On Tuesday, 20 July 2004, two members of American Border Patrol smuggled a simulated suitcase nuke across the border west of Naco, Arizona.
This was done in what is now the busiest stretch of the border for illegal alien traffic with a high concentration of Border Patrol agents. Both men were dressed in a para-military style that was very conspicuous in that area. Radio chatter indicated they had been spotted at least once, but they managed to evade all Border Patrol ground and air assets, a major achievement considering they were videotaping the entire escapade as they went. After a few miles on foot, they escaped from the primary enforcement zone through the simple expedient of lying down in the exposed bed of a pick-up truck sent to retrieve them.
The stunt was designed to demonstrate that the Border Patrol still does not have anything like adequate resources to do its job.
The video shot by Mike and Mike was immediately broadcast over the internet, local TV stations showed it as well, and it made it into the Tucson newspapers -- still no national exposure, but we can repeat similar stunts at will.
Our local Border Patrol agents work their butts off, but until they get the manpower and logistics they need, its just an exercise in frustration for them and the residents of Cochise County.
What would they say if our federal government decided to just let them go, eliminated their positions, thanked them for their work, and sent them off into the private sector? Would they be able to handle that?