While I don’t see anything revealed in this video about James Comey having direct ties to El Chapo, I would be very surprised if there was absolutely nothing between them. All the alphabet agencies are in the business of first using then burning assets like El Chapo.
While “we” got El Chapo, “we” let a few dozen folks who operate in very similar manner go on about their business. Because “we” benefit from it. The Great War on Drugs must go on and “we” have to show a win once in a while. Or, as in this case, “we” will stage a win.
The last 40 seconds of this video should be enough to convince anybody that the War on Drugs is nothing more than a giant game of Red Rover, where every player has a role.
So what is the right solution to the “Border Crisis“?
Every president since Bush senior has declared there is a border crisis, but it wasn’t until Trump took office that it became “inhumane” to detain illegal aliens. Even though we have been doing that all along and under worse living conditions than now.
If there were a physical barrier along those long stretches between entry ports along our southern border, the current Border Patrol personnel could handle the load instead of combing the desert using half million dollar thermal imaging devices and desert patrol vehicles.
But Nancy wants 30.000 additional people (times 40,000 to 60,000 dollars per year while working ($1,350,000,000) plus a retirement level equal to say 10 or 12 thousand a year) equipped with super high tech desert patrol vehicles.
Just how fast will that add up to the cost of the barrier? Maybe 10 years. Maybe. More like 8 or even 6. But once they are on the government payroll, the bureaucracy won’t let them go, so no matter how much illegal or legal immigration falls off, those additional government employees billets will never go away. Bureaucracies simply don’t work like that.
Oh, and I almost forgot, the $1.35 Billion per year is just the straight wages
and does not include the overhead rates (yes, gov’t activities charge an overhead rate). Without looking up the exact rate for each locality (yes, they vary), I could make a very conservative guess that the rate (that includes the wages paid) would be something over a hundred dollars per labor hour. If each new agent worked full time with out any over time (yeah, right), that would be 2,080 hours times 100 dollars per hour times 30,000. (drum roll, please) that comes out at $6.24 Billion in the first year. Yes, that’s over a half a billion dollars more in the first year for labor alone than Trump requested in the first year.for a permanent one time, (non recurring cost) physical barrier.
Now, take that times a 30 year career for each of those 30,000 employees: $187.2 Billion dollars for labor alone, without folding in cost of living allowances (COLA). Shall I do the math for the “hi tech barrier” that will be better and “more humane”? Did I mention that the hi tech desert patrol vehicles outfitted with all the gizmos and dodads cost in excess of half a million dollars each and that those thirty thousand additional agents will be 2 to a vehicle? If the current work force of 21,000 also get those sweet rides, then that’s another bunch of overpriced hardware. Oh wait, I guess I already did that math: $12.75 Billion, and I assure you they will be top heavy and will roll over killing some of those agents just as the HMMVV’s did in Iraq and Afghanistan, just costing way more up front. And they will have to be replaced as soon the contractor supplying them needs a shot in the arm or there is some “upgrade” available.
And then there are the drones that Nancy wants to use to patrol the border. The ones she has in mind are very much like the ones we use to kill terrorists, but they will be flying over our own cities.
That is Nancy Petrotski’s solution. And it sucks. It will not address the problems of the Border crisis
Please build that wall and double the capacity to process immigrants at the ports of entry and triple the potential to deport those who choose to ignore the law.
THEI’s Own Rick Osmon on Coast To Coast AM with George Noory for 4th of July
Second Half: Rick Osmon was a civilian electronics technician with US Navy where he worked with the highest levels of technology. Applying his knowledge to archeological [sic] evidence, he claims to have found sites occupied by ancient Romans and others in North America.
Tune in to hear how ancient people, including Romans in America, communicated all the way across a continent in a day using a line of sight communications network.
Probably by the time I get this post finished and published, there will have been 10,000,000 views (ten million!) of this web site since December 15, 2012. And, no, the world didn’t end shortly after that either…
Anyway, it’s is with our thanks I announce a milestone of folks actually clicking on our stuff
The Sun story (I found thanks to the Drudge Report) about a 460 foot long yacht that sports its own helo pad and airship is kinda cool. I’m not sure it’s practical, but it’s kinda cool. I guess practicality may depend on your application or need for vindication.
Of course, the US Navy has the most complete history of pairing airships to surface ships, but everybody from NASA to Goodyear has practical application under their respective belt. To date, most of the practical application has been for surveillance or observation.
We’ve also carried stories about heavy lift freight airships, remote access hospital modules deployed by airship, equatorial arboreal species scientists using airships to enable research, and dozens of other potential applications of airships. And yet, the only airships we see commonly are somehow tied to sports or other major event coverage…. Meaning, of course, a form of surveillance and observation.
You’ve also seen us publish many, many stories about “drones”. How they have and will continue to endanger your privacy while adding to both your potential for improving personal security and detracting from it.
So what happens when the two technologies combine? What happens when a drone can stay aloft for months at a time while supporting the types of cameras that can read a license plate from a hundred and eight miles in space? Will they be used to capture more cute kitten footage for Facebook?
Governor Brown has expressed his intent to defy Federal / Presidential orders to deport criminal illegal aliens. But weather this past week has dumped enough rain to endanger 350,000 legal residents with sudden floods. The money that is being spent to maintain all the services for those illegal immigrants could have been spent on infrastructure, including the Oroville dam.
It looks like the whole west coast is in for another week of the same weather pattern. Brown may be swept away himself before this is over.
To believe the news channels you would think President Trump had ordered mass murder. Or that he had at least banned all travel to the US by muslims.
For anyone who relies on ANY talking head on MSM to interpret the meaning of anything major, shame on you for your laziness. If it’s something that really matters, I always go read the primary source and I re-read it and interpret it for myself. Sadly, the new Whitehouse hasn’t gotten around to publishing that one yet at the time of my writing, so, sadly, I’m relying on a *gasp* MSM as a reliable source of the text. In this rare case, it’s CNN. Maybe the Whitehouse Web Master has Sundays off. No where in the EO does it ban immigration. Or refugees. It allows for case by case for those in true dire need. What it does is put the State Department and Department of Homeland Security on the hook to fix the damn vetting system forthwith. And make it capable of serious, comprehensive vetting for hundreds of thousands of refugees. And it sets benchmarks for the performance of those departmental tasks, feasible if not easy ones. And gives those department 60 days to do so. It also puts a 90 day hold on new visas from select countries until they, the departments, can straighten out what’s wrong and fix it. And 120 day delay in accepting refugees. Honest, that’s what it says. It says nothing about extending the time limits nor the conditions of the tasks nor the visa hold or any conditions that might lead to a change there. It did task those agencies to make sure that if anyone was vetted by a foreign state under false pretenses would understand exactly how such an act would affect relations between our two nations, maybe not in those exact terms, but the idea is clearly there. That is a very well placed, but unsaid bit of foreign policy :
“(e) After the 60-day period described in subsection (d) of this section expires [the task completion time for the departments – Rick], the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall submit to the President a list of countries recommended for inclusion on a Presidential proclamation that would prohibit the entry of foreign nationals (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas) from countries that do not provide the information requested pursuant to subsection (d) of this section until compliance occurs.
(f) At any point after submitting the list described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security may submit to the President the names of any additional countries recommended for similar treatment”
That is freaking brilliant! It puts both departments on notice to not only fix this, but to work together to accomplish that. And it tasks those departments to at least try to get the other governments, you know, the seven on the list, to cooperate. It also puts seven countries on notice to get their act together about either state supported terrorism or passive support or prepare to be isolated.
The emergency stay for the two guys at JFK issued by the Brooklyn Fed judge would be under the clause about case by case and dire need. An emergency stay has a time limit. So do the Depatments of State and of Homeland Security.
Hey, read it for yourself and let me know if and where you disagree. Read it HERE. Or better yet, oops. Whitehouse website still dark on this one.HERE
At least ABC’s coverage of everything is, oddly, some of the most “well rounded” for the issue
See that HERE
Trump added three to the already existing 2011 list because of reccommedations from the departments. The State Department can offer recommendations for additions or removals to that list.
The New York Federal Court placed a temporary,”emergency stay” for two men who were turned down for entry, who also happened to have green cards. At least one is already released. The judge did not “strike down” any part of the EO. As for it being overturned by ANY court capable of making it stick, it has never yet happened.
The “wall” will most likely be re-enforced precast concrete, vertical steel erected like highway noise barrier at 20′ high. Going rate (along our highways) about $1.5 million per mile. However, there is already some form of wall or barrier along some 650 miles of the border. But let’s say we wanted all the border to have nice new bight and shiny wall to make it pretty. Then the total construction would be around $2,899,000,000.00 ($2.9 Billion). Installed. Trump’s estimate was $8 to $10 Billion. And given the efficiency of government and government contractors, he’s probably not all that far off.
Of course, the wall by itself won’t be a 100% effective as a deterrent. Enforcement of existing and future policies and laws regarding immigration will be carried out by the US Border Patrol under the the management of Department of Homeland Security (another boondoggle factor, to be sure. So let’s say it costs $15 Billion.)
As to the number of Border Patrol agents required to cover 3 shifts, there are already 21,000 US Border Patrol Agents. Only about 2/3rds of those are along the Mexican border. Beginning about 2009 they have been hampered in enforcing the law by presidential decree. The agents are already trained, equipped, outfitted, and anxious to get back to doing their damn jobs. They are assisted by dogs, horses, drones, night vision cameras, night vision goggles, boats, airboats, hover craft, helicopters, planes and aerostats, thermal imagers, first rate communications arrays, ground sensors, and some of the best detection equipment the US can buy. The only thing they haven’t had in the past eight years is permission to do their damn jobs.
Illegal workers send (by wire transfer) $21 to $24 Billion home to Mexico (and Guatamala, Honduras, Belize, China, Russia, other) via Wells Fargo and other wire transfer every year. That’s $21 Billion REMOVED from the USGDP every year. Worse, it’s removed from local areas with highest numbers of illegal aliens. And it doesn’t include the free schooling, free health care, food stamps, nor does it reflect the estimated $150 Billion in drug money that is sent via other, less traceable means. “The Remittance Status Verification Act, introduced by then-Senator David Vitter (R-La.) in 2014 but never passed into law, would have fined senders of international cash transfers seven percent of the transfer amount if they could not show “proof of status under U.S. immigration laws.” (Source)
So that means that the $21 Billion just grew to more than $200 Billion.
In other words, a $3 Billion dollar wall coupled with a fee to send US dollars by illegal aliens will pay for the wall in about a month. But that won’t stem the tide of money leaving. It will, however, help stem the tide of illegal aliens.