Day trip to McGonigle Canyon, San Diego 21NOV09 + Rosas Updates and Opinion

Yesterday A friend of mine asked me for a favor.  She wanted to go see her boyfriend, a Marine at Camp Pendleton, and had no way of getting there.

 Anything I can do to help out a Marine.

As it happened I was looking for a reason to check out McGonigle Canyon in the heart of San Diego anyway and so, after delivering her to the base I rendezvoused with Golf 1 and we headed out for the canyon.
Recently the San Diego Minutemen had discovered that illegal aliens had set up housekeeping there complete with prostitution.

The San Diego Minutemen and local residents apparently applied enough pressure on the local police to force the illegal occupants to leave.  G1 and I found nobody in the canyon, but evidence of their recent occupancy was everywhere.

Good Job San Diego Minutemen!  Thanks for helping keep our neighborhoods safe and our police force on it's toes.
After G1 and I left the canyon we joined G1's girlfriend along with Mr. and Mrs. Red Army at the Blue Mug for caffeine and camaraderie. While we enjoyed the warmth of the coffee, the ambiance of our environment and good fellowship, other friends of ours, determined and dedicated civilian men and women from all walks of life, were "doing work" in the dead of night on the cold California border as a force multiplier for the Border Patrol.
I'll be joining them soon. What about you?
Semper Vi,

Forgive me for being skeptical, but something doesn't ring true about these latest developments, especially the second article below. I get worried when Napolitano says she's confident.
While Agent Rosas was clearly executed, I have always wondered why a drug cartel do something that would inevitably result in their routes of entry being closed off? The border has been more secure than I have ever seen it in the days and months following his murder.  If it was just a robbery I imagine the reigning cartel's jefe on the other side would have already tortured and killed the shooter for closing off their trade. My theory is if it was a cartel hit, it was made by a rival cartel to shut down the competitors business.  Killing an agent wouldn't be worth virtually shutting down one's own business.
Will details of the "plea agreement" be released and when?
Will Napolitano ease the security on the border now that the case has been "solved" ? (just in time for amnesty?)
Something is rotten about this "confession" and I doubt we will ever know the truth, especially with TWO corrupt Federal Governments involved. -C1
P.S. Where is the agent's HK?

Border Agents murderer confesses. Arraigned in US Federal Court today

November 20, 1:59 PMSan Diego Immigration Policy ExaminerCarl Braun
A 17 -year old Mexican male surrendered to authorities and was arraigned in San Diego Federal Court Friday morning for the murder of US Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas on July 23rd 2009. In a plea agreement, Christian Daniel Castro-Alvarez said through an interpreter that he illegally crossed into the United States and lured Rosas from his vehicle in order to rob him. A struggle ensued and the youth shot Rosas several times along with another person. Castro Alverez was also injured during the altercation. He claims it was an accident and his lawyer describes him as deeply remorseful.He plead guilty to murdering a Federal Officer during a robbery and aiding and abetting. He will be sentenced on February 19th 2010 and faces life in prison. Details of the plea agreement have not been released. The FBI is still investigating.

Mexican teen admits killing U.S. Border Patrol agent

The 17-year-old pleads guilty to fatally shooting Agent Robert W. Rosas Jr., who was lured out of his vehicle in July while patrolling a remote area east of San Diego.

November 21, 2009,0,665788.story

Reporting from San Diego – A Mexican teenager pleaded guilty Friday to fatally shooting a U.S. Border Patrol agent last summer while attempting to rob him of government property in a remote area east of San Diego.

Christian Daniel Castro-Alvarez, 17, and an unspecified number of co-conspirators crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and lured Agent Robert W. Rosas Jr. out of his vehicle while he was on routine patrol, according to the plea agreement filed in federal court in San Diego.

Rosas, 30, was shot multiple times by Castro-Alvarez and one or more co-conspirators. Rosas suffered four gunshot wounds to the head and four more to his neck and torso.

Castro-Alvarez voluntarily surrendered in August to U.S. authorities at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The other suspects remain at large, according to the FBI, the lead U.S. agency on the case.

"Today's guilty plea makes it clear that those who harm our brave men and women in uniform will be swiftly brought to justice and punished," said Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. "I am confident that any others involved in Agent Rosas' tragic death will also be held responsible."

Rosas, a father of two, was the first border agent to be shot and killed in the line of duty in nearly a decade. He was patrolling alone near Campo on the night of July 23 in a rugged area 60 miles east of San Diego where drug- and human-smugglers frequently operate.

Castro-Alvarez was part of a group of bandits or smugglers operating out of the nearby Mexican community of Jardines Del Rincon, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation.

The group crossed the border intending to steal Rosas' night-vision goggles, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly on the case. Rosas was killed during the ensuing struggle.

The assailants stole Rosas' radio and weapon, along with his night-vision equipment.

The shooting prompted a large-scale manhunt on both sides of the border. Mexican authorities permitted U.S. canine units and helicopters to cross the border in their hunt for suspects.

Mexican police arrested several suspects in the hours after the shooting, including one man running from the area with a 9-millimeter handgun tucked in his belt. But none of those suspects apparently was connected with the crime.

It is unclear how Castro-Alvarez was identified as a suspect and how he ended up turning himself in at the border, but U.S. officials said Mexican authorities have provided significant assistance throughout the investigation.

Castro-Alvarez, who will be sentenced as an adult, faces a maximum of life in prison on charges of murdering a federal officer in perpetration of a robbery and aiding and abetting. Sentencing is scheduled for February. His San Diego-based attorney, Ezekiel E. Cortez, was not available for comment.

Since the incident, the Border Patrol has beefed up security in the area and illegal activity has declined significantly, authorities said.

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