May 15, 2003

From: US Treasury Press Release 4/24/01

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How does Customs coordinate its Air and Marine interdiction efforts?
The U.S. Customs Air and Marine Interdiction Coordination Center (AMICC) in Riverside, Calif., assimilates information from a wide array of civilian and military radar sites, aerostats, and other detection assets to provide 24-hour radar surveillance along the entire southern tier of the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. AMICC provides communications and control to U.S. Customs air, marine and ground units on patrol or engaged in special operations. It also integrates information systems with other domestic and international counter-drug centers and law enforcement agencies and serves as a focal point for tactical coordination between agencies.

Are Customs pilots and marine officers law enforcement officers?
U.S. Customs air and marine crews are federal law enforcement officers who receive extensive training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga. U.S. Customs pilots are experienced aviators who have the minimum of 1,500 hours of flight time. Aviation and Marine Enforcement Officers operate high-performance boats and sophisticated sensor equipment.

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FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT!

NOT State law enforcement.

whoever called the AMICC should be fired, or at least demoted for misappropriation of federal resources.

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