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Chaos in Nuevo Laredo Panic leads to police shooting at federal agents; one dead (Mexico)
Laredo Morning Times ^ | 06/12/05 | VICENTE RANGEL

Posted on 06/12/2005 1:54:51 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch

NUEVO LAREDO The status of safety in Nuevo Laredo, having drawn high attention from Mexico City and Washington due to midweek violence, played a scene Saturday wherein local police exchanged gunfire with newly-arrived federal agents from Mexico City.

A spokesman for the Nuevo Laredo police, Dirección de Seguridad Pública, described the incident as an accidental shooting in which an AFI, Agencia Federal de Investigaciones, agent was wounded. The AFI agent, identified as Feliciano Campos Sanchez, died hours later at a Nuevo Laredo hospital.

The local municipal police spokesman, who requested anonymity, told the Laredo Morning Times that the group of federal agents was part of 25 who arrived Saturday morning and were en route from the Nuevo Laredo International Airport to a designated station in town. The official, quoting from a Saturday afternoon briefing, said local police became suspicious and tried to stop a convoy of vehicles carrying the agents.

"Police confused the agents for roadside bandits, gatilleros," the spokesman told the Times late Saturday afternoon.

The coordinator of the federal lawmen, Abraham Hurtado Sanchez, however, confirmed the AFI unit is part of an 80-man force authorized by President Fox and the attorney general to come to the border to assist state and local law enforcement in dealing with the continued border violence.

The Tamaulipas governors office called on President Fox to dispatch special federal investigators after Wednesdays murder of Alejandro Domínguez Coello, who was killed the same day he was named chief of police.

The initial contact between local traffic police and the AFI group occurred at 11 a.m. Saturday at Donaldo Colossio Boulevard and the Pan American Highway 85, Carretera Nacional, south of the downtown business district.

Hurtado Sanchez said the agents were traveling from the Nuevo Laredo International Airport when two NL patrol units tried to stop the convoy. The police spokesman told the Times that the agents ignored orders to get out of the vehicles and continued down the boulevard.

In the vicinity of Club Campestre on Colossio, the AFI convoy was intercepted by several other police units commandeered by uniformed officers. Local officers were quoted as saying that the agents were in civilian clothes and did not display AFI identification badges. The officers also claimed the men were traveling in unmarked pickups. They said vehicles used by federal police generally carry stickers and plates to indicate that they are federal property.

This was a scene of pushing, shoving and heated discussion, according to eyewitnesses. In the melee, several shots were fired from AR-15 and .223-caliber weapons by Nuevo Laredo police officers. Campos Sanchez was the only participant hit, suffering wounds to the back, according to attendants at the Hospital de Especialidades.

A spokesman at the hospital emergency room quoted an attending physician as saying a bullet penetrated one of the victims lungs.

Officer Oscar Arriaga, station supervisor for the Justo Sierra and Peru substation, said local police became suspicious "because they were not in uniform and "they ignored our commands, causing us to take extreme measures."

"We acted accordingly and followed procedure," Arriaga said. "Thats why they brought all (of) us to the Municipal Palace to make official statements."

Hurtado Sanchez told the Times that federal agents never made any attempt to draw firearms to defend themselves. He said the agents weapons were in their personal luggage.

" I tried to calm down my men, the federal agents, and told them not return the assault and that apparently it was all a mistake on their part," Hurtado Sanchez said. "We were being escorted by a member of the PGR substation in Nuevo Laredo. He was the one who asked for assistance from other law enforcement elements."

Late Saturday afternoon, it was reported 41 members of the Nuevo Laredo Municipal Police Department were directed to City Hall to make statements. It was also reported that all of the officers involved in the incident would possibly be taken to Mexico City as part of the investigation.

Nuevo Laredo Mayor Daniel Peña Treviño, meanwhile, deplored the situation in a statement Saturday, adding "now public opinion shall see action on the part of federal government."

In a Spanish language Houston Chronicle dispatch for The New York Times, the Nuevo Laredo mayor criticized the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Tony Garza, over the envoys statements in connection with the Domínguez Coello death.

Garza was quoted Thursday in Mexico City as saying the situation in Nuevo Laredo has raised serious concerns in Washington as well as Texas. Peña Treviño said the United States shares some blame in the narcotics-based violence on the border because of the "Drugs are not being transported all over the United States by way of the Internet," Peña Treviño .

The Nuevo Laredo mayor said earlier that he does not believe the Domínguez Coello shooting was the work of any organized crime group or a drug cartel.

However, the Nuevo Laredo business community and business interests in the City of Laredo are alarmed at the continuing violence.

Higinio Ibarra, director of the Nuevo Laredo Association of Businessmen, said the town has seen few arrests and that the murders of several police officers have not been solved.

"We know there have been a bunch of investigations, but we dont see anyone behind bars," Ibarra said.

Manuel Balmori, federal prosecutor in Nuevo Laredo, the 80 agents assigned by the AFI are the equivalent of the Mexican FBI.

"They are special agents, well-trained to deal with narcotics traffickers and organized criminal elements," Balmori said. "Some are out there undercover."

He said these agents are a complement to more than 700 federal police and military people who were assigned to the Nuevo Laredo sector of the border in March. The official said the border violence is tied to the drug cartels operating in the regions of Sinaloa state and the Mexican Gulf coast.

Balmori said the Mexican authorities here are working closely with U.S. law enforcement in Laredo and Webb County.

Raymundo Ramos, who directs the local Commission on Human Rights, told the Times that "Nuevo Laredo is under a cloud where everyone fears becoming the next statistic."

The position of Nuevo Laredo chief of police remains vacant, although according to City Hall officials, several individuals came to the mayors office Thursday expressing interest in the job. The mayor said the matter would be on the agenda of the next City Council meeting.

(Odie Arambula translated and contributed to this article. He can be reached at (956) 728-2561 or odie@lmtonline.com.)


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; US: District of Columbia; US: Texas; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aliens; federales; illegal; immigrantlist; maywood; nuevolaredo; occupation
"Garza was quoted Thursday in Mexico City as saying the situation in Nuevo Laredo has raised serious concerns in Washington as well as Texas."

Need more than just serious concern about the entire border situation.

1 posted on 06/12/2005 1:54:51 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch
Shakedown gone bad?

Or maybe just trying to eliminate the competition?
2 posted on 06/12/2005 2:03:27 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: SwinneySwitch
The position of Nuevo Laredo chief of police remains vacant, although according to City Hall officials, several individuals came to the mayors office Thursday expressing interest in the job. The mayor said the matter would be on the agenda of the next City Council meeting.

Lets see, now.

The last Chief of Police was murdered after holding the job for a few hours, and the mayor is deferring acting on the matter until the next City Council meeting?

I wonder if it will appear on the agenda before or after "Pothole Repair".

3 posted on 06/12/2005 2:07:38 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: JesseJane; beeler; archy; Drammach; Woodstock; Texas Mom; starsandstrips; thoolou; Falcon_Hedge; ...

NL Chaos Ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off this South Texas/Mexico ping list.


4 posted on 06/12/2005 2:17:34 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Mexico - beyond your expectations!)
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To: gubamyster; HiJinx; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3rdcanyon; ...
Paging Pershing and Patton...cleanup on aisle 6.

Seeing as how the usual notifiers are occupied this weekend I compiled nearly all illegal immigration related articles posted over the last few days in this handy link list:

Hospitals are being crippled by the costs of treating migrants

LULAC: civilian patrols xenophobic

Inside Report: Bush On Immigration

Two-Language School is Seen as Muy Bueno (Madison, WI)

Well, duh!(Humor Break)

Clean it up [Mexico pollutes river w/disease, "migrants" swim thru it, then work in food industry]

Former sheriff in shackles after term of scandal, controversy (South Texas)

Mexico opposes lining of American canals because its farmers depend on seepage

Congress moves to halt onslaught of violent gang (MS-13)

Illiberal aspects of illegal immigration rarely voiced

Odd Cast Boosts Immigration Reform

UPDATED: Shooting in Nuevo Laredo leaves one officer dead (Mexico Shootout)

Debunking the myths about immigration (Bayourod contribution)

Employers shun service to weed out illegal hires

Laredoans take notice (Texas)

Nuevo Laredo Mayor says drug dealers likely not responsible for chief's death

A debate going nowhere (illegal immigration)

ISLAM ON THE MARCH SOUTH OF BORDER

Group Says Border Patrol Hampers Aid

Citizen border patrols to begin in N.M.

Victoria deputies arrest man for suspected immigrant smuggling (Texas)

More illegal immigrants sought in Goliad County (Texas)

America's Most Dangerous Gang (Police Mag's Thorough Article)

Battle at the Border:The War Few Discuss in Washington

154 illegal crossers fly back to Mexico: U.S. resumes controversial and costly air repatriations

The illegals mess: 'Rented' Social Security numbers

Attack shakes up the lives of day laborers (Illegals)in canyons (MSM spin Alert)

Border Skirmishes: The immigration debate pits voters against political elites

5 posted on 06/12/2005 2:25:16 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: SwinneySwitch
Some body is trying to cut in on Foxs drug money.
6 posted on 06/12/2005 2:25:58 PM PDT by jocko12
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To: NewRomeTacitus

I used to come up thru Nuevo Laredo back in the old days on occasion.

It always seemed sorta sleepy to me.

Boys Town was a favorite for some.


7 posted on 06/12/2005 2:30:21 PM PDT by wardaddy (Free "I Love Dane Now" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: wardaddy

I feel rather sorry for the inevitable (and quite literal) "bleedover" the Laredoans will suffer if this is left ignored.

What's that tag line...Dane's got his own groupie? Hahahahaha!


8 posted on 06/12/2005 2:41:36 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: SwinneySwitch
"They said vehicles used by federal police generally carry stickers and plates to indicate that they are federal property."

The vehicles were probably stolen from the Texas side the previous night and the Federales didn't have time to rebadge them.

9 posted on 06/12/2005 2:43:02 PM PDT by spectre
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To: SwinneySwitch

Is there ANYTHING that this mess of a country cannot screw up???


10 posted on 06/12/2005 2:45:28 PM PDT by Eaker (Festive camaraderie and adrenaline addiction, with weapons and lots of ammo, leads to no good.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
The following is from an article in the Houston Chronicle.

61 local officers detained after police gunfire wounds a federal agent during a stop. Local officials are describing it as an accident.

Campos [the agent who was shot] was traveling with 25 other unarmed AFI agents in three pickups when the shooting occurred.

Just how do Mexicans cram so many people into so few vehicles?

11 posted on 06/12/2005 2:47:36 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: NewRomeTacitus

Very nice file post. Thank you


12 posted on 06/12/2005 2:56:48 PM PDT by B4Ranch ( Report every illegal alien that you meet. Call 866-347-2423, Employers use 888-464-4218)
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To: wardaddy
tagline (Free "I Love Dane Now" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

??????????????
13 posted on 06/12/2005 2:57:32 PM PDT by Serenissima Venezia (Hoping to be a California Vigil Antie for the Minuteman Project)
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To: NewRomeTacitus

Thank you for compiling that list!


14 posted on 06/12/2005 3:02:01 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: DumpsterDiver
Just how do Mexicans cram so many people into so few vehicles?

Alphabetically?

15 posted on 06/12/2005 3:03:31 PM PDT by Eaker (Festive camaraderie and adrenaline addiction, with weapons and lots of ammo, leads to no good.)
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To: Eaker
Alphabetically?

<groan > ;^) </groan >

16 posted on 06/12/2005 3:09:54 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: Serenissima Venezia
(Free "I Love Dane Now" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

??????????????

I think it was yesterday that a poster signed up with a screen name of I Love Dane. He/she got in a couple of posts and then got banned.

17 posted on 06/12/2005 3:12:57 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: SwinneySwitch

If they start killing each other off, then who are the smugglers going to bribe?


18 posted on 06/12/2005 3:15:59 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Carnac: A siren, a baby and a liberal. Answer: Name three things that whine.)
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To: NewRomeTacitus
Allow me to add one more that explains why we do not have an effective Border Patrol.

Lou Dobbs: Terror Arrests; Homeland Security; No Boundaries; Sanders & Paul Discussion

Lou Dobbs transcripts.cnn | 6/9/05 | Lou Dobbs

LOU DOBBS, CNN ANCHOR: Good evening, everybody. Tonight, an astonishing proposal to expand our borders to incorporate Mexico and Canada and simultaneously further diminish U.S. sovereignty. Have our political elites gone mad? We'll have a special report. Now, incredibly, a panel sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations wants the United States to focus not on the defense of our own borders, but rather create what effectively would be a common border that includes Mexico and Canada.

19 posted on 06/12/2005 3:30:25 PM PDT by B4Ranch ( Report every illegal alien that you meet. Call 866-347-2423, Employers use 888-464-4218)
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To: B4Ranch; Borax Queen

Hey, if I was going through all those pages anyway I might as well share the results. How dare that Hijinx and Gubamyster take time off for real life!

Seriously, they do so much great work for us that I'm happy to see them take much-deserved time off.


20 posted on 06/12/2005 3:32:43 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: B4Ranch
I saw that (I try to never miss a Dobbs Tonight show). The man has truly evolved into a national treasure. Both Sanders and Paul encouraged him to run for office himself - what a hoot!

I encourage everyone to check his transcripts pages for unique insights and cut-through-the-BS journalism. Some may want to skip over Fridays - they give the border and free trade issues a rest and focus on our efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq on Fridays (though still worth watching).

21 posted on 06/12/2005 3:44:17 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: NewRomeTacitus
Top 100 Cities with Highest Percentage of Foreign-Born Residents (pop. 5000+)

1. Sweetwater, Florida (74.9%)
2. Fountainbleau, Florida (73.0%)
3. Hialeah, Florida (72.1%)
4. Hialeah Gardens, Florida (69.9%)
5. Westchester, Florida (69.0%)
6. West Miami, Florida (68.9%)
7. University Park, Florida (66.5%)
8. Chamblee, Georgia (66.1%)
9. Coral Terrace, Florida (66.1%)
10. Tamiami, Florida (65.4%)
11. West New York, New Jersey (65.2%)
12. Langley Park, Maryland (64.5%)
13. Doral, Florida (62.8%)
14. Seven Corners, Virginia (61.2%)
15. Miami, Florida (59.5%)
16. Mecca, California (59.4%)
17. Kendall West, Florida (59.3%)
18. Olympia Heights, Florida (58.9%)
19. Kendale Lakes, Florida (58.8%)
20. Union City, New Jersey (58.7%)
21. Westwood Lakes, Florida (58.1%)
22. Palisades Park, New Jersey (57.0%)
23. Sunny Isles Beach, Florida (56.7%)
24. Rosemead, California (56.1%)
25. Harrison, New Jersey (56.0%)
26. Huntington Park, California (56.0%)
27. Lennox, California (55.9%)
28. Miami Beach, Florida (55.6%)
29. Maywood, California (55.2%)
30. Glendale, California (54.4%)
31. North Bay Village, Florida (54.1%)
32. Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia (54.0%)
33. Huron, California (53.7%)
34. Monterey Park, California (53.5%)
35. Bell, California (53.3%)
36. Santa Ana, California (53.2%)
37. Cudahy, California (53.1%)
38. Rowland Heights, California (52.6%)
39. The Hammocks, Florida (52.5%)
40. Daly City, California (52.3%)
41. Walnut Park, California (52.2%)
42. Naples Manor, Florida (52.2%)
43. San Gabriel, California (51.9%)
44. El Monte, California (51.4%)
45. South El Monte, California (51.4%)
46. Calexico, California (51.1%)
47. Mendota, California (50.9%)
48. Alhambra, California (50.9%)
49. Orange Cove, California (50.6%)
50. Sunset, Florida (50.5%)
51. Bell Gardens, California (50.4%)
52. Arvin, California (50.4%)
53. Key Biscayne, Florida (50.2%)
54. Stone Park, Illinois (50.1%)
55. Somerton, Arizona (49.8%)
56. North Miami Beach, Florida (49.5%)
57. South Gate, California (49.3%)
58. North Fair Oaks, California (49.3%)
59. San Luis, Arizona (49.1%)
60. Livingston, California (48.8%)
61. East Los Angeles, California (48.8%)
62. North Miami, Florida (48.7%)
63. Guttenberg, New Jersey (48.7%)
64. Fairview, New Jersey (48.4%)
65. Roma, Texas (48.3%)
66. Orosi, California (48.3%)
67. Doraville, Georgia (47.9%)
68. Earlimart, California (47.8%)
69. King City, California (47.7%)
70. Miami Lakes, Florida (47.7%)
71. Lincolnia, Virginia (47.7%)
72. Milpitas, California (47.3%)
73. Country Club, Florida (47.1%)
74. South San Jose Hills, California (47.0%)
75. Coachella, California (46.9%)
76. La Homa, Texas (46.9%)
77. Greenfield, California (46.7%)
78. The Crossings, Florida (46.4%)
79. Alton North, Texas (46.4%)
80. Walnut, California (46.2%)
81. Hawaiian Gardens, California (46.0%)
82. Artesia, California (45.8%)
83. Passaic, New Jersey (45.8%)
84. Baldwin Park, California (45.7%)
85. Cerritos, California (45.6%)
86. Richmond West, Florida (45.5%)
87. Florence-Graham, California (45.4%)
88. Nogales, Arizona (45.4%)
89. New Cassel, New York (45.3%)
90. Glenvar Heights, Florida (45.1%)
91. Immokalee, Florida (45.0%)
92. Fort Lee, New Jersey (44.7%)
93. Lamont, California (44.7%)
94. Golden Glades, Florida (44.7%)
95. Watsonville, California (44.4%)
96. South Miami Heights, Florida (44.2%)
97. Union City, California (44.0%)
98. San Elizario, Texas (44.0%)
99. Elizabeth, New Jersey (43.9%)
100. East Palo Alto, California (43.7%)

http://www.city-data.com/top11.html

22 posted on 06/12/2005 4:20:52 PM PDT by B4Ranch ( Report every illegal alien that you meet. Call 866-347-2423, Employers use 888-464-4218)
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To: NewRomeTacitus; B4Ranch

Gee, and there I went thinking things were all quiet on the border this weekend...


23 posted on 06/12/2005 4:22:27 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: B4Ranch; NewRomeTacitus

That loss of sovereignty report is horrific. I missed the show Friday but caught the transcripts yesterday.

Exactly right about the national treasure, NR!


24 posted on 06/12/2005 4:27:23 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: DumpsterDiver

Did "I Love Dane" get banned because of the screen name (reason enough for me!) or because of the post contents?


25 posted on 06/12/2005 4:33:33 PM PDT by Serenissima Venezia (Hoping to be a California Vigil Antie for the Minuteman Project)
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To: Borax Queen; B4Ranch

BQ: Unfortunately there is no such thing anymore as a quiet weekend on the border. Perhaps when the heat index starts staying in the three-digit range.

B4: Wow! Over 50 municipalities dominated by foreign born populations (most in Florida, California and NJ)? It is time to recognize that "Hispanic's" professors prediction about defeating us through sheer inundation as no idle boast!

BTW, very nice contribution to the "Demagnetize Tennessee" thread. Alons is a very good speaker with no shortage of cajones.


26 posted on 06/12/2005 4:51:46 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: Serenissima Venezia
Did "I Love Dane" get banned because of the screen name (reason enough for me!) or because of the post contents?

I don't know. The posts were gone before I had a chance to read them. I got the impression from other posts that "I Love Dane" didn't love Dane.

27 posted on 06/12/2005 5:41:39 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: NewRomeTacitus

He had one very briefly yesterday. Got zapped.


28 posted on 06/12/2005 5:59:18 PM PDT by wardaddy (Free "I Love Dane Now" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Serenissima Venezia

Dane had an admirer yesterday briefly. AM bagged him/her/it.


29 posted on 06/12/2005 6:00:02 PM PDT by wardaddy (Free "I Love Dane Now" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: NewRomeTacitus

[[Seeing as how the usual notifiers are occupied this weekend I compiled nearly all illegal immigration related articles posted over the last few days in this handy link list:]]

Great job Tacticus! All of these links (in just one short week) show exactly how bad of a problem illegal immigration really is. Our elected officials are hearing us loud and clear. They will either comply or suffer the consequences.


30 posted on 06/12/2005 6:13:07 PM PDT by JarheadFromFlorida
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To: JarheadFromFlorida

I was just telling a newbie the other day that these anti-illegal immigration threads aren't about inbred yahoos pining for a Klan meeting - they're about illustrating the true depth and scope of an ongoing national crisis.

That these are the only threads under continuous attack by people who seem to have a great stake in their suppression tells me that we're definitely barking up the right tree.

But what do I know? I'm so backward I believe we need to revive the Un-American Activities Committee.


31 posted on 06/12/2005 6:42:36 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: SwinneySwitch; Squantos; Travis McGee; Eaker
"Police confused the agents for roadside bandits, gatilleros," the spokesman told the Times late Saturday afternoon.

That one pegged out the BS meter.

32 posted on 06/12/2005 6:49:33 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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So......the convoy of federales had unmarked vehicles and didn't stop when ordered.

Sort of reminds one of the adventures of a certain Communist journalist, her unfortunate chauffeur and some of our troops in Iraq, doesn't it?

Deja vu all over again.

It was Bush's fault in both cases, though.

Leni

33 posted on 06/12/2005 6:53:05 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Remember, Half the People You Know are Below Average)
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To: SwinneySwitch

'Laredo' is Spanish for 'Keystone'?


34 posted on 06/12/2005 6:53:08 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: SwinneySwitch
Nuevo Laredo mayor criticized the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Tony Garza, over the envoys statements in connection with the Domínguez Coello death.

I do hope Tony Garza (and his new wife Maria)has a large bodyguard detail. I am a bit worried about him.
35 posted on 06/12/2005 7:05:15 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Why? Ask Jamie Gorelick)
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To: Jeff Head

Rurales rules rule........dangerous gangs on both sides of a poor excuse for law.

Stay safe ....thanks for the ping


36 posted on 06/12/2005 7:11:20 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: B4Ranch
Unless I missed my count, Texas has only three on the list. Texas may not be that friendly a place for the invaders. I'm hurt.

FGS

37 posted on 06/12/2005 7:37:36 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: ForGod'sSake
Illegals aren't likely to talk to pollsters!
38 posted on 06/12/2005 8:37:43 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Mexico - beyond your expectations!)
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To: NewRomeTacitus

WOW, I had visited only one of these links over the weekend.

Hope you are doing well.


39 posted on 06/12/2005 9:04:13 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: SwinneySwitch
Illegals aren't likely to talk to pollsters!

True enough, and not knowing how these folks gather their data, it's really tough to determine just how accurate it is. An indicator at best. It would certainly seem the border states would be better represented by "foreign born residents"......wouldn't it?

40 posted on 06/12/2005 9:38:26 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: NewRomeTacitus

Thanks for the links!


41 posted on 06/13/2005 9:37:47 AM PDT by Iron Matron
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