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Homeland Security Demands “Obedience” in Message to Agents
The New American ^ | Thursday, 28 March 2013 18:00 | Alex Newman

Posted on 03/29/2013 7:41:25 PM PDT by Red Steel

The Obama administration and its controversial Department of Homeland Security are under fire for sending what is being described as a “chilling” message to U.S. Border Patrol agents demanding “obedience,” Liberty News Network (LNN) national correspondent and law-enforcement advocate Andy Ramirez revealed in an exclusive video report (see below) calling for Congress to investigate. The word “obedience” was defined on the official TV screens as: “quickly and cheerfully carrying out the direction of those who are responsible for me.”

Reliable sources inside the agency confirmed to Ramirez, who also serves as president of the Law Enforcement Officers Advocates Council (LEOAC), that the controversial message demanding “obedience” was displayed for agents on TV monitors in the San Diego and Tucson sectors last week. In his explosive video for LNN exposing the scheme, Ramirez also provided a picture of the “propaganda” graphic that he obtained from a source within Customs and Border Protection (CBP) who requested anonymity (see photo above).

“This ‘Obedience’ order just continues a long recent history of intimidation going back to the 2004 ‘gag order’ by then-Chief David Aguilar,” Ramirez told The New American in an interview, referring to a controversial non-disclosure agreement purporting to bar agents from releasing important information to lawmakers and the media. “The primary point of this all is to purge the patrol of experienced agents who refuse to go along to get along.”

Calling for congressional hearings to investigate the controversial “obedience” message, Ramirez said the scheme was frightening. “Cheerfully?!” he exclaimed about the graphic, sounding bewildered. “Responses I’m hearing from sources at the Border Patrol include the words Orwellian, creepy, sickening, craziness, Nazi handbook — and those are just the ones I can actually repeat.”

Ramirez also wondered what happens to Border Patrol agents who do not “cheerfully” engage in “obedience” upon demand, especially if orders included instructions to violate the Constitution, for example. “Do they go to one of the long-rumored FEMA camps guarded by employees and DHS armored personnel carriers?” he asked. “Perhaps we hear loudspeakers playing ‘Deutschland, Deutschland Uber Alles’ — something out of Hitler’s Nazi Germany?”

Alternatively, Ramirez speculated half-seriously, there could be an even more chilling fate awaiting those who refuse to carry out unlawful or unconstitutional orders. “Are they now classified as domestic terrorists, in which case a yet-to-be-identified official at the Department of Justice can have them taken out with a drone strike?” he wondered. “As we just heard in recent congressional hearings, that’s pretty much what can now happen; a drone strike on an individual who is considered a terrorist on U.S. soil.”

According to Ramirez, both the Border Patrol and Customs have already engaged in a number of “purges” where agents close to retirement were forced to retire even though they still had room for advancement. “They want employees who are loyal to DHS and CBP, which is why the old BP logos and decals have been pretty much removed off the vehicles,” the LNN correspondent told The New American in an exclusive interview.

“Agencies like CBP, ICE, TSA, and the like were placed under DHS' roof for command and control purposes,” Ramirez continued. “However the real purpose has been to keep the facts from reaching the public. In point of fact, DHS is a propaganda ministry in its own right, given the blatant misinformation released by top officials. In the wrong hands it could easily act in a way similar to ‘State Security’.”

In addition to exposing the controversial image used to condition Border Patrol agents into blind obedience, Ramirez took the opportunity to blast the agency’s leadership as well. “As the Border Patrol enters its 89th year since it was established, there is no figure who has done more to destroy this honorable agency than David Aguilar and his handpicked cronies, including current national Chief Mike Fisher,” he said.

The longtime advocate for Border Patrol agents, who has testified before Congress on multiple occasions, also noted that management was destroying morale. Among other concerns, Ramirez pointed to pay increases for top leadership amid sequester even as agents face potentially massive pay cuts. He blasted what he said was top officials’ efforts to prevent agents from enforcing U.S. immigration laws, too.

Another concern highlighted by Ramirez was the U.S. government’s willingness to “sacrifice agents as scalps through the Justice Department upon request of the Mexican government.” He was referring, of course, to the now-infamous prosecution of Border Patrol agent Jesus “Chito” Diaz, Jr., after Mexican officials complained that the agent had allegedly pulled on the handcuffs of a young drug smuggler.

Indeed, the Mexican government seems to be rapidly expanding its influence on the American side of the border. Ramirez slammed what he described as the U.S. federal government ceding control over the border to the Mexican military, drug cartels, and human smugglers. Notoriously corrupt authorities from Mexico now have “virtual oversight impunity” at U.S. Border Patrol facilities, he explained.

Finally, Ramirez lambasted top officials’ participation in the cover-up of the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was killed by drug smugglers apparently armed by the Obama administration under operation “Fast and Furious.” While the explosive scandal and the subsequent cover-up eventually resulted in Attorney General Eric Holder being held in criminal contempt of Congress, justice has yet to be served.

“It’s no wonder morale has been broken at the Border Patrol,” Ramirez concluded.

The New American reached out to the Department of Homeland Security with a number of questions about the “obedience” scandal. Who approved this? Is it from DHS, CBP, or some other agency? Are such messages being used in other DHS components? How does DHS respond to criticism from Ramirez and agents about this message? Does DHS consider this type of messaging to be appropriate? Are there any exceptions to "obedience"? What happens if agents do not “quickly and cheerfully" carry out "the direction of those who are responsible” for them?

While most of the questions were left unanswered, Bill Brooks with the CBP Office of Public Affairs offered a brief statement about the issue. “Information Display System slides are meant to communicate important and useful information to personnel,” Brooks told The New American in an e-mail. “This example falls short of that criteria, and has already been removed.”

For Ramirez, however, though he was glad to hear that the offensive slides have already been removed, the official “non-denial” response was not enough. “Well apparently CBP has responded to the Obedience slide, but refused to comment on who ordered it, and the other facts I reported for LNN,” he said. “Clearly they're not denying it.”

Still, even though the slide is supposedly gone, Congress needs to get involved and provide real oversight of DHS, Ramirez explained. The other alternative is to continue allowing the “out-of-control bureaucracy” to run roughshod over their employees, the rights of Americans, and constitutional principles. For Ramirez, doing nothing should not even be an option.

“Congress needs to publicly investigate this ‘Obedience’ slide as well as the DHS purchase of over 1 billion rounds of ammo, FEMA camps, and armored personnel carriers, for there are many serious implications involved here,” Ramirez concluded, calling on officials to make a public apology to agents. “Also, the officials responsible for this blatant attempt to intimidate our Border Patrol agents must be terminated with the same loss of benefits as employees who get terminated on trumped up charges I've documented over the past eight years.”


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1 posted on 03/29/2013 7:41:25 PM PDT by Red Steel
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2 posted on 03/29/2013 7:44:24 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Red Steel

Wehrmacht oath
Reichswehr soldiers swear the Hitler oath in 1934, with hands raised in the traditional schwurhand gesture

“Ich schwöre bei Gott diesen heiligen Eid, daß ich dem Führer des Deutschen Reiches und Volkes Adolf Hitler, dem Oberbefehlshaber der Wehrmacht, unbedingten Gehorsam leisten und als tapferer Soldat bereit sein will, jederzeit für diesen Eid mein Leben einzusetzen.”

“I swear by God this sacred oath that to the Leader of the German empire and people, Adolf Hitler, supreme commander of the armed forces, I shall render unconditional obedience and that as a brave soldier I shall at all times be prepared to give my life for this oath.”

Civil servant oath

Ich schwöre: Ich werde dem Führer des Deutschen Reiches und Volkes Adolf Hitler treu und gehorsam sein, die Gesetze beachten, und meine Amtspflichten gewissenhaft erfüllen, so wahr mir Gott helfe.

I swear: I will be faithful and obedient to the leader of the German empire and people, Adolf Hitler, to observe the law, and to conscientiously fulfil my official duties, so help me God!


3 posted on 03/29/2013 7:46:01 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Red Steel

Manet Napolitano sincerely believes she’s the head of the Gestapo.


4 posted on 03/29/2013 7:46:43 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Red Steel

I thought their oath was:
I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

5 U.S.C. §3331
I don’t see anything about obedience to the DHS there.


5 posted on 03/29/2013 7:49:41 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: 2banana
How do the HSI Brownshirts say Sieg Heil in Obamese?


6 posted on 03/29/2013 7:51:36 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Red Steel

Unbelievable how fast this infection is spreading.

But accounts such as this show it’s wide, but not deep.

Please Lord, give us the wisdom and ability to turn this nation as red as we can in ‘14. Amen.


7 posted on 03/29/2013 7:53:45 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Domandred


8 posted on 03/29/2013 7:54:27 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Travis McGee

‘Are responsible for me?’ Like they were responsible for our ambassador and three other patriots?


9 posted on 03/29/2013 7:55:09 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Chode; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; Travis McGee; ...
They got the salute wrong.

Wrong hand. It reminds me of something, but I can't quite put my finger on it...

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don’t add you to the list...

10 posted on 03/29/2013 8:00:12 PM PDT by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny)
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To: Red Steel

Agents Ramos and Compean,perhaps were victims?


11 posted on 03/29/2013 8:02:04 PM PDT by Big Red Badger
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To: Travis McGee

On closer examination of your graphic in post #6, the officer could easily be construed as giving the nazi salute.


12 posted on 03/29/2013 8:04:54 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: 2banana

DHS is the force that will be as strong and well funded as our military. And the people cheered for the proto-dictator.
We are no smarter that the Germans in 1930.


13 posted on 03/29/2013 8:06:14 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est.)
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To: Red Steel

This is playing out as I feared when Bush created this bastard agebcy of the DHS.

Ehe Republicans create the tools for oppression and the turn them over to the Democrats.


14 posted on 03/29/2013 8:06:19 PM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: null and void

That is one angry bitch and a gutless homo.


15 posted on 03/29/2013 8:07:28 PM PDT by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: hoosierham

I seem to be having spelling problems.Sorry.


16 posted on 03/29/2013 8:07:42 PM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: null and void
absolute scum of the earth...
17 posted on 03/29/2013 8:07:49 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Red Steel

Editor should be fired: should be “An agent’s strength . .. . .

Possessive, not plural.


18 posted on 03/29/2013 8:11:47 PM PDT by HotKat (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain)
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To: txhurl

If two agree in prayer...


19 posted on 03/29/2013 8:18:12 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: null and void

The expression on their faces upsets nearly as much as the left hand over their heart.


20 posted on 03/29/2013 8:19:44 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: autumnraine

“All this fuss over a (expletive deleted) flag?”


21 posted on 03/29/2013 8:20:32 PM PDT by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny)
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To: Viennacon

Manet Napolitano sincerely believes she’s the head of the Gestapo.


Himmler would be jealous of her.


22 posted on 03/29/2013 8:21:51 PM PDT by laplata
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To: null and void

Ok, as conspiracy minded as I am, I had wondered if this picture was mirrored... still looking for original source. Because if the right can manipulate, the left can too.


23 posted on 03/29/2013 8:22:07 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Chode

24 posted on 03/29/2013 8:22:59 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: hoosierham

New tagline...


25 posted on 03/29/2013 8:23:06 PM PDT by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them.)
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To: Eaker

That is one angry bitch and a gutless homo.


He’s a gutless homo bully.


26 posted on 03/29/2013 8:23:43 PM PDT by laplata
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To: Eaker

Yes, and I agree, but the wedding rings look photoshopped. I am KNOW I have seen many photoshopped pics from this guy’s past... .but I don’t think this is NOT photoshopped.


27 posted on 03/29/2013 8:24:09 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: autumnraine

Snopes says it was. I guess the Obamas have always worn their wedding rings on their right hands...


28 posted on 03/29/2013 8:25:20 PM PDT by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them.)
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To: autumnraine
No one asserts this one is shooped:


29 posted on 03/29/2013 8:27:53 PM PDT by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them.)
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To: autumnraine
Nor this one:


30 posted on 03/29/2013 8:29:04 PM PDT by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them.)
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To: null and void

Should have known “agent prompter” is secret.


31 posted on 03/29/2013 8:32:11 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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LOL!


32 posted on 03/29/2013 8:34:05 PM PDT by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them.)
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To: grumpygresh

They aren’t....we are! And there ar far more “we” than thought. Keep the faith!


33 posted on 03/29/2013 8:39:20 PM PDT by IrishPennant (All warfare is based on deception.)
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To: Mastador1

“Meine Ehre Heisst Treue”


34 posted on 03/29/2013 8:52:43 PM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: null and void

He is obviously protecting his brains.


35 posted on 03/29/2013 8:58:32 PM PDT by pankot
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To: Eaker

You beat me to it. I have never seen a picture of a happy Moochelle. She is always angry and bitter. With Obama, haven’t seen or heard any proof, but it wouldn’t suprise me.


36 posted on 03/29/2013 9:00:02 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Red Steel

Everybody raise your arm and say, “Sieg heil!”


37 posted on 03/29/2013 9:03:25 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: Rocky
How long till they eliminate the oath to the constitution?
38 posted on 03/29/2013 9:11:37 PM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: Red Steel


39 posted on 03/29/2013 9:53:25 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Chode

They Live, and we’re the only one wearing the Sunglasses.


40 posted on 03/29/2013 9:58:06 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Compliance with Tyranny is Treason...)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Correction...

They Live, and we’re the only ones wearing the Sunglasses.


41 posted on 03/29/2013 9:59:35 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Compliance with Tyranny is Treason...)
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To: Red Steel

Boner and Mitchell got the same video. And they “cheerfully” obey because they don’t want to be taken out by a drone.


42 posted on 03/29/2013 10:04:58 PM PDT by Terry Mross (This country will fail to exist in my lifetime. And I'm gettin' up there in age.)
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter

Well yes but in that place at that time Hitler was their god.


43 posted on 03/29/2013 10:12:30 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: hoosierham
Ehe Republicans create the tools for oppression and the turn them over to the Democrats.

Yep, just like Von Hindenberg to Hitler.

44 posted on 03/29/2013 10:23:19 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Red Steel

This whole poop flinging contest is over the way DHS/CBP management have dealt with the sequester. BP in general has some pretty poor management, but this time they are using the sequester to get the agents union to switch onto a different and cheaper overtime program. With the sequester cuts they are taking a 25% cut without including the furlough days. Still not sure, but this may be a way to try to force the BP union to accept a different type of overtime that is cheaper for the agency, but is harder to take away.


45 posted on 03/29/2013 10:33:35 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Red Steel

“Brother, life’s a bitch ... and she’s back in heat.” ‘They Live!”
Rowdy Roddy ‘Nada’ Piper


46 posted on 03/29/2013 10:57:42 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Red Steel

I’m seriously getting freaked out, RS.


47 posted on 03/29/2013 11:03:42 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: autumnraine

They’d have to photoshop in the wedding rings if they did.


48 posted on 03/29/2013 11:11:11 PM PDT by butterdezillion (,)
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To: Red Steel

Thank you George Bush! You spread our legs...Now we’re screwed...


49 posted on 03/29/2013 11:54:43 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: butterdezillion

It looks like they did honestly. They are identical. I’m telling you, that is a mirrored picture.


50 posted on 03/30/2013 1:17:26 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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