Past Features

June 26, 2017

Mystery Chopper ID'd
New Cochise helicopter donated by Howard Buffett

From ABP video of June 13 border action at the San Pedro River.
Glenn Spencer -- June 26, 2017
Border Security now a Charity Case?
    On June 13, 2017, while taking video of our border banners, I spotted some unusual activity near the border and along the San Pedro River, I ended up making a video of what I saw.
    Here it is.
    Yesterday, the Sierra Vista Herald reported that Cochise County has a new helicopter, donated by the Howard G. Buffett foundation.
    In the video, I had reported that the helicopter that appeared to be working with U.S. Border Patrol agents, did not belong to Cochise County, as it was not a Eurocopter AS 350 B2. A review of the video, knowing that the county is operating a different helicopter, leads me to conclude that it was a Cochise County helicopter that seemed to be working with the U.S. Border Patrol. I estimated that it operated along the river for at least fifteen minutes.
    This is the third helicopter that ended up in the hands of Cochise County --- all donated by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.
    Living right on the San Pedro River for years, many times I have watched Customs and Border Protection helicopters operating in much the same way the helicopter I saw on June 13. The river is a well-known smuggling route.
    For the past seven years, American Border Patrol has been demonstrating technology that can reliably detect and identify anyone who crosses the border. Had this technology been in place where the San Pedro River crosses the border, suspects could have been stopped before they got many yards into the United States --- and the Cochise County helicopter and five U.S. Border Patrol units would have been saved what appeared to be the futile, and no doubt expensive, search effort of June 13.
    Failure of Customs and Border Protection to use proper technology and infrastructure to prevent border crossers has led to the need for private citizens to put up their own money to do the job, much in the same way Americans have donated to American Border Patrol - a charitable organization.
    Apparently American border security is now a charity case.