The Southern Border - High Tech & Medieval Brutality

At the Southern border we have brutality and we have a soon-to-be implemented brand-new iteration of high tech. And they will co-exist in ways we don’t understand yet.

No, the brutality is not border guards enforcing a zero-tolerance policy. Yes, it is heartbreaking and yes, it is being portrayed as brutal, and yes, it is disturbing to watch some of those images. But the brutality is elsewhere.

Drug gangs from Mexico, looking to replace falling profits as a result of increasing decriminalization and legalization of weed in America, have not only turned to opioids and heroin. They also traffic in human beings nowadays. In other words, the increasing flow of illegals across the border, at points between the official border crossings, is driven in large part by criminal gangs seeking profits and also seeking to clog up the system and open up breaches in the security in order to smuggle in opioids and heroin in increasing amounts.

As Ben Domenech points out with forceful clarity in The Transom, the criminal gangs are also media-savvy - like ISIS in that respect - and are also reaping the dividends of the understandable outrage over the images of kids separated from their parents. It has to do with a 1997 ruling and how one cannot jail an accompanying child if the parent has been charged. As to the gangs understanding of the situation he writes:

There's something going on here that brings to mind the ignorance of the U.S. military when it came to the early days of ISIS. It's as if we refuse to acknowledge that the enemy reads the same media we do - that they can't follow coverage of the issues and understand how to manipulate the storylines to their advantage. That's clearly what is going on here, and the Trump administration's zero tolerance crackdown is playing into their hands.

So, one can imagine that they see the possibility of not only being able to act under the cover of the current anger and chaos at the border, but perhaps reap the dividends of a forced easing of AG Sessions' enforcement of the zero-tolerance policy adopted in early April. How to pushback against that? You need a coordinated media strategy and you need to wonder if using the kids as a bargaining chip was a good idea in the first place.

But there's another story going on. A company called Factom is in the final stages of a project to bring blockchain technology to allow DHS to 'hack-proof' all the data gathered along America's Southern border. It basically encodes the data gathered by all sorts of devices - from cellphones to sensors to drones to goodness-knows-what-else - that flows in constantly. And it places that encrypted data on a blockchain. In fact what it places on the blockchain is almost certainly what is called a cryptographic hash - a rather long alphanumeric in something like hexadecimal or base58 - that needs a private key to unlock it. It's high-tech and math-heavy (as all cryptography is).

So DHS will have a new way to share all this data and to analyze it. Cool, right? But the real problem remains the evil behavior of the criminal gangs along the border and throughout Mexico and Central America. To say nothing of South America. They are not just savvy; they are also brutal. Mexico is being crushed under a wave of killings and tortures that function like a medieval Machiavellian potentate, terrifying his populace into submission. And corruption in official circles in Mexico and its attendant complicity is, as usual, an ugly part of the picture.

How the hell does a blockchain help in this type of environment? Well, it provides an increasingly useful data flow that can spot and help border guards detain illegal activity. But it cannot establish peace and order in Mexico nor in Central America. How to solve that problem will be a divisive and bloody issue facing America. One that America can only participate in at a minimum of at least one degree of separation. It's basically Mexico's and Guatemala's and Honduras' problem even if America can help in various ways.

Let's hope that partisan politics can be set aside, at some point, in order to give aid and support to allow these countries to avoid a Venezuelan style collapse and instead behave more like better versions of Colombia. Because legalizing drugs will not be enough. The gangs will look for another prohibited activity from which to garner criminal rents.

Yes AG Sessions is right. This is a moral problem. But we'll need way more than Romans 13 to solve it, especially when your zero-tolerance is playing into the cartels's hands. When evil is undermining the civil state and rendering asunder the moral fabric of a country, how the hell do you submit to its failed authority? How do you honor a failed state? Which is what Mexico and parts of Central America, as Domenech points out, are on their way to becoming.

America may have to choose between the only nation-building that makes sense - that involving nations in its own backyard - and an increasing flood of refugees and drugs across its Southern border.

Posted by Keeley at June 19, 2018 5:15 PM
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Let’s hope that partisan politics can be set aside?
Partisan politics are the reason people are blaming US Immigration law instead of those actually responsible for the problems.

Posted by: kctim at June 20, 2018 9:02 AM
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Babble on author, Tramp has just added kidnapping to his treason and espionage.

Posted by: ohrealy at June 20, 2018 10:26 AM
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‘Tramp’ is also “creating a zombie army of children forcibly injected with medications that make them dizzy, listless, obese and even incapacitated.”

Posted by: kctim at June 20, 2018 3:18 PM
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With a stroke of the pen, Trump rescinded the separation of parents and children at the border.

“Only Congress can fix this.”
HHS Nielson, 6/18/2018

Well… the thing about that is… No. That was a lie. Trump told that lie many times, too. But after 600 officials from AG Sessions’s Methodist church announced they would prosecute him under church law, and after the Pope denounced American immigration policy, along with the leaders of Canada and the UK, Trump folded. Sad day for bigots and racists and American Neo-Nazis. As Corey Lewandowski said, “Waa waa.” But let’s remember the immortal words recorded by the likes of Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbuagh, Ann Coulter, AG Sessions, and even our own righties on WB. Their bigotry and racism and hatred is now a matter of record, and boy, it is a doozy.

Big problems remain. The Zero Tolerance Policy was implemented by the Trump administration without any planning. No one seems to have though anything through. I don’t know why these people are so incompetent, but one thing is for sure- they are really, really incompetent. The content of their policies are bad enough, but then they enact them without the slightest idea of what they are doing, or what will happen.

It is as if the local police population decided on a Zero Tolerance Policy for speeding, and started jailing everyone for misdemeanors, just as the Trump did jailing illegal immigrants for misdemeanors. Suddenly there are hundreds, and then thousands of people guilty, but no one to try them, and now where to incarcerate them.

We are about to see the same thing happen next.

Posted by: phx8 at June 20, 2018 3:56 PM
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We can always count on our Liberal Pal phx8 to be mistaken or to simply write untruths.

Does phx8 know who writes our nations laws?

Does phx8 know who is responsible for enforcing our nations laws?

Does phx8 understand that the president of the United States is not empowered, by our Constitution, to both write laws and enforce laws.

Do members of congress, who are tearing up over the enforcement of laws they wrote and passed, admit a mistake in passing those laws? Do they take responsibility for those laws?

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 20, 2018 4:17 PM
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Hate to tell you this Phx8, but the ‘problem’ has not been fixed. Until Congress changes the law, any President can choose to enforce it any time they want.

Have to say that I am disappointed that Trump caved to your all’s new found ‘concern’ over separating families though. I have to agree with Obama on this one.

Posted by: kctim at June 20, 2018 4:21 PM
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To much time in the grocery store line again phx8.

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at June 20, 2018 4:42 PM
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For those Liberals who can read…and comprehend, this is an interesting quote from President Obama.

“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive orders, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed - and I know that everybody here at Bell is studying hard, so you know that we’ve got three branches of government. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws.

“There are enough laws on the books that are very clear in terms of how we enforce our immigration system that for me to, simply through executive order, ignore these constitutional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president. That does not mean, though, that we can’t make decisions, for example, to emphasize enforcement on those who’ve engaged in criminal activity.”

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 20, 2018 4:50 PM
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The content of their policies are bad enough, but then they enact them without the slightest idea of what they are doing, or what will happen… jailing illegal immigrants for misdemeanors. Suddenly there are hundreds, and then thousands of people guilty, but no one to try them, and now where to incarcerate them..Posted by: phx8 at June 20, 2018 3:56 PM

The purpose is to create a new outrage to distract attention from all the other previous ones, and other criminal activity. There is so much that few people are able to remember most of it. This kidnapping outrage was too far even for the spineless. We have no evidence that the kidnapping has stopped yet, and the stolen children are being housed away from any relations, who are still being threatened by ICE. People have been deported without their children, creating a legal liability for the nation, and criminal liability for all those involved. IOW, we have the right wing party in charge of everything.

Posted by: ohrealy at June 20, 2018 5:55 PM
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Caught about 20 minutes of Limbaugh this morning. It was all the same. Everything about the horrendous fallout from the Zero Tolerance Policy is some one else’s fault- liberals, Democrats, Obama, Hillary Clinton, the media. On WB, conservatives are conducting arguments in an echo chamber about the difference between laws enacted by Congress and executive orders.

The fallout from this national nightmare will last a long time. They reportedly lost track of hundreds of young children at the border, and no one knows how the little ones will ever be reunited with their families. Meanwhile, families are being kept together from here in, but there is no where to house them and not enough judges to give hearings to the asylum seekers.

Trump referred them as people who came here to “infest” the country, as if they are all gangsters or somehow deserving of blame. Make no mistake. Trump’s vocabulary is right out of Nazi Germany. Now we are setting up detainment camps in the desert, tent cities. This is a black eye for America that will last a long, long time.

Posted by: phx8 at June 20, 2018 6:58 PM
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You have seen the facts that this family separation has been going on way before Trump. You choose to ignore those facts so that you can pretend it’s something new and just ramble back and forth with a cheerleading parrot who thinks the latest biased opinions are facts. But you claim others are in an ‘echo chamber?’ FFS

Trump said democrats want illegal aliens to ‘pour into and infest our Country,’ because you can’t win on your ‘terrible policies’ and will need ‘potential voters.’

You guys never consider the negative results of your emotional reactions, do you?
Non-Americans are flooding our border. Some have been coached on gaming the system, some illegally enter, and few actually do need asylum. This has created a tremendous strain on our system and resources.
You expressed faux outrage about separating families, Trump caved and you got your way. Common sense says there now won’t be even less space so they are creating temporary space. But now your faux outrage is directed at the type of temporary space?

If anything is ‘right out of Nazi Germany’ it’s been the lefts mass use of propaganda.

Posted by: kctim at June 21, 2018 8:52 AM
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While you are shining up the jack boots and staring at your own reflection, allow me to make a few observations:

The zero tolerance policy is new. Separating children from their parents is a self-inflicted humanitarian disaster. There is no “faux outrage.” There is, however, real outrage. It has been denounced by every First Lady, the Pope, more than 600 members of the United Methodist Church that Sessions belongs to, the leaders of the U.K. and Canada, and many more.

The US has withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council.

Airlines are refusing to fly children to other states for ICE.

Protestors in Portland shut down the ICE center.

When Trump uses words like “infest” or “breeding” to describe migrants, he uses the kind of vocabulary used by Nazis. Its purpose is to dehumanize. Trump also routinely tries to associate immigrants at the southern border with “rapists,” “criminals,” and MS-13 gang members, as if they are dangerous criminals, or some kind of threat.
They are not, and there is no evidence to suggest they are any different from the US population as a whole.

In fact, an estimated 91% of immigrants at the southern border are there for the first time. Some flee poverty. Some seek asylum. They will not be deterred from leaving countries like Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador because people will not be deterred form fleeing a burning house. They are risking it all to come here.

They are being charged with a misdemeanor. Under the zero tolerance party, everyone will be charged and detained in camps for a misdemeanor. No provisions were made for this policy, no plans, no ramping up, nothing. It is a total disaster and it is going to get worse, much worse. The DOJ is bring 21 JAGs, military lawyers, to the southern states to prosecute poor people for the crime of wanting to be American and crossing the border to do it. The DOJ does not have sufficient resources to prosecute all those people.

This means the DOJ will not be concerning itself with terrorists, murderers, and other serious threats; instead, its resources will be devoted to incarcerating people at the border and prosecuting them, and it will draw additional resources from the military, even though this is obviously not a national security threat.

Hey! I thought the economy was supposed to be good and unemployment was really low. Why would this create “a tremendous strain on our system and resources?” We NEED people to fill jobs, and we need them to contribute to Social Security and fill in the demographic shortfall. We are a nation of immigrants, and we need more.

Posted by: phx8 at June 21, 2018 10:34 AM
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“When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!”
Donald Trump, March 2, 2018

The Trade War is heating up. Stock market is down again. YTD people are losing money, as measured by the DJIA. The Chinese tariffs kick in next month, and if that happens, Katie bar the door. Somebody better stop Trump and that idiot at Commerce, Ross. If nobody stops them this Trade War will get bad, fast.

Like the zero tolerance policy, this is a self-inflicted wound. It is totally unnecessary.

Posted by: phx8 at June 21, 2018 11:21 AM
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The DOJ is bring 21 JAGs, military lawyers, to the southern states to prosecute poor people… Posted by: phx8 at June 21, 2018 10:34 AM

Because the Tramp administration is so ignorant they think all lawyers can practice any kind of law, like they’re running a soap opera. Militarizing and bringing in the military as the solution to all problems is another symptom of fascism. They’re going to prosecute the children they’ve kidnapped as criminals.

I tried reading War on Peace, but didn’t like the way it was written. His basic point is that so much that used to be done by diplomats is now being turned over to the military.

Posted by: ohrealy at June 21, 2018 11:39 AM
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Well then, while you are attempting to deflect and avoid facts with dishonest and absolutely ridiculous comparisons to nazi’s, allow me to offer some truth:

The zero tolerance policy does not separate families, the law does. While it has separated more families, it was done under other Presidents and is nothing new. IF the outrage was real and actually about the separation of families, it would have been an issue for you long before Trump was President.

Yes, we withdrew from the same BS UN council that other presidents thought they could change from the inside and failed at doing so. A council whose members make a mockery out of the idea of human rights.

I don’t care about the airlines. If they won’t help their country, they don’t deserve help from their country.

The only people who care about leftist ‘protests’ are leftists.

Fact: Our country has a severe illegal alien problem that has become a huge burden and caused damage to it and its people.
Fact: Rapists, criminals and gang members ARE coming across the border.
Fact: Illegal aliens are NOT US citizens and that makes them different than US citizens and LEGAL immigrants.
Fact: We have laws to legally enter our country. Your want or need does not allow you to circumvent those laws.
Fact: ‘Poor people’ are not being prosecuted for wanting to be American, they are being prosecuted for breaking the law.

“Why would this create “a tremendous strain on our system and resources?”

The tents and extra judges that YOU mentioned doesn’t give you a clue?

“We NEED people to fill jobs, and we need them to contribute to Social Security and fill in the demographic shortfall. We are a nation of immigrants, and we need more.”

And we have an immigration policy to do exactly that. This isn’t about immigrants, it’s ALL about ILLEGAL immigrants.
And you have the nerve to complain about how Trump uses words.

Posted by: kctim at June 21, 2018 11:59 AM
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The zero tolerance policy separated families. It was a POLICY, not a law, and the separations began at the beginning of May 2018.

So, you don’t care about the US taking a leadership role on the Human Rights Council, or not even belonging. OK.

So, you don’t care about airlines refusing to be complicit in inhumane policies. OK.

“Our country has a severe illegal alien problem that has become a huge burden and caused damage to it and its people.”

Only because the law results in them crossing illegally. If we changed the law, the burden and damage would no longer exist. Require passports, do a background check, maybe two days of citizenship classes, and Welcome to America for our newest citizens!

“The tents and extra judges that YOU mentioned doesn’t give you a clue?”

The strain and burden is caused by the zero tolerance policy.

This situation is going to get a lot worse, and as time passes, this will be judged as one of the darker periods in our history.

Posted by: phx8 at June 21, 2018 12:39 PM
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Phx8, everyday kids throughout the world are separated from their parents due to crimes they commit. What pray tell is so special for a person who ILLEGALLY enters the U. S. that they be spared. There are 9 counselate offices and 1 Embassy in Mexico that these people who are claiming asylum can go to and not be subjected to seperation. But alas lefties would rather these people travel 100’s of miles through unknown dangers and enter ILLEGALLY the U. S. Seems to me phx8 your compassion is misplaced.

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at June 21, 2018 2:13 PM
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Sigh. There is no blanket policy of separating families at the border and families were being separated long before May 2018.
There are immigration laws and rules for processing and punishing those who break those laws. Because of that, families were already being separated BEFORE the zero tolerance policy. The zero tolerance policy contributed to the separation of MORE families.
Even left-wing media like Vox and CNN is now admitting that.

So, you think the US should be members with those guilty of committing human rights violations, ok.

So, you think airlines shouldn’t respect US law, ok.

“Only because the law results in them crossing illegally.”

LOL. Yes, they are illegal because they broke the law.
If you think lessening requirements and time is the answer, go for it. It’ll create a much heavier and dangerous burden for us, but go luck.

“The strain and burden is caused by the zero tolerance policy.”

Well, it actually does contribute to it, I’ll you that. But seasonal influx, coaching, help from leftist immigration groups, and the lax enforcement under Obama are probably much more responsible.

As far as it getting worse, I guess that all depends on how many people believe the lefts propaganda, and how many people believe the truth.

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