I, John A.Carman, while employed as a U.S. Customs Senior Inspector with the U.S. Customs Service between the years of October 30, 1983 to June 19, 1997 and subsequent to those dates have made protected disclosures regarding illegal acts by U.S. Customs Service supervisors and managers in the San Diego District between 1983-1997.
Subsequent to making protected disclosures I have been retaliated against for reporting these illegal acts and I was actually ordered NOT to enforce the laws of the United States and to allow the illegal entry of undocumented aliens from Mexico and other countries between the years of my employment with the United States Customs Service, now called the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.
Specifically, I remember working at the San Ysidro Border Inspection Station and I was assigned to the Customs chase car between the years of 1986-1995. The driver of the Customs chase car pursues any vehicle suspected of entering the U.S. without inspection or proceeds north bound into the United States from Mexico without stopping and attempting to evade inspection which is contrary to law.
During the years of 1993-1995 I was a witness to what we called "Bonzai Runs" into the United States form Tijuana Mexico into San Ysidro which is a suburb of San Diego at the San Ysidro Border Inspection Station. This is where over 1,000 illegal aliens would congregate near the Mexican Aduana/Immigration secondary areas and make a run into the southbound lanes into traffic and bypass normal inspection lines just east of the port of entry.
I was specifically ordered NOT to apprehend any of these illegals by my immediate supervisor Michael Roberts who was a GS-12 at the time. The Port Director at that time was Jerry B. Martin and the Assistant Port Director was Gary Vermilyea.The Customs District Director at that time was Rudy M. Camacho.
I refused to obey such an illegal order as it contradicted U.S. Constitutional Laws and the following Customs Service laws which authorize my legal authority to inspect ALL person entering the U.S.( i.e. 19 U.S.C. sec 482, sec 1581, 49 U.S.C. sec 1509, 19 USC sec 1644, 19 CFR 6.10, 19 U.S.C. sections 1582,1496, 1499, 1467, 19 CFR sec 162.5, 18 U.S.C. 111, 18 U.S. C. 2231, and 18 U.S. C 372 Conspiracy to impede or injure officer of Customs Service.
I instead, apprehended 2-3 Latin males attempting to enter without inspection. I inspected them and took them into custody and after I was satisfied that they were NOT carrying any contraband, I then turned them over to the INS officials on duty at that time for processing as illegal entries. I remember receiving a verbal reprimand by Supervisor Michael Roberts, but I was never informed of any documented warning.
Border Patrol officials and local news stations here in San Diego were also present during some of these incursions and they video taped them as they were very newsworthy and never before seen in such volumes of people violating federal inspection laws.
As a result of my following the laws as a sworn law enforcement official, I suffered retaliation by my superiors in the U.S. Customs Service and I was subsequently removed on or about June 19, 1997.
I now have a civil rights action against the United States customs Service, agents of the office of internal affairs and a local police department for further retaliation and civil rights violations which occurred on or about June 16, 1999.
All that I have said is a matter of public record as I have been involved in making protected disclosures publicly since October 1, 1995.
You may also see my web site which outlines other reported violations by Customs officials which have conspired to violate my civil rights and the rights of others at: www.customscorruption.com
I swear or affirm that the foregoing is true and correct under the current penalties for perjury in the State of California in La Mesa, California 91944 on this date of: April 10 , 2003.
Signed: John A. Carman