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Vehicle searches yield few weapons at U.S.-Mexico border

September 30th, 2010 . by TexasFred

Vehicle searches yield few weapons at U.S.-Mexico border

Searches of vehicles crossing into Mexico are yielding few weapons in what U.S. officials concede is a frustrating effort to slow the flow of guns to violent Mexican cartels operating across the U.S. border.

Almost immediately after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a stepped-up vehicle search program beginning in March 2009, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials went five consecutive months — May through September — without recovering a single weapon in El Paso, within sight of the bloodiest battleground in the Mexican drug war.

Weapons seizures from vehicles moving through the Southwest border’s busiest crossings have increased to 310 so far in fiscal year 2010, up from 155 in fiscal year 2009, CBP records show. Besides guns, weapons include grenades and rockets.

Yet the seizures represent a tiny fraction of arms flooding Mexico from the USA, at a rate of 2,000 per day, according to Brookings Institution estimates.

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Vehicle searches yield few weapons at U.S.-Mexico border

What? Seriously? The U.S. government isn’t finding those guns being transported to Mexico that they said they would? Surely not…

What about all the Texas Gun Shows? Weren’t we, Texas gun owners, being accused of making *straw-man* purchases and abusing our Second Amendment rights? Weren’t honest Texas gun dealers subjected to accusations of impropriety and subjected to all kinds of BATF audits?

And about those Texas Gun Shows…weren’t they supposed to be a wholesale market for fully automatic assault weapons, grenades, land mines and myriad other weapons of war?

You would think a state like Texas, one that held the BATF and federal gun regulations in such low esteem would be flagrantly exploiting the U.S. - Mexican border weaknesses and transporting tons of guns to the cartels and bringing back loads of money in the process.

You would think.

“It is a challenge for us,” says Steven Stavinoha, director of CBP’s outbound search operations. He says the agency is revamping its strategy.

Stavinoha says federal authorities have been hampered by staffing limitations, spotty intelligence and gun smugglers who alter their operations to elude capture. “Smuggling organizations are able to adapt to our activities and use it against us,” he says.

OR…maybe the guns are coming into Mexico from Central America, or into seaports, or beaches. Just sayin’.

Maybe the guns are coming in on the same routes, via the same sources that are exporting drugs into America. It doesn’t seem to me that the DEA is doing all that great at stopping drugs from coming in, how can BATF be expected to stop guns from going out?

He says smugglers monitor search teams’ locations and redirect shipments to alternate crossings or wait for the teams to move to other locations.

Well, imagine that, the smugglers are monitoring your actions.

I am going to let these guys in on a little Op/Sec Intel that I tried to share with the military and the folks in charge when talking about how our troops are ambushed and killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The U.S. military and ALL of our Intelligence agencies are fully and thoroughly infiltrated.

Bet on it. That is what PCness and liberalism have done for us.

The Taliban and al-Qaida have their operatives in high places within the military and intelligence agencies of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and everywhere else we operate. Some have even offered speculation that the infiltration extends to the highest office in the land.

The Mexican drug cartels have accomplished the exact same thing. Infiltration runs rampant in the drug and gun business. And think about this; the drug cartels and gun importers have more disposable income than the entire United States government.

Police departments are infiltrated. Governments themselves are also infiltrated and in many case, fully complicit in ALL of these actions, on both sides of the border, drugs and guns.

If the United States wants to win the war on drugs, guns and terrorism they must 1st LOSE a thing or two. Political correctness being first and foremost.

Long time readers know my opinion when it come to fighting, and winning a WAR. If you are not in it to win, by any means necessary, you are not going to win at all.

Playing nice doesn’t win the day. Following rules of engagement when you’re doing battle with an enemy that will torture for fun and then cut your head off and leave it on the roadside as a sign, or a warning to others, is NOT an enemy that you will EVER defeat if you try to make nice!

Drug runners and gun smugglers are NOT stupid. They are paying very close attention to the way the Islamic fighters are attacking our troops, Intelligence officers and contractors.

We are seeing an increase in car bombs, look at recent happenings in Juarez. What’s next? IEDs and roadside I am guessing, that, and paramilitary attacks against our drug officers and BATF, as well as the far too few troops that are deployed along the border.

America is at WAR, our Impostor in Chief won’t admit it, he won’t call terrorists for what they are. He won’t admit that we are engaged in a War Against Terror. He won’t acknowledge that we are engaged in a war along our southern border, and he has done very little to address any of it.

The war on terror and the security of this nation are endeavors that can be won, but to do so we are going to have to make WAR in the most heinous manner.We will have to inflict massive and shocking damage on ALL enemy combatants. We WILL incur collateral damage.

I don’t know if the USA still has the resolve to wage unlimited WAR. The touchy-feely, PC at all costs, never offend and play nice crowd have emasculated this nation and it’s will to fight!

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9 Responses to “Vehicle searches yield few weapons at U.S.-Mexico border”

  1. comment number 1 by: minuteman26

    The supposition that weapons are being smuggled into Mexico from the U.S. is anti 2nd Ammendment bullshit. Is much easier for the drug cartels to get what they need from Cuba or Chavez. Can’t get fully auto weapons in the US, too much of a hassel. Unless as Fred has stated there is a bit of graft and corruption on the part of the Federal agencies involved. If that is case the domestic enemies list needs to be expanded a bit.

  2. comment number 2 by: Patrick Sperry

    The whole thing about the U.S. supplying guns to Mexico is bullshit and just a smokescreen for the damned leftist’s utter failures…

  3. comment number 3 by: mrchuck

    I go to many gun shows. I like them and feel comfortable there. You always see a few mexican gang types walking around together, but I have yet to see them walk out with any purchase of any type.
    The same goes equal to the black hoodlums that pay to get in and walk around.
    Also, I have never seen a “straw” buyer for any of them! Period.
    Then again, every table there has someone “carrying” and ready for any trouble, plus always there are city police officers there on duty.
    The ordinance that I see on tv used by the mexican gangs comes from the other latin american and european countries,,, not the USA.
    I did undercover work in MX, and I know what I am speaking about!

  4. comment number 4 by: BobF

    How does this work now? Straw man in Texas purchases semi-auto AK-47 at gun show for $450. He then gives it to gun runner who pays him $50 for his trouble. Gun runner smuggles gun into Mexico and sells it to drug cartel for $650. Or, drug cartel purchases Full Automatic AK-47 from international arms dealer for $150, delivered. I think when it comes to money and procuring arms, the cartel’s are a bit smarter than Janet Napolitano.

  5. comment number 5 by: cary

    Well, obviously, the illicit guns are being carried home by all the self-deporting illegals!

    buh-WAH HAH HAH HAH! - I’m sorry, I tried to keep a straight face thinking about that one…

  6. comment number 6 by: TexasFred

    Anyone with half a brain knows the weapons aren’t coming from the USA, so, that lets out ALL of the anti-gun left and the entire Obama administration…

    If those people had brains they’d be dangerous…

  7. comment number 7 by: minuteman26

    Fred - The problem is they are a danger with what little brain they do have.

  8. comment number 8 by: Steve Dennis

    Agreed! If we are going to fight a war we have to be willing to go all in. This PC way of fighting does nothing but get more of our heroes killed and it is disgusting that we are not doing everything to keep them as safe as possible. Until we get serious about this war we will never win it.

  9. comment number 9 by: Bob Mack

    How could the Intelligence services not be infiltrated, with the PC s.o.b.’s that run the show these days? The good guys gotta be spending half their time trying to identify the moles in their own departments, not to mention the problems caused by idiots who inadvertently drop info to the hooker-spies the bad guys have pointed in their direction.