M3 Report: Mexico in ‘civil war’ with drug gangsby Hugh Holub on Aug. 22, 2011, under border issues, politics
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Agents bust Iraqi-Sinaloa cartel drug smuggling/explosive ring; Mexico in ‘civil war’ with drug gangs
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La Jornada Editorial 7/7/11
Washington: Unreliable Ally
According to the information provided yesterday by Darrel Issa, chairman of the legislative committee examining the scope of Operation Fast and Furious, by which the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) allowed delivery of thousands of high-powered weapons to Mexican cartels, besides officials at different levels of the agency aforementioned, the FBI and DEA also participated in the operation. According to Issa, the illegal movement of weapons which, supposedly, was to “monitor” the supply of U.S.-origin weapons to Mexican drug trafficking organizations was carried out by means of paying smugglers to act as informants for the DEA and the FBI.
In previous weeks, Issa-led investigations established that the highest officials of the ATF, including its acting director, Kenneth Melson, received weekly reports of the development of fast and furious, allowing illegal entry to our country of about 2,000 assault rifles, fifty sniper rifles and an undetermined amount of ammunition.
It seems unlikely that the Attorney General of the neighboring country, Eric Holder, had not been aware of the participation of three police and security agencies of such importance to the U.S. government and therefore, the allegations in his favor made by President Barack Obama seem not very plausible. If Fast and Furious was a government decision, it would be extremely serious for the White House to hide it. On the other hand, if the highest echelons of U.S. public power had no idea of these illegal activities of the ATF, DEA and FBI, that ignorance would suggest an egregious lack of control in Washington’s actions against drug trafficking.
With regard to Mexico, it is clear that the U.S. government can not be considered a reliable partner in fighting crime and public safety, much less as a solicitor of coordination by Mexican security forces, a function violating the Constitution, and that, nevertheless, has emerged as a result of the dissemination of diplomatic cables obtained from the State Department by WikiLeaks and released in Mexico by this newspaper.
By itself, the costs of the war declared by the Calderón government since its inception — and continued and accentuated, according to the information available, by U.S. pressure — cast extremely asymmetric and unjust costs for both countries: while ours has been the loss of more than 40 000 lives; the social fabric and the economy of entire regions has been destroyed; civil and military institutions show inevitable breakdown, and in many institutions there has been a true collapse of public security and the rule of law, the conflict has brought the United States a vast market in which to place its production of arms, a great quantity of money laundering which reports astronomical earnings for financial institutions in the neighboring country and, last but not least, a good excuse to multiply and deepen its interventionist actions in our country.
In this context, the fact that three police and security agencies of the neighboring country have participated in the supply of weapons to cartels which they are trying to defeat constitutes an intolerable fact that should lead to radical questioning of bilateral cooperation in the matter and a thorough review of the implications this has for Mexico. At present, the Fast and the Furious operation should lead the Mexican legislature to demand a profound reformulation of the Merida Initiative, the North American Alliance for Security and Prosperity and other bilateral instruments on matters of security and fighting crime.
The Red Cross has announced that it will soon have telephone service and free medical care available for repatriates being returned across the border from the U.S. The service will allow them to communicate with family within Mexico and Central America. The spokeswoman said that over 3000 are repatriated monthly just at this location. The highest number of Mexicans come from the states of Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Michoacan, Chiapas, Oaxaca and from Mexico City. -Economista (http://tinyurl.com/3toarkc)
Police have announced there ill be 3, 950 uniformed police on duty Monday, the first day of school. Although there will be primary focus on traffic, they will also be active in community policing and school safety, supported by helicopters and 4,000 surveillance cameras.-Milenio
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**Asterisk denotes death involving a police officer or a member of the military serving in that capacity.
MONTERREY, NUEVO LEÓN
In late afternoon, 4 truck loads of gunmen dropped a man on a street, forced him to stand in front of a wall, and in front of dozens of people on the scene, shot him.
CIUDAD JUAREZ, CHIHUAHUA
During the day Thursday, five bodies were found in different parts of the city in the space of one hour. All had been tortured before being executed.
The headline of the report says ‘Gunmen continue to kill policemen in Acapulco. In separate attacks, three state policemen were executed, two kidnapped but one escaped. With two of the three, the gunmen also stole their handgun.
Three young men were found executed and dumped along the highway, along with a narco message from LFM.
CADEREYTA, NUEVO LEÓN
Three young men were shot and killed, and a girl survived although her condition remains very delicate. (Note: Many of the victims in these incidents may indeed be innocent victims and simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, witnessed something, revenge against family members, or mistaken identity.)
Early Thursday morning, walkers notified authorities of two black plastics bags with blood coming from them. The Municipal Police found a man inside, butchered with the trunk in one and the remainder in the other. There was no identification. A narco message was left with the body. (It’s customary not to have ID; that is one of the reasons police release the gruesome photos, hoping someone will recognize the person.)
Gunmen are continuing to attack bus drivers in the city. Three drivers have been killed within the past 2 days, and another wounded but survived.
Two more were executed and found Thursday added to the list of dead that seems endless with the struggle between the rival cartels.
Gunman made a macabre tour of Acapulco on Wednesday. First, coolers were left near the entrance to the main Cici Water Park containing a head, an arm and a foot. This was witnessed by panicky tourists. Hours later, three coolers left in the center of the city contained the abdomen, leg and other pieces of the body. There was no identification.
Thursday, police were notified of the finding of a human skull in the garden of a kindergarten. There were no students or teachers present.
Blankets with messages to President Calderón were hung throughout the city. They were signed by ‘The People’.
AGUALEGUAS, NUEVO LEÓN
There was a shootout between the military and gunmen who fought to the death. This was the result of an anonymous tip of gunmen living at a certain house. On arrival, the military was met with gunfire and returned it during an hour long gunfight. The shootout resulted in 10 bad guys being killed, and 20 managed to escape. Seized were 10 rifles, one handgun, two thousand bullets, about 100 magazines, one grenade fragmentation, eight 40 mm caliber shells, 40 grenades, marijuana, ammo holders, bulletproof vests, military-style uniforms, four radios, two mobile devices, five vehicles, among other things.
Antonio Valenzuela, head of the State Ministerial Police of Guerrero, raided a home and arrested nine gunmen, and seizing rifles, handguns, cartridges , boots, knives , machetes , cartridge belts, bulletproof vests , tactical equipment, radio equipment, cell phones , among other things.
Sergio Justo Flores , a 33 year old state police officer, was blocked at an intersection by gunmen, forced to get out of his car and then executed.
On Friday, a group of gunmen shot and killed four taxi drivers at a taxi stand during the day. Three other bystanders were wounded and hospitalized. (The photo shows a complete lack of crime scene integrity, which IMO, demonstrates a lack of resolve by authorities to even investigate these homicides. The people sitting in the photo beside the bodies are completely inured to them it appears.)
Gunmen entered the general hospital and located a young man that was being treated for gunshot wounds. After killing him with four shots, they threatened the staff and patients and fled.
CIUDAD JUAREZ, CHIHUAHUA
At about 630 am Saturday, a married couple and doctors who both worked for the government, were attacked as they left home. Both were shot and killed.
ESCOBEDO, NUEVO LEÓN
Municipal Police located a group of men in three vehicles in the parking lot of a convenience store. As the police approached, they were met with gunfire which led to a shootout. One bad guy was killed, one injured and captured, and a minor was also caught. Police seized cash, guns, marijuana, cocaine, the vehicle and other things. The report notes the subjects were narco distributors.
APODACA, NUEVO LEÓN
More narco banners appeared in Nuevo Leon on Saturday in the early morning. A main street in Monterrey was blocked with a large truck, and then about 80 shots fired by a group of 25 gunmen that placed the banner, causing a panic among witnesses. These were addressed to Calderon and the state governor, and complained of a leak at the Topo Chico prison, because an inmate named ‘El Fito’ comes and goes as he wants. The banner goes on to say there is a warrant for him in the U.S. as a cocaine dealer working for a Zeta leader. A banner was also placed in Santiago, NL.
AJUCHITLÁN DEL PROGRESO, GUERRERO**
Two young soldiers were on their day off and arrived at the home of one of them. They were attacked and executed.
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( The compelling question now becomes what the u. s. government will do with the Iraqi’s. Will it be just a slap on the wrist and then release them back into society, or will they be formally deported as should be done?)
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Please watch this well done video. There MUST be justice and full closure for Brian’s family, friends, and fellow Agents. Honor First.
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American police to train Mexican state, local cops
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49% Concerned Efforts To Identify Illegal Immigrants Will Violate Civil Rights
Illegal immigrant gets 10 years for assault, drugs
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2 suspected human smugglers arrested by feds
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