Comprehensive Climate Change Weekly Report, July 5, 2015

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The Loyal Opposition: One of the most humanely compelling criticisms of the thinking exhibited by the pontifical academies that went into the Pope’s recent encyclical, Laudato Si’ (Praised Be), was “The Pontifical Academies’ Broken Moral Compass,” written by Indur Goklany and published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation. Goklany’s 2007 book, The Improving State of the World: Why We’re Living Longer, Healthier, More Comfortable Lives on a Cleaner Planet is a classic on the improving human condition – largely attributable to the use of fossil fuels. Goklany’s book and his analysis of the pope’s encyclical is data driven – not model driven, unlike the thinking of the pontifical academies that relies on forecasts from inadequately tested, non-valid climate models.

Goklany divided his book into four parts.

The first part addresses the trends in human well-being and the factors responsible for those trends, emphasizing that, although not without environmental problems, economic development has improved the human condition. The improvement can be measured by access to food, safe water, sanitation, mortality, life expectancy, etc. These are related to economic development and technological change. In general, new problems are solved more quickly than old ones.

The second part addresses the effects of economic development and technological change on environmental quality. As seen in Western economies, particularly the US, the long term trends are very favorable.

The third part examines how the improvements in human well-being and environmental quality can coexist in a more populated and richer world of the future. This section includes a chapter on climate change and shows how adaptive management, in the short and medium term, will advance human and environmental well-being more quickly and efficiently than efforts to mitigate against climate change.

The concluding fourth part includes a synthesis of the prior sections and the benefits of technological change, economic growth, and free trade to humanity and the environment.

The Pontifical Academies offer no compelling data to refute the optimistic view of the world presented by Goklany.

In his criticism of the work of the pontifical academies, Goklany focuses on the four opening sentences of their joint declaration:

Climate Change and the Common Good: A Statement of The Problem and the Demand for Transformative Solutions, “echoes of which resonate in the recent papal encyclical.”

The sentences are:

  1. “Unsustainable consumption coupled with a record human population and the uses of inappropriate technologies are causally linked with the destruction of the world’s sustainability and resilience.” Goklany contradicts the statement by offering observational evidence that population has increased, life expectancy has increased, overall health has improved, living standards have increase, and percentage of population living in absolute poverty has declined. Further, Goklany shows that global death rates from extreme weather events are down, crop yields are up, access to safe water has improved, and so on. Unlike the academies, he backs his assertions with data.
  2. “Widening inequalities of wealth and income, the world-wide disruption of the physical climate system and the loss of millions of species that sustain life are the grossest manifestations of unsustainability.” Goklany argues that with general improvements in overall health, the importance monetary inequality is secondary. There is no empirical evidence of human physical disruption of the physical climate system and the claimed loss of millions of species is fanciful.
  3. “The continued extraction of coal, oil and gas following the ‘business-as-usual mode’ will soon create grave existential risks for the poorest three billion, and for generations yet unborn.” Such claims are based on unsubstantiated projections from global climate models that have not been validated with empirical data. As Goklany states: “Given the credibility of the models involved, it would be foolhardy, if not immoral to spend scarce resources on problems derived from models that so far have failed to track reality, particularly since those resources can be put to better use solving problems we know exist here and now, and are amenable to solution.”
  4. “Climate change resulting largely from unsustainable consumption by about 15% of the world’s population has become a dominant moral and ethical issue for society.” Goklany contradicts this statement by noting the general improvements in human well-being with the general increase in in use of fossil fuels over the past 25 years. He then presents a WHO analysis the finds that poverty, or conditions associated with it, intensify at least health ten risk factors.

Goklany concludes his essay with:

“Despite its many sins of omission and commission, the academies did get one thing right: climate change is a moral and ethical issue. But it is a strange moral calculus that endorses policies that would reduce existing gains in human wellbeing, increase the cost of humanity’s basic necessities, increase poverty, and reduce the terrestrial biosphere’s future productivity and ability to support biomass, all in order to solve future problems that may not even exist or, if they do, are probably more easily solved by future generations who should be richer both economically and technologically. Moreover, because food, fibre, fuel and energy – basic necessities – consume a disproportionately large share of the income of the poorest, they would also pay the highest price for these policies. So much for the academies’ concern for inequality.

“Today’s world may not be perfect, but without access to cheaper energy alternatives – fossil fuels, like it or not, are usually the cheapest available option – it would be more imperfect. Someday it may be possible to meet humanity’s basic necessities without fossil fuels. But we are not there yet. As the academies note, three billion people still have unmet energy needs. Insisting on doing ‘the right thing’, but at the wrong time, could make matters worse. Even if one is confident that a child nearing adulthood could leap across a ten-foot chasm, it would be lethal to insist that a three-year old do the same thing. Similarly, there may be a fossil-fuel-free world in the future, but now is not the future. Insisting on a fossil-fuel-free world now would only prolong poverty and limit the terrestrial biosphere’s productivity.”

In reviewing the conflict between the Academies and the loyal opposition, one cannot but be drawn into making similarities between the Church’s Aristotelian scholars of the 16th century and Galileo. The former argued from an outdated model of an earth centered universe (from the days of the Ptolemy observers in Egypt) and refused to accept the observations from Galileo demonstrating, imperfectly, that the sun was the center of the solar system, and the sun was not immutable (had sunspots). As the basis of their arguments, the scholars were using imperfect models about nature while ignoring observations of nature. Similarly, the climate and economic models used by Academies are outdated with assumptions that need to be revised based on observations. See links under Expanding the Orthodoxy – The Pope – Loyal Opposition

Defending the Orthodoxy

An article in Science, written by some leaders in the US scientific establishments, asserts that the scientific establishment is self-correction. This may be accurate in certain circumstances, such as with the Wakefield example given in the text, even though the effects of which are still on going. But, in other circumstances, such as with massive government funding, the assertion is questionable.

The authors of the article ignore the elephant in the room. The article ignores the continued failure of the IPCC and US scientific entities to publically withdraw prior IPCC reports that are not valid, such as Mr. Mann’s hockey stick, to adequately test climate models, and to fully recognize natural influences on climate. This failure is supported by the Nation Academy of Sciences and other US scientific entities. Even Science, where the editorial appeared, has systematically refused to publish well-supported scientific papers that challenge some of the findings of the IPCC, even when these papers were written by well-established researchers in the field.

Science cannot be considered self-correcting as long as these policies remain. See links under Defending the Orthodoxy.

How Broad Is It?

By a 5 to 4 vote, the US Supreme Court overturned a decision by a lower court enforcing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) rules on Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) released from power plants. Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said that it was not appropriate for the EPA “to impose billions of dollars in economic costs in return for a few dollars in health or environmental benefits.” The EPA argued that it factored in cost later in the process of crafting the rules, even though the EPA has failed to calculate costs of some of its regulations. In fact, the EPA has long publically asserted that it is not required to include the costs of regulations under the Clean Air Act.

According to reports: “Approximately 62 GW of coal-fired electric generating capacity in the U.S. has already been retired or converted to other fuel sources in an effort to comply with the MATS regulation. It is unlikely that the Supreme Court decision will have any effect on the majority of the closed facilities.” However, the ruling may give utilities the option to consider coal-fired power plants as back-up to natural gas plants and other forms of electricity generation.

More importantly, it gives opponents to EPA regulations grounds for asserting that the EPA must include the costs of said regulations, rather than ignore such costs. Already, EPA supporters are assessing methods of minimizing reported costs or the impact of the court ruling on other EPA regulations such as those found in the Administration’s Clean Power Plan. How these efforts will play out, and out broad the ruling will become remains to be seen.

However, it is the concurring opinion of Justice Clarence Thomas that may have the most significant impact. Justice Thomas notes that the EPA requested special treatment, deferring to agency interpretations of federal statutes, under a Supreme Court decision in Chevron U. S. A. Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. 467 U. S. 837 (1984). Thomas states that the EPA “request for deference raises serious questions about the constitutionality of our broader practice of deferring to agency interpretations of federal statutes.” Thomas argues that “the judicial power, as originally understood requires a court to exercise its independent judgement in interpreting and expounding upon the laws”, and that the “Chevron deference precludes judges from exercising that judgment, forcing them to abandon what they believe is “the best reading of an ambiguous statute” in favor of an agency’s construction.”.. “It thus wrests from the Courts the ultimate interpretative authority to ‘say what the law is,’ Marbury v. Madison, 1 Cranch 137, 177 (1803), and hands it over to the Executive.”

Thomas further explains his views and concludes with: “we seem to be straying further and further from the Constitution without so much as pausing to ask why. We should stop to consider that document before blithely giving the force of law to any other agency ‘interpretations’ of federal statutes.”

No wonder so many political “liberals” rail against Justice Thomas. His views can have severe limiting effects on regulatory agencies that interpret the law as they see fit. See links under Litigation Issues.

Secret Science: The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works reported out bill S: 544, the Secret Science Reform Act of 2015, which deserves special mention and citation. The report states:

“The Committee on Environment and Public Works, to which was referred a bill (S. 544) to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible, having considered the same, reports favorably thereon with an amendment and recommends that the bill, as amended, do pass.”

It further states: “EPA also has a record of relying on science conducted outside the Agency that is not available to the public-or to the EPA-and therefore cannot be replicated or verified by independent researchers. For example, virtually all Clean Air Act regulations under the Obama Administration have been justified by data sets collected by two non-governmental institutions over 30 years ago, which have been withheld from the public and cannot be replicated.. In 2014, Congress learned this data either no longer exists, is of such poor quality that modeling results cannot be replicated, or has not been coded to facilitate independent analysis. However, EPA continues to rely on this data to support major regulations.” (p. 2)

Three decades of the EPA keeping secret the justifications for regulations made in the name of public health may be a bit too long. See links under The Political Games Continue, and EPA and other Regulators on the March.

Natural Climate Change

On her blog, Jo Nova brings up a new study on the historical changes in mega-Lake Chad, in West Africa, immediately south of the Sahara. The editors of PNAS state the significance of the paper:

North Africa was wetter 15,000-5,000 years ago than today, with wetlands and lakes formed in the Sahara due to an enhanced monsoon. We reconstruct the lake-level history of Lake Mega-Chad, when it was the largest African lake, and demonstrate that this humid period ended abruptly 5,000 years ago, indicating that the African monsoon exhibits a nonlinear response to insolation forcing. The northern basin of Lake Mega-Chad, currently the world’s greatest dust source, became dry around 1,000 years ago.

These findings are consistent with the findings of HH Lamb over 3 decades ago. The drying of the Sahara and was probably associated with global cooling following the Holocene Climate Warm Period. They are also consistent with other studies on the changing climate of the great desert belt in the Northern Hemisphere, including the disappearance of the Harappan civilization on the Indus valley and plateau. Such studies demonstrate that climate change is real and can be dangerous to civilizations. But, governments pretending they can stop climate change by controlling human emissions of carbon dioxide is the pure folly. See links under Changing Climate.

Limitations of Electricity Storage

Writing in Climate Etc, engineer Rud Istvan asserts that: “Most renewables advocates don’t appreciate the scope and scale of electricity grids, the difficulties intermittency creates, and the technical/ commercial inadequacies of electricity storage technologies other than PHS.” [pumped hydro storage.]

He goes through various types of storage, giving specific examples of each – potential (pumped hydro), kinetic (flywheels), electrostatic (capacitors), electrochemical (batteries), and chemical energy (water hydrolysis). Istvan concludes: “The foregoing examples illustrate the immensity of the utility bulk storage challenge. No foreseeable battery solution overcomes this enormous challenge.” Any politician or official advocating renewable electrical generation should be required to state the type and cost of the storage needed.

FULL 24 PAGE CLIMATE CHANGE WEEKLY REPORT ANALYSIS AND GLOBAL COVERAGE WEEK ENDING JULY 4, 2015: TWTW 7-4-15

Time for Civil Disobedience, Christians

By J. Matt Barber

“Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.”

– John 15:20

The push back has begun. Christian business owners, lawyers, parents, judges, county clerks, organizations, universities, hospitals, adoption agencies and other individuals and groups have been given an ultimatum by five unelected, unaccountable liberals in Washington, D.C.: “You must now obey us and disobey God. You must pretend, with us, that sin-based same-sex ‘marriage’ is an actual thing.”

To which we say, “Not on your life.”

“Or our own.”

Thomas Jefferson quote

Absolute truth is a stubborn thing. Attempts at marital alchemy notwithstanding, the highly contentious, wholly contemptible 5-4 “gay marriage” opinion (and that’s all it is, an opinion) released last week by five pagan extremists in black robes is altogether illegitimate and should be treated as such.

From a moral, biological and legal standpoint, the court’s majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges is a complete farce. It’s an absurd missive, a bohemian word salad that was roundly, and rightly, condemned by the court’s four dissenting justices. “The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie,” mocked Justice Scalia.

These “five lawyers,” as Chief Justice John Roberts called them, can no more suspend the laws of natural marriage, than can they suspend the laws of gravity. “[D]o not celebrate the Constitution,” wrote Roberts. “It had nothing to do with it.”

This opinion, which has been branded “the Dred Scott of marriage,” has not changed, one iota, the fixed and immovable reality that the institution of marriage, an institution as old as mankind itself, is, and shall forever remain, centrally defined by its binary male-female requirement.

Indeed, as the four dissenting justices noted, the majority failed, at every level, from a precedential, historical, moral and, perhaps most importantly, a constitutional standpoint, to make the case for redefining marriage – something no man can do.

So how should we Christians react to this haughtiness – to this rebellion against God?

God’s word tells us how to react: “But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’” (Acts 5:29)

Many of us have long warned that this day would come, and it has arrived. In the Spirit of Daniel the prophet and MLK the reverend, we Christians must now engage, as relates our peaceful response to the imposition of counterfeit same-sex “marriage,” in widespread civil disobedience. It’s the right thing to do. In fact, it’s a sin if we don’t. “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:17)

There are those who will prefer the path of least resistance and will cite, out of context, various Scriptures in order to avoid the possible persecution that may come as a result of obedience to God. For example: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1)

To be clear, under our constitutional republican form of government, “We the People” are “the governing authorities,” and our elected officials in Congress and the White House are the hired help. They are subject to us, and we are all subject to God, Who is the Final Authority.

These nine unelected, unaccountable justices on the U.S. Supreme Court are appointed and confirmed by the elected officials we hire to represent us. Five of the nine have now presumed to defy both the sovereign will of tens of millions of “We the People” who engaged the constitutional process and voted to defend the immutable definition of marriage, as well as, and more importantly, the sovereign will of God Almighty, the very Author of marriage itself.

Central to Christianity, and clearly delineated throughout both the Old and New Testaments, is the unambiguous and timeless proposition that any sexual practice outside the bonds of true man-woman marriage constitutes sexual immorality and results in separation from God. This, of course, includes sexual acting out between members of the same sex, whether or not such acting out is tied to the novel notion of so-called “same-sex marriage.”

So let’s see if we can make this abundantly clear. Christians, true Christians – regenerate, Bible-believing Christians who strive their level best to maintain fidelity to the word of God and honor His commands – will not, indeed cannot, participate in, approve of, facilitate or encourage certain behaviors deemed by the Holy Scriptures to be immoral or sinful. This is both our constitutionally affirmed human right and our Christian duty.

It is not so much that Christians wish, willy-nilly, to call homosexual behavior, polyamory, fornication, adultery, bestiality, incest or any other disordered sexual proclivity “sinful.” It is, rather, that we must. For the true Christian, God’s objective truths will always trump man’s subjective desires.

And so this opinion, let’s call it “Kennedy’s folly,” will result in, must necessarily result in, widespread civil disobedience – disobedience of the sort we haven’t seen since the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and ’60s.

For 2,000 years, whenever such conflicts have arisen, Christians have placed the laws of God above the laws of man.

What makes you think we’re about to change now?

As many in the early church refused to bow a knee to Caesar in worship, so, too, will many modern Christians refuse, under any circumstances, to obey any court opinion or man-made law that presumes to make sin obligatory.

If the ancient church, through the power of the Holy Spirit, was able to face the lions in hopeful anticipation of joining Jesus, then we, too, under the same Spirit, will face anything today’s pagan left can threaten.

In the ongoing culture war, it seems there are no rules of engagement. The secular left will accept nothing short of unconditional surrender. That is to say, the pagans demand that we Christians abandon the biblical worldview altogether, and adopt their own.

This will never happen.

In his “letter from the Birmingham jail,” Martin Luther King Jr. famously declared, “One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

“A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God,” he explained. “An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.”

An unjust law is, in point of fact, lawlessness.

One can imagine nothing more “out of harmony with the moral law,” than the twisted and oxymoronic notion of so-called “same-sex marriage.”

And so, Mr. Kennedy, our answer is no.

Come what may, we will not obey your unjust lawlessness.

Matt BarberMatt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of BarbWire.com. He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war. (Follow Matt on Twitter: @jmattbarber).

Racing Through History

The return of the Confederacy was averted in the summer of 2015 when major retailers frantically scoured through their vast offerings to purge any images of a car from the Dukes of Hazzard. If not for their quick thinking, armies of men in gray might have come marching down the streets of New York and San Francisco to stop off for an Iced Mocha Frappucino ™ at a local Starbucks before restoring slavery.

Dukes of Hazard General LeeHistory will little note nor long remember the tired wage slaves making $7.25 an hour while checking Amazon and eBay databases for tin models of an orange car with a Confederate flag on top. During this courageous defense of the homeland from the scourge of a mildly politically incorrect 80s show, Hillary Clinton committed her own unpardonable racist hate crime by saying, “All lives matter”.

The politically correct term is, “Black lives matter.”

Even while our own Boss Hoggs in DC and SF are locking up the Duke boys as a symbol of racism, they are loudly arguing that black lives matter, all lives don’t. The proportion that the weight of a life should be measured by race is the sort of idea that we might have associated with slavery. Today it’s an idea that we associate with racial tolerance as we heal our nation’s racial wounds one race riot at a time.

Romanticizing the South means a whipping from our cultural elite. Instead of romanticizing the culture that bought slaves, they romanticize the Middle Eastern and African cultures that sold them the slaves.

When Obama condemned Christianity for the Crusades, only a thousand years too late, in attendance was the Foreign Minister of Sudan; a country that practices slavery and genocide. Obama could have taken time out from his rigorous denunciation of the Middle Ages to speak truth to the emissary of a Muslim Brotherhood regime whose leader is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. But our moral liberals spend too much time romanticizing actual slaver cultures.

It’s a lot easier for Obama to get in his million dollar Cadillac with its 5-inch thick bulletproof windows, a ride Boss Hogg could only envy, and chase down a couple of good ole boys than it is to condemn a culture that committed genocide in our own time, not in 1099, and that keeps slaves today, not in 1815.

Even while the Duke boys were being chased through Georgia, Obama appeared at an Iftar dinner; an event at which Muslims emulate Mohammed, who had more slaves than Robert E. Lee. There are no slaves in Arlington House today, but in the heartlands of Islam, from Saudi mansions to ISIS dungeons, there are still slaves, laboring, beaten, bought, sold, raped and disposed of in Mohammed’s name.

Slavery does not exist under the Confederate flag eagerly being pulled down. It does exist under the black and green flags of Islam rising over mosques in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and America today.

In our incredibly tolerant culture, it has become politically incorrect to watch the General Lee jump a fence or a barn, but paying tribute to the culture that sent the slaves here and that still practices slavery is the culturally sensitive thing to do. In 2015, slavery is no longer freedom, but it certainly is tolerance.

And it’s not just about Islam.

If romanticizing Dixie is wrong, so is romanticizing those ancient African cultures so beloved by amateur anthropologists and professional sociologists with more plastic tribal jewelry than sense. Slavery was an indigenous African and Middle Eastern practice. Not to mention an indigenous practice in America among indigenous cultures.

If justice demands that we pull down the Confederate flag everywhere, even from the top of the orange car sailing through the air in the freeze frame of an old television show, then what possible justification is there for all the faux Aztec knickknacks? Even the worst Southern plantation owners didn’t tear out the hearts of their slaves on top of pyramids. The romanticization of Aztec brutality plays a crucial role in the mythology of Mexican nationalist groups like La Raza promoting the Reconquista of America today.

Black nationalists romanticize the slave-holding civilization of Egypt despite the fact that the narrative of the liberation of the Hebrew slaves from bondage played a crucial role in the end of slavery in America. The endless stories about the “Amazons” of the African kingdom of Dahomey neatly fit into the leftist myth of a peaceful matriarchal Africa disrupted by European colonialism, but Dahomey ran on slavery.

The “Amazons” helped capture slaves for the Atlantic slave trade. White and black liberals are romanticizing the very culture that captured and sold their forefathers into slavery. “In Dahomey”, the first major mainstream black musical was about African-Americans moving to Dahomey. By then the French had taken over old Dahomey and together with the British had put an end to the slave trade.

The French dismantled the “Amazons” and freed many of Dahomey’s slaves only for the idiot descendants of both groups to romanticize the noble last stand of Dahomey fighting for the right to export black slaves to Cuba and condemn the European liberators who put a stop to that atrocity.

If we crack down on romanticizing Dixie, how can we possibly justify romanticizing Dahomey or the Aztecs or Mohammed? If slavery and racism are wrong, then they are wrong across the board.

Even by the miserably racist standard under which all lives don’t matter, only black lives matter, Dahomey and Mohammed had bought, sold and killed enough black lives to be frowned upon.

If we go back far enough in time, most cultures kept slaves. The Romans and Greeks certainly did. That’s why the meaningful standard is not whether a culture ever had slaves, but whether it has slaves today. If we are going to eradicate the symbols of every culture that ever traded in slaves, there will be few cultural symbols that will escape unscathed. But the academics, who insist on cultural relativism in 19th century Africa, reject it in 19th century South Carolina thereby revealing their own racism. And so instead of fighting actual modern day slavery in Africa and the Middle East, social justice warriors are swarming to invade Hazzard County.

Most of the cultures of the past that we admire, respect and even romanticize had slaves. When we look back at their achievements and even try to forge some connection to them, it does not have to mean an endorsement of their worst habits. This is a concept that liberals understood, but that leftists reject. The recent hysteria reminds us that the nuanced reason of the former has been replaced by the irrational destructive impulses of the latter. The left is so obsessed with creating utopias of the future that like the Taliban or ISIS, it destroys the relics of past societies that do not measure up to its impossible standards. And then it replaces them with imaginary utopias of the past that never existed.

As Ben Carson pointed out, we will not get rid of racism by banning the Confederate flag. Even when it is used at its worst, by the likes of Dylann Storm Roof, it is a symptom, not the problem. Roof was not radicalized by the dead Confederacy, but by the racial tensions kicked off by the Trayvon Martin case.

The same racial tensions that led to the murder of two police officers by a #BlackLivesMatter protester in New York City led to the massacre of nine black congregants in a church in Charleston. This surge of violence has its roots in racist activism by Obama and his supporters seeking power and political gain, but feeding racial tensions for political purposes eventually risks leading to actual violence.

The Confederate flag is a matter of history. The racial tensions stirred up by Obama have actually gotten people killed. Slavery is not making a comeback and Robert E. Lee will not come riding into San Francisco any time soon.

The Civil War ended long ago. The country would be a better place if modern racists who believe that some lives, whether black or white, matter more than others would stop trying to start one.

SOURCE: SULTANKNISH

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century. He blogs at Sultan Knish

Turkey Prefers Islamic State to Kurdish

  • ISIS terrorists have been attacking Kurds in an attempt to rape their women, sell them on slave markets and annihilate them. This is what happens when Kurds get caught unprepared or cannot fight back. And this is why the demands that the West arm the Kurds directly, and recognize Kurdish self-rule within secure and defensible boundaries, are a matter of life and death.
  • It would be much better if the states ruling over the Kurds would willingly recognize Kurdish rights without shedding any blood, but that is not how the states in this region operate.

On June 16, Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan captured the town of Tel Abyad from the Islamic State (ISIS). The Kurdish victory in Tel Abyad prevents ISIS from having a direct route for importing fighters and supplies, and puts serious pressure on Raqqa, the de facto “capital” of the Islamic State.

As Rami Abdulrahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, noted, the capture of Tel Abyad was “the biggest setback to ISIS since it announced its caliphate one year ago.”

Although this success by the Kurds must have been welcomed by people horrified at such a genocidal terrorist group, Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to prevent the establishment of a Kurdish state in the region. “I am addressing the whole world,” he said: “We will never allow a state to be formed in northern Syria, south of our border.”

Actually, Syrian Kurds do not demand an independent state. They demand an autonomous or federal Kurdish administration. But even if they demand independence one day, they have every right to it.

If there are 21 Arab states and 6 Turkic states, why should a Kurdish state not exist?

Before the area was captured by Kurds, it had been used by ISIS as a gateway from Turkey to Raqqa, but apparently this did not disturb Turkey’s government. No Turkish official stood up to say: “We will never allow the Islamic State to rule northern Syria.”

“It is revelatory,” said Dr. Sherkoh Abbas, President of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, that the supply line to the ISIS capital, Raqqa — recently broken by the Kurds — originates in Turkey.

“Turkey also opposed the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraqi Kurdistan, and now they are the biggest trading partners and have good relations.”

“It is best for Turkey to embrace Kurdish Regional Government in Syrian Kurdistan to prevent radicals from threatening Kurds and Turks. So it is about time for the international community, Obama administration and Turkey to admit that Iraq and Syria are failed states, and thus to allow each ethnic group to go their own way.”[1]

Apparently, for the government of Turkey, ISIS, which engages in mass murder, ethnic cleansing, mass rape and sexual slavery, is preferable to the Kurds, who resist ISIS and demand rights and liberties that have been taken away from them by the repressive regimes that rule over them.

In the parts of Syrian Kurdistan under the Kurdish PYD (Democratic Union Party) and its armed wing, YPG (People’s Protection Units), gender equality, a respect for minority rights and secularism are promoted and practiced.

The PYD, which rules the Kurdish autonomous administration of Syrian Kurdistan, defines its primary aim on its official website:

“Our Party’s principal aim, at this crucial stage of history, is to ensure and safeguard the peaceful nature of this popular uprising and to prevent any possibility of the transformation of this popular movement into an Arab-Kurdish conflict. Our strategy is to sow the seeds of brotherhood among peoples and to achieve solidarity and equality between them.”

With its limited military power aided only by NATO planes and Peshmerga forces, the YPG are fighting against the immolators and decapitators, and trying to protect innocent people who would otherwise be massacred by ISIS.

The Kurdish militias — the YPG in Syrian Kurdistan and the Peshmerga in the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq — are the only Muslim forces truly resisting the ISIS on the ground. These Kurdish forces are mostly Muslim; at the same time, unlike the Arab regimes or radical Islamist armies in the region, they are secular and protective of minorities.

On one side, there is Turkey, whose membership in the NATO has not prevented it from turning a blind eye to — or even facilitating the traffic of — ISIS fighters who go to Syria by way of Turkish border crossings to slaughter or rape Yazidis, Alawites, Christians and other non-Muslim minorities. On the other side, there are the Syrian Kurdish defenders — both men and women — who have been the most effective force fighting ISIS and the al-Nusra Front. The difference could not be greater.

Kurdish woman fighter
Kurdish women make up a large proportion of the YPG militia fighters who are battling ISIS on the front lines in Syrian Kurdistan. (Image source: Mirava News video screenshot)

After Kurds captured Tel Abyad, both Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc accused Kurdish forces of “ethnic cleansing.”

However, according to Rami Adulrahman, head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, “There’s no ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Til Abyad against the Turkmen and Arabic population.”

“The Turkish government is hostile towards Kurds in Turkey as well as Syria. It fears a strengthening of the Kurdish position in the region. … [I]n autumn 2014 at least 300,000 Kurds have been expelled by IS. At that time, the Turkish government did not speak of ‘ethnic cleansing’ against the Kurds. Quite the contrary, the Turkish government has co-operated with IS.”

Actually, it was Syrian Kurds who had been victims of ethnic cleansings at the hands of the Syrian regime, through which the demographic character of the region was changed. [2]

According to the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign, other policies of ethnic cleansing and cultural devastation of the Syrian regime included:

  • The conversion of all fertile lands in the Kurdish region into public property under the name of a ‘land reform policy’, and housing the Arab tribes in those areas after forcing the Kurds to migrate, by depriving them of property ownership, especially agricultural property.
  • Changing the names of all Kurdish cities and villages and replacing them with names that are not historically related to the region. The main objective of this policy is to Arabize and change the demographic features of the region.
  • The settlement of Arab tribes, whose lands were affected by flooding, in Kurdish areas.
  • Preventing the Kurdish people from celebrating their own festivals, such as Newroz.
  • Preventing the Kurds from supporting and communicating with their brethren in other parts of Kurdistan.

The historian Dr. Jordi Tejel also wrote about the human rights violations against Syrian Kurds in his book Syria’s Kurds: History, Politics and Society[3] Some of them include:

  • After the Baath party in 1958 led Syria to integrate itself with Egypt in the United Arab Republic (UAR), under Gamal Nasser, “recordings of Kurdish music were smashed in cafes. The publication and even the possession of books written in Kurdish language were offences punishable by imprisonment. Egyptian teachers were sent into Kurdish regions.”
  • “[T]he authorities were accused in November 1960 by the inhabitants of Amuda [a Kurdish town] of causing a fire in a movie house that caused the death of 283 Kurdish children. Those responsible for this act were presumably motivated by anti-Kurdish sentiments, the fruits of official propaganda in opposition to Kurdish nationalism associated with Zionism and American imperialism.”
  • “[B]etween 1946 and 1957, the Syrian Kurds had no political organization to defend their rights. (e.g. cultural rights.)”
  • Finally, the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDPS) was founded in 1957. “[O]n August 5, 1960, the leaders of the executive committee of Aleppo were arrested and tortured. The party organization was discovered and within a few days more than 5000 people were arrested and interrogated. The leaders of the KDPS were accused of separatism and finally condemned to prison.”
  • One of the most serious violations against Kurds was the census of 1962, in which about 120,000 Kurds lost their citizenship in their own homeland and were registered as “aliens.”[4]
  • Syrian Kurds were also exposed to the racist propaganda of the Arab media. A campaign launched by the Arab media sported slogans such as ‘Save Arabism from Jazira’ or ‘Fight the Kurdish Menace’.”
  • The teaching of the Kurdish language remained prohibited during the time of Hafez al-Assad, as well. In 1970s, the public school became, for the Kurds, not only a place of Baathist indoctrination, as it was for other Syrians, but also a place of Arabization.
  • “With the increase in literate children in the Kurdish regions, a tight surveillance system was established there, following the example of the Turks, by means of ‘spies,’ to stop the children from speaking Kurdish among themselves. Children discovered in flagrant ‘defiance’ could be physically punished.”
  • “Though the ban on Kurdish publications had already begun with Adib al-Shiskali’s presidency (1951-54), under the Baathist regime measures of legal coercion were reinforced, obliging Kurdish authors and editors to have their publications printed in Lebanon, and afterwards they could be illegally brought back to Syria.”
  • “Two decrees from the 1980s forbade the use of Kurdish in the workplace, as well as during marriage ceremonies and festivities.”
  • “In the province of Al-Hasakah, in 1992, officers of the civil state began to more strictly apply the restriction against registering children with Kurdish names, in accordance with decree no. 122.”
  • “In May 2000, a little before the death of Hafiz al-Asad, resolution 768 ordained the closing of all stores selling cassettes, videos, and disks in the Kurdish language and re-emphasized the prohibition of using this language during meetings and festivities.”

Today, in almost all of the Kurdish regions in Syrian Kurdistan that witnessed these terrible abuses, Kurds have established their de-facto autonomous administrations — namely the Kobane, Cezire, and Efrin cantons.

Now, ISIS terrorists have been attacking Kurds in an attempt to rape their women, sell them on slave markets and annihilate them. On June 25, one of the worst massacres carried out by ISIS took place in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, in which at least 145 people were murdered.

This is what happens when Kurds get caught unprepared or cannot fight back. And this is why the demands that the West arm the Kurds directly, and recognize Kurdish self-rule within secure and defensible boundaries, are a matter of life and death.

Sadly, in a region which is largely marked by a lack of respect for human rights and liberties, it is only through uprisings, civil wars or Western military interventions that Kurds in their native land, Kurdistan, have been able to get some human and national rights.

At least the days when Syrian Kurds were not even given ID cards and were made stateless in their own ancient lands are about to be over. But the regimes that rule the Kurds still deny their language and culture, arrest them unlawfully, expose them to all kinds of abuses and even torture or murder them, just because they were born Kurds.

It would be much better if the states ruling over Kurds would willingly recognize Kurdish rights without shedding any blood, but that is not how the states in this region operate.

Uzay Bulut, born and raised a Muslim, is a Turkish journalist based in Ankara.

SOURCE: by Uzay Bulut
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/6101/turkey-syria-kurdish-state

[1] In an interview with Gatestone Institute.

[2] For instance, the 1973 policy of “Arab belt”, otherwise known as the “Arab cordon”, in the Kurdish Cezire region, along the Turkish border, aimed to put into practice ethnic cleansing and the dispossession of Kurds, who were classified by Syrian state authorities as “non-national” elements, and the transfer of their land to Arabs, who were regarded as “national” elements. (Source: “Syria’s Kurds: History, Politics and Society”, by Jordi Tejel, Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies, 2008.)

According to the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign, “The Arab belt resulted in the seizure of Kurdish agricultural lands (350km long and 15 km wide), and thousands of Kurdish land owners and farmers being forcibly driven from their own properties which were given to Arab settlers and farmers coming from Arab regions.”

In 1963, lieutenant Muhammed Talab al-Hilal, former chief of the Secret Services in Al-Hasakah, published a report on the Kurdish province of Cezire in which he claimed that the Kurdish people did not exist because they possessed neither “history nor civilization; language nor ethnic origin.” He also called for an increase in repressive policies in all domains in order to expunge from Cezire all signs of Kurdish identity because the Kurds were “their enemies” and “there is no difference between Kurds and Israelis, for Judistan and Kurdistan, so to speak, are of the same species.” (Source: “Syria’s Kurds: History, Politics and Society”, by Jordi Tejel, Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies, 2008.)

[3] “Syria’s Kurds: History, Politics and Society”, by Jordi Tejel, Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies, 2008.

[4] Kurds who had their Syrian citizenship revoked were registered by the Syrian authorities as “aliens”. And those who did not take part in the census became ‘unregistered’ or literally ‘concealed/hidden’. The lack of nationality and identity documents meant that the stateless Kurds, for all practical purposes, were rendered non-existent. Their basic rights to education, employment, property ownership, political participation, and legal marriage were severely limited, relegating them to the outermost margins of Syrian civil society. ‘Unregistered’ Kurds had even lower status than the ‘aliens’ and had no opportunities in Syria.

In some cases, families found out that some members were nationals and others were not. Some fathers, for instance had nationality while his brother or sister could not.

Many persons who lost their nationality later also lost rights to their property, which was seized by the government and used for the resettlement of displaced Arabs. Since the Syrian Kurds did not have citizenship in another country, they were defined as stateless under international law.

 

CDC Official Calls Obama Worst President, Amateur, Marxist After Influx of Illegal Alien Minors

Following the influx of illegal alien minors from Central America, an official at the federal agency charged with protecting public health describes Barack Obama as “the worst pres we have ever had,” an “amateur” and “Marxist,” according to internal emails obtained by Judicial Watch.

JW got the records as part of an investigation into the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) activation of an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to deal with the barrage of illegal alien minors last summer. Tens of thousands of Central Americans came into the United States through the Mexican border and contagious diseases—many considered to be eradicated in the U.S.—became a tremendous concern. The CDC, which operates under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), responded by opening an emergency facility designed to monitor and coordinate response activities to eminent public health threats.

This special emergency division was created after the 2001 terrorist attacks and has responded to more than 50 public health threats, including hurricanes, food borne disease outbreaks, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic and the Haiti cholera outbreak. Scientists from across the CDC are brought together to analyze, validate, and efficiently exchange information during a public health emergency and connect with response partners. The EOC also coordinates the deployment of CDC staff and the procurement and management of all equipment and supplies that agency responders may need during their deployment.

It’s a major and costly operation that can stick American taxpayers with a huge tab. That’s why JW launched a probe when the Obama administration took in the illegal immigrants, initially coined Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC), with open arms last summer. JW has sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for planning records involving the border crisis as well as information relating to the solicitation of “on-demand escort services” for the 65,000 UACs that remain in the U.S. Last year JW also reported that the illegal immigrant minors have brought in serious diseases, including swine flu, dengue fever, possibly Ebola virus and tuberculosis.

The CDC records obtained by JW this week include email exchanges between agency officials directly involved in the activation of the EOC to handle the health threats created by the influx of illegal alien minors last summer. In an email dated June 9, 2014, CDC Logistics Management Specialist George Roark wrote to CDC Public Health Advisor William Adams that “no country in the world would allow” the influx. Adams replies that “in ten years or less, they’ll all be voting…Commander’s intent…” Roark fires back by describing Obama as “the worst pres we have ever had…he truly is ‘the amateur’ but a Marxist too.”

George Roark

CDC Email Evidence

In an unrelated email dated June 18, 2014, CDC Intelligence Analyst Daniel Bubacz describes the situation as a, “Leave No Child on the other Side of the Border Policy.” This refers to a disastrous federal education law known as No Child Left Behind aimed at improving the long suffering academic performance of minorities in the nation’s public schools. More than a decade and tens of billions of dollars later, the measure failed to significantly increase the academic performance of the targeted demographic and is best known as a massive fleecing of taxpayer dollars.

Intelligence Analyst Daniel Bubacz

SOURCE: JUDICIAL WATCH

CBP Border Report, Week Ending July 4, 2015

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The men and women of US Customs and Border Patrol are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly 1 million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs. The border report below if from this past week’s enforcement activities.

Border Patrol Agent Saves Drowned 2-Year-Old

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif.—An off-duty San Diego Sector Border Patrol agent rescued a two-year-old boy at a local community pool on Monday.  The toddler already had sunk to the bottom of the pool and was lying motionless when the agent jumped into the…Read More

Border Patrol Finds Cocaine in Car’s 4-Wheel-Drive System

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a man suspected of drug smuggling more than 19 pounds of cocaine hidden in his vehicle’s rear axle transfer case on Wednesday. The incident…Read More

Nogales CBP Officers Seize $3.23M in Marijuana

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility seized $3,237,000 in marijuana – nearly 6,500 pounds – from a Mexican national Wednesday when he attempted to enter the United States through the Port of…Read More

Douglas CBP Officers Seize $256K in Marijuana

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national during a failed smuggling incident Wednesday evening at the Port of Douglas. Officers arrested a 36-year-old man after an inspection of his Dodge truck led to the…Read More

Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Make Significant Narcotics Seizures and Rescue Immigrants on Five Separate Cases This Week

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | LAREDO, Texas – Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector seized narcotics and rescued 17 Illegal immigrants concealed inside a tractor trailer in separate incidents this week. On June 29, 2015, Laredo North Station agents observed 5 subjects…Read More

CBP in Brownsville Seizes Over $180,000 in Heroin

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | BROWNSVILLE, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Gateway International Bridge arrested a Brownsville man in connection with an attempt to smuggle alleged heroin worth $180,000. “This hard narcotics…Read More

CBP Officers at Miami International Airport Seize Cocaine in Spray Canisters

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Miami International Airport (MIA) seized over four ounces of cocaine concealed within spray canisters in a shipment arriving from Uruguay on June 24. CBP…Read More

CBP Officers in Fort Lauderdale Arrest Man Accused of Child Molestation Using Altered Birth Certificate

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Port Everglades arrested a 65-year-old man who presented a fraudulently obtained driver’s license and an altered U.S. birth certificate…Read More

Fast Actions Save Life Of Fellow Officer

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Gregory Baker, Leslie Mathews and Joseph Casterline, from the Port of Alexandria Bay, were presented today with the CBP Commissioner’s Humanitarian Award by Rose Hilmey, acting…Read More

Passenger at Miami International Airport Arrested with Counterfeit Travel Document

Thursday, July 2, 2015 MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Miami International Airport (MIA) arrested a 29-year-old citizen of Haiti arriving from Port-au-Prince after the woman presented an alleged counterfeit…Read More

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents rescue 11 immigrants

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | FALFURRIAS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued 11 undocumented immigrants from a tractor-trailer early Thursday morning. Immigrants hidden among shipment of onions Border Patrol agents assigned to the…Read More

CBP Officers at Miami International Airport Seize Over $6 Million in Piratical Jewelry

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Miami International Airport (MIA) seized 720 pieces of piratical jewelry with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of over $6 million on June 16. The  piratical jewelry arrived…Read More

Miami Air and Marine Branch Air Assets Detect and Deter Illegal Maritime Migration

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | MIAMI — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine (OAM) aircrews and interagency partners detected and safely interdicted more than 130 migrants at sea attempting to reach south Florida shores in a dozen incidents over the…Read More

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Opens Announcement to Hire Additional CBP Officers

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | LAREDO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency responsible for securing U.S. ports of entry and international borders, is accepting applications nationwide for CBP officer positions at some air, land, and sea ports on the Southwest…Read More

CBP Officers Seize Heroin at Del Rio Port

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | DEL RIO, Texas – Federal authorities at the Del Rio Port of Entry arrested a local man, on June 29, after finding more than two pounds of alleged heroin hidden in his vehicle. “We are committed to disrupting the flow of illegal narcotics into the…Read More

Traffic Stop Foils Illegal Alien Smuggling Attempt

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | LORDSBURG, N.M. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working in southern New Mexico rescue two individuals and seize nearly a quarter of a million dollars Monday. Shortly before midnight on June 29, Lordsburg Border Patrol agents stop to assist a Hidalgo…Read More

CBP Officer Vacancy Announcement Now Open

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | PRESIDIO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency responsible for securing U.S. borders from all threats, is accepting applications nationwide for CBP officer positions. As a result of funding provided in the fiscal year 2014 budget,…Read More

Rio Grande Valley Sector agents win big at World Police and Fire Games

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | FAIRFAX, Va. – A pair of K-9 teams from the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector won several medals at the 2015 World Police and Fire Games on Saturday and Sunday. RGV Winners at World Police and Fire Games Agents Cruz Esquivel and Noe Bazan of…Read More

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents arrest two convicted criminals, one gang member

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | EDINBURG, Texas – Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector apprehended two people with criminal histories and a gang member in separate incidents over the past two days. On Monday, at approximately 11 p.m., Border Patrol agents…Read More

U.S. Recreational Vessel and Fisherman Clearance Procedures

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | WELLESLEY ISLAND, N.Y. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is announcing clearance procedures for pleasure boats arriving in the U.S. from Canada. The pleasure boat clearance procedures are part of CBP’s comprehensive efforts to improve security at…Read More

Philadelphia CBP Intercepts Another Destructive Insect New to the United States

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | PHILADELPHIA – About three weeks after intercepting two first in nation insect pests, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists in Philadelphia discovered another one, so says the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) national…Read More

CBP Reminder: Fireworks Prohibited from Entry at Ports

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | SAN DIEGO — As the Fourth of July approaches, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reminding travelers that fireworks are prohibited from entry at southern California passenger border crossings. CBP works with more than 40 other…Read More

Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize $429K in Methamphetamine and Cocaine at Port of Brownsville

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | BROWNSVILLE, Texas— Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted two loads of alleged narcotics, with a combined value of $429,000, hidden within a 1999 Dodge truck…Read More

Del Rio Sector Agents Rescue Group From Sinking Boat

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | DEL RIO, Texas – On June 30, the Comstock Station Border Patrol Lake Task Force rescued five adults and two children, from a sinking boat on Lake Amistad. At approximately 6 p.m., agents assigned to the Lake Task Force patrolling Lake Amistdad near…Read More

CBP in Florida Reminds Independence Day Travelers to ‘Know Before You Go’

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | MIAMI— U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding summer travelers across Florida of important tips to ease the entry process for both returning residents and international visitors. Summer is one of the busiest travel seasons and CBP has…Read More

Dangerous Weevil Makes Debut at International Rail Crossing

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | BUFFALO, N.Y. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at a Buffalo international rail border crossing intercepted an invasive insect, Dryophthorus corticalis, a wood-boring…Read More

CBP Receives 10th Riverine Shallow Draft Vessel

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Air and Marine (OAM), received its tenth operational Riverine Shallow Draft Vessel (RSDV), June 10, 2015. Twenty-one foot Riverine Shallow Draft Vessel The 21-foot RSDV is designed…Read More

Guns and Drugs Trigger Multiple Arrests on Bridges to Canada

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Buffalo made 10 seizures of narcotics and firearms at local border crossings over the past weekend. CBP officers at Peace Bridge, seized a handgun from a 35-year-old male U.S…Read More

Travel Tips for Fourth of July Travelers at Michigan Border Crossings

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | DETROIT – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Field Operations advises travelers planning trips across the Detroit, Port Huron and Sault Ste. Marie border crossings to have their approved travel documents and to anticipate heavy traffic during the…Read More

Agents Stop Cloned District Vehicle, Find 14 Illegal Immigrants Inside

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents from the Calexico station stopped a Ford F-150 that was disguised as an Imperial Irrigation District (IID) service vehicle and discovered 14 illegal immigrants hiding in the truck bed and…Read More

Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents rescue eight immigrants

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | FALFURRIAS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued eight undocumented immigrants from inside a refrigerated trailer late Monday night. Immigrants discovered in trailer The rescue occurred when Border Patrol…Read More

CBP Officers Seize more than $4.5 Million of Narcotics over Weekend

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry along the California/Mexico border over the weekend intercepted 864 pounds of narcotics valued at more than $4.5 million. CBP officers at the six land ports of entry…Read More

Border Patrol Agents Seize Ton of Marijuana, Cocaine, Arrest Two Smugglers

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. –Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Sonoita Station seized a ton of marijuana, one gram of cocaine and arrested two illegal aliens in a single weekend incident. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Sonoita Station seized ton…Read More

Nogales CBP Officers Seize $50K Worth of Meth

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested a Mexican couple June 28 after finding nearly 17 pounds of methamphetamine in their vehicle as they attempted to enter the United States. When officers…Read More

Eagle Pass CBP Officers Seize Marijuana at Port

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry intercepted a shipment of alleged marijuana on June 28. Around 1:30 p.m., June 28, CBP officers at Eagle Pass International Bridge I, inspected a 2003…Read More

Georgia’s First User Fee Airport Welcomes Inaugural International Flight

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 |  KEENESAW, Ga. —U.S. Customs and Border Protection Atlanta Field Office welcomed the first general aviation flight to the new customs facility now open at Cobb County International Airport. The history-making arrival touched down at 1:00 p.m. on…Read More

Minnesota and North Dakota Travel Advisory For Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | PEMBINA, N.D. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) is reminding travelers planning trips across the border into Minnesota or North Dakota to anticipate heavy traffic during the observance of Canada Day and U.S…Read More

CBP Offers Tips to Expedite Cross-Border Travel, Heavy Traffic Expected on Canada Day, 4th of July Holidays

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | ST. ALBANS, Vt. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and agriculture specialists throughout Vermont and New Hampshire are providing guidance to assist cross-border travelers who intend to travel between the U.S. and Canada during…Read More

Mexican Nationals Activate Rescue Beacon

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | YUMA, Ariz. – Wellton Station Border Patrol agents helped four undocumented Mexican nationals who activated a rescue beacon in the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge on June 26. When agents arrived at their location, all subjects were assessed and were…Read More

Yuma Border Patrol Canine Detects Drugs in Spare Tire

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | Agents removed 65 pounds of marijuana from the spare tire of a vehicle stopped at the Wellton Station’s traffic checkpoint along Interstate 8. YUMA, Ariz. –A Yuma Sector Border Patrol detection canine team assigned to Wellton Station’s Interstate…Read More

Border Patrol Explorers Graduate from Academy

Monday, June 29, 2015 | SAN DIEGO—U.S. Border Patrol San Diego Sector graduated 86 young adults at the completion of the 14th U.S. Border Patrol Explorers Academy on Saturday. Explorers await their graduation ceremony held on Saturday at Camp Pendleton. The academy was…Read More

CBP Field Operations Arrests Woman in Connection with Attempt to Smuggle Five Mexican Nationals

Monday, June 29, 2015 | HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a woman from Houston, Texas in connection with a failed smuggling attempt of five persons from Mexico. “Our officers’…Read More

CBP Officers Seize Heroin from Body Carriers

Monday, June 29, 2015 | LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry recently seized alleged heroin in two separate enforcement actions from two bus passengers at the Lincoln Juarez Bridge. “These mark the second and third…Read More

Comstock Border Patrol Agents Encounter Missing Person

Monday, June 29, 2015 | DEL RIO, Texas – On June 28, Border Patrol agents at the Comstock Checkpoint ecountered a man who was reported missing and suffering from dementia. “The men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol work hard and reamin vigilant to protect our nation’s…Read More

Nogales CBP Officers Seize $1.45M in Hard Drugs

Monday, June 29, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested five Mexican nationals and a Phoenix woman allegedly involved in separate smuggling attempts since Wednesday at the Port of Nogales, resulting in the seizure of nearly 203 pounds of…Read More

CBP Officers Stop 3 Drug Loads at Santa Teresa Port

Monday, June 29, 2015 | SANTA TERESA. N.M. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Santa Teresa port of entry seized 529 pounds of marijuana in three separate drug busts Saturday. The drugs have an estimated street value of…Read More

CBP Office of Field Operations, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry Promotes SENTRI Program

Monday, June 29, 2015 | HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry wants to encourage international travelers who cross the border frequently to take advantage of the Secure Electronic…Read More

Explorers Participate in 2015 Border Patrol Academy

Monday, June 29, 2015 | DEL RIO, Texas – On June 22, Del Rio Sector Border Patrol held the 2015 Border Patrol Explorer Academy. The academy consisted of Posts from Del Rio Station (Post 920), Brackettville Station (Post 931), Eagle Pass South Station (Post 925), and Eagle…Read More

Border Patrol Finds Narcotics Concealed in Vehicle

Monday, June 29, 2015 | SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a man suspected of drug smuggling after discovering more than $700,000 worth of heroin and cocaine were discovered in his vehicle on Saturday…Read More

Border Patrol Rescues Man Stuck in Trunk

Monday, June 29, 2015 | CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station rescued an undocumented alien from the trunk of a vehicle in downtown Calexico on Sunday. The incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m., when Border Patrol…Read More

Holiday Travel Advisory: Canada Day & Fourth of July

Monday, June 29, 2015 | BLAINE, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations, is reminding travelers planning trips across the border this holiday weekend into the United States to make sure they have their proper documents and to plan ahead…Read More

Lost Fugitive Ends up at the Peace Arch Port of Entry with Drugs

Monday, June 29, 2015 | BLAINE, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry took into custody a woman on June 22 who was wanted by Snohomish County and the Department of Corrections for alleged…Read More

US, UK Partnership Takes Aim at Illegal Vehicle Trade

Monday, June 29, 2015 | LONDON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) expanded its partnership with counterparts in the United Kingdom today in order to combat illegal vehicle trafficking. At an event at the U.S. Embassy in London, CBP and the United Kingdom National… Read More

CBP Officers in Jacksonville Recover Stolen Vehicle

Monday, June 29, 2015 | JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers recovered a stolen vehicle on June 24 in Jacksonville. The vehicle, a 2011 Toyota Corolla, was to be shipped to Ghana from an address in Duluth,…Read More