US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-
No land border with Canada.
Two total cross-border arrests.
No arrests linked to the US/Canada border since May 31st, 2010.
Still no justification provided by elected officials or the US Border Patrol for an upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility.
Port Angeles USBP station- grand opening:
“Jones asked a Peninsula Daily News reporter to interview only Border Patrol personnel selected by the agency and to confine interviews of selected personnel to topics concerning the station’s opening.”
No topics to be discussed unless pre-approved by the agency in question.
Heroin is present in the community.
Arrest statistics are secret.
Border Patrol arrest statistics at Port Angeles must be more secret than west coast missile defense posture?
“The Pentagon intends to add the 14 interceptors to 26 already in place at Fort Greely, Alaska. That will expand the system’s ability to shoot down long-range missiles in flight before they could reach U.S. territory. In addition to those at Greely, the U.S. also has four missile interceptors at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.”
Denied FOIA requests-
“The Border Patrol has refused repeated requests by the Peninsula Daily News — including those made under the Freedom of Information Act — for arrest totals for the Port Angeles station, which covers a territory that includes Clallam and Jefferson counties.”
Local USBP whistleblower investigation results in further suppression of information. A proper investigation will reveal the truth- where is the report?
If Olympic Peninsula USBP operations are being downsized, why have local USBP personnel numbers been upsized?
If one thing could change to make this situation better, it would be for the US Border Patrol to develop a working relationship with the press.
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