Originally Posted by robocop10mm
I am certainly not saying that the whole story is bunk. TSA may well have ben involved in some sort of operation with THP, but TSA stands for Transportation Safety Administration. I don't think their only mandate is air travel, just the most visible one. Truckers are sransportation. Motorists are transportation when using public, especially Federal, roads.
Do I like Federal involvement in local matters? Absofreakinglutely not. Do the Feds have some degree of jurisdiction on Federal roads? Sure.
I am not a blanket "the cops are right" kind of guy. I just know that when Alex Jones gets his fingers into a story, the end result is far from accurate. He is really no different than 99% of the "media" in that regard. He just takes a different slant than, say, CNBC. BS is BS no matter what breed of bull it comes from. I have smelled way too much BS come out of Mr Jones mouth to believe the stink is not there.
Robo.....fair enough, I respect your opinion, and agree with you on Alex Jones.
Here is what concerns me.....
San Pedro Valley News-Sun | Benson, Arizona > Archives > News > Sheriff upset by feds' refusal to grant access
Sheriff upset by feds' refusal to grant access
Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 7:16 PM CDT
Derek Jordan/Wick Communications
Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever said federal authorities were out of line when, acting under orders from the FBI, U.S. Border Patrol agents refused access to Cochise County deputies who responded to the scene of an incident involving a vehicle allegedly attempting to strike a Border Patrol agent on Hereford Road Monday afternoon.
"This was a clear departure - a radical departure - from anything that's been done in the past," Dever said on Wednesday.
Dever was returning from the state capitol the day of the incident, which also saw a Border Patrol agent fire his or her weapon, when he said he got the call from deputies informing him that Border Patrol agents had secured a perimeter around the scene and had launched their own investigation.
Tempers at the scene got heated, nearly culminating in a physical confrontation between the two law enforcement agencies.
"This is unprecedented. It's never happened before in my 35 years" with the sheriff's office, he said. "They have no authority to keep the sheriff or his deputies away from what is our constitutional and statutory authority to investigate."
In the past, both Border Patrol and the FBI have always respected the jurisdiction of the sheriff's office when it comes to incidents involving the Border Patrol or other federal agencies in Cochise County.
"I don't want to see that relationship destroyed because of a day of bad decisions," he said.
A parallel investigation by his office should have been conducted, but now the moment, and the evidence, are gone.
"Unfortunately, the damage is done. We don't have the physical evidence," he said. "Anything that was out there is gone. We've got nothing to take a look at but their product."
The sheriff added that by blocking off the roads in the area, the agents also prevented local residents access to their homes.
"It wasn't right. It was outside of any protocols we've ever established," he said.
When asked for comment, FBI Public Affairs Specialist for the Phoenix Division Jennifer Giannola said, "The FBI takes the relationships with our state and local partners very seriously. We value the historically good relationship we have had with Sheriff Dever and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office and we are working with him to address his concerns."
A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman in Tucson referred all inquires about the incident to the FBI.
Dever said he has spoken with local FBI representatives as well as Border Patrol and, as of Wednesday (Oct. 19), had not received an explanation as to why his deputies were refused access to the scene.
"It will not happen again. I made that clear to both of them yesterday," he said.
The sheriff's office is conducting a separate investigation into a motor vehicle collision involving Border Patrol agents who were pursuing a Dodge pickup truck that occurred in about the same area and about the same time as the first incident.
The pursuing agents eventually rear-ended the pickup truck with their SUV on Hereford Road near Copper Glance Road. The individuals in the pickup fled the scene, while two Border Patrol agents and an illegal immigrant in the SUV were transported and treated
(Derek Jordan is a reporter at the Sierra Vista Herald/ Bisbee Daily Review.)