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E D I T O R I A L and O P I N I O N

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E D I T O R I A L and O P I N I O N

Enhancing Border Security Challenges in the Americas


By: Jerry Brewer
It is a profound statement to claim that frontier border security throughout the hemisphere of the Americas does not effectively exist. It is in fact a sobering correct assertion. The hemisphere is an environment of ever-involving risks that continue to manifest itself in thousands of record setting violent deaths and transnational organized criminal insurgency. The ferocity knows no borders. The United States is not exempt from this scourge, albeit the death toll has eluded matching similarities. Although the wealth of the U.S. and strength of capable law enforcement institutions is fundamentally inherent, critical challenges exist that seriously impact safety and pose great risk to many. Further south, the domino effect for Mexicos border security failures with Guatemala and Guatemalas with Honduras; filters as far south as Brasil, as Brasil last week sent 7,500 troops to its borders with Bolivia and Peru to combat criminal operations. All of this cancer-like criminal insurgency is a recipe for further disaster. Border patrols and security strategies must remain focused on the appropriate and meticulous attention and proper allocation of available resources for both short and long term goals. There must be a viable border strategy that consistently addresses evolving border threats and aggressively challenges the weaknesses. Lessons learned; investing in proven technology; and joint integrated engagement against transnational organized crime, are collectively productive strategies. Appropriate intelligence sharing plays a necessary coordinating tool that allows a strategic and fluid process of unified efforts against a common enemy that routinely crosses borders.

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An effective border strategy will be one that is properly assessed to meet security and safety needs, and to adequately determine system requirements to sustain secure regions or the allocated span of control desired. This strategy must be able to provide coverage to the type of terrain and geographical topography of the border jurisdictional limits. Many of the northern cone nations of Central America could benefit immensely with the acquisition of advanced security technologies as to the chokepoint and pipeline to and from drug producing nations and to .illicit users/demand; and the massive profits from currency flowing back in payment. Massive profits too, make crime a hybrid in which organized crime use terror strategies to threaten, coerce, and control, as actual terrorists could use the means of organized crime to endure. Those nations, as well as El Salvador began to see what took Mexico significant time to understand -that the violence and murder with impunity were not all about cartel versus cartel and rival wars for drug routes, but too, out and out acts of terror to instil fear and establish control over the citizenry. As did Mexico, they witnessed violent, barbaric, and sadistic rituals of torture and murder by transnational organized criminals that traffic in drugs and humans, murder migrants, control land, bribe or murder officials, and destroy any form of the rule of law as they terrorize nations. As did Mexico, the military became their only effective tool with which to fight back To establish a framework for understanding the threats and dangers facing nations in harms way todayincluding terrorism; border security south of the U.S. border faces a serious dilemma when it comes to having a ready policing infrastructure. In Honduras, government officials recently announced some 4,000 police officers in Honduras would be fired as part of President Lobos government's effort to purge the National Police of members believed to have ties to organized crime. Many Latin American countries have often turned to their military who are considered to be less susceptible to corruption than police forces. Moreover, the police within these nations are not trained, equipped, or prepared to face such a well armed criminal insurgency. Nations within the hemisphere must also move quickly to identify and secure security gaps to prevent narcotics from reaching borders through the source and transit zones of the Caribbean and eastern pacific. These strategies must also continue to increase ability to intercept aircraft attempting to cross over the borders and also control ground routes. While operating in the source and transit zones, integrating new technology into missions is an essential part of managing risk on the borders and increasing operational effectiveness and responsiveness. Innovative maritime readiness continues to be a critical necessity to augment land and air interdiction, as well as intelligence collection. Integrated fixed towers and other mobile surveillance systems, especially between ports of entry serve to deter and interdict illegal entries and allow effective response. Obviously, continuous surveillance is a critical capability needed to establish and maintain proactive border security. The use of biometric identifiers must become a necessary and objective measurement of physical characteristics of individuals that can be used to verify the identity and prior entries/activities of those detained. The diversity of transnational organized criminals as trafficking groups or territorial groups becomes somewhat irrelevant as to control of a geographical area or fluid contraband movement. Border security and threat prevention is unequivocally strategic and proactive border management for sovereign nations who must aggressively enforce the rule of law for its people.
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CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATES


United States of America
Jerry Brewer is C.E.O. of Criminal Justice International Associates (northern Virginia), a global threat mitigation firm. Website is located at www.cjiausa.org. jbrewer@cjiausa.org TWITTER: cjiausa Media archives: www.scribd.com/jbrewer31 KEY NOTE SPEAKER: http://www.scribd.com/doc/78656606/Jerry-Brewer-Keynote-Speaker-Press TWITTER: cjiausa