Archives for category: Newspeople not asking questions

In the news: Border Crossings Down 70 percent, or various percentages. Several reports here.

When will we hear of reduced supplies of heroin in local communities? Surely the press would advise us as soon as they had new information to share?

Note: The press seems to be committed to not asking questions about why a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security is unable to keep heroin out of hometown, USA.

Heroin crisis: A situation involving illegal product moved from outside the US into local communities. The US Dept. of Homeland Security has jurisdiction at the border, border crossings & ports of entry.

Opioid crisis: Term favored by the press & politicians to describe the abuse of product which may be stolen from Grandma’s medicine cabinet- also a very serious issue.

Accurate reporting allows people to learn how to prevent future incidents.

Anytime there is a plane crash- a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents.

Was the aircraft fueled with opioids before it crashed? Was it running on heroin?

Recovery, rehab, treatment, & addiction are important parts of this story.

What part of the story is missing?

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

 

Morning after posting this blog:

Washington Post: The No. 1 reason why Trump’s wall won’t fix the drug problem

“Drugs that flow across the Southwest border, like heroin, are primarily transported through existing border checkpoints via cars and trucks. Those checkpoints will be there whether the wall gets built or not.”

Mexican drug cartels “transport the bulk of their drugs over the Southwest border through ports of entry (POEs) using passenger vehicles or tractor trailers,” the DEA writes in its 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment.

 

Taking a look around-

$485 million in federal grant money to assist states after federal agents manning a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep heroin-trafficking cartels from moving product into local communities: Indiana gets nearly $11M to combat heroin, opioid abuse

STATE OF ADDICTION: Indiana State Police fight statewide heroin epidemic

CROSSROADS OF CRISIS: Heroin overdoses on the rise in Southern Indiana
County health officer says epidemic is getting worse

Opioid and heroin overdoses reach ‘crisis level’ in Maryland

Law enforcement authorities roll into action on heroin bust after strict post 911 security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security & passports/enhanced & Real IDs fail to keep product out of anytown, USA. Frequent news updates here.

Welcome Home Troops

Heroin crisis- frequent news updates here.

Heroin epidemic- frequent news updates here.

Daily updates on facebook here:

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

More here:

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence: 190 Kilograms of Heroin Rolls Up into Chicago

Cartel Rides Meth Superhighway into Spokane

Port Angeles Heroin – Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

 

 

 

Photo-

South entrance- Port Townsend Ship Canal

Is local CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

 

In the news:

Brady among several New England Patriots players set to skip White House visit

Any team that cannot fully participate in White House events should suffer a loss of DOD funding for giant flag rituals, halftime ceremonies honoring decades of failed wars that never end, etc.

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

In the news:

DHS’s Kelly joins Sessions in signaling a hard line on legalized marijuana

“Two days after downplaying the role of marijuana in the nation’s drug war, Department of Homeland Security John Kelly changed course on Tuesday, calling it a “potentially dangerous gateway drug” and saying his agency would continue to arrest and investigate those who traded in it in violation of federal law.”

Kelly says critical lawmakers should changes laws or shut up

“In a wide-ranging speech, Kelly also promised a border crackdown on marijuana, which is illegal under federal law but legal under state law in eight states and the District of Columbia.”

General Kelly,

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

 

Local history:

In 2008, Washington was one of several legal medical marijuana states.

Olympic Peninsula immigration checkpoint-

At a checkpoint- away from any border crossing or port of entry- the US Border Patrol stopped a legal medical marijuana user with a legal amount of medical marijuana. He was a passenger in a car:

Small-scale pot busts snared in Border Patrol stops

 

Boder Patrol public forum-

In 2008, the US Border Patrol came to Jefferson County, WA and set up suspicionless checkpoints and bus boardings- away from border crossings and ports of entry.

At a local Border Patrol forum a lady asked:

“What is the penalty for not identifying oneself to federal agents at an internal, suspicionless checkpoint?”

US Border Patrol said they would call in the Sheriff when a person refused to identify themselves.

Sheriff says they will not respond to a non-emergency situation involving a person peaceably refusing to interact with federal agents.

Question about providing ID is at 0:35

Will the Joint Chiefs of Staff send The Troops to safeguard American freedoms?

More here:

Saying No to the federal government

End the Military-Civilian Divide?

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo- Foggy morning at Libbey Beach

 

In the news:

Commentary: National service narrows military-civilian divide

“Less than one-half of one percent of Americans currently serve in uniform, while the 99-plus percent realize the benefit while bearing none of the burden.”

Mark Shields: Now More Than Ever, America Needs Mandatory National Service

“And mandatory two-year national service — civilian or military — is imperative to help us understand the responsibility, as well as the rights, of citizenship and build our connections with our fellow citizens.”

 

Recommendations for ending the divide:

Stop glorifying military service.

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

Stop telling us that undeclared/unwon wars overseas are somehow linked to American rights & freedoms.

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

Many veterans claim to have served to protect American rights & freedoms.

How does this work?

Do the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

Black people were still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory.

Women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI.

Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

Is there any case in which the US Armed Forces have been sent to distant lands on a mission to protect freedom of speech?

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Phase out failed wars that never end.

Get away from the ongoing militarization of American culture.

Some businesses are now setting aside parking for veterans. The designated spots we are talking about here are for all veterans- no requirement Re: earning the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, having any physical disability, etc.

Where are the veterans who don’t want free meals, discounts, head of the line privileges at the airport, etc.

Hey veterans- do you get special parking spots on base? Why move to divide people up into groups of first & second-class citizens away from the base?

This may all be some sort of post-Vietnam guilt at work. The guilt doesn’t seem to work towards ending decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

More here:

Vietnam-Style Body Counts

A Land of Make Believe

Glorifying Military Service During Failed Wars That Never End

Nasty Notes & Veterans Parking

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo at top

Beach Day – Ebey’s Landing

 

In the news:

Opioid education topic of Narcan Night Oak Harbor

No mention of heroin anywhere in the above article.

Heroin crisis: A situation involving illegal product moved from outside the US into local communities. The US Dept. of Homeland Security has jurisdiction at the border, border crossings & ports of entry.

With a budget of $40.6 billion– how is the US Dept. of Homeland Security doing at keeping heroin away from local communities?

Opioid crisis: Term favored by the press & politicians to describe the abuse of product which may be stolen from Grandma’s medicine cabinet- also a very serious issue.

Accurate reporting allows people to learn how to prevent future incidents.

Anytime there is a plane crash- a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents.

Was the aircraft fueled with opioids before it crashed? Was it running on heroin?

Recovery, rehab, treatment, & addiction are important parts of this story.

What part of the story is missing?

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

Whidbey News-Times,

Please consider doing a story/asking questions about why heroin continues to move past a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and on into local communities.

Welcome Home Troops

 

More here:

Whidbey Heroin Boondoggle – Zero questions from the press

More Puget Sound Meth & Heroin – Zero questions from the press

Cartel Rides Meth Superhighway into Spokane

Port Angeles Heroin – Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

Puget Sound Coastal Patrol Boats

 

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Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

 

 

 

Photo- Big driftwood at West Beach

 

In the news:

Federal authorities seize more than 190 kilograms of heroin after product moves past federal authorities manning a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security- then rolls up into Chicago.

Wonder what was happening at border crossing inspections during the 12 months these folks were under investigation. Do the good guys who made the local bust notify the good guys at the border about the weak links in their process?

Suburban men charged in connection with Mexico-to-Chicago drug pipeline

Feds target Chicago-area drug dealers in ‘Operation Over the Top’

19 Charged, St. Charles Heroin Warehouse Uncovered in Mexico-to-Chicago Drug Pipeline Bust

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your many years of service in Iraq & Afghanistan- working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Tried to have your back with strict post-911 security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and passports, enhanced & Real IDs to keep us all safe.

We’ll try harder next time.

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

More here:

Cartel Rides Meth Superhighway into Spokane

Welcome Home Troops – We’ll try harder next time

Meth – We had to destroy the village in order to save it

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

 

Photo-

Maybe glorifying military service will make it all good.

How about a giant flag ritual at the next ball game?

 

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your many years of service in Iraq & Afghanistan- working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

In the news:

Federal agents crack down on meth after cartels move product past federal agents manning a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and on into Spokane:

Federal agents cracking down on meth in Spokane

“The U.S. is in the middle of a drug epidemic and Spokane is smack dab in the middle of a cartel superhighway.”

“Spokane is a halfway point for meth distribution and other drugs in eastern Washington that are moving north into Canada, and east toward the Midwest. The starting point is Mexico.”

 

Newspeople,

Please schedule an interview with the US Dept. of Homeland Security & ask:

Are passports, enhanced and Real IDs at all relevant keeping cartels from riding meth superhighways into local communities?

Standard driver’s licenses have not been accepted at the border since 2009.

More here:

Port Angeles Heroin – Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

Secretive Law Enforcement Agencies are Un-American

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

State-run media update:

Find us on facebook:

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years.

News links: News tip/story idea

 

Love to see newspeople ask:

Why did the Blaine Sector Weekly US Border Patrol blotter go extinct?

Has the Border Patrol at Port Angeles stopped any Latin American immigrants from illegally entering the US?

Has the Border Patrol at Port Angeles stopped any heroin from entering the US?

Is local CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

When is the last time the Port Angeles Border Patrol made an arrest of any kind?

Any arrests connected to the US/Canada border?

Any arrests connected to a Homeland Security mission?

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

 

Arrest statistics are secret:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

Aug 2010-

A US Border Patrol spokesperson tells the press:

“Border Patrol spokeswoman Jenny Burke said Monday that the agency will not release any information on the number of arrests made by agents who work out of the Port Angeles station, the names of those arrested, what they were arrested for and the disposition of their cases”

“The number of arrests for Port Angeles’ or any other station is “law enforcement-sensitive,” Burke said.”

“The names of those arrested and other facts about them are not available for release under the 1974 Privacy Act, she said.”

Aug 2011-

“In March, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Richard Sinks declined to release statistics on apprehensions or detainments made by the Port Angeles station.”

“Disclosure of the arrest statistics from the Port Angeles station would provide those interested in crossing our borders illegally with information that could aid their strategic targeting of potentially vulnerable areas along the border,” he said in an e-mail. “To maintain operational security these numbers will not be provided.”

March 2017-

“…the Border Patrol does not provide apprehension statistics and staffing levels for individual Border Patrol stations.”

 

No Secret Arrests Here:

“Dozens of arrests were made in a massive heroin investigation and roundup on Long Island Tuesday.”

“Nassau County police and DEA agents took at least 35 people into custody at more than a dozen locations across the county.”

Or here.

Or here.

Or here.

Or here.

Or here:

 

Heroin-

April 3rd, 2017

Over 2 pounds of heroin move past a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and roll up in Port Angeles:

Deputies seize heroin, meth, firearms and dozens of suspected stolen car keys

Frequent updates here.

 

Operation Macho Swagger-

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel during Operation Macho Swagger– a ride-along to let us know what is being done to keep the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca safe from B.C. incursions:

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from Port Angeles?

2011-

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

2013-

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

Newspeople remain silent.

 

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.”

 

Why are we told that Port Angeles Border Patrol arrest statistics must be kept secret? This is not standard protocol for American LE agencies.

Secret arrest statistics and denied FOIA requests do not enhance agency credibility.

Newspeople,

Please do a story describing the working relationship you have with the Washington State Patrol, local sheriffs departments and city police departments. Any denied FOIA requests generated by these agencies? Please compare to the Border Patrol at Port Angeles.

More here:

Port Angeles Heroin – Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

Looking back- fraudulent overtime claims & the Port Angeles Border Patrol

 

If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

State-run media update:

Find us on facebook:

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

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Amphibious landing- Blaine Sector

 

The US spends about $40.6 billion each year on the US Dept. of Homeland Security.

If the State Patrol was awarded many additional millions of dollars each year to go after drunk drivers- & the problem got worse- would newspeople ask questions?

Would any investigation take place?

Recovery, rehab, treatment, & addiction are important parts of this story.

What part of the story is missing?

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

 

Post-911 Spending Spree & Massing US Border Patrol Agents at Port Angeles-

Back in 2006 there were only 4 US Border Patrol agents at Port Angeles:

“The Port Angeles Border Patrol Station was staffed with 42 agents as of 2013 with a coverage area that includes Clallam and Jefferson counties. The contingent had grown from four agents in 2006.”

 

Looking back-

Urban legend: The US Border Patrol stopped the Millennium Bomber at Port Angeles-

Ahmed Ressam was captured at the traditional port of entry at Port Angeles by Customs Inspectors wearing blue uniforms- not by Border Patrol Agents wearing green uniforms.

Pre-911 staffing & infrastructure levels got the job done. Four US Border Patrol agents were stationed at Port Angeles in 1999.

 

Looking for Spanish-speaking people arriving from British Columbia?

Forest Service Ordered To Stop Using Border Patrol As Interpreters

Border Patrol to stop language translation for local law enforcement

Has the Border Patrol at Port Angeles stopped any Latin American immigrants from illegally entering the US?

Has the Border Patrol at Port Angeles stopped any heroin from entering the US?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Heroin-

April 3rd, 2017

Over 2 pounds of heroin move past a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and roll up in Port Angeles:

Deputies seize heroin, meth, firearms and dozens of suspected stolen car keys

Frequent updates here.

 

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel during Operation Macho Swagger– a ride-along to let us know what is being done to keep the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca safe from B.C. incursions:

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from Port Angeles?

2011-

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

2013-

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Is local CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

More here:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years.

News links: News tip/story idea

Port Angeles Heroin – Newspeople Remain Silent

Whidbey Heroin Boondoggle – Zero questions from the press

Puget Sound Coastal Patrol Boats

Questioning Failed Programs – Heroin, Homeland Security & The Press

Looking back- fraudulent overtime claims & the Port Angeles Border Patrol

Welcome Home Troops – We’ll try harder next time

Border Patrol/DHS Irrelevant in Seattle Heroin Reporting?

 

If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

State-run media update:

Find us on facebook:

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo- Looking across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Salt Creek

 

Background discussion & details on trailer above here.

There seem to be several trailers that move around to various locations on Whidbey- stay for a few weeks, then maybe move on. When the trailer above was last tagged by the Sheriff, it may have been at a different location.

RV below as seen on Jacobs Road & Highway 20

Possibly related:

2014-

Island county to purchase new patrol boat to help with Puget Sound security:

Federal grant money goes to “…gain a better grasp on cross border activity and to prevent illegal crossings.”

“Funding for the boat was issued through the Homeland Security Grant Program under Operation Stonegarden.”

If public meetings were held on Whidbey Island & people were asked to state their top law enforcement priorities- would a Homeland Security-funded patrol boat show up anywhere on the list?

If the Sheriff was interviewed & asked for his wish list- is there any possibility that it would include a Homeland Security-funded patrol boat?

Took a quick look on the web to see if there is a post 911 history of maritime “cross-border activity” on Whidbey & could not find anything. If anyone has info, please post in comments.

Recommendation-

Let the Sheriff & the people he serves set funding priorities for the Island County Sheriff’s Department.

Possibly related:

Whidbey Heroin Boondoggle – Zero questions from the press

More Puget Sound Meth & Heroin – Zero questions from the press

 

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The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

Snohomish County is home to the cities of Everett and Snohomish.

In the news:

Right on: Everett takes on OxyContin makers

Local law enforcement agencies may benefit when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of these communities:

Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

Will heroin-trafficking cartels continue to move product into local communities? Will lawsuits shut them down?

Frequent updates here.

 

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

State-run media update:

More here:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years.

News links: News tip/story idea

Border Patrol/DHS Irrelevant in Seattle Heroin Reporting?

Port Angeles Heroin – Newspeople Remain Silent

Clallam County Heroin

Welcome Home Troops – We’ll try harder next time

 

Find us on facebook:

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo- A symbol of the free press & federal government credibility

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

On the East Coast it’s The Sound of Freedom. On the West Coast it’s The Sound of Freedom: “That BEAUTIFUL SOUND OF FREEDOM….Our Angle’s are watching over us…”

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

It’s tricky business.

Small military town Veterans Day parade– canceled due to lack of interest:

“But, despite Oak Harbor’s deep military roots, drumming up interest and support for the parade, held since 2012, has been difficult. Parade coordinator Terry Lacey said he won’t be holding the parade this year because of a lack of interest.”

The parade is canceled, but here is a reminder of what it was all about:

“For the past couple of years, the Whidbey News-Times paid the insurance for the Veterans Day Parade, about $200, because it was a small way of saying thank you to the men and women who sacrificed so that we may have our liberties, including our Freedom of Speech.

 

A Land of Make Believe

The American Legion:

“American military is still fighting and dying in wars so that we have the freedom to choose our leaders and protect our freedoms.”

The Troops are fighting for the right to vote?

Nonsense.

It turns out The Troops were in no hurry to enable all adults to act on their right to vote.

US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s didn’t get the job done.

It wasn’t until July of 1971 that 18 year old adults could take delivery on one of the freedoms we hear so much about.

Hey school teachers– If veterans fought for our right to vote- how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

Why the need for a 1965 Voting Rights Act if US military operations somehow secured voting rights?

“If “Men died for your right to vote!”, how did we manage to elect politicians after the Fall of Saigon in 1975?”

 

Many veterans claim to have served to protect American rights & freedoms.

How does this work?

Do the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

Black people were still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory.

Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

Is there any case in which the US Armed Forces have been sent to distant lands on a mission to protect freedom of speech?

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

More here: Oak Harbor Veterans Day Parade – Lack of Interest

Maybe people are quietly loosing interest in Veterans Day parades because they realize The Troops are not being honored in honest ways.

More here:

A Land of Make Believe

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

The Sound of Freedom is an Urban Legend

DOD Gets a Pass on the Freedom Nonsense

Goodbye Armistice Day – Free meals and deals for Veterans Day 2016

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo- Deception Pass from the Lighthouse Point trail

 

Thanks for your service.

In the news:

“Top Navy officials charged in ‘staggering’ bribery scheme involving classified information, officials say”

“…charged with trading classified information in exchange for travel, dinner and prostitution services from a foreign defense contractor…”

 

“Marine Corps Officials Struggle to Explain Photo Scandal to Senators”

“Gen. Neller responded by acknowledging that the Marine Corps needs to change, while offering few further details.”

“This is a problem with our culture…I don’t have a good answer for you,” Gen. Neller said, stumbling over his words. “That’s a lame answer ma’am, but that’s all — that’s the best I can tell you right now.”

 

American culture is weak-minded.

Some believe that all who wear uniforms are heroes. It’s always good as part of a marketing and advertising campaign.

You don’t have to look too far to find comments that refer to the troops as “heroes.”

Some are.

No one who did time in an average military unit would be comfortable with everyone present being called a hero. Some units would be the exception, but for most people who did time over the years, calling everyone a hero would have no connection to reality.
Reality, and an honest understanding of why we send The Troops to far away places isn’t what we’re about though.

Reaching for an honest understanding of US foreign policy makes more sense than “Thanks for your service.”

 

Growing up in the 60s & 70s- veterans were all around- church, school, Boy Scout leaders, family, the neighborhood, etc. It was all just an average thing. These folks weren’t seen as a separate part of American society.

People weren’t stepping over to say “Thanks for your service” to my Dad- who did time in the Navy in the 50s- but looked just like anyone else out in public.

These guys didn’t have separate parking places at the grocery store or over at the hardware store.

These guys weren’t lining up for free dinner promotions marketed by major restaurant chains.

Veteran’s Day 2014:

Huge number of comments Re: what sort of ID is proper to get free & discounted stuff-

Meet some veterans who have become disgruntled Re: discount availability:

“Home Depot No Longer Honors all Veterans”

Well done guys.

Where are the veterans who don’t want free meals, discounts, head of the line privileges at the airport, etc.

Veterans Day was established in 1954, after Armistice Day was tossed out. How many US wars have been won since then?

More here: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

Maybe it’s time to start thinking of people as individuals, rather than as members of a group.

It’s not just The Troops. Stories of police misconduct are easy to find, along with former school teachers convicted as sex offenders after engaging in sexual encounters with their students, Border Patrol fraudulent overtime requests, corruption, etc.

More here: The Sound of Freedom is an Urban Legend

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

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Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo- Coupeville waterfront

 

Recovery, rehab, treatment, & addiction are important parts of this story.

What part of the story is missing?

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

Massing US Border Patrol agents at the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca fails to keep heroin out of Port Angeles.

Love to see newspeople schedule interviews and go ask some questions.

In the news- Heroin overdose update:

March, 2017-

Port Angeles police report 18th naloxone save

“Last year, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer called on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand grants and programs that make naloxone more available in rural areas such as the North Olympic Peninsula.”

Feb, 2016-

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer calls for greater rural access to opioid overdose antidote

“…Clallam County’s opioid overdose death rate is nearly twice the state average…”

“While opioid use has no boundaries, limited public transportation, a lack of treatment facilities and long distances between health care providers can make it difficult for those who live in rural communities to access necessary drug treatment,” Kilmer wrote in his letter.”

Interesting that limited public transportation does not seem to slow down the folks who move heroin past a $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and into local communities.

Congressman Kilmer,

Could a larger US Border Patrol force keep heroin out of Port Angeles?

More manpower, gear, enhanced facilities, a bigger budget?

 

No limited public transportation here:

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from Port Angeles?

2011-

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

2013-

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Has the Port Angeles Border Patrol been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Why did the Blaine Sector Weekly US Border Patrol blotter go extinct?

When is the last time the Port Angeles Border Patrol made an arrest of any kind?

Any arrests connected to the US/Canada border?

Any arrests connected to a Homeland Security mission?

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

Newspeople remain silent.

 

If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

Two total cross-border arrests.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years:

No arrests linked to the US/Canada border since May 31st, 2010.

More here:

News tip/story idea

Whidbey Heroin Boondoggle – Zero questions from the press

Puget Sound Coastal Patrol Boats

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

State-run media update:

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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DSC_0005 (2) In the news: Marine air power helped annihilate ISIS in former Libyan stronghold

“Between Aug. 1 and Dec. 6, the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit launched more than 370 fixed-wing sorties and more than 280 rotary-wing sorties in support of the militia fighters from the Libyan city of Misrata, officials said.”

20 US airstrikes in Yemen target al-Qaida, kill at least 4 militants

Pentagon: More than 30 airstrikes in Yemen since Thursday

Meanwhile back home:

$41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

Heroin overdose deaths spike nationwide

The Cartels Next Door: Mexican drug lords corner meth market

“Now, law enforcement estimates that about 90 percent of the meth consumed in the United States comes across the border.”

FBI head: Mexican cartels fuel US heroin boom

Waukesha Sheriff: Most Drugs Ravaging Region Originate South of the U.S. Border

“From 2006 to 2015, the number of fatal heroin overdoses in Wisconsin increased 880%.”

“Methamphetamine is an emerging drug threat in Wisconsin, and 95% of the meth in Wisconsin comes from Mexico.”

Why heroin is Mexican drug cartels’ new product of choice

More here:

Welcome Home Troops – We’ll try harder next time

Surveillance State Macho Swagger Fails Again

Clallam County Heroin

 

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Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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Photo- Oak Harbor parking mayhem

 

dsc_0116March 1st, 2017:

In the news: Federal authorities to announce racketeering charges against 7 Baltimore Police officers

“Federal authorities are set to announce racketeering charges against seven Baltimore Police officers, with accusations including robberies, filing false affidavits, and making fraudulent overtime claims.”

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

July 28th, 2011:

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

Public agency in question makes an inside deal- like negotiating a record contract or signing a business executive-

Seattle Times:

“terms are confidential.”

Deal results in further suppression of information.

Oversight? Checks and balances?

Reporters asking questions? Not a chance.

Zero reporting on the following questions:

Are fraudulent overtime claims the norm at Port Angeles?

Does the practice still continue?

How long did it go on?

Our Washington State Patrol opened a criminal investigation in a similar case:

Ex-trooper charged with official misconduct for overtime pay

We can see that other LE agencies take the issue seriously:

Detroit:

Investigation into Overtime Fraud at Detroit Police Department Expanding

Fort Worth:

Police Officers Accused of Overtime Fraud

Des Plaines:

13 Des Plaines officers suspended in fraudulent OT investigation

Washington DC:

 

Local law enforcement agencies set the example in sharing public information with the public-

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff’s Log: Feb 1, 2017

Port Townsend Police Department Police log: Feb 22, 2017

Where is the US Border Patrol blotter?

Newspeople,

Why did the Blaine Sector Weekly US Border Patrol blotter go extinct?

Has the Port Angeles Border Patrol been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

When is the last time the Port Angeles Border Patrol made an arrest of any kind?

Any arrests connected to the US/Canada border?

Any arrests connected to a Homeland Security mission?

 

Newspeople,

Please do a story describing the working relationship you have with the Washington State Patrol, local sheriffs departments and city police departments. Any denied FOIA requests generated by these agencies? Please compare to the Border Patrol at Port Angeles.

 

Newspeople,

Why are we told that Port Angeles Border Patrol arrest statistics must be kept secret? This is not standard protocol for American LE agencies.

Arrest statistics are secret:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

Aug 2010-

A US Border Patrol spokesperson tells the press:

“Border Patrol spokeswoman Jenny Burke said Monday that the agency will not release any information on the number of arrests made by agents who work out of the Port Angeles station, the names of those arrested, what they were arrested for and the disposition of their cases”

“The number of arrests for Port Angeles’ or any other station is “law enforcement-sensitive,” Burke said.”

“The names of those arrested and other facts about them are not available for release under the 1974 Privacy Act, she said.”

Aug 2011-

“In March, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Richard Sinks declined to release statistics on apprehensions or detainments made by the Port Angeles station.”

“Disclosure of the arrest statistics from the Port Angeles station would provide those interested in crossing our borders illegally with information that could aid their strategic targeting of potentially vulnerable areas along the border,” he said in an e-mail. “To maintain operational security these numbers will not be provided.”

No secret arrests here:

Deputies: Largest heroin bust in Rowan Co. has ties to Mexican cartel

Large meth, heroin bust includes Gresham arrest

32 charged in Nashville undercover drug bust

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years.

News links: News tip/story idea

 

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Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

 

 

 

Photo- A symbol of the free press & federal government credibility

 

 

 

DSC_0190 Heroin crisis: A situation involving illegal product moved from outside the US into local communities. The US Dept. of Homeland Security has jurisdiction at the border, border crossings & ports of entry.

Opioid crisis: Term favored by the press & politicians to describe the abuse of product which may be stolen from Grandma’s medicine cabinet- also a very serious issue.

Accurate reporting allows people to learn how to prevent future incidents.

Anytime there is a plane crash- a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents. Was the aircraft fueled with opioids before it crashed? Was it running on heroin?

Recovery, rehab, treatment, & addiction are important parts of this story.

What part of the story is missing?

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

With a 2016 budget of $41.2 billion– how is the US Dept. of Homeland Security doing at keeping heroin away from local communities?

No mention of heroin here:

Clallam health officer highlights needle exchange’s progress

The Forks Forum recently published a three-part series on heroin.

Newspeople asked zero questions about local Homeland Security/CBP staffing & their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area.

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years.

News links: News tip/story idea

 

More here:

Welcome Home Troops – We’ll try harder next time

Border Patrol/DHS Irrelevant in Seattle Heroin Reporting?

Questioning Failed Programs – Heroin, Homeland Security & The Press

 

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Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

 

 

 

Photo- Salt Creek

 

 

 

DSCN5999 The post-911 surveillance state (fusion centers, war on terror crime fighting tactics, license plate scanners, Homeland Security grant money, monitoring of e-mails, text messages, and social media sites, no fly/terror watch lists, Real ID, tracking of cell phones, use of drones, etc.) appears to have played no role in preventing the crimes described below.

In the news-

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

Heroin overdose deaths spike nationwide

The Cartels Next Door: Mexican drug lords corner meth market

“Now, law enforcement estimates that about 90 percent of the meth consumed in the United States comes across the border.”

 

What keeps terrorists out while heroin comes in?

A $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep cargo trucks from moving large amounts of heroin and fentanyl from Central America into the Bronx:

Cops: NYC drug ring brought heroin, fentanyl from Honduras

 

11 people pass through unmanned airport security checkpoint at JFK

 

No credible threat

In the news:

‘No known credible threats ’ ahead of Super Bowl, officials say

FBI: No threat to Houston after recent U.S. incidents

If the good guys can tell what the bad guys will do before they do it- surely, these powerful crime fighting tools will be used to shut down gang and cartel activity, heroin trafficking, bank robberies, airport & mall shootings, child abduction, etc.

Elsewhere on the crime scene, authorities need your help to track down violent criminals:

Washington’s Most Wanted

 

Macho Swagger update:

LE agencies share information, tools & techniques.

The good guys have the upper hand and plenty of cocky confidence in these made for TV scenarios.

In the real world of crime fighting- Houston Space Center mission control-style HQs fail to keep cartels from moving product into US communities.

Newspeople remain silent.

More here:

Welcome Home Troops – We’ll try harder next time

Border Patrol/DHS Irrelevant in Seattle Heroin Reporting?

Questioning Failed Programs – Heroin, Homeland Security & The Press

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

dsc_0001-2

Questioning failed programs and wondering why newspeople remain silent.

More reporting please.

15 years past 911:

The US is in a life-and-death struggle with some folks in Yemen, while heroin trafficking cartels move product into local communities.

In the news:

Heroin overdose deaths spike nationwide

The Cartels Next Door: Mexican drug lords corner meth market

“Now, law enforcement estimates that about 90 percent of the meth consumed in the United States comes across the border.”

Washington State:

The US spends about $41.2 billion each year on the US Dept. of Homeland Security.

If the State Patrol was awarded many additional millions of dollars each year to go after drunk drivers- & the problem got worse- would newspeople ask questions?

Would any investigation take place?

Recovery, rehab, treatment, & addiction are important parts of this story.

What part of the story is missing?

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

Americans are constantly praising & thanking The Troops for keeping us safe.

Still trying to figure out how sending US troops to Iraq & Afghanistan was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Tracking the issue on facebook here:

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

 

Terrorists don’t seem to try very hard.

What prevents the badass terrorists we are supposed to stay scared of from blowing themselves up in a crowded airport just short of the screening checkpoint?

Ditto for hundreds of events nationwide each year at rock concerts, baseball games, basketball games, pro sports events, college events, etc.

Heroin traffickers lead the way.

We know that the people who move heroin into the US do so free of screening, scanning, pat downs, special IDs, inspection of personal items, paperwork reviews, etc.

Love to see newspeople schedule an interview with the US Dept. of Homeland Security & ask:

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping heroin out of local communities?

Standard driver’s licenses have not been accepted at the border since 2009.

What keeps terrorists out while heroin comes in?

A $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep cargo trucks from moving large amounts of heroin and fentanyl from Central America into the Bronx:

Cops: NYC drug ring brought heroin, fentanyl from Honduras

 

Macho Swagger update:

LE agencies share information, tools & techniques.

The good guys have the upper hand and plenty of cocky confidence in these made for TV scenarios.

In the real world of crime fighting- Houston Space Center mission control-style HQs fail to keep cartels from moving product into US communities.

Newspeople remain silent.

More here:

Welcome Home Troops – We’ll try harder next time

Border Patrol/DHS Irrelevant in Seattle Heroin Reporting?

Questioning Failed Programs – Heroin, Homeland Security & The Press

 

Drug War Racket

Meth – We had to destroy the village in order to save it

Wonder what was happening at border crossing inspections during the almost 3 years these folks were under investigation. Do the good guys who made the local bust notify the good guys at the border about the weak links in their process?

Imagine that LE authorities observe a shoplifter or bank robber in action. Instead of going in to make an arrest they back off and conduct an investigation that goes on for almost 3 years. What if they applied the same tactic Re: crimes involving arson, terrorism, child abuse, DUI, etc.

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

State-run media update:

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Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

DSC_0005 (2) In the news:

‘No known credible threats ’ ahead of Super Bowl, officials say

If the good guys can tell what the bad guys will do before they do it- surely, these powerful crime fighting tools will be used to shut down gang and cartel activity, heroin trafficking, bank robberies, airport & mall shootings, child abduction, etc.

 

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel:

“Of the 41 law enforcement agencies providing security, 25 of them are federal.”

If special games require special security– what keeps regular games safe?

(crowd size/capacity is similar at several stadiums)

Looks like federal security experts are on top of any concerns:

‘Operation Team Player’ nets $20M in fake sports merchandise

Somehow, heroin-trafficking cartels continue to move product into the area:

DEA maps show where Mexican drug cartels hold sway in Texas

Welcome Home Troops

 

If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

Background info:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

News tip/story idea

More here:

Welcome Home Troops – A Land of Make Believe Success Awaits

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo- Oak Harbor parking mayhem

 

DSC_0061 Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your many years of service in Iraq & Afghanistan- working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Tried to have your back with strict post-911 security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, federal agents at border crossings & ports of entry & passports/enhanced & Real IDs to keep us all safe.

We’ll try harder next time.

 

Heroin-trafficking cartel moves product into North Carolina:

Deputies: Largest heroin bust in Rowan Co. has ties to Mexican cartel

Wonder what was happening at border crossing inspections during the 3 years these folks were under investigation. Do the good guys who made the local bust notify the good guys at the border about the weak links in their process?

Were federal authorities at the border notified of this ongoing investigation?

Statewide investigation leads to bust of Mexican heroin ring

“A 3-year-long federal, state and local heroin trafficking investigation ended this week with the arrests of three Mecklenburg County residents.”

 

DHS federal agents unable to keep $3.3 million in heroin from rolling up into Philadelphia:

Joint Investigation Leads To Major Drug Bust In Philadelphia

 

8 pounds of heroin moves past a $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and into Maine:

8 pounds of heroin seized in Sanford in state’s largest heroin bust in history

 

Ohio-

“Overdoses are coming in all the time and we’re constantly full on a day-to-day basis,” Harshbarger told CNN.

The accidental overdoses are from heroin and fentanyl, he said:

Coroner’s office running out of room because of overdose deaths

 

9 kilo’s of cocaine move past a $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and into Will County:

Major Cocaine Arrest In Will County

 

A $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep cargo trucks from moving large amounts of heroin and fentanyl from Central America into the Bronx:

Cops: NYC drug ring brought heroin, fentanyl from Honduras

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

‘No known credible threats ’ ahead of Super Bowl, officials say

If the good guys can tell what the bad guys will do before they do it- surely, these powerful crime fighting tools will be used to shut down gang and cartel activity, heroin trafficking, bank robberies, airport & mall shootings, child abduction, etc.

State-run media update:

US Department of Homeland Security-

“…a department with more than 20 different agencies, a budget of more than $45 billion and a staff of hundreds of thousands of civilian, law enforcement and military personnel.”

 

More here:

Welcome Home Troops – A Land of Make Believe Success Awaits

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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Groupthink Alternative

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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Photo- Welcome Visitors

Rent yourself a State Parks buoy at Fort Worden

Voted best consumer value in weekend recreation.

 

dsc_0153 Looks like Martin Luther King Day and the message of nonviolence on Monday did not create a lasting impression-

In the news: Fires, Bricks Mark Daylong Assault On Inaugural Festivities

 

New York Times: Watch Live: Women’s March on Washington (and Elsewhere)

Did failed wars that never end make the list of things to protest over the past 8 years?

Rejecting the groupthink here:

 

Will it now be cool for Port Townsend newspeople to question the Port Angeles Border Patrol?

If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

During the last Republican administration:

In 2008, the US Border Patrol came to Jefferson County, WA and set up suspicionless checkpoints and bus boardings- away from border crossings and ports of entry.

At a local Border Patrol forum a lady asked:

“What is the penalty for not identifying oneself to federal agents at an internal, suspicionless checkpoint?”

US Border Patrol said they would call in the Sheriff when a person refused to identify themselves.

Sheriff says they will not respond to a non-emergency situation involving a person peaceably refusing to interact with federal agents.

Question about providing ID is at 0:35

Related news links here: Saying No to the federal government

2017 update:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years.

News links: News tip/story idea

 

Find us on facebook:

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo-

Foggy morning- Libbey Beach

 

DSC_0015In the news: Seattle heroin safe injection sites

Seattle TV station: Find out how Heroin Hits Home

Recovery, rehab, treatment, & addiction are important parts of this story.

What part of the story is missing?

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

Heroin crisis: A situation involving illegal product moved from outside the US into local communities. The US Dept. of Homeland Security has jurisdiction at the border, border crossings & ports of entry.

With a budget of $41.2 billion– how is the US Dept. of Homeland Security doing at keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

 

Heroin continues to move past a $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and into Seattle.

Newspeople ask zero questions about local Homeland Security/CBP staffing & their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area:

On death’s door: The fight to save a heroin addict’s life

 

Local law enforcement agencies may benefit when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US:

Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

Welcome Home Troops

2015-

DEA:

“James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels.”

 

Clallam County, WA

Forks newspaper features a three-part series on the “heroin epidemic.”

“The students at Forks High School care a lot about their community and are frustrated and saddened by the effects of substance abuse in their neighborhoods.”

 

Clallam County, WA

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years.

News links: News tip/story idea

 

Massing US Border Patrol agents at the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca fails to keep heroin out of Port Angeles.

 

Question for newspeople:

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

2011-

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

2013-

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

 

Newspeople,

Why did the Blaine Sector Weekly US Border Patrol blotter go extinct?

Has the Port Angeles Border Patrol been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

When is the last time the Port Angeles Border Patrol made an arrest of any kind?

Any arrests connected to the US/Canada border?

Any arrests connected to a Homeland Security mission?

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

 

More here: Welcome Home Troops – A Land of Make Believe Success Awaits

 

Find us on facebook:

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

 

 

 

Photo-

South entrance- Port Townsend Ship Canal

 

dsc_0064State-run media updates:

Who needs a free & independent press when you can get state-run media updates related to any concern?

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

If special games require special security- what keeps regular games safe?

Crowd size/capacity is similar at several stadiums.

 

Looks like heroin-trafficking cartels are not intimidated by a federal public affairs & marketing blitz:

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

 

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

 

Why heroin is Mexican drug cartels’ new product of choice

 

DEA Says Mexico Cartels Battling to Corner US Heroin Market

 

Exclusive: Obama administration to launch new effort on heroin crisis

 

Refuge: Grandparents rescue grandkids from heroin crisis

 

Puget Sound Heroin

Instead of showing up to ask any questions- Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel.

What role do coastal patrol boats play in keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

News links here: Puget Sound Coastal Patrol Boats

 

Local law enforcement agencies may benefit when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US:

Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

Welcome Home Troops

2015-

DEA:

“James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels.”

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years.

News links: News tip/story idea

 

Question for newspeople:

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

2011-

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

More here:

Meth – We had to destroy the village in order to save it

Questioning Failed Programs – Heroin, Homeland Security & The Press

Whidbey Heroin Boondoggle – Zero questions from the press

 

Find us on facebook:

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

 

 

 

Photo-

Rush Hour – Nordland

DSCN3049_003 If The Troops were an NFL team, sports talk radio would feature comments like:

The Troops were nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

Sports can be discussed in honest ways in mainstream media.

The Troops:

Richard T. Gromlich, retired rear admiral with the Coast Guard: “Today, our military members around the world continue to put service before self. They proudly serve to ensure the freedoms we enjoy today. I couldn’t be more proud of the men and women who serve today. They are the best of best.”

More here: Armistice Day becomes teach children Wars are for Freedoms Day

 

The Press is ready with a military solution to the unsecured portion of the airport:

ABC News: More Armed Officers Could Help Prevent Airport Shootings: Expert

“They have become a common sight at many U.S. mass transit hubs since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 — armed officers, such as National Guard members in camouflage and with weapons visible.”

It’s all a normal thing in NYC-

State-run media report:

The New York Times:

Away from home- failed wars that never end:

Obama Says He Will Keep More Troops in Afghanistan Than Planned

U.S. to Send 600 More Troops to Iraq to Help Retake Mosul From ISIS

US Sending 200 More Troops to Syria to Battle ISIS

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

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US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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One of the locals- Port Hadlock

 

dsc_0162 No mater if big busts happen here or at the border- the press promotes the idea of success.

Local bust: 44 pounds of meth seized in South Sound bust

Wonder what was happening at border crossing inspections during the almost 3 years these folks were under investigation. Do the good guys who made the local bust notify the good guys at the border about the weak links in their process?

“Starting in February 2014, a DEA agent began investigating a drug ring that was sending large shipments of methamphetamine from Mexico via Arizona and California to Western Washington.”

Love to see newspeople ask:

If 44 pounds of meth was seized in South Sound last month- how much meth did these folks move into the Puget Sound area since February 2014?

Were federal authorities at the border notified of this ongoing investigation?

Did the meth traffickers get fast track screening at the border so as not to disrupt this ongoing investigation?

If the meth traffickers were given a pass at the border- would that have tipped them off as to the investigation- or would that have been seen as standard protocol?

This time next year- will there be any shortage of meth from Mexico? Has any city, county or state jurisdiction been able to cleanup their drug problem using these methods?

More here: Meth – We had to destroy the village in order to save it

 

At the border: Suspected drug smuggler caught with meth taped to legs, belly

This time next year- will there be any shortage of meth from Mexico? Has any city, county or state jurisdiction been able to cleanup their drug problem using these methods?

 

Well done men.

Any word on why prison staff failed to detect heroin as product moved into the facility?

Prison workers save inmate’s life after overdose in Groveland

More here: Questioning Failed Programs – Heroin, Homeland Security & The Press

 

2017 Super Bowl: “Perrye Turner, the FBI special agent in charge for the Houston division, said that at this time there are no credible threats connected to the Super Bowl.”

If the good guys can tell what the bad guys will do before they do it- surely, these powerful crime fighting tools will be used to shut down gang and cartel activity, heroin trafficking, bank robberies, mall & airport shootings, child abduction, etc.

 

War on Terror: The press is busy with giant flag rituals at football games and telling us that The Troops are away fighting for our rights & freedoms. The reality is that the US is involved in failed wars that never end.

The Troops were nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

How does it make sense to send The Troops to distant lands- while heroin-trafficking cartels move product into the Puget Sound area?

Welcome Home Troops

2015-

DEA:

“James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels.”

 

Military solution to unsecured portion of the airport update:

More Armed Officers Could Help Prevent Airport Shootings: Expert

 

War on Terror update: More U.S. troops are being wounded in Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon quietly acknowledges

 

A big part of what we do on the pages below is to point out that newspeople are not asking questions.

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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DSC_0002_005 How many of these folks have been available to question failed wars that never end?

Was “The Boss” available to question failed wars the never end?

WDRB News:

“The Boss” is questioning whether President-elect Donald Trump is ready to take office.

How about Rosie O’Donnell?

KBOI 2 News:

Rosie O’Donnell: Donald Trump is ‘mentally unstable’

Have these folks been available to march on failed wars that never end?

Was Michael Moore available to question failed wars the never end?

Michael Moore to Help Lead Trump Inauguration Protest

 

American Sports Culture-

American culture is quick to question sports teams, players, coaches & officials when things do not go well. Some call for firings of coaches and referees.

Why the constant support for The Troops defending American rights & freedoms when the reality is that the US is involved in failed wars that never end?

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

More here: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Photo- A symbol of the free press & political credibility

 

dsc_0047 1961-

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society-

 

2012-

If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years.

News links: News tip/story idea

 

If the State Patrol was awarded many additional millions of dollars each year to go after drunk drivers- & the problem got worse- would newspeople ask questions?

If planes started crashing or boats stated sinking at an abnormal rate- would newspeople ask questions?

If a serial murderer was on the loose-would newspeople ask questions?

Would any investigation take place?

More here: Questioning Failed Programs – Heroin, Homeland Security & The Press

 

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dsc_0020_002 In the news: 44 pounds of meth seized in South Sound bust

Wonder what was happening at border crossing inspections during the almost 3 years these folks were under investigation. Do the good guys who made the local bust notify the good guys at the border about the weak links in their process?

“Starting in February 2014, a DEA agent began investigating a drug ring that was sending large shipments of methamphetamine from Mexico via Arizona and California to Western Washington.”

Love to see newspeople ask:

If 44 pounds of meth was seized in South Sound this week- how much meth did these folks move into the Puget Sound area since February 2014?

Were federal authorities at the border notified of this ongoing investigation?

Did the meth traffickers get fast track screening at the border so as not to disrupt this ongoing investigation?

If the meth traffickers were given a pass at the border- would that have tipped them off as to the investigation- or would that have been seen as standard protocol?

 

Imagine that LE authorities observe a shoplifter or bank robber in action. Instead of going in to make an arrest they back off and conduct an investigation that goes on for almost 3 years. What if they applied the same tactic Re: crimes involving arson, terrorism, child abuse, DUI, etc.

I know, I know- It takes time to build a case against the really big drug traffickers.

This time next year- will there be any shortage of meth from Mexico? Has any city, county or state jurisdiction been able to cleanup their drug problem using these methods?

 

Heroin traffickers moved product past the US Dept. of Homeland Security and into Delaware during this “years-long” investigation:

Police: Years-Long Investigation Leads To Large Scale Heroin Bust In Delaware

 

Good news- June 25th, 2015

Year-long investigation shuts down growing heroin empire on Treasure Coast

Mission Accomplished!

Bad news- July 14th, 2015

11 heroin overdoses reported in Brevard, 1 fatal

December 13, 2016

Investigation: Heroin deaths increase on Treasure Coast

But wait- the press told us the growing heroin empire on the Treasure Coast was shut down back in June of 2015?

 

Seattle media:

Local law enforcement agencies may benefit when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US:

Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

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Questioning Failed Programs – Heroin, Homeland Security & The Press

 

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dsc_0022-copy The US spends about $41.2 billion each year on the US Dept. of Homeland Security.

If the State Patrol was awarded many additional millions of dollars each year to go after drunk drivers- & the problem got worse- would newspeople ask questions?

Would any investigation take place?

Recovery, rehab, treatment, & addiction are important parts of this story.

What part of the story is missing?

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

 

Puget Sound Heroin-

The heroin problem has grown since 911.

911 was the big turning point- in the aftermath, troops were sent to Iraq and Afghanistan, the US Dept. of Homeland Security was created and the requirement for passports/enhanced & Real IDs was put in place. Standard driver’s licenses have not been accepted at the border since 2009.

All this to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things, or to attempt another 911.

Why require special IDs to go have lunch in Canada- then return home- while heroin-trafficking cartels are able to move product into the Seattle area?

 

US Department of Homeland Security-

“…a department with more than 20 different agencies, a budget of more than $45 billion and a staff of hundreds of thousands of civilian, law enforcement and military personnel.”

Americans are constantly praising & thanking The Troops for keeping us safe.

Still trying to figure out how sending US troops to Iraq & Afghanistan was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

No word on how heroin trafficking cartels continue to move product past strict post-911 security protocols & the US Dept. of Homeland Security at border crossings and ports of entry.

Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data shows

Meth from Mexico blamed for 4 recent Missoula-area high-speed chases

Welcome Home Troops

 

Clallam County, WA

News tip/story idea

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years.

News links here: News tip/story idea

 

Massing US Border Patrol agents at the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca fails to keep heroin out of Port Angeles.

 

Question for newspeople:

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

2011-

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

2013-

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

 

Newspeople,

Why did the Blaine Sector Weekly US Border Patrol blotter go extinct?

Has the Port Angeles Border Patrol been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

When is the last time the Port Angeles Border Patrol made an arrest of any kind?

Any arrests connected to the US/Canada border?

Any arrests connected to a Homeland Security mission?

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

 

More here:

Welcome Home Troops – We’ll try harder next time

Welcome Home Troops – A Land of Make Believe Success Awaits

Border Patrol/DHS Irrelevant in Seattle Heroin Reporting?

 

Local law enforcement agencies may benefit when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US:

Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

Whidbey Heroin-

Whidbey Heroin Boondoggle – Zero questions from the press

More Puget Sound Meth & Heroin – Zero questions from the press

Puget Sound Meth-

Meth – We had to destroy the village in order to save it

 

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