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« on: 2008-December-08 12:03:30 AM »

http://dennisleewilson.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=425.msg162#msg162    
http://tinyurl.com/Deadly-USA-Border

THE DEADLY USA BORDER--BERLIN REDUX

  • Like Berlin except that USA border guards KILL people trying to ENTER OR LEAVE!
  • Not just the border with Mexico!! Canadians are also "terrorists" to the USA Federal government
  • A large number of people have simply refused to travel to America anymore because entering the country is like trying to get into the old East Germany. This is killing the tourism industry and costing hundreds of millions of dollars each year. A 2006 investigation by the Discover America Partnership found that tourism to America had sunk due to “a climate of fear and frustration that is turning away foreign business and leisure travelers from visiting the United States and damaging America’s image abroad.” No less than a third of tourists vowed never to return to America after experiencing the treatment of Homeland Security officials at ports of entry. By early 2007, the U.S. had lost around 60 million visitors as a result of the stifling and intrusive security measures implemented since 9/11.
  • Would YOU cross the border to just do some shopping if you had to risk your life to uniformed idiots with a badge, a hostile attitude, guns, and a license to kill?


USA Border guards SHOOT & KILL people who are entering OR LEAVING the USA

US border guards shoot & kill an unarmed 22-year-old driver--headed FOR Mexico


From: DennisLeeWilson-Ariz-Wyo  (Original Message) Sent: 10/19/2006 11:58 PM

Before you say, "There should be a law", stop and think. All laws authorize government to use lethal force, at the end of a gun, to see them carried out. Is the issue REALLY important enough that you want to enable the government to kill people over it?

In an earlier posting, someone said [A fence that is] “Good enough to keep “them” out is good enough to keep us in”. If anyone should need proof of that statement, proof is certainly abundant—and brought to you by the same government that employed the (still unprosecuted) killers at Ruby Ridge and Waco:


An iron curtain thru the Arizona desert.


From: DennisLeeWilson-Ariz-Wyo Sent: 6/15/2006 6:06 PM
  
In my article, one of the neo-LINO points was that we can leave the country at any time. The following News events seem to put that issue to rest.  Dennis

Added 2011-Oct-09: Do a web search for "e-APIS" sometime. The days of actually being freely permitted to even LEAVE Amerika without permission are long over! No, I'm not kidding. See the TSA/FAA/DHS/Custom regs, or the AOPA website. Yes, permission is now required from Big Brother for US private aircraft to even be allowed to LEAVE this once-free nation!!! ALL flights out of the US must e-file in advance before leaving, or face incredible fines and penalties. Several stories of innocent General Aviation pilots being literally stopped on the runway by armed thugs, without warrant or probable cause, attest to the fact that this alternative "way out" is clearly viewed as a threat to the PTB.

 

Do we actually already live INSIDE a prison?

--- In smith2004-discuss@yahoogroups.com, "Linda C." <lindac15@...> wrote:
  • >
    > And some people think that Berlin-type wall they want built on the border will keep illegal immigrants out.... The wall is meant to keep US in.



Think about this:

If you chose to leave, it may be very hazardous to your health. Prisoners are NOT allowed to escape!!
 
A fence that is 'Good enough to keep "them" out, is good enough to keep us in'.  Proof is certainly abundant—and brought to you by the same government that employed the still unprosecuted killers at Ruby Ridge and Waco.
 
Questions to ponder:


  • WHY do US authorities stop cars going INTO Mexico (and Canada)?
  • Shouldn't that be the function of Mexican (or Canadian) authorities?
  • Do we, in FACT, actually already live INSIDE a prison?

A Nazi-type snitch
+
a “door”(i.e. armed border gate) that is “locked” from the inside
=
the unnecessary death of a 22 year old boy.

 
The links below are follow up articles about the hazards of getting OUT of the USA:
 
The fatal chain of events began about 3:15 p.m., when a citizen called the Border Patrol to report seeing a group of possible illegal immigrants getting into a sport utility vehicle near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.
 
Border Patrol Agents and local law enforcement gather at the San Ysidro border gates into Mexico, Thursday, May 18, 2006 in San Ysidro, Calif. The crossing was shut down Thursday after U.S. authorities shot and killed the 22-year-old driver of a car headed for Mexico, officials said.



http://cbs2.com/topstories/local_story_138234511.html  
May 18, 2006 8:40 pm US/Pacific

San Ysidro Border Crossing Shut Following Shooting

(AP) SAN DIEGO
 
San Diego police say a citizen tip [now we live among snitches and just like Jews in Nazi Germany--just being suspected of something the gov does not like could be an immediate death sentence for you] led to the pursuit of an SUV that ended up being involved in a deadly shooting near the San Ysidro border crossing.

Police Lieutenant Kevin Rooney says a citizen reported seeing the vehicle pick up suspected illegal immigrants near the U.S. side of the Otay Mesa border crossing.

Rooney says the car went westbound on Interstate 905, then southbound on I-5 toward Mexico.

As traffic backed up near the border, the vehicle stopped on the shoulder. Rooney says when agents approached, the suspect "began to drive off" and "veered hard to the left, trying to get back in traffic."

Two agents then opened fire. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say five other people in the vehicle were taken into custody. They were not hurt.


And NOW the rest of the story: (MANY important details were omitted from "cbs2.com/topstories" account!)


http://www.workers.org/2006/us/border-0601/  [/color]  

Mexico demands inquiry into U.S. border killing

By Ruth Vela
San Diego, Calif.

Published May 24, 2006 11:38 PM

Twenty-two-year-old Oscar Abraham Garcia of Tijuana, Mexico, was shot and killed by two federal agents at the U.S.- Mexico border crossing in San Ysidro, Calif., on May 18. The shooting took place after Border Patrol and U.S. customs agents surrounded his black sport utility vehicle, which police claim was under surveillance on suspicion of immigrant smuggling.

This tragedy took place a few days after Bush gave a May 15 talk to announce plans to further militarize the Mexican-U.S. border by stationing 12,000 Border Patrol agents and 6,000 National Guard troops to try to stop undocumented workers from coming to the U.S. to look for work and to be with their families.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents claim they began following the black SUV after someone reported seeing it pick up suspected undocumented immigrants near the U.S. side of the Otay Mesa border crossing, according to Lt. Kevin Rooney of the San Diego Police Department.

Border Patrol officers in an unmarked vehicle tracked the SUV as it drove a few miles west and then south toward the San Ysidro border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. Customs and Border Protection agents blocked all southbound lanes at the border, then surrounded Garcia’s car as it was forced to a stop.

After being surrounded Garcia refused to identify himself or get out, and when agents smashed his vehicle’s window with a baton, he accelerated. According to San Diego Police Lt. Jeff Sferra, it was the fact that Garcia moved in the direction of five U.S. agents blocking his path and “nearly pinned an agent standing next to the vehicle” that justified the shooting.

Still the fact remains that no agents or police were injured in the shooting. Garcia himself was not armed. Neither were any of his passengers. In addition, at the time of the shooting the vehicle was heading south on Interstate 5, thus going toward Mexico. However, investigators were able to offer no explanation for that, instead focusing on demonizing the surviving passengers.

Five male passengers were taken into custody. Reports from police indicated that all were undocumented. Later reports alleged that some of the passengers told investigators that Garcia and a 17-year-old boy in the vehicle were both immigrant smugglers. Authorities also identified one of the suspects arrested at the border as having “several” prior arrests for immigrant smuggling, but said he has never been formally charged with the alleged crime. They have detained the juvenile but his name has not been released. The remaining three people in the vehicle at the time of the shooting are being interviewed and could be held as “material witnesses” in the case against the two suspects.

According to Alberto Lozano, a spokesperson for the Mexican consulate in San Diego, the Mexican government has called for an investigation of its own into the shooting. “We asked for an official investigation of what happened,” Lozano said. “We want to know why they shot this person.”

Sadly, the question why and many other questions surrounding this unnecessary death continue to go unanswered while reports from the mainstream media focus on the “terrible” inconvenience faced by drivers who were stuck in traffic due to the nine-hour closure of what has been deemed the busiest border crossing in the world
 

 
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http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/northern_california/14642756.htm

Documents: Confusion inside vehicle before Border Patrol shooting

THOMAS WATKINS

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO - Court documents released Monday gave a picture of the confusion inside a a vehicle carrying illegal immigrants moments before the driver was shot dead by a U.S. Border Patrol agent last week.

The documents were in a complaint filed against Jose Adolfo Gonzalez Fabian, who appeared in federal court on charges of transportation of illegal aliens.

Gonzalez was seated next to the driver when federal agents surrounded the vehicle May 18, a short distance from a busy border crossing linking San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. The crossing was shut for nine hours following the shooting, which is under investigation by Mexican and U.S. authorities.

Agents smashed the black Dodge Durango's window with a baton and then opened fire when the driver accelerated in their direction, Border Patrol Agent Pedro Alonso Jr. said in the complaint. No weapons were found in the vehicle, San Diego police Lt. Kevin Rooney has said.

Inside the Durango, Gonzalez said that when agents smashed the vehicle window, the driver had his hands up. Gonzalez then turned to look out the passenger side window and felt the vehicle move forward.

He turned back to the driver and told him to stop the vehicle. Then, he heard gunshots and saw the driver had a bullet wound in his neck and was bleeding from his mouth, according to court documents.

A juvenile illegal immigrant in the rear of the vehicle said that after the vehicle stopped at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, he heard the passenger tell the driver "Go, go, go!" according to the complaint. The juvenile saw the driver shift the vehicle into gear. Then he heard a shot, and saw the driver bleeding from an ear.

The driver, identified by the San Diego County Medical Examiner as Oscar Abraham Garcia Barrios, was pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot to the head. In court documents, the driver is identified as Oscar Gamiz Bargas.

Gonzalez did not enter a plea at Monday's hearing. A federal magistrate ordered him held on $75,000 bond.

Gonzalez told investigators that he and the driver traveled in a Dodge Durango to pick up four illegal immigrants from a hiding spot on the U.S. side of San Diego's Otay Mesa Port of Entry.

Their intention was to smuggle the immigrants to various parts of California, but the plan changed when they realized they were being tailed by Border Patrol agents. Federal agents began following the vehicle after somebody reported seeing it pick up suspected illegal immigrants north of the Otay Mesa crossing.

The men headed south, cutting through traffic trying to make it back to Mexico through the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the world's busiest border crossing.

Gonzalez said the driver was talking to someone on a cell phone, who answered to "partner" and was telling the driver where to go. Gonzalez then told the driver to stop and said they would make a run for it. The man on the cell phone, however, told them "Step on it! Step on it!" according to the complaint.

"They arrived at the (San Ysidro) Port of Entry and tried to go around traffic, pulling over to one side, and then trying to force their way in between cars," Gonzalez told authorities, according to the complaint. "There were officers in front of them, blocking the way."

Two of the passengers in the vehicle were identified as Ricardo Ramos Gonzalez and Juan Carlos Valle Hernandez. The other two are juveniles who were not identified. The passengers told officials that they were going to pay from $1,000 to $2,300 to be smuggled to various parts of California.


http://www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20060525-051719-2989r

Border bill will mark citizens' licenses

By SHAUN WATERMAN
UPI Homeland and National Security Editor
5/26/2006 4:00:00 PM -0400

Buried in the huge border bill the U.S. Senate passed Thursday is a provision that would allow states to put citizenship details on new secure driver's ...

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Commentary by Dennis Wilson

Regarding:
US border guards shoot & kill an unarmed 22-year-old driver--headed FOR Mexico
http://tinyurl.com/Deadly-USA-Border

For those who don’t read dictionaries, CONDONE means “To overlook, forgive, or disregard (an offense) without protest or censure. See Synonyms at forgive.”

Where are the public denunciations of this atrocity from the neo-LINOs?! http://tinyurl.com/ybj9vp

By their blind, irrational advocacy of an enlarged police state and by their silence regarding this young man’s murder-death at the hands of that police state, they condone both and they open the way for future murders.

Many among the neo-LINOs are religious in one way or another. Religion is supposed to embrace what are considered divine attributes: honor, courage, loyalty, love, tolerance, respect, kindness, and a long list of 'good' virtues. Where in that list is hate? Bigotry? Violence? Intolerance? Where is murder?


*I* denounce and damn to Hell the souls of his murderers and the souls of those who protect and condone his murderers. *I* denounce and damn to Hell the souls of those who embrace this War on Immigration & Immigrants and who refuse to condemn this murder. It was done in their name while embracing the very same bigoted, xenophobic views that they support. They, personally, unleashed the thugs when they renounced the principles of freedom.

May their God forgive them and have mercy upon their souls, because I WILL NOT! I am an atheist and my moral code does not allow forgiveness and mercy to cold-blooded killers, and to those who protect and condone them!


  • “An error of knowledge is not a moral flaw, provided you are willing to correct it. But a breach of morality is the conscious choice of an action you know to be evil, or a willful evasion of knowledge, as suspension of sight and of thought. . . that which you refuse to know is an account of infamy growing in your soul."
  • “If you want to influence a country's intellectual trend, the first step is to bring order to your own ideas and integrate them into a consistent case, to the best of your knowledge and ability. This does not mean memorizing and reciting slogans and principles, Objectivist or otherwise: knowledge necessarily includes the ability to apply abstract principles to concrete problems, to recognize the principles in specific issues, to demonstrate them, and to advocate a consistent course of action. . . .  What is required is honesty-intellectual honesty, which consists in knowing what one does know, constantly expanding one's knowledge, and never evading or failing to correct a contradiction. This means: the development of an active mind as a permanent attribute.”

[Ayn Rand]


  • “Man has a single basic choice: to think or not, and that is the gauge of his virtue. Moral perfection is an unbreached rationality — not the degree of your intelligence, but the full and relentless use of your mind, not the extent of your knowledge, but the acceptance of reason as an absolute.
  • "Learn to distinguish the difference between errors of knowledge and breaches of morality. An error of knowledge is not a moral flaw, provided you are willing to correct it; only a mystic would judge human beings by the standard of an impossible, automatic omniscience. But a breach of morality is the conscious choice of an action you know to be evil, or a willful evasion of knowledge, a suspension of sight and of thought. That which you do not know, is not a moral charge against you; but that which you refuse to know, is an account of infamy growing in your soul.

[Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged]
 


From: DennisLeeWilson-Ariz-Wyo Sent: 3/30/2007 9:53 AM

Jim Davidson has a "Death by Government" list of victims of unnecessary and unwarranted government action resulting in death of innocent individuals. It is a sobering read.
 
http://ezez.com/free/deaths.html
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« Reply #1 on: 2008-December-08 12:06:01 AM »

From: Voluntaryist Sent: 6/15/2006 6:42 PM

In 1980, I was leaving the country. I was stopped, searched, and questioned.
Because I lied about how much cash I had, I was arrested and charged with a
felony. I was the only one stopped. They singled me out because they said I
gave them probable cause after meeting a "drug profile". No drugs were found
and at trial the 3 customs agents REFUSED to state what the profile was.
They asked the jury to just "take their word". But if I did not know what
the details of their justification for stopping me were, then I could not
refute "their word". Thus I was denied my chance to examine the evidence.
This is supposed to be automatic cause for reversal. IN THEORY ONLY. The 9th
Circuit Appeals Court upheld the conviction and the supremes refused to
review. I was penalized about $33,000 (1980 $) and sentenced to 2 years,
suspended with 3 years probation. I took me years to pay back a loan from my
father. And when I told the story, I was accused to being a liar over and
over. They said it could not happen here.

Don Duncan

P.P.: The agents all lied on the stand, saying I was not arrested. I
"volunteered" to be searched and cancel my trip to go downstairs and talk
with them. Years later, a law was passed making these searches legal. Why? I
can only guess that some people with better lawyers were getting off.

 
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« Reply #2 on: 2009-April-15 08:33:29 AM »

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090415/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/border_czar

US to name 'border czar' to watch Mexican border

  By EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press Writer Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press Writer   – 2009-04-15

WASHINGTON – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is naming a former federal prosecutor to the new post of "border czar" to oversee efforts to end drug-cartel violence along the U.S.-Mexico border and slow the tide of people crossing illegally into the United States.

An Obama administration official says Napolitano on Wednesday will name Alan Bersin, a former Justice Department official who was charged with cracking down on illegal immigration in the 1990s, to fill the post at the Homeland Security Department. The official would speak only on condition of anonymity ahead of the expected announcement in El Paso.

The Obama administration has promised to target border violence and work with Mexican authorities to curb drugs and arms trafficking. Hundreds of federal agents, along with high-tech surveillance gear and drug-sniffing dogs, are being deployed to the Southwest.

Two weeks ago, Napolitano traveled to San Diego, Mexico and Laredo, Texas, to meet with officials about border enforcement and curbing violence spurred by warring Mexican drug cartels. Last year, customs officials apprehended 792,321 people who tried to get into the U.S. through the Southwest border, and immigration officials removed more than 369,000, according to Homeland Security statistics. [What happened to the remaining 423,321 ?!?!? ...dlw]

Napolitano was scheduled to fly to El Paso and Columbus, N.M., on Wednesday to tour ports of entry. She then was to head to the Mariposa port in Nogales, Ariz. While there, she was to meet with local officials and discuss coordinating efforts to disrupt illegal smuggling and reduce illegal immigration.

Later, she was set to join President Barack Obama in Mexico City to meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

In his new capacity at Homeland Security, Bersin will work with international officials and their counterparts in the U.S. and border states.

From 1993 to 1998, Bersin was the federal prosecutor who led the government's crackdown on illegal immigrants at the California-Mexico border. Bersin and Napolitano were both U.S. attorneys during the Clinton administration.

During his final three years, Bersin doubled as the Southwest border representative for the attorney general. Under his watch, the U.S. rolled out Operation Gatekeeper, a massive increase in border enforcement in the San Diego area.

Most recently, Bersin was chairman of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. He also served under California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as education secretary.

"President Obama could not have selected a more qualified, more experienced person to join his administration — especially when it comes to issues along our southwest border," Schwarzenegger said Tuesday night in a statement.

Earlier, Bersin was the superintendent of San Diego public schools. At the time, Hispanic groups decried the appointment and said Operation Gatekeeper caused a steep increase in deaths by forcing immigrants to attempt treacherous mountain and desert crossings into the United States. [Further confirmation of my comment in "Ask the Right Question"...dlw]

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Associated Press writer Elliot Spagat in San Diego contributed to this report.
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« Reply #3 on: 2009-December-11 11:36:03 PM »

It is also not safe to attempt to legally cross into Canada at the approved gates...

Would YOU cross the border to do some shopping if you had to risk your life to idiots with guns and attitude? Shopping across the border--both borders!--was once a major source of economic activity.

More proof that we do actually live within a prison, not unlike the one the Russians had:

While trying to LEAVE the USA....
                 Dr Peter Watts, Canadian science fiction writer, beaten and arrested at US border


http://www.boingboing.net/2009/12/11/dr-peter-watts-canad.html
POSTED AT 8:26 AM December 11, 2009

Dr Peter Watts, Canadian science fiction writer, beaten and arrested at US border

My friend, the wonderful sf writer Peter Watts was beaten without provocation and arrested by US border guards on Tuesday. I heard about it early Wednesday morning in London and called Cindy Cohn, the legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She worked her contacts to get in touch with civil rights lawyers in Michigan, and we mobilized with Caitlin Sweet (Peter's partner) and David Nickle (Peter's friend) and Peter was arraigned and bailed out later that day.

But now Peter faces a felony rap for "assaulting a federal officer" (Peter and the witness in the car say he didn't do a thing, and I believe them). Defending this charge will cost a fortune, and an inadequate defense could cost Peter his home, his livelihood and his liberty.

Peter's friends are raising money for his legal defense. I just sent him CAD$1,000, because this is absolutely my biggest nightmare: imprisoned in a foreign country for a trumped-up offense against untouchable border cops. I would want my friends to help me out if it ever happened to me.

Update: Here's more from Peter, in his own words: "Along some other timeline, I did not get out of the car to ask what was going on. I did not repeat that question when refused an answer and told to get back into the vehicle. In that other timeline I was not punched in the face, pepper-sprayed, shit-kicked, handcuffed, thrown wet and half-naked into a holding cell for three fucking hours, thrown into an even colder jail cell overnight, arraigned, and charged with assaulting a federal officer, all without access to legal representation (although they did try to get me to waive my Miranda rights. Twice.). Nor was I finally dumped across the border in shirtsleeves: computer seized, flash drive confiscated, even my fucking paper notepad withheld until they could find someone among their number literate enough to distinguish between handwritten notes on story ideas and, I suppose, nefarious terrorist plots. I was not left without my jacket in the face of Ontario's first winter storm, after all buses and intercity shuttles had shut down for the night.

"In some other universe I am warm and content and not looking at spending two years in jail for the crime of having been punched in the face."

Sf writer David Nickle writes,

    Hugo-award-nominated science fiction author Dr. Peter Watts is in serious legal trouble after he was beaten, pepper-sprayed and imprisoned by American border guards at a Canada U.S. border crossing December 8. This is a call to friends, fans and colleagues to help.

    Peter, a Canadian citizen, was on his way back to Canada after helping a friend move house to Nebraska over the weekend. He was stopped at the border crossing at Port Huron, Michigan by U.S. border police for a search of his rental vehicle. When Peter got out of the car and questioned the nature of the search, the gang of border guards subjected him to a beating, restrained him and pepper sprayed him. At the end of it, local police laid a felony charge of assault against a federal officer against Peter. On Wednesday, he posted bond and walked across the border to Canada in shirtsleeves (he was released by Port Huron officials with his car and possessions locked in impound, into a winter storm that evening). He's home safe. For now. But he has to go back to Michigan to face the charge brought against him.

    The charge is spurious. But it's also very serious. It could mean two years in prison in the United States, and a ban on travel in that country for the rest of Peter's life. Peter is mounting a vigorous defense, but it's going to be expensive - he's effectively going up against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and he needs the best legal help that he can get.

    He's got that help, courtesy of one of the top criminal lawyers in the State of Michigan. We, Peter's friends and colleagues here in Canada, want to make sure he gets the help he needs financially to come out of this nightmare whole.

    The need for that help is real. While Peter is a critically successful science fiction writer, he is by no means a best-selling author. Without help, the weight of his legal fees could literally put him on the street by spring.

    We can't let that happen. So there's going to be fundraising.

    We're going to think of something suitable in the New Year - but immediately, anyone who wants to help can do so easily. Peter's website, rifters.com, has a link to a PayPal account, whimsically named the Niblet Memorial Kibble Fund. He set it up years ago for fans of the Hugo-nominated novel Blindsight and his Rifters books, to cover veterinary bills for the cats he habitually rescues from the mean streets of Toronto. Peter has made it clear that he doesn't want to use the veterinary money to cover his lawsuit. But until we can figure out a more graceful conduit for the legal fund, that's the best place to send donations for now. Just let Peter know that the donation's for his legal defense, and that's where it will go.

    Here's the link to the backlist page on Peter's website, rifters.com, or you can just send a PayPal donation to donate@rifters.com.

    The link to the Niblet Memorial Kibble Fund is in the middle of the page. The page also links to Creative Commons editions of all his published work, which he's made available free. Peter would approve, we think, if you downloaded one or two or all of them. Whether you make a donation to the legal fund or not.

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« Reply #4 on: 2009-December-14 02:27:22 PM »

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/044651.html

The Regime’s Heroic Border Guards in Action
Posted by William Grigg on December 11, 2009 05:36 PM

Crossing the border of a totalitarian state — in either direction — is an experience fraught with visceral anxiety.

Finding himself in the unwanted company of humorless, heavily armed goons of dubious competence and abysmal intelligence, the traveler is vividly aware that he can be arrested, imprisoned, beaten, or even shot at whim.


The best thing to do in such circumstances, travelers are told, is to assume a posture of utter servility, meekly and quietly enduring whatever indignity inflicted on them until they are safely through the border checkpoint.

Judging by the recent behavior of the valiant cadres of the  heroic Border Guards Directorate, it becomes clear that the U.S. is rapidly descending into undisguised totalitarianism.

Last Tuesday (December 8 ), Dr. Peter Watts, a Hugo-nominated science fiction author from Toronto, was severely beaten, pepper-sprayed, arrested, interrogated, and otherwise abused by Border Patrol agents.

    “If you buy into the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum physics, there must be a parallel universe in which I crossed the US/Canadian border without incident last Tuesday,” writes Dr. Watts. “In some other dimension, I was not waved over by a cluster of border guards who swarmed my car like army ants for no apparent reason; or perhaps they did, and I simply kept my eyes downcast and refrained from asking questions.”

    “Along some other timeline, I did not get out of the car to ask what was going on,” Dr. Watts continues:

    “I did not repeat that question when refused an answer and told to get back into the vehicle. In that other timeline I was not punched in the face, pepper-sprayed, sh*t-kicked, handcuffed, thrown wet and half-naked into a holding cell for three f*****g hours, thrown into an even colder jail cell overnight, arraigned, and charged with assaulting a federal officer, all without access to legal representation (although they did try to get me to waive my Miranda rights. Twice.). Nor was I finally dumped across the border in shirtsleeves: computer seized, flash drive confiscated, even my f****g paper notepad withheld until they could find someone among their number literate enough to distinguish between handwritten notes on story ideas and, I suppose, nefarious terrorist plots. I was not left without my jacket in the face of Ontario’s first winter storm, after all buses and intercity shuttles had shut down for the night.”

    “In some other universe I am warm and content and not looking at spending two years in jail for the crime of having been punched in the face,” he concludes. “But that is not this universe.”

In the universe we’re sentenced to live in, Dr. Watts, like many, many other innocent people, has been charged with “assaulting” the sacred personage of a federal officer for the offense of being on the receiving end of a criminal assault by that officer and his cohorts (remember, the bold and brave “men” in law enforcement always operate in packs).

This kind of arbitrary, lawless violence can occur anytime anyone — including a U.S. citizen — encounters the Border Patrol. And the danger is not limited to the border: Witness the experience of Pastor Steven Anderson of Tempe, Arizona, who was tased, beaten, and arrested by Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint set up dozens of miles inside the southern border with Mexico.

Iris Cooper of Patagonia, Arizona recently had an unpleasant — if less violent — run-in with the Border Patrol. While driving to school at the Pima Medical Institute in Tucson, she realized that she had forgotten her books. Spying a Border Patrol checkpoint in the near distance, Cooper decided to take the risk of turning around to retrieve her books, knowing that this action might provoke suspicion.

Stop and think about what it says about our circumstances that avoiding a warrantless checkpoint is considered “probable cause” for the purpose of conducting a search.

Sure enough, Border Patrol agents and police pursued and stopped Cooper. She was pulled from her car, handcuffed, and detained for a half an hour while a K-9 unit conducted a warrantless search of her vehicle.

Despite being handcuffed and forbidden to leave, Cooper was told that she wasn’t under arrest. The handcuffs, she was told, were “part of the procedure.” This was a lie, of course: An arrest occurs any time a citizen is detained by any law enforcement officer. This includes traffic stops.

According to the Border Patrol, the increasingly theoretical protections offered by the Fourth Amendment are subject to “exceptions” for the purpose of border enforcement. This creates what some have called a “Constitution-free zone” within a 100-mile-wide strip surrounding the continental U.S. As the ACLU has pointed out, two-thirds of the U.S. population resides within that formal “Constitution-free zone.”

As I’ve noted before, the border enforcement regime supposedly intended to keep foreigners out can also be used to  pen us in. Many conservatives — including some who apparently despise foreigners more than they cherish freedom — forgot that principle during the reign of Bush the Dumber. Perhaps their perspective will change now that Barack the Blessed is on the throne, and the walls are closing in.
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« Reply #5 on: 2010-June-09 03:52:00 PM »

Is “our” country’s “security” so fucking precious that it requires the death of a 15 year old boy because he has brown skin?

END THE VIOLENCE--END THE PROHIBITIONS


http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_15251372
Update: 15-year old shot and killed by Border Patrol agent near Paso del Norte Bridge
By Maggie Ybarra / El Paso Times

Posted: 06/08/2010 01:45:08 PM MDT



 
A body, lies under the area known as "Puente Negro", below Paso del Norte international bridge, Juárez Downtown. (Special to the Times)
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A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot a Mexican teenage boy to death apparently... (Special to the Times)

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EL PASO - The 14-year-old boy shot dead by a Border Patrol agent near the Paso del Norte bridge was part of a group that entered the United States illegally, agency administrators said today.

Special Operation Supervisor Ramiro Cordero said border patrol agents on bikes were assaulted Monday night by rock-throwing members of the group. He said members of the group entered the United States through a gap in the border fence.
They threw rocks at agents, Cordero said. Then one of the agents fired at the group.

Chihuahua state officials said today that the boy shot dead was Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca, a Mexican national. They asked for a full investigation of the shooting.

The agent who shot Huereca had a .40-caliber pistol on him. He may have had additional weapons, too, Cordero said.

"Every agent is issued a .40-caliber pistol and available to us is a series of long arms and that includes shotguns and machine guns, and on top of that pepper spray and tasers," he said.

Agents only have access to weapons that they have been trained to use and they go through training quarterly, Cordero said.
The Border Patrol did not identify the agent who fired. He has been placed on paid leave, Cordero said.

The Mexican Secretary of State today condemned the death.

Mexican officials said they want the U.S. to conduct a full investigation into the events that prompted the shooting.

The use of firearms in response to a rock attack is a "disproportionate use of  force," officials said.

The number of Mexican nationals who have been killed or injured by border agents has increased in the last few years from five in 2008 to 12 in 2009.

There have been 17 Mexican nationals killed or injured during the first six months of 2010, officials said.

Monitor www.elpasotimes.com  for updates.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_15252592?source=pkg
Border Patrol agent who shot and killed 15-year-old boy fired gun several times
Maggie Ybarra / El Paso Times
Posted: 06/08/2010 02:48:44 PM MDT

The Border Patrol agent who shot a 15-year-old boy near the Paso del Norte bridge Monday fired his gun several times, FBI officials said.

Earlier reports stated that the boy was 14 years old, but Chihuahua state police corrected his age Tuesday afternoon.

The agent shot at a group of Mexican nationals who had illegally crossed into the U.S. about 6:30 p.m. after they surrounded him and threw rocks at him, said Special Agent Andrea Simmons, spokeswoman for the FBI in El Paso.
Simmons said he had been with other agents but was by himself at the time of the shooting.

The agents were responding to a report of a group of suspected illegal aliens being smuggled into the U.S. There were three agents who responded, she said.

Two Mexican nationals were detained by the agents and the rest were given verbal commands to the rest of the group to stop and retreat. Instead, they surrounded the agent and threw rocks at him, Simmons said.
That's when the agent opened fire, she said.

Chihuahua state officials said today that the boy shot and killed by the agent was Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca. They asked for a full investigation of the shooting.


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« Reply #6 on: 2010-June-09 04:31:03 PM »

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100609/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/border_patrol_shooting
FBI: Mexicans chased away US agents after shooting
 
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AP – Mexican forensic experts examine the body of 14 year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca under the Paso …
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By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN and OLIVIA TORRES, Associated Press Writers Christopher Sherman And Olivia Torres, Associated Press Writers

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Pointing their rifles, Mexican security forces chased away U.S. authorities investigating the shooting of a 15-year-old Mexican by a U.S. Border Patrol agent on the banks of the Rio Grande, the FBI and witnesses told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The killing of the Mexican by U.S. authorities — the second in less than two weeks — has exposed the distrust between the two countries that lies just below the surface, and has enraged Mexicans who see the death of the boy on Mexican soil as an act of murder.

Shortly after the boy was shot, Mexican soldiers arrived at the scene and pointed their guns at the Border Patrol agents across the riverbank while bystanders screamed insults and hurled rocks and firecrackers, FBI spokeswoman Andrea Simmons said. She said the agents were forced to withdraw.

"It pretty quickly got very intense over on the Mexican side," she said, adding that FBI agents showed up later and resumed the investigation, even as Mexican authorities pointed guns at them from across the river.

A relative of the dead boy who had been playing with him told the AP that the Mexicans — who he described as federal police, not soldiers — pointed their guns only when the Americans waded into the mud in an apparent attempt to cross into Mexico.

The Mexican authorities accused the Americans of trying to recover evidence from Mexican soil and threatened to kill them if they crossed the border, prompting both sides to draw their guns, said the 16-year-old boy who asked not to be further identified for fear of reprisal.

The confrontation occurred Monday night over the body of Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka, who died of his wounds beside the column of a railroad bridge connecting Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

Each government has made veiled accusations suggesting misconduct on the part of the other's law enforcement agents.

Hernandez was found 20 feet (six meters) into Mexico, and an autopsy revealed that the fatal shot was fired at a relatively close range, according to Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the Chihuahua state attorney general's office. Mexican authorities said a .40 caliber shell casing was found near the body, suggesting that the Border Patrol agent might have crossed into Mexico to shoot the boy.

That would violate the rules for Border Patrol agents, who are supposed to stay on the U.S. side — and could open the agent to a Mexican homicide prosecution.

A U.S. official close to the investigation told the AP that authorities have a video showing that the Border Patrol agent did not cross into Mexico. ["Trust me, I'm from the government--the same government that killed the Davidians..."] In fact, the official said, the video shows what appear to be members of Mexican law enforcement crossing onto the U.S. side, picking something up and returning to Mexico. The official was not cleared to speak about the video and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Alejandro Pariente, Chihuahua state's regional deputy attorney general, said the U.S. Border Patrol has given him video which he is reviewing. He declined to describe it except to say that it has sped up the investigation.

The two killings have provoked anger in Mexico like no other recent controversy surrounding immigration, including Arizona's new law making it a state crime to be an illegal immigrant and President Obama's decision to send the National Guard to the border.
Although many Mexicans were unhappy with both initiatives, popular and official reaction had been subdued, in contrast to street protests seen in previous years when the U.S. has cracked down on the border. Many Mexicans have since given up hope for a quick solution to the immigration problem, while other issues including growing drug violence have taken center stage in relations between the two countries.

That has started to change with the back-to-back deaths of two Mexicans at the border: the teenager killed Monday, and migrant Anastasio Hernandez, 42, who died after a Customs and Border Protection officer shocked him with a stun gun at the San Ysidro border crossing that separates San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. Anastasio Hernandez, who had lived in the U.S. since he was 14, was buried in San Diego on Wednesday.

Mexican news media were filled with images of the 15-year-old's bloody body and his grieving relatives. One tabloid ran a large photograph on its cover, with the banner headline "Grindaderas," salty slang that roughly translates as "things Americans do."

Mexican President Felipe Calderon pledged to "use all resources available to protect the rights of Mexican migrants," and his foreign secretary, Patricia Espinosa, said Mexico wasn't taking the Americans' word that the Border Patrol agent had been defending himself from rock-throwers when he opened fire.

Chihuahua state Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza blamed the two killings on racism fueled by Arizona's law.

"We believe that this killing, the second in recent days in the border between the two countries, is due to xenophobia and racism, derived from the approval of Arizona's anti-immigration law," Reyes said.

Meanwhile, the Border Patrol released statistics showing that assaults on agents along the border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, were on pace to far exceed totals in the previous four years.

In the past seven months, Border Patrol agents in the El Paso sector have been assaulted 33 times, compared with 39 times in the entire previous year. Twenty-nine of those incidents were rock-throwing, compared to 31 such incidents in all of fiscal 2009.

That's what happened Monday night, when suspected illegal immigrants who ran back to Mexico began throwing rocks at Border Patrol agents detaining other immigrants, Simmons said.

At least one rock came from behind the agent, who was kneeling beside a suspected illegal immigrant whom he was holding prone on the ground, Simmons said. The agent told the rock throwers to stop, then fired his weapon several times, hitting the boy, she said. The FBI is leading the investigation because it involves an assault on a federal officer.

The agent was not injured, Simmons said.

T.J. Bonner, president of the union representing Border Patrol agents, said rock throwing aimed at Border Patrol agents is common and capable of causing serious injury.

"It is a deadly force encounter, one that justifies the use of deadly force," Bonner said.
Mexicans ridiculed that stance.

"Let's say that Anastasio and Sergio Adrian attacked the border agents, one with his fists and the other with rocks," columnist Manuel Jauregui wrote in the newspaper Reforma. "Does that mean that killing them was the only valid option?"


How would YOU like to live & work in a place for 26 years and then be tossed into Mexico?

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/jun/09/mexican-agents-witnessed-taser-incident
Mexican agents witnessed Taser incident
By Leslie Berestein, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 2 a.m.

SAN YSIDRO — As San Diego police seek witnesses to a May 28 incident in which federal officers used a Taser stun gun on a man at the San Ysidro border crossing, an official with Mexico’s national immigration agency has said agents posted on the south side observed the man being hit and asked their U.S. colleagues to stop.

Francisco Javier Reynoso Nuño, the Baja California delegate for Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Migracíon, said two Mexican immigration agents saw the incident. Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, 42, a pool-construction worker who lived in Encanto, was declared brain-dead the next day.

The Taser shooting occurred after Hernandez, who was being sent back to Mexico, began fighting with Border Patrol officers as they removed him from a van. Batons were used to subdue him, San Diego police said.

Reynoso said the two Mexican agents, whose names are being withheld, said they saw “a tremendous beating” and electric shocks. By the agents’ accounts, there were as many as 20 U.S. officers involved.

Lt. Kevin Rooney of the San Diego Police Department’s homicide unit, which is investigating, said the number was “nowhere near that,” though just how many is still unclear. Rooney said all those involved have remained on the job.

Hernandez, who arrived in the United States illegally as a juvenile, had lived in San Diego for 26 years, relatives said. Funeral services are planned for today.

“If there is anybody out there, citizens that might have witnessed it … I encourage those to come forward,” Rooney said. “We can do the interview in San Diego or Tijuana.”

The San Diego police homicide unit can be reached at (619) 531-2293.

Migrant's stun gun death ruled a homicide

Wed Jun 2, 9:48PM PT - Channel 8 San Diego 3:09 | 9483 views

The death of an illegal immigrant Tasered by the Border Patrol has been ruled a homicide.
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« Reply #7 on: 2010-September-04 01:14:03 PM »

http://tuccille.blogspot.com/2010/04/border-guards-rough-up-another-canadian.html

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Border guards rough up another Canadian

"Was that a threat?"

That's how U.S. border guards at the Lewiston Bridge border crossing responded to a Canadian shopper when, exasperated by the abusive treatment afforded to him and his wife, he asked, "what are you going to do? Shoot me?"

Moments later, the couple were in handcuffs, with American officials insisting that they'd been threatened and assaulted. Fortunately, the Canadian man -- identified only as "qtronman" on YouTube -- had recorded the incident, and he later uploaded the recording, so we know the border agents are lying. [See link below]

The couple were on their way to a mall in Niagara Falls, in the United States, when they were ordered out of their car by a U.S. border guard -- apparently because they didn't care for the Canadians' impatient tone when they couldn't name the specific stores they'd be visiting.

Throughout the exchange leading to the arrest, the Canadian man comes across as exasperated but cooperative -- not out-of-line for a person dealing with other adults he considers to be acting in an abusive and irrational way. He didn't bow and scrape, though, which may have antagonized the border guards.

The officials, on the other hand, sound provocative, and even as if they're enjoying their use of authority.

Official: "We don't need any grounds."

Shopper: "Well, that's ridiculous."

Official: "That's the United States. I'm sorry. I don't know what to tell you."

Shopper: "You don't need any grounds for your actions?"

Official: "Absolutely not."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEfOKaUIBj0&feature=player_embedded


In related news, Peter Watts, a Canadian scientist and science fiction writer, has been fined roughly $1,500 by a U.S. court after he was roughed up by U.S. officials at a border crossing in Michigan.

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