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Mon Nov 5, 2018, 08:23 PM

Border Protection is preparing for the caravan -- with weapons and gear designed for combat

Source: Washington Post

From head to toe, he is ready for war.

The M4 semiautomatic rifle in his hands is tipped with a suppressor favored by Special Operations to muffle gunshots during clandestine missions.

Just above that is a PEQ-15 sight, which projects an infrared beam visible with night-vision goggles so the shooter can fire at night or point out targets for comrades and helicopters above. A tactical flashlight and holographic sight round out the rifle. Magazines are at his hip for quick reloading during a firefight.

A mask obscures his face, and he wears a noise-canceling tactical headset that would look natural for scouting an Afghan valley for Taliban insurgents.

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Reply Border Protection is preparing for the caravan -- with weapons and gear designed for combat (Original post)
jpak Nov 5 OP
SMC22307 Nov 5 #1
They_Live Nov 5 #2
dubyadiprecession Nov 5 #3
BigmanPigman Nov 5 #4
Demonaut Nov 5 #8
xor Nov 5 #5
jmowreader Nov 5 #6
Shipwack Nov 5 #7
Haggis for Breakfast Nov 5 #9
BlueInRedHell Nov 5 #10
Marcuse Nov 6 #11
INdemo Nov 6 #12

Response to jpak (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 08:30 PM

1. This is obscene.

And I truly hope some middle-of-the-road voters feel the same way and vote for Democrats tomorrow!

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 08:33 PM

2. I guess he got his parade

and a border wall made out of military.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 08:34 PM

3. I hope the troops are prepared for carnage!

Those unarmed women and children are formidable foes and will surely tear through all that armour!

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 08:41 PM

4. Another colossal waste of taxpayer money...

This is as ridiculous as his idiotic military parade.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 09:00 PM

5. More blurring the line between law enforcement and the military

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is law enforcement, right? This stuff keeps getting worse and worse as time goes by.

One thing that I read that I hope remains true is that very few actual soldiers will be armed during this deployment. Although, given the rhetoric coming from Trump, I can see him pushing for that to change if there are any incidents he can point to. They've already been pushing toward that with fake stories of migrants attacking mexican police.


Someone posted a video on here a few days ago of these guys landing a helicopter at a border crossing as if they were deploying in a warzone. Here's a link to that thread if you haven't seen it. https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1017&pid=518715

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 09:19 PM

6. If I was head of CBP, I'd send my guys down there equipped exactly like this

And it's not for the refugees. I doubt there are more than a handful of guns in the whole batch. Plus, they're probably not much into violence; the real criminal elements down there who are trying to get into the US have the money for cars and boats.

Who I'm really worried about is the militias on the US side of the border. These slimy fucks are going down there to Defend Our Border, Kill Some Brown People and MAGA, and they're armed to the teeth. There very well may come a point where we're going to have to defend the refugees from the militias, and I can't think of a better way to do it than to park a couple of MRAPs between them and train .50-caliber machine guns and Mk.19 grenade launchers on the militia pukes.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 09:45 PM

7. I see your point, but...

I have a feeling that many in the Border Patrol see the militias as kindred spirits, not as adversaries... It wouldn't surprise me if they colluded, if only unofficially.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 10:17 PM

9. In case you thought this couldn't get worse,

Now there are gun-humping, trigger-happy, militia morons heading down there, too.

What could possibly go wrong ?

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 11:28 PM

10. The bastard has gotten his way. Surely mothers will start doubting whether continuing onward to r/o

to the US even makes sense.
I'm here and terrified for all the people in the 'caravan'. Imagine how scared they will be.

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Response to BlueInRedHell (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 12:33 AM

11. That is Sessions' objective. Deterrence by Cruelty.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 11:00 AM

12. I think what will happen, which will be so unfortunate, is that one of

these soldiers will set off a national crisis and shoot one of the these migrants.
Really I do believe that .Why are they dressed in battle ready, battle field gear

There is no reason for all of this. Trumps base is loving every minute of this though.
Shit like this only happens in a Third World Country with a Totalitarian Government.
Its awful

I thought the Joint Chiefs rejected any moves like this

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