Attacking the United States Border Patrol with such wild and fictitious allegations is totally irresponsible. The fact is that this action is merely a smoke screen to divert attention from their illegal activities.
They claim to be faith-based humanitarians, except by the social and cultural standards of the United States they are just antigovernment anarchists.
This new book, Culture of Cruelty by No More Deaths is no better than the previous one in that it is entirely based on hearsay information from a biased source. Not independent moderation of oversight, they just wrote it.
Hear say evidence has never been admissible in a court of law. Even if you swear that the story you heard is correct and you swear that you have not embellished it for you own gains. Interview techniques are the same as surveys you can prove anything by the way the question is asked and then recorded and then presented. This applies to both sides of the coin. If you are going to put on the gloves lets be honorable, fair in our presentations and professional and objective in the information gathering.
It is called the “chain of evidence” (physical or real property) Interviews, statements confessions, etc, must be recorded or signed and notarized and the victim must be available to testify under oath in a court of law. There are many criminal cases that are dismissed because this chain was broken or not conducted properly.
If law enforcement where allowed to collect evidence in the manner that NMDs did in their new book, we could just wing our constitution out the window and embrace a dictatorship.
As quoted in part from the 6th Amendment:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
Border Patrol Agents must be allowed the same rights as all United States citizens.
Excerpt from “Living on the Border” Documentary
Controlling the media was very important, so not only did they bring in their own international media teams sympathetic to their cause but they began carefully screening journalists who wanted to cover their work in the field and any that are approved, are assigned special media persons and given a false tour with no interaction with volunteers who have not been briffed or illegal migrants.
They also realized that right wing conservative news won’t criticize faith based humanitarian groups and left wing liberals are supportive of it with out asking to many questions. This puts government officials and politicians in an uneasy spot. So with decades of experience No More Deaths and the Samaritan’sleaders who were no strangers to organizing anti government tactics, began their new agenda by first creating a cloud of false government persecution in which to operate under.
First there is “Abuse Documentation” or stories they have heard or made up that will foster sympathy for their cause and open a can of worms for any government agency that takes to close a look at their activities. Playing this abuse documentation angle also keeps them very well funded, with large grants from the Unitarian Universalistic Funding Program and tens of thousands of tax free dollars from other churches and non profit activist groups under the disguise of the Social Justice Ministry. The term they like to use for their actions is “Civil Initiative”, nothing more than a gentle for euphemism for revolutionary or anarchist. To give this trump card an air of validity, they even published a book.
Feature length documentary is available on DVD at www.livingontheborder.com
Karl W Hoffman
Documentary Film Producer
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