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CypherNinja
February 16, 2006, 05:37 PM
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Is A War Going On In Texas?


Phyllis Schlafly
2/14/2006
Townhall.com

If you don't have access to Texas newspapers or the internet, you may not have heard the sensational news about the enormous cache of weapons just seized in Laredo, Texas. U.S. authorities grabbed two completed Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), materials for making 33 more, military-style grenades, 26 grenade triggers, large quantities of AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles, 1,280 rounds of ammunition, silencers, machine gun assembly kits, 300 primers, bullet-proof vests, police scanners, sniper scopes, narcotics, and cash.

That sounds like a war is going on in Texas! If bomb-making factories and firearms assembly plants are ordinary day-to-day business in the drug war along our southern border, the American people need to know more about it.

The Val Verde County chief deputy warned that drug traffickers are helping terrorists with possible al Quaeda ties to cross the Texas-Mexico border into the United States. A government spokesman in Houston said "at this point there is no connection with anything in Iraq."

We are not so easily reassured. We wonder what our government is doing to fulfill its duty to "protect each of them [the states] against invasion," as called for in the U.S. Constitution, Article IV.

The Department of Homeland Security now admits that there have been 231 documented incursions by Mexican military or police, or drug or people smugglers dressed in military uniforms, during the last ten years, including 63 in Arizona, and several Border Patrol agents have been wounded in these encounters. This admission comes after years of pretending that such incursions were just "accidents."

Homeland Security sent a confidential memo in January to our Border Patrol agents warning that they could be the targets of assassins hired by alien smugglers. The alert states that the contract killers will probably be members of the vicious MS-13 Mara Salvatrucha street gang (whose 17-year-old killers will be protected from capital punishment by a recent U.S Supreme Court decision).

There is, indeed, a drug war going on between rival drug gangs, but the U.S. government seems to be just a bystander without manpower or weapons to take action. Are we going to continue to leave our Border agents sitting ducks for Mexican snipers?

Rep. Tom Tancredo reported that sheriff deputies spotted a military-style Humvee near El Paso, Texas, with a mounted .50-caliber machine gun escorting a caravan of SUVs bringing illegal drugs into our country. Our outgunned and outmanned sheriff deputies and state highway patrol couldn't do anything except take pictures.

The Mexican government is unwilling or incapable of doing anything to stop the wide-open lawlessness on the Mexican side of the border. Our Border Patrol agents say they are often confronted by corrupt Mexican military units employed to protect and escort violent drug smugglers.

Meanwhile, the news media have shown us pictures of the just-discovered sophisticated 2,400-foot tunnel running under our border to a warehouse in San Diego. U.S. authorities recovered more than two tons of marijuana, and it is unclear how long the tunnel has been in operation or how many tons of drugs already passed through.

The Bush Administration whines that it can't (i.e., won't) do anything to implement border security unless its guest-worker/amnesty proposal is part of the legislative package, and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff looked pathetically weak when interviewed on television by Bill O'Reilly. When is our government going to protect us from the crime, the drugs, the smuggling racket, destruction of property, the endangerment to U.S. residents along our border and our undermanned Border Patrol?

In charge of protecting Americans against this war is 36-year-old Julie Myers, to whom President Bush gave a recess appointment after her Senate confirmation bogged down because of her total lack of law-enforcement experience. Her qualifications are her connections: she is the niece of former Joint Chiefs Chairman Richard Myers and the wife of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff's chief of staff.

Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) says that if you visit the border, you will find that almost everyone who lives there is armed for protection from illegals. Just imagine if you had to carry a gun to go to the grocery store or take your kids to school!

For the best up-to-date analysis of what our government should do, read Rep. Hayworth's new book called "Whatever It Takes: Illegal Immigration, Border Security, and the War on Terror." He calls for a security fence, 10,000 border agents, enforcement of penalties on employers who hire illegal aliens, cooperation between the feds and our 700,000 local and state police officers to enforce our immigration laws, more detention centers to keep illegals until they can be deported, and an end to the racket of giving U.S. citizenship to babies born to illegal aliens.

231 documented incursions, with injured Border Guards. :fire: :fire:


I have no problems with immigration whatsoever. Its what built this country and what makes it great. But, all this porous-border/illegal-crossings crap has to stop.

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Henry Bowman
February 16, 2006, 05:54 PM
Remember, the plural of "gun" is "arsenal."
U.S. authorities grabbed two completed Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), materials for making 33 more, military-style grenades, 26 grenade triggers, large quantities of AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles, 1,280 rounds of ammunition, silencers, machine gun assembly kits, 300 primers, bullet-proof vests, police scanners, sniper scopes, narcotics, and cash.IEDs = could be anything or nothing. Remember, a flashlight in a Starbucks restroom was called an IED.

materials for making 33 more = Again, could be anything or nothing at all

military-style grenades = How many? Were they real? Sure they weren't civilian-style grenades?:rolleyes:

large quantities of AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles = How many? Two? These are not illegal.

AR-15 assault rifles = This is an oxymoron.

1,280 rounds of ammunition = BFD! I have three times that in my closet!

silencers = or may have been pieces of pipe or 2L bottles

machine gun assembly kits = probably legal parts kits with no receiver

300 primers = That is nothing.

bullet-proof vests, police scanners, sniper scopes, narcotics, and cash = Except for narcotics, all legal. How do you define a "sniper" scope and how is it different from a hunting scope?

Despite this hype and spin, this story got no legs because it is a non-story.

Alex45ACP
February 16, 2006, 06:00 PM
It's all just part of the War on (people who use certain types of) Drugs.

Herself
February 16, 2006, 06:10 PM
[...] Just imagine if you had to carry a gun to go to the grocery store or take your kids to school!
H'mmm. There are folks in some states who would love carrying a gun to go to the grocery store or take their kids to school; but all they can do is "just imagine!"

That kind of creeping bad-evil-guns non sense suggests very strongly to me that this a scare artcile, more spin than reality. Hully gee, Americans are armed? (Why is that a bad thing?) Heavens to Betsy, there are drugs being smuggled into the U. S.? People are sneaking arcoss the border?
So what else is new? Been going on just about forever. Go back to the early days of the Drug War, and you can read much the same stuff from the 1930s! The Chicago Tribune was full of it. And had a lot of articles and editorials on the subject, too.

--Herself

wingman
February 16, 2006, 06:21 PM
That kind of creeping bad-evil-guns nonesense suggests very strongly to me that this a scare artcile, more spin than reality.

Your opinion but in truth as a resident of the southwest and travel in the area
it is much more dangerous then years past, The drug gangs rule northern
Mexico and they are intent on guarding shipments north including this side.
If you think it's spin please come down rent and stay in laredo a few weeks.
Please don't compare today with 50 years ago, I've lived much longer then 50
and the folks coming across now are much different.:banghead:

Manedwolf
February 16, 2006, 06:25 PM
Your opinion but in truth as a resident of the southwest and travel in the area
it is much more dangerous then years past, The drug gangs rule northern
Mexico and they are intent on guarding shipments north including this side.
If you think it's spin please come down rent and stay in laredo a few weeks.
Please don't compare today with 50 years ago, I've lived much longer then 50
and the folks coming across now are much different.:banghead:

How about in the Prohibition days, when El Paso was subject to nightly gunfights among the tequileros sneaking across the border with booze?

Of course, the solution then was to have some US lawmen on the scene with near-legendary skills with their guns...

longeyes
February 16, 2006, 11:41 PM
It is way, way past time to demand that the head of the Executive Branch of this Republic come forward and answer tough questions on this issue.

Yes, demand.

If he won't, the time has come for a severance check.

Art Eatman
February 17, 2006, 12:11 AM
Herself, I don't think that during Prohibition you had folks like the Zetas. Mexican equivalent of our Green Berets, many of them trained here in the US. They "dropped out" but still have ties into the Mexican army. They have access to explosives, RPGs and full-auto stuff.

From what I have read of what the police folks think in Dallas/Fort Worth, there is a cell of them up there, doing contract killlings. They sell protection to smugglers who are using the I-35 corridor north from Laredo. And, they're in a fight for control of Nuevo Laredo itself, to take over the "Plaza", as the drug-smuggling bossdom is known.

Basically, anything you read in the press is but the tip of an iceberg. It's really a lot worse...

Art

O.F.Fascist
February 17, 2006, 12:25 AM
Herself, I don't think that during Prohibition you had folks like the Zetas. Mexican equivalent of our Green Berets, many of them trained here in the US. They "dropped out" but still have ties into the Mexican army. They have access to explosives, RPGs and full-auto stuff.

If thats because you think the war on drugs and prohibition are any different then I think you are wrong.

The only reason prohibition didnt have those things was because special forces, and RPGs didnt exist at the time. There was plenty of full auto action, and bombings.

Basically, anything you read in the press is but the tip of an iceberg. It's really a lot worse...

People will do all kinds of things for money. Keeping drugs illegal makes lots of money for certain kinds of people.

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