Comment Last Three
November 10, 2010
We in the US have a very serious problem on our southern border. As I have said before, only the military can solve the violence across our southern border. Drugs and guns equal violence.
The Mexican government is losing ground against the drug cartels and the government may lose control of its population, laws, and goverance. The US is pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the Mexican government to train them and help them fight the drug runners. It boils down to the US and Mexico securing its border--very simple.
A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives initiative to reduce the flow of weapons from the United States to Mexico has "significant weaknesses" that undermine its effectiveness, including ATF's failure to share intelligence information with Mexican authorities and some of its U.S. law enforcement partners, a report said Tuesday.
Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine said deficiencies were identified in Project Gunrunner, despite increased ATF activity associated with the program, including the number of cases initiated and referred for prosecution and an increase in gun-dealer compliance inspections on the Southwest border.
"Drug traffickers have turned to the United States as a primary source of weapons, and these drug traffickers routinely smuggle guns from the United States into Mexico," Mr. Fine said. "Despite the increased ATF activity associated with Project Gunrunner, we found that significant weaknesses in ATF's implementation of Project Gunrunner undermine its effectiveness."
ATF began Project Gunrunner as a pilot program in Texas in 2005 and expanded it into a national initiative in 2006. Agents and investigators were assigned along the border to increase "strategic coverage" of the region and disrupt firearms-trafficking corridors.
As war rages between rival drug cartels in Mexico, ATF and other law-enforcement agencies have seized thousands of firearms, including assault rifles, semiautomatic rifles, grenade launchers, pistols and .38 caliber "Super" pistols. More than 31,000 people have been killed across Mexico since December 2006 in that nation's ongoing drug war.
The ATF has said Project Gunrunner sought to deprive the drug cartels of weapons, suppress firearms trafficking and stem gun violence on both sides of the border.
But Mr. Fine said a review of the project identified deficiencies in ATF's intelligence tracking and information sharing. The IG's office said ATF does not systematically and consistently exchange intelligence with Mexican and with other federal law enforcement agencies.
The 138-page report also said intelligence personnel in ATF's Southwest border field divisions do not routinely share firearms-trafficking intelligence with each other. It said the ATF focuses largely on inspections of gun dealers and investigations of "straw purchasers," rather than on higher-level traffickers, smugglers and the ultimate recipients of the trafficked guns.
The report noted that 68 percent of Project Gunrunner prosecutions were single-defendant cases; that some ATF managers discouraged field personnel from conducting complex conspiracy investigations targeting higher-level members of trafficking rings; and that ATF also has not made fuller use of federal law enforcement resources to conduct more complex conspiracy investigations.
It also said the majority of recovered guns in Mexico were not traced, although trace requests to ATF for guns recovered in Mexico increased from 5,834 in fiscal 2004 to 22,000 in fiscal 2009. It said most trace requests from Mexico are considered "unsuccessful" because of missing or improperly entered gun data. It also noted that ATF had a substantial backlog in responding to requests for information from Mexican authorities.
ATF Deputy Director Kenneth E. Melson, in a letter to the Inspector General's Office in response to the report, said the agency was "concerned that the review did not adequately reflect the challenges that the United States and Mexico face in seeking to reduce violence, gun and drug trafficking along the border.
As one can see, the human trafficking, drug running, and killings are a real threat to our national security.
May 02, 2010
The below 10 facts about crime across America is related to our unsecured borders for over 30 years. The drug cartels and criminals are now running rampant across the United States.
Many Americans are already painfully aware that violent crime is experiencing a massive upsurge in the United States. As the U.S. economy has tanked and as unemployment has skyrocketed and the illegal alien issue has not been addressed, many Americans have found themselves becoming increasingly desperate. Hard economic times usually lead to an increase in crime, but what is happening across the U.S. now is absolutely stunning. Mexican drug gangs are running unchecked across America.
In fact, there are many communities in the United States where it is simply not safe to go out at night anymore--parts of Washington, DC, Chicago, New York, and even small towns across the U.S. Millions of Americans find themselves prisoners in their own homes as they lock themselves in their houses in an attempt to keep the crime out. The truth is that it is really hard to live the American Dream when there is a raging crime wave going on right outside your door.
The truly frightening thing is that crime is almost certainly going to get even worse as economic conditions continue to deteriorate and the government allows our borders to be unsecured.
The following are ten facts about crime in the United States that will blow your mind....
#1) The city of Detroit , Michigan literally looks like a war zone and violent crime is thriving. So far this year in Detroit , car thefts are up 83%, robberies are up 50%, burglaries are up 20% and property destruction is up 42%. There has been a white flight and the liberal Democrats who run the city are not doing their job.
#2) Lawmakers in Illinois say that violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the National Guard needs to be sent in. In just one night last week seven people were killed and 18 were wounded - mostly by gunfire. In fact, there have already been 113 murders in Chicago this year. Chicago is a city that welcomes illegals.
#3) The city of Phoenix , Arizona has become the car theft capital of the world as millions of illegal aliens who can't get work have found that stealing cars can be very profitable indeed. This is why the Governor signed legislation to crack down on illegal aliens.
#4) There are approximately 12 million crimes committed in the United States every single year. That is by far the worst in the world. No other nation has more than about 6 million reported crimes per year. Crime from drugs account for over 50%.
#5) In New York City, the number of homicides in the first quarter of the year had shot up by approximately 22 percent compared with 2009. Do you miss Rudy yet?
#6) U.S. prisons are already bursting at the seams. As you read this, there are over 2.2 million people in prison in the United States . In fact, America leads the world in the number of prisoners and in the percentage of the population in prison. The United States has 5% of the world's population, but 25% of the world's incarcerated population. The number of illegal aliens and drug offenders account for 60%.
#7) U.S. law enforcement authorities claim that there are now over 1 million members of criminal gangs inside the country. These 1 million gang members are responsible for up to 80% of the crimes committed in the United States each year. This is a direct result of unsecured borders and allowing the criminals from Mexico to push drugs all across America.
#8) There are over 100,000 rapes in the United States every single year. That is the highest number for any of the countries in the United Nations. This is not surprising when you have so many gang members in just about every community due to our unsecured borders.
#9) According to USA Today, 58% of state and local law enforcement agencies in the United States reported that violent criminal gangs were active in their areas in 2008. That was up from 45% in 2004. So why do the local and state police agencies refuse to work with ICE and other federal law enforcement agencies? Is it called liberal politics?
#10) Every year, one out of every five people is a victim of a crime in the United States. No other nation on earth has a rate that is higher. We cannot continue to allow this to happen.
The number one job of any U.S. President is to protect the nation and its citizens-----Obama get a "F" in security.