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Marijuana found inside concrete pipes

EL PASO, Texas — Customs officers found 957 pounds of marijuana hidden in a truckload of concrete pipes.

The 1993 International tractor trailer from Mexico was X-rayed at the Bridge of the Americas on Friday. The examination revealed anomalies in the cargo that turned out to be 816 packages of the drug, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Rick Lopez told the El Paso Times.

Officers cut through the concrete pipes to find the marijuana packages encased inside.

CBP officials put the drugs value at $765,000 and said the case was still under investigation.  From Chron.com

February 1, 2009 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Border Security, trucking | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ray LaHood sworn in as secretary of transportation

1/23/2009

WASHINGTON — Ray H. LaHood was sworn in as Secretary of Transportation Friday, just one day after being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  

The ceremony was small, attended by his wife Kathy and son Sam.  

Also present were fellow Illinoisan Sen. Richard J. Durbin, assistant majority leader and a small audience of LaHood’s new staff and members of the Department of Transportation transition team.  More from The Trucker

The appointment has one of the few bright spots in the new administration.  The Trucker article states:

Rep. Byron Dorgan, D.-N.D., made it clear during the committee confirmation hearing Jan. 21 that he expects LaHood, a Republican, to kill the Cross Border Demonstration Project within two months.

Let’s hope LaHood makes good on that projection and kills the Mexican truck pilot program. 

Ode to Juan and Moe – cowritten by ATAW commander-and-chief, Mark R. Taylor, performed by Truck It Records’ (and ATAW favorite recording artist), Joey Holiday.

January 25, 2009 Posted by | Border Security, Mexican Truck Pilot Program, NAFTA, NAU, Politics, trucking | , , , , | Leave a comment

Committee approves stop sign for Mexico-based trucks

7/31/2008 

WASHINGTON — The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee gave the go-ahead Thursday for a bill to stop long-haul trucking between Mexico and the United States.  

The bill, HR 6630, orders the Department of Transportation to terminate the cross border demonstration program no later than its Sep. 6 anniversary date. It also forbids the Secretary of Transportation to grant authority for Mexico-based trucks to travel beyond the border commercial zones without authorization from Congress.

The bill passed on a voice vote by the committee. More from The Trucker

You know the drill folks!  Let’s burn up the phone lines in Washington in support of this bill.  Finally, something out of Congress that is making sense.

(As a reminder why we don’t need this program, enjoy “Ode to Juan and Moe” performed by Truck It Records’ Joey Holiday and co-written by ATAW’s commander, Mark R. Taylor)

July 31, 2008 Posted by | Border Security, trucking | , , | Leave a comment

Mexican Drug Cartels & Islamic Radicals Working Together

According to a U.S. government intelligence report obtained by Proceso, Hamas, Hezbollah and other radical Islamic groups have become associates of the Mexican drug trafficking cartels: they are furnishing them weapons and helping them to distribute drugs in Europe and the Middle East. Ahead of time, DEA and Justice Department officials told this weekly that “in coming days” they will conduct an operation in the border area shared by Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay – where the radical Islamic groups have settled – that will show their ties with the Mexican drug traffickers.

Washington – Islamic terrorist groups are selling arms to Mexican drug trafficking cartels and collaborating with them in order to distribute narcotics in Europe and the Middle East.

This is one of the conclusions in the report titled “Accomplishments, Fiscal Year 2007,” done by the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Information from intelligence and investigations on narcoterrorism that we have carried out identifies ties between Mexican narcotics traffickers, [and] those of the Philippines and Colombia, with elements belonging to foreign organizations designated as terrorists by the [U.S.] Department of State,” the NDIC document indicates. Based on information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the NDIC document emphasized: “The results of 74 investigations of narcoterrorism that have been carried out by the Special Operations Division of the DEA document that Islamic groups present on the common border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay launder money, sell arms and traffic drugs of the main Mexican criminal organizations.”  More from Mexidata.info

Where is the mainstream media on this?  Where is the cry from DoT Secretary Mary Peters to halt all Mexican trucks at the border – an easy way, as we have well established to transport drugs into the US? 

July 16, 2008 Posted by | Border Security, trucking | , , | 3 Comments

Teamsters Praise Dorgan for Mexican Truck Amendment

WASHINGTON — Hoffa Lauds Sending of Clear Message to Bush Administration
Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa commended the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday for approving an amendment to ban any and all programs to open the border to long-haul trucks from Mexico.
The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), removes the Bush administration’s pretense that it can lawfully operate a pilot program to allow Mexican trucks to travel freely on U.S. highways. It passed by a vote of 20-9.
A federal law took effect on Dec. 26 that bans funding for the Bush administration’s pilot program allowing dangerous Mexican trucks into the U.S. interior. In brazen defiance of that and other laws, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) claimed it didn’t understand the intent of the law. FMCSA refused to shut down the pilot project that had begun shortly after Labor Day. More from MarketWatch

July 10, 2008 Posted by | Border Security, trucking | , | Leave a comment

Lawmakers Try Again To Block Mexican Truck Program

(July 10, 2008)–The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to block a pilot program that gives Mexican trucks greater access to U.S. Highways, but which opponents say erodes highway safety and threatens American jobs.

The language was attached to a transportation-spending bill that’s unlikely to be enacted before President Bush leaves office in January.

Last December, Congress cut off funding to implement the program, which permits up to 500 trucks from 100 Mexican motor carriers full access to U.S. roads, but a Department of Transportation lawyer found a loophole that has allowed the program, which was established last September, to go ahead.

Thursday’s provision makes doubly clear the intent of lawmakers to block the program.

Supporters say allowing more Mexican trucks on U.S. highways will ultimately save American consumers hundreds of millions of dollars.  From KWTX.com


We do not need Mexican trucks. Call your Senators and congressmen and the White House to let them know we do NOT want this “program”.

July 10, 2008 Posted by | Border Security, trucking | , , | Leave a comment

Ode to Juan and Moe

“Ode to Juan and Moe” performed by Truck It Records’ Joey Holiday for AmericanTruckersAtWar.com

April 20, 2008 Posted by | Border Security, Mexican Truck Pilot Program, NAFTA, NAU, trucking, Video | , | Leave a comment

Truckin’ Border Song

“The Truckin’ Border Song” performed by Truck It Records’ Joey Holiday for AmericanTruckersAtWar.com

April 20, 2008 Posted by | Border Security, trucking, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

More ramblings and excuses from Mary Peters

U.S. Transportation Secretary Peters Says Cross Border Trucking is Essential for Colorado’s Booming Agricultural Exports

Efforts in Washington to end a program that permits U.S. truckers to deliver goods directly into Mexico would hurt Colorado’s farmers and ranchers, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters said today during a visit to a meat packing plant in Denver.

Secretary Peters said a new federal trucking demonstration project to allow U.S. companies and U.S. drivers to make deliveries in Mexico for the first time ever is making it easier and less costly for states like Colorado to export goods to the country’s third largest trading partner.  However, she warned that efforts by some groups to deny U.S. truckers access to Mexico would delay deliveries of agricultural products and needlessly raise the cost of shipments.

“We should be looking for every opportunity to open new markets for our drivers, to find new buyers for our products and encourage new consumers for our produce,” said Secretary Peters.  “People may pay a premium for 18-day dry aged steaks,   but no one is going to pay a premium for steaks aged on an 18 wheeler.”

Secretary Peters noted that Colorado alone exports over $356 million a year worth of products to Mexico, including meat, soy, wheat, onions and beans.  She added that a broad coalition of organizations representing many of the nation’s manufacturers, growers and ranchers, including the Denver-based Colorado Farm Bureau, support the Department’s Cross-Border Trucking Demonstration Project and are calling on Congress to allow it to continue.

“Our drivers and our workers don’t deserve a timeout from hope, success and prosperity,” the Secretary said.  “This is no time to let the politics of pessimism dim the promise of prosperity for hundreds of thousands of American drivers, growers and ranchers.”

Secretary Peters also said that safety is the Department’s number one priority and that a rigorous safety inspection plan and trained professionals are in place ensuring that every truck crossing the U.S. border as part of this project meets every U.S. safety standard.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, Where do your trucks want to go?  Not to Mexico!!!!  Ignoring the obvious – that American truckers are not beating her door down to drive into Mexico – Peters gave us this diatribe today.  Perhaps she should concern herself with the real problems facing the American trucker – high fuel, high tolls… maybe THEN we’ll discuss what the ransom will be for a kidnapped trucker and his truck/trailer after the gringo crosses into Mexico…… 

RTaylor

March 26, 2008 Posted by | Border Security, Mexican Truck Pilot Program, NAFTA, trucking | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Senator scolds DOT chief on Mexican trucks in U.S.

Tells defiant cabinet member in hearing, ‘Your arrogance will have consequences’

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

A combative Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters was accused in a Senate hearing yesterday of defying a congressional vote to halt the Bush administration’s controversial project allowing Mexican trucks to operate freely on U.S. roads.

“I regret supporting your nomination to be secretary of transportation,” Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., told Peters. “Your legal counsel is giving you bad advice that unfortunately you have willingly accepted.”

Dorgan charged the Department of Transportation was “hell-bent on proceeding with this pilot program” regardless of safety concerns the agency’s inspector general continues to document. More from World Net Daily

Go get ‘er, Senator Dorgan!
RTaylor

March 13, 2008 Posted by | Mexican Truck Pilot Program | , , , , | Leave a comment