The mainstream media is catching on to the fact that our sacred border isn’t secure even when we have our own employees guarding it.
In the Mexican drug war, U.S. authorities are finding a disturbing trend: an increase in American law enforcement officials corrupted by wealthy Mexican criminals who pay them to look the other way as illegal drugs and immigrants flow north into the United States.
“It is the single most debilitating factor in successful law enforcement on the border, and we do a horrible job of weeding that corruption out,” says retired DEA supervisor Anthony Coulson.
In the last five years, nearly 80 U.S. Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection officers have been arrested along the Mexican border, and according to federal authorities, hundreds more officials are under investigation.
Of course, the notion that you even could weed that corruption out significantly is ridiculous.
No government in the world can compete with the black market in financial compensation for police officers. – Guitherism
Part of the problem is also due to the fact that during the Bush administration there was a big political push to massively increase the number of border agents.
Scott at Grits for Breakfast could have told you that would be a stupid idea. In fact, he did. Back in 2006, he noted:
Seriously – if you were a cartel leader, wouldn’t you be manufacturing phony ID papers and sending in your lieutenants to apply for these slots as quick as you could? And do you think the Bush Homeland Security department will handle vetting 10,000 new agents any more competently than, say, the response to Hurricane Katrina?
Maybe I’m just being cyncial, or maybe I’ve just seen it happen too many times, but I predict we’ll see increased corruption problems among border officials in coming years as a result of this illogically rapid, politically motivated border security buildup.
Wow. Now that’s a pretty darn good “I told you so”!