Conservative activist and filmmaker James O’Keefe released a video of himself trekking through the Rio Grande River from Mexico into Texas. He even wore an Osama bin Laden mask to prove that the U.S.-Mexico border isn’t properly guarded.
O’Keefe told MailOnline that his latest stunt exposes the federal government’s lax security.
“President Obama is trying to deny the obvious,” he said.
“We proved that border security is national security. The fence is not complete. The border is not secure. In fact, the video shows the border fence is a joke.
“The primary responsibility of the commander-in-chief is to protect the homeland,” said O'Keefe. “With a single trip to the border, we proved that President Obama and Congress have failed miserably and are misleading America.”
A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol official spoke to MailOnline on condition of anonymity, saying that his agency's forces have reached the breaking point.
“We can't be everywhere at once,” the official said Monday. “This is typical of what you'll find in Texas.
“The guys who are on the front lines aren't even on the front lines anymore. They're dozens of miles inside the U.S. How can we catch the bad guys if we never see them until they're standing on American soil?”
The six-minute film above begins with O’Keefe wading through the river as himself. Then, he goes through the water donning an Osama bin Laden mask with a camouflage suit.
“I don’t see a single federal officer anywhere,” he says. “No walls, no guns, no people. Totally peaceful, quiet and serene. I’m in the United States. And let me tell you something, if the president or if Senator Reid or anyone else tries to tell you that our borders are secure, they are lying to you. Because that was just about the easiest thing I ever did. It may be difficult to get from South America to that point, but crossing that river? No problem.”
Hudspeth County, Texas Sheriff Arvin West showed O’Keefe how his county’s 98-mile stretch of border territory has a secured fence that stops abruptly.
“That's the dead end of it right there,” West says, as he points out a crude barbed-wire fence that continues on to mark the border.
“If you think four strands of barbed wire is securing the border, then I guess it's secure,” he explains.
O’Keefe also reveals an old steel footbridge near the area where he crossed the river, just in case “you don’t want to get your feet wet.”
He then shows himself arriving at Interstate 10, six miles from where he crossed the river, but never shows what happens in between. According to Gawker’s senior writer, Adam Weinstein:
Weirdly, in his 'six mile' trip from the river border to I-10, O'Keefe's video never shows him crossing the well-patrolled road that runs parallel to the river, the multiple irrigation canals, the well-maintained parcels of farmland, the two-lane Highway 192 (also called 'Esperanza Road,') or any of the other obstacles that stand between the border and I-10 in every place there isn't already a permanent outpost.
When O’Keefe asks whether the president is aware of the lax policy, West says, "Washington paints the picture of how secure it is. The question is, it doesn't matter if he knows or not, but does he care? That's the question.”
Video Source: YouTube/veritasvisuals