Tuesday, January 24, 2006

WTF is Going Down in Texas?

Ok, can someone explain this too me?

SIERRA BLANCA, Texas – Men dressed as Mexican Army soldiers, apparent drug suspects and Texas law enforcement officers faced off on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande, an FBI spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Andrea Simmons, an agency spokeswoman in El Paso, told The Associated Press that Texas Department of Public Safety troopers chased three SUVs, believing they were carrying drugs, to the banks of the Rio Grande during Monday's incident.
Men dressed in Mexican military uniforms or camouflage were on the U.S. side of the border in Texas, she said.

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Ontario, Calif., reported Tuesday that the incident included an armed standoff involving the Mexican military, suspected drug smugglers and nearly 30 U.S. law enforcement officers. It said Mexican military Humvees were towing what appeared to be thousands of pounds of marijuana across the border into the United States.

The Mexican army is now escorting drug smugglers in the U.S.? Now I know that Bush, being a Texan, has a “special” relationship with the Mexican government. But this is unacceptable. Naturally, the Mexican government is denying any involvement and to smoothe things over, Michael Chertoff is trying to play down the whole issue.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday that reports of Mexican soldiers frequently crossing onto U.S. soil were overblown, calling many of those incursions innocent mistakes.

Rafael Laveaga, a spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in Washington, declined to comment on Chertoff's remarks. He stood by earlier remarks that the Mexican military has never deliberately stepped onto U.S. soil. He declined to say if there were any unintentional crossings.

Oh, I see, those guys were former Mexican army troops who just happened to get lost and forgot that the Rio Grande markes the border between Mexico and the U.S. Riiiiiight... That would be why the border patrol has to do this.

The U.S. Border Patrol has warned agents in Arizona of incursions into the United States by Mexican soldiers "trained to escape, evade and counterambush" if detected -- a scenario Mexico denied yesterday.

The warning to Border Patrol agents in Tucson, Ariz., comes after increased sightings of what authorities described as heavily armed Mexican military units on the U.S. side of the border. The warning asks the agents to report the size, activity, location, time and equipment of any units observed.

It also cautions agents to keep "a low profile," to use "cover and concealment" in approaching the Mexican units, to employ "shadows and camouflage" to conceal themselves and to "stay as quiet as possible."

Border Patrol spokesman Salvador Zamora confirmed that a "military incursion" warning was given to Tucson agents, but said it was designed to inform them how to react to any sightings of military and foreign police in this country and how to properly document any incursion.

In response to Mr. Lavega’s statement;

"Give me a break," said T.J. Bonner, a 27-year Border Patrol veteran who heads the National Border Patrol Council. "Intrusions by the Mexican military to protect drug loads happen all the time and represent a significant threat to the agents.

We have either, former members of the Mexican military taking their equipment and uniforms with them and providing security for drug traffickers, or else the drug smugglers are using Mexican uniforms to intimidate U.S. Federal Agents. Either that, or units of the Mexican army are coming into the U.S. and firing on U.S. representatives. Whichever the case may be, something MUST be done. If some drug dealer wants to dress like a Mexican soldier, then let him. But let him know that if he does so, he is going to have a Marine hunting his ass. I have never been a supporter of putting troops on the border to deal with law enforcement issues. But this goes way beyond a law enforcement issue. If the Mexican military is coming into the U.S. they should be meeting their American counterparts.