One in three deported migrants who took the survey reported some type of abuse or mistreatment by Border Patrol agents or while in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody. Broken down by gender, 35 percent of women experienced abuse, versus 31.8 percent of men. For women, verbal abuse was the most common (20.3 percent), while men most frequently cited having their belongings taken and not returned (16.4 percent). Other reported issues included poor detention conditions (14.5 percent for men and women), physical abuse (12 percent), lack of food in detention (10.3 percent) and racial discrimination (8.4 percent). Despite the rampant mistreatment, the report found that just 7.7 percent of the survey respondents filed a complaint with U.S. immigration authorities, with many saying they didn’t think it would matter and that they feared it would lead to retaliation.
The survey also revealed that two out of three of the deported migrants who crossed into the U.S. with a family member were separated from at least one family member, including children, and found that this Border Patrol practice was associated with insecurity, financial difficulties and an increased chance of being abused after returning to Mexico. In addition, it found that 28 percent of those surveyed were deported at night, which put them at increased risk for violence.
For the last time, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is lighting up the Streets of America. Over 5 million lights go into making this truly amazing display!! I can’t wait to go see it over and over again this year (and cry when its over). (All photos by Zack)
TSA misses 96% of explosives and weapons smuggled by undercover agents - UPDATE: TSA Director reassigned
According to a report, of the 70 times undercover agents tried to sneak explosives and weapons past TSA security agents, the TSA missed 67 of them. That’s a failure rate of 96% -
Even with the naked scanners and the special groping. But hey, that’s not bad for government, I guess.
From ABC News:
An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News has learned.
The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, setting out to beat the system.
According to officials briefed on the results of a recent Homeland Security Inspector General’s report, TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, with Red Team members repeatedly able to get potential weapons through checkpoints.
In one test an undercover agent was stopped after setting off an alarm at a magnetometer, but TSA screeners failed to detect a fake explosive device that was taped to his back during a follow-on pat down. Officials would not divulge the exact time period of the testing other than to say it concluded recently.
It’s one thing to give up liberty for actual security. It’s quite another to give up liberty for no reason at all.
I don’t want to pretend that it’s an easy task to catch every evil person trying to do others harm. But I remember in the wake of 9/11, the feds created the TSA and took over the security at airports, train stations and other transportation locations, ostensibly to make us safer. But I can’t imagine that the success rate for the pre-9/11 private security firms was worse than 4%.
This is a *perfect* example of how government operates in general. When something bad happens, whether it be a terrorist attack or an economic recession or some other real or perceived crisis, the government inevitably comes in to fix the problem and a new (usually permanent) federal agency, program or regulation is born that generally makes things worse than before. The New Deal, the post-Great Depression bank regulations, Social Security, The War on Poverty, Obamacare, etc. I could go on and on. Virtually every massive government program came into existence as the result of some crisis that we were told (by the government, of course) could only be solved by government. The TSA is no different.
Only the government can “fix” something until it’s broken, and then legally force people to keep funding it.
UPDATE: The TSA director has been reassigned due to his whopping 4% success rate of catching fake bad guys. In the real world, he would have gotten fired (or never hired in the first place). But in government world, he gets “reassigned” where he’ll no doubt have a cushy job until he retires with a 6-figure pension. Yay!
In light of the announcement that The Magic of Disney Animation shall soon close I’d like to do a sort of time hop. To show you guys that even though the closure of this area is rough, it’s nothing compared to what the closure of the real studio aspect of it was back in the 2000′s. SO here is a glimpse of sorts, back into the past through the lens of full house. Showing all of you just how amazing visiting this area really was, in short you got to visit a real animation studio for a day. And all you needed was a ticket to the park. In the clip you’ll see legendary Disney Animation artist Mark Henn showing uncle joey a thing or too. Enjoy, and rip Magic of Disney Animation.
It’s almost as if they’re trying to destroy the US economy. The Obama administration through the Department of Homeland Security is now offering employers special tax incentives to hire illegal aliens who graduate from US colleges instead of American citizens.