Illegal invasion and Obama’s Twighlight Zone border security

July 9, 2014

Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine was visiting the Fort Sill military complex in his home state and decided to visit the illegal immigrant processing center the federal government had recently opened on base.  Shockingly, he was denied entry and told that he would have to return on July 21st for the next scheduled “tour”.

In light of recent media exposure HHS has since invited him to a July 10th media tour (when the House is in session so he can’t attend) but has stipulated the following rules:  No recording devices, No questions allowed, No interaction with staff or children, no on-site interviews with HHS staff, and that all photos will be government provided after the tour. (If I remember my history correctly the Germans and Japanese had similar rules regarding Red Cross POW camp visits during WWII.)

Last week, the Mayor of Murrieta, CA was ignored by Department of Homeland Security officials when he asked their plans for the busloads of illegal immigrants DHS was trying to move through his town.  Reports this week show DHS contemplating using riot geared agents to force the buses through.  (Perhaps fearing a national backlash against black clad federal agents complete with riot gear regalia beating back American citizens DHS has backed off temporarily and is using chartered jets instead.)

At Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, private security agents contracted with the Department of Health and Human Services calling themselves the “Brown Shirts” have threatened healthcare workers with arrest if they publicly discuss the diseases and public health risks inside the processing center.  Cell phones are not allowed and in a recent American Dispatch report, commentator Todd Starnes quoted one counselor: “It was a very submissive atmosphere…Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws.”

Americans of a certain age can be forgiven for thinking they’ve been transported into one of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone episodes they watched in their youth.  The reality pouring across our southern border and spreading across the country is far closer to a science fiction script than the rule of law and Constitutional concepts they have known all their lives.

And in what has become a far too often occurrence of late, the public is forced to choose between the “official statements” of administration officials and the contradictory reports being leaked by the workers and agents on the front lines.

Reports, that tell at best, the story of a government fudging the truth, at worst, a government out of control.

Many know President Eisenhower’s warning of the “potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power” from an emerging military industrial complex but how many know his other warnings?

Warnings of an ever enlarging Federal government that posed “the danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite” and that “we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”

But alas, Eisenhower was ignored and we now face an Administrative Regulatory Complex more powerful than he could have ever imagined.

What started as an agency here, a program there, has grown into a very separate and most decidedly unequal fourth branch of government.  Complete with armed paramilitary forces and thousands of like-minded bureaucrats answerable to no one but their own, it gets bolder with each passing day.

As a dear friend recently put it:  “Who’s government is this anyway?”

Sound dire?  It should. Because it is.

Publisher’s Note:  A version of this column first appeared in the July 9, 2014 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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