Part 14 of a 14 part video series highlighting a town hall meeting organized by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords appears above. The meeting was held on September 2, 2009 in Green Vally, Arizona to discuss/debate a recent GAO report on internal suspicionless homeland security checkpoints.
This video completes the Giffords Townhall video series. In this video, one more individual speaks followed by responses from government representatives and a closing by Giffords. Highlights appear below:
This entry completes Checkpoint USA's 14 part video series on the town hall meeting held by Rep. Giffords regarding internal checkpoints. In summary, I was very disappointed in the way the GAO conducted itself and in Gifford's acquiesence to the GAO report's faulty conclusions. Reviewing the report for myself, it was obvious the GAO explicitly tailored it to rubber-stamp a pre-determined conclusion that a permanent checkpoint would be erected in Southern Arizona regardless of its effectiveness or feedback from the public.
Instead of serving as an independent agency conducting a neutral review regarding the effectiveness of internal checkpoints, the GAO went out of its way to downplay data showing border operations are more than ten times more effective than internal checkpoints. GAO representatives also made knowingly flawed conclusions regarding the effectiveness of internal checkpoints that aren't justified by data contained in their report. Finally, representative Giffords has clearly bought into the DHS/GAO propaganda making it clear a real grass roots effort will be required to stop the checkpoint.
We wont be getting much assistance from Congress, not that I'm surprised in the least.
[Congresswoman Giffords (middle) & Local Border Patrol Union President Tuffly (right)]
[Congresswoman Giffords (left), Tucson Sector Chief Gilbert (middle) & Local Border Patrol Union President Tuffly (right)]
Links to part 1 through 14 of this special report appear below:
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