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Border Insecurity: Heavily-Armed Texas Gunboats Now Patrolling the Rio Grande
Stand With Arizona ^ | 07-12-2012 | John Hill

Posted on 07/11/2012 8:53:13 PM PDT by montag813

by John Hill
Stand With Arizona

The border is “safer than ever”. So says DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. Again and again.

Barack Obama has mocked those who say the border is unsafe: “Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat. They’ll never be satisfied.”

But for Texans, the Rio Grande is wide open - thanks to Federal failure to secure it  - and is a growing threat to the safety of citizens and law enforcement, on land and water.

In January we chronicled how ranchers in the Rio Grande Valley were stocking up on AK-47s to defend their property and lives from border violence, after months of being outgunned by Mexican cartel gunmen.

Now, to deal with the Federal failure to secure the river and the drug and human smugglers who use it, Texas Department of Public Safety  has deployed gunboats on the river, armed with major firepower. DPS now has 4 shallow-water vessels (to soon grow to 6), each armed with six M-240, 30-caliber automatic machine guns that fire 900 rounds per minute.

Each of the boats, equipped with armor-plating, night vision equipment and a small arsenal of weaponry, costs about $580,000.

Troopers patrolling the border say the expense is justified, considering the ruthless nature of their adversaries in the Mexican drug cartels. What they fear, more than anything else, is the prospect of an ambush.

"They’ve got radios, they’ve got their telephones, there’s somebody right here in this abandoned house right here," Lt. Charley Goble says, gesturing to people hanging around on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. "There’s somebody there now. They’re watching what we’re doing."

Several times last year and again this past March, Texas DPS and Rangers have come under fire from the Mexican side, or from cartel boats right on the river. The cartels have grown increasingly bold and are more heavily armed every few months, as the battle continues to intensify.

In the Rio Grande Valley, in addition to the ranchers arming with AK's, several Afghan nationals were also detained this past February, as border crossing traffic from potential terrorists, as well as human smugglers shifts to Texas in the wake of Arizona's crackdown. Texas has become a "hot zone" for escalating border dangers.

Meanwhile, in D.C., Obama and Big Sis say "What Me Worry?" as Texas deals with the abject failure that is this administration border insecurity.

We need new leadership in Washington that will get the job done. But until then, Texas' finest are on the job, and we salute them.

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1 posted on 07/11/2012 8:53:24 PM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813
Texas Department of Public Safety has deployed gunboats on the river, armed with major firepower.

Put wheels on them and drive um into Dallas, Houston, etc.

Target rich environments.

2 posted on 07/11/2012 8:55:52 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: montag813
Eat lead ya long-eared, fur-bearin' mugs! Cowboy with Thompson submachine gun
3 posted on 07/11/2012 9:05:33 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: dragnet2
We got choppers with FLIR for that...


4 posted on 07/11/2012 9:07:48 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: montag813

I hear we have state of the art bean bag shooting technology.


5 posted on 07/11/2012 9:09:13 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: tumblindice

My father was an armorer when he was in Europe during WWII. He worked on Quad-50’s and Bofors.

I could see Quad-50’s on such a boat with a few anti-tank weapons for good measure.


6 posted on 07/11/2012 9:10:13 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Texas Fossil

http://www.rt66.com/~korteng/SmallArms/PrincipalWeapons.htm

“Quad .50: A half-track mounting four .50s capable of being fired as a unit. Developed as an anti-aircraft weapon, as an antipersonnel weapon it was capable of hurling an immense amount of fire into hillsides and valleys against advancing infantry, or long-range harassing fire against enemy movement routes at night. Firing as many as 100,000 rounds a day, the Quad .50 could go over hills like a vacuum cleaner, sucking them devoid of life.”

The Germans had something similar, a `Werbel’ (Whirlwind’)? and used it a lot after they lost control of the air.
That’d work!

I was thinking of something the Marines used— 4 recoilless rifles? An Ontos(?) That might be even better for cartel caravan work.


7 posted on 07/11/2012 9:17:03 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: tumblindice
“When all six weapons were fired at once, the back blast from the firing knocked bricks out of a nearby building and knocked the rear windows out of several cars.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontos

Blast from the back of the recoil-less rifles is not insignificant.

8 posted on 07/11/2012 9:38:33 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: montag813

“...armed with six M-240, 30-caliber automatic machine guns that fire 900 rounds per minute.”
Thus providing the illusion of security. Does anyone here actually believe that the State of Texas would be authorized to use those guns?


9 posted on 07/11/2012 9:38:40 PM PDT by STYRO (Do not accept unconstitutional government as legitimate government.)
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To: montag813

It seems to me the government is going out of it’s way to provoke the decent citizens of the United States so it can declare open season on them.

I can honestly say that I think there’s some credence to the idea city ops in Iraq an Afghanistan were mere practice for what at least some government officials knew was coming, if they could just arrange it.

They’ve sure been working overtime on it.


10 posted on 07/11/2012 9:42:56 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Remove all Democrats from the Republican party, and we won't have much Left, just a lot of Right.)
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To: Texas Fossil
Blast from the back of the recoil-less rifles is not insignificant.

Well, it will roast your body hair and light the cigar in your mouth!

11 posted on 07/11/2012 9:44:41 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: montag813

Border INsecurity? The folks on those boats did not look INsecure to me.


12 posted on 07/11/2012 9:45:08 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: montag813

BTW: Texans, God speed...

The decent citizens out here are right behind you.

Mexico is going to push it’s luck too far one of these days and it could result in a two way fight across the border for a change.


13 posted on 07/11/2012 9:47:06 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Remove all Democrats from the Republican party, and we won't have much Left, just a lot of Right.)
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To: montag813

Good, maybe the residents of the four border states will get it through their thick skulls that the feds are actively endorsing an open border policy with mexico. Repel the invaders, and pay no heed to the feds. They refuse to do their job as mandated by the Constitution, so they can go f@!$ off, we’ll take care of the problem. They made their bed, now they can lay in it. It’s out of their hands now. America is for the people, by the people, and the people can look out after themselves.


14 posted on 07/11/2012 9:52:42 PM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Bofors twin mount like the AA mounts on WWII USN ships.


15 posted on 07/11/2012 9:53:15 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: montag813

I wonder if they will tell us when they bag their first illegal crosser.


16 posted on 07/11/2012 10:40:37 PM PDT by tdscpa
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To: montag813

I say they should put sharks with frickin’ laser beams on their heads in the Rio Grande River.


17 posted on 07/11/2012 10:44:43 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: montag813

Rick Perry sucks.
Someone on FR told me so. /s


18 posted on 07/11/2012 11:02:12 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: STYRO

NG Units are under the command of the state, unless federalized for a national emergency. NG Guard units ARE the Army. They have ALL the Army’s current equipment, plus armories full of all kinds of interesting stuff, including I am sure, a Thompson or two.


19 posted on 07/11/2012 11:17:14 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and FU Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: montag813

“Heavily-Armed Texas Gunboats Now Patrolling the Rio Grande”

Git Ur Dun!!!!!!!!!!!


20 posted on 07/11/2012 11:33:36 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: montag813

“Heavily-Armed Texas Gunboats Now Patrolling the Rio Grande”

Git Ur Dun!!!!!!!!!!!


21 posted on 07/11/2012 11:33:45 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: samadams2000

Don’t tell WH. They’d want to use it for cornholing.


22 posted on 07/12/2012 3:10:05 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: montag813
How did the voters of Arizona ever elect Janet Napolitano as governor?

TWICE!!!
23 posted on 07/12/2012 3:25:46 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: tumblindice; Texas Fossil

Freeper Foxhole on the Ontos

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-vetscor/1827176/posts

Regards

alfa6 ;>}


24 posted on 07/12/2012 3:46:45 AM PDT by alfa6 (...Moderation is for monks RAH)
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To: DoughtyOne
Mexico is going to push it’s luck too far one of these days and it could result in a two way fight across the border for a change.

LT. Patton, take you men over that hill and see what's going on in that Hacienda.

Back when the U.S. had some stones.

25 posted on 07/12/2012 4:23:38 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: STYRO

Thus providing the illusion of security. Does anyone here actually believe that the State of Texas would be authorized to use those guns?
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These boats are manned by the Texas Dept. of Public Safety, and don’t require authorization from the Obama Admin. to put them to use to protect legal Texas citizens and their properties.


26 posted on 07/12/2012 4:47:36 AM PDT by octex
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To: Paleo Conservative
How did the voters of Arizona ever elect Janet Napolitano as governor?
TWICE!!!

Easy. It seems Arizona is like FL in that it attracts Liberals from other states to its more populous counties, real California fruit and nut cases+ New Yawkuz of the Georgia-O'Keefe on the wall variety. Sheriff Joe serves in just one county. Many of Arizona's other Sheriffs are hardcore Lib-Panderers.

Voter fraud is not exactly unknown here, either. The national psyche is shot, dude. About half of us would vote for Hugo Chavez if he would offer to pay the cable bill. Napoletano? Think of her as the sexually ambiguous high-level HR slickster that now infects every American organization.

Napoletano in the State House and a drooling old fool in the Senate at the same time .... that musta been somethin'!! The new lady governor talked tough for about 15 minutes .... who knows where she'll turn next. If one "Republican" had any nerve, Obama would not be on the Arizona ballot come November.

27 posted on 07/12/2012 6:10:17 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and FU Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: Paleo Conservative; mickie
"How did the voters of Arizona ever elect Janet Napolitano as governor?"

Easy question.....they thought they were voting for Judge Napolitano.

Come to think of it, she DOES resemble him a lot.

Leni

28 posted on 07/12/2012 6:42:55 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: octex

The DPS answers to the governor, not to the national govt.
In the last year, I have seen beaucoup DPS cars south of the federal checkpoints along the border, profiling, stopping young hispanic males. Rarely see feds south of the checkpoints.


29 posted on 07/12/2012 7:13:01 AM PDT by Texas resident (November 6 - Vote Against obama)
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To: Kenny Bunk; octex

Doesn’t matter who is behind the guns. My point is THEY WON’T FIRE THEM. Wake up, it’s all for show. More to the point, to make us stupid Americans think the border is guarded when it is not.


30 posted on 07/12/2012 8:06:40 AM PDT by STYRO (Do not accept unconstitutional government as legitimate government.)
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To: dragnet2

Does anyone know where the legal border is, middle of the river, Mexican side,US side?


31 posted on 07/12/2012 9:07:28 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: STYRO

“Does anyone here actually believe that the State of Texas would be authorized to use those guns?”

This is Texas with Texans in the gunboats. They sure as he!! will shoot.

I suspect their ROE is very clear and may very well include attacks by the Mexican military.

And as far as authorization.... We don’t give a tinker’s D@mn who thinks they have the power to authorize anything now.

I would love to see what weapons on those boats have not been made public. They most likely would curl your hair.


32 posted on 07/12/2012 10:38:14 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: buffaloguy

HAHAHA. You keep drinking that kool aid there buffaloguy. Freepmail me if you hear of these guys shooting anything. I won’t be holding my breath.


33 posted on 07/12/2012 12:42:58 PM PDT by STYRO (Do not accept unconstitutional government as legitimate government.)
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To: tumblindice

I have been wanting a copy of that add for a long time! Thank you!


34 posted on 07/12/2012 12:56:10 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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