Michael Cutler on Operation Viper
I received a phone call earlier this week on Tuesday, September 28 from
Brad Stone a producer for Atlanta based television station, WSB-TV, a station
that has produced a number of hard-hitting, no nonsense reports on the risk
posed to our nation and our citizens by aliens who evade the inspections process
on the southern border and are categorized as "OTM's" (Other Than Mexican)
including and those who come from "Special Interest" countries- countries with
ties to terrorism.
This past May Brad arrange for me to be interviewed in conjunction with a
story his station ran about the unacceptable situation to be found on the border
that is supposed to separate the United States from
You may be interested to know that he has since interviewed me for
additional broadcasts on the immigration crisis that is scheduled to air in the
near future. (I will keep you posted as to when this will air.)
The reason for Brad's call and e-mail a couple of days ago was to alert me
to the breaking news reports about possible terrorist attacks that were believed
to have targeted several European countries as well as the United States.
He also wanted me to know that a major road, I-20, had been shut down and
all sorts of law enforcement officials from the federal, state and local police
agencies were stopping trucks and scanning them with a variety of devices as
well as having dog teams scrutinize these vehicles.
The initial report was that a counter terrorism exercise was being
conducted. It would seem reasonable that this was done in conjunction with
the threats identified in Europe that indicated that terrorists were planning to
put together a "Mumbai" style attack using commando teams targeting hotels or
other such venues where lots of people congregate.
Here is a link to a video report that aired on ABC News about the terrorist
(I recently addressed this issue and raised the issue of the lunacy that
even as intelligence sources make it clear that Europeans are being recruited as
terrorists because Europeans do not need visas to enter the United States, the
Visa Waiver Program is not only continuing, but continually expanding!)
On Wednesday Brad sent me an e-mail with a link to the report his station
had done on the operation. Here is the link to that video:
which then Secretary of DHS,
Michael Chertoff explained "randomness:"
Chertoff had explained that “randomness is [a]
critical tool … one of the things we’ve observed as we’ve studied the terrorists’
method of operation is they are very dedicated and committed to planning. And
therefore when we disrupt their planning capability by having an element of
randomness in our detection, we set them back in terms of their ability to
execute. That’s why we’ve got approximately 700 explosive detection canine
teams, which we deploy on a random basis and a surge basis from time to time …
they’re called VIPER teams.”
By making it crystal clear, as the administration has on so many occasions
that aliens who "only" violate our borders and/or our immigration laws have
nothing to fear, terrorist and criminal organizations are given an insider's
Chertoff explained that under Operation VIPER “we
surge into mass transit, we surge into an airport, they’re visible, they’re
opening bags, they have dogs and detection equipment that is seeking to detect
explosive residue, and it is that kind of change-up that gives us that
additional level of protection of randomness.”
If you wonder why I am raising the issue of "randomness" the answer is
simple. It reenforces a point I have made on many occasions- that when the
immigration laws are routinely enforced and illegal aliens are arrested for no
other reason than their illegal presence in the United States, you introduce
randomness into the equation.
I have done a bit of research into Operation VIPER (Visual Intermodal Protection and Response)
that was mentioned in the report and came up with an article that
was posted in March 2008.
I have attached that article below and I think it is important to read the
article to see how the former administration came to understand and embrace the
concept of "Randomness" as a critically important tool in law enforcement-
especially where the war on terror is concerned.
Here is a copy of the two paragraphs in
into the "playbook" by which DHS operates. If a terrorist "sleeper"
can avoid being arrested for committing a serious crime, he (she) is virtually
assured to not be arrested and/or removed (deported) from the United
We know that of 94 terrorists who were identified by the 9/11 Commission of
entering the United States that 59 of them used visa fraud and/or immigration
benefit fraud in order to enter the United States and embed themselves in our
country, enabling them to hide in plain sight.
The hopelessly naive statements of President George W. Bush in which he
said that the government needed to permit aliens who simply want to run our
borders in order to do the infamous jobs "Americans won't do" law enforcement
could then focus their attention on the terrorists!
The question no one asked George W. or the current President or his
entourage of open-borders cabinet members is, "What does a bad guy look
In the movies the bad guy is easily identified. If his name or photo
is not openly mentioned by the good guys, you can often tell who the bad guy is
by the way the music changes, by the way the lighting changes or by some other
easy to notice factor to help the audience sort out what is happening.
In real life the only music you might hear is the music on the car radio or
the Apple I Pod you may be listening to and, I can assure you, the soundtrack is
not altered when a bad guy shows up!
I often like to ask the rhetorical question, "What does a terrorist likely
do a couple of days before he participates in a terrorist attack?"
The answer is straightforward- he goes to his job where he has been hiding
in plain sight for the perhaps as long as several years!
Open borders advocates of course, counter my position by saying that only
19 terrorists attacked out nation on September 11 and most of the aliens who are
illegally present are not terrorists.
Here is my question: "To date, how many 18 wheelers have been used as
part of a terrorist attack? Answer: None! (I do know that rental
trucks were used in two terrorist attacks but they were readily identified as
being trucks and not tractor trailers, although tractor trailers have been used
to move shipments of drugs and illegal aliens)
I would remind you that the trucks that were screened, scanned or otherwise
scrutinized had not just entered our country but were simply driving down an
interstate highway in Georgia. Meanwhile, illegal aliens who make their
way to the interior of the United States will most likely never face scrutiny
once they get away from the immediate border areas of our country. In
fact, under Comprehensive Immigration Reform, aliens who make their way to the
interior of the United States would become eligible for becoming United States
Additionally, just as only 19 terrorists hijacked airliners on 9/11 and a
couple of other terrorists attempted to explode bombs on airliners- how many
millions of other passengers have simply boarded airliners to just fly to
another city for vacation, business or some other lawful activity- yet consider
how invasive the inspection we undergo prior to boarding an airliner has
The randomness factor, if used to combat illegal immigration would
represent a huge and reasonable step to reduce the incentives for millions of
illegal aliens to run our nation's borders and also keep terrorists and
criminals off balance. Furthermore, while the random searches of trucks on
a busy interstate highway impedes commerce and ties up traffic, causing extra
pollution to spew from stalled traffic impacting so many citizens of our nation
who are just going about their daily routines, arresting illegal aliens would
impact those who have violated our nation's borders and our nation's laws!
Arresting illegal aliens may, as I often found as an INS special agent,
uncover evidence of further criminal misconduct including individuals involved
in terrorist activities!
Arresting illegal aliens also provides opportunities to cultivate
informants- a resource of incomparable importance to law enforcement.
Considering all of the above, could you imagine a strategy being employed
to combat terrorism that would not further erode the expectations of privacy and
freedom that used to be considered our birthright in this country? The
enforcement of the immigration laws would represent just that sort of
Please do not misunderstand what I am saying- I believe that given the
nature of the threat our nation faces from terrorists and members of violent and
pernicious drug cartels and transnational gangs our government has to take some
significant steps to protect us, but how did the rights of illegal aliens come
to trump the rights of law abiding citizens of our nation especially when this
creates major national security vulnerabilities?
A nation's security begins at its borders. Our nation's borders do
not only exist along the northern and southern extremes of our nation. Our
borders exist along the estiamted 95,000 miles of coastline and our border exist
at every international airport. That is why I recently wrote a commentary
in which I stated that "Every state is a border state!"
Securing the borders of a nation is not an act of bigotry but an act of
commonsense- especially in this perilous era!
As I have often noted, a country without secure borders can no more stand
than can a house without walls!
November 2nd cannot come fast enough!
We the People, throughout this nation must seek
opportunities to make it clear to our political "representatives" that we
understand their game plan and won't tolerate it!.
I believe our nation's is greatly benefited by the rich diversity of
our people which is why I could never imagine living anywhere except New York
City, arguably the most diverse city in our nation if not, in fact, the world.
However, my idea of diversity most certainly does not include members of
MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels and members of al-Qaeda!
If reading this makes it difficult for you to sleep now- perhaps you could
do something worthwhile- perhaps you might spend a couple of your sleepless
hours writing letters to your elected representatives this evening and remind
them that Election Day is just months away!
We the People can add to the consternation of
these politicians who are failing to live up to their oaths of office by
contacting them and making it abundantly clear that election day is coming and
they should think of election day as their personal "Day of Reckoning!"
Our government must live up to its obligation of protecting its own
citizens and, indeed, all who are present in our country from the criminals and
terrorists who would threaten our lives and the survival of our nation and our
way of life. In the end, the government is actually those who are elected
to act as our "leaders." Those who fail to truly lead and look out for
those they are supposed to represent, need to be sent packing this coming
If our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to
get their share of the "American Dream" the citizens of this nation must take
their citizenship seriously!
We the People must be the best citizens we
can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men
and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in
harm's way in defense of this nation and our citizens.
My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations
many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for
the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.
The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and
vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.
Any politician who refuses to work to secure our borders and create an
immigration system that has integrity is either corrupt or too dumb to keep his
(her) job. Any politician, irrespective of party affiliation who favors
Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the outrageous betrayal that this would
represent given the national security implications that this program would have,
should be shown the door at the next election!
If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that
you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and
encourage them to do the same. We need to create a "Bucket Brigade of
In less than 5 weeks,
each and every member of the House of Representatives is up for reelection and
more than one third of the members of the United States Senate will have to face
their constituents. They need to be reminded that they work for
us, We the People!
However, the practice
of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins
The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this
nation has emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the
average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises
of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much
that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the
People absolutely must do- we must stop sitting on the
The collective failure
of We the People to get involved in make our
concerns known to our politicians have nearly made the concerns of the great
majority of the citizens of this nation all but irrelevant to the
politicians.I implore you to get involved!
If this situation concerns you or
especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional
"Representative. This is not only your right- it is your
All I ask is that you make it clear to
our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we
We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The
survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the
This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a
Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly
an AMERICAN issue!
You are either part of the solution
or you are a part of the
Democracy is not a spectator
Lead, follow or get out of the