A flamethrowing American conservative activist raised eyebrows in the U.S. on Monday by releasing a video of himself crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico into Texas, dressed as the late al-Qaeda terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.
Guerrilla documentarian James O'Keefe's footage comes at a time when Americans are engaged in a national debate about border security. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have entered the U.S. illegally in recent months, drawn by a confusing White House policy that appears to offer amnesty for those who make it safely.
In Monday's video release, O'Keefe focuses on the implications for national security: He illegally crosses into Mexico twice and returns – first in street clothes and again in army fatigues, wearing an Osama bin Laden Halloween mask
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The official White House website includes a claim that 'today border security is stronger than it has ever been.'
But O'Keefe told MailOnline that his stunt proves the federal government's policy is lax and needs a dramatic overhaul.
'President Obama is trying to deny the obvious,' he said.
'We proved that border security is national security. The fence is not complete. The border is not secure. In fact, the video shows the border fence is a joke.'
'The border fence is a joke': Filmmaker crosses from US to Mexico dressed as Osama bin Laden as Border Patrol says 'we can't be everywhere at once'
James O'Keefe, known for guerrilla documentaries targeting liberals, says US Border Patrol was nowhere to be seen when he crossed border twice
The conservative firebrand wore a bin Laden mask to show the national security implications of unmonitored borders
A Border Patrol official said agents who ought to be on the 'front lines aren't even on the front lines anymore'
Texas sheriff showed how a section of border fencing ends abruptly, providing easy access for immigrants to sneak in from Mexico
By DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR
PUBLISHED: 10:41 EST, 11 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:04 EST, 11 August 2014