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Giving thanks to Rogelio - and asking why

Article author: 
Glenn Spencer
Article publisher: 
American Border Patrol
Article date: 
November 24, 2017
Article category: 
National News
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Rogelio Martinez went in harms way for our nation. He put his life at risk for his country --- and paid the ultimate price. His mother said he was "a very good man". How true.

Our nation is blessed with good men like Rogelio Martinez who consistently show devotion to America and we should give thanks for them --- especially on Thanksgiving Day.

As we give thanks to heroes like agent Martinez, we should make sure their lives weren't lost due to the failure of their nation to give them the best support possible.

Most reports are that Martinez was responding to an alarm sent by a ground sensor. However, according to CNN, a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman said that Martinez was not responding to a sensor hit.

If agent Martinez was responding to a ground sensor alarm, there will be a record in a system called ICAD.

The Intelligent Computer Assisted Detection (ICAD) system operates a network of underground sensors and cameras installed along the U.S. border that detects the presence or movement of individuals and relays that information to U.S. Border Patrol Sector Headquarters.

ICAD records the date, time, and location of the activity, as well as details input by the Border Patrol Agent investigating the incident.

The CNN report included a claim by the BP spokesman said that it was possible that Martinez may have used “car to car mode” to call for help that wasn't recorded.

Agents cannot get ground sensor alarms directly - they are told of an alarm by radio from their station - and that should be recorded.

Every location of a ground sensor is known by the Border Patrol and it should be a simple matter of seeing if a ground sensor was close to the point where agent Martinez was attacked.

Cable news outlet msn.com reports that agent Martinez was following “footprints” when attacked.

The attack happened in the dead of night - how would agent Martinez have found those footprints without having been directed to the location by a ground sensor alarm?

All evidence points to an alarm by a ground sensor that ended up with the attack on agent Martinez.

The next question is - as Michelle Malkin has asked - Malkin: Dumb sensors, deadly consequences - did agent Martinez lose his life because the nation he fought to protect did not give him the technology he needed to protect himself?

And, finally, denial by a Border Patrol spokesman of the involvement of ground sensors should have been easily confirmed with information immediately available to CBP - leaving us with the question - if a ground sensor was involved - why the denial?