Agents from DHS’ Customs and Border Protection on our Northern border allegedly held and threatened a boy scout troop after one scout snapped a photo of an agent. One agent is accused of pointing a loaded gun at a troop member.
Maybe these agents should be on our southern border.
Jim Fox, the leader of the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111, said the incident occurred earlier this month at a checkpoint along the Alaska – Canada border during a 21-day trek from Iowa to Alaska.
As they moved through a checkpoint, one of the scouts snapped a photo. The van they were in was then stopped and all were ordered out. They were told federal law was violated when the scout took the picture of the federal agent.
“The agent immediately confiscated his [the boy scout who took the photo] camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and ten years in prison,” Fox told Des Moines television station KCCI.
While the investigation was going on, one of the scouts attempted to retrieve his bag from an overhead bin. When he turned, he found an agent had a gun to his head, according to Mr. Fox who was not present during the episode.
“He heard a snap of the holster, turns around, and here’s this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man’s head,” Fox told the television station.
An agent told Mr. Fox and the boys that “the next one to leave the van would be handcuffed and detained.”
“The agent in charge informed me of the potential charges against (the) scout and informed me it is a violation of federal law for any American to take a picture of a federal agent or any federal building,” Fox wrote.
If they did this to illegal aliens, they’d be fired.
Fox said he and a boy were interrogated about their backgrounds.
One agent allegedly wanted to know why they were hauling “excessive amounts of lighters, matches and knives,” Fox said.
Sen. Grassley of Iowa is looking into it.
CBP denies the claims by the troop leader and his scouts. They said that they found nothing out of the ordinary though they are still investigating.
There is a video of the event and Mr. Fox was told he could view the video. It is not known if he has seen the video yet.
Two hours ago, Jim Fox wrote this on his Facebook page:
“I have spoken with a parent and I am in agreement with him there is nothing that they can get from the boys that they can [sic] get from me. on [sic] the advice of an attorney this parent is not allowing his son to be interviewed all parents the decision is yours. My opinion is that the boys have been through enough and what will be gained by the CBP interogating these boys. I will however continue to be the voice for the truth to come forth.”
On January 24th, Mr. Fox wrote this on his Facebook page:
“Here is the latest news as you all may be aware every news outlet from Canada and the US have been in contact with me. As each story is posted we get farther away from the real story. The bottom line is this our scouts were illegally [sic] detained and searched [sic] I was not able to watch during the search and was lied to by the agents at the border . the [sic]scouts were deliberately intimidated and frightened. This was a direct violation of our rights as Americans. These [sic] is no agenda on my part other than to make sure all of us law abiding citizens never have to go through what these 18 young men had to. The CBP has been in contact with me and they [are] flying to des Moines so I can view the videotape of the i instance. Until that time I will not release the contents of our conversation. It was a lengthy conversation of over a hour in length. I will not stop until the scouts receive an apology from the CBP. I will not let our government agencies continue to harass innocent Americans.”
It’s hard to believe anything that comes from the government these days but, like I said, we need these agents on the southern border!
One parent posted this on one of Mr. Fox’ posts on Facebook: “Jim, no matter what the tape shows, the boys heard it-saw it-experienced it. OUR SON will NEVER FORGET it…”