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

 

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Waited all year for this.

We were out three months back and this is what it looked like.

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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Photo- Deception Pass from the Lighthouse Point trail

 

At the Beach

Best of Port Hadlock

Big Driftwood

Bluff Trail

Canoe Journey

Compost

Early September

Ebey’s Landing

Explosive Wave Action

Farmers Market

Food & Drink

Fort Casey

Fort Ebey

Hall Kansas/Washington/Arizona Connection

Happy Hours – Out & About With Dogs

Happy New Year

Hill Road

Libbey Beach

Lighthouses

Local Stuff

Maritime Culture

Ocean Shores

Oregon Coast

Riepma Ave.

Road Trip

Ruby Beach

Rush Hour

Salmon

Signs

Simple Living

Skagit Valley

South Indian Island

Surf

Waterfalls

West Beach

Whidbey Island

Whidbey Rocks

Working Waterfront

 

 

 

Photo- Port Townsend

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.

Voting-

Veterans love to get in on the self-promotion:

“Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told”

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.

Voting-

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.

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

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?

 

Things have changed over the past 40 years- even though we’ve had a modern & powerful military force this entire time.

I grew up in the 60s & 70s- back in the days when veterans were not seen as a separate part of American society.

Veterans were all around- church, school, Boy Scout leaders, family, the neighborhood, etc. It was all just an average thing.

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.

Meet a veteran who isn’t shy about going out & grabbing a couple free meals- it’s a proud thing:

The cultural move towards glorifying military service may be some sort of post-Vietnam guilt at work. The guilt doesn’t seem to work towards shutting down failed wars that never end.

More here:

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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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Late Winter – Whidbey Island

 

A nice blog about this location: Jack Kerouac Alley and its many surrounding pleasures

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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Photo- Coupeville waterfront

 

Alternative/independent media- out asking questions:

Popular culture is constantly thanking The Troops for defending American rights and freedoms. The video above is another of many examples where freedoms may come & go- completely unrelated to military operations in distant lands.

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

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

Operating a camera in a public place:

More here: Information Suppression Update

 

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“Fashions come and go but this place continues to do its own thing.”

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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2801 Leavenworth Street
San Francisco

 

In the news: Navy’s wrongheaded approach to Whidbey Island Growler jets

Frequent updates here.

I have never complained about jet noise- on the web or otherwise. I’m not interested in shutting down the Navy on Whidbey, but it’s time to stop glorifying military service.

Almost every article related to NAS Whidbey features at least one comment that repeats the old, Cold War-era slogan- telling us that It’s The Sound of Freedom!

 

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.

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?

 

When we return from an undeclared war or military conflict without a victory- what becomes of American rights and freedoms?

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?

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?

 

A Land of Make Believe

Veterans love to get in on the self-promotion: Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told

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.

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

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?

 

Does all this fighting for freedom mean it would be OK to grow a marijuana plant in the back yard?

Can I take my 20 year old girlfriend (a responsible adult) down to the bar to order up a few beers for freedom?

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

 

Veterans are in the very best position to know that their time in uniform is irrelevant in terms of American rights & freedoms. Very few seem to speak out.

More here: Coupeville Questions The Sound of Freedom

 

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Platoon 3049, MCRD San Diego

Jun-Sep 1979

 

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dsc_0261-copy Ever notice- in some discussions- people who disagree start speaking in group identities and accuse others of being in opposing political parties.

My concerns are frequently related to the federal government and things that stay the same.

Political parties & personalities take turns in power.

What doesn’t change?

Failed wars that never end, the drug war racket, & a secretive, wasteful and ineffective Dept. of Homeland Security.

The press plays along by not asking questions.

 

Failed wars that never end:

The idea of phasing out undeclared/unwon wars didn’t seem to show up anywhere in the recent primary & general election seasons.

If there was a real reason to send The Troops to war- would they need to tell us the wars are for our freedoms?

Does all this fighting for freedom mean it would be OK to grow a marijuana plant in the back yard?

Can I take my 20 year old girlfriend (a responsible adult) down to the bar to order up a few beers for freedom?

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

More here: DOD Maintaining Freedom?

 

The drug war racket:

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?

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.

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?

 

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

 

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:

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

Welcome Home Troops – We’ll try harder next time

 

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

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?

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.”

 

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.”

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

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Discussion on local newspaper FB page-

From comments:

“HOMELAND HAS BEEN UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TILL JUST SHORTLY WHEN THEY FINALLY APPROVED OF PRES. TRUMPS PICK FOR HEAD OF THE AGENCY…SO ASK OBAMA THAT QUESTION ….”

Response:

The press should be in the habit of asking questions and working to keep the public informed- no matter which party is in power.

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

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

State-run media update:

 

Flying the flag upside down:

It happened during the last presidential administration, now it’s happening again:

Why I fly the flag upside down

The discussion contained in the article goes as far as political personalities. That’s about it.

 

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Photo- Fog clears at Hill Road

 

 

 

dsc_0042-copy-2 Whidbey Island

dsc_0035 Whidbey Island

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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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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DSC_0002_005 In the news: Durham VA hospital: Elderly Veteran Lays on Floor in Pain While Waiting at VA Hospital

Welcome Home Troops

Sorry- we haven’t had enough wars over the past 70 years to get good at managing the facilities we operate.

A giant flag ritual at the next football game will make it all good.

 

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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?

 

 

 

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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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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.

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