Past Features

November 23, 2017

Recognizing a hero on
Thanksgiving Day

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CNN -- November 22, 2017    
Mother of Border Patrol agent struggling to understand son's death
    Rogelio Martinez was always one to follow the rules. So when he saw an opportunity to become a US Border Patrol agent, he joined to help enforce the law, said his mother, Elvia Martinez.
    Rogelio was "a very good man, a very good son," she said. He stayed in touch with her every single day on the phone.
    Until this weekend.
    Martinez, 36, died at a hospital Sunday morning, a day after he was found injured in a culvert in southwest Texas in what the FBI has described as a "tragic incident." Both Martinez and another Border Patrol agent suffered traumatic head injuries and other wounds such as broken bones, according to the FBI.
    But the details of what happened to the agents remain unclear, and Elvia Martinez said the entire family cannot understand why her beloved son is dead.
    "I loved him, and I miss him," she said.

Glenn Spencer -- November 23, 2017 
Giving thanks to Rogelio --- and asking why
    Rogelio Martinez went in harms way for our nation. He put his life at risk for his country --- and paid the ultimate price. His mother said he was "a very good man". How true.
    Our nation is blessed with good men like Rogelio Martinez who consistently show devotion to America and we should give thanks for them --- especially on Thanksgiving Day.
    As we give thanks to heroes like agent Martinez, we should make sure their lives weren't lost due to the failure of their nation to give them the best support possible.
    Most reports are that Martinez was responding to an alarm sent by a ground sensor. However, according to CNN, a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman said that Martinez was not responding to a sensor hit.
    If agent Martinez was responding to a ground sensor alarm, there will be a record in a system called ICAD.
The Intelligent Computer Assisted Detection (ICAD) system operates a network of underground sensors and cameras installed along the U.S. border that detects the presence or movement of individuals and relays that information to U.S. Border Patrol Sector Headquarters.
    ICAD records the date, time, and location of the activity, as well as details input by the Border Patrol Agent investigating the incident.
    The CNN report included a claim by the BP spokesman said that it was possible that Martinez may have used “car to car mode” to call for help that wasn't recorded.
    Agents cannot get ground sensor alarms directly --- they are told of an alarm by radio from their station --- and that should be recorded.
    Every location of a ground sensor is known by the Border Patrol and it should be a simple matter of seeing if a ground sensor was close to the point where agent Martinez was attacked.
    Cable news outlet reports that agent Martinez was following “footprints” when attacked.
    The attack happened in the dead of night --- how would agent Martinez have found those footprints without having been directed to the location by a ground sensor alarm?
    All evidence points to an alarm by a ground sensor that ended up with the attack on agent Martinez.
    The next question is --- as Michelle Malkin has asked --- Malkin: Dumb sensors, deadly consequences --- did agent Martinez lose his life because the nation he fought to protect did not give him the technology he needed to protect himself?
    And, finally, denial by a Border Patrol spokesman of the involvement of ground sensors should have been easily confirmed with information immediately available to CBP --- leaving us with the question --- if a ground sensor was involved --- why the denial?