On April 22, 2010, AZ Gov. Brewer made the announcement below. She has staffed 250 National Guardsmen on the border and is using a surveillance technology, termed "Nighthawk Ground Surveillance." There will be an additional 150 missions per year. (meaning there are xx amount of current missions and now 150 more.) They are fully armed including AK-47s, nightvision goggles, etc. performing special night missions in conjunction with the Border Patrol. The National Guard and BPs will work with local law enforcement for this special missions. This is fine and good. I have always advocated trained Border Patrol / personnell on the border and the use of techonology. The National Guardsmen will be a good addition if their focus is on Narco-Terrorism. The BPs are trained to be non-violent towards workers who cross the borders. The National Guardsmen, if trained properly, should do the same.
Since Gov Brewer's announcement, there have been some very odd occurrences, particularly by the Pima County Sheriff's department:
1. The so called shooting of Deputy Puroll which many deem as untrue or at a minimum, suspicious.
2. Puroll's boss, Sheriff Babeu, being a shill for the McCain campaign and appearing with McCain in McCain's political ads about the border, even though Babeu is NOT a border sheriff.
3. On an AZ Tucson Citizen blog, Babeu's office provided pictures of who they initially told the blogger were pictures of those that attacked Deputy Puroll. There was a 3/18/10 date on the pictures provided and the shooting took place on 4/30/10. When the blogger asked the sheriff's office, they initially said the 3/18/10 date on the photos meant 3 of 18 pictures. Commenters told the blogger it was a date. Then the sheriff's office made another correction, this time with Babeu saying in a letter to Law Enforcement Leaders: "I attached some recent Intel photos (taken in the past couple months) which clearly show numerous armed smugglers in Vekol Valley smuggling corridor along I-8. Yes, this is the very location of the shooting just 9 days ago." However, when you carefully analyze the pictures (see above), you see the word "Nighthawk" covered over with Black Marker. Each of the men in the night photos are wearing Carhartt jackets, just like the national guardsmen in Arizona. They are all wearing black ski masks, backpacks and carrying AK-47s, just as described in Gov. Brewer's letter below.
1. Is Babeu misleading the Tucson Citizen newspaper/blog?
2. Is Babeu misleading Law Enforcement in this letter to them?
3. Is Babeu misleading in order to scare Americans so they will support sb1070?
4. If so, what is his motive?? (we can only guess)
One added note: In studying a Border Watch groups videos, out of the dozens of videos which display workers crossing the desert, only one video shows so called "drug runners." All the rest show workers, in daylight, NO guns, carrying water and clothes only. The so called "drug runners" were video'd this year, at night and they all were wearing carhartts and ak-47s.
Az Gov Brewer Announcement April 22, 2010: Today, I am here to talk about action. Let me take a moment to ask the members of my Security Cabinet to join me here as I review the steps we are about to take --
– Arizona Department of Corrections Director Chuck Ryan
-- Department of Public Safety Director Bobby Halliday,
-- My Adjutant General, Major General Hugo Salazar,
-- and Homeland Security Director Gil Orrantia.
Let me take this opportunity to thank you – AND your staffs -- for all your hard work and dedication to the security and safety of Arizona. I have already asked the President to approve funding for an additional 250 National Guard personnel for the Joint Counter Narco-Terrorism Task Force to support federal, state and local law enforcement drug interdiction efforts. Using existing resources, I have directed General Salazar, to create additional "Nighthawk" ground surveillance capability within the Joint Task Force. These teams are armed, covert, and use special night vision equipment in support of U.S. Border Patrol. The additional personnel performing ―Nighthawk‖ will result in an estimated 150 additional missions per year, and that number will continue to increase as federal funding becomes available.
I have also directed General Salazar to augment current helicopter aerial surveillance operations by re-allocating existing funding to increase the number of flight hours. I am estimating we can increase our flight hours this fiscal year by 300 hours that would allow for an estimated 70-80 additional missions through September. These missions will be coordinated with law enforcement to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of this increased aviation support.
I will also be asking the President to provide additional helicopters, pilots, and funding to address the shortage of aviation resources relative to the challenges and length of Arizona’s border with Mexico.
You will hear more from my office on this soon. In terms of National Guard training, I am asking General Salazar to aggressively explore where appropriate opportunities for Arizona Army National Guard units to conduct annual training in southern Arizona and to conduct joint training with law enforcement agencies in border security matters. The specific training missions would be developed in coordination with the U.S. Border Patrol, the Joint Task Force and National Guard Officials.
In addition to the above, I will also:
-- Continue pushing for additional federal funding for the National Guard and Law Enforcement.
-- We will continue to shift, Joint Task Force resources and personnel to the southern region for ―Nighthawk or sensor-camera room support of law enforcement.
We will emphasize that replacement personnel be assigned in southern Arizona, and any future growth in the Joint Task Force will also be shifted to the Border region. As part of this effort, I have asked General Salazar to evaluate all existing Joint Task Force assets to ensure we are engaged in the best use of what we currently have. With regard to federal policy, I am generally supportive of the plan announced recently by Senators McCain and Kyl. I look forward to additional details on the deployment of this force, the missions to be performed by the proposed 3,000 additional personnel and the ways these additional military efforts would be coordinated with law enforcement entities. Unlike ―Operation Jump Start‖ from the past, it would be my clear preference to have Soldiers and Airmen in a position to support not just federal law enforcement agencies, but also state and local efforts.