Monday, April 04, 2005

If the Border Patrol were doing its job, then there wouldn't be the need for the Minuteman Project, where volunteers (presumably US citizens) patrol stretches of the US-Mexican border looking for illegal entrants into the country. When the volunteers come across evidence of such, they plan to back off and call in the Border Patrol. I'd think, even expect, the Border Patrol to welcome citizen involvement in what basically is a crime prevention program. After all, city police departments usually go ga-ga over neighborhood watch programs. But no, the Border Patrol insteads complains... the volunteers are setting off sensors, which requires the Border Patrol to investigate, there's a chance of 'vigilante violence', blah, blah, blah. Of course, if the Border Patrol didn't have its knickers all bunched up, they could easily set up coordination protocols with the civilian patrols which would eliminate the confusion - but they'd rather b**** about these volunteers than figure out a way of getting their job done. Typical government bureaucratic c***.