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[Nuevo Laredo Mexico: El Mañana] Editor says hands off on narco beat
LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | February 8, 2006 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV

Posted on 02/08/2006 8:25:13 AM PST by SwinneySwitch

NUEVO LAREDO - Ramón Darío Cantú Deándar, the owner and general manager of Nuevo Laredo's El Mañana newspaper, promised to all but stop covering the ongoing bloody turf war between rival drug cartels to protect the paper's employees.

"We have asked our personnel to remain calm," Cantú Deándar said in a news conference Tuesday, the day after masked men attacked the newsroom with machine guns. "We will be careful with what we publish regarding the drug trade."

The paper already had been downplaying the increasing violence in the city as part of its efforts to maintain the community's image, but Monday night's assault has strengthened management's resolve to keep away from stories about trafficking-related crime.

The publisher vowed to maintain a "zero investigations" policy.

"They are forcing us to do that, to not inform about violent incidents so that the city's image and credibility are not stained," Cantú Deándar said.

Jaime Orozco Tey, who turned 40 on Monday, was still listed in critical condition in Hospital San José with five gunshot wounds, including several to his back. Witnesses said he was coming down the stairs and walked right into the gunfire; others said the gunmen continued firing at him as he sought cover.

Orozco Tey is an overnight reporter who has been with the paper for 14 years.

"We have two daughters, ages 9 and 7. They are anguished about what happened to their father," said his wife, Lily. She said she's trusting in God and medical treatment for her husband's recovery.

The other reporter injured in the attack was treated at the scene after he was hit by broken glass.

In a Tuesday news conference at the now heavily guarded office, Cantú Deándar said he has no choice but to protect the newspaper's employees.

Meanwhile, President Vicente Fox condemned the attack and instructed the nation's attorney general to investigate the matter directly.

"This attack is against all journalists and freedom of expression," Fox told reporters while visiting the state of Sinaloa, according to the Associated Press. "Of course we condemn organized crime's aggression against members of the media who inform the daily lives of our citizens."

For his part, Tamaulipas Gov. Eugenio Hernández Flores demanded that the federal government fulfill its responsibility.

"There is willingness, but no action has been taken to stop organized crime, which the federal government is clearly aware of," Hernández Flores said.

Fox and Hernández Flores both promised safety to border journalists. Dozens of armed federal agents and police officers were patrolling the streets of the city Tuesday, creating uneasiness in the community.

But Cantú Deándar scoffed at the promise of safety, noting that faith in law enforcement at all levels is lacking. No agency has tackled organized crime in Nuevo Laredo head-on, he said, suggesting that's why the violence has proliferated.

After the news conference, Cantú Deándar went to the local office of the Mexican attorney general to give a statement about the attack. While he believes it's clear that drug traffickers were behind the assault, he said he knows of no specific motive for the attack.

Monday night's attack started at about 7:40 p.m., when several masked men entered El Mañana's building and began shooting in the reception area and headed toward the editorial offices. Alarmed by the loud gunshots, employees ran for cover within the building, some of them to the pressroom and others to the rooftop.

Around the nation and internationally, journalists added their voices to denounce the violence against their colleagues.

Ricardo Flores, president of the Association for Democratic Journalists, condemned the passive stance toward investigations and the crime wave sweeping the border city of about 300,000. Since Jan. 1, there have been at least 25 homicides, compared to six during the same time period last year.

Flores said he considers the attack on El Mañana an assault against freedom of expression, and he said there are no guarantees for freedom of the press in Nuevo Laredo.

(Miguel Timoshenkov can be reached at 728-2583 or timo1@lmtonline.com.)


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; attackingjournalists; borderwar; drugcartels; drugwars; elmaana; elmanana; immigrantlist; mexico; nuevolaredo; rampantcrime
No freedom of the press in Laredo's Sister City
1 posted on 02/08/2006 8:25:16 AM PST by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch

Let's send San Fran P.D. to Nuevo Laredo. Community policing you know. Nature hikes, midnight basketball and that sort of stuff will certainly correct these poor, misunderstood, misguided drug dealers, don't you think?


2 posted on 02/08/2006 8:28:54 AM PST by JeeperFreeper
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To: MizSterious; xVIer; wolfcreek; Buffettfan; bordergal; serendepitylives; SuzyQue; houeto; ...

Los dos Laredos Ping!

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


3 posted on 02/08/2006 8:58:50 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (Terroristas-beyond your expectations!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

OMG! Has Mexico just given up? Is the military in on it? What the heck is going on down there?


4 posted on 02/08/2006 9:02:50 AM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: SwinneySwitch
"There is willingness, but no action has been taken to stop organized crime, which the federal government is clearly aware of," Hernández Flores said.

If here is no action, there is no willingness.

5 posted on 02/08/2006 9:03:34 AM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: gubamyster

ping


6 posted on 02/08/2006 9:06:17 AM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: TX Bluebonnet
Nuevo Laredo is one of the most dangerous places in North America. The Chief of Police was murdered, his first day on the job, along with about 16 other police officers last year. The newspaper's editorial director was stabbed to death in 2004. Very few murders are ever solved.
8 posted on 02/08/2006 10:17:46 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (Terroristas-beyond your expectations!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

People say terror doesn't work--but they usuallly have never experienced being the target of totally ruthless sociopaths.

It's easy to criticize these guys from our easy chairs at home.


9 posted on 02/08/2006 10:26:15 AM PST by wildbill
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To: TX Bluebonnet

Mexico is the new Colombia. The drug lords and Mexican "mafia" gangs control the country and the Mexican officials are just figure heads. The Mexican government doesn't want anyone to know they have lost control of their country.


10 posted on 02/08/2006 10:40:22 AM PST by Tammy8 (Build a Real Border Fence, and enforce Immigration Laws!!!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

It's only a matter of time before they get brave enough to try and take a border city on our side. Why wouldn't they, our Gov. has shown little resistance. ( might be time to buy more ammo)


11 posted on 02/08/2006 11:13:24 AM PST by wolfcreek
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To: wolfcreek
I had a client last year who was engaged to a Border Patrol officer. He was in on a very large bust that involved multiple agencies on both sides of the border and hauled in several million dollars worth of narcotics and other seized items. The gangs vowed revenge which wasn't taken seriously by any of the agenices involved. Until my client's fiance was shot seven times.

Miraculously, he lived to tell about it. He no longer works for the Border Patrol.

The corruption in South Texas is pretty bad. Almost all the border sheriff departments have a difficult time keeping their deputies from going on the take. There is just so much money floating around down there. Add in the violence and corruption on the other side of the border and I start to wonder why we don't have tanks and AWACS planes by the hundreds all over the border.

12 posted on 02/08/2006 11:21:53 AM PST by Comstock1 (I came here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I'm all outta bubble gum!)
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To: Tammy8
The Mexican government doesn't want anyone to know they have lost control of their country.

I believe it!

13 posted on 02/08/2006 12:33:04 PM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: Comstock1

Trust me it's not just South Texas; it's the entire Southern border. I know a Customs & Border Protection officer who was part of a big drug bust on both sides of the border, and was also threatened. He was told not to over react; but there was a drive by shooting at his home with his wife and baby in the house. Thankfully no one was hurt, but he quit the CBP.


14 posted on 02/08/2006 12:58:26 PM PST by Tammy8 (Build a Real Border Fence, and enforce Immigration Laws!!!)
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To: TX Bluebonnet

"OMG! Has Mexico just given up? Is the military in on it? What the heck is going on down there?"

Business as usual. Wait until this mess gets exported northwards.


15 posted on 02/08/2006 3:32:37 PM PST by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: SwinneySwitch
The US liberal media set the trend. Don't be insensitive to terrorists. Thugs rule over cowards. They want to be the ones to shape our foreign policy and culture. Americans better wake up. With Democrats in power there is no sheriff.
16 posted on 02/08/2006 3:33:44 PM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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To: Itzlzha; HiJinx; potlatch; Spiff; PhilDragoo; ntnychik; Travis McGee; DoughtyOne; Czar; ...


Want a mustache? Try crayons on your screen!

18 posted on 02/08/2006 4:58:16 PM PST by devolve (<-- (-in a manner reminiscent of Senator Gasbag F. Kohnman-)
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To: devolve

GOOD one!

I like it!


19 posted on 02/08/2006 5:00:36 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: DumpsterDiver; gubamyster; All


This seems to have been missed today. Big event in DC.

Tancredo leads immigration protest (Washington DC)

Washington - As the U.S. Senate prepares to take up immigration legislation, members of a citizen border-watch group rallied outside the U.S. Capitol today, pledging to torpedo any bill granting legal status to undocumented workers.

"If the president of the United States really wanted to, he could secure the border tomorrow," U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Littleton, one of several speakers, told the Minuteman Project rally to loud cheers. " ... The unfortunate, dirty truth of the matter is, he has no desire to do so."

Shouting "stop the invasion," a few dozen protestors from as far away as California said they'd work to force out of office anyone who voted for a "guest worker" program for foreigners.

Counter-protestors shouted such slogans as "Right-wing bigots go away" and carried signs reading "Change your name, you're still the KKK."

Minuteman Project volunteers intermittently camp out along the U.S. Mexican border, watching for illegal crossings. Members of the group will lobby lawmakers as they consider immigration measures.

President Bush wants a program that would allow certain foreigners to stay in U.S. jobs for a minimum of three years. He included $247 million in his latest budget proposal to fund rollout of the guest-worker plan.

There are various bills in the Senate that would also allow the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally to work toward permanent legal status. The Senate is expected to take up the issue in March.

A House bill that passed in December included numerous provisions to secure the border, including fences in some areas. It also would force employers to verify workers' legal status.

The House bill did not include a guest-worker provision.

"The Senate is much more inclined to do something along the lines of what the president wants than the House was," said Grover Norquist, a Republican strategist who often serves as an informal liaison between Congress and the White House.

Tancredo, a leader of the anti-immigration movement, said he believes there's a "50-50 chance" that he and his followers can stop a guest-worker plan from passing in the Senate.He called the $247 million in Bush's budget for a guest-worker program "wishful thinking."

Tancredo and his followers are a "very vocal, but minority group," said Randy Johnson, a vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which backs a guest-worker plan. Many large businesses depend on immigrant labor.

But Johnson said it might be difficult to pass a guest-worker program this election year. He noted that lawmakers are under pressure not to endorse what opponents perceive as amnesty for illegal immigrants.

There's a possibility that "the whole thing will roll into 2007 in the end," Johnson said. Or, the Senate might pass border-security measures less stringent than those adopted by the House, then try for a guest-worker measure in 2007.

One of the bills before the Senate, sponsored by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz. and Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., would allow people in the country illegally to pay a fine and enter a program to work toward permanent legal status.

A tougher bill in the Senate requires people to go back to their home country before they enter a guest-worker program.

If any bill containing a guest-worker provision passes the Senate, it would be sent back to the House for a vote. And Norquist said that despite Tancredo and his supporters, there probably are enough House votes for the program to pass.

"At the end of the day, the Hispanic community will be really (angry) at anyone who is not helpful." Norquist said.

Journalists representing Mexican, Spanish, Italian, Salvadoran and U.S. media encircled Tancredo after his speech, shouting questions.

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_3488436? source=rss


20 posted on 02/08/2006 5:37:59 PM PST by WatchingInAmazement ("Nothing is more expensive than cheap labor," prof. Vernon Briggs, labor economist Cornell Un.)
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To: devolve; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; dixiechick2000; Boazo; Smartass
Want a mustache? Try crayons on your screen!

Can I just play "Pin The Tail on The Donkey"?


21 posted on 02/08/2006 5:53:54 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: WatchingInAmazement
Bush wants a program that would allow certain foreigners to stay in U.S. jobs for a minimum of three years.

"Certain foreigners"? Wonder what the criteria is.

He included $247 million in his latest budget proposal to fund rollout of the guest-worker plan.

What does this "rollout" encompass?

Tancredo and his followers are a "very vocal, but minority group," said Randy Johnson, a vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which backs a guest-worker plan. Many large businesses depend on immigrant illegal alien labor.

But Johnson said it might be difficult to pass a guest-worker program this election year. He noted that lawmakers are under pressure not to endorse what opponents perceive as amnesty for illegal immigrants.

So Johnson says we're a "very vocal, but minority group" yet he thinks we have enough clout that it'll be "difficult to pass a guest-worker program this election year?"

I hope it IS difficult.

22 posted on 02/08/2006 6:02:58 PM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: potlatch

Who says crime doesn't pay...


23 posted on 02/08/2006 6:36:12 PM PST by Smartass (Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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To: Smartass

Looks like Groucho Marx, doesn't it?


24 posted on 02/08/2006 7:32:25 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: potlatch

Yeah, but it's a good laugher though!


25 posted on 02/08/2006 7:36:24 PM PST by Smartass (Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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To: potlatch

Looks like Groucho. ;o)


26 posted on 02/08/2006 9:17:41 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: dixiechick2000

LOL, that's what I told Smartass!!


27 posted on 02/08/2006 9:20:34 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: potlatch; Smartass

GMTA...eh?


28 posted on 02/08/2006 9:23:07 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: dixiechick2000; potlatch
    Big Hug
29 posted on 02/09/2006 12:00:45 AM PST by Smartass (Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Were NUKES Smuggled Through Mega-Tunnel?
30 posted on 02/09/2006 2:18:38 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Smartass

Thank you!

That is SO cute. ;o)


31 posted on 02/09/2006 7:53:47 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: wildbill
People say terror doesn't work--but they usuallly have never experienced being the target of totally ruthless sociopaths.

It's easy to criticize these guys from our easy chairs at home.

Which is why the only way to properly deal with terrorists is by using hardened, professional soldiers, who kill them wherever they're found. The only way to get rid of terrorism is to kill the terrorists. Of course, besides killing the actual terrorists, it's important to have an intelligence service that will also kill the leaders and financiers of the terrorist organizations.

Mark

32 posted on 02/09/2006 7:57:37 PM PST by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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