Raul Castro's Treatment by Border Patrol an Argument for BP's Elimination

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Former Arizona Governor Raul Castro, at his home in Nogales, Arizona in 2009

I despise the United States Border Patrol. One-hundred miles from the U.S. Border, the entire U.S. border, they are a law unto themselves, in what the ACLU refers to as a "constitution free zone," that encircles the entire contiguous United States.

They regularly treat U.S. citizens with contempt. This, despite the fact that the average Border Patrol agent is as dumb as a bag of hammers. And Lord help you if you have a little melanin in your flesh. The assumption will be that you are a criminal until proven otherwise.

I've seen the way these green goons treat people at Border Patrol checkpoints, whether an individual is white, brown, black or whatever. They run wild on the Tohono O'odham Nation, acting like a federal police force, though the O'odham's have their own police force, obviously.

In the desert, they regularly collaborated with baby-killing neo-Nazi J.T. Ready, despite evidence that Ready and his fellow swastika-lickers were unlawfully detaining and restraining migrants. 

Hey, by any means necessary, right? That should be the BP's motto.

If you're a member of the press, obtaining standard info from them is a major pain. The MCSO is more forthcoming, for crying out loud. Far more forthcoming.

So the BP's recent treatment of 96 year-old former Arizona governor and ex-U.S. ambassador to Argentina Raul Castro is certainly no surprise. Stopped at a BP checkpoint on I-19, they handled Arizona's only Hispanic governor as a "nuclear threat," apparently because he had received a medical treatment the previous day that involved some radiation.

Here's part of the account given by his traveling companion Anne Doan for the Nogales International:

We were sent to secondary inspection and were asked to step out of the car. When they asked the governor to stand under the tent, I asked if he could remain seated in the air-conditioned car because it might be too hot for him. The agents said he could not and that they had a fan under the tent.

I explained to the agent he had undergone a medical treatment the previous day and it must be the solution that set off their system. They said he had to stay under the tent, in 100-degree hear, while dressed in a suit. They offered him a chair. I felt totally frustrated and I was worried about the governor.

I explained that he was a former governor and ambassador a true statesman and that he was 96 years old and that he shouldn't have to be going through this. They knew it was the medical procedure that was coming us on their radar.

At that point I was begging them to leave him alone. They brought out a document for him to fill out and sign. They had a machine they ran up and down his body front and back. Finally they released us and as we were walking back to the car they stopped him and said they had to see his identification. We were standing out in the sun, by this time, and Gov. Castro reached for his identification and showed it to the agent, they registered the information they needed from his identification and they released us, again.

I was helpless and overwhelmed by the incident. I felt the agents had no regard for the governor's background or age or physical condition. I was embarrassed as I watched the governor being needlessly treated like a nuclear threat, especially because they knew he had just had a treatment at Tucson Heart Hospital the day before. I felt he was being disrespected as a senior citizen, much less the amazing statesman that he is.

After all of this chaos in the Arizona heat I thought it was interesting that the agents never asked me for my identification, and I was driving the car. Maybe I was the nuclear threat.


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Masked Magician
Masked Magician

WMD's Rachel? That's a stretch, even for you. You really are delusional. It must be the heat. It fried what's left of your brain. Did you take a shower and wash your hair for our date yet?

Masked Magician
Masked Magician

 When a 96 year old Hispanic man, a man who happened to be a former Arizona governor and former U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, is detained by BP in triple digit temperatures, all the while the BP knowing he is in poor health, detains him anyway for no apparent reason other than his heritage, there is a serious problem. From what I read, it appears that Mr. Castro did not do anything wrong to deserve the treatment he received from BP. And all this time I thought you did not like the president or agreed with him. 

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

This is the product of your rants ste(ph)en. Don't think that you are absolved of responsibility when one of your moronic followers actually act out on such lunacy. What happened to the plea for 'civil discourse'?

FucktheBorderPatrol
FucktheBorderPatrol

Us Border Patrol sucks. More than once I have had to deal with their nazi bullshit traveling back and forth San Diego to Phoenix. Sure wondn't hurt my feeling if someone started taking them out at the check points with a sniper rifle.

John G
John G

You would not complain if they stopped a dirty bomb with the radiation detection...oh wait they might have already....do you know ...of course not....any idea how many people linked to terrorism they have stopped attempting to enter in the United States or how many they have caught  of course not because you would piss your pants and never get another nights sleep if you did...so while your whining about them what are you doing to protect this country...nothing but sitting there like a little bitch while they are out there keeping your liberal ass safe while you suck your thumb and pray the boogie man doesnt get you

TruConserv
TruConserv

As a US Citizen, you don't have to do anything more than fill out your custom's declaration and present your passport at the border.  Any questions beyond that are voluntary. You may, however, be searched without your expressed consent. At Immigration Checkpoints, within the US, you have no obligation to do anything. Period. It can become a long standoff, but that's the price of exercising your rights. If the police want to claim reasonable, articulable suspicion for detaining you, then that is on them and can be evaluated later by a judge when you sue them. They are your rights, use them or lose them.

Allan Bartlett
Allan Bartlett

civil discourse died when your kind shot Gabby Giffords. productswallows.

interloper
interloper

 So let me get this straight... you are saying that if the Border Patrol or some other government agency intercepted a terrorist with a dirty bomb entering the U.S. they would keep it a secret for fear of alarming the public!?! Just a wee bit naive, dontcha think? If some government agency ever did intercept a dirty bomb, the most dangerous place to be would be to stand between the politicians (and other muckity-mucks) and the bank of microphones. The press conference stampede such an event would set off would raise a dust cloud that could be seen from the space station. I got news for you, the vast majority of what the Border Patrol check points catch is 50-something grandmas and grandpas with a quarter ounce of weed (street value $5000).

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