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Presidents Day -- February 20, 2012

Sonic Barrier Undergoes Successful Test
"Intruders" detected at more than 300 feet from the line
American Patrol Report -- February 20  
Three "intruders" being detected by the Sonic Barrier. White square is 300 feet from the sensor line to the right (See larger photo). Border fence can be seen in the background.
    A new technology that offers hope of finally getting control of the U.S. – Mexico border has undergone a successful operational test in Arizona. Tabbed the "Sonic Barrier," the system consists of underground sensors that detect the vibration of people walking. In a test run last Saturday, the system detected a group of three people as they approached at more that 300 away. The test was repeated with the same result. (See video)
    One-half mile of the Sonic Barrier has been installed on a ranch used by American Border Patrol, a non-profit Arizona corporation that has been focusing on the use of technology on the border for ten years. ABP will be the subject of a "Border Battles" segment on the Outdoor Channel this coming Wednesday.
    According to Mike King, Vice President of Border Technology, Inc., developers of the Sonic Barrier (patent applied for
*), tests have shown that the group of walkers would have been detected had they approached anywhere on the 1/2 mile line of sensors. "The system is seamless," King said.
    The U.S. Border Patrol uses ground sensors, but they are used as individual unconnected units with a range of about 30 feet and need batteries to operate. According to King, the Sonic Barrier is powered by solar panels and needs no outside source of power. With a detection range of more than 300 feet, and with continuous coverage, the Sonic Barrier is much superior to conventional sensors.
    The alert system is Internet-based, with signals being sent out by radio to a satellite link more than five miles away in the desert. It is also solar powered.
*Sonic Barrier was developed with private funds --- no ABP $ used.

Associated Press         sc  
Zetas drug cartel killed rivals, escaped from Mexico prison
Monterrey, NL, Mex. -- Imprisoned members of the hyper-violent Zetas drug cartel stabbed and bludgeoned 44 members of the rival Gulf cartel to death and then staged a mass escape, apparently with the help of prison authorities, officials in northern Mexico said Monday. -- Rodrigo Medina, governor of the northern state of Nuevo Leon, said the prison's director and three other officials have been fired...

Economic Collapse Blog       
The price of gas is outrageous... and it's going to go even higher   
Does it cost you hundreds of dollars just to get to work each month? If it does, you are certainly not alone. There are millions of other Americans in the exact same boat. In recent years, the price of gas in the United States has gotten so outrageous that it has played a major factor in where millions of American families have decided to live and in what kind of vehicles they have decided to purchase...

R. Cort Kirkwood -- The New American      
Illegals stiff taxpayers for $350K over immigration raid   
The federal government will pay $350,000 to a group of illegal [aliens] and permit them to stay in the country pursuant to a settlement reached in a lawsuit they filed after they were arrested. -- The [invaders] claimed the government violated their constitutional rights when federal agents raided a "Latino" neighborhood in New Haven, Conn., in 2007...

Associated Press     
Judge rules against Nebraska city's immigration plan   
A federal judge has thrown out most of a Nebraska city's controversial ordinance that sought to ban hiring illegal [aliens] or renting property to them. -- U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp issued her ruling Monday in a lawsuit the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund and American Civil Liberties Union filed challenging Fremont's 2010 ordinance...

Paul Craig Roberts      
Silencing the critics   
In 2010 the FBI invaded the homes of peace activists in several states and seized personal possessions in what the FBI–the lead orchestrator of fake "terrorist plots" -- called an investigation of "activities concerning the material support of terrorism." -- Subpoenas were issued to compel antiwar protestors to testify before grand juries as prosecutors set about building their case that opposing Washington's wars of aggression...

KPHO-TV -- Phoenix      
Mesa police catch suspected illegals after chase   
Mesa, Arizona -- An [illegal alien] led Mesa police on a wild foot chase Sunday after a van carrying eight suspected illegal [aliens] was stopped. -- A Mesa police report stated that the van was stopped in a convenience store parking lot on Southern Avenue after the driver committed several traffic violations. The driver and a passenger in the front seat then fled on foot...

Tony Lee -- Human Events       
Rep. Labrador is unafraid to speak truth to Holder   
Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), less than two years in office, quickly made a national mark by shining a bright light on the deeply troubling case of Operation Fast and Furious, the gun-running scandal that led to the murder of Border Agent Brian Terry in Arizona in December 2009. -- The lawyer from Eagle, Idaho, who has called for the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, has a message...

New Haven (Conn.) Register       
ICE to launch 'Secure Communities' this week   
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has put Connecticut on notice that it will roll out Secure Communities on Wednesday, but the state is expected to only partially cooperate. -- Secure Communities is a federal program begun in 2008 where the fingerprints of anyone arrested are not only shared with the FBI, but also given to ICE for review. -- ICE in turn may send a 48-hour detainer request to local prisons...

Jacob Laskin -- Front Page Magazine      
Obama's open-borders triumph   
Mitt Romney was ridiculed recently for proposing “self-deportation” as a way to reduce illegal immigration, but at least he was trying to address the problem. The same cannot be said for the Obama administration, which has seen a Bush-era trend toward declining illegal immigration come to an abrupt halt on its watch. --In a new set of findings, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that...

London Daily Mail      
Michelle and kids off on yet another pricey vacation   
With the economy on its knees, many American families have had to forgo their annual holiday just to make ends meet. -- But barely a month after returning from a luxury Christmas break in Hawaii Michelle Obama is on holiday again - this time at the exclusive Colorado ski resort of Aspen. It's her 16th holiday since her husband took office...

John Rubino -- DollarCollapse.com  
Creeping Fascism, Part One: Return of the company town   
The US government's obliteration of the Bill of Rights via the Patriot Act, the recent defense bill that allows the military to detain citizens indefinitely without trial, the health care law that forces citizens to buy insurance, and the attempted takeover of the Internet through SOPA and PIPA has gotten a lot of attention lately, and in a few rare cases has generated some effective push-back...

Federale -- VDare.com  
More illegal voting by aliens... ICE still unconcerned   
Law enforcement is now taking action in direct response to an NBC2 investigation involving potential voter fraud. It comes after we uncovered non U.S. citizens who were registered to vote. -- The Collier County Sheriff's office is investigating two voters who admit they are not U.S. citizens, yet cast ballots in numerous elections...

Paul Joseph Watson -- Prison Planet -- Austin, Texas      
Big Sis hires hundreds of security guards to protect gov't buildings 
The Department of Homeland Security has hired hundreds of security guards to protect scores of government buildings across the country as the federal agency prepares for terror threats and potential civil disorder in the United States. -- "One company, Vendtech-SGI, LLC, of McLean, VA, landed a contract worth more than $311.5 million to provide about 600 guards to protect approximately 200 different posts..."

San Antonio Express-News   
Bush-Quayle, next generation   
Austin -- It's Bush and Quayle, together again. But not that Bush and Quayle. -- George P. Bush and Ben Quayle, who as kids made a game of hiding from the Secret Service (unsuccessfully, as George P. recalls), will reunite for a Wednesday fundraiser in Houston. -- Quayle, son of the former vice president, is now an Arizona congressman who'll raise campaign cash at the reception hosted by Maverick PAC...

Alex Newman -- The New American       
Feds purposely keeping U.S. borders wide open, experts say  
Under the guise of environmentalism, various federal agencies and departments are blocking Border Patrol agents' access to critical areas while contributing to widespread lawlessness along the U.S. border, according to experts. Criminals, meanwhile, are taking full advantage of the rapidly deteriorating situation. -- Despite claims by the Obama administration that the American border is "safer" or "more secure" than ever...

USA Today   
Illegals are trickling back to Alabama despite crackdown   
Ana Jimenez and her husband were so terrified of being sent back to their native Mexico when Alabama's tough crackdown on illegal [aliens] took effect that they fled more than 2,000 miles to Los Angeles, cramming into a two-bedroom apartment with more than 20 other relatives. -- Now they are among the families coming back to cities like Birmingham, as the mass deportations never materialized...

Los Angeles Daily News      
Tipoff: 'MEChA Boy" Villaraigosa cabinet rumors start again  
Let the rumors begin. With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa being named chairman of the Democratic National Convention this summer in Charlotte, N.C., the rumor mill is alive with speculation that it is seen as a grooming period for a potential cabinet post in a second Obama administration. -- These are the same rumors that circulated after Obama's election four years ago when Villaraigosa came off a successful tour...

Mansfield Frazier -- Daily Beast   
How the FBI invents terrorists like the U.S. capitol 'suicide bomber' 
If federal authorities thought Amine El Khalifi was a clear and present danger to America, they could have easily solved the problem by deporting the 29-year-old Moroccan, who had been living as an illegal [alien] in northern Virginia for years, having overstayed his visitor's visa by a decade. Instead, he was arrested Friday in a garage outside the U.S. Capitol for allegedly planning to set off a fake suicide vest...

Tom Fitton -- Right Side News -- Kennesaw, Ga.   
Constitutionality of Obamacare and Arizona immigration law
Two critical Supreme Court battles loom this spring: Obamacare and illegal immigration. Judicial Watch is smack dab in the middle of the debates. -- First, Obamacare: On February 13, 2012, we filed an amicus curiae brief with the High Court challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare, specifically the "individual mandate." The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for the Obamacare case on March 26, 27, and 28, 2012...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner       
Two Illegal: 10 DUIs between them... both in Massachusetts
Lynn, Mass. -- On February 13, police arrested Lisardo Barrios (aka Oscar Morales), 33, and charged him with DUI (fourth offense) leaving the scene of property damage, driving with a suspended license, failure to stop or yield and giving a false name/social security number to police. -- Despite the fact that Barrios is in the country illegally and presents a flight risk as well as the fact that this is his fourth drunk-driving arrest...

Fox News    
Known illegal DUI killer not deported   
Family members of a Chicago man killed in 2011 by a drunk driver are steaming mad at city officials for failing to bring the driver's illegal immigration status to the attention of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when they first learned about it, four years ago. -- A 2008 police report shows local authorities learned Saul Chavez was an illegal immigrant following an unrelated arrest that year, but did nothing about it...

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