McALLEN – Law enforcement officials and city leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley are preparing for what they say could result in tense moments or violence.
Officials say they received word that members of a militia are threatening to block ports of entry.
In Starr County, international bridge authorities met with Customs and Border Protection officials Thursday. Their goal was to discuss the potential problem and find a plan of action.
Starr County has international bridges in Rio Grande City, Roma and Falcon Dam.
Officials received word that members of a militia plan to protest illegal crossings by blocking traffic on Sept. 20.
Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal said members of the group have a right to express their opinion. His is concerned about the group’s intent, though.
“What can we expect? I don’t know. The unknown becomes an issue that we really got to prepare for,” Villarreal said.
“I’m a 100 percent sure that with the National Guard, with DPS, with Border Patrol and local law enforcement, we’ll communicate and we’ll handle whatever comes,” he said.
“The level of communication that exists doesn’t get talked about enough. It’s an extraordinary amount of communication,” Villarreal said.
Villarreal said he is worried about safety.
“If they’re here to block traffic, to be a hindrance between traffic and the port of entry, that causes a problem. It’s a huge safety issue,” Villarreal said.
Villarreal said blocking international traffic could impact the local economy.
“A port of entry is not just a port of entry for people; it’s also a port of entry for commerce. There are hundreds of millions of dollars that transact at the ports of entry. If their intent is to cause a disruption at a port of entry, it’s not only a matter of people, it’s a matter of commerce as well,” he said.
Villarreal said he is concerned about possible violence.
“I know that the state of Texas provides for them to be able to display their firearms,” he said.
“I’m not going to lie to you; it’s going to make us nervous. We’re not used to seeing firearms being openly displayed,” he said.
Villarreal said even though they’re not familiar with the militia, they plan to be prepared.
“We’ve never dealt with militia here in Starr County. We don’t know what their temperament is or their personality might be. I can tell you that knowing that they might be here … helps us prepare for what ever may come,” he said.
William Binney says intelligence agencies are running government
by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | JULY 30, 2014
NSA whistleblower William Binney is calling for a constitutional convention that would lead to the impeachment and prosecution of Barack Obama and everyone involved in the NSA spying scandal.
Binney, a former NSA employee with the signals intelligence agency within the DoD, told the Alex Jones Show that the mass surveillance of Americans was “destroying the foundation of this country” and that intelligence agencies were now running the government.
Binney likened the current situation to a, “Stasi-run government where the intelligence service basically determines a lot of the policy of the government and that’s what’s happening here – the intelligence community is more or less directing what the government is doing and how they do it.”
Binney said Obama and everyone involved in the NSA spying scandal should be impeached, adding, “We could do it without Washington being involved at all under article five of our constitution….have a state constitutional convention and we can write in changes to the constitution and ratify them at the same time.”
“Otherwise we ought to fire them, after all they’re the ones that got us to where we are….they should be fired,” added Binney.
Last year it emerged that lawmakers on Capitol Hill were approached as far back as 2004 and given the chance to have more oversight on NSA programs but refused to do so.
“We could have a special prosecutor appointed by the state and the people and give them the backing of the state police, the local police, as well as the National Guard in all the states so that they have the backing of the power of the state to appoint prosecutors to go after everyone in DC,” said the whistleblower.
Binney predicted that increasing awareness of the NSA’s corruption would inevitably lead to some form of uprising within the United States.
“I think there’s going to be a fundamental revolution coming because my sense is the people in America here are starting to wake up to this threat, they’re starting to realize the dangers of what’s going on,” said Binney, adding that he foresaw a grass roots revolution “to push these people to do the right thing.”