Soldiers deploy concertina wire in a location along the Southwest border of the United States near Hidalgo, Texas. U.S. Army North is deployed to the southwest border under the authority of U.S. Northern Command to support the Department of Homeland Security and the Customs and Border Protection's mission to secure the border. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)
Mexican troops confronted two American soldiers in a remote part of Texas who they thought had crossed into Mexican territory, reportedly disarming one of them, U.S. officials said.
The incident occurred April 13 in a remote area near Clint, Texas, where the U.S. Army soldiers were in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle, according to U.S. Northern Command, which manages military support for the agency. It was first reported by Newsweek.
The American soldiers, who the news magazine said were in an unmarked Chevy Tahoe, were on a section of U.S. territory north of the actual border but apparently south of the border fence when they were stopped and ordered out of their vehicle by five or six Mexican troops carrying what appeared to be assault rifles. One of the Mexican soldiers took a service pistol from the hip of one of the Americans and tossed it inside the SUV.
The Northern Command told the Associated Press in a statement Tuesday that an investigation by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Defense determined that the Mexican troops believed they were on their own territory at the time.
"After a brief discussion between the soldiers from the two nations, the Mexican military members departed the area," the statement said. "The U.S. soldiers immediately contacted CBP, who responded quickly. Throughout the incident, the U.S. soldiers followed all established procedures and protocols."
The situation, Newsweek noted, illustrates the confusion that often exists over where the border of the two countries is since the fence does not always coincide with the topography of the actual demarcation.
U.S. troops are at the border as part of the Trump administration's efforts to curb illegal crossings.
In a scathing letter, a top Navy legal official on Sunday expressed "grave ethical concerns" over revelations that government prosecutors used tracking software in emails to defense lawyers in ongoing cases involving two Navy SEALs in San Diego.
The letter, written by David G. Wilson, Chief of Staff of the Navy's Defense Service Offices, requested a response by Tuesday from the Chief of the Navy's regional law offices detailing exactly what type of software was used and what it could do, who authorized it, and what controls were put in place to limit its spread on government networks.
"As our clients learn about these extraordinary events in the media, we are left unarmed with any facts to answer their understandable concerns about our ability to secure the information they must trust us to maintain. This situation has become untenable," Wilson wrote in the letter, which was obtained by Task & Purpose on Monday.
Rebekah "Moani" Daniel and her husband Walter Daniel. (Walter Daniel/Luvera Law Firm)
The Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition to hear a wrongful death case involving the controversial Feres Doctrine — a major blow to advocates seeking to undo the 69-year-old legal rule that bars U.S. service members and their families from suing the government for injury or death deemed to have been brought on by military service.
FORT IRWIN, California -- Anyone who's been here has seen it: the field of brightly painted boulders surrounding a small mountain of rocks that symbolizes unit pride at the Army's National Training Center.
For nearly four decades, combat units have painted their insignias on boulders near the road into this post. It's known as Painted Rocks.