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  •  I'm talking of a few (0+ / 0-)

    whose conduct actually warrants far closer investigation for a much wider range of abuses.

    What impugns the integrity of tens of thousands of officers who honorably conduct their duties every day is your quickness to stand with the very worst examples of your profession.

    And last I looked, you work for the American people, not the other way around. If we second-guess what you or how you do it, you'll listen up and you'll like it.

    Lynch mob partipants volunteered, too.

    by cskendrick on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 01:32:57 PM PST

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    •  "the very worst" misinformation (0+ / 0-)

      The worst of the profession:

      Disla was employed as a CBP officer assigned to the Miami International Airport from January 2007 through March 28, 2007, in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Disla agreed to transport multi-kilogram amounts of heroin and cocaine from Puerto Rico to either New York or Miami.

      On Feb. 9, 2007, Disla delivered 10 kilograms of purported cocaine to individuals in Hallandale, Fla. While transporting the sham cocaine through the Luis Munoz Marin Airport in Puerto Rico and Miami International Airport, Disla used his law enforcement authority to bypass security.  On March 28, 2007, Disla was arrested in Puerto Rico having received duffel bags containing 25 kilograms of sham cocaine and 20 kilograms of sham heroin from undercover agents with the Puerto Rico Police Department assigned to the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Task Force. (link)

      A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was convicted last month of accepting sexual favors from a Canadian woman who owned a Vancouver escort service in exchange for repeatedly allowing her to cross the U.S.–Canadian border at Blaine, Washington, without checking her car for contraband.
      "The woman, who testified at trial, brought numerous large loads of BC Bud marijuana across the border by coordinating with Bastian as to which lane he was working so she could avoid detection," said a U.S. Department of Justice statement issued January 24. "The woman bragged to her drug conspirators that she had a connection at the border which allowed her to easily get the drugs into the U.S." (link)

      Two Supervisory Border Patrol Agents – Mario Alvarez and Samuel McClaren – have each been sentenced to more than six years in prison for taking more than $186,000 in bribes from an alien smuggling organization. In July, the pair pled guilty in federal court in San Diego to one count of bribery and one count of filing false tax returns. They were sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge John A. Houston.

      In their plea agreement, Alvarez and McClaren admitted to helping smuggle aliens into the El Centro Border Patrol Sector by releasing illegal aliens from CBP custody to members of the smuggling ring in exchange for cash, and by releasing previously apprehended members of the smuggling ring, who were also illegal aliens, from Department of Homeland Security custody in exchange for cash payments.

      The alleged ringleader of the smuggling organization – Javier Sanchez Perfino, age 28 – was arrested last week on conspiracy and smuggling charges. The ring purportedly smuggled up to 60 to 80 people per day from Mexico into the U.S. for a fee of $1,500 per person. Perfino is being held without bond. (link)


      When a lawyer for someone deported for attempting to enter the US without a visa (canceled by the State Department) accuses CBP officers of "groping" her, kossasks are happy to jump up and allege sexual abuse. No thought is given to the definition of "grope" (to search with one's hands) and what that might mean when applied to someone being put on a plane (search for weapons, maybe?). No allowance is given that CBP can't let someone in to work if the DOS won't give her a visa.

      When a "civil rights leader" is deported from the US, kossacks are happy to jump up and allege political motivations. No thought is given to the fact that she'd been convicted of funding terrorism and violated the terms of her last visa (that she not fund raise for terrorist organizations in the U.S.). Hell no: he's a hero in Northern Ireland and CBP should give him free entry to the US anyway.

      Here, we have a man who attempted to enter the US to work on a tourist visa, and kossacks are happy to jump up and allege that CBP engaged in all kinds of human rights abuses from enforcing the law itself to depriving him of sleep while he was in somebody else's custody. No thought is given to what exactly CBP should have done - or if they were present when it happened - given everything they've been told they may NOT do (e.g. trusting him to catch his flight the next morning).

      No, instead, "second-guessing" consists of "speculation" that they did it so they could rob him of the price of plane tickets. No evidence or grounds for suspicion necessary.

      I have a problem with that.

      Some people here feel that we are right to accuse the CBP officers not only of felonies and violations of the Geneva Convention, but to announce that they should be stripped of their citizenship and deported to North Korea.


      Because someone has written a one-sided inflammatory version of events without context or consideration for the contraints put on CBP officers by our laws, our policies and our demands of our politicians.

      Read the comments in this thread and try, if you can, to see them through the lens of an officer who did things by the book and now faces a $500,000 civil lawsuit. The DHS has told you that your defense will be at your cost - they will not cooperate with your attorney - and this group is going to be your jury.

      Now you know why I no longer work for the American public.

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      by opendna on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 03:39:37 PM PST

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