Past Features

January 6, 2017

ABP proven right again
But the media ignore it

American Border Patrol feature story -- July 9, 2015
Washington Post -- January 6
Congress looks to start building a Mexican border wall within months
    In a bid to swiftly deliver on one of President-elect Donald Trump’s chief campaign promises, congressional Republicans are exploring ways to begin funding a barrier on the U.S. southern border starting as soon as April.
    Multiple lawmakers described the plans Thursday, which would use authority under a 2006 law supported by Republicans and Democrats alike to justify spending that could eventually reach into the billions of dollars. 
    David Weigel contributed to this report.

Glenn Spencer's email to David Weigel, Washington Post - Jan. 6, 2017 - 4 AM MT
(No response as of 9 AM Mountain Time)
Dave,
    On July 9, 2015, shortly after Donald Trump announced plans to build a wall on the border, I said:
"Trump is Wrong About the Wall"
    Among other things, I argued that not being able to see through a wall is a security risk.
    Yesterday, the Washington Examiner reported that, while on a trip to inspect a wall in Israel, Senator Ron Johnson said that the wall should be see-through: "You want to see what's happening so that you can respond."
    I also said, "If Donald Trump wants to do something right away, he might start by finishing the 700-mile double-layered fence already approved by Congress (including Sen. Barack Obama) --- as he moves to install a border accounting system."
    Now, according to your report in today's Washington Post, the Trump organization has decided to do what I recommended 18 months ago.
    Ten years ago, I launched Operation B.E.E.F. to see if the Secure Fence Act of 2006 was being implemented. It wasn't. Senator Elizabeth Dole used Operation B.E.E.F. data to derail the 2007 amnesty bill in the Senate.
    I have been right about the border many times, yet, with the sole exception of your report of August, 2015, not one major U.S. news outlet has reported on my work.
    I have been visited by TV news crews from Germany (three times), Japan (three times), France, England, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark (three times), Norway (twice), Italy, Qatar, Canada and Brazil.
    Just in the past six months, my work --- especially my border technology --- has been featured in Norway, Denmark, Mexico and Japan.
    Here is just one example.
    Spanish-language outlets Univision and Televisa have done recent reports that I consider very positive.
    Please help me understand something. What am I to think of our media when foreign outlets think my work is important enough to fly crews thousands of miles to see what I am doing, but our own outlets won't cross the street?
Best,
Glenn

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