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The Marine Corps is quietly monitoring sections of the US-Mexico border to stop migrants and drug traffickers

https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-military/2018/09/13/the-marine-corps-is-quietly-monitoring-sections-of-the-us-mexico-border-to-stop-migrants-and-drug-traffickers/

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing. They did say Trump's border wall is a fiasco, not needed, currently stalled.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Along the U.S.-Mexico border, small teams of Marines are using a suite of advanced sensors and remote monitors to assist the U.S. Border Patrol in scanning the most vulnerable sections of the untamed border. These Marines belong to specialized units called Ground Sensor Platoons, and for over a decade have been quietly partnering with the U.S. Border Patrol to help agents catch drug traffickers and migrants who cross illegally into the United States from Central and South America.

Despite being infantry Marines, the weapons of choice for Ground Sensor Platoons aren’t bullets. The Tactical Remote Sensor System, or TRSS, is a suite of sensors, cameras, re-transmission devices and monitoring equipment that are used to track enemy movement. The sensors are sensitive enough to detect how many people may be walking nearby, what direction they’re traveling, and can even differentiate between different types of vehicles.

All of this makes the Ground Sensor Platoon an important partner to the U.S. Border Patrol. And despite some states withdrawing their National Guard units from the region during President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown earlier this summer, the Marines show no sign of slowing down...

2015: 445,000 illegal aliens captured, estimated 200,000 got through, news reports: We're winning! (roughly 16,500 illegal entries per month, 550 per day). If that's winning, what does losing look like?

2017: 304,000 illegal aliens captured trying to sneak in, no estimate on illegal entries. Border Patrol had previously estimated between one and three get through for every one caught. My eyewitness photo essay and report on illegal border activity: https://www.gunlaws.com/Minuteman.htm

...The Ground Sensor Platoons evolved from a Vietnam War-era remote sensor program whose success during the battle of Khe Sahn showcased how important early notice of enemy movement could be. During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ground Sensor Platoons became invaluable for American troops struggling to maintain control over large areas... For the overworked and undermanned U.S. Border Patrol, the opportunity to utilize military-grade surveillance equipment operated by Marines frees more Border Patrol agents to catch smugglers and undocumented migrants moving north...

It is unknown if anyone has questioned the use of U.S. Military on U.S. soil to enforce civilian law, or if border patrol and enforcement falls into some other nebulous category of national defense. The training Marines get in this process has proved invaluable when deployed overseas, according to Marine sources.

Comments

Jerry The Geek

"...The Ground Sensor Platoons evolved from a Vietnam War-era remote sensor program whose success during the battle of Khe Sahn showcased how important early notice of enemy movement could be."

Yeah, right. I was there. I can't tell you how many times we (as infantry on patrol) were alerted by radio that "there's a group of VC moving toward you ... they're getting closer ... they're right on top of you!!!"

Only there was nobody there. Once my platoon was hunkered down in a graveyard (it was not always fun and games) at midnight when the call came it like the callers were afraid we were going to be over-run. We went on 100% alert all night, and the party in question never was there. Starlight scopes didn't spot a lizard within 100 yards of us.

This ground sensing radar business is a bunch of unreliable crap. I could cite a dozen instances of false readings, and not ONE SINGLE POSITIVE that resulted in enemy movement within 200 yards of us ... often on moon-lit nights.

If the Viet Nam experience is the standard measurement of technological efficiency, I rate this article a huge ZERO because what looks good on paper is an absolute wash in the field.

That "evolution" in technology had better have taken a HUGE QUANTUM LEAP in reliability, and knock of references to Viet Nam.

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