More Hypocrisy..at least some in the media are asking questions for a change.

ABC News Reporter Repeatedly Presses White House Deputy Press Secretary With This ‘Very Simple Question’

White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz was grilled Wednesday by a reporter who asked if President Barack Obama was being “hypocritical” for accepting money from those attempting to use a tactic to avoid U.S. tax laws — a practice the president has condemned.

“The good folks at Bloomberg had a story out today about a number of the president’s top donors being those who have profited from corporate inversions — the same kind the president has condemned,” ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl said. “So I’m wondering, just a very simple question: Is the president going to be asking Democrats to return money contributed, or seeking to return money contributed by some of these corporate inversion magnates?”

“No,” Schultz bluntly answered.

“Why not?” Karl asked. “I mean, these guys are profiting off of the very practice the president has condemned and wants to see stopped.”

Schultz responded saying the White House is “not privy to the details and have no role in any individual company’s plans,” but noted “what the president is focused on is stopping the problem.”

That wasn’t enough to quell Karl.

“But isn’t this hypocritical?” he asked. “I mean, essentially the president has profited himself — his political apparatus has profited by taking contributions from people that have made money doing exactly this.”

“I guess I would understand the skepticism more if we weren’t doing something to tackle the problem,” Schultz said. “But instead, we are going after any company that renounces its U.S. citizenship in order to pay less in taxes.”

“So why not renounce those donations?” Karl pressed.

“What we’re renouncing is the practice of using shifty accounting in order to avoid paying their fair share, and which subsequently passes on to middle-class families,” Schultz reiterated.

 

He’s probably on a recruitment drive.

Former Minnesota minister wanted on sex charges reportedly seen in Washington state

By Forum News Service on Aug 13, 2014 at 9:42 p.m.

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A former minister from Minnesota wanted on child molestation charges was reportedly spotted Wednesday in Washington state.

Victor Arden Barnard, 52, was charged in April in State District Court in Pine City with 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct. Barnard, who led a cult-like religious sect, is accused of abusing numerous girls and young women who lived apart from their families at the congregation’s compound in northern Pine County.

According to a news release from the Washington State Patrol, a witness reported seeing Barnard leaving a McDonalds restaurant Wednesday in Raymond, in western Washington, heading toward the city of Aberdeen.

The patrol said Barnard was believed to be driving a dark blue Audi two-door with tinted windows and a spoiler, and that he had a female passenger. Additional information placed Barnard in the Raymond and Aberdeen areas for about the previous week, the patrol said.

The Pine County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Barnard in 2012. The charges pertain

to two young women who reported being abused over a period of several years. But authorities said there probably are more victims.

After charges were filed in Minnesota, the Pine County sheriff issued a nationwide warrant for Barnard, who was last known to be in the Spokane, Wash., area.

Another progressive Clinton appointed hack re-writes the constitution.

BREAKING: Federal Judge Rules AR-15′s Are “Dangerous and Unusual,” Not Protected by 2nd Amendment

AUGUST 12 2014
BY DAN CANNON
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In what looks to be a terrible ruling for Maryland gun owners a federal judge has essentially ruled that guns that were regulated by the state of Maryland last year, including AR-15 and AK style rifles (as well as other magazine fed, semi-auto rifles with certain features), “fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual arms,” according to a 47 page opinion by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake.

The case in question is Kolbe et al v. O’Malley et al which named numerous plaintiffs including the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association, Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), among others which challenged the constitutionality of Maryland’s strict new gun laws.

Here are some of Blake’s other comments [emphasis mine],

Upon review of all the parties’ evidence, the court seriously doubts that the banned assault long guns are commonly possessed for lawful purposes, particularly self-defense in the home, which is at the core of the Second Amendment right, and is inclined to find the weapons fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual.

First, the court is not persuaded that assault weapons are commonly possessed based on the absolute number of those weapons owned by the public. Even accepting that there are 8.2 million assault weapons in the civilian gun stock, as the plaintiffs claim, assault weapons represent no more than 3% of the current civilian gun stock, and ownership of those weapons is highly concentrated in less than 1% of the U.S. population.

 

The court is also not persuaded by the plaintiffs’ claims that assault weapons are used infrequently in mass shootings and murders of law enforcement officers. The available statistics indicate that assault weapons are used disproportionately to their ownership in the general public and, furthermore, cause more injuries and more fatalities when they are used.

As for their claims that assault weapons are well-suited for self-defense, the plaintiffs proffer no evidence beyond their desire to possess assault weapons for self-defense in the home that they are in fact commonly used, or possessed, for that purpose.

Finally, despite the plaintiffs’ claims that they would like to use assault weapons for defensive purposes, assault weapons are military-style weapons designed for offensive use, and are equally, or possibly even more effective, in functioning and killing capacity as their fully automatic versions.

Blake’s comments are misguided at best and it would seem difficult to weigh her opinion against the Supreme Court’s Heller decision.

Blake is a Bill Clinton appointed judge.

These folks are heroes, in my opinion.

While James Ogilvie of Ashland rests in a mild state of sedation, Dr. Wilson Ginete, interventional cardiologist at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s (center) and Jerri Henderson, cardiovascular X-ray technician, work together to insert a catheter into the patient’s femoral artery. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Heart & Vascular Center in Duluth earns national recognition

By Brady Slater Today at 10:25 a.m.

Just a few minutes removed from a heart procedure, James Ogilvie was reunited with his brother, Jerry Ogilvie, in a post-operation recovery room.

   
“I’m a little groggy,” said James, a retired bank president from Ashland. “I don’t remember a whole lot.”

The 67-year-old identical twins were mirrors of relief: one man standing and smiling; one man lying and grinning. The blood was flowing unencumbered to and from James’ heart again.

“I’m glad I came,” Jerry said, explaining James’ wife has her own medical condition and couldn’t make it.

From Jerry came the ultimate self-diagnosis: “I’m still here,” he said.

James Ogilvie was in a room off of what’s commonly referred to as “the cath lab.”

Officially, it’s the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Heart & Vascular Center in downtown Duluth.

In July, just a few weeks before Ogilvie’s procedure, the cath lab earned national recognition from an independent, physician-led organization called Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence. Only 21 other hospitals in the country have earned such a nod from ACE. Essentia Health-St. Mary’s was the first Minnesota hospital to be granted the status. Through January, the facility had seen more than 90,000 patient visits during its existence dating back to the early 1980s.

“The commitment to excellence in what we do is what benefits our patients the most,” said Dr. Wilson Ginete, the interventional cardiologist who performed Ogilvie’s procedure. “It’s an honor to know Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Heart & Vascular Center is on par with the best in the country.”

A tour of the facility given to the News Tribune included a firsthand look at Ogilvie’s procedure. It’s always impressive to watch experts perform expertly, and this trip inside the cath lab was no exception.

There is a quiet and confident calm among the staff there, despite the life-and-death stakes involved in every procedure. Still, their extreme competence doesn’t hide their own sense of awe.

“It’s a miracle,” said Karen Majerle, a radiology technician, of the catheterization process that began many years ago with simple balloon angioplasties opening clogged arteries. The procedures evolved to include using stents to keep arteries open, and are still evolving for use in other areas of the body — not just the heart.

The equipment is space-age in its state-of-the-art-ness, with some of the more flexible stents featuring actual welds the size of needle points. Other stents are laser-carved from tiny but solid tubes made of stainless steel and other alloys. The balloon used at the end of a catheter can be inflated to 300 pounds of air pressure per square inch, meaning a synthetic film as thin as a few layers of skin can hold many times more air pressure than your car tires.

These are all details readily available from Mark Johnson.

He is the manager of the cath lab and the day’s tour guide. He’s encyclopedic in his knowledge. He’s also affable, which elevated the tour from just a look-see to a full-blown lesson. He’s been a part of thousands of procedures and has scheduled thousands more. The scheduling can be tricky. There’s no accounting for heart attacks and other emergencies and, while the routine catheterization procedure “can be pretty quick,” he said, each catheterization has potential to present its own hurdles.

“It’s soup to nuts,” Johnson said. “You get what you get.”

The tour

The tour starts next to a windowed storage locker inside a vacant lab. There are seven labs — three for vascular catheterization and two each for electrophysiology and surgery. Inside the storage locker are catheters, dozens of them, hanging like timing belts on an auto parts retail rack. There are diagnostic catheters. There are catheters that, once inside the arteries, serve as tubes for secondary catheters to travel through. There are pigtail catheters that search the heart’s chambers with a curled tip and balloon catheters capable of carrying stents to their destination.

Johnson held out a catheter, a few feet long, as if he were displaying a tie.

In the downtime before Ogilvie’s procedure, Ginete visited in his office with another patient. Technicians prepped the room while Ogilvie lay on the operating table in the early stages of conscious sedation. Even so, Ogilvie was asleep, which isn’t unusual, Johnson said.

“Stay away from our blue; that’s the sterile part,” Majerle said once inside the lab, where a blue towel covered a gleaming stainless steel tray that featured sterilized instruments.

Ogilvie rested under a giant X-ray machine attached to a C-arm. The C-arm is capable of rotating on a half-circle around the patient. The X-ray machine provides constant, real-time images to the doctor and staff on monitors throughout the room. A dye, heavier than blood, is injected into the patient through the catheter. The dye is picked up by the

X-ray and allows it to create the black and white images as it courses through the arteries with each pump of the heart. The total image, then, features the skeletal system — vertebrae and ribs — to go with pulses of dye that illuminate the circulatory system Ginete will use as a highway to the heart. The heart itself doesn’t show up on an X-ray, but it’s most definitely there, beating and revealing itself in the arteries and vessels that surround it.

“A shadow image of the heart,” Majerle called it from her place behind banks of protected glass and computer screens.

The lights inside the lab went on and off throughout the procedure. They were off when Ginete was working while watching the monitor. They were on when Ginete needed to see something away from the screen, like his incision and subsequent insertions of catheters into Ogilvie’s femoral artery.

The insertion area near the right groin “has been the gold standard in the United States for 20 years,” said Johnson, who later explained that catheterization is now using the wrist and neck as entry points.

The doctor and his technician wore lead flak vests to protect them from the X-rays. They used an economy of words between them. The work presented itself with elements of the mundane, but only because Ginete and company are so fluid and in control. There was one point in the procedure when the artery containing the catheter had a spasm, requiring a dose of nitroglycerin to settle it. There is another point in which Ogilvie became hypotensive. The low blood pressure was treated with a dose of saline solution, Johnson explained afterward.

Attached to the catheter is a manifold. Anything that goes into the catheter — saline, dye, nitroglycerine — is at the doctor’s fingertips.

The procedure took less than half an hour. A physician like Ginete is capable of a handful of such procedures in a day, Johnson said.

 

‘A stent sandwich’

Outside the cath lab, Johnson pointed to one of the nearby labs. It’s a short sprint out a door from the hospital’s helicopter pad.

“We do a lot to shave a few seconds,” Johnson said. “Time is muscle.”

For Ogilvie, this was his second stent. He had begun feeling weak and short of breath, the same symptoms that preceded his first procedure two years ago. Restenosis, a repairing of an initial stent, is not uncommon, Johnson said. Ginete’s probe with the first catheter found that the blockage was in exactly the same spot Ogilvie had addressed by a physician previously.

In short order, Ginete determined that a second stent, 26 millimeters long, was required to bolster the artery that appeared in the X-ray as a thinning collapse — like a two-lane highway suddenly down to a single lane.

The new stent was placed inside the original stent. Ginete inflated the balloon to set the stent inside the original one. The balloon was then deflated and removed, leaving behind what’s labeled in cath lab terms as “a stent sandwich,” Johnson said.

“There’s more to it than what you see,” said Ginete, who described the precision of the procedure as being a result of the intense preparation. It starts with selecting the right patient, he said, someone who is likely to be well-served by a catheterization.

In this case, Ogilvie fit the bill. That he smiled with his brother afterward said it all about the cath lab’s latest success.

This would be defined as desperation. At best, the problem is not the Border Patrol (or GUARDS as Al says), its with sealing the border..tight.

AL FRANKEN TOUTS COLLABORATION WITH…TED CRUZ?

by  12 Aug 2014, 8:35 AM PDT 

It has been clear for months that the border crisis has radically changed the politics of immigration, but now a liberal senator is bragging about his collaboration with arch conservative Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on the issue.

Speaking at the Minnesota FarmFest in Redwood County last week, according to video obtained by Breitbart News, Franken explained his support for the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill by saying, “I am on the Judiciary Committee, I participated in the markup of that. I had six amendments passed, one of which was cosponsored by Ted Cruz.”

Franken went on to say, “If our bill had become law, there would be 19,000 more border guards on our border,” and he touted support for the bill by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Farm Bureau.

Franken’s amendment, which, according to a Franken press release Cruz joined as a cosponsor during the Senate Judiciary Committee markup in May 2013, was designed to afford individuals detained in immigration enforcement actions a range of opportunities to quickly arrange care for their children after they had been detained.

For example, the amendment instructs law enforcement officials to quickly allow such people at least two phone calls to arrange for child care and provide contact information for child welfare agencies in the event providing care is impossible.

But the politics here are more important. Of six obscure amendments from over a year ago, and of eight people who cosponsored them – including the Senate Republican Whip, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), and the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) – it was Cruz’s support that was on the tip of Franken’s tongue.

Polls show Franken with a solid lead over Republican businessman Mike McFadden. But even Democratic pollsters are warning that the border crisis is quickly making immigration toxic to people who, like Franken, have voted to afford citizenship to millions of illegal aliens.

“What had been an issue only in Republican primaries is starting to be a general election albatross, and I predict that if the president goes ahead and gives amnesty to five million people, this thing will blow up on the Democrats,” Pat Cadell, the former pollster for President Jimmy Carter, said on Fox News.

He also declared that Democrats could no longer get away with simply talking about securing the border while failing to do so.

With the election under three months from now, Democrat Franken’s move is to associate himself with a conservative icon in the Senate.

And yet another taxpayer funded scam.

 

What Taxpayers Pay When Eric Holder Uses Government Jets For Personal Trips

10:17 PM 08/11/2014
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Alex Pappas

Political Reporter

On a pleasant Saturday this summer, Eric Holder, his daughters, their boyfriends and two security officers boarded a government-owned Gulfstream and jetted off to New York for the Belmont Stakes Thoroughbred horse race.

Even for personal trips like this, the attorney general doesn’t fly commercial. For security reasons, Holder — like other top government officials — flies a government plane, though is required to reimburse taxpayers for airfare.

According to records obtained by The Daily Caller through a Freedom of Information Act request, Holder is getting pretty good deal here — especially when he flies a government-owned Gulfstream V jet.

That one day trip to Elmont, N.Y. on June 7, according to records provided to TheDC by the Department of Justice, ended up costing the government $14,440.

But Holder only had to reimburse the government $955 for flying him and four passengers to the final leg of the Triple Crown horse races that day.

That’s because he only has to pay the equivalent cost of a coach commercial airline ticket for each non-law enforcement passenger — not the total cost to charter the plane.

“The attorney general wrote a check payable to the U.S. Treasury in the amount of $955.00 to cover round trip airfare” for each passenger, the documents provided by the Department of Justice said.

During his trip, Holder and his entourage met with Ron Turcotte, the retired race jockey who famously rode Triple Crown winner Secretariat in 1973. The attorney general also stopped for photos with spectators, including with one attorney decked out in a seersucker suit and bow-tie.

Gulfstream VWhile the Department of Justice declined to identify his travel companions that day, Holder’s daughters, Brooke and Maya, went on the trip, and brought along two friends. A photo taken that day shows the two young women, wearing summer dresses, and their male companions, in suits.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/11/what-taxpayers-pay-when-eric-holder-uses-government-jets-for-personal-trips/#ixzz3ACu5g15k

The liar in chief keeps it classy…

Report: Obama told lawmakers that Syria criticism was ‘horse ****’

By Rebecca Shabad - 08/12/14 07:39 AM EDT

President Obama recently told lawmakers that their criticism of his policy in Syria is “horse ****,” according to a report published late Monday.

A member of Congress told The Daily Beast Obama used the expletive during a July 31 meeting at the White House just before the August recess.

Another lawmaker also said that the president got visibly angry after both Democrats and Republicans questioned the administration’s policy.

Many lawmakers and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have urged Obama to arm Syrian rebels to push back at Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime and militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, attended the meeting and asked a long question in which he sharply criticized a series of U.S. foreign policies, one lawmaker said.

Obama responded by defending the administration’s approach in Syria, arguing that the idea that arming the rebels earlier would have produced a better outcome was “horse ****,” the lawmaker told The Daily Beast.

White House officials confirmed the tense exchange, but did not confirm the president used the expletive, the report said.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, arrived late to the meeting and caught part of Obama’s defense of his policy. Engel said he heard Obama use more polite language.

“The president still feels very strongly that we are deluding ourselves if we think American intervention in Syria early on by assisting these rebels would have made a difference,” Engel told The Daily Beast. “He still believes that. I disagree, respectfully. They were not looking for U.S. troops, they were looking for help and the Syria Civil War started with the most noblest of causes.”

Clinton suggested in an interview with The Atlantic published Sunday that the administration might have been able to stop ISIS’s rise if the U.S. had more aggressively armed Syrian rebels in 2012.

Over the last year, the CIA reportedly began to arm the moderate opposition groups in Syria. In June, Obama proposed a $500 million package to train and equip them.

Obama told The New York Times in an interview published Friday that the idea that arming Syrian rebels would have made a difference has “always been a fantasy.”

“This idea that we could provide some light arms or even more sophisticated arms to what was essentially an opposition made up of former doctors, farmers, pharmacists and so forth, and that they were going to be able to battle not only a well-armed state but also a well-armed state backed by Russia, backed by Iran, a battle-hardened Hezbollah, that was never in the cards.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/international/214905-report-obama-told-lawmakers-criticism-of-syria-policy-is-horse#ixzz3ACmQt6xu
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More of your tax dollars hard at work.

DEA paid Amtrak $854,460 for passenger lists it could have gotten for free

Associated Press

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In this Jan. 5, 2010, file photo, a northbound Amtrak Acela passes through Middle River, Md.AP

The Drug Enforcement Administration paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over nearly 20 years to obtain confidential information about train passengers, which the DEA could have lawfully obtained for free through a law enforcement network, The Associated Press has learned.

The employee was not publicly identified except as a “secretary to a train and engine crew” in a report on the incident by Amtrak’s inspector general. The secretary was allowed to retire, rather than face administrative discipline, after the discovery that the employee had effectively been acting as an informant who “regularly” sold private passenger information since 1995 without Amtrak’s approval, according to a one-paragraph summary of the matter.

On Monday, the office of Amtrak Inspector General Tom Howard declined to identify the secretary or say why it took so long to uncover the payments. Howard’s report on the incident concluded, “We suggested policy changes and other measures to address control weaknesses that Amtrak management is considering.” DEA spokesman Matt Barden declined to comment.

Passenger name reservation information is collected by airlines, rail carriers and others and generally includes a passenger’s name, the names of other passengers traveling with them, the dates of the ticket and travel, frequent flier or rider information, credit card numbers, emergency contact information, travel itinerary, baggage information, passport number, date of birth, gender and seat number.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called the $854,460 an unnecessary expense and asked for further information about the incident in a letter he released Monday to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. Grassley said the incident “raises some serious questions about the DEA’s practices and damages its credibility to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies.”

Amtrak is officially known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp. and is not a government agency, although it has received tens of billions of dollars in federal subsidies and is subject to the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. Amtrak’s inspector general said the secretary provided the passenger information without seeking approval from Amtrak management or police, but Amtrak’s own corporate privacy policy expressly allows it to sell or share personal information about its customers and passengers with contractors or a category of others it describes as “certain trustworthy business partners.”

Under a joint drug enforcement task force that includes the DEA and Amtrak’s own police agency, the task force can obtain Amtrak confidential passenger reservation information at no cost, the inspector general’s report said. Under an agreement, Amtrak police would receive a share of any money seized as a result of such drug task force investigations, and Amtrak’s inspector general concluded that DEA’s purchase of the passenger information deprived the Amtrak Police Department of money it would have received from resulting drug arrests.

The DEA does not publish on its website its staff manuals or instructions for employees. It was not immediately clear whether the DEA has rules against soliciting corporate insiders to provide confidential customer information in exchange for money when providing that information would cause the employee to violate a company’s or organization’s own rules or policies.

Don’t go to a gunfight armed with a knife.

Police used yellow crime scene tape to seal off the home where the incident took place in order to conduct their investigation. Photo by Steve Kuchera.

Duluth Police officer shoots suspect in Piedmont Ave. domestic incident

By News Tribune staff Today at 1:12 p.m.

Police say a 34-year-old man is in critical condition after he was shot by an officer early Monday morning when he brandished a knife and barricaded himself in a room in a Piedmont Heights home.
Officers were called to a residence at 3202 Piedmont Avenue on the report of a domestic disturbance and arrived at 3:58 a.m., Duluth police said. While en route to the resident, police learned that a female resident’s 34-year-old husband had cut himself with a knife and was bleeding.

Officers arrived and were speaking with the woman when the husband ran past them, carrying an unknown object in his hand, and into the basement, according to police.

Officers went downstairs and found that the man locked in a room. Blood was visible on the floor underneath the door. The man said he wanted to die and had a half-hour to live before bleeding out, police said. He refused to come out.

Officers eventually forced the door open and a canine was deployed. The man refused to drop the knife he was holding and one officer fired his weapon, police said.

The man was struck by gunfire at 4:14 a.m., and officers immediately came to his aid, the department said. The man was transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, and was listed in critical but stable condition.

The officer who fired the weapon was not immediately identified by police, but the department said he is a 7-year veteran and is on paid administrative leave, which is standard following the discharge of a weapon.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is also on scene to investigate. Police said no further information was available.

The injured man was not immediately identified by authorities, but neighbors said the house belonged to Joseph and Amy Zontelli. Joseph Zontelli is 34-years-old, according to public records.

Early rising neighbors woke at 5 a.m., to a host of squad cars and crime scene tape surrounding the property at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Trudeau Road.

The split entry home with an attached garage belonged to the Zontellis, who have two children, one neighbor said.

“In all the years I’ve been here we’ve never had these problems and now they’re coming up,” said William Lee, 87, who lives on Trudeau Road. “I can’t even think of anybody (on this street) ever divorcing.”

James O’Keefe tells you what our nitwit politicians won’t about our porous border.

Do You Feel Safe?

AUG 11, 2014

Do You Feel Safe?:
James O’Keefe Reveals Shocking Lack of Border Security

Crosses from Mexico Dressed as Osama bin Laden

In a Project Veritas investigation released on Monday, James O’Keefe crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico to the United States disguised as Osama bin Laden.

Dressed in the trademark military jacket and dishdasha and donning an Osama bin Laden mask, O’Keefe asks, “Do you feel safe” before stepping into the Rio Grande and easily walking across the border into the United States.

The investigation took place in Hudspeth County, Texas, at a crossing commonly used by illegal immigrants and drug smugglers. In less than one minute, O’Keefe crossed the river, which is only 2-3 feet deep and 20 feet wide in that area. The crossing is outside of Fort Hancock, Texas and only six miles from Interstate 10 on the American side. On the Mexican side, an access road comes within 100 feet of the river. Footprints, recent campsites, litter and well-worn paths mark both sides of the river where O’Keefe crossed.

O’Keefe was not confronted by a single member of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“If the President or Senator Reid or anyone else tries to tell you that our borders are secure, they are lying to you.

“Border security is national security. We were able to pick a well-traveled crossing, easily accessible from both sides, and cross unobserved by federal agents. Just six miles from our crossing is Interstate 10, and from there, the rest of the country. Do you feel safe?”

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