TERMINATORS: Killer robots join Ukraine’s line of defense against Russian troops

(Natural News) Temerland, a Ukrainian company that designs tools for reconnaissance, patrol, offensive and defense military actions, has prototyped the metallic killer on wheels to be used against Russia’s forces. Strategy and defense analyst Felix Woessner twitted on June 15 that the military solutions company will deploy the weaponized robotic vehicle GNOM with a 7.62 machine gun at the […]

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California Border Patrol Finds 27 Pounds Of Meth In Booster Seat

California Border Patrol Finds 27 Pounds Of Meth In Booster Seat

Authored by Jill McLaughlin via The Epoch Times,

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents in Murrieta, California, arrested the driver of a car carrying 27 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in child booster seats, authorities announced June 17.

Border Patrol K9 team alert agents to children booster seats, and with further inspection agents found several packages of methamphetamine in Murrieta, Calif., on June 20, 2022. (Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The suspect, a U.S. citizen, was driving on Interstate 15, north of a Border Patrol station, on June 15.

“Drug smugglers will use any means necessary to get their poison onto our streets. Nothing is sacred to them, not even family,” Aaron M. Heitke, Chief Patrol Agent at the San Diego Sector said in a release.

A man was driving with his wife and four of their children when agents stopped the car. A K9 team was dispatched and located the narcotics in three booster seats inside the car. Several packages were found containing methamphetamine, U.S. Border Patrol reported.

The estimated street value is $60,000, agents said.

Agents turned the driver over to the Inland Crackdown Allied Taskforce for prosecution. The vehicle was seized by Border Patrol. The four children and their mother were released.

Tyler Durden
Wed, 06/22/2022 – 23:25

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Border Patrol Records Another High Of Apprehensions At Southern Border In May

By Bethany Blankley (The Center Square) Border Patrol agents apprehended 232,628 people entering the southwestern border illegally in May, according to preliminary U.S. Border Patrol data as of June 3. That’s up from 211,972 people in April, also according to preliminary data. When U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced its official total for April, it […]

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Dozens Of Border Patrol Agents Uninvited From Biden Event In Uvalde

Dozens Of Border Patrol Agents Uninvited From Biden Event In Uvalde

The Biden administration uninvited several Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement officers who responded to last week’s deadly elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX, from a Sunday afternoon event with the President.

Despite the event being held in a large open-space facility, Biden officials cited a lack of space as the reason for the retracted invitations, according to Breitbart.

According to a senior Customs and Border Protection source, the officers received the invitation late last week. Many had accepted and were scheduled to attend the private address from the president. Most are now being informed they are no longer invited.

The meeting, specifically to address the law enforcement officers who responded to the shooting is part of President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden’s visit to Uvalde to address the families of the victims of last week’s school shooting at Robb Elementary.

According to the former Border Patrol veteran Randy Clark, the location was able to accommodate hundreds of people – however more than 90% of the Border Patrol agents who were invited were subsequently told that time and space are limited and they would be unable to attend.

Over 80 Border Patrol agents – including several members of the elite BORTAC special response team which was involved in taking down the school shooter, received invitations. Late Saturday evening, the Border Patrol was notified that Biden could only meet with 7 of the more than 80 agents involved in the response.

In addition to Border Patrol BORTAC tactical unit members who killed the shooter after entering the classroom, others assisted with removing students and teachers from harm’s way. They also provided emergency medical attention to the survivors of the brutal attack. The source says the limitations likely apply to other large law enforcement agencies such as the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol which participated in the active shooter response as well.

The source says deciding which officers will be allowed to attend on such short notice will be difficult. -Breitbart

“These agents are still traumatized by the incident; the venue is large, and they are not going to buy this excuse,” the CBP source told Breitbart Texas, who added that mid-level managers from Border Patrol were tasked with deciding who would attend.

It appears now as if this planned meeting was nothing more than a photo opportunity with the law enforcement community,” they added.

Tyler Durden
Mon, 05/30/2022 – 15:05

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‘You Go To The Sound Of Gunfire’: Retired Active Shooter Trainer And Border Patrol Special Agent

‘You Go To The Sound Of Gunfire’: Retired Active Shooter Trainer And Border Patrol Special Agent

Authored by Charlotte Cuthbertson via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Retired Border Patrol special operations agent Jim Volcsko has trained law enforcement officers in active shooter scenarios.

With weapons drawn during an active-shooter drill, San Diego police Officers search for the shooter on the 14th floor of the Emerald Plaza office building Saturday in downtown San Diego. (Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

For years he was part of the Border Patrol tactical unit called BORTAC, similar to a SWAT team, in the Uvalde and Del Rio region. His former colleague, an active BORTAC agent, fatally shot the suspect at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24.

Volcsko said an active shooter is one of the most dangerous situations a law enforcement officer can face and he didn’t want to speculate on the specific situation in Uvalde because he wasn’t there, but spoke to his training.

The active shooter training is basically: We show up, and we go. If there’s shots being fired, we go,” Volcsko told The Epoch Times.

You go to the sound of gunfire. It’s not a systematic clearing, it’s a direct-to-threat—that’s what it’s called.

“Somebody’s going to get shot in these scenarios—I mean, that’s the whole point of an active shooter. And when you are a law enforcement officer and your job in that situation is to prevent any more innocent people from being wounded or killed—then you’ve got to go. Hopefully everything turns out OK, but you’ve got to go.”

Jim Volcsko, retired Border Patrol special operations agent and active shooter trainer, at a ranch near Uvalde, Texas, on May 27, 2022. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw told reporters on May 27 that the incident commander, Uvalde school district Chief of Police Pete Arredondo, made the “wrong decision” to not engage Texas mass shooter Salvador Ramos sooner. Eighteen-year-old Ramos ended up killing 19 children and two adults in the worst U.S. school mass shooting in a decade.

“The on-scene commander at the time believed that it had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject,” McCraw said.

Emergency call records reveal that several children called 911 during the siege and gunfire could be heard in the background of one call.

A Uvalde school student attends a community prayer evening held the day after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that killed 19 children and 2 teachers, in Uvalde, Texas, on May 25, 2022. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Volcsko said active shooter and hostage situations require different responses but his training dictates that in the former scenario law enforcement has to find a way in and neutralize the threat.

“If you’re met by a hail of gunfire, then you’ve got to work your way around and figure out another way. If that means you retreat and port a window and go in, OK. The doors are locked, we can’t get in, we don’t have the tools to get in, well, then we’ve got to break the windows and go in. Driving a squad car through the side of the building—when you have children being massacred inside of a building who gives a [expletive] about a $50,000 squad car? Drive it through the wall.

“Because every shot that’s fired is somebody either dying or getting wounded. You’ve got to go.”

Volcsko reiterated that every scenario is different and he wasn’t at the scene in Uvalde.

“Every building is different. The amount of civilians that are involved is different. The amount of shooters is different. The reason why the shooter is there is different. The amount of firepower the bad guy has, or bad guys have, is different,” he said.

“As far as I’m concerned, if there was any shooting going on, and there was law enforcement there that failed to act for whatever reason, anybody that was there needs to turn in their badge and their gun, and they need to go away and hope they can live with the deaths of these children. That’s my opinion—not having all the facts.

“I’m tore up over this. It’s terrible.”

Tyler Durden
Sat, 05/28/2022 – 18:30

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Jets Scrambled In Response To Rare Joint Russian-Chinese Patrol Over Pacific As Biden Visits Tokyo

Jets Scrambled In Response To Rare Joint Russian-Chinese Patrol Over Pacific As Biden Visits Tokyo

Russia’s defense ministry (MoD) on Tuesday announced and confirmed a rare joint patrol of Russian and Chinese military planes over the Pacific region. It came as President Joe Biden is in Tokyo meeting with counterparts from Japan, Australia and India, or the ‘Quad’ members. Japan’s government has condemned the provocative patrol which reportedly did not breach its airspace as “unacceptable”.

“The joint patrol lasted 13 hours over the Japanese and East China seas and involved Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers and Chinese Xian H-6 jets,” the MoD said as cited in Reuters. It further confirmed that for parts of the lengthy flight, Japanese and South Korean air force jets shadowed the Russian-Chinese patrol, which included nuclear-capable bombers.

Leaders of the Quad, via AP

No aerial incidents were reported as the rival aircraft shadowed the joint patrol, with the Russian MoD emphasizing the patrol wasn’t aimed against any foreign state and that it took place in full accordance with international laws. It began over the Sea of Japan.

South Korean media reports that at one point the patrol breached S.Korea’s air defense identification zone, which goes beyond its borders and is not strictly considered the country’s “airspace”.

The Japanese and South Korean jets were scrambled in response to the group of aircraft nearing their respective airspace. An unnamed US official responded to the provocative flight as follows:

A US official said the exercise showed China was continuing military co-operation with Russia in the Indo-Pacific “even as Russia brutalizes Ukraine”. “It also shows that Russia will stand with China in the East and South China Seas, not with other Indo-Pacific states,” the official said.

Tupolev Tu-95, Wiki Commons

Based on details from Russia’s military, state media has detailed the following aircraft making up the joint aerial deployment

Russian Tupolev Tu-95MS (NATO reporting name: Bear) and Chinese Xian H-6 strategic bombers have successfully completed the 13-hour-long patrol during which the aircraft crossed over parts of the Sea of Japan (also known as East Sea) and the East China Sea. The Russian and Chinese bombers were covered along their path by Russia Air Force 4+ generation fighter jets Sukhoi Su-30SM (NATO reporting name: Flanker-H).

Further according to the report, “Seoul sent F-2 jets, while Japan deployed its F-15 fighters to escort the Chinese and Russian aircraft, which stayed away from the two nations’ airspace.”

Though their militaries indicated the patrol was part of the two countries’ “annual military cooperation plan,” it is the first such exercise to come amid boiling tensions with the US and the West over Russia’s grinding war in Ukraine, now in its fourth month, and amid fears that China is quietly supporting Moscow.

And crucially, just the day prior President Biden in a press Q&A said that the US would defend Taiwan militarily if the island comes under attack by China.

…provocative comments which the White House quickly walked back, seeking to portray that the president ‘misspoke’ while affirming the ‘One China’ policy has not changed.

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Tue, 05/24/2022 – 17:05

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Border Patrol Union Leader Warns Of “Complete Control” By Cartels Once ‘Title 42’ Ends

Border Patrol Union Leader Warns Of “Complete Control” By Cartels Once ‘Title 42’ Ends

Authored by Rita Li via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

The head of the Border Patrol union warned that drug cartels would seize “complete control” of the southern border, as a Trump-era public health order to expel illegal immigrants is to expire on Monday.

That we just don’t have anybody in the field, that we just can’t patrol the border,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said during Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” after being asked about the “worst-case scenario” once the law ends on May 23.

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd at a border meeting in Del Rio, Texas, on July 18, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

He said the Border Patrol system is running out of capacity as overwhelmed border agents will be largely held up by processing asylum-seeking illegal immigrants, either refereeing their claims or expelling them back to their home countries.

“When you look right now, we already start our shifts with 50 percent of our resources not even performing enforcement activities. They’re in administrative duties. Once this explodes, we’re going to have nearly 100 percent of our people doing administrative duties rather than enforcement duties.”

That’s going to give complete control to the cartels. That’s a scary situation to be in,” he added.

Judd was referring to Title 42, a COVID-19-era policy implemented during the Trump administration in March 2020 to quickly expel illegal immigrants on public health grounds. The measure has so far blocked over 1.7 million illegal aliens at the U.S.–Mexico border in the past two years, yet is set to expire on May 23 under President Joe Biden, given that public health conditions have changed.

According to a May 16 court document filing, U.S. border officials encountered more than 234,000 illegal immigrants at the U.S.–Mexico border in April, with 96,908 deported back to Mexico under Title 42.

It topped March’s 22-year high of just over 221,000 illegal immigrants and marked the fourth time that monthly border encounters have topped 200,000 under Biden.

The border crisis “clearly began” the time Biden took office in January 2021, according to Senate Minority Whip Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.). “If he ends Title 42 policies next week, we’re going to need a much taller chart,” he said in a May 18 Twitter post.

“By empowering the Cartels instead of @CBP [Customs and Border Protection], Biden is actively threatening the health and safety of our communities,” said Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.), the ranking member on the National Security subcommittee, on May 17.

Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-Tenn.) said the same day that “only the cartels are happy” about the lift.

The Biden administration has said it is preparing for scenarios of up to 18,000 encounters per day when the order lifts. Both Republicans and moderate Democrats, including those in tough races for November midterms, have warned about the lack of a comprehensive plan to tackle the potential immigrant inflow at the border once Title 42 lifts.

During a visit to the southwest border in the Rio Grande Valley on May 17, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said his department is prepared for the ending of Title 42.

“That does not mean that the border is open beginning on May 23,” Mayorkas said. “We continue to enforce the laws of this country. We continue to remove individuals who do not qualify for relief under the laws of this country.”

The annual deportation has fallen dramatically under Biden. In the financial year 2021, just over 59,011 were deported, compared to about 185,884 in 2020 and 267,258 in 2019, according to data released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Haitian migrants continue to cross across the U.S.–Mexico border on the Rio Grande as seen from Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila state, Mexico, on Sept. 20, 2021. (Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images)

An April Convention of States Action and Trafalgar Group poll (pdf) said a majority of American voters, including nearly two-thirds of Hispanic voters, believe the Biden administration should close the southern border until a solution is reached.

U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays, a Trump appointee, had earlier granted a temporary restraining order blocking the administration from terminating the Title 42 emergency border powers.

The Biden administration has requested the federal judge, according to judicial notice, to make a decision on the lawsuit by Friday “to avoid uncertainty that could pose operational challenges.”

“The Biden administration is scrambling five days before their own deadline to end Title 42 because President Biden’s open border policies have created, in the words of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, an ‘unsustainable’ crisis for our country,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told Fox News in a statement.

The Department of Homeland Security and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tyler Durden
Thu, 05/19/2022 – 18:00

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Border Patrol Migrant Encounters Hit All-Time Record In April

Border Patrol Migrant Encounters Hit All-Time Record In April

Illegal migration into the United States hit an all-time high in April, with US Customs and Border Protection logging more than 234,000 migrant encounters, topping March’s previous high of more than 221,000 migrants, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The April 2022 figure is 30% higher than April 2021, with more than 7,800 migrants encountered on average per day.

Imagine how many more they didn’t encounter.

One should also note that this absolute flood of migrants comes before the Biden administration drops the Trump-era pandemic measure, Title 42, which allowed for the rapid deportation of migrants to waiting camps in northern Mexico, will be lifted on May 23, when even more migrants are expected.

“While we will likely see an increase in encounters after the CDC’s Title 42 public health Order ends, I have a great degree of confidence that the dedicated men and women of CBP and our multiple agency partners will meet this challenge,” said CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus in a press release.

As the Post Millennial notes:

Last month, members of the Texas National Guard were seen running training exercises involving riot gear in preparation for an anticipated significant jump in illegal border crossings if Title 42 is repealed.

Judges in Louisiana and Texas may issue orders this month that would temporarily keep Title 42 in place.

In April, 117,989 migrants were released into the United States and 113,248 were removed. 96,908 migrants were deported under Title 42.

Last week, a massive amount of illegal migrants were reportedly gathering at the port of entrey in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. As of Monday, it is estimated that there are at least 5,000 people gathered there. They are expecting a greater chance of being able to get legal permission to stay and work in US territory due to the Biden administration’s policy changes if Title 42 is repealed.

Tyler Durden
Tue, 05/17/2022 – 20:45

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