Past Features

November 27, 2017

Can terrorists still sneak
across the border?

TOP: Existing “fence” runs for thirty miles south of Ft. Huachuca, Arizona.
BOTTOM: Obama Integrated Fixed Tower protects the part of the border shown in top photo. -- The IFT system is now being questioned by the Trump administration.
Washington Post -- November 25, 2017  
Trump says mosque attack in Egypt proves U.S. needs border wall with Mexico. Is he right?
 
   In the wake of the horrific Egyptian mosque attack that killed more than 300 people, President Trump took to Twitter to both offer his sympathies and plug some favorite policies.
    Trump's reasoning seems to be that a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border will keep Muslim extremists from crossing into the United States. That claim echoes those made by current and former members of the Trump administration.
    Michael Flynn, the former Army general who was an adviser to the Trump campaign and the president's first national security adviser, told Breitbart News in August 2016 that Islamist terrorist groups have cut deals with Mexican cartels to access smuggling routes into the United States.
    And in 2015, when White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly was still serving as a Marine Corps general and as commander of U.S. Southern Command, he told Congress that Mexican cartels “could unwittingly, or even wittingly, facilitate the movement of terrorist operatives or weapons of mass destruction toward our borders.”
    Trump's reasoning seems to be that a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border will keep Muslim extremists from crossing into the United States. That claim echoes those made by current and former members of the Trump administration.
    Michael Flynn, the former Army general who was an adviser to the Trump campaign and the president's first national security adviser, told Breitbart News in August 2016 that Islamist terrorist groups have cut deals with Mexican cartels to access smuggling routes into the United States.
    And in 2015, when White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly was still serving as a Marine Corps general and as commander of U.S. Southern Command, he told Congress that Mexican cartels “could unwittingly, or even wittingly, facilitate the movement of terrorist operatives or weapons of mass destruction toward our borders.”

Glenn Spencer -- November 27, 2017    
I dare the Washington Post
    
Seven years ago (July 9, 2010) I was at a town hall meeting held by then Rep. Gabriel Giffords. It was in Douglas, Arizona, and included Bennie Sanders, then Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
    During the meeting rancher Peggy Davis said she and her husband had driven through Montezuma Pass and all at the way to Lochiel --- fifteen or twenty miles --- without seeing a Border Patrol agent. When she reported this to “Commissioner Bersen” she said he almost called her a liar.
    To check on Peggy's story I flew a mission along the border where she had driven --- looking for Border Patrol agents. I made a movie of the flight called Open Border Arizona (It includes Peggy's comments at the meeting.) If you watch it you will agree, in thirty miles of border no US Border Patrol agent could be seen. Nothing has changed since then --- no new fence and no agents.
    The Obama administration did install $150 million in radar-guided-camera towers to secure this part of the border.
    I dare the Washington Post to send a reporter to go on a tour with me to see if these towers will do the job, or if terrorists could still cross the border undetected.

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