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Border Patrol Wants Futuristic Dog Collars to Help Track Down Terrorists, Drugs

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol is considering using futuristic dog collars to improve security at the border, Nextgov.com reports.

“The U.S. government is exploring the possibility of outfitting its border-protecting canines with futuristic collars that can, for example, translate a dog’s stress level through its bark and relay that data in real-time to a handler through a mobile device,” the author wrote.

CBP’s canine teams are one of the agency’s best tools in tracking potential terrorists or drugs.

If dogs are wearing collars with “stress-detection sensors,’ officials said agents would be able to translate the dog’s bark. That would enable agents to know whether there dog was stressed, threatened or finding valuable information.

The collars also could add an audio and video stream.

Homeland Security Chief: Fewer Immigrants Crossing Border But Threat of Terrorism Exists

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said fewer immigrants are crossing the border because of increased security efforts, but he emphasized that other threats require a strong law enforcement presence, the Arizona Capitol Times reports.

The good news is that illegal immigration is falling.

“Put simply, it’s now much harder to cross our border and evade capture than it used to be, and people know that,” he said.

But Johnson warned about getting complacent because of the dangers involving homegrown extremists.

“People who leave their own country … link up with some extreme elements and then return to this country,” Johnson said of Westerners who join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a militant Islamist army currently waging war in those countries.

“In many respects, that’s the terrorist threat that I worry most about because it’s the hardest to detect,” he said.

Obama Administration Denies Congressman’s Claims That ISIS Members Caught at U.S. Border

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Obama administration is denying claims by a Republican Congressman that at least 10 ISIS fighters were caught trying to cross the Mexican border in Texas, the Daily Mail reports.

Rep. Duncan Hunter said Tuesday that the Border Patrol told him that the extremists were captured at the border.

Homeland Security responded by calling Hunter’s claim “categorically false.”

“The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground,” a Homeland Security spokesman said in a statement

“DHS continues to have no credible intelligence to suggest terrorist organizations are actively plotting to cross the southwest border.”

Still, Hunter’s spokesman pressed forward.

“The congressman was conveying what he knows – and what he was told,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

“It makes sense that the left hand of DHS doesn’t know what the right hand is doing – it’s been that way for a long time and we don’t expect that to change.’”

Has ISIS Militants Crossed Border into Texas? Congressman Says So

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 

A California Congressman is claiming ISIS fighters trying to get into the U.S. were busted at the Texas border with Mexico, Fox News reports.

“ISIS is coming across the southern border,” said  Rep. Duncan Hunter, whose district includes much of San Diego. “They aren’t flying B-1 Bombers bombing American cities, but they are going to be bombing American cities coming across from Mexico.

“At least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border in Texas,” Hunter continued. “There’s nobody taking about it.”

The information has not been independent verified by the Border Patrol, which is where Hunter said he received the information.

“They caught them at the border,” Hunter said. “Therefore, we know ISIS is coming across the border. If they catch five or 10 of them you know there are going to be dozens more that did not get caught by the Border Patrol.”

 

Texas Tech University Investigating Alleged ‘Border Patrol’ Party with Offensive Costumes

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Texas Tech University is trying to get to the bottom of racist photos that allegedly show members of a sorority preparing for a “Border Patrol” party with two women posing as immigrants with sombreros and ponchos, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

The photos depict two women dressed as police officers “arresting” the posing immigrants.

The university is investigating Zeta Tau Alpha.

The sorority’s national representatives insist only one Zeta Tau Alpha member was involved and denied there was a “Border Patrol” party.

“We have already addressed the terribly insensitive decisions displayed in these photos with our member and apologize on her behalf for the offense she caused,” said Heather Kirk, director of education and communications for Zeta Tau Alpha’s national headquarters.

 

Customs And Border Protection Plans to Hire 2,000 Officers to Beef Up Security

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

CBP plans to hire 2,000 officers by the end of the 2015 fiscal year, the Tucson News reports.

Most of the new officers will serve along the southwest border.

Some of the jobs entail checking passports at the border and enforcing immigration laws.

Applicants will undergo a thorough screening process to ensure their eligibility.

Applicants must also pass an entrance and fitness test, be a U.S. citizen and resident of this country for the past three years and be under the age of 37 at the time of applying.

Applications are available online.

Washington Post: Reforms Could Usher in Accountability for Border Patrol

By Washington Post
Editorial Board

Few federal government agencies have grown as quickly as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which includes the 21,000 agents, double the number in 2004, who patrol the nation’s frontiers with Mexico and Canada. That growth has been accompanied by an alarming number of incidents involving the use of lethal force, particularly along the Mexican border and all too frequently under circumstances that suggest the agency is indifferent or hostile to the most basic standards of restraint, transparency and self-policing.

Reports by news organizations and independent experts — including one report that was suppressed by Customs and Border Protection for more than a year — have finally prompted the agency to address its problems with accountability. The agency’s new commissioner, R. Gil Kerlikowske, a former police chief in Seattle and Buffalo, has proposed serious reforms.

The question now is whether an organization that badly needs change, and the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents some 17,000 agents in the field, will be receptive to reform.

Mr. Kerlikowske’s ideas for revamping the agency’s policies and culture are far-ranging. Soon after taking office in March, he initiated a review of hundreds of incidents since 2009 involving agents’ alleged misconduct and use of deadly force; 155 such incidents remain under review.

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Border Patrol Agent Charged with Assaulting Detained 14-Year-Old Boy

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent has been charged with assaulting a 14-year-old immigrant for having a cellphone in detention, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Aldo Francisco Arteaga of Tucson was arrested Thursday on felony charges of assaulting a minor.

CBP officials said Arteaga surrendered Thursday after Jan. 3o video showed him assaulting the boy.

“The officer … sees the juvenile with a phone, a prohibited item, takes the phone from the juvenile and proceeds to punch him in the stomach,” Silva told the Los Angeles Times.

Arteaga couldn’t be reached for comment.