Recent headline articles:

A couple from Colorado on their way to a baby shower for the soon to be new mother was involved in a crash caused by an illegal alien with four DUI convictions, who was again, drunk.  The expectant mother was injured and doctors performed an emergency C section to try to save the baby who lived for only one minute before succumbing to his injuries.  This illegal alien was convicted of two other DUI’s in 2000.

MF Global will not face charges for diverting customer funds to cover risky investments.  Customers, many in the agricultural industry, lost over one billion dollars as a result. Jon Corzine, former New Jersey Governor and former top executive for both MF Global and Goldman Sachs, says he doesn’t know where the money went.

The Department of Justice ended an investigation of Goldman Sachs’ role in the subprime mortgage crisis stating that they could not provide sufficient evidence of wrongdoing under current law.

An unidentified ICE agent could face disciplinary measures for arresting an illegal alien for as many as 10 traffic violations, in Newark, Delaware. He was ordered to release the individual because the circumstances didn’t fit the President’s priorities for deportation.  He was then threatened with a three day suspension when he balked.

A spokesperson for the local police department stated that the same circumstances involving an American citizen would have resulted in that person being put in jail.  Senator Jeff Sessions is demanding answers, stating that the message sent to ICE agents is that they will be punished for performing their duties to uphold the law.

These news stories do not begin to cover the erosion of the Rule of Law our country is facing.  It crosses partisan lines, as well as class distinctions to the detriment of the American citizen and the country as a whole.  Our society cannot function without the expectation that wrongdoers will be dealt with consistently.  For example, imagine trying to enter into a contract with someone without the assurance that the contract will be enforced.

The fundamental pillar of any prosperous economy is an expectation of clear, consistent rules being equally enforced.  When unequal consequences for unsavory conduct in the financial industry exist, the results are predictably the increase in cheating and the erosion of legitimate business practices in an effort to survive.  The end result is that the only businesses that survive are the ones politically connected, rather than offering the best services or products.

Scientists from many different disciplines speculate and study the causes of crime, the levels of violence, as well as what to do about it.  In my home state of New Mexico, it is not an unusual headline to read of people being arrested for DUI having 10 or more convictions and never spending time in jail, especially if they are illegal immigrants.  Depending on the judge, some pedophiles classified as sexual predators with multiple offenses are given minimal sentences with minimal supervision, while others are sent to prison for the maximum sentence.

Even worse, criminals found to have lower IQ’s or mental problems are released without prosecution through being found incompetent to stand trial, yet not ordered into treatment for their mental issues so they continue reoffending.  From my perspective as an LEO, it is the inconsistency in consequences that influence criminals to bet that the reward of criminal behavior exceeds the risk of consequences.  This adds to the burden of both law enforcement officers, as well as law abiding citizens.

By far the most corrosive to our society as a whole is the impunity with which some political figures engage in conduct that would result in prison time for other people engaging in the same activity.  One example of this is the headlines, as well as the book “Throw Them All Out” by Peter Schweizer, exposing insider trading by politicians.  There was such public outrage that the STOCK Act was passed and signed into law in a remarkably short period of time.  The caveat is an exclusive by CNN exposing that there are loopholes in the law allowing family members to profit from insider information.  The failures in government oversight agencies, such as the Securities Exchange Commission over the financial industries, the State Department over refugee vetting and so many others has led to ordinarily non- political and silent professionals begin to speak out.

Two union leaders representing ICE and Border Patrol officers have both issued statements condemning the current policies of the Obama administration regarding immigration enforcement and deportation of illegals.  Votes of no confidence against ICE Director John Morton were given on August 5, 2010.  The situation has deteriorated to the point that the union representing ICE is distributing a petition signed by ICE agents and encouraging the public to participate in signing it.

As a result of continued national security leaks by politicians which would have resulted in criminal charges for military and intelligence personnel, former and retired Navy SEALS, Delta Force, CIA, and other special operators have joined forces to form a political action committee called OPSEC. OPSEC was founded to stop the release of national security secrets for political gain regardless of political affiliation of those involved.  In addition, the PAC has produced a short movie “Dishonorable Disclosure” to educate the public on the impact of these leaks for America.

Some pundits have condemned OPSEC’s activity saying that this activity does not belong in the political sphere.  Rather than condemning these unprecedented actions, the need for such a group should be taken as a call of alarm.  The necessity for setting up OPSEC, a PAC designed to stop dangerous leaks of classified information by our own government, is a strong indicator of a major problem in America.  Professionals used to working within their own spheres tend to silently adjust to changing political winds,.  However, when seeing rising chaos and danger to the country they have sworn an oath and devoted their lives to protect, they risk their professional reputations, their lives, and even their families to speak out.

Fast and Furious was just the tip of the iceberg.  The ICE union’s was made particularly stark by stating unequivocally that they were being given unlawful orders.  That is something that none of us in the law enforcement field can ignore without peril to ourselves, our families, and our future.

Learn more about this article here:

http://judiciary.house.gov/news/07312012.html (report on crimes committed by un-deported illegal aliens)

http://iceunion.org/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9s4eGUIbHk&feature=player_embedded  (Border Patrol Union statement on Fast and Furious operations)

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/senator-ice-agent-facing-punishment-for-arresting-illegal.html

http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/08/02/news/alleged-dwi-claims-tiny-life.html

http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/jon-corzine-other-mf-global-executives-unlikely-to-face-criminal-charges/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/10/investigation-goldman-sachs_n_1765368.html

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/19/politics/stock-act-loophole/

http://www.dishonorabledisclosure.com/index.html

Juli Adcock began her career in law enforcement with the Escambia County Florida Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy until she was injured in a riot situation. She transferred to Judicial Security and retired in 1998. Juli pursued career advancement training with an emphasis on officer survival, interviews and interrogation. She worked with a local Rape Crisis Center and in victim’s advocacy, complementing her college course work in psychology. She currently resides in New Mexico and is an instructor with The Appleseed Project (www.appleseedinfo.org). The Appleseed Project is a rifle marksmanship clinic teaching the fundamentals of firing an accurate round downrange every 3 to 4 seconds, out to 500 yards, as well as American history. She has trained military personnel at White Sands Missile Range who are certifying as Squad Designated Marksmen. Juli instructs basic handgun skills to new gun owners in preparation for responsible personal gun ownership and the Concealed Carry class for the State of New Mexico. She can be reached at [email protected] or through Law Enforcement Today.