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Texans press Homeland Security to ramp up border flights

Texans press Homeland Security to ramp up border flights

By   /   November 22, 2016  /

Four days after Watchdog reported that a Mexican border surveillance program was being dismantled, three Texas officials pressed the Department of Homeland Security to reverse course.

AP file photo

AP file photo

GET GOING: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants more aerial surveillance on the border, not less.

“Given the continuing surge of migrants along the southern border … we believe DHS should be requesting more surveillance and security resources, not less,” stated the officials’ letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson on Tuesday. The letter was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo.

DHS spokesman Dan Hetlage told Watchdog that flights of Operation Phalanx are “funded through the end of December and [a funding] request is in for next year.”

Hetlage said the 2017 request was made on Nov. 16, two days before the Watchdog story appeared. He did not specify the amount of funding sought.

In their Tuesday letter, Abbott, Cornyn and Cuellar declared, “DHS has not requested any flight hours to support Operation Phalanx for calendar year 2017,” even though the program received “a full appropriation of funds from Congress.”

While disputing Watchdog’s report that DHS was phasing out Phalanx operations in Texas, Hetlage said he could not confirm any current flights, citing security issues.

In a Nov. 20 Tweet, Abbott wrote: “I’ve already sent the Nat’l Guard, 100s more public safety officers, boats, planes, cameras, etc. Texas is doing all it can to do feds’ job.”

Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement Wednesday:

“We cannot let our guard down on our southern border. … We must continue to utilize National Guard aviation assets to increase situational awareness and operational control of the border until DHS invests in additional aviation capabilities,” the San Antonio Republican stated.

This article was updated at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Source: Will County News

The real Hillary has resurfaced after a brief two-week hiatus


American Thinker

Watch your back, Donald: Hillary contests election results

Hillary has dropped the pretense of being a gracious loser and joined Jill Stein to challenge the election results in Wisconsin.  Maybe she talked to Al Gore, another sore loser, about how to “unite the country” and accept the results of the elections.

Chris Wallace kept pestering Trump and other Republicans on whether Trump would accept the results, but Wallace and others never asked Hillary.  Wallace and the rest of the media just assumed that Hillary would win.

Mark Erick Elias, counsel to Hillary Clinton, wrote on November 26, 2016:

Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides. If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well. We do so fully aware that the number of votes separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the closest of these states  – Michigan  –  well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount. But regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself.

Even though there is no evidence or claim of vote fraud, Stein and Hillary  challenge the results in Wisconsin, and probably Pennsylvania and Michigan.  But the facts do not matter, because  Hillary cannot believe she lost those states.  The media told her they were her states.

Trump has 290 E.C. votes, not counting Michigan.  If you remove Wisconsin’s 10 votes, Trump still wins, which means that Hillary has to knock out Pennsylvania’s 20 votes.  Hillary has to reverse the votes in the Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to win.  This will not happen, so why is Hillary challenging the Wisconsin results with Stein?

Stein filed a petition, under oath, with Wisconsin to demand a hand recount.  The basis for the petition is an affidavit by J. Alex Halderman, a computer professor at the University of Michigan.  The petition is 64 pages.  One half is the résumé of Halderman, and the balance is newspaper clippings and press releases by Homeland Security that the 2016 election was subject to foreign hacking.

The affidavit can be summarized as: follows: 1) somebody hacked the emails of the DNC and John Podesta; 2) somebody hacked voter rolls of Arizona and Illinois to obtain information about voters; 3) ABC reported that somebody tried to hack the voter registration of 20 states; without naming the states; and 4) Homeland Security said senior Russian officials commissioned some of these attacks.  Therefore, somebody hacked the voting machines to cause Hillary to lose.

There is no evidence to the Russians or anyone else tampered with the elections in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, or any other state.

If Hillary expects to win the presidential election, then Stein, backed by Hillary, will have to file the same unfounded petition in Pennsylvania and Michigan.  This is the same strategy Algore used: demand a hand recount in the counties where he thought he might pick up votes.  The Supreme Court ruled that it was a violation of the equal protection clause to have hand recounts in only a few counties and not the entire state.  By analogy, should we have a hand recount in all fifty states and not just Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, even when there is no evidence that the voting machines were hacked?

We can assume that Hillary and her team of attorneys have been busy the past weeks looking for any evidence of hacking or other attempts that affected the vote.  But Hillary’s attorney said they had no “actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology.”  So she can pretend to remain on the high road and let Stein do the dirty work of speculation and unfounded accusations.  This is the Hillary we know.

If this petition were an appeal in a court trial, the court would dismiss it summarily.  It is all speculation and conjecture.

The election boards in these states should dismiss these unfounded petitions.

As an aside, this should teach Trump to not be so quick to suggest that he may not appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary’s email and foundation scandals.  Trump said he does not want to hurt Hillary.  But Hillary sure wants to hurt Trump to overturn the election results.

The real Hillary has resurfaced after a brief two-week hiatus.


Source: Will County News