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    Armed group forces Guard to flee post near Sasabe

    By Brady McCombs

    ARIZONA DAILY STAR

    National Guard troops working at an observatory post near Sasabe were approached by a group of armed individuals late Wednesday night and forced to flee, said Border Patrol and National Guard officials Thursday.

    The event occurred about 11 p.m. Wednesday at one of the National Guard entrance identification team posts near Sasabe, said National Guard Sgt. Edward Balaban. The troops withdrew safely. No shots were fired and no one suffered injuries, he said.

    "We don't know exactly how many because obviously it took place in the dark," Balaban said. "Nobody was able to get an accurate count."

    Border Patrol officials are investigating the incident and trying to determine who the armed people were, what they were doing and why they approached the post. The incident occurred in the west desert corridor between Nogales and Lukeville in the vicinity of Sasabe, Balaban said.

    The Guard troops are not allowed to apprehend illegal entrants.

    "We don't know if this was a matter of somebody coming up accidentally on the individuals, coming up intentionally on the individuals, or some sort of a diversion?" said Rob Daniels, Border Patrol Tucson Sector spokesman. "We just don't know and that's why everything's got to be looked into."

    Border Patrol officials say the armed group returned to Mexico, Daniels said.
    The west desert corridor — where the incident occurred — has been the busiest in the Tucson Sector for marijuana seizures since last year. Agents have seized 124,000 pounds of marijuana there since Oct. 1, said Rob Daniels, Border Patrol Tucson Sector spokesman. Sector wide, marijuana seizures are up 28 percent this fiscal year, according to agency figures.

    With more Border Patrol agents and National Guard troops patrolling the Arizona section of the U.S.-Mexican border, it has become more difficult to smuggle drugs and people across, Daniels said.

    "That heightened frustration may have been connected to what took place last night," Daniels said.

    Officials will make a decision about whether changes need to be made in regard to the entrance identification teams following the investigation, Balaban said.
    Since arriving in mid-June, the Guard has assisted the Border Patrol by manning control rooms, doing vehicle and helicopter maintenance, repairing roads and fences and constructing vehicle barriers and fences, and spotting and reporting illegal entrants in entrance identification teams.

    There are dozens of National Guard entrance identification teams along the Mexican border, including east and west of both Nogales and Sasabe and on the Tohono O'odham Nation. The troops stand post on hilltops next to army-green tents and serve as extra eyes and ears for the Border Patrol.

    "Having any of them breached could have been very, very unsafe," Daniels said. "Not just for the National Guardsman, but for any of our personnel in the area as well."
    I wish I was so eloquent. If I were a reporter the article would read something like this...

    "Last night a group of armed scumbags invaded our country and U.S. military personnel was ordered to run for their lives on our own soil."

    FFS I can see the report these guys gave their boss "Ohhh the soldiers are no problem, they just run like rabbits!"
    "You don't want the truth because, deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall... I have neither the time, nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it."

  • #2
    Good post. Its getting scary and disheartening.

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    • #3
      Are the NG troops issued live ammunition, allowed to load said ammunition, and defend themselves/American turf? Doesn't look like it. This was a probing attack, expect far more vicious ones soon.

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      • #4
        Meanwhile.....

        Federales and Mexican army forces have taken over enforcement in TJ.....
        Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.

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        • #5
          The sad is, last night on the news they showed a Guardsman & his weapon didn't even have a magazine in it as the newscaster proudly proclaimed how the NG did "EXACTLY" what they were instructed to do. THERE'S PROOF--WE'RE LOSING OUR COUNTRY & NO ONE EVEN CARES! :

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          • #6
            I'm to the point that I don't care who is in the white house as long as they SECURE OUR F**CKING BORDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            I can't believe that it has become politically correct for us to run away. It is so wrong.

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            • #7
              This **** is maddening. NG went through a similar situation at the VERY beginning of the LA Riots...no way to fight back. Remember that anyone?

              Anyone around here work the TX-Mexico border? Apparently it is breached regularly by Mexican military folks, and they have no issue at firing on us.
              Send me.

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              • #8
                I just got home from my very last National Guard drill, ever. As an officer who's not staying in until retirement, I'm a bit of an anomoly. I wish I had this article to show all the guys that asked why I was getting out.
                "Bones heal. Chicks dig scars. And the United States of America has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world!" -- Captain Lance Murdoch, The Simpsons

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                • #9
                  Bush has the balls to invade another country but can't protect our own borders?

                  What the hell is he afraid of, his approval rating going down

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                  • #10
                    I'm past complaining. I've wrote into the paper, I've wrote senators, etc and the only time this is brought up is election time, then it gets swept under the rug. We all better succomb to the spanish ways. Learn spanish and get used to our lives changing in the future.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bushum
                      Bush has the balls to invade another country but can't protect our own borders?

                      What the hell is he afraid of, his approval rating going down

                      Bush has nothing to do with what the NG can and can't do inside American borders. That's on the state governor.
                      "First of all, then we have to say the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama." - Al Sharpton, March 21, 2010

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                      • #12
                        Isn't the military's main purpose to protect our counrty and its borders??????? WTF is this about?

                        And it is very telling for a reporter to praise soldiers for running away and doing nothing.....
                        "Socrates was a philosopher. He talked a lot. They killed him." unknown to me.

                        "Evil prevails when good men do nothing."

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                        • #13
                          shat, i think we need to send those NG troops a "goodie-BAG" filled with 3,000rnds of extra ammo........around 100 magazines(loaded).......next time those "gangs" cross, they could leave with an american bullet in there ***....


                          I'm sure that the NRA will be more than happy to donate some/most of the items.....

                          my .02
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by equinox137
                            Bush has nothing to do with what the NG can and can't do inside American borders. That's on the state governor.
                            What?

                            Bush has all the say in what they do, he the president of the United States and the NG are fedeal troops when he says they are.

                            Do you actually think all of the NG soldiers on the border are from border states? they are not. I do believe there are a bunch from MI and MN and a few other northern states. the Governor of MI cant tell MI NG what to do in TX. they are all fed. or they wouldnt be there guarding the border wich is aslo federal territory hence the Federal Border Patrol.

                            As far as the NG troops making a tactical movement away from the possible threat, if that what they had to do, then thats what they had to do. the last thing we need right now is a nother Mexamerican war. its coming, but we dont need it right now. lets concentrate on Afganistan, thats the one we can win and on Iraq, the one we are winning.
                            It takes a Wolf.......

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Irishluck31
                              What?

                              Bush has all the say in what they do, he the president of the United States and the NG are fedeal troops when he says they are.
                              Please correct me if I'm wrong, but they haven't been federalized for this.

                              Originally posted by Irishluck31
                              Do you actually think all of the NG soldiers on the border are from border states? they are not. I do believe there are a bunch from MI and MN and a few other northern states. the Governor of MI cant tell MI NG what to do in TX. they are all fed. or they wouldnt be there guarding the border wich is aslo federal territory hence the Federal Border Patrol.
                              If they're not federalized, then they are still under the control of their state governor, regardless of where they're dispatched to assist.

                              Originally posted by Irishluck31
                              As far as the NG troops making a tactical movement away from the possible threat, if that what they had to do, then thats what they had to do. the last thing we need right now is a nother Mexamerican war. its coming, but we dont need it right now. lets concentrate on Afganistan, thats the one we can win and on Iraq, the one we are winning.
                              Yeah, but the story that unarmed American soldiers running from mediocre-armed Mexican soldiers and drug runners give the enemy in Afghanistan and Iraq a morale boost...."proves" to them that the U.S. Army is a "paper tiger"
                              "First of all, then we have to say the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama." - Al Sharpton, March 21, 2010

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