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The Border Crisis Drama is ...

       Private Military Forces (PMF's) a.k.a. Private Military Corporations (PMC's) gaining leverage (gaming) to pry loose some or all of that $ 1.6 Bn porkbarrel announced today to be into Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California under the umbrellas of Dept. Homelland Security and Dept. Justice along with another $ 1.3 Bn porkbarrel going into the total $ 3.7 billion in funds to address what is called a “humanitarian crisis” brought on by a wave of immigrants from Central America. The funds will go to expanding detention facilities and further militarizing the border with Mexico. The $3.7 billion figure is a significant increase from the $2 billion the administration had told newspapers it would be requesting.

       When we say, "Obama is appeasing his critics..." what we mean is the entire federal government is finding new, creative and innovative ways to funnel profit to the corporate complex of financial-investment-real estate-medical-military-school-prison-transportation/logistics-pharmacological-agricultural-construction-legal-public relations-lobbying-interstate-child-care-trafficking industry (yes, it's all one industry! in the neoliberal globalization model brought to us by Hayek-Friedman-Chicago Boys economics club).

       A huge winner in this gameshow is Elbit Systems as you will find out if you just read this brief article here, here, here, here, here, here, and of course here wherein we find the story of an obscure Israeli transnational PMF/PMC that has been doing western hemisphere business in North America from the Canal Zone to the Canada line since the 1980's using battle-tested items straight from Palestine & Gaza to this continent.  Elbit, in April 2014, beat out many contenders for the $142.5 Million Integrated Fixed Tower platform and program that SAIC, DRS Technologies, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics all wanted to be paid for by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)which wanted tried and tested systems, real-word experience guarding a border like the one between Israel and Palestinian.

If it's not the Israelis, then its the Brits or some other flavor of Corporate Cajun Cayenne Camping Chicken Couscous Cuisine done up as a smorgasbord of mind bending emerging technology like FAST that was highlighted in Nature, the weekly, international, interdisciplinary journal of science May 27, 2011.  Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) Project has been in development since before publication of this December 15, 2008 U.S. Dept. Homeland Security project, sponsored by the Science & Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) and executed under the oversight of DHS S&T’s Human Factors Behavior Sciences Division, that seeks to develop people screening technologies that will enable security officials to test the effectiveness of current screening methods at evaluating suspicious behaviors and judging the implications of those behaviors. -- When we say "people screening", we mean profiling in a most invasively zero personal privacy way  ;-)  (just sayin').

        Designed for airports, there is no reason we cannot use this mind screening device on, well, anybody, including me, you and the fine children pouring across our southern borders along with all the good-hearted volunteers already streaming breathlessly into the southwest to lend a hand privately carting these kids hither, thither, and yon, through airports or wherever, criss-crossing this nation a hundred times or more, from sea to shining sea and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canada side. ---- What a cluster-f&%(k


       Yes, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S. 744, did Pass in U.S. Senate a year ago, 6-27-2013, with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 68 - 32 (Record Vote Number: 168) and many people are upset that it is not being voted in the House of Representatives. But think of how Elbit Systems has rushed from a few million dollars of business to just one deal that was tagged at $ 142.5 Million (0.1425 Billion). And add in all the "opportunities" to escalate the grave situation(s) on the southern U.S. border (as in S. 744 the "Southern Border" is language repeatedly used) just waiting for someone to say, "Well, but... but... but... what about the Northern Border?" (a.k.a. "mission creep")! --- Gosh, Elbit Systems will need at least $ 750 Million to $ 1,893 Million, or some such other astronomical number, to Patrol the Northern Border.  It really is not a far-fetched scenario for The Border Crisis Drama now entertaining us all and distracting us from investing in truly public good. Clean water for all, Food for all, Housing for all, Sanitation for all, Health services for all including Dental and Vision services, Education for all, Employment for all, Living wages for all.

       We can stop (see Map) U.S. military deployments in these African countries, and use the money here to rebuild the U.S.

       Will Dallas really school all those kids this fall?  Who will pay for that?  We can but will we or will the money go to those Private Military Forces (PMF's) a.k.a. Private Military Corporations (PMC's) gaining leverage (gaming) to pry loose some or all of that $ 3.7 billion porkbarrel?

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  •  Meanwhile... (0+ / 0-)

    Mexico made deal to send more illegal aliens to the U.S.

    On Monday, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina held a joint press conference in Playas de Catazaja, Mexico, to officially announce an agreement to make it easier for those making the illegal journey to the United States from Central America, to cross into Mexico.
    •  yeah - too bad they did not go to Dallas yesterday (0+ / 0-)
    •  Not so sure about that (0+ / 0-)

      Looking at some of the Spanish language media reports they are planning on doing things to try to hold migrants at the southern border between Mexico and Guatemala, and turn them back (repatriate them) to their own countries.

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 08:27:55 AM PDT

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      •  I would love confirmation (1+ / 0-)
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        of what the truth is. Unfortunately I don't read much Spanish.

        •  Nor do I read much Spanish (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm relying on Google to help translate. Not only is coverage in English pretty limited - and found largely on RW and anti-immigration sites; but even the coverage in Spanish language media is rather sparse. It's obviously not the most important topic in their news cycles. Depth of coverage not helped by the fact there was s sizeable quake affecting both their countries at the very time they were meeting to announce all this stuff, so the quake took up a bunch of column inches, too.

          From what I can piece together with various articles, they are focusing on reducing crime and violence along the border, tightening up border crossings, re-tooling their detention centers to better cope with unaccompanied children, and collecting demographic and biometric data on people moving across the border so they can identify them. The "extended" stay of 72 hours already exists for a very narrow strip along the border (presumably so people who have work, family or other business can come and go as needed?), but the distance is now being expanded to the full "states" along the border so they can utilize facilities while they are doing this. A number of articles quoting Nieto refer to what will be happening in the detention centers and shelters as care that will be provided before people are "repatriated" - which means sent home., not given an express ticket to the US border. Some seem to suggest there might be work permits for Guatemalans who want to work in Mexico; and a few strongly hinted that there would be US support (funding?) for some of these actions.

          “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

          by Catte Nappe on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 10:11:44 AM PDT

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      •  From La Jornada: (1+ / 0-)
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        Sorry, cannot find it online: La Jornada, 26 Junio 2014, page 12 (translated)

        a bill has been introduced in the Chamber of Deputies to slightly change Mexican immigration laws, to allow the issuance of visitor visas for “humanitarian reasons”.  

        As “temporary residents”, refugees headed for the United States, visa holders could travel openly on public transit and would be eligible for protections while within the country.  

        The Mexican immigration service is researching the possibility of opening refugee transit centers and hostels.

        Other countries in the region have been accepting refugees from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala for several years.

        When there are disasters or displacements, other countries take in refugees. The United States should do likewise, particularly since our policies are involved in one degree or another with causing problems there.

        The UN has stated that these people are displaced refugees.

        The governments of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have a "clear humanitarian situation on the ground," said Leslie Vélez, Senior Protection Officer of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

        She said this was clearly the case since the "displacement" was first seen internally within these countries and only afterward did it spread to neighboring countries, not just the U.S.

        Between 2012 and 2013, Nicaragua saw a 238 percent increase in asylum applications from children and families fleeing neighboring countries. Honduras has the world's highest homicide rate and El Salvador and Guatemala also wrestle with high levels of gang violence and organized crime.

        Greg Chen, of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association (AILA) swiftly criticized proposals to change a 2008 law allowing children who crossed the border from countries other than Mexico or Canada to stay in the U.S. pending a legal review. These were laws enacted after a great deal of bipartisan debate, said Chen, and were intended to keep children safe from trafficking. "The U.S. needs to show leadership on protection."

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 12:48:54 PM PDT

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        •  Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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          And it still sounds like they are trying to address the situation there in Mexico, not expedite refugees' transfer to the northern border and into the US, which many sites are now claiming (mostly all linking back to that initial Examiner article)

          “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

          by Catte Nappe on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 01:34:54 PM PDT

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    •  Frightens you, doesn't it? n/t (0+ / 0-)

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 11:10:43 AM PDT

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  •  Oh yes...there will be fascism. (0+ / 0-)

    I am enjoying the fact that Bush created this mess.

    Legal means "good".
    [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

    by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 05:49:56 AM PDT

    •  Reagan, Not Bush f'd Salvador-Guatemala-Honduras (0+ / 0-)

           The Death Squads funded by Reagan using money coerced from U.S. citizens in the form of required income tax collections assassinated 65,000 people of whom, on 3-16-1984, U.S. combat photojournalist John Hoagland was but one. The Death Squads' sons became the gangs the Bush cartel considered hiring to do dirty work in Iraq. The Death Squads' grandchildren are, in their desperation, now immigrating into the U.S. because the continuing policies of the oligarchs that the U.S. has backed consistently since Reagan in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has made peaceful life in those countries impossible. Obama is the most recent POTUS who has refused to make certain that the Regan-incited wars in the southernmost region of North America stop. The consequence of flinty U.S. resolve to protect the power of the oligarchy is that at least 40,000 minors in the past six months have fled into the U.S.

            "... Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever. Commerce between master and slave is despotism. Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Establish a law for educating the common people. This it is the business of the state and on a general plan."  --Thomas Jefferson, Panel Three, Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
              The U.S. nationalists today who adamantly want to incarcerate and deport the refugees that brave La Bestia (El tren de los desconocidos), the U.S. deserts, the coyotes, the cartels that emigrate from their partners' states controlled by the nationalists of that southern region should be declared anathema making impossible the morality of any U.S. policy toward these minors and their parents, whether domestic or foreign and not something to enjoy.

               Here are documented several reasons we must oppose the militarization of the U.S. states on the northern side of the border with the United States of Mexico. click 'n' read: 1. https://web.archive.org/...
      2. http://www.counterpunch.org/...
      3. http://www.washingtonpost.com/...
      4. http://content.time.com/...
      5. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/...
      6. http://www.pbs.org/...
      7. http://www.pbs.org/...
      8. http://people.wku.edu/...

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