November 20, 2023

Whistleblower Says Border Agents Tried to Cover Up 2021 Crash

A very troublesome report is out regarding a big coverup at the border in 2021.

The report claims that senior Border Patrol Officials covered up a near-fatal crash that happened during a training exercise just outside of Oklahoma City.

The officials were permitted to retire rather than face scrutiny over the accident.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The accident reportedly involved a downed chopper during a training exercise.

The accident exposed the fact that inexperienced pilots were regularly allowed to fly these training missions as well as the helicopters being fitted with tanks that were not crash-proof.

Whistleblower Joseph Adams claims that CBP boss Robert Blanchard instructed him to remove certain aspects of the findings from the official report due to “legal liability.”

According to Adams, the agency regularly pads the log books of its trainees so they can fly missions.

He went on to claim that his job had been threatened after warning his superiors about a “substantial and specific danger to public safety.”

Adams, who recently retired from the agency after having served 15 years, claimed, “This leads to minimally skilled aviators being selected for very difficult pilot assignments.”

For the crash mentioned above, the initial report stated that the training pilot was the “primary casual factor.” The report found that he had not accumulated enough training hours to operate the helicopter, which Adams claims happens far too often these days.

Adams eventually blew the whistle on the activity, alerting the Office of Special Counsel, which resulted in CBP boss Robert Blanchard retiring.

The CBP responded to the report, “We take our obligations to investigate all allegations seriously and have an established process to investigate whistleblower matters.

“CBP's Air and Marine Operations remains committed to maintaining the highest standards of training and proficiency for our pilots.

“AMO operates and maintains all of their light enforcement helicopters in accordance with manufacturers' standards and Federal Aviation Regulations.”

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