Friday, May 21, 2010

Is Sheriff Babeu Misleading Leading Law Enforcement & Local Newspapers to Advance his Own Career?

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.

My questions:
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.


ultima said...

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA (KOLD) - For the last three years, a county in Virginia has remained under the radar in the immigration debate even though it has a law almost identical to Arizona's immigration law.

The ordinance in Prince William County was passed in 2007. It initially required police to check the status of detainees they suspected of being undocumented immigrants but one year later it was revised.

Officers now question all criminal suspects about their immigration status once an arrest is made.

In 2008, the University of Virginia conducted a survey to see what effects, if any, the Prince William County law had. It concluded initial fears about racial profiling did not happen.

It also show that schools saw a drop in English as a second language enrollment. There was also a drop in uninsured mothers giving birth and individuals turned over to immigration and customs enforcement.

Vicente Duque said... : Nate Silver Site : Similarities between Arizona and South Africa - How Demography and Imbecility of Racism destroyed Apartheid - Arizona is not South Africa but ... but ...

DeWhitenization and DeWesternization of South Africa :

Everybody is going to hate me for comparing Arizona 2010 to South Africa in the past century .... First let me say that Arizona 2010 is not South Africa in the 20 century, and that the Racist Laws of Arizona 2010 are not Apartheid.

But ... But ... But ....

I am a fan of pollster Nate Silver and his friends that write in the "Five Thirty Eight" blog.

And I found there a wonderful article about South Africa and how its Demography and the Imbecility of Racists contributed to the Downfall of Apartheid.

In Arizona I also see Demography at work against the interests of the Racists, and I also see the mistakes of the Racists.

In South Africa ( 20 century ) we see extremely strong emigration of Whites to Europe, Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand, etc .... Many of them were liberals opposed to Apartheid.

And we see strong fertility of the "Lower Races" .... : Nate Silver Site
Apartheid was Helped by a Twisted Election System
From 538's Dan Berman
May 22, 2010

Apartheid was Helped by a Twisted Election System

Some excerpts :

Following 1958, turnout began to drop rapidly as English voters and moderate Afrikaners increasingly made their peace with a National Party that looked unbeatable, while Liberals looked to emigration in preference to a futile political fight. Ironically therefore, the National Party’s dominance of the electoral system likely did as much to undermine Apartheid as sanctions.

The greatest threat to the system was always naked demographics, and by giving no option to young whites for political change, it drove many of South Africa’s best and brightest towards emigration. By the 1970s it was not just English speakers who were leaving the country, but also young Afrikaners who wanted an opportunity to escape an Afrikaans-only educational system that the National party seemed determined to force them into.

By the end of the 1970s, the white population was actually falling by nearly 20,000 a year, a pace that would more than double by the beginnings of the 1980s. While the electoral system may have made it increasingly difficult for South Africans to oust the National government with their votes, it in many cases led them to vote against its system of Apartheid with their feet.

Vicente Duque

ultima said...

"DeWhitenization and DeWesternization of South Africa"

I think every African country where this has occurred is worse off today than it was earlier Some returned to tribal ways of slaughter and mayhem. Productivity declined. Wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Oh, just go check this should clear up your confusion on drug smugglers and armed bandits in the AZ desert. The pics provide by the Sheriff are probably a rip off team stealing drugs, not National Guard. National Guard does not carry AK-47's or wear carhart jackets, not sure where you got that.

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