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  • DOD staff on military flight delayed for hours by US Customs

    02/04/2014 10:31:21 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | February 3, 2014 | Nok-Noi Ricker
    What was expected to be a routine stopover at Bangor International Airport for a plane filled with returning U.S. troops and defense contractors Sunday night instead became a frustrating ordeal for many of those aboard. For the 102 U.S. troops returning from Afghanistan and Kuwait on Delta flight 8964, getting off the plane was fairly routine and featured a hero’s welcome from the Maine Troop Greeters in attendance. It was a different story for the 112 Department of Defense contractors — those hired to fly drones, do intelligence analysis, fix computers and other jobs — some of whom were kept...
  • Wealth Destroyers: U.S. Customs Agents Seize and CRUSH $100K Land Rover ... 4x4 Lacked Airbags

    08/28/2013 6:59:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 28 August 2013 | Stuart Woledge
    4x4 fans look away now! Land Rovers imported to U.S. are CRUSHED by customs for failing safety rules because they don't have airbags • The exclusive vehicle was seized by customs officers in Baltimore • Its importer had attempted to fool the authorities by changing its plate • But they spotted the ruse and deemed it unfit for the US' roads • Often selling for upwards of $100,000, this one is now worth just $30 The wrecking claw hangs over the Land Rover Defender as its operator prepares to crush the exclusive vehicle on the orders of US customs. Moments...
  • U.S. Customs / Passport Control

    07/09/2013 4:57:57 AM PDT · by bfkirk · 29 replies
    Vanity | 07/09/2013 | Vanity
    My wife, three children and I are all US citizens. Returning to the United States yesterday via Miami International Airport, my wife and I were asked what we do for a living. The border agent checked his screen after we answered. He asked my girls after consulting his computer monitor, "Which one of you is the singer? And which one of you is the dancer?" in light of the NSA database stories, perhaps I'm being paranoid. But I felt like they had this information and we're verifying it. He entered notes on his screen as we answered. My girls are...
  • Kansas Jewish Man Refused Entry Into Britain

    07/04/2013 7:32:29 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 51 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 1, 2013 | Gil Ronen
    Chip Cantor told his story .... On June 4, he told KMBC he was traveling to Britain to visit and gain summer work experience, and to participate in a fundraiser for a child who has cancer. He left Kansas City on Wednesday, May 29, landed in Britain after 10 p.m. London time and waited in line to go through customs. .... Chip’s father, Chuck Cantor, said .... the customs agent was very pleasant .... until she saw the Israel stamps in his passport. Then she simply walked away with his passport without speaking a word to him. Chip told his...
  • During polygraphs, border agency applicants admit to rape, kidnapping

    04/09/2013 4:52:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    One admitted to kidnapping and ransoming hostages in the Ivory Coast. Others said they had molested children or committed rape. And one, as he prepared for survival in a post-apocalyptic world, contemplated assassinating President Barack Obama. These are among the thousands of applicants who have sought sensitive law enforcement jobs in recent years with the U.S. Border Patrol and its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection. In many cases, these people made it all the way through the hiring process until one of the last steps – a polygraph exam. Once sitting with a polygraph examiner, they admitted to a...
  • Department Of Homeland Security To Scan Payment Cards At Borders And Airports

    11/11/2012 2:03:57 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 52 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/07/12 | Jon Matonis
    Enforceability falls to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection both within the Department of Homeland Security, which is already developing advanced handheld card readers that can ascertain whether a traveler is carrying a credit card, debit card, or prepaid card. This differentiation is important because only prepaid card balances will need to be added to declaration report forms.
  • Information on Malyasia and people requested

    10/06/2012 3:12:09 PM PDT · by wjcsux · 34 replies
    self | 6 October 2012 | self
    I met a woman from Malyasia about a month ago. I met her on one of the Christian social sites. So far she seems to be the real thing. She hasn't tried hitting me up for anything. From all indications, she appears to be who she says she is. I am taking all of the normal precautions one would take in this situation and using due diligence.She is a Christian and was born in the U.S. Her mother is from here and her father is from Malyasia. She has lived most of her life there. She works in the medical...
  • Obama Incompetence in Mid-East Rivals Carter’s in Iran

    09/20/2012 9:13:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2012 | Bob Barr
    Despite repeated, self-serving claims by Obama officials that the Administration did everything it could to head off and then respond appropriately to the violence against American facilities in Libya and Egypt last week, their blunders in policy, intelligence and security illustrates an incompetence every bit as profound as exhibited by the administration of Jimmy Carter in Iran 33 years ago. It appears nothing has been learned in more than three decades; despite significant gains in technology available to the U.S. government during those intervening years. In 1979, the Carter Administration precipitously abandoned the Shah of Iran, Washington’s long-time and loyal...
  • U.S. Citizens Detained for Smuggling…Chocolate Eggs

    07/21/2012 11:56:19 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | July 21, 2012 | Michael Minkoff
    Justice prevails: two Seattle men were detained for a few hours by U.S. Customs when they tried to smuggle …chocolate… into the United States. That’s right. These menaces to society were trying to bring [gasp] Kinder Eggs into our fair country. Everyone knows those particular treats have little choking hazards inside them: choking hazards disguised as toys! How diabolical. And the worst part is, these confectionary terrorists were going to give these chocolates to… their… kids. It’s a good thing Nanny Guvment is there to save us from ourselves. Otherwise, who knows what terrible things we would do. We might...
  • The Heart Beat: What Does it Mean to Ditch Your Wedding Ring?

    04/04/2012 11:36:32 PM PDT · by thecodont · 126 replies
    MSN.com ^ | April 3, 2012 | Tue 6:20 PM | By Kristin Wong
    While most of the women I know wouldn’t stand for it, there’s been a lot of buzz around husbands opting not to wear their wedding bands. According to some experts, people just don’t value the symbolism in a ring like they used to. “I know I’m married, everybody else knows I’m married. I just don’t have no desire to wear it, at all.” Richard Rhodes has been happily married for 15 years and says he hasn’t worn his ring since he tied the knot. “I took it off right after the reception and I ain’t seen it since,” said Rhodes....
  • Homeland Security Secretary to Visit Valley(South Texas)

    02/16/2012 3:09:07 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 3+ views
    KRGV ^ | Feb. 16, 2012
    MCALLEN - The secretary of Homeland Security is heading to the Valley. Janet Napolitano will be in McAllen on Monday and Tuesday. She'll be meeting Customs and Border Protection acting Commissioner David Aguilar. Napolitano will also spend time with state and local law enforcement officials. They're set to discuss border security, travel and trade. No other details on her trip have been released.
  • For Afghan Woman, Justice Runs Into Unforgiving Wall of Custom

    12/02/2011 1:49:37 AM PST · by Cardhu · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 1st 2011 | Alissa J Rubin
    KABUL, Afghanistan — When the Afghan government announced Thursday that it would pardon a woman who had been imprisoned for adultery after she reported that she had been raped, the decision seemed a clear victory for the many women here whose lives have been ground down by the Afghan justice system. But when the announcement also made it clear that there was an expectation that the woman, Gulnaz, would agree to marry the man who raped her, the moment instead revealed the ways in which even efforts guided by the best intentions to redress violence against women here run up...
  • Swedish town erects giant Christmas goat

    11/28/2011 4:38:48 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    The Local - Sweden's News in English ^ | 11-27-11 | Geoff Mortimore
    Advent Sunday means it is time for the inauguration of the famous 13 metre tall Christmas goat (Gävlebocken) in the main square of Gävle, on the east coast of Sweden. •Gävle Goat survives Christmas Eve (25 Dec 10) •Gävle goat targeted in foiled helicopter heist (17 Dec 10) •Gävle goat succumbs to flames (23 Dec 09) •Flames finally consume Gävle Christmas goat (27 Dec 08) To the uninitiated, the annual saga of whether or not the goat survives intact until Christmas Day, has become a tradition of Yuletide in Sweden. The giant straw goat, which has been erected in the...
  • TSA removes security screener for note telling passenger to 'get your freak on'

    10/27/2011 7:23:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/26/11 | Keith Laing
    A Transportation Security Administration airport security worker has been removed from checking baggage because of a note with sexual implications he left for a passenger at Newark's Liberty International Airport. Jill Filipovic, a New York blogger who is also a lawyer, tweeted Monday that a note was left in her bag — which contained a sex toy, according to reports — that said "get your freak on." The note was written on a TSA notice of inspection form, leading Filipovic to believe it was written by someone at airport security. TSA said on its blog Tuesday that it had conducted...
  • South Florida ICE official arrested on child porn charges

    09/28/2011 4:35:45 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 9/28/11 | Ashley Hayes and Athena Jones
    Miami (CNN) -- The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for South Florida has been arrested on child pornography charges, the Department of Justice said Wednesday. Anthony Mangione, 50, of Parkland, Florida, was charged in a three-count indictment unsealed Wednesday with transportation of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography, authorities said in a statement.
  • FEDS CONVERGE ON HOME

    09/08/2011 9:50:24 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 29 replies
    News Herald ^ | Sep 7, 2011
    FEDS CONVERGE ON HOME Agency declines to release details on search of Maverick Drive residence By JACKIE LEATHERMAN Wednesday, September 7, 2011 11:57 PM MST Federal agents searched a Lake Havasu City home Wednesday but released no details as to why. Neighbors reported watching at least nine unmarked vehicles arrive at 3005 Maverick Dr. around 6 a.m. There was one Lake Havasu City police cruiser on scene. The unmarked cars, trucks and SUVs had Arizona, Utah or Nevada license plates. Many of them were still at the home by 4:30 p.m. Today’s News-Herald witnessed federal agents wearing ICE uniforms entering...
  • Um, Shouldn't You Have Asked Me These Questions Before I Got on the Plane?

    09/02/2011 4:10:48 PM PDT · by mgstarr · 54 replies
    Dallas Observer ^ | 9/1/11 | Robert Wilonsky
    Got home from the airport last night just in time to see Channel 8's piece on how Dallas PD and the FBI are prepping for the 10th anniversary of September 11. Would have been home a little sooner, but, ya know, I stopped by a Northwest Highway construction site. Oh -- and I was briefly detained by a man with a badge at Dallas-Fort Worth International. Perhaps I should explain. I was out of town yesterday, in Los Angeles. Left Tuesday night, came back Wednesday night. Very uneventful. Left the hotel room just long enough to do an interview. Arrived...
  • South Florida customs intercepts five pests never seen before in US

    04/15/2011 7:15:46 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    AP ^ | April 15, 2011
    MIAMI— Customs inspectors in Miami have intercepted five pests that had never been seen before in the U.S. during this year's first three months. The list includes a longhorn beetle found in railroad ties from Argentina, a leafhopper in a mint shipment from Colombia and a moth in a container of fresh okra from Honduras. The bugs were found by Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at Miami International Airport and Port Everglades in Broward County.
  • Possible Mexican Military Incursion On U.S. Soil

    02/16/2011 6:29:39 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 31 replies
    http://www.krgv.com ^ | Polo Sandoval
    MISSION - CHANNEL 5 NEWS is exposing what appears to be a Mexican military incursion into the United States. It was all caught on camera. We froze surveillance video taken at the Anzalduas International Bridge. What you see is the international boundary that separates the United States from Mexico and what authorities on this side of the border seem to think is a truck packed with armed men crossing into the United States. The video clearly shows a large military-transport vehicle drive north on the Anzalduas bridge over the international boundary. We counted at least a dozen armed men in...
  • History, Customs and Folklore of Advent [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]``

    11/27/2010 10:06:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies · 1+ views
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | 2003-2009 | Jennifer Gregory Miller
    History, Customs and Folklore of Advent Directions In 490, Bishop Perpetuus of Tours officially declared Advent a penitential season in the Frankish Church of Western Europe, ordering a fast on three days of every week from November 11 (the feast of St. Martin of Tours) till Christmas. This forty days' fast, similar to Lent, was originally called Quadragesima Sancti Martini (Forty Days' Fast of Saint Martin's). The Readings for the Eucharistic Liturgies were taken from the Masses of Lent. By contrast, the Advent season of the Roman liturgy, developing a century after that of the Frankish Church, was a...
  • Halloween Origins and Customs

    10/31/2010 1:31:03 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
    Jerimiah Project ^ | 10/31/2010 | Jerimiah
    History traces Halloween back to the ancient religion of the Celtics in Ireland. The Celtic people were very conscious of the spiritual world and had their own ideas of how they could gain access to it - such as by helping their over 300 gods to defeat their enemies in battle, or by imitating the gods in showing cleverness and cunning. Trick or Treat Their two main feasts were Beltane at the beginning of summer (May 1), and Samhain (pronounced Sah-ween) at the end of summer (Nov. 1). They believed Samhain was a time when the division between the...
  • ACLU, Other Groups Sue U.S. Government Over Border Laptop Searches

    09/07/2010 2:13:33 PM PDT · by Bill ORightsly · 15 replies
    PC World ^ | 09/07/10 | Grant Gross
    The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) practice of searching laptops and other electronic devices at U.S. borders. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by the ACLU, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Layers (NACDL), challenges a 2008 CBP policy that allows border agents to search electronic devices of any traveler, without suspicion of wrongdoing. In some cases, border agents have copied the contents of the devices or confiscated them. The lawsuit asks the court for an order prohibiting searches of electronic...
  • Daily trains from Seattle to Vancouver could double

    08/21/2010 7:02:24 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 9 replies
    The Province ^ | Friday, August 20, 2010 | Frank Luba
    Amtrak’s long-range plans for trains into Vancouver could mean four trips a day instead of the current two.The current two trains — which were expanded for the 2010 Winter Olympics from a single daily trip — are only running because the Canadian government extended a pilot project providing border-clearance service to the American carrier.The project was instituted in August of 2009 in anticipation of Olympic visitors, and then extended in March to continue through September.It’s been a hit.The second train attracted a record of nearly 25,000 passengers in July, and the second-quarter total of 214,641 passengers was an increase of...
  • Neil Armstrong's Travel Papers Allegedly Stolen By Customs Worker

    07/24/2010 12:43:04 PM PDT · by DFG · 21 replies
    Space.com ^ | 07/23/10 | Robert Z. Pearlman
    A customs declaration form filled out by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong was allegedly stolen by a U.S. customs worker and his friend, who together attempted to sell it at auction, federal prosecutors announced July 20 — the 41st anniversary of the moonwalker's historic first "small step" on the lunar surface If found guilty of stealing and conveying an official record of the United States, the two men could each face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the United States Attorney's Office.
  • India detains arms-laden Pakistan-bound cargo ship: Police

    06/26/2010 1:34:07 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 11 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | June 26, 2010 | The Economic Times
    NEW DELHI: A Pakistan-bound cargo vessel carrying a "huge quantity" of explosives and other weapons has been detained by the authorities at a harbour in eastern India, police said on Saturday. The vessel was heading for the Pakistani port city of Karachi and was detained Friday on an intelligence tip-off at Diamond Harbour, 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Kolkata, capital of the West Bengal state, police said. "The Indian Coast Guard and navy personnel have found a huge quantity of explosives, rocket launchers, anti-aircraft guns and some bombs in two large containers," West Bengal police director general Bhupinder Singh...
  • Immigration and Customs Release Memo Showing Agency Only Has Resources To Remove 4% of Illegal

    07/06/2010 9:17:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    cns news ^ | 7/6/10 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – In a June 30 memorandum, John Morton, assistant secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said that enforcing civil immigration laws is vital to “our national security, public safety, and the integrity of our border and immigration controls.” But Morton also said that ICE only has the resources to remove about 400,000 illegal aliens each year, a litle less than 4 percent of the current population of those in the United States illegally.
  • No Killing Sheep in Courtyards: Moscow Readies Etiquette Guide for Foreigners

    06/29/2010 11:41:01 PM PDT · by saundby · 20 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 17 June 2010 | Alexey Eremenko
    Moscow authorities are preparing an etiquette handbook for foreigners that advises them to speak in Russian, not to walk around the city in national attire and to avoid slaughtering sheep in the courtyard of their apartment building. City Hall is collaborating with diasporas and scientists to create the “Muscovite’s Code,” a list of nonbinding behavior guidelines to be presented to every foreigner who moves to Moscow. “There are unwritten rules that residents of our city are obliged to follow, such as not slaughtering sheep in the backyard, not grilling shashliks on the balcony, not walking around the city in national...
  • JUST IN: Felony charges filed against immigrant who fled from Border Patrol

    05/06/2010 8:51:35 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 12 replies · 562+ views
    Sandusky Register ^ | 05/06/10 | Staff
    The U.S. Border Patrol and Ohio State Highway Patrol today announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Toledo will file felony prosecution charges against the illegal alien who fled from Border Patrol Agents on April 25. At about 7 p.m. that day, Border Patrol agents from the Sandusky Bay Border Patrol Station were traveling west on the Ohio Turnpike when a Dodge Caravan with Arizona plates exhibited "road rage" characteristics with a third party vehicle within a posted construction zone. The Caravan crossed the center line, forcing the Border Patrol Agent to take evasive action and avoid a collision. After...
  • First Graduating Class of the Afghan National Customs Academy

    03/20/2010 11:27:20 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 190+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | Courtesy Canadian Forces
      Courtesy Canadian ForcesKABUL, Afghanistan (March 15) - Today 48 students celebrated being the first graduating class of the newly opened Afghan National Customs Academy (ANCA). Canadian Ambassador William Crosbie joined senior Afghan officials, US colleagues and the students and teachers of the Academy for this important event.“It brings me great pleasure to be back at the academy to see the first class of the Afghan National Customs Academy graduate,” said Ambassador William Crosbie. “Canada is very pleased to be able to draw on our expertise to support the Government of Afghanistan in building their own customs capacity and supporting...
  • Toy Rifles Seized in Tacoma

    02/25/2010 11:15:26 AM PST · by Rinnwald · 29 replies · 939+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 2/25/10 | John De Leon
    Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Tacoma seized a shipment of 30 toy M-4 automatic rifles that had arrived on Oct. 20 in a 40-foot ocean container. The shipment's manifest listed the contents as "Toys and Parts" and was shipped from a manufacturer in Taiwan, according to a Customs and Border Protection news release. The rifles were the same size, weight and look of an M-4 automatic rifle, which is used by the U.S. military. The rifles had no serial numbers and did not have an orange-blaze tip which is required for all...
  • Afghan National Customs Academy Opens in Kabul

    01/20/2010 3:58:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 246+ views
    Canadian Ambassador William Crosbie at the opening of the Afghan National Customs Academy (ANCA). (Photo courtesy U.S. Embassy Kabul) Courtesy Canadian Forces KABUL, January 19, 2010 — Canadian Ambassador William Crosbie and United States Ambassador for Economic and Development Affairs Anthony Wayne joined Minister of Finance H.E. Dr. Omar Zakhilwal for the opening of the Afghan National Customs Academy (ANCA).Established with the support of a number of international donors, the ANCA will assist the Afghanistan Customs Department to develop into a modern customs service. “The opening of this academy is of particular importance to Canada, as it furthers a key area...
  • Washington Border Area Is Bracing for Games

    01/16/2010 9:24:14 PM PST · by Cindy · 15 replies · 645+ views
    NYTIMES.com ^ | January 16, 2010 | William Yarley
    BELLINGHAM, Wash. — SNIPPET: "The goal, officials say, is to be ready for any emergency that might be magnified by having the Olympics and a few hundred thousand visitors next door, whether a terrorist attack, a truck overturned on Interstate 5 near the border or disruptions from the big winter storms that often pound the region."
  • Michael Yon detained by Customs at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, released by Port police

    01/07/2010 4:25:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies · 955+ views
    Austin Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 January, 2010 | Howard Nemerov
    Michael Yon is an author and has been a combat journalist for over five years, spending time as an embedded reporter in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines. Yon is also a former Green Beret, making him an ideal liaison between the needs of both military and journalism when reporting in war zones. According to Yon, on January he was returning from Afghanistan via Hong Kong, landing in Seattle. He carried with him nothing more extraordinary than his camera equipment. He didn’t tell them his profession, but said, “They started figuring it out when they found my press credentials from Iraq...
  • Der Spiegel: Siemens supports Iran's nuke efforts

    12/12/2009 10:17:09 PM PST · by Cindy · 21 replies · 1,313+ views
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | 12.12.09, 22:37 / Israel News | Sarah Stricker
    Der Spiegel: Siemens supports Iran’s nuke efforts German magazine reports customs officials seize goods meant for Iran’s nuclear program Sarah Stricker Published: 12.12.09, 22:37 / Israel News Is Siemens helping Iran? German customs officials intercepted a Siemens shipment of compressors on its way to Iran, Der Spiegel reported Saturday. According to the German magazine, the compressors sent by Siemens are worth an estimated 16 million Euros and were apparently meant to be used as part of Iran's nuclear program. The German government is now weighing its next moves vis-ŕ-vis Siemens, which has apparently violated international commerce regulations. However, a Treasury...
  • U.S. Seaports Vulnerable to Chemical/Bio Weapons Smuggling

    11/11/2009 8:25:37 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 1 replies · 210+ views
    CNSNEWS/The Lid ^ | 11/11/09 | The Lid
    The Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security completed an investigation of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and their ability to detect chemical of biological weapons that might be smuggled into the country by terrorists,via our nation's waterways. The news is not good: CBP officials said that new devices are currently being developed and tested that could better enable officers to rapidly detect and identify biological and chemical threats during cargo inspections. However, CBP has not conducted a formal risk assessment to determine which pathways, including maritime cargo, pose the highest risk of biological and chemical weapons...
  • Mexico Border Open Again After Shootout With Suspected Illegal Immigrants

    09/23/2009 9:51:00 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 10 replies · 622+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | September 23, 2009
    The busiest border crossing in the country was open again Wednesday morning after closing for hours during a shootout between federal agents and vans suspected of smuggling illegal immigrants into California from Mexico. Four were injured and traffic was stopped for four hours Tuesday near San Diego after the border patrol agents fired shots at the vehicles across nine lanes of highway. The 74 people crowded into the three vans were taken into federal custody. San Diego police spokesman Lt. Kevin Rooney said Tuesday the drivers tried to storm past inspectors at the San Ysidro port of entry — which...
  • Mexico Replaces Customs Staff, Revamps Borders

    08/16/2009 5:51:55 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 4 replies · 629+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 8/16/09
    Mexico replaced all 700 of its customs inspectors with agents newly trained to detect contraband, from guns and drugs to TVs and other big-ticket appliances smuggled to avoid import duties. The shake-up — part of a broader effort to root out corruption and improve vigilance at Mexican ports with new technology — doubled the size of Mexico's customs inspection force. The inspectors at all 49 of Mexico's customs points were replaced with 1,400 better-educated agents who have undergone background checks and months of training, Tax Administration Service spokesman Pedro Canabal said Sunday. He said the inspectors were not fired. Instead,...
  • Mexican Army takes over customs operations on US border

    08/16/2009 5:42:01 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 29 replies · 2,149+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 8/16/09
    Mexican Army takes over customs operations on US border
  • Getting a Taste of Iraqi Food, Culture

    05/29/2009 4:56:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 552+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Dustin Roberts, USA
    Master Sgt. Moty McKinney (left), a native of Saginaw, Mich., an advisor with the 24th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division Military Training and Transition Team, shares a laugh with Command Sgt. Maj. Mahmud Lafta, 24th Bde. 6th I.A. Div., during lunch at Forward Operating Base Constitution, May 26. Photo by Sgt. Dustin Roberts. BAGHDAD — Multi-National Division - Baghdad food service Soldiers had the opportunity to experience a meal that isn't served in the dining facility where they work. Soldiers serving with the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, MND-B, who help feed 2nd...
  • Immigration Officials May Have Let International Fugitive Into U.S.

    05/11/2009 8:19:09 AM PDT · by Joiseydude · 9 replies · 659+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Monday, May 11, 2009 | Mike Levine
    An international fugitive may have entered the United States last month after promising immigration officials he would show up for a closer screening a few weeks later. The man never showed, and federal authorities are now trying to track him down, according to court documents. Last week a federal judge issued an arrest warrant for the man, who flew into New York's J.F.K. International Airport in early April. According to the court documents, immigration officers fingerprinted him during the "arrival process," which "resulted in a possible match" to a man named Frank Dwomoh, who is on the run from Interpol,...
  • Navy Customs Unit Works to Get Troops Home

    04/17/2009 4:03:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 562+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 17, 2009 – It’s tempting to want to scoop up a handful of sand to take home as a souvenir after deploying to Iraq, or maybe a rock from the mountains in Afghanistan. A soldier empties his backpack of restricted or prohibited items into the red amnesty box at the inspection table at the U.S. Navy customs unit at the Theater Gateway in Kuwait. Troops and civilians traveling on military-contracted airlines back to the United States pass through the unit. DoD photo courtesy of the Media Transit Team, Kuwait  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. But deployed...
  • Border Agents Complete Customs Course

    03/23/2009 4:30:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 166+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq
    Staff Col. Talil Ali Hussein (center), dean of the Department of Border Enforcement Joint Training Center, addresses the course graduates at the Basrah International Airport, March 18. Courtesy photo. BASRAH — Ten Department of Border Enforcement trainers graduated from a Customs and Immigration Trainer Course at the Basrah International Airport here, March 18.Completion of  the three-week course is another milestone achievement for the Department of Border Enforcement (DBE) and their Coalition Border Transition Teams as they work together to enhance the capabilities of the DBE and secure the borders of Iraq.“The instructors have been very [well] trained over the past...
  • Homeland Insanity (While We Leave Our Southern Border Open)

    03/02/2009 10:38:46 PM PST · by buccaneer81 · 8 replies · 597+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | March 2, 2009 | Aaron Portzline
    Homeland Insanity The Blue Jackets travel party landed safely at 4:06 a.m. Monday. Odd timing, as that's roughly the time when the computer system used by U.S. Customs agents at Port Columbus crashed. What followed in the next hour and 20 minutes was a maddening sequence of government red tape, bureaucratic blather and remarkable incompetency. The Blue Jackets travel party numbers roughly 50, when you consider the players, coaching staff, training staff, equipment guys, traveling secretaries and media. As the group made it off the plane and wound its way toward an empty Customs area, the long trip home came...
  • AZ rancher disappointed in U.S. support

    02/22/2009 10:27:46 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 27 replies · 2,929+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 2/20/09 | Chad Groening
    "My country has let me down." That's the assessment of an Arizona rancher who was sued by six illegal immigrants he detained on his property and turned over to the Border Patrol in 2004. On Tuesday an eight-member federal jury in Tucson threw out the claim brought by the six illegal aliens that Roger Barnett violated their civil rights when he detained them at gunpoint on his ranch nearly five years ago. The panel also ruled against the plaintiffs' claims of battery and false imprisonment. But the jury did find Barnett liable on four claims of assault and four claims...
  • Afghan National Indicted for Alleged Ties To Terrorists - Los Angeles (Osama bin Laden)

    02/21/2009 5:31:28 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 3 replies · 535+ views
    Federal officials said this morning they have indicted an Afghan national for lying about his alleged ties to terrorists in a bid to fraudulently obtain a U.S. passport. Ahmadullah Sais Niazi, 34, who was arrested without incident this morning at his Tustin residence by members of the joint terrorism task force, was named in a five-count indictment returned Feb. 11 by a federal grand jury. The indictment, unsealed this morning, alleges Niazi hid associations with “Specially Designated Global Terrorists,” groups including Al Qaeda, Hizb-i-Islami and the Taliban, when he
  • Customs agent was shopping before killing armed robber

    02/01/2009 10:31:26 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 26 replies · 1,556+ views
    chron.com ^ | Jan. 31, 2009 | Dane Schiller
    An off-duty customs agent shopping at a west Houston liquor store shot and killed a man who attempted to rob the store Friday night, police said. The man, who has not yet been identified by police, approached the front counter of Spec’s Town and Country, at 12901 Queensbury around 7:30 p.m., pulled out a gun and ordered customers to the floor. “The agent pulled out his weapon and ordered the suspect to drop his weapon,” Houston police spokesman Gabriel Ortiz said. “The suspect ignored that order and pointed his weapon at the agent,” he continued. “It was at that point...
  • Obama's Aunt Issued Stay In Deportation Case

    01/29/2009 4:15:04 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 33 replies · 1,754+ views
    NewsNet5 ^ | 1/28/09
    CLEVELAND -- The aunt of President Barack Obama, who was living in Cleveland for a time, will get to stay in the United States for now. A judge issued a stay in the deportation case of Zeituni Onyango, 56. She fled to Cleveland from Boston last year when it was made known that she had been illegally in the United States since
  • Border Patrol shot at with automatic weapons while uncovering new smuggling tactic’s

    12/18/2008 12:03:38 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 54 replies · 2,731+ views
    BorderFireReport ^ | 12/18/08 | Michael Webster, Syndicated Investigative Reporter
    By Michael Webster, Syndicated Investigative Reporter Early this month U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Tucson, Ariz. sector and agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were again fired upon with what appeared to be military type automatic weapons by Mexican drug smugglers dressed in military garb. Agents after observing a Flatbed tow truck on the Mexican side of the U.S. Mexican border backed up to the new international border fence. According to witnesses the tow truck backed up on a newly constructed earthen dirt berm which put the truck almost even with the height of the fence. The tow...
  • Britons vent scorn at U.S. after 24 days in N.C. jails

    12/17/2008 5:53:16 PM PST · by tkocur · 53 replies · 2,426+ views
    Raleigh News and Observer ^ | 12/17/08 | Kristin Collins
    Garry Latcham thought he was carrying a harmless gift for his North Carolina host when he boarded a plane from his native England in November, planning to spend four days hunting in rural Person County. Instead, the gifts -- two silencers intended for air guns -- landed Latcham and his traveling companion in jail for nearly a month, after customs agents mistook the men for terrorists. Federal officials now say that the men were vacationers with no criminal plot. But they were still forced to plead guilty to felonies, because they failed to declare the $55 silencers on their customs...
  • Customs officials advertising to help human smuggling victims

    07/09/2008 9:03:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 109+ views
    SAN DIEGO – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are trying to reach out to human smuggling victims through advertisements featured in major cities, including San Diego. Advertisements posted on billboards and transit shelters with the slogan, “Hidden in Plain Sight” were put on display in June around San Diego county. The goal is to educate the public about the existence of human trafficking in the country and urge them to report such crimes, officials said. “These victims are domestic servants, sweat shop employees, sex workers and others lured here by the promise of prosperity, then forced to work without...