On Monday, Des Moines, Iowa, news station KCCI reported that Boy Scouts with Troop 111 found themselves facing down the barrel of a gun pointed at them by a Border Patrol agent as they tried to go into Alaska from Canada. Moreover, they were threatened with jail and stiff fines for allegedly taking a picture of a Border Patrol agent.
Troop leader Jim Fox said everything was fine until one scout took a picture of the agent. That act, he said, prompted agents to detain everyone in the van and search their belongings.
“The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison,” Fox told KCCI. He was also told it is a federal offense to take a picture of an officer. He did not complain, seeking to de-escalate the situation.
But things got worse. As Scouts were taking luggage off the roof of the van to be searched, they heard a snap and found themselves facing a gun.
“He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here’s this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man’s head,” he added. Fox told KCCI that action had them all in fear.
No one was arrested or killed, and the troop was eventually allowed to pass after a four-hour ordeal. But Fox was outraged by what he experienced.
"You know, we have 18 Boy Scouts that want to come home," he said. "Yet," he added, "we have southern borders" that are "a sieve."
Local Scout leaders, however, seem to be taking it all in stride. According to KCCI, the Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America's Charles Vonderheid said Troop 11 learned a valuable lesson in civics.
"We want to make sure they follow the rules. A Scout is a good citizen. It would be a great lesson in civics for that young man and that troop,” he said.
But was it the right lesson? It seems the scouts learned the hard way that America is turning into a police state where lawbreakers are rewarded while average citizens are abused by their own government. Worse yet, Infowars' Kit Daniels said, the administration's "targeting of Americans instead of foreign criminals" ultimately leads to "constant" violations of the First Amendment.
Daniels also said it is not illegal to take photos of government officials as long as it does not interfere with their official duties. Additionally, he accused agents of abusing the children under the color of law, adding that it is "fortunate" none of the boys were killed.
The Scouts returned home Sunday, KCCI said. So far, KCCI added, they have not been able to make contact with any of them.