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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.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: obama
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To: null and void

Oh, there is no doubt that he is an unpatriotic a-hole, but I just have a feeling that one with the left hand over the heart is mirrored. I’ve seen the one WITHOUT the wedding rings with it being their right hand.


51 posted on 03/30/2013 1:19:37 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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To: hoosierham

‘I seem to be having spelling problems.Sorry.’

That’s otay.


52 posted on 03/30/2013 4:52:36 AM PDT by Delta Dawn
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To: autumnraine

Yeah, you can see the skin shade difference from her hand to her arm. A line right across her wrist


53 posted on 03/30/2013 5:29:49 AM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: Domandred

It will be a glorious day when his own turn against him. It’s coming and its inevitable. He’s going down in flames. No one can create this much chaos without ending up in ruins.


54 posted on 03/30/2013 5:32:50 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Chode

That was the first thing I tought of.


55 posted on 03/30/2013 6:02:55 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: 2banana

SS officers’ daggers were emblazoned with,

“Meine Ehre heisst Treue” (My honor is loyalty).

Hitler is laughing in Hell again.


56 posted on 03/30/2013 6:06:43 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: elcid1970

where’s the new symbol


57 posted on 03/30/2013 6:19:46 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: jsanders2001

I’ve heard the turn-over security briefing W gave to zero turned him white.

Apparently the thug knows a catastrophe is near, and he doesn’t trust Americans to adapt in a positive way.

Problem is, his brownshirts are cowards and will cut and run because there hasn’t been enough time to completely brainwash them. When the checks stop, they’ll defect.


58 posted on 03/30/2013 6:35:58 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: Red Steel; Forty-Niner; MamaDearest; flat; unkus; gonzo; IrishMike; Doogle; Foolsgold; tgusa; ...

Call 202-224-3121 and ask for the gutless, power-hungry, amoral, political PUKE of your choice to voice your comments.

Sounds like the days of Hitler and the SS to me; how about you?


59 posted on 03/30/2013 7:21:10 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: grumpygresh

ObamaCare, the next Holocaust! History repeating itself?


60 posted on 03/30/2013 7:22:20 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: jsanders2001

I am praying for that glorious day, and have been for five years.


61 posted on 03/30/2013 7:31:21 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: Vince Ferrer
love it...
62 posted on 03/30/2013 7:32:12 AM 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: Kickass Conservative
it sure does seem like it...
63 posted on 03/30/2013 7:33:34 AM 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: Dusty Road
100%
64 posted on 03/30/2013 7:34:43 AM 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: autumnraine
no photoshop... they both have rings on their left ring finger and the flag pin is on the left lapel
65 posted on 03/30/2013 7:38:02 AM 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

While standing in a checkout line yesterday, I had a discussion with a DHS agent in uniform. She said she appreciated the job because it gave her flexibility in working hours in order to care for her new-borne baby. She also said that they are getting very hostile feedback from Americans, and that’s scaring everyone in DHS.


66 posted on 03/30/2013 7:52:58 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: null and void

Zat iz, ov courze, a fake, you know.


67 posted on 03/30/2013 7:53:34 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: autumnraine; null and void
Ok, as conspiracy minded as I am, I had wondered if this picture was mirrored... still looking for original source.

Hopefully, this will help.

Photo of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama saluting with their left hands-Fiction!

68 posted on 03/30/2013 7:57:33 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Chode
no photoshop...

I disagree. One of these is definitely an 'edited' photo. The question is which one ?


69 posted on 03/30/2013 8:01:47 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Chode

See post 68.

Photoshopped. Once you see the original, it’s even more obvious.

I have seen PLENTY of photoshopped quackery in the pictures Obama claims (the Harvard Law Review is obviously doctored) but in THIS case, it was shopped to make him look bad. Don’t know why, he and she both do it enough themselves.


70 posted on 03/30/2013 8:06:42 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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To: null and void
Why is Moochelle’s left hand whiter than her arm?
71 posted on 03/30/2013 8:13:53 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: UCANSEE2
interesting... look at the buttons on his jacket, they are on the right side of both pictures

that means the arms on them were moved and a rings either added or removed or the lower section of his jacket was altered

more likely the buttons were altered and the rings added if it's a fake

72 posted on 03/30/2013 8:20:25 AM 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

You vill obey me!!!!!!!!!!!


73 posted on 03/30/2013 8:30:30 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: autumnraine
yes they do
74 posted on 03/30/2013 8:55:54 AM 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: jsanders2001
It will be a glorious day when his own turn against him. It’s coming and it's inevitable. He’s going down in flames. No one can create this much chaos without ending up in ruins.

You have set them all on fire
They think they've found the new Messiah
And they'll hurt you when they find they're wrong
......
I am frightened by the crowd
For we are getting much too loud
And they'll crush us if we go too far

75 posted on 03/30/2013 9:04:10 AM 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

> I am frightened by the crowd
For we are getting much too loud
And they’ll crush us if we go too far

Uh huh. That’s the reason they are pressing on. No one is resisting of trying to stop them. If rather be crushed fighting for good than be a spineless chicken that is really going to be eviscerated by them for laying down and just giving them what they want.


76 posted on 03/30/2013 9:36:00 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

I don’t think there is all that much more time before the American people say ENOUGH!

Ill Douche knows what happened to Il Duce.

He fails to appreciate the simple fact that simply taking guns out of the hands of Americans will not prevent a similar fate from befalling him.

Treating us fairly, letting us work, allowing industry (all senses of the word) and respecting our freedoms and sensibilities would.


77 posted on 03/30/2013 9:58:28 AM 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
I don’t think there is all that much more time before the American people say ENOUGH!

I wish I could share your optimism. But it seems to me that as long as they have sports, Survivor, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, The Voice, etc., they will stay asleep until the collapse. Then it's every man for himself.

78 posted on 03/30/2013 10:04:34 AM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: Chode

It just proves that a good ‘photo editing’ software can fool just about anyone.


79 posted on 03/30/2013 11:08:27 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Chode
interesting... look at the buttons on his jacket, they are on the right side of both pictures

Spend some more time looking at the pictures, and you will find many more 'interesting' tweaks.

For instance, notice the 'lean' of his tie vs. the breast pin. Notice the same on Michelle's collar orientation.

80 posted on 03/30/2013 11:14:24 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: UCANSEE2
Mooch's hair is parted on different sides also
81 posted on 03/30/2013 11:23:58 AM 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: TigersEye

TigerEye, Is the first symbol from Virginia as well? I have never seen it before, but it makes perfect sense to me. Our first allegiance should always be to God.


82 posted on 03/30/2013 11:42:09 AM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: Red Steel

Preparing them to start shooting citizens in the street without hesitation?


83 posted on 03/30/2013 12:10:41 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: hoosierham
Ehe Republicans create the tools for oppression and the turn them over to the Democrats.

This tool was not created for that purpose, but was perverted to that use.

84 posted on 03/30/2013 12:14:08 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: WestwardHo
No, the first symbol is Benjamin Franklin's suggested design for the obverse of The Great Seal.

Great Seal

Although the following fuller history of the saying suggests that there is a connection to Virginia...

Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God (Part 1)

85 posted on 03/30/2013 12:16:14 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: JimRed

Simultaneously removing any pangs of conscience I might have in shooting back.


86 posted on 03/30/2013 12:18:15 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

I agree.


87 posted on 03/30/2013 1:20:34 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Red Steel

Hey bump this up. I just saw a Navy comercial where the guy says “I will uphold the Constitution, I will OBEY the orders of those appointed above me” and that is NOT right. What I used to teach when I was a JAG was that they had to obey LAWFUL orders, that each of them had a duty to understand what was ordered, request clarification if in doubt and refuse the order if it was not lawful.

THIS IS A TRAVESTY!!!!!!!!!!


88 posted on 03/30/2013 2:28:46 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: null and void

just worse and worse and worse


89 posted on 03/30/2013 3:57:02 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Domandred

FUB0!


90 posted on 03/31/2013 12:48:32 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: pankot

And he has shi’ite for brains..


91 posted on 03/31/2013 12:51:03 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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