Archives for category: The Business of Keeping People informed

Feb 1, 2019 Fox Sports

A deluge of drones fly over Super Bowl stadium, despite ban

“If these drones go out of control — if a pilot loses control of one — they can go into a crowd and cause serious injuries,” Rowson said.

“The potential for terrorism is also a concern.”

“When we look up into the air and see a drone flying in the air, we have no idea if it’s friendly, or if it’s someone who has nefarious plans and it’s weaponized,” he added.

Notice to terrorists:

“Officers on Thursday confiscated a half-dozen drones that were flown near the stadium, FBI spokesman Kevin Rowson said Friday at the agency’s Atlanta field office. The cases will be referred to federal prosecutors for possible charges; the drone pilots could face jail time and fines, Rowson said.”

Listen Up terrorists:

A drone impact with a fixed-wing aircraft or a helicopter would be catastrophic,” FBI Special Agent John Cronier said.

“…policing illegal drones is pulling officers away from other duties…”

“It has taken up a lot of time for our agents and for law enforcement officers to be targeting these drones when they could be working on other security measures…”

Drones have caused past disruptions:

“In December, hundreds of flights were canceled and more than 100,000 people were stranded or delayed after drones were spotted near the runway at Gatwick Airport outside London.”

“Last month, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines pilots encountered a drone around 3,500 feet (1,000 meters) above Teterboro, New Jersey. That resulted in dozens of delays at nearby Newark Liberty International Airport.”

Possibly of interest:

TV Newspeople Not Asking Questions

 

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Photo- Watching over the Fort Ebey State Park Bluff Trail

 

Voting is highly emphasized in American culture. Asking questions related to public policy takes a lower priority.

Getting ready for the big game, newspeople get their chance to ask questions. They play the role of federal public affairs personnel instead.

0:15 No credible threat:

No credible threat?

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, mass casualty shootings, etc.

0:25 No credible or specific threats:

More here: No Credible Threat

The folks who can’t keep meth and heroin-trafficking cartels from moving product into various US communities are keeping the Super Bowl safe:

US CBP helicopters fly in to support massive Super Bowl security plan

Love to see newspeople ask:

If special games require special security– what keeps regular games safe? Crowd size/capacity is similar at several stadiums.

What prevents terror strikes at hundreds of events & locations unsupervised by federal authorities?

CBS News video:

Super Bowl 2019: F-16 fighter jets will patrol the sky as part of massive security operation

Love to see newspeople ask: What stops terrorists from going 2 states over and driving a truck across the playground at a daycare center?

Life wasn’t meant to change after the big Saddam Hussein & Osama bin Laden takedowns:

“Outside, low-flying helicopters swooped over the downtown. On the ground, police dogs sniffed visitors to some hotels and other buildings.”

Welcome Home Troops

Over 1,000 Homeland Security officers work to secure Super Bowl LIII”

When the news is created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press:

“CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.”

Love to see newspeople ask:

How do you keep terrorists and their weapons out by checking retail items after they show up at a mall in Atlanta?

Did the confiscated items make it through any port of entry?

 

Jan 24th, 2018

Secretary of Homeland Security:

The US Dept. of Homeland Security “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.”

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do drug-trafficking cartels continue to move product into various parts of the US?

 

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

Possibly of interest:

Port Angeles Heroin – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

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

 

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Photo- La Conner waterfront

 

Tricky timing for an extended federal shutdown.

It’s time for the Super Bowl, and processing of tax returns. People of all political walks of life care about air safety.

Jan 25th, 2019

Intelligencer: Flight Attendants Are ‘Mobilizing Immediately’ Over Shutdown, Union Says

Sometimes, checks and balances come from outside the government.

Sara Nelson, President of the Association of Flight Attendants:

In the next three weeks, the Super Bowl will come and go. It will still be tax season and people will still rely on safe and efficient air travel.

 

We still have questions about the wall:

What does the US Dept. of Homeland Security do with the $40.6 billion they get every 12 months?

 

Real ID

Prior to 911 we could go have lunch in Canada- then return home with just a standard driver’s licence.

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

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

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping cartel-sourced heroin and meth out of the US?

More here: WA – Real ID

 

US Troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria

Jan 16, 2019 ABC News video:

Senator Lindsey Graham explains that wars are meant to keep us safe at 1:40 here.

Jan. 17, 2019 Washington Examiner

Congressman Dan Crenshaw:

“We go there so that they don’t come here. It’s that simple.”

Why does the US Dept. of Homeland Security tell us that thousands of terrorists were stopped last year at the border if the wars are keeping bad people from coming here to do bad things?

The Claim:

Jan 4th, 2019 McClatchy Washington Bureau/The Bellingham Herald

Trump officials exaggerate terrorist threat on southern border in tense briefing

“Homeland Security officials are now saying that 3,755 known or suspected terrorists were stopped trying to entering the U.S. by land in FY 17.”

Welcome Home Troops

Big claims from DHS from a year ago:

Jan 24th, 2018

Secretary of Homeland Security:

The US Dept. of Homeland Security “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.”

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do heroin-trafficking cartels continue to move product into various parts of the US?

 

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

More here:

Border Wall Credibility Update

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

Port Angeles Heroin – Newspeople Remain Silent

Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

News tip/story idea

A Secretive, Wasteful, Dishonest & Ineffective US Dept. of Homeland Security

Thousands Of Terrorists Stopped Last Year At The Border?

Opioid or Heroin? Meth or Amphetamine?

 

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Photo- Slow speed mayhem

 

And newspapers, social media & public radio.

Jan 24th, 2019 WVXU Cincinnati

Health Officials Warn Of Overdose ‘Spike’ In Hamilton County

Sorry,

No time for newspeople to ask what sort of drugs are involved here.

 

Related:

The Drug War is based on public policy.

What methods are working? What methods are failing?

Opioid or Heroin? Meth or Amphetamine?

Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

Border Wall Credibility Update

Attention spans are short:

The Business of Keeping People informed

 

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We’ve been told to go along with a number of steps in order to keep us safe in the post 911 era.

Real ID

Prior to 911 we could go have lunch in Canada- then return home with just a standard driver’s licence.

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

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

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping cartel-sourced heroin and meth out of the US?

More here: WA – Real ID

 

US Troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria

Jan 16, 2019 ABC News video:

Senator Lindsey Graham explains that wars are meant to keep us safe at 1:40 here.

Jan. 17, 2019 Washington Examiner

Congressman Dan Crenshaw:

“We go there so that they don’t come here. It’s that simple.”

Why does the US Dept. of Homeland Security tell us that thousands of terrorists were stopped last year at the border if the wars are keeping bad people from coming here to do bad things?

The Claim:

Jan 4th, 2019 McClatchy Washington Bureau/The Bellingham Herald

Trump officials exaggerate terrorist threat on southern border in tense briefing

“Homeland Security officials are now saying that 3,755 known or suspected terrorists were stopped trying to entering the U.S. by land in FY 17.”

Big claims from DHS from almost a year ago.

Jan 24th, 2018

Secretary of Homeland Security:

The US Dept. of Homeland Security “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.”

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do heroin-trafficking cartels continue to move product into various parts of the US?

Looks like life wasn’t meant to change after the big Saddam Hussein & Osama bin Laden takedowns.

 

DEA and ports of entry

Jan 8, 2019 NBC News

“The DEA says the vast majority of hard drugs from Mexican cartels come into the U.S. through legal ports of entry, which wouldn’t be affected by a wall.”

According to a 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment by the DEA, Mexican drug cartels “transport the bulk of their drugs over the Southwest border through ports of entry (POEs) using passenger vehicles or tractor trailers.”

 

US Troops at the US/Mexico border

Jan. 14, 2019 New York Times

Pentagon Extends Troop Deployment at Mexican Border Through September

Will these efforts result in any shortage of cartel-sourced heroin, cocaine, meth or fentanyl anywhere in the US?

 

A $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security

Senator Graham,

What does the US Dept. of Homeland Security do with the $40.6 billion they get every 12 months?

 

Cartels moving product into various parts of the US

Any shortage of cartel-sourced heroin, cocaine, fentanyl or meth anywhere in the US since the big El Chapo takedown?

Jan. 3, 2019 Fox News

Meth, cocaine overdoses rise as Mexican cartels sidestep anti-opioid crackdown

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money

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.”

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 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?

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Even one time?

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been involved in any arrest or seizure related in any way to the US/Canada border?

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

More here: Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 8 years, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats and zero questions from the press.

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

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

2017-

“Residents who filled the Port Angeles City Council chambers and lobby Tuesday night said they were fed up with the heroin epidemic in Clallam County and asked what is being done to stop opioid abuse and what they can do to help.”

2019-

Jail staff are now using medication to help addicts detox from heroin while in custody.”

Has Port Angeles CBP been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Possibly of interest-

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: Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

 

Suspicionless checkpoints

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

State and local law enforcement agencies do not conduct suspicionless checkpoints in Washington State.

Check your state here.

Were suspicionless checkpoints conducted in Jefferson County, WA able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

More here: Saying No to the federal government

 

Montana

Jan 17, 2019 KULR TV News Video:

Attorney General Tim Fox cites meth problem, calls for border security

“Inexpensive meth from Mexico is pouring into our state in record amounts and high purity, killing our citizens, destroying our families, and clogging our justice system.”

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq & Afghanistan- working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Federal cash for Montana after meth flows past federal agents staffing a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, then on into local communities:

Oct 25, 2018 Missoulian DOJ awards MHP $1 million for anti-meth operations in Montana

“The U.S. Department of Justice announced its award to MHP Thursday, from its Office of Community Oriented Policing. The grant will fund additional troopers, equipment and training specifically to combat incoming meth trafficking. Highway Patrol Chief Tom Butler said in the statement that Montana’s meth is largely sourced from Mexico.”

 

Summary:

Special IDs, US troops in distant lands, US troops at the southern border, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, suspicionless checkpoints, big drug busts, Homeland Security grant money, massing US Border Patrol agents at the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats fail to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Credibility in need of repair.

Newspeople need to chuck the hometown pride and get out and ask more questions.

More here:

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

Port Angeles Heroin – Newspeople Remain Silent

WA – Real ID

Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

News tip/story idea

A Secretive, Wasteful, Dishonest & Ineffective US Dept. of Homeland Security

Thousands Of Terrorists Stopped Last Year At The Border?

Opioid or Heroin? Meth or Amphetamine?

Dept. of Defense Lies About Freedom

Post 911 Homeland Security Protocols vs. Tennessee Meth

Away From The Border

Homeland Security Meth/Heroin Racket Rolls On

17 Years Past 911 – Welcome Home Troops

Fentanyl – What part of the story is missing?

 

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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?

Background:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 8 years, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats and zero questions from the press.

August 2, 2011 Seattle Times

Border Patrol agent says Port Angeles ‘Black Hole’

“The agency is building a $5.7 million headquarters at 110 Penn St. in Port Angeles that can house up to 50 agents.”

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

More here:

News tip/story idea

A Secretive, Wasteful, Dishonest & Ineffective US Dept. of Homeland Security

 

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

2017-

“Residents who filled the Port Angeles City Council chambers and lobby Tuesday night said they were fed up with the heroin epidemic in Clallam County and asked what is being done to stop opioid abuse and what they can do to help.”

2019-

KING 5 News

Jail staff are now using medication to help addicts detox from heroin while in custody.”

Peninsula Daily News

Clallam health official: Narcan helping to cut overdose deaths

“About half of the overdoses have been from prescription drugs, not heroin, she said.”

Has Port Angeles CBP been able to intercept any inbound meth or heroin?

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Possibly of interest-

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: Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

 

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

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping cartel-sourced heroin and meth out of the US?

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

More here:

WA – Real ID

Opioid or Heroin? Meth or Amphetamine?

Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

 

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Photo- A symbol of the free press, federal government credibility and newspeople asking questions.

 

 

A secretive, wasteful, and ineffective US Dept. of Homeland Security:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 8 years, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats and zero questions from the press.

August 2, 2011 Seattle Times

Border Patrol agent says Port Angeles ‘Black Hole’

“The agency is building a $5.7 million headquarters at 110 Penn St. in Port Angeles that can house up to 50 agents.”

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

More here:

News tip/story idea

 

Denied FOIA requests:

September 16, 2012 Peninsula Daily News

Response promised soon on Border Patrol agent’s claims about ‘black hole,’ misuse of federal funds

“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.”

 

Arrest statistics are secret:

March 19, 2014 Sequim Gazette

Agent counters allegations of ‘boredom’

When asked how many agents there are, Romero said there are 20,000 agents nationwide but did not give local figures.”

“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.”

Go and ask the FBI how many bank robberies took place last year in Portland, OR. You’ll get the numbers. They won’t tell you that statistics/public records must be withheld because they would assist bank robbers if they were released.

Any other law enforcement agencies anywhere in the US that maintain secret arrest statistics?

Washington State Patrol shares DUI arrest statistics on social media here:

“Our #WSP District 8 troopers removed 1,429 impaired drivers from the roads in 2018.”

“Here is a breakdown of what it looks like in each of our 7 counties.”

 

An Ineffective US Dept. of Homeland Security:

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

2017-

“Residents who filled the Port Angeles City Council chambers and lobby Tuesday night said they were fed up with the heroin epidemic in Clallam County and asked what is being done to stop opioid abuse and what they can do to help.”

2019-

Jail staff are now using medication to help addicts detox from heroin while in custody.”

Has Port Angeles CBP been able to intercept any inbound heroin? Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Has anyone ever seen the press question the Port Angeles Border Patrol/CBP on their role in keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

Possibly of interest: Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

 

A dishonest US Dept. of Homeland Security:

The Claim:

Jan 4th, 2019 McClatchy Washington Bureau/The Bellingham Herald

Trump officials exaggerate terrorist threat on southern border in tense briefing

“Homeland Security officials are now saying that 3,755 known or suspected terrorists were stopped trying to entering the U.S. by land in FY 17.”

Questioning The Claim:

Love to see newspeople ask:

Did sending US troops to Iraq & Afghanistan play any role in keeping bad people from coming here to do bad things?

Have the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan played any role in keeping thousands of terrorists from showing up at the border?

Newspeople could have started questioning these big claims from DHS almost a year ago.

Jan 24th, 2018

Secretary of Homeland Security:

The US Dept. of Homeland Security “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.”

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do heroin-trafficking cartels continue to move product into various parts of the US?

Jan, 2018 Fox News

Meth, cocaine overdoses rise as Mexican cartels sidestep anti-opioid crackdown

 

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

Jan. 4, 2019 USA Today

Trump’s DHS requests more support from military troops along U.S.-Mexico border

Will these efforts result in any shortage of cartel-sourced heroin, cocaine, meth or fentanyl anywhere in the US?

 

Possibly of interest:

Thousands Of Terrorists Stopped Last Year At The Border?

Opioid or Heroin? Meth or Amphetamine?

Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

Dept. of Defense Lies About Freedom

 

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Photo- Ruby Beach

 

The Claim:

Jan 4th, 2019 McClatchy Washington Bureau/The Bellingham Herald

Trump officials exaggerate terrorist threat on southern border in tense briefing

“Homeland Security officials are now saying that 3,755 known or suspected terrorists were stopped trying to entering the U.S. by land in FY 17.”

Questioning The Claim:

Love to see newspeople ask:

Did sending US troops to Iraq & Afghanistan play any role in keeping bad people from coming here to do bad things?

Have the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan played any role in keeping thousands of terrorists from showing up at the border?

Newspeople could have started questioning these big claims from DHS almost a year ago.

Jan 24th, 2018

Secretary of Homeland Security:

The US Dept. of Homeland Security “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.”

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do heroin-trafficking cartels continue to move product into various parts of the US?

Jan, 2018 Fox News

Meth, cocaine overdoses rise as Mexican cartels sidestep anti-opioid crackdown

 

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

Jan. 4, 2019 USA Today

Trump’s DHS requests more support from military troops along U.S.-Mexico border

Will these efforts result in any shortage of cartel-sourced heroin, cocaine, meth or fentanyl anywhere in the US?

 

Possibly of interest:

A Secretive, Wasteful, Dishonest & Ineffective US Dept. of Homeland Security

Opioid or Heroin? Meth or Amphetamine?

Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

Dept. of Defense Lies About Freedom

 

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Local TV news video staged to show us a ferry “struggling to leave the dock.”

Alternative weather info here: Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

Local TV news station shares an in-studio pep rally ahead of the NFL playoffs.

Really no problem with the fun.

Love to see a balance with newspeople asking more in the way of basic public policy questions.

A couple of news story ideas here:

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 8 years, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats and zero questions from the press.

More here: News tip/story idea

Related: Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

 

News Tip/Story idea:

How long has Oak Harbor been an unsafe location for recreational shellfish harvesting?

November 16, 2018 Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor’s sewage plant up and running

Article indicates the cost of the project is $142 million.

November 30, 2018 Whidbey News-Times

Ceremony celebrates sewage treatment plant coming online

“…ribbon cutting Thursday for the city’s new, state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant.”

Image above:

Washington State Dept. of Health status updated Dec 2nd, 2018.

Source: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife OAK HARBOR BEACH PARK

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams, Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

“Water Quality Comment: This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

More here: Oak Harbor – State Of The Art Sewage Treatment Plant

 

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Photo- Keystone ferry inbound.

“Keystone terminal gives way to ‘Coupeville’ ferry”

Coupeville/Penn Cove is on the eastern shore of Whidbey Island- no ferry link to Port Townsend exists there.

Related: Ferry Traffic Leaving Coupeville Terminal Routed Away From Coupeville

 

Meth, methamphetamine, and amphetamine seem to be used interchangeably in this story:

Dec. 26th, 2018 The Spokesman-Review

Amphetamine hospitalizations increasing every year in Spokane, rivaling opioids

Why does it matter?

Some drugs are domestic.

Some drugs, like heroin or cocaine, and maybe meth, must get past strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs before they arrive in local communities.

Are the drugs described in the article above, cartel products? Are these drugs prescription meds? Meds requiring a prescription are highly regulated & controlled.

The Drug War is based on public policy.

What methods are working? What methods are failing?

Love to see more in the way of newspeople asking questions to keep people informed on drug control policy and to educate the public towards avoiding the risks associated with drug abuse.

What lessons can people learn in order to avoid hospitalization?

 

Heroin

Let’s get away from the politician talk.

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 and meth away from the Puget Sound area?

 

Questions that go unasked:

When additional restrictions are placed on prescription drugs- what will prevent heroin-trafficking cartels from moving more product into local communities?

Meth

Federal cash for Montana after meth flows past federal agents staffing a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, then on into local communities:

Oct 25, 2018 Missoulian DOJ awards MHP $1 million for anti-meth operations in Montana

“The U.S. Department of Justice announced its award to MHP Thursday, from its Office of Community Oriented Policing. The grant will fund additional troopers, equipment and training specifically to combat incoming meth trafficking. Highway Patrol Chief Tom Butler said in the statement that Montana’s meth is largely sourced from Mexico.”

Nov 27, 2018 Kentucky New Era

‘Crystal meth by the pound.’ Drug’s rise in Kentucky leads to arrests, abuse.

Dec 1, 2018 The Greeneville Sun

Meth Becoming Illicit Drug Of Choice

“Unlike opioids, meth is relatively inexpensive and the flow of the highly addictive stimulant from Mexico through distribution hubs like Atlanta continues almost unchecked.”

“The nearly pure form of meth known as “ice” is not manufactured by pharmaceutical companies that can be sued in court.”

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq & Afghanistan- working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Related:

Post 911 Homeland Security Protocols vs. Tennessee Meth

Away From The Border

Homeland Security Meth/Heroin Racket Rolls On

17 Years Past 911 – Welcome Home Troops

Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

 

Secretary of Homeland Security:

The US Dept. of Homeland Security “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.”

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do heroin-trafficking cartels continue to move product into local communities?

 

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

Related:

No More Drug Pipeline?

Fentanyl – What part of the story is missing?

The open attitude about sports reporting does not cross over to stories about the US Dept. of Homeland Security, big drug busts, The Troops, the War on Terror or local water quality impacted by sewage treatment plant outfalls.

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

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

 

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Photo-

South entrance- Port Townsend Ship Canal

 

December 17, 2018 KING 5 News

6.2 million young chinook salmon dead after Pierce County power outage

 

Dec 19, 2018 KIRO 7 News

130,000 gallons of sewage spill into Puget Sound after power outage

Temporary King County status gets a report.

Routine status over at Penn Cove/Oak Harbor- newspeople remain silent.

Love to see newspeople get out and ask questions about why:

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

 

As the months go by, we’ll watch and see how local conditions change. We’ll look for newspeople to ask public policy questions Re:

How long has Oak Harbor been an unsafe location for recreational shellfish harvesting?

If the state of the art sewage treatment plant went online last month- how was sewage being processed last summer or last year?

When did the sewage treatment plant project begin?

If the old sewage treatment system was failing- when did it begin to fail?

How long will it take for recreational shellfish harvest conditions to become safe related to sewage treatment plant outfall?

News links and documentation here:

Oak Harbor – State Of The Art Sewage Treatment Plant

 

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Photo- Fort Ebey surf

 

 

 

Dec 15th, 2018

The Joint Chiefs of Staff indicate that wars are for freedom.

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.

Legal marijuana, concealed carry of handguns, federal minimum drinking age, interracial marriage, gay marriage, voting rights, hemp farming, etc. None of these are linked in any way with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, The Dept. of Defense, jet noise over Coupeville, or the outcome of military operations overseas.

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.

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas let’s hear all about it.

More here:

Is A Free Society An Honest Society?

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Freedom Comes And Goes – Joint Chiefs of Staff Play No Part

Why do we speak of the US Armed Forces as if they function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

National Guard in Afghanistan

Glorifying Military Service

 

A Border Wall?

Dec 11th, 2018 Washington Post

Trump’s arguments for necessity of border wall have already been broadly debunked

Illegal drugs “mostly come through the ports of entry” at the border, one senior administration official testified before Congress last year.

June 7, 2018 The Epoch Times

DEA:

“Hard drugs—cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and now fentanyl—are usually brought in via concealed compartments in passenger vehicles and trucks, Coleman said.”

Apr. 10, 2018 Business Insider

Trump wants to beef up border security to ‘knock the hell out of the drug flow’ — but it could still miss most of the smuggling

“The US Drug Enforcement Administration said in its 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment, however, that Mexican transnational criminal organizations transported illicit drugs into the US across its southwest border using varied methods.”

“The most common method employed by these TCOs,” it said, “involves transporting illicit drugs through US ports of entry in passenger vehicles with concealed compartments or commingled with legitimate goods on tractor trailers.”

 

Secretary of Homeland Security:

The US Dept. of Homeland Security “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.”

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do heroin-trafficking cartels continue to move product into local communities?

 

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

Related:

No More Drug Pipeline?

Fentanyl – What part of the story is missing?

Post 911 Homeland Security Protocols vs. Tennessee Meth

Away From The Border

Homeland Security Meth/Heroin Racket Rolls On

17 Years Past 911 – Welcome Home Troops

Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

The open attitude about sports reporting does not cross over to stories about the US Dept. of Homeland Security, big drug busts, The Troops, the War on Terror or local water quality.

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

 

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Photo- North of Penn Cove

 

 

Dec 7th, 2018 The News Tribune

Drug pipeline ‘has been shut down.’ Statewide bust nets 29 arrests, guns, drugs

We’ll watch and see in the months ahead to see if anyone figures a way to move cartel-sourced product into the Puget Sound area.

Related:

Fentanyl – What part of the story is missing?

Post 911 Homeland Security Protocols vs. Tennessee Meth

Away From The Border

Homeland Security Meth/Heroin Racket Rolls On

17 Years Past 911 – Welcome Home Troops

Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

The open attitude about sports reporting does not cross over to stories about the US Dept. of Homeland Security, big drug busts, The Troops, the War on Terror or local water quality.

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

 

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Photo- South of Point Partridge

 

 

December 5, 2018 Seattle Times

Huge rise in overdose deaths, in Washington state and the nation, from fentanyl, which can kill even in tiny doses

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, meth and fentanyl away from the Puget Sound area?

 

December 6, 2018 KING 5 News

Father believes safe injection site could have saved daughter’s life

As always- zero questions asked about why strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep cartels from moving product into local communities.

Welcome Home Troops

 

December 6, 2018 MyEverettNews.com

DEA Raids Homes In Everett As Part Of Multi-State Investigation

The story is always reported as a big success. Zero questions asked about why cartels are somehow able to move product past US Troops, strict post 911 security protocols and federal agents manning a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security- before the drugs end up in Hometown, USA.

US Dept. of Homeland Security

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

2011-

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.

2013-

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

2017-

“Residents who filled the Port Angeles City Council chambers and lobby Tuesday night said they were fed up with the heroin epidemic in Clallam County and asked what is being done to stop opioid abuse and what they can do to help.”

2019-

Jail staff are now using medication to help addicts detox from heroin while in custody.”

Has Port Angeles CBP been able to intercept any inbound meth or heroin? Even one time?

Newspeople, reporters and journalists are free to ask basic public policy questions and post updated reports at any time.

Has anyone ever seen the press question the Port Angeles Border Patrol/CBP on their role in keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 8 years, and zero questions from the press.

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

More here: News tip/story idea

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

June 17th, 2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune

Fentanyl has taken over America’s drug market. Where is it coming from?

China-

“The nature of fentanyl — extremely potent in small doses when pure — makes it ideal to move through the mail, keeping packages small and inconspicuous.”

“Experts say it’s hard to know just how much fentanyl is coming direct from China to the U.S.”

Mexico-

“Flowing in one direction, this fentanyl pipeline runs through Mexican cartel strongholds and heads north on well-established drug trafficking routes. It funnels 80 percent of the drug through the San Diego border before dispersing throughout the U.S.”

 

December 4th, 2018 Cato Institute

Today’s Drug Abusers Did Not Derive From Yesterday’s Patients

“I’ve encouraged using the term “Fentanyl Crisis” rather than “Opioid Crisis” to describe the situation, because it more accurately points to its cause—nonmedical users accessing drugs in the dangerous black market fueled by drug prohibition—hoping this will redirect attention and lead to reforms that are more likely to succeed.”

 

CBP is quick to boast about their role in keeping contraband out:

DHS Creates its Own News Reports for the Super Bowl

Counterfeit goods crackdown

When the news is created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press:

“CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.”

How do you keep terrorists and their weapons out by checking retail items after they show up at the mall in Minneapolis? Did the confiscated items make it through any port of entry?

 

Secretary of Homeland Security:

The US Dept. of Homeland Security “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.”

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do heroin-trafficking cartels continue to move product into local communities?

 

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

Related:

Post 911 Homeland Security Protocols vs. Tennessee Meth

Away From The Border

Homeland Security Meth/Heroin Racket Rolls On

17 Years Past 911 – Welcome Home Troops

Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

The open attitude about sports reporting does not cross over to stories about the US Dept. of Homeland Security, big drug busts, The Troops, the War on Terror or local water quality.

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

 

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Photo- slow speed mayhem

 

My favorite public photography folks are polite, well-behaved, and tend to be quiet, or almost silent. Videos recorded at or outside of sites that are funded by the public seem to be best for documenting these issues.

Some people question post 911 protocols where everyone is seen as a suspect.

Some people question the idea that people are expected to yield the right of way Re: their peaceful/nonviolent and legal activities because terrorists might be planning to disrupt American culture. All the while thanking Troops for freedoms.

Positive interaction:

Single guy with a camera and early request to show ID and credentials:

Told to stop filming:

Independent/alternative media- out asking questions and told to stop filming at 2:46 and 5:12. Policy explained at 7:48. Entire video here:

Months later:

“A man whom Sunnyside police arrested for videotaping a SWAT team has received an $8,000 settlement, reports the Yakima Herald-Republic. After the man posted a videotape of his arrest on YouTube, police requested the charges be dropped and the man sued for the violation of his rights.”

“The city owned up to the mistake, and the police department has taken training on rights of civilians to film their actions. Better yet, the city’s insurance company, Washington Cities Insurance Authority, plans to recommend similar action to other cities it represents.”

People have the right to film and take pictures of police actions in a public area, so long as they don’t physically get in the way or interfere with officers’ ability to carry out their duties.”

One guy with a camera. Early request to show ID:

Single guy with a camera and a request to show ID:

Public records protocols:

Told to leave a public library. Several videos here: Information Suppression Update

 

The family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks are more welcome to do interviews related to public policy. Unfortunately, they seem to have moved away from asking questions.

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

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 8 years, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats and zero questions from the press.

More here: News tip/story idea

 

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Photo- Local salmon fishing season

 

US Troops at the border, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security not yet able to shut down Eastern Tennessee meth supply:

Dec 1, 2018 The Greeneville Sun

Meth Becoming Illicit Drug Of Choice

“Unlike opioids, meth is relatively inexpensive and the flow of the highly addictive stimulant from Mexico through distribution hubs like Atlanta continues almost unchecked.”

“The nearly pure form of meth known as “ice” is not manufactured by pharmaceutical companies that can be sued in court.”

 

Montana

Federal cash for Montana after meth flows past federal agents staffing a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, then on into local communities:

Oct 25, 2018 Missoulian DOJ awards MHP $1 million for anti-meth operations in Montana

“The U.S. Department of Justice announced its award to MHP Thursday, from its Office of Community Oriented Policing. The grant will fund additional troopers, equipment and training specifically to combat incoming meth trafficking. Highway Patrol Chief Tom Butler said in the statement that Montana’s meth is largely sourced from Mexico.”

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq & Afghanistan- working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

 

Minnesota

Feds: Minnesota now in compliance with Real ID

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

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping cartel-sourced heroin and meth out of the US?

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

 

Secretary of Homeland Security:

The US Dept. of Homeland Security “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.”

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do heroin-trafficking cartels continue to move product into local communities?

 

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

Related:

Away From The Border

Homeland Security Meth/Heroin Racket Rolls On

17 Years Past 911 – Welcome Home Troops

Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

 

Don’t miss our companion blog- found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo- Fort Ebey Surf

 

 

November 16, 2018 Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor’s sewage plant up and running

Article indicates the cost of the project is $142 million.

 

November 30, 2018 Whidbey News-Times

Ceremony celebrates sewage treatment plant coming online

“…ribbon cutting Thursday for the city’s new, state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant.”

 

Image at top of page:

Washington State Dept. of Health status updated Dec 2nd, 2018.

Source: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife OAK HARBOR BEACH PARK

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams, Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

“Water Quality Comment: This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

As the months go by, we’ll watch and see how local conditions change. We’ll look for newspeople to ask public policy questions Re:

How long has Oak Harbor been an unsafe location for recreational shellfish harvesting?

If the state of the art sewage treatment plant went online last month- how was sewage being processed last summer or last year?

When did the sewage treatment plant project begin?

If the old sewage treatment system was failing- when did it begin to fail?

Will the new sewage treatment plant allow for safe recreational shellfish harvesting at Oak Harbor? If not, why not?

How long will it take for recreational shellfish harvest conditions to become safe related to sewage treatment plant outfall?

 

Over at Penn Cove-

A situation linked to the Oak Harbor sewage treatment plant? Waiting for newspeople to let us know.

Monroe Landing

Love to see newspeople get out and ask questions about why:

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

Coupeville

State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

Looks like the sewage treatment plant issue may be seen as routine or ongoing. Any sense of urgency in reporting details or background on this?

Routine or ongoing? So much so, that WDFW has posted a permanent sign indicating a dark shaded area in the eastern part of Penn Cove:

Image source: Photo posted by WDFW here.

Three images below taken on March 24, 2019 site visit.

Possibly of interest:

Dec 23rd, 2018 GoSkagit.com

Study finds littleneck clams declining in Salish Sea, West Coast

More here:

Temporary Kitsap Wastewater Spill

NW Beach Water Quality

Whidbey recreational (sport) harvest of shellfish

 

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Associated Press November 27, 2018

Vermont delegation worried by Border Patrol checkpoint plans

“A New Hampshire judge ruled in May that the checkpoints violated the state and federal constitutions. He suppressed evidence against more than a dozen people who were charged with drug possession after being stopped and searched by agents of Customs and Border Protection, which includes the Border Patrol, in 2017.”

 

Puget Sound Area History

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

State and local law enforcement agencies do not conduct suspicionless checkpoints in Washington State.

Check your state here.

 

Jefferson County Sheriff says No to federal grant money Re: local Border Patrol Checkpoints:

Border Patrol criticism emerges: Sheriff Brasfield declines BP funding

Note:

“Attention subscribers — Welcome to our new and improved website!
For the next week, PTLeader.com will be freely available to all readers. No login is required during this time.”

The local paper has upgraded their web format. Several stories from their news archives are no longer viewable. Might be a good time for some updated reporting.

 

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

Olympic Peninsula immigration checkpoint-

At a checkpoint- 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

Checkpoints on the Olympic Peninsula ended after the public forum shown in the video above. Is there any other community in the US that objected to checkpoints and was able to shut them down?

 

2018 Update

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 8 years, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats and zero questions from the press.

More here:

News tip/story idea

 

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

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

2017-

“Residents who filled the Port Angeles City Council chambers and lobby Tuesday night said they were fed up with the heroin epidemic in Clallam County and asked what is being done to stop opioid abuse and what they can do to help.”

2019-

Jail staff are now using medication to help addicts detox from heroin while in custody.”

 

Has Port Angeles CBP been able to intercept any inbound heroin? Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Has anyone ever seen the press question the Port Angeles Border Patrol/CBP on their role in keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

 

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

The open attitude about sports reporting does not cross over to stories about the US Dept. of Homeland Security, big drug busts, The Troops, the War on Terror or local water quality.

More here:

Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

 

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Photo- Extinct ferry at Port Townsend

 

 

 

Local paper in a military town-

About two years ago, hometown pride was running high when they posted:

“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.”

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?

 

First Amendment Victory for Strip Club Gives New Jersey Businesses the Right to Advertise a BYOB Option

The strip club is another of many examples where freedoms may come & go- completely unrelated to military operations/US Troops in distant lands, jet noise over Coupeville or the Sound of Freedom.

 

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.

 

More here:

Is A Free Society An Honest Society?

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Freedom Comes And Goes – Joint Chiefs of Staff Play No Part

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

National Guard in Afghanistan

Glorifying Military Service

 

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Photo- Summer morning at Coupeville

 

 

Does the DOD presence in Central & South America result in any shortage of cartel-sourced heroin, cocaine or meth anywhere in the US?

Nov 27, 2018 Kentucky New Era

‘Crystal meth by the pound.’ Drug’s rise in Kentucky leads to arrests, abuse.

Related:

Away From The Border

Homeland Security Meth/Heroin Racket Rolls On

Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

The Business of Keeping People informed

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

 

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Port Angeles

POLICE SEEK HELP IN LOCATING MAN AFTER FOOT CHASE

Sorry, no time for newspeople to find out what crimes “multiple felony bench warrants” are related to.

 

Whidbey Island

Man charged with making threat

“A sheriff’s investigator referred to the residence as a “drug house” in a search warrant application earlier this year. He wrote that numerous transients, drug users and felons had lived at the house.”

Sorry- no time for newspeople to ask what sort of drugs led to the drug house earning its reputation.

Why does it matter?

Some “drugs” are domestic, such as marijuana.

Some drugs, like heroin or cocaine, and now meth, must get past strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs before they arrive in local communities.

The Drug War is based on public policy.

What methods are working? What methods are failing?

Possibly of interest:

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

 

Port Angeles

Woman arrested in Peninsula drug probe pleads guilty in federal court

“Orozco-Cruz, McKean and Christman were each arrested in May following a year-long Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Administration probe into Orozco-Cruz’s drug trafficking organization, which officials believed was the primary supplier of Mexican-produced heroin and methamphetamine on the Olympic Peninsula.”

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?

Has Port Angeles CBP been able to intercept any inbound meth or heroin? Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

More here: Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

 

Lopez Town Hall meeting

Looks like newspeople didn’t show up to ask any questions- so we’ll ask a few here:

Random Drug Searches at Ferry Terminals Inside the US?

 

Minnesota

Feds: Minnesota now in compliance with Real ID

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

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping cartel-sourced heroin and meth out of the US?

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

 

Puget Sound area

WA voters approved enhanced background checks back in 2014.

Any reporting or updates on this?

Each week you can find news of another shooting. A few examples here:

Woman shot, killed at home where illegal pot grow operation found, police say

Man shot after dispute between groups playing football in Des Moines

Do you recognize this Tacoma armed robbery suspect?

Detectives Investigating Early Morning North Seattle Shooting

Woman found shot at Federal Way fast food restaurant

Two roommates found shot, killed inside Lacey home

Man in critical condition after shooting in downtown Seattle

1 dead, 3 injured in Lakewood nightclub shooting

 

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

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Think back to the long 2016 primary season. Think of the recent midterm elections. Some issues just don’t show up for debate or discussion.

What stays the same no matter what political party or personality is in power?

 

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end:

Not on the Agenda – America’s Wars Are a Non-Factor in Today’s Midterm Elections by Maj. Danny Sjursen Posted on November 06, 2018

“…on the profound issues of war and peace, there is precious little daylight between the two parties. That, right there, is a formula for perpetual war.”

Is post-Vietnam guilt OK with undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

The Department of Defense track record for winning undeclared wars goes back to 1949.

 

The Heroin Racket:

Homeland Security Meth/Heroin Racket Rolls On

 

A secretive, wasteful, and ineffective US Dept. of Homeland Security:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 8 years, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats and zero questions from the press.

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

More here:

News tip/story idea

 

The ongoing glorification of military service.

 

Federal prohibition of hemp and marijuana.

 

Newspeople who do not ask questions.

Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

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

 

Guantanamo prison.

“…they swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution.”

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

Promotion of Corn Ethanol

What is ethanol fuel and why is it bad for your small engine outdoor power equipment?

2 STROKE VS 4 STROKE: AVOID ETHANOL IN SMALL ENGINES

Mechanics see ethanol damaging small engines

 

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Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

Drug War

Senator Cantwell sets the tone. TV newspeople deliver a story to compliment the Senator’s programs.

Instead of asking public policy questions- the big effort here is to stage a takedown of a doctor who had already been run out of town.

Meth is a growing problem. Is the meth problem growing because of big companies or doctors overprescribing meds?

Questions that go unasked by newspeople:

When additional restrictions are placed on prescription drugs- what will prevent heroin-trafficking cartels from moving more product into local communities?

November 2, 2018 Seattle Times Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to US

Meth making supplies were restricted a few years back. No shortage today:

Feb. 13, 2018 New York Times Meth, the Forgotten Killer, Is Back. And It’s Everywhere.

“The cartels have inundated the market with so much pure, low-cost meth that dealers have more of it than they know what to do with.”

Federal cash for Montana after meth flows past federal agents staffing a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, then on into local communities:

Oct 25, 2018 Missoulian DOJ awards MHP $1 million for anti-meth operations in Montana

“The U.S. Department of Justice announced its award to MHP Thursday, from its Office of Community Oriented Policing. The grant will fund additional troopers, equipment and training specifically to combat incoming meth trafficking. Highway Patrol Chief Tom Butler said in the statement that Montana’s meth is largely sourced from Mexico.”

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq & Afghanistan- working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

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

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping cartel-sourced heroin and meth out of the US?

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

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 8 years, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats and zero questions from the press.

More here:

News tip/story idea

 

If the US Dept. of Homeland Security was a College Football or NFL team, we’d have all the stats all the time. Is there some sort of Hometown Pride that gets in the way of newspeople asking questions in these areas?

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

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

2017-

“Residents who filled the Port Angeles City Council chambers and lobby Tuesday night said they were fed up with the heroin epidemic in Clallam County and asked what is being done to stop opioid abuse and what they can do to help.”

2019-

Jail staff are now using medication to help addicts detox from heroin while in custody.”

Has Port Angeles CBP been able to intercept any inbound heroin? Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Has anyone ever seen the press question the Port Angeles Border Patrol/CBP on their role in keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

The open attitude about sports reporting does not cross over to stories about the US Dept. of Homeland Security, big drug busts, The Troops, the War on Terror or local water quality.

More here:

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

Homeland Security Meth/Heroin Racket Rolls On

 

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Thanksgiving – 2018

Oct 24, 2018 NBC 5 News Chicago

Video:

Mayor, CPD Say ‘No Credible Threat’ to Chicago After Apparent Explosive Sent to Obama in DC

If the fusion center 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, mass casualty shootings, etc.

More here: No Credible Threat

Elsewhere in the War on Terror:

Washington State Ferry Ride

 

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Photo- Local beach glass

 

Aug. 15, 2018 Kitsap Sun:

Navy sewer line blockage spills an estimated 80,000 gallons of wastewater into Sinclair Inlet

Temporary Kitsap status gets a report.

Routine status over at Penn Cove – newspeople remain silent.

Photo at top of page

Washington State Dept. of Health image updated June 16th, 2018.

Source: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

View Penn Cove water quality for clam digging using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

June 15, 2018 South Whidbey Record:

“Mucking about in clamming class”

“Last year, signs went up closing the waters around Penn Cove to any shellfish harvesting because testing revealed high levels of paralytic shellfish poison. The biotoxin can potentially lead to fatal paralytic shellfish poisoning in humans if consumed.”

“The Penn Cove ban has since been lifted.”

South Whidbey Record, which Penn Cove beach would you recommend for clam digging?

Whidbey Island

Monroe Landing

Love to see newspeople get out and ask questions about why:

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

Coupeville

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

Looks like the sewage treatment plant issue may be seen as routine or ongoing. Any sense of urgency in reporting details or background on this?

Routine or ongoing? So much so, that WDFW has posted a permanent sign indicating a dark shaded area in the eastern part of Penn Cove:

Image source: Photo posted by WDFW here.

More here:

NW Beach Water Quality

Whidbey recreational (sport) harvest of shellfish

 

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Detailed reporting and meaningful comments here:

Gamble backfires as Mariners lose to Angels 4-3 in 10 innings

“It was a risky play made by a desperate team that is well aware of its run-scoring issues over the past month and the current fight for a postseason spot that felt like an inevitability in June.”

What to do about Felix Hernandez after the Angels thrash the Mariners 11-5?

Reporters are free to ask hard questions and write stories about teams, players, managers and coaches in sports.

After each game, the press has access to coaches and players. All sorts of information is available all of the time.

In government, it is fully understood that people will not have access to complete information through everyday channels.

Ever hear of a Freedom of Information Act Request in sports? How about a denied FOIA request?

Ever see a pro football coach or quarterback refer reporters to his press secretary for answers? Presidents do so on a daily basis. Professionals are hired to provide only the desired version of answers to questions.

Ever see a pro football coach or quarterback refer reporters to a public information officer for answers to questions?

The open attitude about sports reporting does not cross over to stories about the US Dept. of Homeland Security, big drug busts, The Troops, the War on Terror or local water quality impacted by sewage treatment plant outfalls.

More here: Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

Big drug busts

News video:

I-Team Exclusive: Inside Coachella Valley raid Operation ‘Narco Navigator’

The story is always reported as a big success. Zero questions asked about why cartels are somehow able to move product past National Guard Troops, strict post 911 security protocols and federal agents manning a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security- before the drugs end up in Hometown, USA.

US Dept. of Homeland Security

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

2011-

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.

2013-

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

2017-

“Residents who filled the Port Angeles City Council chambers and lobby Tuesday night said they were fed up with the heroin epidemic in Clallam County and asked what is being done to stop opioid abuse and what they can do to help.”

2019-

Jail staff are now using medication to help addicts detox from heroin while in custody.”

Has Port Angeles CBP been able to intercept any inbound meth or heroin? Even one time?

Newspeople, reporters and journalists are free to ask basic public policy questions and post updated reports at any time.

Has anyone ever seen the press question the Port Angeles Border Patrol/CBP on their role in keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 8 years, and zero questions from the press.

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

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

More here: News tip/story idea

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

The Troops

Local paper in a military town-

About two years ago, hometown pride was running high when they posted:

“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.”

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?

War on Terror

Zero questions asked about why the National Guard is in Afghanistan absent any military emergency, national emergency, draft, or declaration of war.

The people of Connecticut need services in Kuwait and Afghanistan:

CT National Guard Members Deployed to Kuwait and Afghanistan

The people of Arizona need services for a year in “…Kuwait, which is near Iraq…”

Girl who cried ‘dada’ reminder of sacrifice at ceremony for 400 soldiers deploying to Kuwait

Did any newspeople show up to ask questions about undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

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

The Dept. of Defense was nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

More here: National Guard in Afghanistan

 

17 years after 911- we see that life wasn’t meant to change after the big Saddam Hussein/Osama bin Laden takedowns.

September 1st, 2018 The Washington Post:

Why you might soon undergo a body scan to ride the subway or bus

“An added layer of protection like this makes terrorists think twice about strapping a bomb to themselves,” Denver-based security consultant Autumn Harris said.

Ms. Harris has the final word. Zero follow up questions from the press.

Newspeople fail to ask:

What stops suicidal bombers from blowing themselves up just short of the crowded screening checkpoint?

Local water quality

June 15, 2018 South Whidbey Record:

“Mucking about in clamming class”

“Last year, signs went up closing the waters around Penn Cove to any shellfish harvesting because testing revealed high levels of paralytic shellfish poison. The biotoxin can potentially lead to fatal paralytic shellfish poisoning in humans if consumed.”

“The Penn Cove ban has since been lifted.”

South Whidbey Record, which Penn Cove beach would you recommend for clam digging?

Image above:

Washington State Dept. of Health image updated June 16th, 2018.

Source: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

View Penn Cove water quality for clam digging using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

Love to see newspeople get out and ask questions about why:

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

More here:

Oak Harbor – State Of The Art Sewage Treatment Plant

Temporary Kitsap Wastewater Spill

NW Beach Water Quality

 

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

Sports has tended to be a more honest part of American culture. Lately, well known players are involved in a marketing campaign featuring Salute to Service TV ads to fix the glorification of military service messages in our minds.

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

0:24

The purpose is to protect our freedoms:

 

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Photo- Port Townsend Ship Canal

 

Jul 7th, 2019 Update:

Islands’ Sounder Goodbye Guss — San Juan County K-9 returned to kennel

“Krebs hopes having a K-9 on staff will help locate drugs on traffic stops and prevent drugs from coming off ferries and into the community.”

 

The Island’s Weekly Apr 16th, 2018: Town Hall meeting covers drug crisis

Looks like newspeople didn’t show up to ask any questions- so we’ll ask a few here.

“Anacortes law enforcement has agreed to provide the use of their drug dog at Anacortes Ferry Terminal when San Juan officers request it.”

What would be screened? Walk-on passengers? Commercial vehicles? Private automobiles?

“Krebs has requested Washington State Patrol to reinstate a drug dog on the ferries.”

Reinstate? Any history of the Washington State Patrol using drug dogs to make any arrest or drug seizure at Washington State ferry terminals?

 

Mixed messages:

ABC News Nov 2000: Justices Strike Down Drug Checkpoints

“The court was not swayed by the argument that the severity of the drug problem in some city neighborhoods justified the searches.”

KSN News Jul 2015: Drug check lanes pop up north of Wichita

“I can’t comment on the checkpoint being run by the Kansas Highway Patrol,” said Dehning. “But our deputies still need reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle just as they would for any other vehicle stop. Participating in an operation like that does not relieve our deputies of that responsibility/requirement.”

“Dan Monnat explains, if you get pulled over in a drug check lane, you do have rights. He says you do not have to consent to a search of your car.”

 

Reason May 2015: The Border Patrol’s Unconstitutional Drug Dragnet

In City of Indianapolis v. Edmond, the Court said that city’s police violated the Fourth Amendment when they set up checkpoints aimed at catching drug traffickers. “We have never approved a checkpoint program whose primary purpose was to detect evidence of ordinary criminal wrongdoing,” the Court said. “Because the primary purpose of the Indianapolis narcotics checkpoint program is to uncover evidence of ordinary criminal wrongdoing, the program contravenes the Fourth Amendment.”

 

Alaska-

Juneau Empire March 25, 2018: Coast Guard, partners, search ferries for drugs, explosives

“Dykens said the opioid epidemic has been a motivating factor in wanting to do these searches, as it’s a nationwide issue that has reached Alaska. This search, he said, is one of the ways to see how much the ferry system is used to traffic these drugs.”

“These kinds of searches happen from time to time, and Dykens said they keep the timing of them as random as they can.”

 

Washington State-

State and local law enforcement agencies do not conduct suspicionless checkpoints in Washington State. Check other states here:

Sobriety Checkpoint Laws

 

Washington State Ferries-

“Washington State Patrol teams, or teams of officers, may be walking among vehicles in the holding lanes for the purpose of ensuring illegal explosive materials are not taken aboard. These teams may be accompanied by explosive-detection canines. The dogs are trained to detect explosive materials only.”

 

Lawyers.com:

“First Things First: What’s the Reason for the Stop?”

Dog or no dog, police must have a legitimate reason for pulling you over. In other words, police need to have reasonable suspicion that the driver—or someone else in the car—has violated the law. A minor traffic violation such as speeding or running a red light will normally suffice. Traffic stops without valid justification, however, are illegal. Typically, all evidence police find following an illegal detention will be inadmissible in court—including drugs discovered by a drug-sniffing dog. (Learn more about how the “exclusionary rule” applies to illegal police searches.)”

 

Nolo: Can the Police Use a Dog to Sniff a Car for Drugs Without a Warrant?

Police dog sniffs during lawful traffic stops are legal under the Fourth Amendment to the federal constitution (though state constitutions might provide otherwise). (Illinois v. Caballes, 543 U. S. 405 (2005).)”

 

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Photo- Keystone ferry inbound.

 

In the news: From Alaska To Florida, States Respond To Opioid Crisis With Emergency Declarations

Let’s get away from the politician talk-

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?

The basics:

Strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs- are unable to keep heroin out of local communities.

Prescription drugs may become more restricted, but cartels will ship more product.

Meth is a good example here. It used to me made with ingredients people could obtain locally. Those ingredients became restricted- now cartels move meth in from Mexico:

As meth arrests dropped in Mobile County, ice moved in

“A July 2015, intelligence report released by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency showed the connection of Mexican Drug Cartels in each U.S. state. The report linked the Sinaloa Cartel, Cartel Jalisico Nueva Generacion-Los Cuinis and the Beltran-Leyva Organization with drug trafficking ties in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.”

Police: meth seizures climb in Springfield

“Police said the Mexican drug cartel is bringing in a purer form of meth which is why officers said people in Springfield are making less meth at home.”

Welcome Home Troops

 

We’d like to see more from newspeople who are up to asking questions. Get away from posting the press release handed down from whatever agency was involved in the latest big bust.

More than 52 kilograms of cocaine and 45 kilograms of heroin:

Feds Bust Giant Fentanyl, Cocaine, And Heroin Ring In Chicago And Western Suburbs

Federal agents swing into action after more than 52 kilograms of cocaine and 45 kilograms of heroin move past federal agents manning a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security- then on into Chicago and western suburbs.

Questions that go unasked:

When additional restrictions are placed on prescription drugs- what will prevent heroin-trafficking cartels from moving more product into local communities?

If drug dogs are effective at the border- how are large quantities of heroin, cocaine & meth moved into US communities?

Have these highly successful drug operations created any shortage of heroin, cocaine or meth anywhere in the US?

Why are local law enforcement agencies rewarded when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US?

Seattle media: Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

Has local homeland security grant money been used effectively?

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been involved in any arrest or seizure related in any way to the US/Canada border?

Newspeople remain silent.

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-

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

Heroin among drugs driving up Peninsula home burglaries, law enforcers say

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

2017-

“Residents who filled the Port Angeles City Council chambers and lobby Tuesday night said they were fed up with the heroin epidemic in Clallam County and asked what is being done to stop opioid abuse and what they can do to help.”

Have these Port Angeles based Homeland Security patrol boats made any arrest related to the US/Canada border?

Have these boats been used to intercept any inbound heroin?

 

Newspeople,

Please 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.

 

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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

Oak Bay Starfish

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- Oak Harbor Traffic Patterns

 

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.

 

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been involved in any arrest or seizure related in any way to the US/Canada border?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

More here:

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

Heroin in Washington’s 6th District – Welcome Home Troops

Heroin Racket Rolls On

Puget Sound Coastal Patrol Boats

 

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

 

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