One can only hope. While treason is narrowly defined, if the Bush administration has indeed been giving the Mexican government information on law-abiding U.S. groups operating inside the U.S. that doesn't relate to specific Mexican nationals, they have committed treason in the general if not the Constitutional sense. We should give the Mexican government information on their nationals who have been detained or who have had encounters with border watch groups. However, providing that government with the locations of those groups - or even with opposition research - is crossing the line into colluding with a foreign government.
And, of course, the Democrats won't be able to add 2+2 in this case, just as they can't do the math in all similar cases. Their complaints about corruption fall on deaf ears because they support corruption when it involves illegal immigration; they complain about domestic spying but will refuse to discuss this case. If they had opposed illegal immigration in 2004 Kerry would have been elected president. And, if they came out strongly against illegal immigration in general and the current case in particular, they could pick up millions of new votes. The problem, of course, is that the Democratic leadership is about as American as the GOP leadership. It is truly tragic that the U.S. cannot have at least one political party that represents U.S. interests rather than selling them out.
The MMP responds here and here, promising even more information to come.
The BP responds in "Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Inaccurate" ( cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/highlights/news_highlights/statement05092006.xml ). However, their denials are to a great extent contradicted by statements in the SBSun article:
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman confirmed the notification process, describing it as a standard procedure meant to reassure the Mexican government that immigrants' rights are being observed.
"It's not a secret where the Minuteman volunteers are going to be," Mario Martinez said Monday.
"The Minutemen haven't been accused of breaking the law. Quite the contrary - they have gone out of their way to aid law enforcement and ensure the safety of our border. The U.S. government has no grounds upon which to stifle the Minutemen's constitutional right to organize," Tancredo concluded. "I want to know the legal basis for CBP informing a foreign government of the activities of private citizens who are obeying the law."
The AP offers a roundup in "U.S. notifying Mexico of some civilian border patrol acts".
Some of the following may be the pages from which the SBSun report was derived:
Como respuesta, la tarde del propio 21 de julio el Departamento de Seguridad Interna de Estados Unidos expreso, a traves de un comunicado de prensa, que las declaraciones del Comisionado Bonner no representaban una posicion oficial.
And, on a somewhat related note, see this report from the CHCRL: portal.sre.gob.mx/ime/pdf/IV.8_Anexo.pdf It proposes ways that the Mexican government can oppose the MMP and similar groups, including spreading opposition research to domestic groups.
There's audio of Chris Simcox discussing the situation here. The MMP links to the sre.gob.mx/eventos/minuteman/reporte3.htm above, saying:
Widespread reports yesterday of the U.S. Border Patrol reporting locations of Minuteman activities along the border have now broadened in scope. The reports obtained from the Mexican government include an August 2005 document, "Third Report on the Activities of Vigilantes" -- posted on Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Relations Web site -- suggest U.S. officials were giving out more details than required by the Vienna Convention. Part of that information included reports on activities in the interior United States in locations such as Illinois, Nevada, Utah, Massachusetts and Tennessee.