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Border Patrol Agents Ordered To Run, Hide From Shooters

Border Patrol Agents Ordered To Run, Hide From Shooters

JULY 17, 2012

Mexican drug-cartel violence is at an all-time high along the southern border yet the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ordered federal agents on the front line to “run away” and “hide” when encountering a shooter.

This may seem like a really bad joke, but it’s reality in the Obama DHS, which as we all know is headed by an official (Janet Napolitano) who is in deep denial about the severity of the crisis along the border. It wasn’t that long ago that Napolitano, who as Arizona governor advocated for illegal immigrants, declared the Mexican border “is as secure as it has ever been” and that violence in the area is merely a mistaken “perception.”

Those famous words, ridiculed in the press worldwide, came days after U.S. Border Patrol agents engaged in a violent gunshot battle with Mexican drug smugglers along the Rio Grande in Texas. The federal officers came under siege during a bust that netted half a ton of U.S.-bound marijuana. Yet the nation’s Homeland Security Secretary stood stoically at an El Paso port of entry called the Bridge of the Americas assuring that the area is safe and that “misinformation about safety” is negatively impacting border communities by driving visitors away and hurting local businesses.

DHS agents on the frontline, from the U.S. Border Patrol, know better. That’s why they are outraged that their delusional big boss has ordered them to flee when confronted with an armed person in public. The preposterous directive, intended to be kept quiet, was made public by the nation’s largest Border Patrol Union, which is located in Tucson Arizona. A nonprofit dedicated to studying the impact of immigration in the U.S. subsequently wrote about it in its blog.

The Border Patrol union reveals on its website that agents are forced to take lengthy computer courses known as “Virtual Learning Center” where they are taught in an “Active Shooter” course that if they encounter a shooter in a public place they are to “run away” and “hide.” Only if cornered by a shooter, as a last resort, should agents become “aggressive” and “throw things” at the attacker. They are also advised to “call law enforcement” and wait for their arrival.

This is downright insulting considering the U.S. Border Patrol is a law enforcement agency with officers that carry weapons for a reason. In the last few years violence in the southern border area has skyrocketed. In fact, DHS records show that as far back as 2008 there was a sharp increase in violence along the U.S. border with Mexico. The Obama Administration fought hard to keep the records secret but Judicial Watch forced their release with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. Read the report here.

More recently a State Department report exposed a “dramatic increase in violence” along the Mexican border and warned of “recent violent attacks and persistent security concerns” in the area. It lists tens of thousands of narcotics-related murders attributed to sophisticated and heavily armed drug cartels competing with each other for trafficking routes into the U.S. The agency repeatedly attributes the crisis to “narcoterrorism.”

In Texas the situation is so bad that state officials created a web site to track Mexican drug-cartel violence that’s transformed chunks of the southern border into a war zone. The Texas Department of Agriculture started the web site to keep farmers and residents informed about the growing danger created by Mexican drug cartels illegally crossing into the state. It’s occurring at an “increasingly alarming rate,” according to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Washington is ignoring the crisis.


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  • FinaBiscotti

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard = a lowlife as Head of DHS instructing our US Border Agents – “to run and hide or throw things” – when faced with a shooter – who is an illegal alien crossing the border into the USA – illegally?!

    As if it were not enough = Forcing our US Border agents under Obama’s Rules of Engagement – to only use BEAN BAG Ammunition – when approaching illegal aliens who “might” be armed – when the Obama Administration was ARMING Ilegal Aliens with weapon from their Operation Fast and Furious – is OUTRAGEOUS – and CRIMINAL.

    Our US Military is long overdue in grabbing these Enemies…

  • FinaBiscotti

    Obama, Holder, Napolitano – should be tried for TREASON – SEDITION – and MURDER as Domestic Terrorists – because of their Operation Fast and Furious – providing weapons to Illegal Aliens and Narco-Terrorists, providing safe haven on US soil to CRIMINALS, protecting their access in/out of the USA = ARMING a FOREIGN INVASION.
    They should be held accountable = Obama, Holder, Napolitano refusing to honor or accept the Constitutional Authority of the Governors of The United States of America – making a request for assistance to close, control and enforce our US Borders because of the EXTREME VIOLENCE in the Border states and spilling over from Mexico – were subjected to Obama’s Govt forcing our US Borders to remain open – to accommodate Operation Fast and Furious.

    As Traitors to our country, Obama and Holder were filing Lawsuits against States passing legal immigration state laws – after Obama’s Govt refused to enforce federal legal immigration Laws – refusing to control, close, enforce our US Borders – in spite of the EXTREME VIOLENCE that was being INCITED – under the radar – through Obama’s Operation Fast and Furious.

    Obama ignored his duty and obligation as POTUS – to honor the request of the Governors of the Border States – to protect the SOVEREIGNTY of our country – as a matter of NATIONAL SECURITY – that has now been jeopardized by Obama’s Operation Fast and Furious.

    These are acts of TREASON and SEDITION – maliciously intended – for the cause – of the COVER-UP of weapons from Operation Fast and Furious being found at crime scenes of the cold-blooded murders of US Border Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jaime Zapata; Holder’s BOGUS letter – submitting False and Misleading Information to Congress; Holder’s refusal to produce any other documents – when exposed for his FRAUD and deceitful practices of law; Holder’s conspiratorial conferences with Obama and the WH – for Obama to assert Executive Privilege – at the time Holder had deceived and falsely portrayed to the House Oversight Committee that he would be turning over all documents to the Committee – Holder going so far in his HOAX as to schedule the date, time and location – when Holder had no intention of turning over anything else; Obama informing the House Oversight Committee by “letter” that he would be asserting EP – but failed to follow proper procedures to “legally” assert EP – by cataloguing and identifying each document – and to indicate on “each” page, the cause to assert EP; Obama’s improper procedure to assert EP on documents that Holder himself had not asserted EP; Obama’s illegal actions to assert EP was intended to “prevent” = “obstruct” the Contempt Vote against Holder – was an EPIC FAILURE = the Contempt Vote against Holder proceeded – both Civil and Criminal – anyway.

    This is not an administration with an ideological difference w the American people and our elected members in Washington, DC.

    This is an administration who attained power through vote rigging, voter intimidation, election Fraud – who intends to overthrow the US Govt.

    Otherwise, Obama would be outraged that a FOREIGN INVASION was armed through Operation Fast and Furious. Instead, he is participating in a COVER-UP of arming a Foreign Invasion.

  • Kamaatz

    I agree with Dee Reilman: This is the most corrupt administration in the history of this country. We can’t even protect ourselves anymore. I pray the American people will be smarter come November and vote obama OUT.

  • Dee Reilman

    I have never seen such a ‘Corrupt’ Admin. in my life.,. Our Border Patrol Agents are ‘ARMED’… What will they do, replace all bullets with ‘bean-bags’ or rubber bullets… while our Agents are putting their LIVES on the Line? WHAT AN INSULT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS WELL… This Admin, is forcing the Civilians to ‘fight for their lives’, since they will not PROTECT OUR BORDERS!! PATHETIC!!

  • weber1113

    I wonder how long it will be before this administration requires our military to run and hide from the enemy? One of the things absolutely required of the government in the Constitution is to protect citizens. I fail to see how running and hiding is protecting anything.

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