Having spent most of my life in the deserts of Arizona I’m all too familiar with the Army Corps of Engineers.
A number of years ago the Army Corps of Engineers convinced the Apache Indians on the San Carlos Indian Reservation to remove all the large cottonwood trees along a major section of the San Carlos River. They told the Indians that it would give them more land to farm. A number of range experts told the Army Corps of Engineers that removing the cottonwood trees would make the land subject to more flooding and erosion and advised against the project.
But the Army Corps of Engineers thought they knew best and proceeded to remove the cottonwood trees from several miles of river bed. Several years later every spring rain and snowmelt in the mountains ran down through the San Carlos River bed, destroying all of the farmland in its path. The same amount of water had run years previously and then did little damage because of the natural barriers and ground protection the large cottonwood trees and other shrub presented.
via Army Corp of Engineers Deem Dry Desert Wash to be ‘Water of the United States’.
On the night of Dec. 14, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot and killed while on patrol in an Arizona canyon near the U.S.-Mexico border. Two guns found at the scene were linked to an investigation being run by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) called “Operation Fast and Furious,” sparking a congressional inquiry into the program and generating considerable criticism of the ATF and the Obama administration. Because of this criticism, in August 2011 ATF acting director Kenneth Melson was reassigned from his post and the U.S. attorney for Arizona was forced to resign.
Currently, the congressional inquiry is focused on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has been accused of misleading Congress about what he knew about Fast and Furious and when he learned it. The Obama administration has invoked executive privilege to block the release of some of the Department of Justice emails and memos sought by Congress pertaining to the operation. The controversy escalated June 28 when the U.S. House of Representatives voted to hold Holder in contempt of Congress for ignoring its subpoenas. read more
Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff Paul Babeu is hopping mad at the federal government.
Babeu told CNSNews.com that rather than help law enforcement in Arizona stop the hundreds of thousands of people who come into the United States illegally, the federal government is targeting the state and its law enforcement personnel.
“What’s very troubling is the fact that at a time when we in law enforcement and our state need help from the federal government, instead of sending help they put up billboard-size signs warning our citizens to stay out of the desert in my county because of dangerous drug and human smuggling and weapons and bandits and all these other things and then, behind that, they drag us into court with the ACLU,” Babeu said.
via CNSNews.com – Arizona Sheriff: ‘Our Own Government Has Become Our Enemy’.
Sign at rally demanding job, no taxes, free health care, free house, etc Because “we owe them” If not, “More Arizona Cops will be shot”
n an effort to explain his refusal to protect the southern border of the United States from the torrent of illegal immigrants, drugs, and the spread of violence that has cost the lives of United States citizens, President Obama summoned “The Most Trusted Name in the News 2010,” Stoos Views’ own Hugh Betcha, for an exclusive interview in the Oval Office. Hugh, Chief of the International Desk of the Stoos Views worldwide media conglomerate, a man who walks with kings and princes (but unlike the President, bowing to none), caught a quick flight from Wynstone, South Dakota—where the air is clean, the crime rate low, the people vote red, and the centre still holds—and flew into Foggy Bottom. Ushered into the President’s office after a short ride in the Presidential limousine, Hugh settled down for a frank discussion with the President on the troublesome issue of illegal immigration and Arizona’s attempt to staunch the flow of illegals, drugs and violence that has plagued the state.
The President seemed to be a bit tense and out of sorts during the interview—which was atypical. Normally at ease with his drinking buddy and the winner of MSNBC’s Most Trusted Name in the News Award, 2010—Hugh Betcha—the President was uncharacteristically defensive.
“I Will Not Protect Our Borders And Neither Should You!” » Not Good News.