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Air Force disciplines 15 National Guardsmen over Jack Teixeira leaking documents on messaging platform

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National Air Guardsman Jack Teixeira was arrested for allegedly leaking classified Pentagon documents in April. After an investigation, the Air Force has disciplined 15 National Guard members over the leak. Teixeira’s unit “failed to take proper action after becoming aware of his intelligence-seeking activities,” but there was no evidence that his supervisory chain was “aware” of the alleged leaks.

The internal probe discovered a “lack of supervision” and a “culture of complacency” allowing for Airman 1st Class Teixeira to share the hundreds of classified documents on the messaging platform Discord, which is primarily used by online gamers.

Teixeira was indicted on six federal counts of willful retention and transmission of national defense information, and he pleaded not guilty in June. The investigative report was delivered to Congress on Monday, in which the 21-year-old Teixeira’s superiors were blamed for his ability to lead the documents.

The investigation reportedly was concluded in August, but not given to Congress until this week. According to The Washington Post Teixeira’s superiors did not restrict his ability to access classified information and facilities. The Air Force also blamed them for failing to alert appropriate authorities when he was first alleged to have been illegally sharing sensitive documents.

Teixeira pleaded not guilty in June to six federal charges stemming from the intelligence leak.

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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year

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The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.

According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.

ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.

Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries. 

Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.

Surprisingly, ADN reports:

A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.

Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.

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