Sunday, July 26, 2009

We lost a Border Patrolman

A U.S. Border Patrol agent who was shot and killed Thursday night was responding to a potential incursion into the United States, authorities said.
Agent Robert Rosas suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene around 9 p.m. in the Campo area in San Diego County, California, said Richard Barlow of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Barlow, speaking at a Friday news conference, said authorities did not have additional details about the incident, which he said occurred near the fence that separates the U.S. and Mexico.

Other agents responded to the area and found Rosas, Barlow said
They caught three possible suspects, and the Mexicans are saying they caught four men suspected of being involved. The comment from our wonderful Homeland Security chief?
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says, “This act of violence will not stand.”
Well, I'll tell you what, secretary; if you had people more concerned with doing something about our borders and less worried about putting out bullcrap studies so the President's 'enemies' can be demonized as terrorists(when you don't want to use that word on actual terrorists), and a bunch of the politicians you work with were more concerned about our borders than with buying votes, MAYBE SOMETHING WOULD GET DONE.

Like an actual fence, maybe?


Anonymous said...

Forget the fence.

Warning signs saying, "You have now illegally entered the United States of America. Turn around immediately or you risk being shot."

Snipers with night vision goggles (so they can distinguish people from animals) & M14's (or similar).

B Woodman

Anonymous said...

B Woodman is so right!

I have said for years now, SNIPERS, SNIPERS, SNIPERS are the answer! The Snipers would get more training, and the illegals pissing on America and her laws get to meet Jesus. It's a win-win situation.

Anonymous said...

Eh, forget the snipers and NVGs, just set up a guard tower with a three man team on rotation every quarter mile with floodlights. Arm them with an M2HB + M14s with variable power optics, and if you really need to ID something, just pop a parachute flare or something. After all, the point of using NVGs is so you can see when they can't, because you don't want to violate light discipline and give away your position, but in this fixed defensive scenario, lights are acceptable. I mean, we want to deter, not just outright kill the illegals, right? Just keep the bunker/tower blacked out to avoid snipers taking out the guards.

I am not a fan of NVGs or night optics for longer range work, and by long range I mean beyond 150 yards or so on human size targets. IR scopes are pretty awesome, but they suck batteries FAST. I think visible light in a border protection scenario is the best choice.

Logistically I'd rather deploy a bunch of 60mm mortars with illum rounds than delicate, expensive night vision and IR and tons of batteries. One mortar could cover three positions, easy.

Why aren't we doing this again?