Archive for March, 2009

Will Rogers State Park

Posted in Uncategorized on March 29, 2009 by Adam Housley

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With all the craziness going on in the world, it’s always amazing to get out. To explore this great earth and even though I long for home and the outdoors of my youth in Northern California, you can still find a slice or two a stones throw from the cement jungle of Los Angeles. I grabbed my camera, backpack, some water and supplies, and headed for Will Rogers State Park. The hike can be as easy or tough as you make it. I went about the middle on that scale to start.

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The clouds had enveloped most of the western sky, intermixed with the marine layer, a slight breeze blew as the temps dropped to around 60 degrees. Below a few pick up 6 on 6 soccer games and picnics on the only polo field left in Los Angeles. The ranch house still looks fantastic after all of these years and the stables were being rebuilt. I only hiked for an hour and the sunlight wasn’t great, but these are a few of the sights that caught my eye. Below, I give you a bit about the man who built this place.

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Actually now that I think of it….you guys might do better to look him up yourselves. He is an amazing character.

Border Bust

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2009 by Adam Housley

We are down here on the border again, as we continue to follow the imperative operations involving so many U.S. agenicies. This time we watch as Customs and Border Protection work with ICE to stop traffic heading southbound into Mexico. The idea is to stop weapons and money moving across the border. As we arrive, agents seize two cars loaded with dope. One SUV is riding low even though there is only one person in the car. This picture shows dope stuffed in the panels in the back. They found bricks also in the doors and seemingly throughout the car.

dsc_0913Secretary Napolitano has said that enforcement will increase in southbound directions across the southern border. Agents seem to welcome any new money and help. It is important when you consider there is little if any infastructure on the United States side to stop or even slow cars for inspection. Also, when agents begin an operation, they only have about 15 minutes before drug cartel spotters have notifed all those heading southbound. Here’s a photo of Scott King and I as we cover the story in the southbound lanes, about a hundred yards north of the border.

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THE WBC in San Diego

Posted in Uncategorized on March 15, 2009 by Adam Housley

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We are down here in San Diego to cover a great program by Major League Baseball Umpires to train U.S. Marines to become umpires once they have completed their service. The night before our live coverage here in San Diego, we went to the stadium to conduct an interview and had a chance to catch part of the World Baseball Classic and I have to say, while the crowds aren’t massive, they are VERY loud. Here are some pics and I did buy a team USA hat!

dsc_0893We did have a chance to see the tail end of the Cuba versus Japan game and also the first part of the Mexico versus Korea. Both teams in the late game had some loud support. It is interesting to see the countries and how they differ a bit in the way their players are taught and play the game. Baseball is truly becoming a world sport and I hope we make it out of Miami to the finals.

dsc_0859I am still an AT&T Park fan because of the Giants of course, but the Padres are always so welcoming and profesional and organized. The stadium is also fantastic as evident by this photo from above I snapped at sundown.

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On the Border

Posted in Uncategorized on March 11, 2009 by Adam Housley

dsc_0848This is the view from our live position overlooking the border. I have been at this sight many times over the course of the last 7 years and as I look south I feel a bit sad for those having to deal with such a brutal situation. Here is another shot of the San Ysidro border area.

dsc_0850I have another post on foxnews.com and an article coming out on our website also. Here is a release that I just received from Border Patrol that you might be interested in.

San Diego, CA. – A joint enforcement initiative to stem passport and visa fraud at California border ports of entry (San Diego and Imperial Counties) launched by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego, has resulted in the arrest and prosecution of 46 individuals for felonies related to the use of false passports and visas.

During the one-week operation, 35 cases of passport fraud and 11 cases of visa fraud were accepted for prosecution.  Additionally, 27 individuals fraudulently using United States passports were returned to Mexico in lieu of prosecution.
The upcoming Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) mandates that by June 1, all U.S. and Canadian citizens entering the United States at its ports of entry must produce a secure travel document such as a passport, passport card, trusted traveler program document, or an enhanced driver’s license from a participating state or province.  Under WHTI, CBP is able to run automated checks against law enforcement databases more easily.  CBP will also be able to validate the travel documents against information from their issuing agency, thereby substantially increasing the ability to identify fraudulent documents and the fraudulent use of legitimate documents.
U.S. travel documents have a high value for criminals and smugglers.  This fact prompted the joint enforcement initiative, which included embedding seven times the number of Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) special agents normally stationed at border crossings.  It also involved Diplomatic Security investigative agents from Mexico working with the ports’ criminal enforcement units in a multifaceted approach to protect the integrity of U.S. travel documents and to ferret out fraudulent use.
“CBP, DSS, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office took proactive steps to ensure the safety of the public and its travel documents prior to the WHTI’s full implementation,” said Todd Hoffman, acting director of CBP field operations in San Diego.  “Since CBP has stopped accepting oral claims of U.S. citizenship alone when travelers enter our nation, we have observed increased illicit use of U.S. passports and visas by smugglers.  We intend to vigorously prosecute those we apprehend with fraudulent documents.”
Early analysis indicates that just 40 percent of the 62 fraudulently used U.S. passports seized had been reported lost or stolen by their legitimate bearer to the U.S. Department of State, which issues the documents.
“This investigative initiative shows the Department of State’s commitment to ensure the integrity of the U.S. passport and visa, the most sought after travel documents in the world,” said Bruce T. Mills, the special agent-in-charge of the Diplomatic Security Service’s Los Angeles Field Office.  “The Diplomatic Security Service will continue to pursue joint partnerships like this with other federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities to counter this growing threat to the homeland.”
Those convicted of passport and visa fraud face a maximum of 10 years in federal prison.  Offenders also may be charged with aggravated identity theft, which carries a minimum mandatory sentence of two years to be served consecutively with the underlying offense.