Saturday, July 30, 2016

News, Good And Bad, In The Obama Regime War On The Border Patrol

The Obama Regime and its Cultural Marxist allies, as part of its ongoing war on immigration law enforcement, has been particularly targeting the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) and the men who make up the cadre of Border Patrol Agents (BPA) with a campaign, a war,  of harassment and intimidation.  And I quite deliberately mean the men of the USBP, as although there are female BPAs, they don't do much besides pander to special demands illegal alien women.  

Much of the attack on immigration law enforcement is directed at use-of-force incidents, e.g. shootings by mostly BPAs, but including some Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPOs). Note that there are few complaints about ICE SVU agents involved in shooting, but that's because HSI is out of the immigration enforcement business. The resulting investigations always show that allegations against BPAs and CBPOs are baseless and politically motivated, often resulting in not guilty verdicts if charged.

For immigration patriots, there is some good news as, yet again, false allegations against Border Patrol Agents involved in shootings have been exposed and the innocent Agents exonerated.

Border officials for the first time have publicly released the conclusions of internal investigations of agents who opened fire while on duty, ruling that officers had acted properly in four shootings.
The reviews were conducted by an internal panel that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service set up to address a troubling pattern of agents’ use of deadly force, according to a summary of the reviews published online Thursday.
Fourteen other shootings are still being investigated.
[Border Officials Clear Agents In Four Deadly-Force Cases, Brian Bennett, LAT, June 30, 2016]

It must have been particularly galling for the LAT to admit that the shooting it hyped just a year ago, were justified shootings, as anyone with any knowledge of police shootings would know.  The LAT wanted its own Michael Brown case from the Border Patrol, but, as in the Brown shooting, the LAT was barking up the wrong tree, and trying to sell papers by inciting a race war.  And, undoubtedly those other 14 shooting investigations will have the same result.

In the bad news department, the disgraced R. Gil Kerlikowske has appointed a retired Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) agent to head the Border Patrol.  The LAT is crowing that this is a blow to the Border Patrol and because of the shooting non-problem.

A senior FBI official was named chief of the long-troubled U.S. Border Patrol on Monday in an effort to curb abuses, investigate corruption and improve discipline within the 21,000-member force. 
Mark Morgan, who heads the FBI training division, is the first outsider to lead the Border Patrol in its 92-year history.
He inherits a force under fire for ignoring or downplaying shootings of unarmed people and other abuses by agents, and of doing too little to stem corruption by drug cartels, smugglers and other criminals.
[In An Attempt To Stem Abuses, The Border Patrol Gets A New Chief — From The FBI, by Brian Bennett, June 20, 2016]

This appointment will be a massive failure, as Border Patrol Agents, from the field to senior management will thwart Morgan at every turn.  Morgan has no experience in uniformed law enforcement, and none in immigration law enforcement.  Clearly he was appointed to jamb the Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty down the throat of the Border Patrol, to enable and expand the return of the much discredited Catch-and-Release policy, with the ultimate goal being the election of a new people.  There will be massive resistance to Morgan, as he knows nothing about the Border Patrol, its mission, its traditions, and has never made an immigration arrest, or been "rocked" by illegal aliens.  What will be interesting is whether he will wear the Border Patrol uniform, not having ever completed the Border Patrol Academy.  My guess he will be the first Chief to wear a suit instead of the uniform.

In any event, their is no need for Morgan and his reforms, as the recent findings of Kerlikowske's own National Use of Force Review Board has proved that no reforms or reformers are necessary, just as investigations into the shooting of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Tamir Rice proved it was not the cop's fault in those famous shootings of dangerous and violent black men.

In the bad news department, the Obama Regime is desperate to convict an innocent Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Schwartz, who also shot at a Mexican thug throwing rocks at Border Patrol Agents and local Nogales, AZ, police officers in an effort to cover drug and alien smuggling attempts.  The Regime is so desperate, it is demanding that  a statement that Swartz gave under compulsion be used against him during his trial.  The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution is quite clear, no man may be compelled to be a witness against himself, but the Obama Regime, in a combination of its war on cops, subservience to the Mexican government, and a contempt for what it believes is a "White slave-holder's Constitution, wants to destroy the right against self-incrimination, just as it wants to destroy the First and Second Amendments.  In the case of Schwartz, he was compelled to make a statement regarding the shooting and the Obama Regime want to use that statement in violation of his Fifth Amendment rights and current Supreme Court decisions regarding workplace compelled statements, Kalkines v United States.  Just more evidence of the transformation that Obama promised, transformation into a nation where the people have no rights.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Border Patrol agent indicted for the fatal shooting of a Mexican teen through the gaps of a border fence threw up after the shooting and said people were throwing rocks and struck a police dog...
According to the documents, Swartz said people were throwing rocks from the other side of the fence and hit a police dog.
"I shot and there's someone dead in Mexico," he continued, and produced and empty ammunition magazine from his pocket, according to court records...
U.S. District Court Judge Raner C. Collins has scheduled an Aug. 23 hearing on the admissibility of Swartz's initial statements and his responses to further questions from Cruz-Mendez. Prosecutors have argued that they should be admissible but Swartz's lawyers say they should be suppressed.
Swartz's attorneys say the agent was compelled to answer them to avoid disciplinary sanctions, including the possibility of being fired.
[New Details Emerge In Fatal Border Shooting Of Mexican Teen, by Associated Press,, July 26, 2016]

Given the four years plus since the incident and the demand to use protected statements, the Regime is desperate to get a conviction.  If the Obama Regime had the evidence that Schwartz was guilty, they would not need this innocuous statement that was merely factual.  But it does show that there is no length that the Obama regime will not go to in its effort to convict an obviously innocent man, just as it went to desperate lengths to investigate George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson.

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