(from Judicial Watch, in part)
The U.S. Border Patrol alters statistics involving the apprehension of criminal illegal immigrants to conceal that thousands are being released, a new federal audit reveals. The frontline Homeland Security agency charged with preventing terrorists and weapons—including those of mass destruction—from entering the country also skews figures to drastically deflate the high recidivism rate of aliens caught entering the U.S.
The distressing details of this crucial agency’s crafty record-keeping practices are outlined in a scathing report issued this month by the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The probe focuses on a Border Patrol system developed to address a smuggling crisis along the southwest border. It’s officially known as Consequence Delivery System (CDS) and is used to identify the most effective and efficient consequences to deter illegal cross border activity in each of the agency’s sectors. For the system to work, the Border Patrol must report accurate information involving illegal aliens who are apprehended.
Instead, it appears that federal agents on the ground are being ordered to fudge the numbers as part of a broader Obama administration effort to protect illegal immigrants and falsely portray the Mexican border as safe. The GAO report suggests that Border Patrol headquarters directed agents to misclassify criminal illegal aliens, presumably to hide the fact that they were being released instead of prosecuted. Officials interviewed as part of the probe “said that agents received oral direction from headquarters to reclassify criminal aliens who cannot be given a consequence of federal prosecution, and that written data integrity guidance to sectors did not include activities for checking the accuracy of alien classifications,” the GAO report states.
The misclassification of apprehended illegal immigrants resulted in nearly 4,000 criminal aliens being returned to their home country rather than prosecuted between 2013 and 2015, the GAO found. After analyzing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) data, congressional investigators determined that an astounding 94% (109,080) of the 116,409 aliens given a consequence of warrant or notice to appear still had an open case and “may remain in the United States.” Thousands more escaped criminal prosecution because they were not properly classified. “Specifically, of the approximate 15,000 apprehensions of criminal aliens who were not classified according to CDS guidance between fiscal years 2013 and 2015, 8 percent were recommended for criminal prosecution (3,912 apprehensions) compared to 47 percent of all criminal aliens during that timeframe,” the GAO writes.
In some cases, Department of Justice (DOJ) restrictions limit the number of illegal aliens that can be referred for prosecution, the report says. This leaves agents in a bind and hesitant to apply consequences that require referral to federal partners. Here’s an example: “Rio Grande Valley sector officials said that while agents apprehended over 129,000 aliens in fiscal year 2015, the sector can only refer about 40 immigration-related cases each day to the corresponding USAO District (Southern District of Texas) for prosecution. Once this daily limit is reached, agents must apply an alternative consequence that is not the Most Effective and Efficient as defined by the CDS guide.”
Recidivism numbers are kept down by using an unscrupulous system that only classifies an apprehended illegal alien as recidivist if he or she had been previously caught within a fiscal year. The system doesn’t account for immigrants with no record of removal after apprehension and who may have remained in the United States without the opportunity to recidivate. The Border Patrol guidance also states that a first-time apprehension classification may be used on an alien that has been apprehended by another agency. Congressional investigators determined that the Border Patrol system slashed recidivism numbers in half. In one outrageous case cited in the report an “alien apprehended 54 times in the Rio Grande Valley sector between October 2012 and May 2015 was classified as a First Time Apprehension 6 times.”
Two of my ‘spies’ in FEDGOV tell me that President Trump requested letters of resignation from all department heads, so he could then choose which to accept. The FIRST he accepted was the head of the Border Patrol.
The Border Patrol has been, in varying degrees, hamstrung for the past eight years. Essentially, get paid but don’t do your job!
Reportedly, for the first time in it’s history, The Border Patrol (union) openly supported a presidential candidate.
Reports of wild cheering and dancing along the border once the election had been completed were unconfirmed.
Much of the Internet Vanguard (Borepatch, The Silicon Graybeard et al) have chided us for years regarding not just the intrusion of government and business into lives, but our voluntarily providing too much information to them – like posting when you are leaving for vacation on Facebook.
Well, my friends, Internet intrusion has indeed jumped the shark! (or perhaps a more adult euphemism!)
(from Wirecutter, in part)
A woman is suing her (appliance name excised for taste) manufacturer for knowing too much about when and how she uses it.
A few weeks ago, two researchers told the Defcon hacking convention audience that We Vibe “smart” sex toys send a lot of data about their users back to the company that makes them. According to Courthouse News, one We Viber took this news hard. A woman known only as “N.P.” filed a class action civil suit in a federal court in Illinois against Standard Innovation, which makes the We Vibe line of sex toys and corresponding app.
The smartphone app lets users “customize” their We Vibe experience, unlock app-only “bonus” vibration modes such as the “cha-cha-cha” and the “crest,” and “create unlimited custom playlists,” according to the product’s website. In the suit, N.P. says she bought a We Vibe in May and used it “several times” until she realized that it was sending data about her usage practices back to Standard Innovation’s servers, including when she used it, which vibration settings she used, and her email address.
And here I was concerned about license plate readers, facial identity programs and grocery store purchase trackers!
She obviously thought she was the master of her domain*, anonymously…
*a Seinfeld reference
…and didn’t we despise him for it?
from Free North Carolina
Congressional Republicans say IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who was brought in by President Obama to clean up the agency after the targeting scandal, has failed — and even misled Congress during the investigation. Some Republicans are even pursuing impeachment against Mr. Koskinen, accusing him of defying a subpoena for former senior IRS executive Lois G. Lerner’s emails by allowing computer backup tapes to be destroyed.
Even outside of impeachment, the House GOP has proposed a new round of budget cuts for the IRS, aimed at trying to deliver a message that Mr. Koskinen’s tenure has been unacceptable.
And the tax agency is still defending itself in a series of court cases. In addition to the NorCal class action case, the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., is currently considering an appeal by tea party groups who argue the targeting is still going on.
“One thing remains clear: Continued litigation is the only way to force the IRS‘ hand in order to expose its targeting scheme that was coordinated with the help of the DOJ and other federal agencies so that we can obtain justice for those patriotic Americans who were unconstitutionally targeted by their own government,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, which is representing some of the plaintiffs in the appeals case.More @ The Washington Times
Even ONE of these heroes making this choice is unacceptable! (Day #11 of 22)
♫ Go together like a horse and carriage…♫
Once upon a time, I owned a home.
Nice corner lot.
In a sketchy neighborhood – it was all I could afford.
After a car ran into the house (driven by a drunk driver), a subsequent burglary (renovation workers?), and a plumbing failure with mold threatening, the insurance company cancelled my insurance.
A subsequent water damage problem came concurrent with the onset of my cancer, and loss of the house and insurance, home and medical.
Yeah, I know. Just lucky, I guess. 🙂
I did land ‘on my feet’, thanks to a good friend who allowed me to move in with her, and being awarded medical disability. Fortunately, not only do I get SSDI, but I had the foresight to obtain additional private carrier disability insurance when I was employed. Together, they make just enough for me to survive.
But the private insurer likes to give me hoops to jump through – like me sending them medical and financial records – lest I appear to be actually working and getting ‘extra’ unauthorized funds from them monthly!
The joys of bureaucracy.
Now, my former employer, TMCCC*, has contacted me suggesting I take retirement! I just turned 62. And as I haven’t accessed their human resources website in many years, I had to jump through even more hoops.
All to advise them I’ve no plans to retire until 2017 – when I turn 65.
At least I’m not a close friend who gleefully signed up for Obamacare! When it came time to renew their government-mandated medical insurance, they were told they could keep it. For an additional $300 a month!
Unable to afford it, they opted for AHCCCS – Arizona’s Medicaid option.
And trying to advise the federal government they were discontinuing one insurance, and starting another was (in a word) difficult. Apparently, one calls in and leaves a message, so ‘they’ can call you back. ‘They’ do so (days later), and then threaten you with prosecution for not having insurance – even though you explained to them you were simply changing to another carrier!
(I should have included this in my previous posts regarding customer service, I know!)
I know all of us must deal with some variety of bureaucracy and it’s web of crap, but, with this modern age of computers, the Internet and menu prompts, you’d think it would be easier?
Especially on the older with infirmities.
*TMCCC – That Major Credit Card Company, where I was employed 22 years.
Now the EPA has also lost emails due to hard drive crashes?
GEE, I wonder if I told the IRS MY tax records were lost due to a bad hard drive?
There seems to be a concerted effort being made to unravel history.
We all know that history is written by the winners. This is why we in the United States call it the American Revolution. I don’t know what British historians call it.
Since the Federals won the Civil War, that’s what it’s called. Except in States who had been in rebellion, who refer to it as The War Between The States.
Etruscans vs. Romans? I’ve no idea what the Etruscans called it – there aren’t any left to ask!
Certain countries in Europe have begun registering Jewish people, again. British schools aren’t allowed to mention The Holocaust, lest that offend the ever-increasing, more political, and violent, radical Muslim populations.
Ad infinitum, ad nauseum.
I recently received an email from one of my regular blog readers with a link designed to unravel history. It shows photographs, maps and such, purported to be of Auschwitz, showing cafeterias, recreational areas, etc. in an effort to claim the final solution is some kind of fiction, and we have been sold a bill-of-goods; that the Jews made it all up, and they have their propagandistic agenda, not the Nazis!
Other Nazi documentation, testimony, photographs, notwithstanding!
NO, I’ll not name the source, nor link to the material.
I’m not Jewish, however I’ve family members who witnessed the atrocities, and have spoken personally with military medical personnel (a friend’s father) who patched up camp survivors, and heard their testimony.
But the lies continue to be perpetuated across the Internet.
I STAND WITH ISRAEL AND JEWS AND FREE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE, just as I stand with The United States, warts and all.
And I stand against such disgusting propaganda in the same way I stand against the people who want to erase OUR rights.
We must remain ever-vigilant, my friends, for ALL free people! – Guffaw
it IS a big story and may make a difference in the outcome of the election*.
Joe Huffman tells the story…
And the President invokes Executive Privilege on documents relating to communications about Fast and Furious, even though both he and the A.G. have stated they knew nothing about it.
SO, how could there be communications requiring privilege?
For those interested in history, President Nixon invoked Executive Privilege regarding Watergate communications, and the Supreme Court told him he couldn’t do that.
Of course, no one died as a result of a third-rate burglary and wiretapping…
Thousands of Mexican citizens and at least two United States Federal Agents have been killed with these weapons smuggled into Mexico by U.S. law enforcement or their minions. All this in an effort to force more ‘gun control’ measures in the United States.
Truly sad and pathetic.
*not that the other guy will be
much any better!
h/t The View From North Central Idaho
In the pre-Internet era, much of the time, a P.I. had to rely on his dogged determination and shoe leather to get information.
This meant traveling from government office to government office, filling out record requests, and paying ‘fees’ to obtain information.
State Driver License and Automobile Registration were just such an item. Then wait in line like the other legal services (process-service, insurance companies, law firms, credit companies, prospective employers), in other words, people without a badge and a radio to obtain the same information.
In certain cases, the information was available over the telephone, like licensed pilot and airplane registration information. And some Voter Registration and Property Tax records. (c. 1981)
And sometimes, like court cases, there was no charge, per se (except downtown parking), and the inconvenience of leaving one’s sidearm locked in the car. Metal detectors, ya know. Once again, no badge.
But every so often, someone would offer some of the data, in your office, for a small fee.
One case was a guy who had procured the Superior Court Index of Cases (on microfiche) and was selling copies of said fiche and renting viewing machines. He also had some Motor Vehicle Data and Airplane information. Seemed, he had been dumpster diving behind some government offices.
He was also a known meth head. Last I knew, he had his room and board taken care of by the State.
And the State had taken additional measures to make certain out-of-date fiche were properly disposed of.
Of course, an employee-on-the-inside was the best to get, if one had the fortitude to pull it off and not end up roommates with the aforementioned meth freak.
I was aware of a PI who knew a dispatcher for a State Law Enforcement Agency. The system used to pull information off NCIC/ACIC required a sign-in sheet, with the particulars kept for 24 hours. This meant over the weekend, the request log would be destroyed, as was any record of said request.
Let’s just say that person is no longer a PI, and the dispatcher no longer dispatches. Further this affiant sayeth not.
I also knew another long-time PI downtown. If someone was legally employed in the U.S., he could determine where, how much they made, and how long they had been employed there, with other particulars.
Quite a coup for a lowly P.I.
Made me wish I had a son who worked for the Social Security Administration!
Of course, today, security is much tighter. Right?