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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Operation Wrangle

Forget the fact that "Operation Wrangle" is the worst name ever for a police operation. Instead focus on the part about the Department of Homeland Security is giving grant money (code word for tax-payer funded) to cover the overtime of a Texas highway interdiction unit that patrols the state's border. What's the problem? It's not the Texas - Mexico border. Rather they are patrolling the Texas - Arkansas border...For "potential" terrorist...trying to move from Arkansas to Texas. Sound fishy? That's because it is. From the Texarkana Gazette (emphasis mine)
Some Texarkana, Texas, police officers may soon be deployed to help track down and arrest possible terrorists as well as drug smugglers along Interstate 30 and U.S. Highway 59.

During their regular meeting at 7 tonight, the Texas-side City Council will consider contracting with the Department of Public Safety to deploy some municipal officers in a Border Security Enhancement Operations Project known as Operation Wrangle.

The interlocal cooperation agreement will allow city police to patrol and work traffic enforcement, on an overtime basis, along I-30 and US Highway 59 to target illegal drug smugglers and terrorists, according to city records.

The agreement further calls for the DPS to reimburse the city up to $43,000 for all overtime paid as well as mileage and for vehicle use money that will come from Department of Homeland Security grants administered through the DPS and the governor's Division of Emergency Management.
$43,000 isn't millions or billions of dollars, but this is yet another case of the misuse of federal funds that are designed for the protection of our borders and cities from actual bad guys. Armored vehicles, military style weapons and gear, highway interdiction for drug mules. It just goes on and on.

More at Drug WarRant, here (who brought it to my attention first) and a good analysis of it all from Grits for Breakfast, here. Full article from the Texarkana Gazette, here.