“Obedience” – It’s Now Official Policy

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The Obama administration and its controversial Department of Homeland Security are under fire for sending what is being described as a “chilling” message to U.S. Border Patrol agents demanding “obedience,”Liberty News Network (LNN) national correspondent andlaw-enforcement advocate Andy Ramirez revealed in anexclusive video report (see below) calling for Congress to investigate. The word “obedience” was defined on the official TV screens as: “quickly and cheerfully carrying out the direction of those who are responsible for me.”

Reliable sources inside the agency confirmed to Ramirez, who also serves as president of the Law Enforcement Officers Advocates Council (LEOAC), that the controversial message demanding “obedience” was displayed for agents on TV monitors in the San Diego and Tucson sectors last week. In his explosive video for LNN exposing the scheme, Ramirez also provided a picture of the “propaganda” graphic that he obtained from a source within Customs and Border Protection (CBP) who requested anonymity (see photo above).

“This ‘Obedience’ order just continues a long recent history of intimidation going back to the 2004 ‘gag order’ by then-Chief David Aguilar,” Ramirez told The New American in an interview, referring to a controversial non-disclosure agreement purporting to bar agents from releasing important information to lawmakers and the media. “The primary point of this all is to purge the patrol of experienced agents who refuse to go along to get along.”

Calling for congressional hearings to investigate the controversial “obedience” message, Ramirez said the scheme was frightening. “Cheerfully?!” he exclaimed about the graphic, sounding bewildered. “Responses I’m hearing from sources at the Border Patrol include the words Orwellian, creepy, sickening, craziness, Nazi handbook — and those are just the ones I can actually repeat.”

Ramirez also wondered what happens to Border Patrol agents who do not “cheerfully” engage in “obedience” upon demand, especially if orders included instructions to violate the Constitution, for example. “Do they go to one of the long-rumored FEMA camps guarded by employees and DHS armored personnel carriers?” he asked. “Perhaps we hear loudspeakers playing ‘Deutschland, Deutschland Uber Alles’ — something out of Hitler’s Nazi Germany?”

Alternatively, Ramirez speculated half-seriously, there could be an even more chilling fate awaiting those who refuse to carry out unlawful or unconstitutional orders. “Are they now classified as domestic terrorists, in which case a yet-to-be-identified official at the Department of Justice can have them taken out with a drone strike?” he wondered. “As we just heard in recent congressional hearings, that’s pretty much what can now happen; a drone strike on an individual who is considered a terrorist on U.S. soil.

According to Ramirez, both the Border Patrol and Customs have already engaged in a number of “purges” where agents close to retirement were forced to retire even though they still had room for advancement. “They want employees who are loyal to DHS and CBP, which is why the old BP logos and decals have been pretty much removed off the vehicles,” the LNN correspondent told The New American in an exclusive interview.

“Agencies like CBP, ICE, TSA, and the like were placed under DHS’ roof for command and control purposes,” Ramirez continued. “However the real purpose has been to keep the facts from reaching the public. In point of fact, DHS is a propaganda ministry in its own right, given the blatant misinformation released by top officials. In the wrong hands it could easily act in a way similar to ‘State Security’.”

In addition to exposing the controversial image used to condition Border Patrol agents into blind obedience, Ramirez took the opportunity to blast the agency’s leadership as well. “As the Border Patrol enters its 89th year since it was established, there is no figure who has done more to destroy this honorable agency than David Aguilar and his handpicked cronies, including current national Chief Mike Fisher,” he said.

The longtime advocate for Border Patrol agents, who has testified before Congress on multiple occasions, also noted that management was destroying morale. Among other concerns, Ramirez pointed to pay increases for top leadership amid sequester even as agents face potentially massive pay cuts. He blasted what he said was top officials’ efforts to prevent agents from enforcing U.S. immigration laws, too.

Another concern highlighted by Ramirez was the U.S. government’s willingness to “sacrifice agents as scalps through the Justice Department upon request of the Mexican government.” He was referring, of course, to the now-infamous prosecution of Border Patrol agent Jesus “Chito” Diaz, Jr., after Mexican officials complained that the agent had allegedly pulled on the handcuffs of a young drug smuggler.

Indeed, the Mexican government seems to be rapidly expanding its influence on the American side of the border. Ramirez slammed what he described as the U.S. federal government ceding control over the border to the Mexican military, drug cartels, and human smugglers. Notoriously corrupt authorities from Mexico now have “virtual oversight impunity” at U.S. Border Patrol facilities, he explained.

Finally, Ramirez lambasted top officials’ participation in the cover-up of the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who waskilled by drug smugglers apparently armed by the Obama administration under operation “Fast and Furious.” While the explosive scandal and the subsequent cover-up eventually resulted in Attorney General Eric Holder being held in criminal contempt of Congress, justice has yet to be served.

“It’s no wonder morale has been broken at the Border Patrol,” Ramirez concluded.

The New American reached out to the Department of Homeland Security with a number of questions about the “obedience” scandal. Who approved this? Is it from DHS, CBP, or some other agency? Are such messages being used in other DHS components? How does DHS respond to criticism from Ramirez and agents about this message? Does DHS consider this type of messaging to be appropriate? Are there any exceptions to “obedience”? What happens if agents do not “quickly and cheerfully” carry out “the direction of those who are responsible” for them?

While most of the questions were left unanswered, Bill Brooks with the CBP Office of Public Affairs offered a brief statement about the issue. “Information Display System slides are meant to communicate important and useful information to personnel,” Brooks told The New American in an e-mail. “This example falls short of that criteria, and has already been removed.”

For Ramirez, however, though he was glad to hear that the offensive slides have already been removed, the official “non-denial” response was not enough. “Well apparently CBP has responded to the Obedience slide, but refused to comment on who ordered it, and the other facts I reported for LNN,” he said. “Clearly they’re not denying it.”

Still, even though the slide is supposedly gone, Congress needs to get involved and provide real oversight of DHS, Ramirez explained. The other alternative is to continue allowing the “out-of-control bureaucracy” to run roughshod over their employees, the rights of Americans, and constitutional principles. For Ramirez, doing nothing should not even be an option.

“Congress needs to publicly investigate this ‘Obedience’ slide as well as the DHS purchase of over 1 billion rounds of ammo,FEMA camps, and armored personnel carriers, for there are many serious implications involved here,” Ramirez concluded, calling on officials to make a public apology to agents. “Also, the officials responsible for this blatant attempt to intimidate our Border Patrol agents must be terminated with the same loss of benefits as employees who get terminated on trumped up charges I’ve documented over the past eight years.”

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14 COMMENTS

  1. The American Cargo Cult, I’m beginning to see why it came about and how it lasts so long.

    It’s said that people go insane in groups and only regain their senses one at a time. The process is severely retarded when, as Tor wrote, “…and we KILL THOSE PEOPLE.”

    From Wiki – “Cargo cults are typically created by individual leaders, or strong men…, and it is not at all clear if these leaders were sincere, or were simply running scams on gullible populations. …

    Over the last sixty-five years, most cargo cults have disappeared. However, some cargo cults are still active…”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult

    They sure are. We see it every day.

  2. I left a comment at the YouTube channel:

    On top of everything else, the gubmint webpage isn’t even literate.

    “An agents strength is defined by more than muscle.”

    “agents?”

    The gubmint skools clearly failed at their job.

    • Illiteracy is beneficial, the government skools say, because ignorance is strength.

      Bill Hicks: Message for the World About Peace Love and Comedy
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wCny06tFfs

      Life is Just a Ride – Holy Quran, David Icke, Bill Hicks
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-7kswoyCgE

      “Life is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real, because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round, and it has thrills and chills and is very brightly colored, and it’s very loud. And it’s fun, for a while.

      Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they’ve begun to question, ‘Is this real, or is this just a ride?’, and other people have remembered, and they’ve come back to us and they say ‘Hey, don’t worry. Don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.’ and we KILL THOSE PEOPLE.

      “Shut him up! We have a lot invested in this ride! SHUT HIM UP! Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real.”

      It’s just a ride.

      But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that. You ever noticed that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn’t matter, because … It’s just a ride.

      And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. A choice, right now, between FEAR and LOVE.”

      – – – –

      Knowledge is not power. Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to definite ends. (Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill 1938)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7x8YLhTYuA

  3. The story of cRap music and its ties to the prison industrial complex:

    http://fourstory.org/posts/post/private-prisons-hip-hop-conspiracies-and-truths

    http://www.hiphopisread.com/2012/04/secret-meeting-that-changed-rap-music.html

    The black community continues to be persuaded to be the most obvious and incompetent criminals ever. The private prison owners keep raking it in, happy to fund the mythical rapper lifestyle to the inner-city idiots. Each incarcerated idiot provides tens of thousands of dollars to the contractors and private prison corporations.

    Run Tha Streets Wit Yo Thugs – Tupac
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMkOGEpvqpE

    Tupac Amaru Shakur (b 1971 – d 1996)

    • Music, like literature, ought to elevate – at its best ennoble.

      cRap does the opposite. It dulls and degrades. It heralds a slouching backward… to the jungle. Take away the technological backdrop – the manufactured/synthesized electronic noise – and what have you got? A near-animal mumbling/shouting of unintelligible, invariably vulgar and relentlessly illiterate doggerel to the accompaniment of the always-the-same (irrespective of the “song”) primal beat. Boom…. boom… boom. It is catatonia-inducing. Thought is not possible when cRap is being played. Cut away the manufactured/synthesized electronic noise and you can almost see neolithic H. Erectus shambling naked around his campfire.

      Notice that cRap has not evolved. It has been the same boom… boom…boom ….for 20 years. Because it cannot evolve. It is a regress to the beginning. A basic, elemental beat. No complexity; no harmony or melody. No instruments, beyond the drum – and even that is not actually played by a musician. No singing, either. Just a form of fast-mumbling or chanting or yelling.

      cRap is the funeral mass of Western civilization.

      • cRap artist Snoop Lion – No Guns Allowed
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqo9gPxT6A8

        The foundation of cRap music is theft. A legitimate musician’s work is “sampled” and used to earn money for a random hostile stranger. The ethical thing is for a new paradigm to be developed to accommodate the reality of creators’ creations being “sampled”.(expropriated by force)

        Being that this type of theft will likely continue and increase, a mechanism should be erected to mitigate the losses of the original creator after the fact. This affects all creative industries, the internet, and the current world hegemony of American media.

        One solution would be a development of Libertarian Pragmatism.

        Pragmatism is the philosophical tradition centered on the linking of practice and theory. It describes a process where theory is extracted from practice, and applied back to practice to form what is called intelligent practice. The macro idea of NAP must also have a real-world micro implementation in each individual instance. Libertarian Pragmatism is not another Dogma to be enforced at the point of a gun.

        So how will we Libertarians “practice what we preach.” First we continue to eviscerate the current centrally planned committee consensus pragmatism of Hegel & Kant which is currently being used everywhere.

        Second, in the ensuing power vacuum, we act boldly while the time is ripe to enact a bold new model of voluntarism and non-aggressive economic cooperation.

        The ideal of capitalism looks to be thoroughly extinct. It chose to demonize socialism, rather than evolve based on its legitimate complaints. We now live in a world where the average man with large amounts of capital is just as likely to have stolen it as to have produced it. We can’t merely submit to the capitalist class, they have been fatally infiltrated and corrupted.

        What is needed is a new ideal, I will call this ideal – Valuism. In this new system, it is the providers of value who would call the shots in this new Libertarian Paradigm.

        Under Valuism, it doesn’t matter where the capital to produce a cRap song or who pays to provide Eric Peters Autos. What matters is a cRap artist or Eric is a primary producer of value. This a pragmatic, not a philosophic issue.

        Immortal Technique is providing value with his cRap songs, but he is also taking the musical work of other artists against their will. The more success Immortal Technique has, the greater his debt to the original musicians becomes. He must reconcile and repay this debt in some manner, and this must be something his listeners understand, agree with, and help enforce.

        By the same token both Eric Peters and this blog’s audience have a natural law duty to compensate and give credit where credit is due.

        If we can’t conduct ourselves in a manner that returns sufficient value back to the originating value creator of this blog – Eric Peters then we deserve our fate just as the oppressed audience of cRap music deserve their fates.

        cRap musicians currently live by the sword of theft of value and die by the sword of theft of value. The problem with Americans as of late, is they have become a bunch of moblike techno-savages. Always quick to eat the free lunches of their violent overlords, but never contemplating what will happen when the free lunches stop.

        If we can’t see the importance of rewarding the value producers like Eric Peters, Lew Rockwell, Alex Jones, Mac Slavo, John Derbyshire, and all the rest, then we deserve to cower in our Statist cages along with our fellow American descendants of southern plantation workers, including their best and brightest who now work as cRap Artists.

  4. Rkkody Exit Tape

    This guy seems reasonable and logical. He chose to voluntarily sacrifice his human existence early in the hopes of beginning the evolutionary level above human. At least he adhered to NAP and didn’t involve anyone involuntarily. His mentality is the same mentality of a man who joins the military or wants a system of laws to tell him what he can and cannot do.

    http://heavensgate.com/book/a52.htm

    http://heavensgate.com/book/book.htm

    The United States is a Suicide Cult just like Heavens Gate. Because it has over 300 million members instead of only 40 members, its a little harder to perceive is all. If you can fully understand the Heaven’s Gate cult in all its details, then you can fully understand the American Suicide Cult as well.

    Both American and Heaven’s Gate glassy-eyed cult members forsake the world as it is. They forsake the present in the hopes of living in an imagined future world of their imagination. They all are fanatics eager to kill and sacrifice themselves for the sake of the national and religious delusions that exist only in their diseased brain tissue.

    Imagine Ron Paul was elected the President of the United States or the Heaven’s Gate cult. Both these cults are so destructive of life and humanity, it’s hard to imagine what good he would have been able to accomplish anyway. They live only to suicide and sacrifice themselves for something better than the actual world they live in.

    There is one and only one ending to either America or Heaven’s Gate. The happiest available ending is that they only kill each other and don’t hurt anyone else besides themselves. The Heaven’s Gate threat has come and went. Hopefully soon, the believers in the American Suicide Cult will come and go as well. The sooner they make their Final Exit, the sooner the rest of humanity can return to their ancient racial and national conflicts the Americans have so rudely interrupted.

    • Dear Tor,

      The United States is a Suicide Cult just like Heavens Gate. Because it has over 300 million members instead of only 40 members, its a little harder to perceive is all.

      Right. Classic case of “consensus reality.”

      It doesn’t matter if one is insane. As long as enough other people, also insane, vouch for each other, then all the insane people get a pass.

      “Democracy” prevails, and the inmates end up running the asylum.

      Just don’t bring up the NAP, or genuine “consent of the governed.”

      That will get one dismissed as “looney fringe tinfoil hat nutjob” if one is lucky, and much worse if one is unlucky.

  5. If there’s no problem, create one. It’ll keep them all employed. Much like the global warming “scientists”..

    Now watch Obummer proudly puke that hes created more jobs in border security.

  6. Yeesh, the demand for obedience to goberment is everywhere:

    … “The Obama administration is arguing in federal court that a homeschooling family from Germany should be deported back to their homeland, despite what they say is religious persecution. The German government prevented Uwe and Hannelore Romeike from teaching their five children at home instead of sending them to government-run schools, fining them and threatening to prosecute them if they don’t obey. …

    ‘I really wonder what would’ve happened to the Pilgrims under this administration,’ …”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2300568/Obama-administration-wants-DEPORT-home-schooling-family-Germany-fined-threatened-prosecution-teaching-children.html

  7. That article seems to describe a portion of how things were changed out from under us, from the top down:

    The American Police State vs. Little Boys
    Paul Craig Roberts on how things change out from under us.

    http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/2009/04/20/how-things-change-out-from-under-us/

    Soon, even discussing theze things will be forbidden?

    America Has Gone Away

    “… “No president should fear public scrutiny of his program, for from that scrutiny comes understanding, and from that understanding comes support or opposition; and both are necessary. . . . Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed, and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian law makers once decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment.”

    … Today no one believes that our country’s success depends on an informed public and a free press. America’s success depends on its financial and military hegemony over the world. Any information inconsistent with the indispensable people’s god-given right to dominate the world must be suppressed and the messenger discredited and destroyed.” …

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts289.html

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