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For the love of God, country and the U.S. Constitution

Matt Westerhold • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:15 AM

The U.S. Border Patrol's operation in Ohio is not responsible for any of the 19 deaths among 67 cases in which other Border Patrol agents got into shooting matches, according to a recent news story in the Los Angeles Times.

But if the Ohio Border Patrol did kill anyone locally it would be a secret, anyway, given the federal police agency is effectively unregulated and accountable to nobody.

The multiple-layered federal bureaucracy makes it so. Too many bosses means there is no boss.

In the years since the Ohio Border Patrol Office has been operating in Ohio, the agency has never provided any information about what its operations are in Ohio, or any reports of any of its activities.

It has flat-out refused to respond to information requests or be accountable in any way for any of its activities. How many of those bad, bad Mexicans cross the U.S.-Canadian border into Ohio? Don't know; it's a secret.

While local law enforcement agencies are forced to continue to downsize staff due to cuts in state and federal funding, the U.S. Government funds the Ohio Border Patrol with our tax dollars to the tune of millions and millions of dollars each year.

The exact amount is unknown. That's also a secret.

The job function of the Ohio agents is unknown. That too is a secret.

Who the Ohio Border Patrol arrests — citizens or non-citizens alike — also is unknown. It's a secret.

Who the local federal agency kills? Unknown. Secret.

State law requires local and state police agencies to document their activities. The Border Patrol is under no such requirements. The federal police agency is unregulated; it does what it wants to do without regard to the rights of citizens and non-citizens.

According to the LA Times report, Border Patrol agents have deliberately stepped in the path of cars apparently to justify shooting at the drivers and have fired in frustration at people throwing rocks from the Mexican side of the border.

That information comes from an independent review, the newspaper reported. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which had commissioned the review, has tried to prevent the scathing 21-page report from coming to light.

Read the LA Times article

The report used as the basis for the LA Times news article seems to suggest some Border Patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexican border shoot at Mexican citizens from across the boundary. The LA Times news account might suggest to some readers that those incidents are almost like target practice using human beings instead of tin cans or a firing range for practice.

In September 2012, Guillermo Arevalo Pedroza, a 36-year-old construction worker, was shot and killed during a picnic with his family on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. A Border Patrol agent who fired his gun from a patrol boat said he had been pelted with rocks, officials said.

Mexican authorities denounced the shooting as "unacceptable" and said Pedroza was not trying to cross the border.”

Unacceptable and not very neighborly of the U.S. government, either, I'd say.

A month later, Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, was shot and killed near Nogales, Mexico, by a Border Patrol agent who fired through a fence. The autopsy report said Rodriguez was shot eight times in the back. The Border Patrol said the agent, whom it did not identify, was hit with rocks when he responded to reports of drug smugglers climbing the border fence.”

Federal lawmakers who represent Ohio in Washington — U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Robert Portman and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur — haven't really stepped up to the challenges the secretive Ohio Border Patrol's rights violations against Ohioans.

Their relative silence on the issue has been bipartisan.

The Sandusky and Perkins police departments and other local first-responder agencies have been forced to downsize for the last decade at least. Meanwhile, the federal government pours tax dollars into its secret police force here in Ohio, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol partners up.

For the love of God, country and the U.S. Constitution and the rights of man guaranteed by it, Brown, Portman and Kaptur should do something to protect Ohioans from the U.S. Government's secret police force. Speak up.

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