Protecting Americans From Dangerous Foreigners

Grind for June 8th, 2018

“There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.”

– Tony Robbins

It’s About Time

The Headline

Border wall construction begins in San Diego

The Grind

Construction on Trump’s promised border wall began last week at Border Field State Park in San Diego.

The wall, which will cost $147 million, will replace an existing border fence made of Vietnam-era scrap metal and steel plates.

“Although the existing wall was proven effective, the cross border threat has increased and the several decades of old corrugated steel landing mat is in need of replacement with a higher performing design,” said Customs and Border Control (CBP) in a statement.

The San Diego border area is one of the most active in the nation. Agents arrested 26,086 illegals in 2017 and the rate of apprehensions has already increased by 33% this year. Also in 2017, agents seized:

– 10,985 pounds of marijuana

– 2,903 pounds of cocaine

– 4,123 pounds of meth

– 5,707 pounds of heroin

The Implication

The new wall will be comprised of 30-foot posts set close enough so that illegals cannot pass through but that agents can see through. The fence will be topped with a steel “anti-climbing” plate to deter crossings.

“The construction of this new substantial wall will improve overall border security, the safety and effectiveness of Border Patrol agents, the safety of the public, and will enhance the atmosphere for business and commerce in the area,” says Rodney Scott, CPB Chief for the San Diego area.

The San Diego wall is also an important milestone for Trump, who campaigned on the promise to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

Congress in March allocated $1.6 billion for improvements to border security, including updates to existing barriers. The San Diego project will cost $147 million, while the entire wall Trump wants to build could cost upwards of $22 billion – without maintenance.

“Under this President’s leadership, we have a renewed commitment to secure our border,” says CPB Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello. “The new primary wall-project represents an important milestone in our work to secure the international border” and “reflects CBP’s unwavering commitment to secure our borders and protect our nation.”


The Headline

Former government official arrested for selling secrets to China

The Grind

Former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) official Ron Rockwell Hansen was arrested last Saturday over charges of espionage for selling US secrets to China.

He was apprehend en route to Washington state’s Sea-Tac airport, where he had been planning to board a flight to China.

The Details

According to a 41-page felony complaint, Hansen received up to $800,000 for providing technology and information to China.

“Several years after he left the US government, he allegedly attended trade conferences on behalf of China and shared information he gathered with officials connected to Chinese intelligence,” reports The Associated Press. “Charging documents also allege he transferred forensic software worth several thousand dollars, in violation of export controls.”

Hansen tried to get rehired by the US government in 2012. The next year, he traveled to China 40 times.

The FBI launched an investigation into Hansen’s suspicious behavior in 2014. In 2016, Hansen told DIA colleagues he was “stringing along” Chinese intelligence officials because he was hoping to act as a “double agent” for the FBI.

Hansen’s actions “are a betrayal of our nation’s security and the American people and are an affront to his former intelligence community colleagues,” says DOJ official John Demers.

The FBI was able to arrest Hansen with help from a former DIA colleague, who showed Hansen secret government documents.

Hansen was arrested after taking “extensive notes” on the documents.

Did you know… Cleopatra wasn’t Egyptian; she was Greek.

April grew up in the Midwest, where she developed a passion for writing and storytelling at a young age. She transformed that passion into a degree at Indiana University (2008-2012), after which she promptly moved to South Florida to escape the cold.

Since then, April has worked as a content writer, editor, proofreader, blogger, tour guide, scriptwriter, and - I’ll admit it - bartender. Her favorite topics on which to write include health, politics, science & nature, and space exploration (anything but sports, really).

April is an amateur artist who enjoys spending time outdoors and inventing new cocktails. She currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida

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