‘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.