Another Grand Idea: Let’s Cut Our Aerial Border Surveillance By Fifty Percent

illegal-immigrants-climbing-fence-e1382006055726Barack Hussein Obama has a little less than one year remaining in his office – Constitutionally speaking, of course.  That is a whole lot of time for him to continue on his solemn mission of fundamentally transforming this nation – into what he told us not.  We had to read his books or listen to a few clips from his speeches to get a clue as to where he might intend to head our ship of state.  Some of his documented background, from which we might have gleaned a closer look into his identity, was not available to us.  Actually a whole lot of Mr. Obama’s history was not available to us – because it was, and still is, sealed by orders of the Courts.  To this day we know much more about 18th and 19th Century presidents’ lives than we do about Mr. Obama’s.

Usually the biggest blows struck (depending upon one’s point of view) by exiting governors and presidents come in the form of pardons for convicted or accused criminals – or perhaps jihadis in this day and age.  Bill Clinton pardoned Marc Rich.  California Governor Jerry Brown’s father, Edmund G. Brown, Sr., commuted the sentences of 23 convicted murderers, including that of Erwin “Machine Gun” Walker.

The final days in office give a president or governor an opportunity to “go rogue”, if he or she is so inclined.  It’s impossible to predict what Mr. Obama might do as he retires from the presidency.

However, we do know in the present day that he intends to cut aerial Mexican border surveillance by one-half.  It is Mr. Obama who was at one time an advocate of more electronic surveillance, in lieu of building that stupid wall which the left-wing tells us just won’t work.  Now, inexplicably, the President is going in the opposite direction.  I won’t speculate as to his purpose.  You, my readers, are at full liberty to do so.  The Texas Tribune gives us a report:

Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat, pressed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday to explain why the agency plans to reduce its aerial surveillance on the Texas-Mexico border.

In a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, the lawmakers said the cut to a requested 3,850 hours of aerial detection and monitoring in 2016 amounts to 50 percent less coverage than recent years.

“Given the recent surge of migrants from Central America and Cuba along the southern border, we believe DHS should request more surveillance and security resources, not fewer,” Abbott and Cuellar wrote in a letter.

The pair also reminded Johnson that in September, Abbott’s office asked the DHS for more aerial resources and U.S. Border Patrol agents but that the request was never acknowledged.

A DHS spokesperson said the agency would respond “directly” to the governor and the congressman. …

Read all of it.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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