‘The border fence is a joke': Filmmaker crosses from US to Mexico dressed as Osama bin Laden as Border Patrol says ‘we can’t be everywhere at once’

By DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR, MAILONLINE

A flamethrowing American conservative activist raised eyebrows in the U.S. on Monday by releasing a video of himself crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico into Texas, dressed as the late al-Qaeda terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.
Guerrilla documentarian James O’Keefe’s footage comes at a time when Americans are engaged in a national debate about border security. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have entered the U.S. illegally in recent months, drawn by a confusing White House policy that appears to offer amnesty for those who make it safely.
In Monday’s video release, O’Keefe focuses on the implications for national security: He illegally crosses into Mexico twice and returns – first in street clothes and again in army fatigues, wearing an Osama bin Laden Halloween mask

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The official White House website includes a claim that ‘today border security is stronger than it has ever been.’
But O’Keefe told MailOnline that his stunt proves the federal government’s policy is lax and needs a dramatic overhaul.
‘President Obama is trying to deny the obvious,’ he said.
‘We proved that border security is national security. The fence is not complete. The border is not secure. In fact, the video shows the border fence is a joke.’
‘The primary responsibility of the commander-in-chief is to protect the homeland,’ said O’Keefe. ‘With a single trip to the border, we proved that President Obama and Congress have failed miserably and are misleading America.’
A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol official told MailOnline that his agency’s forces are stretched to the breaking point.
‘We can’t be everywhere at once,’ the official said Monday. ‘This is typical of what you’ll find in Texas.’
‘The guys who are on the front lines aren’t even on the front lines anymore. They’re dozens of miles inside the U.S. How can we catch the bad guys if we never see them until they’re standing on American soil?’
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to make public comments about U.S. policy.

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O’Keefe, though, was more than willing to have his name and face associated with Monday’s episode.

He is famous for shuttering the liberal pressure group ACORN with a 2009 video sting showing the organization’s workers helping a prostitute and her pimp plan a human trafficking operation and evade income taxes.

He also raised eyebrows in 2012 by pretending to be U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at a polling place and being offered his ballot without an ID check. Holder had famously opposed a policy of requiring voters to show photo IDs on Election Day.

But this week his attention was focused on Mexico, saying in his six-minute film that ‘this border is not secure. No one is on watch.’

If bin Laden can cross into the U.S., he says, ‘anybody can cross. … Do you feel safe?’

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O’Keefe told MailOnline that he has fielded questions about whether the Mexican government is lkely to charge him with a crime for illegally entering from the U.S. in order to film himself coming back across the sliver of river that separates the two countries.

No one, however, is asking him about the possibility of repercussions from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

‘I don’t know what the Mexican law is and frankly I don’t care,’ he said. ‘All I know is nobody was there protecting our national security.’

Guerrilla filmmaker: O’Keefe told MailOnline that his video shows the U.S. is kidding itself to believe its borders are secure
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Guerrilla filmmaker: O’Keefe told MailOnline that his video shows the U.S. is kidding itself to believe its borders are secure

President Barack Obama boasted in May 2011 that the border fence separating the US from Mexico was ‘basically complete,’ and boasted that his policies had ‘strengthened border security beyond what many thought possible’
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President Barack Obama boasted in May 2011 that the border fence separating the US from Mexico was ‘basically complete,’ and boasted that his policies had ‘strengthened border security beyond what many thought possible’

In a 2011 speech at the border, President Obama claimed that his policies had ‘strengthened border security beyond what many thought possible.’

‘The fence is now basically complete,’ the president claimed.

But Hudspeth County, Texas Sheriff Arvin West showed O’Keefe how his county’s 98-mile stretch of border territory includes a secured fence that stops abruptly, as though construction crews ran out of materials one day and walked off the job.

‘That’s the dead end of it right there,’ West says, pointing to a crude barbed-wire fence that continues on to mark the border.

‘If you think four strands of barbed wire is securing the border,’ he explains, ‘then I guess it’s secure.’

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Simas Ignores Subpoena Again as White House Defies Issa (Updated) (Video)

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By Steven Dennis
Posted at 9:57 a.m. July 25

Updated 12:27 p.m. | Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday to honor a congressional subpoena, prompting Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to vote to rebuke the administration.

The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 19-14 to reject the White House’s claim that Simas has absolute immunity from a subpoena from Congress.

Republicans said they were standing up for the principle that no one is above the law, and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa quoted a long list of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who have backed Congress’ right to subpoena top administration officials.

Democrats, led by ranking member Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, said they strongly disagree with the White House’s claim of absolute immunity but also strongly disagree with Issa’s push to press the issue, warning it could hurt the institution if they take a case to court.

The White House informed Issa at 7:30 a.m. Friday that Simas would not appear, Issa said. The absence was “not excused,” the California Republican added.

White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston asked Issa to withdraw the subpoena to discuss his late Thursday offer for Simas to give a deposition instead of subpoenaed testimony.

Issa refused to do so.

“We have an absolute right and obligation” to investigate the new White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, he said.

“This was intended to be a short, and I hope it will be, oversight of a relatively small but in the past controversial office, consistent with our requirement to do oversight even without a predicate of wrongdoing,” he said.

Issa said oversight of the previously troubled political office will help American people be more comfortable and ensure taxpayer dollars are being used properly.

“This is not alleging a scandal at any level,” Issa said of the subpoena. But oversight is still legitimate, he said. ”We are accusing neither the president nor anyone in this four-person office of any wrongdoing.”

Issa pointed to Hatch Act violations by two Obama Cabinet officials, as well as previous incarnations of the White House political office, as further justification for oversight. He said he wanted to ask Simas who coordinated the political activities of hundreds of other officials in the government beyond just the president and the first lady.

Carolyn Lerner of the Office of Special Counsel has said she believes the office appears to be operating consistently with the Hatch Act, which limits the political activities of civil servants.

Issa said there is a legitimate role for taxpayer dollars to be spent on coordinating the president’s political schedule, pointing to security and other concerns that would come from having the president or the first lady having to go to and from the Democratic National Committee’s offices for briefings.

He said he expected he would be satisfied with answers he would get from Simas regarding the activities the office engages in on behalf of the president if Simas would testify.

While Issa’s push could lead to another lawsuit against the White House, impeachment still doesn’t appear to be on the table.

A spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, dismissed White House worries about impeachment as “political games” Friday.

The One Border Question That White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Refused to Answer

Jul. 16, 2014 9:50pm Oliver Darcy

White House press secretary Josh Earnest refused to say whether or not the Obama administration thinks the border is secure, despite being repeatedly pressed on the question at Wednesday’s daily briefing.

“Is the border today secure?” asked Fox News’ Ed Henry.

“The issue we’re seeing today at the border—,” Earnest said before being interrupted by Henry.

“Is the border secure?” Henry pressed.

“Well, I will tell you there are more resources that are dedicated to this border right now, and securing it, than there ever have been,” Earnest replied. “The issue that we’re seeing right now is not individuals attempting to evade detection by Border Patrol, what we’re seeing right now are people coming to the border and turning themselves over to Border Patrol.”

Henry then asked if the White House agreed with Senate Majority Harry Reid (R-Nev.) who proclaimed the border “secure” Tuesday.

“Do you agree with that?” Henry asked.

“The administration under the president’s leadership has dedicated significant resources to securing the border,” Earnest said. “Here’s what I would say to those Republicans who are concerned about border security. There is an historic investment in border security resources included in the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate. So those in the House who are concerned about border security should be the champions of common-sense immigration reform.”

“So it is hard to take seriously the concerns of those who say the border is not secure while blocking a piece of legislation that’s already passed the Senate that would actually invest in securing the border,” he continued.

Henry, still not satisfied with the answer, asked one final time if the White House views the border as secure.

“They’re saying its not secure, the Republicans,” he said. “You’re saying it is secure?”

“They’re saying its not secure and blocking a piece of legislation that would make an historic investment in border security,” Earnest answered.

Guess How Many Bills the Senate Has Actually Voted on This Year

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Jul. 14, 2014 2:01pm Pete Kasperowicz

An analysis of votes held this year shows the Senate is doing very little legislative work, and on average is holding a major vote on a bill every nine days.

It also shows that Senate Democratic leaders don’t get anywhere on legislation when they choose to ignore their Republican colleagues, something they do often by insisting that no amendments can be considered.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., has presided over a Senate that has had votes on just 21 bills, a third of which ended in failure. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Aside from the several resolutions and less-critical bills that the Senate passes by unanimous consent at the end of the day, the Senate has held roll call votes to advance or pass legislation just 21 times in 27 weeks — less than one a week. And a full one-third of those votes have failed amid GOP complaints that they have no input into the process.

Of the 14 votes that succeeded, most were on major “must pass” bills on issues that required House-Senate coordination — like the budget and spending deals and the so-called Medicare “doc fix” — or on issues that generated easy bipartisan cooperation, like eliminating a cut to cost-of-living adjustments for U.S. soldiers.

Most of those 14 bills originated in the House, or at least were the product of significant House-Senate cooperation.

The Senate has managed to pass just a handful of bills under its own power. In March, senators managed to pass two Senate-origin bills on child care and sexual assault in the military, but those were non-controversial and the House has not acted on them yet.

It also passed a bill in June to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs that represents compromise between Senate Republicans and Democrats. But even this bill is now the subject of House-Senate negotiations that will likely see the House insist on changes.

Aside from those 14 bills, the Senate has adopted a seemingly backward strategy of seeking less input from Republicans the more controversial the issues get. The seven other votes were on bills that have so far failed, in large part because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has told Republicans he will not allow any amendment votes.

In January and February, the Senate failed to advance legislation extending federal unemployment benefits, amid GOP complaints that no amendments were being allowed. In April, the Senate couldn’t move on a bill to boost the minimum wage, an idea Republicans opposed over fears that it would reduce job availability for lower-income Americans.

In May, Democrats again refused to allow amendments to an energy bill and a tax bill, which killed those proposals. Republicans in June opposed a bill letting students refinance student loans, paid for with a tax hike.

And earlier this month, Democrats again refused to allow amendments to a non-controversial sportsmen rights bill, which killed that bill.

Many have tagged the 113th Congress as the least-productive in history. Congress has passed the fewest number of bills into law in decades, a fact that some blame on the Republican House.

Last year’s statistics showed just how slow Congress, and in particular the Senate, has become at passing legislation. President Obama signed about 60 bills into law — a record low — and most of those bills originated in the House. Until the last few years, Congress had been able to send more than a 100 and sometimes more than 200 bills to the White House.

While Democrats are blaming the House for the slowdown, Republicans have charged that the problem lies with the Senate, where Reid is letting Democrats avoid tough votes on controversial issues in order to help their re-election prospects. That Democratic posture has led to several legislative dead ends in the Senate, and many wasted weeks in which no significant action is seen on any legislation.

And while legislative production has dropped in the House, it still manages to pass dozens of bills each year, most of which go ignored in the Senate.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has argued for months that the House has passed more than 30 jobs bills that have been forgotten in the Senate. Just this month, the Senate finally got around to passing one of them, the SKILLS Act, which will revamp federal jobs training programs.

Republicans have openly criticized Reid for his opposition to even considering many other House-passed bills, in combination with his apparent need to avoid votes that could hurt Democrats in the mid-term elections.

“The reason the Majority Leader will not allow amendments is because he wants to protect his members from actually being held accountable by the voters of the United States of America,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said on the Senate floor last month. “It’s demeaning this Senate, and he demeans the loyal opposition who are doing the only thing they have as a tool, which is refuse to move forward with a bill if the Majority Leader is going to use parliamentary maneuvers to block anybody’s amendment.”

Will Harry Reid Tell This 100% Navajo Indian High School Their ‘Redskins’ Mascot is Racist?

Will Harry Reid Tell This 100% Navajo Indian High School Their ‘Redskins’ Mascot is Racist?

Red Mesa High School, located on the Navajo Reservation in Red Mesa, Arizona, is a public school in which nearly 100% of it’s students are Navajo Indian.

Their mascot and logo?

The “Redskins.”

Yes, that’s right, the eeeevil and raaaacist term, the “Redskins.” It’s exactly the same name the Washington football team, the Redskins, have called themselves for seven decades.

The high school’s website even has a a tab titled “Redskins News” and features this logo:

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Oh my, how “racist” is this Harry! How could this be Harry?

Why would a 100% Native American school name use as their own mascot a “racist” term?

Maybe Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should be asked this important question of the day.

Harry Greed and other white elitist communists latest distraction/obsession is with forcing the Washington Redskins to change their name because they’ve determined, after decades of being silent on the word, that the term “Redskins,” a term that was chosen to HONOR Native Americans, must now be banned.

As the Middle East implodes, Obama’s restocking enemy terrorists, more Americans are dependent upon government handouts and out of the work force than ever before, Americans are being targeted by the Obama IRS for their political beliefs, and a plethora of other important issues of the day, changing the name of an NFL team is the focus of anti–free speech Democrats.

But will Harry force Red Mesa High School to change their name too? But then after the anti-free speech Democrat forces them to change their mascot, will he then force them to take the word “Red” out of “Red Mesa High School?”

Because we all know that word is racist too, right Harry? Tell us which words we can and cannot say, will ya Harry?

h/t: Mark Levin Show