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Mexican Drug Cartels Infiltrating U.S. Border, Immigration and Transportation Agencies

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Aired 3/11/10

US Customs and Border Protection officials say Mexican drug cartels are infiltrating federal law enforcement agencies. But, officials say they don't have the resources to weed out all of the corrupt officers.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say Mexican drug cartels are infiltrating federal law enforcement agencies. But, officials say they don't have the resources to weed out all of the corrupt officers.

U.S. Border Patrol agents carry out special operations near the US-Mexico border fence near the rural town of Campo, some 60 miles east of San Diego, California, July 30, 2009.
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Above: U.S. Border Patrol agents carry out special operations near the US-Mexico border fence near the rural town of Campo, some 60 miles east of San Diego, California, July 30, 2009.

Customs and Border Protection Assistant Commissioner James Tomshceck told a Senate panel that 60 percent of agents hired recently may be unsuitable for employment. Tomshceck called it alarming.

This comes as drug cartels in Mexico try to get their people hired as U.S. Customs agents and as cartels try to corrupt existing ones.

TJ Bonner, is president of the union that represents Border Patrol agents. He says it's no wonder cartels have been able to infiltrate.

"They are bringing people on board without giving them a thorough background investigation. Teaching them all the tricks of the trade, giving them access to the keys to the kingdom, and then as an afterthought completing a less than thorough background investigation," says Tomsheck.

Customs and Border Protection officials say a shortage of inspectors means just 10 percent of new hires get polygraph tests -- 60 percent fail.

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Avatar for user 'arnoldbowers1'

arnoldbowers1 | March 12, 2010 at 5:49 a.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

This is pure ignorance. If they can test over 1 million big rig drivers for drugs and driving record yearly they can check the less than 300,000 Border Patrol Agents if they wish. I know as a big truck driver we are checked at least 3 times a year and without failure.
The only reason they do not wish to check the BP Agents is they don't wish to or they wish to paint a big picture with water colors on a river bottom that floods 2 or 3 times a year to wash away the lies and deceit.
We need the Agents to be Polygraphed if necessary 2 or 3 time a year without fail if they are that much corruption down and up there.

Frank Bowers of Austin, TX

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Avatar for user 'malcolmkyle'

malcolmkyle | March 12, 2010 at 11:10 a.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

Is anybody really surprised at all this corruption?

Prohibition is a sickening horror and the massive corruption and ocean of human wreckage it has left in its wake is almost endless.

Based on the unalterable proviso that drug use is essentially an unstoppable and ongoing human behavior which has been with us since the dawn of time, any serious reading on the subject of past attempts at any form of drug prohibition would point most normal thinking people in the direction of sensible regulation. By its very nature prohibition cannot fail but create a vast increase in criminal activity, and rather than preventing society from descending into anarchy, it actually fosters an anarchic business model - the international Drug Trade. Any decisions concerning quality, quantity, distribution and availability are then left in the hands of unregulated, anonymous, ruthless drug dealers, who are interested only in the huge profits involved.

Prohibition ideology is based on lies and the 'War on Drugs' is a de facto 'war on people' (some might even successfully argue that it's a de facto race war). Prohibition has decimated generations and criminalized millions for a behavior which is entwined in human existence, and for what other purpose than to uphold the defunct and corrupt thinking of a minority of misguided, self-righteous Neo-Puritans and degenerate demagogues who wish nothing but unadulterated destruction on the rest of us!

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Avatar for user 'Linna'

Linna | March 12, 2010 at 4:51 p.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

I knew this would happen. They do not care about our children.
They do not even care about their own children.
They could come up with some nice products, but no.

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