Biden’s Red Queen Justice: The Border Agents Remain Under Investigation Six Months After Debunked Whipping Scandal

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We have now reached the six-month anniversary of the investigation into border patrol agents that President Joe Biden declared guilty of whipping migrants at the border. Biden and the media spread a false story based on a misleading picture of mounted agents using a whip to guide his horse. While the Administration promised a conclusion to the investigation within days or weeks, it has continued to refuse to release any results and insists that it remains “under investigation.” The concern is that the Administration does not want to contradict the President who proclaimed the guilt of the agents and promised that they would be punished before they were investigated, let alone adjudicated. Six months ago, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas promised that the investigation would be “completed in a matter of days, not weeks.”

YouTube still features videos falsely claiming that the agents whipped migrants:

The agents were responding to a large influx of undocumented migrants in Del Rio, Texas on Sept. 19. The media exploded with condemnations from politicians and pundits. Media stories presented the whipping as fact as the “Whipping (of) Haitian Asylum Seekers.”

Democratic politicians like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) declared that the whipping was “worse than what we witnessed in slavery” and described “the cowboys who were running down Haitians and using their reins to whip them.”  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer decried “images of inhumane treatment of Haitian migrants by Border Patrol—including the use of whips.” Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) called it simply “white supremacist behavior.” Many in the media went into high gear, denouncing what one outlet described as the “Whipping (of) Haitian Asylum Seekers.”

However, Biden’s behavior was the worst, due to his position as head of the Executive Branch: “It was horrible what — to see, as you saw — to see people treated like they did: horses nearly running them over and people being strapped. It’s outrageous. I promise you, those people will pay.”

By announcing that the agents were guilty and needed to be punished, Biden destroyed the credibility of the Department of Homeland Security’s ongoing investigation.

The problem is that the photographer himself quickly stated that it was false and “nobody saw a Border Patrol agent whipping.”

Once debunked, the White House and virtually all of the media went into a familiar radio silence.  It was sent to “investigation” and buried.

It is now six months later and the Biden Administration continues to maintain that the agents remain under investigation. Obviously, the falsity of President Biden’s declaration was established within days. It did not take days, let alone months, to determine if the agents did or did not “strap” or whip these migrants.

A classic response to such scandals is to bury them in investigation to wait for public attention to wane. You can do that by changing the question. For example, what began as an investigation into whether agents used reins to whip migrants might be converted into a long investigation into the use of horses in crowd control operations. That will take a lot of time and, when the report is issued, the actual whipping allegation can be buried in a broader policy debate. That will allow the media, as well as the Administration, to focus on the policy as opposed to the personnel involved.

Of course, President Biden was declaring the guilt of people who should have rights of due process and an expectation of a modicum of fairness. However, their innocence is now an inconvenient fact for both the Administration and many in the media. So they languish in legal purgatory.


110 thoughts on “Biden’s Red Queen Justice: The Border Agents Remain Under Investigation Six Months After Debunked Whipping Scandal”

  1. Yet in Canada, where the RCMP actually did run over a woman with a horse, putting her in the hospital, goes unpunished.

  2. Exhibit #1001 why Biden, Harris, Schumer. etc. should all be impeached. Due process and the presumption of innocence is guaranteed by our Constitution. By denying border agents these rights, they all broke the law and their oaths of office.

  3. Biden (like many of his Demogogue colleagues) has what seems to be a hardwired reflex to project upon his political opponents that which he has done, is doing, or would like to do himself.

  4. JeffSilberman, once again you change the subject to Trump in your what about this habit. I named five instances when Fox News was right and instead of addressing those issues you jump to your what about Trump using a references from The New York times that informed you that RussiaGate was real and the laptop was Russian disinformation. You display the lying Times as your proof source. Once again where was your statement saying you weren’t all in on RussiaGate or the Dossier. Where is your apology to Fox News after they got it all right. Either Fox got it right or you got it right. You tried in every way you could to disparage Fox News when it was Fox that had it right all along. You used this tactic to try to convince people that Fox was wrong and you were right and in effect you said that RussiaGate was true and the Dossier was factual just because Fox said the opposite. Now when reality has come to the forefront you conveniently hedge away from your previous positions to try to salvage what my be left of your reputation. You have attacked Fox News and Professor Turley relentlessly on a daily bases when they have pointed out the hypocrisy and dirty dealings of the left. It must be very painful for you to now find out that the conspiracies were all being done by your friends. Then again, perhaps you knew. You can’t rest a case that you never had.

  5. “The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.”

    ~Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell, 1807

  6. In the past five months, 850,000 undocumented have been officially encountered by border patrol, double the amount for the full twelve months of 2020.

    Tax payers will foot the bill for housing, food, education and healthcare. Our primary ER has a wait of 24-72 hours, teacher shortages, healthcare provider shortages and they keep on coming. Does it hurt your wallet? It does when what cost ten dollars last year now costs twelve. Will the undocumented pull up to the task? Pay their own way? Many will. But how will we know?

    This administration is completely out of phase with the majority of Americans, all Americans. The Biden administration lives in a warped bubble and are deaf to rank-and-file citizens. What an insult to the border patrol and law enforcement in general. Today the police arrested a 17 year old drug runner who was packing guns and ammunition to start a small war. His car was carrying a large amount of fentanyl. Thank the Lord there are still men and women who are called to law enforcement.

    Get rid of the President and the next in line is an incompetent, inexperienced person who cannot manage a complex thought nor has the depth to represent the United States of America. She can cackle if she doesn’t know the answer.

    It is a sad state of affairs and a dark time in our history. No amount of shellac or slick propaganda will alleviate the cost of groceries, filling the tank or paying a utility bill. The polls show it and the planners know it.

    The President owns this lock stick and barrel. He is now in the category of one of worst presidents in our history and he is just getting started. Nobody cares about the opinion of an arrogant so called elite. They care about how to make ends meet.,

    1. This is why some of us advocate for a Convention of States.
      The system is completely broken and not about to fix itself.

  7. Well my oh my Joe Biden says something amazingly stupid so they just don’t want to talk about it any longer. In the meantime they have no concern for the border agents that they unjustly put under their boot in an investigation that hangs above their heads like the Sword of Damocies that may still drop at any moment. The officers careers have been put on indefinite hold. When they tell you that they care about people you should stare with wide eyes in total disbelief.

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