“I’m Not Going To Be Confidential”: Greene’s Controversial Speech
Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke strongly about an alleged incident that occurred near the divisive U.S.-Mexico border.
Greene was the center of attention during a fascinating House Homeland Security Committee meeting in Texas, which saw a surprise Democratic boycott. Greene grilled U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz about a rumored explosive device discovered by Border Patrol officers.
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“Chief Ortiz, are you aware that there was an explosive device found by Border Patrol agents on January 17th in an area called No Man’s Land, and there’s surveillance of who put it there? And guess what? It wasn’t Americans; it was cartels. Are you aware of that?” Greene asked.
In a diplomatic attempt to avoid talking about the situation, Ortiz made reference to the information’s confidentiality.
“I will tell you that some of this information that I receive, I receive in a confidential [sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF)], so I’m going to be a little hesitant of briefing what I know and what I don’t know with respect to some of those, an event like that,” he explained.
“I understand, Chief Ortiz, but I’m not going to be confidential because I think people deserve to know,” Greene declared. “Our Border Patrol agents should not be in those type of conditions where they are at risk of being blown to pieces by the cartels, who, by the way, are criminals, and they should be treated as such.”
“As a matter of fact, I’ve co-sponsored legislation to declare war on the cartels because they are definitely declaring war on us, the American people, and our Border Patrol agents, and I’ve had enough of it, and I know Americans have had enough of it,” she added.
“Now this was supposed to be a full committee. But as you can see, the Democrats are not here. They decided to not — to not show. Why? Well, they said coming here was just a political stunt. You tell me, taking a hearing to the point of the crisis for a firsthand view, are boycotting a hearing because you know we’re going to shine a light on the truth. Which of those is a political stunt? I’d say the political stunt are these empty chairs,” she continued.
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A startling 385,000 “known getaways” have been registered at the border since the beginning of fiscal year 2023, according to a startling statement made by Ortiz.
Bishop: Thank you very much. And thank you, chief Ortiz for for your candor. I really — you’re in a tough spot. OK. And — and I know. I have a question for you. Suppose you that we have 1.3 million gotaways that we know of? What is your estimate of the people that we don’t know about that got away?”
ORTIZ: “Thank you, Congressman Gimenez. Good to see you again, sir. I will tell you that the gotaway number is a number that for a long time was associated with art. It was our agents out there actually cutting swaths of country and using you know footprints as an indicator as to what we were seeing out there. That was our situational awareness. With the investments that this Congress has made into the Border Patrol, CBP as a whole, we have greater situational awareness now than I’ve ever had. My confidence level on that gotaway number continues to increase. Is it 100 percent? No sir. 385,000 gotaways so far this fiscal year. We continue to refine that number. I’ve got to do a better job of accounting for the actual encounters.”
Bishop: “Chief — chief, I have — I have limited time. I just need a number. What percentage of the 1.3 that you know got away. How much more do you think got away you know — that you don’t know about?”
ORTIZ: “in my estimation based upon the situation awareness that I have probably be between 10 and 20 percent, sir.”
Bishop: “Thank you.”
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Federal Judge concurred.