When the Federal government wanted to isolate and neutralize the Branch Davidians in Waco, TX, one of their main techniques was establishing a huge perimeter around the area and denying the media access. Likewise, during the showdown with Cliven Bundy, one pretext the Feds used was that Bundy’s son had left the designated “First Amendment area.”
And now the Feds are doing it again, this time to keep the media away from illegal border crossings.
From Breitbart.com: “U. S. Media Restricted at Border, Federal Agent Cites Safety Concerns.”
“You can’t be here,” a Border Patrol agent said. After learning that he was speaking with Breitbart Texas, the agent repeated his assertion and stated, “It isn’t safe for you here.” The agent refused to give his name and then grabbed his phone, acting as though he had a phone call. He then raised his arm over his name badge. When a camera was put on him, he quickly sped off.
The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), the union representing approximately 17,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents, also had a representative in the area accompanied by a journalist from another outlet. The union representative spoke with the Border Patrol agent who demanded that this reporter leave the area. Within minutes, the union representative received a call from a Border Patrol supervisor about his presence in the area. The NBPC Local 3307 union representative, Albert Spratte, told Breitbart Texas, “This area has always been the public road to Rincon Village, it is the only access to the houses there. All of the sudden, we are being told it is restricted and not open to the public or media. A lot of media have been there recently and this hasn’t been told to us before. It is something new.”
Spratte continued, “The agent who removed you spoke with me immediately after the incident. The phone call from Border Patrol management brought to my attention that they only wanted agents in that area now, which is strange because we’ve never been told that before from up top.”
This took place near the Anzalduas International Bridge at one of the few places where the media can witness mass border crossings.
Denying the media access to locations is censorship, nothing less.