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July 21, 2011


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""Show me a 50-foot fence and I'll show you a 51-foot ladder." "
I will also show you a bunch of smugglers with broken legs from a 51 foot drop.

The fencing you describe sounds like the old metal runway fencing. The bollard fencing near Nogales AZ is very effective.

"migrants would be forced to use a different, and perhaps safer, route of passage."
You mean like a port of entry?

"but it slows them down enough to allow USBP to respond more effectively."
Which is the entire purpose of any barrier. Not to stop, which in impossible, but to slow down.

You should do a writeup on the report that the Zeta's are stockpiling weapons to overthrow Mexico's government during the 2012 elections.


Please post the original story, por favor, rather than inflaming rumors.


Now, the key words here are "may" and "be."

Aside from posting a link that eventually leads to a story that is days old ...

You posted "that the Zeta's are stockpiling weapons to overthrow Mexico's government during the 2012 elections."

Could be, could be not, based on the EPT article. The EPT article doesn't state that the Zeta's ARE doing anything.

It says they "may" and "be."

Comprehension? Does anyone who reads this blog ever get it?

Without some sort of political ax to grind?

Every other TCO in Mexico could be accused of the same thing. It just so happens that a "former director of the DEA's El Paso Intelligence Center and a former CIA operative" agreed to talk to the EPT.

Does that mean he has a political ax to grind?

I have no idea.

What I do know is that any "former CIA operative" without an agenda, when it comes to the drug war is ... let's say, nonexistent.

In other words, I'd take this entire scare-tactic story with a grain of salt.

(Sylvia may disagree as to the reasons why :)

The fence in my home town (Yuma) has worked wonders! Yah, they will find a 51' ladder, but you won't have groups of dozens of people freely walking across without a second thought. What I don't get is how when we build a fence, it's a haphazard one at best. Face it, the East Germans were serious about their fences. So where the Chinese. I'm not for a fence that shocks or has automatic gun fire, but do it right! For what a new Border Patrol agent makes per year would buy a lot of bricks! Our AZ deserts are trash dumps! We have been told by he BP to stop hunting in some of the most beautiful places on earth, because it belongs to the cartels. Sad. The US is literally being invaded daily, and Washington and the left (who turn a blind eye to the trash heaps) are worried about their feelings. I know these coyotes and some of the smugglers. I know these people coming over in droves for free handouts ( aka a better life). These people, never give a second thought about the feelings of the US tax payer, our ecosystems, or the 8 pounds of trash each one leaves behind.

I like the idea of a fence going across the US/Mexico border, but what I don't understand is why the funding has to come from private donors rather than the dang government?

Obviously the fence isn't going to stop them, but it will slow them down enough, so that CBP agents can get to them and stop them. The only people that don't like the idea of a fence is the dang media. The people of AZ support it by a large margin.

BORTAC has sent in many many write ups to Washington and out of the 210 things BORTAC has said needed to change a long our border not ONE of them has happened.

My one issue with the fence is the fact that it isn't consistent all the way across AZ let alone the entire border. But, at least it is something, more than can I say the government has done along the border.

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