December 5, 2015
Judicial Watch -- December 4, 2015
Middle Eastern Men Arrested Near Mexican Border with Steel Cylinders
Five young Middle Eastern men were apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol this week in an Arizona town situated about 30 miles from the Mexican border, law enforcement and other sources told Judicial Watch.
Border Patrol agents spotted the men crossing a ranch property in the vicinity of Amado, which is located about 35 miles south of Tucson and has a population of 275. Two of the Middle Eastern men were carrying stainless steel cylinders in backpacks, JW's sources say, alarming Border Patrol officials enough to call the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for backup. A multitude of federal agents descended on the property and the two men carrying the cylinders were believed to be taken into custody by the FBI.
Only three of the men's names were entered in the Border Patrol's E3 reporting system, which is used by the agency to track apprehensions, detention hearings and removals of illegal immigrants. E3 also collects and transmits biographic and biometric data including fingerprints for identification and verification of individuals encountered at the border. The other two men were listed as “unknown subjects,” which is unheard of, according to a JW federal law enforcement source. “In all my years I've never seen that before,” a veteran federal law enforcement agent told JW.
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
IFT Got Lucky?
According to the above report, the US Border Patrol spotted the suspects “crossing a ranch in the vicinity of Amado.” The Border Patrol has a new Integrated Fixed Tower (IFT) --- NGL 0336 very near Amado, and it is a good bet that it detected the suspects with it radar-controlled cameras. If so, it was a lucky catch because if the suspects had travelled further east or west, it is unlikely that they would have been spotted.
It should also be noted that if the suspects had travelled due north from Mexico they would have passed through an area protected by three other Integrated Fixed Towers, NGL 046, 047 and 049. As ABP recently reported, it would have been easy for them to avoid detection by these cameras.