Trump Better be Serious about Border Security Promises

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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It certainly appears that president-elect Donald Trump is serious about implementing at least some of his campaign promises. He better be – and not a moment too soon – because it’s much worse at the border than we’re being told.

The internet exploded on Tuesday when Reuters reported on an internal memo they obtained from the Department of Homeland Security.

After an exhaustive search of the web, it appears I am the only one to ask what I deemed to be a rather obvious question. How did Reuters obtain this memo? Virtually every article I perused, including the Reuters piece, described it as an “internal agency memo.” No one, including Reuters, ever said it was leaked, nor a Freedom of Information Act demand put on them to release it, as conservative media must do. No – just that it was a DHS “internal agency memo” reviewed by Reuters. I thought that odd. Is Reuters, and other leftist media outlets, privy to all DHS “internal” memos?

Anyway, Reuters wrote that the memo described a December 5, 2016 meeting between DHS and the Trump transition team. Trump’s team is said to have asked “the Department of Homeland Security to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.” That’s a good sign. My guess is they probably have plenty of assets, as they sure haven’t been using any. read more

Marijuana – The Gateway Drug

by: the Common Constitutionalist

How often have we heard that? For many users and abusers of drugs, marijuana is but a gateway drug for other substances that are far worse. I happen to believe, at least for some, that this is true, but that’s not the Gateway to which I’m referring.

The gateway I’m talking about is the one between Mexico and the United States. It’s been reported for years that ruthless Cartels smuggle humans and drugs into the U.S.

Cartels such as the Sinaloa, Los Zeta’s, Beltran, Juarez and Gulf, who combined make an estimated $19-$29 billion a year. These are some ruthless individuals, on par with ISIS, who will stop at nothing to move drugs through Mexico into our country.

Yet now it appears that the Gateway is starting to swing both ways. read more

Security Double Standard?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

So what if a group of patriotic Americans wanted to gather to protest the growing problem at the southern border? Say the event was to be called “Shut Down All Ports of Entry”. The groups plan would be to peacefully block 17 ports of entry between the United States and Mexico stretching from San Diego to Brownsville Texas. The protesters would just drive to the border and parked their vehicles in front of any entry point to block it. That’s it – just peacefully attempt to stop all traffic entering the U.S. from Mexico.

But to what end? What might this group hope to accomplish?

The group’s goals, according to Indiana-based protest organizer Rob Chupp, include the immediate release of active duty Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who was arrested in April in Mexico for bringing loaded weapons into the country after apparently making a wrong turn at the San Ysidro port of entry in Southern California. Chupp’s group also wants the U.S. government to “secure our borders and protect the citizens in America from foreign threats”.

Fox 5 San Diego reported that the event organizer Stasyi Barth said, “We need to bring attention to the border.” Barth explained that she is frustrated with Congress’s inability to secure the border and get a handle on the nation’s illegal immigration issue.

Barth added: “We’re going to stay at the bridges until our demands are met. We have a Marine that has been wrongly imprisoned in Mexico and abandoned by the government. We need to bring him back to his mom and dad immediately. Second, we need to seal off the southern border.”

The protest, which appeared to have at least 2000 volunteers, was to occur on Saturday, September 20. Chupp claimed that an unnamed federal law enforcement body had advised the group to avoid certain ports because of potential threats from the terrorist group ISIS.

Wait… What?! A federal agency warns of threats by ISIS and they don’t do anything more than say don’t go there?! read more

Hezbollah and Los Zetas, a Deadly Combination

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Feeling safe here in good ole U.S. of A.? Sure… why not?

 

Yes, there have been incidences of school and other shootings but they appear in no way connected.

 

On the whole, Homeland Security appears to be effective, as we’ve had no successful terror attacks on American soil for more than a decade.

 

So why haven’t we been attacked again? Have the terrorists just given up? Have the Bush and Obama administrations successfully decimated the terrorist ranks to make it impossible for an attack? Is Homeland Security just that good, that they are able to thwart any and every attempt?

 

Well, yes and no. Our intelligence services have stopped potential attacks, some we’ve heard about, others we haven’t, for strategic reasons. We have had some success taking out terrorist leaders and negatively affecting their infrastructure, but don’t count on the terrorists ever giving up. read more

Run Dennis…Run Fast… & Furious

Man behind Assault Weapons Ban, Ran Fast & Furious

by: Mary Chastain

Those who have been covering Operation Fast and Furious for 18 months know all about former US Attorney Dennis Burke. The general public doesn’t know much about him, because like many of the high officials involved in Fast & Furious, he was allowed to resign quietly and face no consequences for his actions.

Operation Fast & Furious placed hundreds of guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Guns from it were found at the death scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on December 14, 2010. They’re also connected to hundreds of deaths in Mexico, including a brother of a state attorney general. Guns have been found at twelve crime scenes in America.

Burke, from the Arizona US Attorney’s office, ran Operation Fast and Furious.

This is the man who was a Majority Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1994 when the Assault Weapon Ban passed. Actually, Senator Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ) gave him and Rahm Emmanuel credit for the passing of the ban. He became Chief of Staff to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano and worked with her from 2003-2008. He gave $2,000 to then-Senator Obama’s presidential campaign. He’s also given $16,350 to other Democratic candidates. When Janet Napolitano became the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Mr. Burke became her Senior Advisor. In July 2009, President Barack Obama nominated him to be the US Attorney of Arizona.

He was confirmed six weeks later. Fast & Furious began in November 2009.

In order to receive more funding and to use high tech equipment Fast & Furious had to become part of the Department’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which would put it under control of the Arizona US Attorney’s office.

“Although ATF was the lead law enforcement agency for Fast and Furious, its agents took direction from prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa wrote in a May 3 memo. “The lead federal prosecutor for Fast and Furious was Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley, who played an integral role in the day-to-day, tactical management of the case.”

Unfortunately, Mr. Burke’s office made it more difficult to interdict weapons. They needed approval from the attorney’s office to do anything, and many times the office wouldn’t give their approval. But that wasn’t the only problem.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office advised ATF that agents needed to meet unnecessarily strict evidentiary standards in order to speak with suspects, temporarily detain them, or interdict weapons,” Chairman Issa said.“ATF’s reliance on this advice from the U.S. Attorney’s Office during Fast and Furious resulted in many lost opportunities to interdict weapons.”

So even if the ATF wanted to do anything, they couldn’t because of Mr. Burke’s office. He held the cards for the entire operation.

Fast & Furious ended after the death of Agent Terry. Emails released January 2012 show direct contact between Mr. Burke and Attorney General Eric Holder’s Deputy Chief of Staff Monty Wilkinson. In one, Mr. Burke told Mr. Wilkinson the guns were linked to the investigation they were going to talk about. Mr. Wilkinson said he would call, but Mr. Burke claims he doesn’t remember a phone call.

A month later, Senator Charles Grassley started asking questions and demanded some answers. Sharyl Attkisson at CBS News revealed emails between officials in Washington and Mr. Burke’s office on how to handle the gunwalking allegations. Despite knowing he would be lying to Congress, Mr. Burke insisted they never intentionally allowed guns to walk. That became the message of the infamous February 4, 2011 letter.

As 2011 went on, more and more about Fast & Furious unraveled, but Mr. Burke couldn’t stop trying to wash his hands of any responsibility. In July, a reporter asked the Oversight Committee about leaked documents about whistleblower John Dodson. Chairman Issa asked Mr. Burke about this, and he claims a reporter did contact him whom he thought had not seen the documents. But then Mr. Burke emailed a friend of his in Washington, who then printed out the documents and handed them to the reporter personally. No one believed this testimony and knew Mr. Burke was the one who leaked them in July.

Though his fingerprints were all over Fast & Furious, Mr. Burke was allowed to quietly resign in August 2011. He wasn’t fired or charged with anything. In fact, there is no mention of Fast & Furious or Agent Terry in his resignation letter.

In November, Mr. Burke finally came clean and admitted he leaked the documents to smear Agent Dodson. The memo was intended to cast a bad light on Agent Dodson and discredit him as a reliable witness.

A month later, the February 4 letter was officially withdrawn once the DOJ couldn’t deny the fact that the ATF did intentionally allow guns to walk. No one knows for sure why they did it. Several emails show discussions about gun control regulations.

Given Mr. Burke’s history, would it come to a surprise to anyone if gun control was the main purpose of Fast & Furious?