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ATF grilled by lawmakers over another gun operation snafu

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, March 1st, 2014

This is article 233 of 246 in the topic Congressional Investigations

On Thursday, the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations held a hearing to examine the already discredited U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) use of storefront operations.

The hearing focused on yet another ATF operation — “Operation Fearless” — that turned into a fiasco. The subcommittee members examined Milwaukee’s operation and other ATF undercover cases to see if storefront operations by that bureau possessed systemic problems, according to the House Judiciary Committee’s chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.

The main witness at the hearing was the Deputy Director of the ATF, Thomas Brandom.

According to the facts as they are known, the ATF’s Violent Crime Impact Team (VCIT) opened an undercover storefront they dubbed “Fearless Distributing” in a neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisc., in January 2012.

The ATF agents also created an attractive Facebook page, according to the committee. The undercover ATF agents then began selling everything from clothing to drug paraphernalia such as marijuana and hashish pipes.

In an effort to nab criminals and street gang members, the ATF agents who staffed the phony Milwaukee store put the word out on the streets that they were interested in purchasing firearms and illegal drugs.

While perhaps well intentioned, the undercover operation became a series of snafus such as the theft of firearms from a government vehicle parked on the street outside of the store, as well as an actual burglary of the ATF storefront.

There was also the questionable involvement of an allegedly mentally-challenged man in conducting firearms transactions and what one subcommittee member said was the “utter lack of management.”

“When I see allegations of police or military misconduct — well intentioned or not — I can always point to a lack of training and a lack of supervision. This operation, as much as Operation Fast & Furous, must be thoroughly investigated. Maybe there needs to be a special prosecutor appointed to probe these ATF operations,” said former police lieutenant and training advisor George Bruno.

According to the subcommittee chairman, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., there were similar problems with ATF undercover operations in other U.S. cities that need to be investigated by his committee.

“We’ve come to learn, thanks in large part to diligent reporting by the Journal Sentinel, that the botched storefront operation in Milwaukee was not an isolated incident. The ATF lacked proper oversight, acted recklessly and took advantage of the mentally handicapped,” said Sensenbrenner in a press statement.

“Coming on the heels of Operation Fast and Furious, Congress continues to have serious concerns about the agency’s leadership. I expect Deputy Director Brandon to be forthright regarding the agency’s activities. I will continue to vigorously oversee the ATF until I am confident that the public knows the whole truth and that the agency’s mismanagement has been corrected,” said the lawmaker from Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, Rep. Goodlatte said, “Over a year has passed since the botched ATF undercover operation in Milwaukee and many questions still remain about this and similar stings across the country. Why does ATF continue to use large amounts of taxpayer dollars in buyback programs when the Inspector General has found these programs lack oversight and are not effective in reducing crime?”

“In fact, these storefront operations have often increased crime in the very neighborhoods they were supposed to help,” he added.

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Judge slams Obama’s backdoor amnesty despite favorable court decision

by Jim Kouri on Monday, August 5th, 2013

This is article 384 of 467 in the topic Immigration

Despite his court decision in favor of the Obama administration, a U.S. federal judge in a border state has slammed President Barack Obama’s “backdoor amnesty” that prevents the deportation of about one million illegal aliens, ruling that it’s “contrary to congressional mandate,” a Beltway public-interest group reported on Friday.

The court case pitted the plaintiff Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council, the union that represents Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and officers, against the defendant Janet Napolitano, the secretary of Homeland Security, according to the civil action’s seven-page document.

The ruling came from U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor in Dallas, Texas, who dismissed a lawsuit brought by 10 Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agents opposed to implementing Obama’s amnesty, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The Obama directive permits illegal immigrants, 30-year-old and under, to legally stay and obtain work-allowance papers if they came into the United States as children, according to Judicial Watch.

“The plaintiffs alleged that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) directives contained in memos authored by ICE Director John Morton and Secretary of Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano which constitute discretionary amnesty for illegal immigrants, are violations of federal law. Among the plaintiffs are Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents who have been barred from effectively carrying out federal law by these executive agency directives,” said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a member of the House Subcommittee on Immigration & Border Security.

“Too often in the immigration debate, no one speaks up for the rank and file law enforcement officers and the citizens we protect. Large business groups and political advocacy groups are invited to the White House and other secret meetings. But those tasked with enforcing the law have no voice in the process,” stated Chris Crane in his warning to the U.S. Senate to not rush their so-called gang-of-eight immigration legislation.

“The rationale used by Secretary Napolitano and her boss Barack Obama is that there illegal aliens are in the country “through no fault of their own” and therefore deserve special consideration,” said former military intelligence officer and police detective Mike Snopes.

At the time President Obama’s “directive was issued to stop deporting this particular group of illegal aliens, the federal [agents] claimed that they were being forced to violate their required duties set by Congress,” said Judicial Watch officials.

The attorney representing the plaintiff Chris Crane argued that the ICE agents “were being ordered by their superiors to break federal law or face disciplinary action, saying that this is an abuse of authority,” noted Judicial Watch.

Although Judge O’Connor dismissed Crane’s and the ICE agents’ lawsuit due to a procedural question, he did agree with some of its major points: For instance, in his seven-page opinion he writes that “the agents were likely to succeed on the merits of their claim challenging the directive, which the judge calls “contrary to the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.”

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented a program contrary to congressional mandate,” the written decision, as provided by Judicial Watch states.

“This [judge’s ruling] proves that DACA, implemented via executive order by Obama last summer, violates federal law and therefore government agents have in fact been ordered to break the law,” according to Judicial Watch officials.

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Hezbollah’s strategic shift to be probed by Congress this week

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, March 17th, 2013

This is article 475 of 800 in the topic Terrorism

This week, the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade will gather a number of experts to discuss the evolution of the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, the subcommittee’s chairman, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, stated Sunday on Fox News Channel.

According to Chairman Poe, the hearing on Hezbollah’s new strategy is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, 2013, and witnesses testifying include Will Fulton, a research analyst with the American Enterprise Institute; Dr. Matthew Levitt, the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence director, a part of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and Roger Noriega, the former assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, now a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Hezbollah has historically been a terrorist organization whose activity has been isolated in the Middle East,” said Rep. Poe.

Hezbollah is the puppet of Iran worldwide. Under the guidance of the Iranian regime, this jihadist group has expanded its reach and shifted its strategy to operate in virtually every corner of the world including Latin America and Europe, he noted in his announcement on Friday.

“I look forward to hearing testimony about the relationship between Hezbollah and the Iranian regime, how this threat has grown in recent years, and what implications this dangerous alliance has for U.S. national security,” Rep. Poe said.

This latest probe of the terrorist group Hezbollah follows a series of hearings held by other congressional committees. For example, according to the Examiner, the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence held a hearing entitled “Hezbollah in Latin America – Implications for U.S. Homeland Security.” The committee was chaired by Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Penn., in July 2011.

“Hezbollah continues to expand its presence in Central and South American taking advantage of its already close relationship with Venezuela’s despot Presidente Hugo Chavez,” according to Rep. Meehan’s hearings.

As far back as 2007, the Bush Administration’s chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Peter Pace, warned members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that elements of radical Islamic groups were active in South America recruiting and training terrorists.

Pace mentioned Hezbollah and al-Qaeda, yet the Democrat-controlled Senate ignored Gen. Pace’s warning.

There have also been intelligence reports that allege the Iranian-supported terrorist group Hezbollah, is also a prime employer in Latin America. Security experts have stated that the ties between the countries of Venezuela and Iran are based on several shared interests, such as access to military and petroleum technologies and avoiding international isolation.

Hezbollah’s growing influence in Latin America is a “potential risk” to the region, according to Rep. Meehan.

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How Conspiracy Theories Start — Domestic Mass Confinement Facilities

by Stephen Levine on Thursday, March 7th, 2013

This is article 285 of 468 in the topic Government Corruption

Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL) is arguably one of the most corrupt members of Congress, having a socialist viewpoint, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and the proponent of Domestic Mass Confinement Facilities.

Alcee Lamar Hastings (born September 5, 1936) is the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 20th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1993. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He served as a Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida from 1979 until his impeachment for bribery and perjury and removal from that post in 1989, and is one of only eight federal officials in American history to be impeached and removed from office. <Source>

The legislation that Alcee Hastings introduced … 

H.R.390 — National Emergency Centers Establishment Act
Latest Title: National Emergency Centers Establishment Act
Sponsor: Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-20] (introduced 1/23/2013)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 2/21/2013 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats & Capabilities.


SUMMARY AS OF:
1/23/2013–Introduced.National Emergency Centers Establishment Act – Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish at least six national emergency centers on military installations to use existing infrastructure to provide: (1) temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster; and (2) centralized locations for the training of first responders and the coordination of preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

Lists minimum requirements for sites for such centers, including that they be capable of: (1) meeting for an extended period the housing, health, transportation, education, public works, humanitarian, and other transition needs of a large number of individuals affected; (2) being scaled up or down to accommodate major disaster preparedness and response drills, operations, and procedures; (3) housing existing permanent structures necessary to meet training and first responders coordination requirements during non-disaster periods; and (4) hosting the infrastructure necessary to rapidly adjust to temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance needs.

Sets forth center location requirements, including requiring the Secretary to designate closed military installations as sites whenever possible and to designate portions of existing military installations as centers otherwise. Source: Bill Summary & Status – 113th Congress (2013 – 2014) – H.R.390 – CRS Summary – THOMAS (Library of Congress)

Add the additional components …

Ammunition in excess of 5 year requirements …

The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years. It says it needs them — roughly the equivalent of five bullets for every person in the United States — for law enforcement agents in training and on duty.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/14/why-is-department-homeland-security-buying-so-many-bullets

Fully Automatic Weapons …

In yet another huge blow to the rhetoric and narrative of the Obama administration and its desire to disarm the American public, a DHS bid has been uncovered (see documents below) showing that the Department of Homeland Security recently put out an offer to purchase 7,000 full-auto “assault weapons” to be used domestically, inside the USA.
Read more: http://www.naturalnews.com/038844_DHS_assault_weapons_documents.html

Armored Vehicles …

The Department of Homeland Security (through the U.S. Army Forces Command) have apparently recently retrofitted 2,717 of these ‘Mine Resistant Protected’ vehicles for service on the streets of the United States.

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Colin Powell praises Hagel nomination to head Defense Department

by Jim Kouri on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

This is article 69 of 116 in the topic Obama Appointments

Colin Powell, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state, while appearing on a Sunday morning news show stated that he strongly supports former GOP U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel being confirmed as the next Secretary of Defense.

Powell, a Republican who endorsed Barack Obama for president, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he expected Hagel to garner the Senate’s confirmation despite any controversies.

“I think he ultimately is superbly qualified based on his overall record, based on his service to the country, based on how he feels about troops and veterans and families,” said the retired four-star general, who served in the George W. Bush administration.

“While I respect Gen. Powell’s military service, he is far from being a conservative Republican and his support of Obama tells me Powell is either ignorant of radicalism or a politician with his own personal agenda,” said political strategist Mike Baker.

Powell said he believes that Hagel will finally get confirmed by the Senate as will John Kerry as secretary of State and John Brennan as CIA director.

Last Monday, Obama announced his nomination of Hagel as Leon Panetta’s replacement as defense secretary, and the White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). However, both nominees are expected to face challenges on Capitol Hill.

Several Republican lawmakers are not happy with the prospect of Hagel running the Defense Department. For example, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, voiced serious reservations on Thursday regarding Hagel’s fitness to serve.

“As a member of Congress and the House Armed Services Committee, I join many of my Congressional colleagues in holding the most serious of reservations to the nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel to lead our nation’s Department of Defense,” said the six-term congressman.

“The Department of Defense (DoD) is facing more challenges today than I have seen in my lifetime. If sequestration goes into effect, we are facing thesmallest Army since 1950 and the smallest Navy since 1915. While I believe that every single government agency has room to cut wasteful spending, I agree with current DoD Secretary Panetta that an across the board cut to defense spending will prove ‘devastating,'” Franks stated.

Franks pointed out that former-Senator Chuck Hagel, when asked about sequestration, refused to concur with Secretary Panetta’s assessment and, instead, agreed that the DoD needs to be ‘pared down.'”

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Top lawmaker: We have serious reservations about Hagel nomination

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, January 12th, 2013

This is article 67 of 116 in the topic Obama Appointments

Responding to the nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel to Secretary of Defense, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, voiced serious reservations on Thursday regarding Hagel’s fitness to serve.

“As a member of Congress and the House Armed Services Committee, I join many of my Congressional colleagues in holding the most serious of reservations to the nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel to lead our nation’s Department of Defense,” said the six-term congressman.

“The Department of Defense (DoD) is facing more challenges today than I have seen in my lifetime. If sequestration goes into effect, we are facing the smallest Army since 1950and the smallest Navy since 1915. While I believe that every single government agency has room to cut wasteful spending, I agree with current DoD Secretary Panetta that an across the board cut to defense spending will prove ‘devastating,'” Franks stated.

Franks pointed out that former-Senator Chuck Hagel, when asked about sequestration, refused to concur with Secretary Panetta’s assessment and, instead, agreed that the DoD needs to be ‘pared down.'”

Rep. Franks claims that possibly just as alarming as Senator Hagel’s congruency to the Obama sequestration plan, is his stance on our closest and most strategic friend and ally, Israel.

It’s a matter of public record that Senator Hagel’s has been — and continues to be — soft on Iran while being hard on Israel. Franks stated that Hagel’s record mirrors that of the Obama administration, and as such “should make all Americans apprehensive of his ability to serve as Defense Secretary.”

As evidence, Franks points to Senator Hagel’s refusal to cosponsor the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act and that he was one of only two United States Senators to vote against the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act.

Equally disturbing, according to Congressman Franks, Hagel also refused to sign many pro-Israel letters and is on record agreeing that the President of the United States should open direct talks with the terrorist group, Hamas, in spite of U.S. policy of not negotiating with terrorists.

In fact, Hagel’s Republican and Democratic critics have pointed to his hostile remarks and attitudes toward both Israel and relations with Jewish organizations during his tenure as a senator in his home state of Nebraska.

“The Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people,” Hagel said in 2006, adding that “I’ve always argued against some of the dumb things they do, because I don’t think it’s in the interest of Israel,” according to the Times of Israel.

“The next Secretary of Defense must show a commitment to strengthening our military force and defense capabilities. The Obama Administration’s ongoing practice of betraying our friends and emboldening our enemies has the most profound of implications to our national security and to human freedom in the world. If confirmed, I deeply hope Senator Hagel will reassess and reject these dangerous policies,” said Congressman Franks.

Trent Franks’s lengthy record of achievement includes being a member of the Judiciary Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and a member of the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law. He is also a member of the Armed Services Committee, where he serves on the Strategic Forces Subcommittee and the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.

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Mexican drug cartels and Hezbollah strengthen alliance: New report

by Jim Kouri on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

This is article 98 of 129 in the topic National Security

During an interview of a top GOP lawmaker on Fox News Channel on Monday, while discussing the threat by terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah to Israel, Congressman Mike McCaul stated that a new report reveals that Hezbollah is operating in the Western Hemisphere and is as much a threat to the United States as it is to Israel.

The U.S. House of Representatives report titled “A Line in the Sand: Countering Crime, Violence and Terror at the Southwest Border,” detailing the findings of a committee’s proberegarding the increased presence of Middle East terrorist networks in Latin America and their growing relationship with drug cartels, was released to little fanfare on Friday.

The report — a follow-up by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management, to his 2006 report on the threat Mexican drug cartels pose to the Southwest border — documents increased operational control of Mexican drug cartels inside the U.S., their strategy to move illegal drugs, and the bloody turf wars that have taken place between rival cartels, as they struggle to control valuable trafficking corridors.

This latest report closely examines the increased presence and influence of Iranian intelligence agents and the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah in Latin America and their relationship with drug cartels, including:

* Hezbollah’s known money laundering and major fundraising activities in Latin America.

* Documentation that shows a relationship between Hezbollah and Mexican drug cartels as early as 2005.

* The potential for Hezbollah operatives to use their alliances with the cartels to cross into the U.S. undetected through cartel-controlled smuggling routes across the Southwest border.

Subcommittee Chairman McCaul said, “Middle East terrorist networks that continue to plot against the United States are expanding their ties to Mexican drug trafficking organizations, better positioning themselves for a possible attack on our homeland.”

“This report documents the increased presence of Iran and Hezbollah in Latin America and addresses the growing concern that terrorist organizations will exploit burgeoning relationships with Mexican drug cartels to infiltrate the Southwest border undetected,” said Congressman McCaul, a Republican.

Subcommittee Chairman McCaul said: “The Federal government needs to better address this threat and secure ‘America’s unlocked back door.’ In late 2010, DHS reported that it could respond to illegal activity along only 44 percent of the Southwest border, leaving 7,500 border miles inadequately protected. After this abysmal report card, DHS quickly abandoned this metric and has yet to implement another way to measure its progress in securing the border.”

“The purpose of this hearing is to assess the findings of the Subcommittee’s report and develop potential solutions for the next Administration and Congress to help prevent a breach of our border security and avert the consequences that could result,” said McCaul.

Iran has found ideological-political sympathy in a number of Latin American countries, which may enable it to escape from its increasing political isolation and strengthen the so-called “resistance camp” it leads including Syria, Hezbollah, and Palestinian terrorist organizations.

Iran also regards Latin America as good area for defiance and also for challenging the United States in various ways: increased political and military collaboration, economic infiltration and extensive activities to disseminate Shi’ite Islam and eventually export the Islamic revolution to Latin America, according to an Israeli police source who requested anonymity.

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House to examine proposal for United Nations regulation of the Internet

by Doug Powers on Sunday, May 27th, 2012

This is article 26 of 45 in the topic Cyber space

The United Nations has a simple business plan when it comes to wresting control of as much of the world as possible: Pronounce yourself the global arbiter of human rights, then declare everything a human right.

The UN has already said Internet access is a human right, so naturally the best way to police that human right is to put the UN in charge of the Internet.

A House subcommittee will soon consider this possibility:

The proposal is backed by China, Russia, Brazil, India and other UN members, and would give the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more control over the governance of the Internet.

It’s an unpopular idea with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress, and officials with the Obama administration have also criticized it.

“We’re quite concerned,” Larry Strickling, the head of the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, said in an interview with The Hill earlier this year.

He said the measure would expose the Internet to “top-down regulation where’s it’s really the governments that are at the table but the rest of the stakeholders aren’t.”
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The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold the hearing and hear testimony from Robert McDowell, a Republican commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); David Gross, a former State Department official; and Sally Shipman Wentworth, the senior manager of public policy for the nonprofit Internet Society.

Because when you think “Internet freedom” you think China and Russia. Don’t worry though, the UN wouldn’t have a Internet “kill switch” (they call theirs an “enemies of human rights emergency denial-of-service button” — definitely not the same thing).

What’s to consider? Nancy Reagan’s “just say ‘no’” rule applies to anything that would grant the United Nations more authority over anything.

A pair of Congressmen have already introduced legislation opposing any resolution allowing UN control of the Internet, but the above story is something to keep an eye on — as is this.

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CEO Explains Why ‘Government Job Creation’ is a Myth and How Regulations are Killing the Economy

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

This is article 2 of 190 in the topic Government Regulations

esterday morning, Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, testified before the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending hearing. Schiff offered a comprehensive old-school dismantling of the notion of “government job creation.”

A full transcript and video is here, but this part where Schiff described how his company has actually been fined for trying to create jobs in the United States speaks volumes as to the kind of idiocy we’re up against in Washington:

In my own business, securities regulations have prohibited me from hiring brokers for more than three years. I was even fined fifteen thousand dollars expressly for hiring too many brokers in 2008. In the process I incurred more than $500,000 in legal bills to mitigate a more severe regulatory outcome as a result of hiring too many workers. I have also been prohibited from opening up additional offices. I had a major expansion plan that would have resulted in my creating hundreds of additional jobs. Regulations have forced me to put those jobs on hold.

In addition, the added cost of security regulations have forced me to create an offshore brokerage firm to handle foreign accounts that are now too expensive to handle from the United States. Revenue and jobs that would have been created in the U.S. are now being created abroad instead. In addition, I am moving several asset management jobs from Newport Beach, California to Singapore.

Sure, Mr. Schiff, but they wouldn’t have been union jobs, so unfortunately your words will fall on deaf ears at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Obama and the Democrats will of course counter by arguing that regulations create jobs, as do food stamps and unemployment checks.

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Obama extends National Guard border deployment

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, June 19th, 2011

This is article 10 of 65 in the topic Border Issues

The use of the National Guard to backup Border Patrol agents began during the Bush Administration. Credit: DHS/Pat Dollard

In a sudden turnaround, the White House informed members of the House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, Obama Administration has decided to extend the deployment of National Guard personnel along the Southwest border for three additional months.

On April 1, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, had sent a letter to President Obama calling for an extension of troops to continue support of the U.S. Border Patrol agents.

“The Obama Administration’s extension of the National Guard deployment is a step in the right direction.  I appreciate that the Administration took our request seriously. But we need to see more and bigger steps in this direction,” said Rep. King, who has been highly critical of the administration’s actions to protect U.S. borders and sovereignty.

“Given the very serious problems to be addressed along the Southwest border, this short three-month extension of a small number of troops is at best a half measure.  The Obama Administration must make securing the border a top priority,” King added.

Some believe Obama’s extension may be linked to the recent critical reports of the Administration’s use of questionable questionable immigration statistics and the brewing scandal over the ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious, a/k/a Operation Gunrunner.

“The more people hear about President Obama’s border and immigration policies, they more they become agitated over the lack of seriousness displayed in upholding federal laws and protecting Americans,” said political strategist Mike Baker.

“The decision to extend the National Guard’s presence along the Southwest border is the right one.  They serve as valuable force multipliers for our security operations on the Southwest border and assist Border Patrol Agents with weapons and drugs interdiction and curbing illegal border crossings,” Rep. Miller stated in the letter to the President.

“However, I am concerned that the short duration of the extension does not send the message to the drug cartels that we are serious about securing our border long-term.  Short–term fixes are not an adequate substitute for a well-thought out plan to secure the border.  I continue to call on the President to provide Congress with a comprehensive plan to secure the border,” said Miller.

“Our nation needs a clear roadmap to finally secure our borders, which is why I introduced legislation that directs the Secretary of DHS to develop a strategy for securing the borders within five years,” Miller added.

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