Bersin and Napolitano Offer Latest Spin on Border Drug War

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin (left), once chief of schools here, hooked up with a bevy of other Obama administration law enforcement bigwigs today to release their Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy for 2011.

They claimed progress in coordinating Navy, Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol enforcement efforts in San Diego:

"The Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) in San Diego, California is an example of the evolution of joint interagency operations to optimize detection and response," the report says.

"The JHOC is a multi-agency command center with a mandate to coordinate maritime law enforcement operations within its area of responsibility. The JHOC is manned with USCG, CBP, and U.S. Navy patrol watch standers.

"The Maritime Unified Command is chaired jointly by USCG and CBP, and includes representatives from the Maritime Task Force (which is an ICE-centric DHS/DOJ task force), U.S. Navy Third Fleet, Joint Task Force-North, the California National Guard, and local law enforcement."

That description was far more elaborate than last year's report, which contained the following:

"The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has Sector Commands at San Diego and Corpus Christi controlling USCG air and maritime assets that patrol in these areas. The USCG also provides detection, monitoring, and interdiction of suspect traffic along the maritime (San Diego area/Southern Texas Gulf) approaches to the United States."

A news release that accompanied the Nogales, Arizona event gave passing mention to treatment programs as alternatives to the nation's traditional war against drugs:

"The strategy outlines Federal, state, local, tribal, and international actions to reduce the flow of illicit drugs, cash, and weapons across the border, and highlights the Obama Administration’s support for promoting strong border communities by expanding access to drug treatment and supporting programs that break the cycle of drug use, violence, and crime."

The release added that the administration has beefed up staffing along the border here, saying "the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has allocated nearly 29 percent of its domestic agent positions to the Southwest border, while U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increased its Federal agents on the border, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) has secured a record number of extraditions from Mexico: 94 in 2010 compared to 12 in 2000 and trained over 5,400 Mexican prosecutors and investigators."

The full document can be downloaded here:

Bersin recently told a Congressional committee that disputes within the administration and the FBI had hindered clean-up efforts against law enforcement corruption along the border.

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The usual numbingly bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo. Are they working together or at cross purposes? Your guess is as good as mine, but I really doubt it. And Bersin fiddles whilst the border burns.

Alan Bersin= APPOINTED political hack, nothing more. That is all you need to know about this little LE pow wow.

Won't change a thing, I guarantee it.

SurfPup, why don't you tell us what you REALLY think of Bersin? He and Nap are cut from the same cloth; neither can come up with an original idea. So they hide behind bureaucratese. What does all this tell you about the 'bama administration?

Thank you, Matt Potter, for the hilarious compare-and-contrast of obscurantist language in the past and present press releases about Homeland security at the U.S.-Mexican Border.

The new detail -- "tribal" involvement in interdiction? offers of drug treatment? -- signals that Bersin is hitting his stride in the ICE job. That's how he used to talk when he sat center-stage at those televised School Board meetings: seriously unintelligible gibberish that made you laugh.

I just hope it was hot as Hades when they all got together in Nogales at their Command Center.

I just hope it was hot as Hades when they all got together in Nogales at their Command Center.

=================== [email protected] the "command center"......these clowns have ego's bigger than Doanld Trump.

Matt Potter ROcks!! You need to publish a book of all your work for the a San Diego Politcal reader so that anyone who wants to know the lowdown of San Diego Politics...just at Peter Navarro...

All those dogs in the fight and they're still having their asses handed to them. Maybe we need to pursuade the narco terrorists to work for our side.

sounds like the old saw

"one of them lies, and the other swears to it"

in a real world ( not a political favored one) there would be someone in the position with military experience

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