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From the Washington Times:

The Homeland Security Department has lost track of more than 1 million people  who it knows arrived in the U.S. but who it cannot prove left the country,  according to an audit Tuesday that also found the department probably won’t meet  its own goals for deploying an entry-exit system.

The government does track arrivals, but is years overdue in setting up a  system to track departures — a goal set in a 1996 immigration law and reaffirmed  in 2004, but which has eluded Republican and Democratic administrations.

1996?  But it’s 2013.  That’s 17 years.  And why weren’t we tracking these people even before that?

“DHS has not yet fulfilled the 2004 statutory requirement to implement a  biometric exit capability, but has planning efforts under way to report to Congress in time for the fiscal year 2016 budget  cycle on the costs and benefits of such a capability at airports and seaports,”  GAO investigators wrote.

Oh.  They’re going to report to Congress by 2016 on costs and benefits.  Oh.  Then what?

As the argument over the pending amnesty legislation moves forward, we’re going to hear from a lot of politicians about border security and how they’re ramping up efforts and are about to get tough.


In its official response to the GAO report, the Homeland Security Department said it is creating a working group to  try to improve its data, and pointed to its success in reducing the backlog of  overstay cases from 1.6 million to 1 million.

Create a working group.  That sounds tough, doesn’t it?

And that number – one million they can’t account for?  Well, it is down from 1.6 million.  Success – government style!

Washington is full of weasels.  They’ll promise you anything and then do as they please.

Trust them at your own peril.


Full Washington Times Story here

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What do Las Vegas Casinos, a youth employment program and Alaskan Seafood have in common?  They all were promised money (yours and mine) in Senate bill 744, The Borderer Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.  The bill, otherwise known as the Amnesty Bill, passed yesterday in the US Senate by a wide margin.

But what do these things have to do with giving amnesty to millions of illegals?

Well boys and girls, when members of Congress get a zany idea they start with a bill.


In this case, some senators like Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chuck Schumer(D-NY) wanted to give amnesty to all the people who had broken our law and so they got some other zany senators, like John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to help them.  People call them the Gang of Eight.

This gang wrote a great, big, giant bill – 1,200 pages!  That’s almost like 10 summer novels, except that it’s all written in legal speak.  That’s so that most people couldn’t understand it even if they did read it all.

This crazy bill says that we are going to give legal status to all those law-breakers, the ones who are not American citizens.  But they promise that they won’t do this until our Southern border is secured.  The bill includes lots and lots of money (yours and mine) and lots and lots of promises about all the things they are going to do to make sure that foreigners won’t ever be able to break into our country again.

Well at least that part sounds good!  That’s what we’ve all been asking them to do for decades.

But hold on a minute.  Section 2314 of the bill says

“(iii) WAIVER.—The Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security may, in the discretion of the Attorney General or the Secretary, waive the application of clause (i) or (ii)(I) for an alien, regardless whether the alien is within or outside the United States, if the Attorney General or the Secretary find that a determination of inadmissibility to the United States for such alien would—

“(I) result in extreme hardship to the alien or to the alien’s parent, spouse, son, or daughter who is a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence; or

“(II) in the case of a VAWA self-petitioner, result in significant hardship to the alien or a parent or child of the alien who is a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, or a qualified alien (as defined in section 431 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1641(b).

“(iv) LIMITATION ON REVIEW.—No court shall have jurisdiction to review a decision or action of the Attorney General or the Secretary regarding a waiver under clause (iii).”

I told you it wasn’t an easy read.

What that basically says is that the Attorney General or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security can waive all that stuff about keeping foreigners out.  Now let’s see, our Attorney General is Eric Holder who has been in trouble for lying to us since the day he started, who still claims he knew nothing about Operation Fast and Furious that gave guns to Mexican gangs, even though we all know better,  and who is under investigation for spying on members of the media.

And our Secretary of DHS is Janet Napolitano, who released thousands of illegal aliens, including known felons, into our communities earlier this year and who has been sued by ICE agents who claim her policies of releasing dangerous illegals endangers the public and forces the agents to break the law in order to be in compliance.

Now who might ever think that either Holder or Napolitano might just ignore the parts of the law that spends all that money (yours and mine) on making sure the border is secure?

Like I said, it’s a crazy bill.  So the Gang of Eight found themselves in a pickle about how to get the other senators to vote for it.  They had some super-secret meetings and asked those senators what could they do make the bill more palatable.

Some senators, like Harry Reid (D-NV) said, “Well, if there was some money in it for my state, I could vote for your crazy bill.”

And that’s how money for things like Las Vegas casinos and Alaskan seafood ends up in bills about amnesty for illegal aliens.  It’s all about lawmakers bringing home the bacon to ensure their own reelection.

And when that’s the ultimate goal of our leaders, even the craziest and most dangerous bills can become law.


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I know I have been on the subject of the amnesty bill for days.  But there’s a lot at stake here and I fear our leaders are about to do something that will be very destructive to the country and which they will not be able to undo.  Today I just have some questions for the “gang of eight” that remain unaswered, some even unasked (by the media.)

How do you know we have 11 million illegals here?  Can you prove me wrong when I say it’s more likely 20 to 30 million?

You say we need to bring these people “out of the shadows.”  Well, what about those who do not come out and sign on to your plan?  Wlll you look for them?  If so, what will you do when you find them?  Why can’t you find them now?  Will you deport them?  If you don’t plan on looking for those who don’t come forward, what’s the point of all this?

What about “wet foot, dry foot?”  Will all people who come here illegally be treated the same or will we still have special classes of illegals?

We passed a law in 2006 that said you had to build a fence at the border.  Why isn’t it done yet?  Why is it part of negotiations now?  Aren’t you already reguired by law to build it?

Aren’t you bound by your oath of office to protect the nation from all invaders?  Why won’t you do it?  Why is your main function part of negotiations?  Why do American citizens have to give up anything in order to get you to do what is already your job?

You claim this law will prevent illegals from recieving federal benefits.  What about state benefits?  Is this a sleight of hand to fool us?  Do you think we’re this stupid?  Many illegals are already recieving benefits, especially those whose children have been born here.  Will you take those benefits away?  Will they be turned away from emergency rooms if they can’t pay?  Will children here illegally attend public schools?

We’re still waiting for the enforcment of our souther border that was promised to us in 1986 when we gave amnesty to the illegals here at that time.  When can we expect you to fulfill your obligation under that law?

Considering your track record, why should we believe that this time will be different and that we should trust you?


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This is Kris Kobach.


He is Kansas’ Secretary of State and is involved in the opposition to giving unreasonable rights to illegal aliens.  To show their displeasure with his work, the pro-amnesty crowd bussed a mob of protesters to Kobach’s home this weekend.  (Watch all the way to the end if you want to see the public busses that brought them.)

This isn’t Kobach’s workplace or a public event.  This is his home.  It’s where he lives with his wife and four daughters, aged 1 to 9 years old.  It is where his neighbors live with their own children.

What kind of people go by the busload to the private home of someone they disagree with to intimidate them and their neighbors?  This group had butterflies on their matching t-shirts and call themselves Sunflower Community Action.  That all seems so happy and innocent.  So why were they engaging in such thug tactics?

With just a few minutes of searching the internet, I found that Sunflower is a non-profit with 501(c)3 status.  (I wonder if the IRS harassed them.)  Their focus is legalization and in-state tuition for illegal aliens under the guise of “justice.”

They seem to fall under the umbrella of a larger group called National People’s Action.  (Sounds rather socialist to me.)  This group lists illegal immigration as one of its core issues.  The other work they do sounds straight out of the Occupy Wall Street movement.   They also have non-profit 501(c)3 status.  (Again I wonder how much scrutiny they got from the IRS.)  This is the same group that mobbed Karl Rove’s home in 2004.

According to Michelle Malkin they get their funding from the Tides Foundation, the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Rockefeller Foundation, all who are famous for supporting the causes of far left progressives.  She also found tens of thousands of dollars in grants from HUD, the EPA and the Massachusetts Dept. of Education.  Those are tax dollars.

This whole issue of amnesty for illegals is presented as justice and fairness for nice people who only want to share the American dream with their hosts.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  These are thugs.  How else do you explain 300 of them showing up at Kobach’s home?  Contrary to their claims, this was not a peaceful protest.  This was intimidation in it’s purest form.  They were telling Kobach, “We know where you live.”

They don’t want fairness.  They want handouts – medical care, housing, food stamps and subsidized tuition.  It’s all right there in black and white on their web sites.  That’s their American dream.

And if you or I speak up against them we are called racists.  Speak up loud enough and they’ll show up at your front door.

By the busload.



National People’s Action website

Sunflower Community Action website

Michelle Malkin on mob

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cri-sis – noun:  a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point.

We certainly have our share of crises going on in America.  Real unemployment remains in double digits as Americans continue to lose their homes and their savings.  We have an alphabet soup of scandals coming from Washington as members of the Obama administration dodge and weave questions, offer the “least untruthful” answers, plead the Fifth or simply hide behind executive privilege.

The wheels are coming off the Middle East and we are up to our eyeballs there – seemingly with all the wrong players.  China continues to steal our technology and our military secrets.

We are just months away from implementing the major portion of Obamacare, the largest government program in our history, and the process for that implementation is still not in place.  Polls show that the majority of Americans don’t trust their government.

But have no fear!  The United States Senate is on the job!  They know that all these things are not what keep you up at night.  The big crisis, the one you are most concerned about, is that of our undocumented workers.  Your senator feels your pain.  He or she knows that you worry.  These people who have broken our laws, who sneaked into America uninvited are “living in the shadows.”

How do they do it?  How do they get through the day?  How can we make life better for them?

What a farce!

This “crisis” began 27 years ago, when our last amnesty kicked off the current wave of illegals crossing our border.  Suddenly it’s number one on our hit parade?

It’s a crisis because our elected leaders want it to be one.  And that’s just their first lie.  They are promising that this bill with finally give us border security.


If they are so interested in securing our border, why haven’t they done it already?  They have the power.  The primary function of the federal government is the security of the nation.  It’s their job.  They simply have to demand we enforce current law and fulfill their obligation to safeguard our sovereignty.  There is no need for a new law to do this.

They promise none of these illegals will receive government benefits.  Well, many of them are already receiving benefits.  Are we going to cut them off?  Imagine the media coverage of a poor mother with five young children who have been thrown out of their Section 8 housing and had their EBT card taken away.  Her children have been denied enrollment in public school and cannot seek medical treatment because they cannot pay.  With tears in her eyes, she pleads in her native language to the TV camera for help.

How long do you think it would take for politicians to revoke that promise?

Supporters also promise all these people will pay fines and become taxpayers.  Again, really?  These are low-skill workers, earning low wages.  Our system already has 47% who pay no income  taxes.  This will simply add more who not only don’t contribute, but take money out of the system in the form of child credits.

And once they are added to the gravy train, they will vote for more of the same (yes, they will be fast-tracked to voter registration) putting more strain on our lopsided system and drive us closer to bankruptcy.

All the while, no one will ask that they assimilate and more of our cities will become like Miami, where American citizens don’t speak the language and feel like they’ve stepped into a foreign country.

There is no crisis here.  It’s a fabrication of self-indulgent politicians who are either cultivating new voters or who are out to prove they’re not bigots.  The price for their self-indulgence will be paid by American citizens in the form of tax dollars, national sovereignty and our very culture.


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On April 15th just after 2:30, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds of others.  There was much speculation about who might have set off the bombs and finally on the evening of April 18th the FBI released photos and videos of two men they believed were responsible.


The men were referred to as simply Suspect 1 and Suspect 2.  I recall this because each time it was repeated on the news, it made me think of Dr. Seuss.


The FBI asked for our help.  They said someone out there knows who these men are.  Please come forward and help us find them.

After the men were identified and one was killed and the other captured, more information dripped out to the public.  I was saddened to learn that one of the men, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was no stranger to our intelligence community.

We learned that Russian intelligence had alerted us to Tsarnaev and that the FBI had investigated him as recently as the summer of 2011.  They said they found nothing and stopped watching him.  Then we learned he had gone on a six month “vacation” to Chechnya early in 2012.  They said that would have raised eyebrows, but that the intelligence community had missed his return to the United States because his name was misspelled on his paperwork.

Still later, Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, contradicted that, and said Tsarnaev’s return  did “ping” the system.

Tsarnaev was killed in the early hours of April 19th in a shootout with police and later that night his brother Dzhokhar was arrested.

I am looking at all this through the filter of what we now know the NSA and FBI are up to concerning our private correspondence.  Those who support the surveillance and data mining say it’s necessary for our safety and in theory, their arguments have some merit.  But what about the practical application of all of it?

The FBI knew about Tsarnaev and had been warned by a credible source that he was dangerous.  They say they found nothing and dropped him off the radar.  Yet Napolitano admits he “pinged” the system when he returned from Chechnya.

Who interviewed and investigated Tsarnaev in 2011?  Didn’t any of them recognize him?  I’m sure the FBI passed around his picture internally before releasing it to the public.  Don’t they utilize facial recognition software?  Was he not in the system?

Had someone in the intelligence community recognized him, they most likely would have been able to apprehend him in a much safer fashion and Officer Sean Collier, who was shot by the Tsarnaev brothers hours after their pictures were released, might be alive today.

Backing up even farther, what about that “ping” when Tsarnaev returned from Chechnya?  Why didn’t anyone follow up?  Perhaps the entire incident could have been thwarted.

And what of younger brother Dzhokhar?  Why wasn’t he treated as a terrorist?  Why did a federal judge show up at his hospital bedside to read him his Miranda rights while the FBI was still questioning him?  This defies everything our government is telling us about the need to obtain information.

Look, we are in a serious battle with terrorists who wish us harm.  Our response should be serious.  We’re being asked to accept a huge invasion of our privacy and violations of our Constitutional rights.  Our government claims they must do this in order to keep us safe.

Yet look at the series of screw-ups here.  It seems to me that while our government is spending billions of our tax dollars rifling through my phone calls and emails, they are missing the real dangers that are right under their collective noses.

And just to rub a little salt in the wound, we also learned that these guys were on the public dole.  While honest American citizens were struggling to send their own kids to community college, these guys were collecting welfare to live in one of our most expensive cities and attend our best schools.

You might want to keep that in mind as you listen to lofty speeches from politicians selling the amnesty bill, promising you that none of these people will be on public assistance and it will be a decade before they can even apply for citizenship.


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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) spoke to Spanish language Univision network this weekend about the immigration bill he has been pushing.  The interview was in RubioConventionSpanish but this is some of the English translation:

“Let’s be clear.  Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence.”

And this:

“As for the legalization, the enormous majority of my colleagues have accepted that it has to happen and that it has to begin at the same time we begin the measures for [the border.]  It is not conditional. The legalization is not conditional.”

And there you have it.  The legalization is NOT conditional.

We have been told all about the “triggers” that will be put in place to ensure that our borders are being secured – criteria that will have to be met in order for the provisions of the bill concerning the future of illegal aliens to continue to be implemented.

But once these folks have legal status will anyone in Washington care about those triggers?  Based on their track record of border “security” do we have any reason to believe that this time it will be different?  There’s a lot to talk about here.  For today, I’m looking at this in the context of recent events – the steady stream of scandals coming out of the Obama administration.

Illegal aliens are always presented to us as “undocumented workers.”  They are poor, hard-working Mexicans simply doing what they have to in order to feed their families.  Rarely do we talk about all the criminal gang members or the OTMs – Other Than Mexicans – people from all around the world entering the US by way of our southern border.

Depending on who’s talking, we hear that we have 11 million to 20 million illegals in the country.  My personal opinion is that there are far more, but the truth is that no one knows for certain because we simply don’t know who is here or where they came from.

Our federal government has a long history of not only ignoring security at our southern border, but actively preventing it.  The Obama administration continues the tradition by limiting the authority of our border patrol agents and stepping in to stop Border States from enforcing the law to stop the flow of illegals.

But while our government looks the other way and allows anyone, including people from terrorist countries to slip in to the US, we citizens of America are having our rights taken away by that same government in the name of security.  The NSA is collecting our private correspondence, the IRS is monitoring our speech, the TSA subjects us to illegal searches and there is a massive effort to strip us of our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

And that’s just a small sampling of the current abuse directed at American citizens.

More than a decade has passed since the attacks of 9/11/01.  That’s more than enough time for our leaders to have locked down our border and assured us that no one gets in that we don’t know about.  Congress even passed a law in 2006 mandating a fence along that border.  That fence remains uncompleted today.

Remember Congressman Chaffetz’ visit to the border just a couple of months ago?

Again, our government allows a daily flow of foreigners across our border, but my private correspondence is subject to government scrutiny?  And it’s all done for my own good?

Senator Rubio, if you’re out there – you’re my senator.  I would be far better served if you would stand up for my rights, guaranteed to me under the Constitution that you swore to protect, instead of being so dedicated to the “rights” you believe we owe to people who have broken our law as their first act on our soil.  Your obligation is to American citizens and to the security and sovereignty of the nation, not to those who would abuse our generosity for their personal enrichment, or worse, to do us harm.


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In 2007, candidate Obama complained about wiretapping done by the Bush administration.

It would be funny if it weren’t so very serious.

We find ourselves 6 years later with an IRS that isn’t satisfied with all that they already know about some of us and who soon will have access to all our private medical records.  The police can collect our DNA at will.  The DHS insists it has legal access to our laptops and phones.  We are subject to humiliating searches by the TSA.  The Justice Department spies on the press.

And now the NSA and FBI are snooping through our phone records and every keystroke we make on our computers.

We’re told they need to do this to keep us safe.  They’re mining all this data, looking for patterns that will help them find terrorists before they can do their dirty work.

Oh for Heaven’s sake!  The Russians called us on the phone and said, “Hey, that guy in Boston is a bad one – you better watch him!”  We ended up with three dead and dozens of missing limbs.  But we’re supposed to tolerate another loss of privacy because our government plans to uncover some super-secret spy plan?

Is this Obama’s version of liberty and justice?  His version of restoring our privacy?  It sounded great when he said all that in 2007, when he wanted our votes.  But does today’s America look anything like the one he promised back then?

We all want to be safe.  We want to protect ourselves and those we love.  But what price are we willing to pay for it all?  We are watching abuse of power play out on the TV news each night now.  Too many of those in charge are taking advantage of the trust we put in them.

Last year when I was entertaining the idea of starting this blog, I hesitated, wondering if it was a good idea to put my politics and my views into such a public forum.  And after seeing what the IRS did to tea party groups, it’s clear my concerns were on a solid foundation.  And these are the same people who will be at the controls of my healthcare in the near future.  Will Liberty Trail be in play when I require some medical attention?

But now it seems that we are not even left with that choice.  By simply visiting here or other places on the World Wide Web, is each of us being categorized by our politics?  By our loyalty to one party or another?  A 2009 report from DHS said that “right-wing extremism” was on the rise and issued caution of such groups to law enforcement.  Well, what’s their definition of extremism?

We’re in shaky territory here.  And it’s time for Americans to decide what our nation will be in the future.  Will fear and simple indifference destroy the liberties our founders fought for and passed on to us?  Or will we defend what is ours, what so many have fought and died for, our freedom to speak our minds and live our lives unencumbered by a prying, overbearing government?

I’ve made my decision.  What will you do?


Extra reading:  WaPo data mining story

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Here’s a tip for our low-information voters.  Pay attention to the news late on Friday afternoons.  Politicians know that you are busy on the weekend and have better things to do than keep an eye on them.  So if they are in a position to control bad news about themselves, they will release such information late on a Friday, hoping that the worst of it will all blow over by the time you start catching up on Monday morning.

Such an event happened this past Friday as Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL) dismissed his Chief of Staff, Jeffrey Garcia, who had been involved in a scheme illegally requesting thousands of absentee ballots for last year’s primary election.

At a news conference on Saturday, Rep. Garcia said he knew nothing of the plot to stuff the ballot box in his favor, calling it “ill-conceived.”  He said it was a “well-intentioned attempt to maximize voter turnout.”

Maximize voter turnout?

What voters?  Dead voters?  Convicted felons?  Voters who no longer live here?  Snowbirds who actually vote in another state and aren’t eligible to vote in Florida at all?  Illegals?

The Congressman added that the system is “prone to fraud.”

No kidding.  I have been saying for years that absentee ballots on demand and early voting are designed to facilitate voter fraud.  But what do I know?

At this time last year, during the 2012 campaign, the State of Florida was engaged in a legal back and forth with the Dept. of Homeland Security and the Dept. of Justice as Gov. Rick Scott tried to clean up our voter rolls.  We have a lot of people registered to vote who are not eligible to do so.  Scott wanted to use the database of the DHS, which states are legally entitled to do, but DHS refused access.

This forced Scott to use the less accurate database from the DMV.  Even so, they turned up thousands of questionable registrations and we were even told at one point that at least 50 people had been identified as having voted illegally in the past.

At the same time, around the country, states were being harassed by the DOJ for similar efforts and for passing laws requiring voters show identification in order to cast a vote.

They were accused of voter suppression for simply requiring people prove they were who they said they were.

FOX News reported on the story about Congressman Garcia and the illegally requested ballots and it has showed up on some the conservative blog sites.  Other than that it has remained a fairly local story.  I can’t help but wonder what other similar incidents have happened across the country that we never hear about.

If anyone is still working to clean up voter registration rolls in Florida or anywhere else, I haven’t heard of it.

The identities of those people found to have voted illegally in Florida were never revealed and no one seems to have any interest in any of this now.

I suppose it will all come up again next year as we get closer to the very important election in November.  But it seems to me that now is the time for it to be done, not just months before the election when progressives will claim it’s a political move by conservatives who want to deny some people their right to vote.

I’m tired of being told that there is no such thing as voter fraud.  We’ve seen report after report proving it does exist and it is only by political motivation that one can deny it.  My one vote is one of my most basic rights.  When others cast more than one vote, or cast a vote illegally, they steal my vote from me.

And from you.

So beware of anyone who tells you it just doesn’t happen, or who stands in the way of fixing the problem.  They are plotting to steal your vote from you.


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The federal government has been taking a tremendous amount of heat lately, much of it based on how badly they have treated people associated with the tea parties.  One might think that they would be very, very careful about how they treat such citizens at a time when they are under such scrutiny.

But one would be wrong.

It seems that the arrogance of our current administration doesn’t have boundaries.  This video is from a tea party protest in St. Louis last Tuesday outside the local IRS office.  It’s a bit long.  You don’t need to view the entire video, but I wanted you to see the people doing the protesting and those watching them.

Do those protesters look dangerous to you?  I see men in business suits, grandmas with walkers and pretty average, unthreatening folks.  But note who is watching over them – Department of Homeland Security’s federal police force.

It’s been reported that these police officers from DHS were at similar protests all around the country, many of them in plain clothes, moving through the crowds.

The DHS was presented to us 11 years ago as a means to consolidate intelligence gathering and protect our airports and our borders.  But look how this massive agency has grown and morphed.

Now they send these guys to watch over American grandmothers with walkers.


While at our airports they send these guys


to watch for this guy.

BritTerroristThe TSA has grown so fast that many of those “agents” at our airports haven’t yet even been screened by the FBI.  We have no idea how many felons and convicted sex offenders are sexually molesting our grandkids at our airports under the cover of national security.  These “agents” have minimal training and those badges they wear are unearned.

Meanwhile, the actual trained law enforcement force they do have is sent out to intimidate American citizens exercising their Constitutional rights.

There’s something very, very wrong with this picture.  This is not the America of our Founders.

What more do people need to see in order to understand what’s going on?


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