "While it is important to emphasize that the FBI's investigation is actively continuing, there are strong preliminary indications that the death of United States Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie, 30, and the injury to a second agent was the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents," James Turgal, special agent in charge of the FBI's Phoenix division, said in a statement. "At the appropriate time further information...
  • Slain Border Agent Identified: Nicolas Ivie 'Ambushed', Gunned Down Near Arizona Border

    10/02/2012 3:14:50 PM PDT · by montag813 · 16 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 10-02-2012 | John Hill
    Officials have confirmed that the Border Patrol agent that was shot and killed early this morning is 30-year-old Nicholas J. Ivie. Ivie  was killed after he and two other agents responded to an unusual sensor reading near Highway 80 about 7 miles east of Bisbee, according to Border Patrol officials. Ivie was patrolling the area with a pair of agents after being alerted that a sensor had been tripped, according to Cochise County Sheriff's Commander Marc Denney. Denney told the Los Angeles Times that agents were ambushed. The agents radioed that they had come under fire, he said, attacked by three...
  • Border agent shot to death near Naco, partner wounded

    10/02/2012 7:26:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | October 2, 2012
    A truck drives on the Mexican-side of the border fence between Naco and the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation area in this 2007 file photo. Two agents assigned to the Border Patrol's Naco station were shot Tuesday morning. One agent died. A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded early today in a shooting near the U.S.-Mexico border. The agents were on duty near Bisbee when the shooting occurred about 2 a.m., according to various wire reports. The wounded agent was airlifted to a hospital. He was reportedly shot in the ankle and buttocks, the Associated Press reported....
  • Border Patrol Agent Killed; Another Wounded (October 2, 2012 at Naco, Arizona)

    10/02/2012 8:42:48 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | October 2, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    <p>NACO, Ariz. -- A Border Patrol agent was shot and killed near Naco, Arizona, on Tuesday, the agency said. Another agent sustained injuries that are not considered life-threatening, said Brent Cagen, a Border Patrol spokesman.</p> <p>The shootings happened in the southeastern part of the state, near the Mexican border.</p>
  • U.S. inspector faults (14) federal agents in gun probe, clears Holder

    09/19/2012 5:45:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/19/12 | David Ingram | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department's internal watchdog faulted 14 federal agents and prosecutors on Wednesday for the botched anti-gun-trafficking effort known as "Operation Fast and Furious" but cleared Attorney General Eric Holder of any wrongdoing. The report by the department's inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, prompted two senior officials to leave the government. Congressional Republicans investigating the mismanaged operation had accused Holder of covering it up. A report bolstering their claim would have been an embarrassment for President Barack Obama, who appointed Holder to his job, in the home stretch of the presidential campaign. One U.S. agent was...
  • Social Security Admin Buys 174000 Hollow Point Bullets: Border Patrol Armed with Bean Bags

    08/17/2012 7:47:47 AM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 28 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 8-16-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    The short story is the Social Security Administration (SSA) has 295 special agents working in 66 offices throughout the U.S. They have full authority to be armed. Standard issue is ".357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacked hollow point pistol ammunition." These agents investigate allegations of Social Security fraud and respond to threats against Social Security offices, employees and customers...but they cannot stop sending checks to dead people or other unworthy recipients. Hollow points won't stop the theft of my Social Security. We can feel safe though, as each agent now has almost 600 rounds of his very own. National Oceanic...