Past Features

March 8, 2017

Border Scandal Brewing?
Bad Camera Tower Decision - Deep State - or Pres. Trump?

Left: Mark Borkowski; Center: drone photo of tower T2; Right: Pres. Trump
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol -- March 8, 2017
$148 million mistake or deep state subversion?  
    On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Park Service issued a building permit for eight camera towers to be built in and near the Coronado National Monument and Forest in Southern Arizona.
    This special use permit was granted 21-days after Donald Trump, who promised to build a wall along the Mexican border, was elected President of the United States. At the time the permit was granted there was no way that the Park Service could have known what kind of wall President-elect Trump might build - or where.
    On January 25, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, that invoked the Secure Fence Act of 2006, as the legal authority for building his "wall". That Act authorized construction of a border 'wall' at the very section of border which the new border camera towers were designed to supposedly protect.
    The executive order includes....
(a) secure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border, monitored and supported by adequate personnel so as to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism;
    About one week after the signing of that executive order, construction was begun on the eight border camera towers --- no doubt with the approval of Customs and Border Protection, which was obviously aware of the presidential order.
   The executive order instructs the Secretary of Homeland Security to:
(d) Produce a comprehensive study of the security of the southern border, to be completed within 180 days of this order, that shall include the current state of southern border security, all geophysical and topographical aspects of the southern border, the availability of Federal and State resources necessary to achieve complete operational control of the southern border, and a strategy to obtain and maintain complete operational control of the southern border.
    When CBP allowed construction of the towers to begin, was Secretary Kelly aware of them? Did he decide that these towers were the most appropriate means of achieving operational control (prevention of illegal entry) along this section of the border?
    An aerial survey of three of the eight camera tower sites (here is just one) raises into serious question whether these towers would aid in the prevention of illegal entries at all - or whether they would be able to see any one trying to enter the U.S. illegally.
    I presented these arguments during interviews with Tucson's KGUN and KVOA TV --- and the Voice of America --- as well as an e-mail to the Sierra Vista Herald.
    It is my hope that responsible journalists will investigate this situation.
PS: The existing radar-controlled cameras at the Montezuma Pass are so useless they don't even turn them on --- and the door ajar on one unit tells me they were occupied! --- Watch