Border Patrol, YouTube Censored Video, ACLU Says

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The McLeod video censored by YouTube and CBP

When you're member of the media and you want to hear about U.S. Customs and Border Protection's latest drug bust, you get an almost instant return call from an agent eager to answer your every question.

But if you want to ask about incidents of censorship and possible abuse of prisoners by the Border Patrol, which is a part of CBP, suddenly everyone turns into Sergeant Schultz.

Take this recent press release by the Arizona ACLU decrying the censorship of a YouTube video posted by Bisbee activist Alison McLeod.

McLeod lives on her own property, which is regularly invaded by BP agents hot on the trail of her footprints. (I kid you not.) She has the temerity to exercise her rights under the U.S. Constitution and videotape the BP putzin' about on or near her property. 

But the BP, being wannabe cops, don't cotton to this.

So, according to the ACLU and McLeod, who posts to YouTube under the handle loneprotester, YouTube jerked the video for privacy violations after the BP officers in it complained. 

McLeod's follow-up video, a hilarious must-see

Apparently the guy they were arresting had a bloody nose, and such images are not good for the BP brand. Plus, as evidence of possible wrongdoing by law enforcement, I'm sure the officers involved would like for it to go away.

Of course, I'd just love to chat with the BP about this, but, gosh darn it, the BP flack for the Tucson sector told me this issue was so sensitive it was being handled by the top flacks in D.C. 

Alas, D.C. is gone for the day. An e-mail to the BP's after-hours flack in the Capitol has yet to be returned.

I fired a similar one off to YouTube for being, well, something akin to chicken salad, but likely not as tasty. If they respond, I'll post the statement here.

Interestingly, I had gotten a couple of press releases today regarding CBP drug seizures locally, so I called the number given and was called back, well, almost immediately. Sadly, this agent knew nothing of the Bisbee lady and her video camera. Yet another Sergeant Schultz.

BTW, if you want to read about far more egregious civil rights abuses by the Border Patrol, check out my colleague Monica Alonzo's 2010 cover story "Cloaked Brutality." No wonder these guys crave anonymity.

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Robbin Robin
Robbin Robin

how many of you wieners would try to stop a criminal from a crime by saying oh here is a sandwich, why don't you come home with me ill feed you and give you a place to stay.. this is how hypocritical you all are,  remember the last movie " Rambo"  int hat scene those missionaries were going to turn in rambo for shooting some pirates who were about to kill them all, long story short they ended up having to kill tooo awwww poor babies   are they going to turn themselves in now tooo, friggin hypocrites. 

Robbin Robin
Robbin Robin

did u jackasses stop to think the kid might have pulled a gun, knife, or weapon on those guys, second he could have fallen trying to get away! Liberal friggin hypocrites,  if it were the agent being killed you'd be telling those guys to beat the crap out of the illegal...... No wonder we have an a hole for a President. 

Jim
Jim

Alison your such a publicity hound I'm sure you won't mind your info posted for all to see.http://www.whitepages.com/name...

Alison N McLeod 520) 432-1476

939 E Border Rd Bisbee, AZ 85603-6331For God Sakes these Officers are trying  to protect us.And You think you can post there pictures on youtube .How about a shot of your mug? Did you ever think the punk Illegal  kid might of fell and bloodied his nose running from the Officers.Or maybe a rock hit him when the helicopter dusted him.LMAO Keep your camera in the bedroom where it belongs.

JeffFarias
JeffFarias

Wow an anonymous asshole named 'jim' publicizing someone's personal info

I sure would like to know more about 'jim'

loushow
loushow

If it has anything to do with immigration . . . if it has anything to do with "illegal alien" . . . if it has anything to do with the border . . . you can best bet Nativist Trolls will post that this lady will change her tune if her property is "invaded".

HEY . . . . NATIVIST IDIOT TROLLS . . . .HER PROPERTY WAS INVADED . . . BY THE BORDER PATROL.

Absolute idiot racist Nativists . . . brainwashed by the Border Patrol.

Go ahead and post, you idiots.  We know who you are.  And we know you are one-trick pony race hating idiots, too.

Speedy2682
Speedy2682

Don't call Border Patrol when you have drug mules on your property trying to break in your home!!! But im sure that's the first thing this dumb lady will do.

Ivan P. Friely
Ivan P. Friely

Has there ever been a documented case of that happening outside of some manipulative politician's mind?

Bill
Bill

I want officers to be as polite and diplomatic in my country. Especially to the all time cliche' im paying you' dudes, who barge in with cameras for no special  reason but curiosity.I feel sorry for the dude that was caught and of course for the money spent (helicopters,cars,horses?)

Chris
Chris

In case you couldn't tell, I was being sarcastic. I am pretty sure these guys have better things to do than deal with this woman. I bet if something bad happens due to illegal aliens entering her property, she will be calling Bp complaining up a storm. I mean come on, you live on the border and are surprised border patrol is around? She is an idiot!

Mistalee
Mistalee

The border patrol regularly invades her property. She has a right to tell them to fuck off. And she has a right to videotape them. You are an idiot.

Jason
Jason

A corrupt police agency at work.

While I respect the Border Patrol for its work securing the border and trying to curb the criminal illegals, this video is evidence of their corruption and abuse.  

Bobby
Bobby

Yeah, Jason, but when it comes to NOT controling the border, looking the other way, etc. the ACLU is the border patrols main cheerleader. Shows me how duplicitous they actually are. It's never about Americans to them, at all. 

Chris
Chris

Wow I am sure those guys just love going out there and finding anyone that is brown and beating them up. Also I am so glad that lady informed the agents the footprints were hers. Cause no one living on the border is part of a smuggling organization. I hope one day when she has a dozen zetas with dope on their backs and AK-47s in their hands, she will be so jolly. I can't believe they are trying to catch people illegally entering our country. What a bunch of a@@- holes.

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