Past Features

July 19, 2015

McSally declines border invitation
Politics Trumps border security?

Texas Congressional Representative Michael McCaul addresses media Saturday on the Ladd Ranch along the United States/Mexico border in Palominas. McCaul, who brought 22 of his colleagues from across the country to tour the border, is the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security. Ranch owner John Ladd, left, and District 2 Representative Martha McSally flank McCaul during his talk. -- Sierra Vista Herald
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol -- July 19, 2015   
Martha and Me
 
   Martha McSally was elected to represent the 2nd Congressional District in Arizona. A former A-10 pilot with an excellent record, everyone thought she would be perfect for the border. Maybe not.
    Right after she was sworn in, Rep. McSally visited the border where she saw first-hand the problem of ultralight aircraft intrusions.

Sierra Vista Herald -- January 10, 2015
"Her fifth day as a member of Congress was highlighted by witnessing some of the challenges Border Patrol agents face as they try to identify and intercept drugs being brought into the United States by foot and by air. An ultralight aircraft was detected near the Border Patrol helicopter she was in, so she got to be on board during an attempted intercept."
American Border Patrol -- January 14, 2015
    "This story truly shows the seriousness of the ultralight problem. ABP has tested a system to detect ultralights, but the government isn't interested in it. As a former Air Force A-10 pilot, Rep. McSally must know these things -- and a lot more. There is something seriously amiss in this story." --- Glenn Spencer
Five months and no response
For the past five months I and others who are well known in the border community have asked Rep. McSally to come to the border for a demonstration of technology that can solve the ultralight problem --- and a lot more. She has yet to do so.
Operational Control of the Border
 
   For the past ten years I have focused on the issue of Operational Control of the border.
    Here are two examples: This and this.
    On May 14, 2015, I received a letter from Rep. McSally asking for my help in achieving Operational Control of the border. This was a fund raising letter, no doubt sent to thousands.
    Rep. McSally knows who I am and what I do. For months I have been trying to get the opportunity to explain to her how we can achieve Operation Control of the border, only to be asked for a donation to help her do it. I would have done it for free.
    On May 20, following more complaints by me, someone from Rep. McSally's Sierra Vista office did visit the border and saw a demonstration of the border technology - and it detected an ultralight just as promised. But I have been trying to explain to the good congresswoman herself how the system could help achieve operational control of the border, but to no avail.
    Can anyone explain why?

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