Something up at the borders?

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Mike, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Coincidence?

    Government apparatchiks trying to impress us with their "diligence"?

    Or is something afoot that they're watching for?

    Today ...

    Sweetport entry in Montana closed due to a "security incident" with a "suspicious package". Via the Calgary Herald:

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) advises travelers the port of Sweetgrass, Montana is currently closed due to a security incident at the Canadian port of Coutts, Alberta.
    Out of a concern for public safety, the port of entry at Sweetgrass has also been closed. It is recommended travelers use the port of Del Bonita for access to Canada or the United States.
    CBP will advise once operations return to normal.
    · The port is currently closed due to a security incident in Canada.
    · CBP takes all security incidents very seriously. We have plans in place to deal with these types of incidents, and these plans were immediately activated.
    · The safety and security of the travelling public and our employees is our number one priority. As such, CBP takes precautionary action to ensure the safety and security of the traveling public, community, and CBP personnel.

    Full text of articles at:
    Yesterday ...

    Bridge of Americas @ El Paso closed "after CBP officials working at the port discovered suspicious packaging in a vehicle"

    KSUN News: Traffic disruption at the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are advising members of the traveling public in the El Paso and Juárez area to avoid the Bridge of the Americas, according to a news release.

    Traffic in both directions has been halted after CBP officials working at the port discovered suspicious packaging in a vehicle which entered the facility from Mexico shortly after noon today. The El Paso police department bomb squad has been contacted for assistance.
     
  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    they must be scanning the vehicles coming in. how else would they have seen this?
    it's pretty sad the first thing we think when we see this is that it's an event staged by our own CBP stooges.
     
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Just a mumbo-jumbo self-serving press release with no useful information ...

    Billings Gazette: Sweetgrass border re-opened to traffic

    News release: The Sweetgrass port of entry has resumed its normal operations, effective 6 p.m., MT. The Sweetgrass border was closed earlier this afternoon due to a security incident in Canada.

    Customs and Border Protection (CBP) takes all security incidents very seriously. We have emergency response plans in place to deal with these types of incidents, and these plans were immediately activated.

    The safety and security of the travelling public and our employees is our number one priority. As such, CBP took precautionary action to ensure the safety and security of the traveling public, community, and CBP personnel.
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    We know full well that DHS is capable of issuing self-serving press releases to manufacture news -- they do it all the time with TSA. With these border closings, they are providing the public zero interesting information other an a references to "suspicious package/packaging".
     
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  5. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    I would wager these events are greatly exaggerated, or outright made up, to try and create some positive press after all of the negative attention the CBP has been receiving recently.
     
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  6. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Stuff like that tends to blow up in their faces. Example: BATF and the Branch Davidians.
     
  7. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    I'm sympathetic to this viewpoint. But....it is impossible to keep stuff like this secret, and it would be extremely costly for the CBP when it did leak out. I just don't see it. I think a case could be made that nothing is being said out of embarrassment over what the fuss was about. something trivial. they'll be seen to be just a stupid as the TSA.
     

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