Mike Flanders went public with his allegations of Border Patrol misconduct at internal checkpoints after his attempts at redress within CBP (Customs and Border Protection) were rebuffed. Not only were his concerns marginalized by his chain of command but his duties at the Interstate-8 checkpoint near Pine Valley were suspended and he was reassigned to roving patrol while an internal investigation and other adversarial actions were initiated against him.
In other words, Agent Flanders was retaliated against for daring to question the illegal actions of the agency. Something Customs & Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security are obviously quite good at – retaliation that is as opposed to Border Protection or Homeland Security.
Agent Flanders’ exclusive interview with San Diego 6 can be seen here along with the news agency’s followup piece here. What’s of special interest in the first San Diego 6 video is the investigative reporters being diverted to secondary when exercising their right to remain silent at primary but quickly being waved through once the seizing agent discovers they’re conducting a news investigation.
Flanders can also be seen respecting the rights of individuals passing through the Interstate-8 checkpoint in this video:
My hat goes off to Agent Flanders for standing on principle and calling attention to the corruption and illegal actions sanctioned by Customs and Border Protection despite any personal ramifications that may result. CBP needs more agents like Mike Flanders and I can only hope that his actions motivate other agents within Homeland Security to remember their oaths as well.