The caravan invasion that began shortly before the 2018 midterm elections has largely been out of the headlines but that doesn't mean the carvans aren't still moving to our border. In fact, some have already made it and climbed atop the "walls" that have been constructed. Now, we're discovering that Homeland Security used taxpayer money to pay informants inside the caravan for information about their activities.
NBC News reported:
The 4,000 migrants, mainly from Honduras, have used WhatsApp text message groups as a way to organize and communicate along their journey to the California border, and DHS personnel have joined those groups to gather that information.
The intelligence gathering techniques are combined with reports from DHS personnel working in Mexico with the government there in an effort to keep tabs on the caravan's size, movements and any potential security threats.
So, we have our government paying informants for information inside these caravans, and we also have others funding the caravan itself.
As WND reported on comments from talk show host Rush Limbaugh:
The origin of the caravan, however, likely won’t become clear until it’s revealed who is coordinating the campaign.
“They’re trying to make this look organic, but it can’t be! It can’t be organic! Something like this has to be planned,” Limbaugh said. “And so I’m asking myself, who’s behind the planning? I’ve asked the question, well, they have to eat. Well, they have to use the bathroom. Well, there’s some kids there without their parents,” he said Monday.
He said “rich Democrat donors” anxious to embarrass the president could be behind it.
“It could be that they want to demonstrate the cold-heartedness and the mean-spiritedness of Donald Trump by having him do what he said he would do, not let them in. Basically shut down the border. If the Democrats are thinking that, man, oh, man, do they not get it,” he said.
Limbaugh said that for Democrats to get a political boost from the caravan, something bad would have to happen to someone in it.
Then, he said, the media and the Democrats could blame Trump.
Otherwise, he said, the caravan is “a microcosm” of what got Trump elected.
We know that billionaire George Soros partnered with Mastercard and was behind quite a bit of funding for those in the caravan. Soros has also been behind the invasion of Muslim migrants in Europe declaring that when it comes to countries like Hungary who are opposed to the invasion, “Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.”
Still, DHS was using more than mere paid informants.
“While not commenting on sources or methods, it would be malpractice for the United States to be ignorant about the migrants—including many criminals—attempting to enter our country,” DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman said in a statement to NBC. “We have an obligation to ensure we know who is crossing our borders to protect against threats to the Homeland and any indication to the contrary is misinformed.”
Why not ensure they simply don't cross our borders? Isn't that DHS' job? Doesn't Border Patrol come under it's authority? If not, what good is it doing? They already have informed that at least 500 criminals are in the middle of the caravan.
However, The New American points out that DHS has been using technology for their surveillance of the caravan.
The Department of Homeland Security has revealed that it is using paid undercover informants to gather information on the migrant caravan moving towards the U.S. border — mainly by monitoring caravan members’ text messages sent via WhatsApp Messenger. WhatsApp Messenger is a messaging and Voice over IP (VoIP) service that allows the sending of text messages and voice calls. The application runs from mobile devices and requires users to provide a standard cellular mobile number.
The caravan members use WhatsApp message groups to coordinate their migration, according to the report. DHS officials have joined these groups to monitor the caravan’s activities and assess potential security threats. This information is consolidated with other information received from paid informants, as well as from what is collected by DHS officials working with the Mexican government.
These revelations about the widespread use of WhatsApp Messenger among the caravan members to coordinate their activity belies the perception presented by the media that that caravan is composed mostly of poverty-stricken refugees who almost spontaneously gathered to form the caravan to travel to the United States. Not only does the formation of WhatsApp message groups require much coordination, but it also requires that a substantial number within the caravan must own smart phones and subscribe to a mobile phone service — costs that should be beyond the reach of refugees living in poverty.
I suppose my question is simply this: Why are these resources not simply being used to stop anyone from coming across the border rather than gaining intelligence on them?
At least one person wants to know where the fund to pay these informants is coming from. Ultimately it's from the taxpayer, but how is the money being allocated?
Again, from NBC:
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Paying informants, placing officers in the region or monitoring the communications of non-U.S. citizens is not illegal, said John Cohen, former acting undersecretary of intelligence for DHS, but it does raise some concerns about the allocation of resources.
"Those resources have to come from some place. They are not being devoted to thwarting terrorist threats, mass shootings, mailed fentanyl coming into the country or cyberattacks," said Cohen.
Cohen said the caravan presents a logistical and humanitarian issue, but because the vast majority of its members want to present themselves legally to claim asylum, it is not wise to devote a significant amount of intelligence resources to it.
"I find it hard to believe that the highest risk facing this nation comes from this caravan," Cohen said.
It is not known how much money DHS is spending on the intelligence gathering inside the caravan.