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

Matt Westerhold
Mar 4, 2014

 

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.

 

Comments

Nor'easter

We need more privacy protection from unauthorized CCW publication by Sandusky Register.

Matt Westerhold

Really Nor'easter, it's time to get over it. The government should not be regulating the rights of law-abiding citizens to carry weapons, or keeping secret lists. That's a stance that is more conservative than the NRA, but none of that has anything to do with this. 

Roger15

Brown, Portman and Kaptur should also remedy and repeal NDAA !

For anyone unaware of NDAA, US Citizens have lost the right to due process and trial; i.e. The Fourth Amendment! Ohio HB 354 and HCR41 will reverse that in Ohio. Call your Ohio Representative and Senator.

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WinstonSmith

"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness"

Participating in the political circus is like clapping with one hand... Sure you'll feel like you did something, but not much noise will come out of your effort.
Two simple words... REVOKE CONSENT

Random Thoughts

Mr. Westerhold, have you tried getting the information you seek by following the procedures set forth in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  That is the law that federal agencies like the Border Patrol operate under, not State public records laws.  To say that the Border Patrol is unregulated is just not correct.  You just have to know what regulations and laws they operate under.  You can learn all about FOIA at www.FOIA.gov.  

Matt Westerhold

Multiple times. It takes years to process. and the responses that do arrive are non-responsive.  

rbenn

Matt, I know all too well the overreach of border agents, I worked in south texas for a bit and I will tell you, they answer to no one. Numerous times I was pulled over and my car torn apart for no reason. And I worked for a city there as a manager. Ive seen families with small kids and babies made to stand in 120 degree heat for 2 hours while they search. Its sad.

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WinstonSmith

" If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions."

~James Madison - Federalist #51

Random Thoughts

Mr. Westerhold, if the responses you receive do not comply with the law, then there are penalties and repercussions to the agency for non-compliance.  You just have to follow through with it and not give up just because it's a little more cumbersome than what you are used to under state law with local and state agencies.  May I suggest you contact the L.A. Times, Washington Post, or perhaps the ACLU, all of which seem to have great success in obtaining information from federal agencies under FOIA.

Contango

Re: "FOIA."

And the govt. NEVER stonewalls or the documents are so redacted as to be practically useless?

Welcome to the Star Chamber.

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thinkagain

Instant gratification, entitlement mentality and lack of critical thinking has replaced love of God, love of family, love of community, love of country.

Contango

"Secret"?

Shocking to read further confirmation that the U.S. is no longer a "government of the people, by the people,for the people,"

Surprisingly the Germans under the Nazis thought that they were free.

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Mi...

In the name of national security, any injustice or assault on freedom is possible.

The Big Dog's back

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Time out. 1st you right wingnuts complain about illegals, and now you're complaining about the people assigned to keep them out. Aye yah yay.

Roger15

And that's why DHS needs billions of bullets?

That's Billions with a "B"........

MattDamon

A few months ago I saw one of the CBP SUVs parked in the middle of an empty gravel lot underneath the Rt. 6 bridge in Huron. The river was frozen so there was absolutely no activity on the water. I crossed the bridge again about 20 minutes later and the SUV was still there.

Our tax dollars hard at work.

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WinstonSmith

Next time pull up next to the welfare queen and get some video... Enough is enough and as long as 'we' keep tolerating this behavior they'll keep providing the same ole state sanctioned protection racket/extortion service.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

~Edmund Burke

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WinstonSmith

Matt, I KNOW you feel the obligation to help set minds free, especially at this particular crossroads of history. You should strap on a set of brass-balls and quote Lysander Spooner's essay "No Treason" in an article... You'd prob be the 1st 'main-stream' editor to do such a revolutionary act since Spooner did so in the 1850's...
In my opinion, it's your responsibility to your readers and your duty to a free and sovereign community...

"It is true that the theory of our Constitution is, that all taxes are paid voluntarily; that our government is a mutual insurance company, voluntarily entered into by the people with each other; that each man makes a free and purely voluntary contract with all others who are parties to the Constitution, to pay so much money for so much protection, the same as he does with any other insurance company; and that he is just as free not to be protected, and not to pay any tax, as he is to pay a tax, and be protected.

But this theory of our government is wholly different from the practical fact. The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: Your money, or your life. And many, if not most, taxes are paid under the compulsion of that threat.

The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the road side, and, holding a pistol to his head, proceed to rifle his pockets. But the robbery is none the less a robbery on that account; and it is far more dastardly and shameful.

The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit. He does not pretend to be anything but a robber. He has not acquired impudence enough to profess to be merely a “protector,” and that he takes men’s money against their will, merely to enable him to “protect” those infatuated travellers, who feel perfectly able to protect themselves, or do not appreciate his peculiar system of protection. He is too sensible a man to make such professions as these. Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do. He does not persist in following you on the road, against your will; assuming to be your rightful “sovereign,” on account of the “protection” he affords you. He does not keep “protecting” you, by commanding you to bow down and serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that; by robbing you of more money as often as he finds it for his interest or pleasure to do so; and by branding you as a rebel, a traitor, and an enemy to your country, and shooting you down without mercy, if you dispute his authority, or resist his demands. He is too much of a gentleman to be guilty of such impostures, and insults, and villainies as these. In short, he does not, in addition to robbing you, attempt to make you either his dupe or his slave."

KURTje

Nor'easter why the big deal about the right to carry? If some thug knows I carry why would that be a problem? I agree with the Register's view. The Border Patrol operates on OUR $$.

Erie County Resident

@ kurt, if the SR was so concerned about the U.S. Constitution they would back away from attacking ANY of our rights including the 2nd Amendment.
This is what I'm seeing as the statement from Nor.

As far as you saying "If some thug knows I carry why would that be a problem?" To answer this it's better that these thugs have no idea who is carrying so they just might think about doing something stupid. It also makes you a target if thugs do know what they are walking into.

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usually I dont agree with what you write but this time you're dead on the mark. they are a gestapo type millitaried force

JMOP

Why are they throwing rocks at Boarder Patrol agents in the first place?

It may seem like a silly question, but are they being provoked, or are they throwing rocks to knock 'em out for easy passage, then steal their guns and shoot them.

Commenter

I know a waitress from Ottawa County that said she waited on the BP Agents and then saw the same guy in Walmart later in the day and she asked him what he did all day - he never came back to her restaurant.