Thursday, January 2, 2014

Time for a call for CBP transparency

Sierra Vista Herald
January 1, 2014

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An investigation by The Arizona Republic into the use of deadly force by Customs and Border Protection agents during the past nine years deserves the attention of federal officials — especially U.S. Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain — to establish some measure of accountability for the agency.

Sunday the Phoenix-based newspaper published the first in a planned series of articles that investigated the use of deadly force by on-duty Border Patrol agents, resulting in 42 deaths — including 13 Americans — since 2005.

The first article is available online at the newspaper’s website, at

While we don’t make it our business to promote other newspapers, the findings of the Republic investigation are troubling enough to generate the concern of every American — especially those living in close proximity to the U.S./Mexico border.

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