Another Standoff Brewing? Law Enforcement Nervous as Militia Members Plan to Block Bridges Going into Mexico

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September 12, 2014 By Todd Cefaratti

Law enforcement officials in Texas are preparing for what might end up as a stand-off between militia members and law enforcement agents as militia members are planning a demonstration that would block-off bridges that span between the U.S. and Mexico.

On September 20th, militia members are reportedly threatening to stage a protest against illegal immigration by blocking-off pathways between the two nations that span across the Rio Grande River.

KRGV in Texas reports:
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 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.
It’s certainly understandable that law enforcement officials are nervous about the upcoming event. However, with the standoff at the Bundy Ranch fresh in the minds of Americans, it’s clear that police must be mindful of the line between maintaining law and order and engaging in police intimidation by demonstrating a frightening overreaction by militarized police against citizens demonstrating their First and Second Amendment rights- as we saw in the standoff between citizens and the law enforcement officials at the Bundy Ranch several months ago.

BORDER PATROL SAYS NO TO MILITIAS, YES TO SURVEILLANCE BLIMPS

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Contrived border crisis creates opportunity to expand surveillance state

by ADAN SALAZAR | INFOWARS.COM | SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Law enforcement agencies recently expressed disapproval of armed militia groups helping police the southern border, but one thing they do want is invasive surveillance blimp technology.

Militias assemble on the Texas-Mexico Border

Picking up the federal government’s slack, various militia groups have assembled along the banks of the Rio Bravo River in deep south Texas in an effort to supplement border security.

Prompted to action by reports that illegals are overrunning the country, and by fears that the influx in its current form will further destroy the country’s infrastructure and, indeed, aid in the dismantling of national sovereignty, militia groups ultimately desire people entering the country illegally to follow the proper channels to gain citizenship.

To this end, they have lent their assistance, free of charge, to federal and state agencies that evidently have their hands full.

But those supposedly in charge of securing the border say militia members, who lack the traditional law enforcement attire, are confusing police officers and border agents.

“Sometimes it can be dangerous, because you have all these (non-law enforcement) people out there running around the border,” said Kevin Oaks, the Border Patrol’s chief in the Rio Grande Valley in an Associated Press report entitled, “Border Patrol: Leave law enforcement to the pros.” “There are cartel members that carry assault weapons and camouflage, and then there’s others that may be under the auspices of whatever group, may look very similar, and we have no idea who those people are. My fear is that these things clash and eventually there will be a very bad outcome.”

One such “bad outcome” manifested last month when a border agent accidentally opened fire on a man who later turned out to be a militia member.

“We really don’t need the militia here,” Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said following the shooting. “It just creates a problem from my point of view, because we don’t know who they are.”

“How do they identify themselves? Do they have badges? How do we know who they are?” Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Deputy J.P. Rodriguez also questioned in August. “If they’re all just dressed in camos, it’s kind of hard to distinguish whether they’re law enforcement or not… There’s a lot of potential for stuff to go wrong.”

We need blimps, not boots

While making it clear that additional help is not needed, law enforcement is nevertheless enthusiastic over the launch of surveillance balloons over several cities in South Texas.

The tethered blimps, known as aerostats, were transferred to the Border Patrol from the Defense Department after being used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. They hover around 3,500 feet in the air, and come equipped with military-grade radar and 360-degree camera equipment which can zoom in on license plates from miles away, enabling agents to keep a close eye on border activity 24 hours a day. There are currently eight aerostats floating in Texas, with five of them surveilling the Rio Grande Valley, up from three initial trial balloons.

“They have been extremely successful,” Border Patrol agent Joe Gutierrez Jr. told The Monitor. “It’s opened our eyes to the amount of traffic. As soon as the aerostat went up, we saw more apprehensions.”

Justifying their need for the spy apparatuses, law enforcement agents claim smugglers often take advantage of the few times in the day the aerostats are pulled for maintenance.

“They probably do monitor the aerostat, smugglers do,” stated Penitas Police Chief Roel Bermea. “When they put it down for any reason, I’m pretty sure they take the risk in crossing as many illegals as they can.”

“The more eyes we have on what’s going on around us the better,” Rio Grande City Assistant Police Chief Noe Castillo told CBS affiliate ValleyCentral.com in May after Starr County received a blimp. “I think any jurisdiction would love to have that in their area.”

But privacy concerns have arisen over the undisclosed scope of the aerostats’ surveillance capabilities. Tom Hargis, the Director of Communications for the ACLU of Texas, for one, believes the balloons could potentially infringe on American citizens’ privacy rights.

“For border residents, more mass surveillance gadgets in the sky simply add to the sense of being under siege,” Hargis told The Monitor.

“The extraordinary authority that government possesses on this border continues to spill over the lives of regular Americans. Instead of a targeted effort to stop crime, what we’ve been seeing is an approach such as dragnet surveillance that turns us all into suspects,” Hargis stated.

The Border Patrol insists it would never use the blimps to spy on citizens, however, it is reluctant to disclose details about the blimps’ capabilities “so smugglers would not learn of any limitations,” writes The Monitor’s Fernando Del Valle.

“The specific purpose is not to infringe on people’s privacy,” said Border Patrol agent Shevannah Wray. “We use it to secure the border.”

The agency’s reassurances are lukewarm, given that the federal government considers areas up to 100 miles inland from the border “Constitution-free zones.”

In his 2005 documentary film, Martial Law 9-11: The Rise of the Police State, Alex Jones predicted that blimps, such as the aerostats patrolling the border, would soon be surveilling major cities.

“This is only the beginning. In the future, every major city will have a high-altitude blimp tethered to a cable with ground-penetrating radar that looks right through your walls and gives the government a black and white image of the inside of your home,” Jones predicted.

Scroll to approximately 10 minutes to hear Jones’ comments.

In the film, Jones captured a blimp spying on American citizens ahead of the high-security 2005 Republican National Convention in New York City, loaned out to the NYPD by Fuji Film.

The blimps have already been tested in several cities throughout the country, including Washington DC, and one is scheduled to make an appearance in San Diego by the end of the month. Analysts project the Aerostat Systems Market to reach $9.96 billion by 2020.

Orchestrated Border Crisis Used to Give Big Brother Bigger Eyes

Given the Obama administration’s role in facilitating and orchestrating the border crisis, the move to launch more surveillance blimps is likely another classic example of how a manufactured crisis can never go to waste.

Back in June, a McAllen, Texas city official exclusively told Infowars that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol was purchasing bus tickets and vouchers for illegal immigrants in order to ship them deeper into the country at taxpayers’ expense.

Since then it has emerged that the federal government is playing a key role in helping immigrants by stemming deportations, providing lavish accommodations and setting them up with immigration court hearings that rarely get attended.

The practice of catching and releasing illegals into the country has led some agents to label the influx a contrived debacle, which the Obama administration is purposefully neglecting to act on.

“This is not a humanitarian crisis,” National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers Zack Taylor said in a press release earlier this year. “It is a predictable, orchestrated and contrived assault on the compassionate side of Americans by her political leaders that knowingly puts minor Illegal Alien children at risk for purely political purposes. Certainly, we are not gullible enough to believe that thousands of unaccompanied minor Central American children came to America without the encouragement, aid and assistance of the United States Government.”

Taylor has gone further by calling the government’s inaction “asymmetrical warfare” which will work to defeat the nation “from within.”

Moreover, AmericanBorderPatrol.com‘s Glenn Spencer outlined to Infowars in July how he had developed technology which would detect illegal immigrants by counting “everybody who crosses the border and alert where they are, and how many” by utilizing a seismic “sonic barrier,” similar to devices previously used by oil exploration companies.

The fact that the technology was praised by a U.S. Defense Department contractor, but never implemented, illustrates how the federal government is actively ignoring solutions which would stem the tide of illegal immigrants, in favor of surveillance technologies replete with privacy-infringing implications.

CRUZ TO INTRODUCE BILL TO STRIP CITIZENSHIP FROM AMERICANS WHO JOIN ISLAMIC STATE

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Mr. Cruz will file the legislation when the Senate returns to Washington on Monday

By Kellan Howell – The Washington Times – Friday, September 5, 201

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, announced plans on Friday to introduce legislation to strip U.S. citizenship from Americans fighting with Islamic State militants.

Mr. Cruz will file the legislation when the Senate returns to Washington on Monday.

SEE ALSO: Ted Cruz wants U.S. citizens fighting with Islamic State banished from country

“Americans who choose to go to Syria or Iraq to fight with vicious ISIS terrorists are party to a terrorist organization committing horrific acts of violence, including beheading innocent American journalists who they have captured,” Mr. Cruz said in a statement on Friday.

“There can be no clearer renunciation of their citizenship in the United States, and we need to do everything we can to preempt any attempt on their part to re-enter our country and carry out further attacks on American civilians,” he added.

During a speech at Americans for Prosperity’s annual Defending the American Dream summit in Dallas, Mr. Cruz said that the U.S. should not allow any American fighting with jihadist groups back into the country, but now is taking that idea a step further.

The new legislation would amend the existing conditions for stripping U.S. citizenship to include becoming a member of, fighting for, or providing material assistance to a designated foreign terrorist organization that is working to U.S. or its citizens.

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BORDER PATROL BUYS BODY ARMOR CAPABLE OF STOPPING AK-47 ROUNDS AMID ISIS THREAT

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Large purchase comes after report of ISIS spotted near border

In seeming preparation for Islamic militants who are reportedly operating near the U.S. border in Juarez, Mexico, the Border Patrol announced it is buying body armor capable of stopping AK-47 rounds commonly used by terrorists.

The notice posted today by Customs and Border Protection states the agency is seeking a contractor who can provide 280 sets of Level III ballistic plates, which can stop 7.62x39mm rounds from AK-47s and various other rifle rounds.

These plates aren’t cheap and the timing of this large purchase comes right after a bulletin was released to federal law enforcement warning of an “imminent terrorist attack” on the wide-open U.S. border.

“Specifically, the government sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas,” wrote Judicial Watch. “Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there.”

Intelligence officials also told Judicial Watch they had “picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to carry out an attack on the border.”

Unfortunately, ISIS would have absolutely no problem crossing the border into America after the Obama administration allowed thousands of illegal aliens to enter the U.S. this year alone, overwhelming Border Patrol agents who were already restrained in their duties after the White House ordered them to stand down back in October.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s drugs, bodies, or how large the group is, our agents are being ordered to stand down by Border Patrol management,” Shawn Moran, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, told Breitbart News. “I have received reports from our agents in every single sector from San Diego to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas that they are receiving these orders.”

Because of that, ISIS may have already entered the U.S. through Mexico, and one unconfirmed report said the Department of Homeland Security was monitoring a “person of interest” at an apartment complex in El Paso.

The border is so insecure, practically anyone can cross it without ever being noticed by federal agents.

“Our border is porous, and the administration, rather than acting to protect it, instead ponders unconstitutional executive action, legalizing millions of illegal immigrants,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wrote yesterday, adding that our government needs to secure the borders and immigration policy from ISIS infiltration.

Reporter Joe Biggs placed further emphasis on Paul’s statement when he waded across the Rio Grande dressed as an Al-Qaeda militant with a severed head.

MAN CROSSES U.S. BORDER DRESSED AS ISIS TERRORIST, SIMULATES BEHEADING

Stunt took place in exact spot where feds say ISIS terror attack is imminent

by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

Infowars reporter Joe Biggs crossed the U.S. border from Mexico dressed as an ISIS militant to illustrate how easy it is for anyone to get into America despite warnings that Islamic State terrorists are plotting to carry out attacks on the homeland from their base in Juarez.

Just miles from the center of El Paso, Texas, Biggs was able to cross a river from Mexico into America dressed as a jihadist, while simulating a beheading and waving an ISIS flag.

“We dressed up as an ISIS jihadi to be as obvious as possible and to show and illustrate just how wide open the border really is,” states Biggs.

Last month, James O’Keefe also demonstrated the porous state of the U.S. border when he crossed an unguarded footbridge in the upper Rio Grande while dressed as Osama Bin Laden.

Biggs’ stunt is shocking given that ISIS militants are currently operational in Juarez, Mexico, just across the border from El Paso, Texas.

According to an alert released by watchdog group Judicial Watch which cites high level law enforcement and intelligence sources, “Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED).”

“Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source. “It’s coming very soon,” according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.”

As we previously reported, the Vice President of the Border Patrol Council was silenced from commenting on the risk of an assault on the U.S. border by ISIS.

A recent report by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) found that illegal immigrants from over 75 countries are crossing into the U.S. from Mexico, including individuals from Syria where ISIS has announced the establishment of its Islamic caliphate.

Yesterday, Senator Rand Paul urged the White House to, “secure our own borders and immigration policy from ISIS infiltration,” pointing to the ISIS terror threat to the southern border.

The fact that it is so easy for ISIS militants, drug dealers and other terrorists to cross into America via the largely unguarded border while ordinary Americans face routine harassment at the hands of the TSA merely for flying within the country highlights the ludicrousness of the Obama administration’s claim that it is adequately protecting the homeland.

Last month, the TSA admitted that illegals were allowed to board planes within the United States without having to show any form of proper identification.

A Local Sheriff Leaves a Strong Message for ISIS

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MIDLAND, TX (Local Big 2 News) — The extreme militant group, ISIS continues to terrorize the Middle East, and threatens Americans, as the militia members have now murdered two American journalists. These terrible acts of violence have “local” law enforcement on standby.

“These people have said they’re going to takeover, they’re going to strike, they’re going to hit, and we’re going to be ready,” said Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter.

Ready for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS.

“We do have plans in place, we have an operational plan that’ll work,” said Painter.

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter says he’s armed with specific ISIS information from an online intelligence briefing.

“There are ISIS sales that are operating in Juarez, Mexico,” said Painter.

While Sheriff Painter doesn’t believe West Texans are in immediate danger, his staff preps for the worst.

“We practice things, we have tag teams that are ready to go,” said Painter.

To put Americans at ease, the Secretary of Homeland Security released a statement on the issue, saying quote, “The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S.”

But painter isn’t taking any chances.

“If it happens, we’re going to handle it, I can promise you that,” said Painter.

ISIS claims it’s sending a message to the United States with the ruthless murders of two American journalists, but Sheriff Painter has a message of his own.

“I have no doubt, that if any of these fools show up we’ll be glad to take care of them,” said Painter.

BORDER PATROL TOLD TO KEEP QUIET ABOUT ISIS TERROR THREAT

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VP of Border Patrol Council was stopped from commenting on the risk of terrorists crossing the border

Reporter Joe Biggs is in the hot zone of the imminent ISIS terror threat in El Paso, Texas, to explain how the Vice President of the Border Patrol Council was silenced from commenting on the risk of an assault on the U.S. border by ISIS, which has reportedly been spotted in Juarez, Mexico.

Whether this is a legitimate threat or a contrived hoax, one thing we know is that it will be used to strip away more of our rights.