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U.S. Consular Aide and Husband Killed in Mexico
NYT ^ | 3/14/10 | MARC LACEY and GINGER THOMPSON

Posted on 03/14/2010 8:31:57 PM PDT by Nachum

LA UNIÓN, Mexico — Gunmen believed to be linked to drug traffickers shot a pregnant American consulate worker and her husband to death in the violence-racked border town of Ciudad Juárez over the weekend, leaving their baby wailing in the back seat of their car, the authorities said Sunday. The gunmen also killed the husband of another consular employee and wounded his two young children.

The shootings took place minutes apart and appeared to be the first deadly attacks on American officials and their families by Mexico’s powerful drug organizations, provoking an angry reaction from the White House. They came during a particularly bloody weekend when nearly 50 people were killed nationwide in drug-gang violence, including attacks in Acapulco as American college students began arriving for spring break.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aide; amnesty; assasination; consular; deadamericans; foreignpolicy; hadenufyet; killed; mexico; narcoterror; obama; terrorism

1 posted on 03/14/2010 8:31:57 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Wish Teddy Roosevelt were in charge. I believe the problem would be solved pretty quickly. Oh, for a leader....


2 posted on 03/14/2010 8:36:53 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

What has Obama secretly done to bring this on?

What has he changed?


3 posted on 03/14/2010 8:38:16 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: LachlanMinnesota

And - what is your point? He doesn’t give a crap about this country except to destroy it. He is the terrorist in our Whitehouse.


4 posted on 03/14/2010 8:40:56 PM PDT by Jukeman
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To: Nachum

Time for another Obama speech....


5 posted on 03/14/2010 8:42:27 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: LachlanMinnesota

What did the headlines say earlier? Furious? Obama is “furious” about this ...

Sigh.


6 posted on 03/14/2010 8:42:50 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Nachum

I guess this is why the travel alert came out of the State Dept. earlier in the day.

This is an act of war by the druggies. We should respond accordingly. Running away just doesn’t cut it.


7 posted on 03/14/2010 8:44:17 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The Republican Party is to conservatism what Twinkies are to nutrition.)
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To: Nachum

Juarez makes Compton look like some 1950s suburban middle-class enclave.


8 posted on 03/14/2010 8:45:36 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Islam is incompatible with American traditions and values)
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To: Nachum

Before these kind of killings occur to us, you can rest assured that LOTS of bribery is going on. We can have NO IDEA what consequences those had for us.

THIS WILL NOT END WELL.

Those who are kind to the cruel are soon cruel to the kind.


9 posted on 03/14/2010 8:46:44 PM PDT by TokuMei
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To: Nachum

And now from the Black House in DC

OThuga’s first, 2nd, 3rd and 4th

responses have been:

“Oh my.”
“Oh my.”
“Oh my.”

and

“Oh my. What an unpleasantry. What are my poll numbers today?”


10 posted on 03/14/2010 8:47:30 PM PDT by Quix (BLOKES who got us where we R: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Nachum

Time for the BORDER SUMMIT.....


11 posted on 03/14/2010 8:48:56 PM PDT by traumer
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To: Nachum

RIP.


12 posted on 03/14/2010 8:49:59 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Nachum

Watch out Mexico... just you wait for our strongly-worded statement from the White House.


13 posted on 03/14/2010 8:51:25 PM PDT by Guyin4Os (My name says Guyin40s but now I have an exotic, daring, new nickname..... Guyin50s)
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To: Nachum; All

More here:

SUCH lovely people! They are just ‘misunderstood’ terrorists.

US consulate workers killed in Mexico drug wars
[snip]Good article, btw.

According to the newspaper Diario de Juarez, gunmen chased the couple’s white van shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday, shooting at the vehicle until it swerved out of control, crashing into oncoming traffic near the bridge.

Ms Enriquez, who was four months pregnant with the couple’s second child, was shot in the head, while her husband was shot in his neck and arm. When police officers arrived at the victims’ bullet-riddled Toyota van, they discovered the couple’s baby daughter crying disconsolately in the back seat, Diario de Juarez reported. At first the officers thought the seven-month-old girl had been wounded, but she was unharmed.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton extended her sympathy to the families of the victims and said Washington would continue to work with the Mexican government to bring drug traffickers to justice.

“These appalling assaults on members of our own State Department family are, sadly, part of a growing tragedy besetting many communities in Mexico,” said Mrs Clinton. Washington was committed to: “work closely with the government of President Calderon to cripple the influence of trafficking organizations at work in Mexico,” she said. “

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7061983.ece


14 posted on 03/14/2010 9:02:10 PM PDT by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: Nachum

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey, wait. I thought the world was going to love us now.


15 posted on 03/14/2010 9:03:46 PM PDT by Juan Medén
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To: BunnySlippers

Eff obama and the cartels


16 posted on 03/14/2010 9:04:11 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions...$1 Halfbaked...50c)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

Beer summit with the drug cartels.


17 posted on 03/14/2010 9:04:21 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: TokuMei

“Before these kind of killings occur to us, you can rest assured that LOTS of bribery is going on. We can have NO IDEA what consequences those had for us.

THIS WILL NOT END WELL.

Those who are kind to the cruel are soon cruel to the kind.”

Indeed.

Ex-federal official facing immigration charges

[snip]“In the past two years, there have been 400 public corruption cases involving federal, state and local law enforcement agents originating from the Southwest border region, Kevin Perkins, FBI assistant director for criminal investigations, told the Senate Homeland Security subcommittee on preparedness.

James Tomsheck, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection assistant commissioner, told the panel the drug cartels operating in Mexico are making a concerted effort to infiltrate CBP, and the agency is responding with more screening of job applicants with polygraph tests and background investigations. Corruption cases were opened last year on 576 CBP officers and Border Patrol agents.”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2470799/posts?page=1#1


18 posted on 03/14/2010 9:06:16 PM PDT by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: Juan Medén

Blobama has said it is so.

Peace Love and Understanding....


19 posted on 03/14/2010 9:07:04 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions...$1 Halfbaked...50c)
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To: Nachum
This should be sufficient provacation to close the border and cancel all direct flights to Mexican destinations. Nothing moves through or above the border, including mail service.

See how long the cartels can last with no illegals going out, no tourists coming in, and no money or drugs moving through the border checkpoints. I know the border is a seive, but now sounds like a good time for National Guard manuevers...

20 posted on 03/14/2010 9:15:30 PM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: ImaTexan

Ping


21 posted on 03/14/2010 9:34:14 PM PDT by bjcintennessee (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff)
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To: ZOOKER

“See how long the cartels can last with no illegals going out, no tourists coming in, and no money or drugs moving through the border checkpoints”

Nothing short of this will end the mess we’ve allowed to take hold because of Mexico. It didn’t have to come to this.
Mexico is none of our business except to keep it on THEIR side of the border.


22 posted on 03/14/2010 9:34:32 PM PDT by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: Nachum

It just seems like sheer bloody slaughter for its own sake. Any particular reason why this couple was targeted or were they just going for any handy consular employee?


23 posted on 03/14/2010 9:47:24 PM PDT by coydog (Time to feed the pigs!)
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To: coydog

“It just seems like sheer bloody slaughter for its own sake. Any particular reason why this couple was targeted or were they just going for any handy consular employee?”

They were targeted and their movements known. Information like that likely came through the consulate, or their home, perhaps ‘domestic’ help. Don’t think consular employees can’t be bought off, too. The cartels are recruiting from all our government ranks.

Ex-federal official facing immigration charges

[snip]“In the past two years, there have been 400 public corruption cases involving federal, state and local law enforcement agents originating from the Southwest border region, Kevin Perkins, FBI assistant director for criminal investigations, told the Senate Homeland Security subcommittee on preparedness.

James Tomsheck, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection assistant commissioner, told the panel the drug cartels operating in Mexico are making a concerted effort to infiltrate CBP, and the agency is responding with more screening of job applicants with polygraph tests and background investigations. Corruption cases were opened last year on 576 CBP officers and Border Patrol agents.”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2470799/posts?page=1#1


24 posted on 03/14/2010 9:56:51 PM PDT by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: AuntB

If the USA still had all its marbles, this would be interpreted as an act of war. Not even the Medellin cartel dared to screw around with US diplomatic personnel, and if I were president, I would be giving the Mexican govt. a choice — they deal with the problem, permanently, or I send a few SEALS to get wet with these savages. Unfortunately, Obama is too busy pushing his “health care reform” to be bothered.


25 posted on 03/14/2010 10:09:38 PM PDT by coydog (Time to feed the pigs!)
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To: EternalVigilance
Michael Hayden, the outgoing head of the CIA stated in January 2009 that the threat of a narco state in Mexico is one of the gravest dangers to American security, on a par with a nuclear-armed Iran. An assessment by the United States’ Joint Forces Command, published in February 2009, concluded that the two countries most at risk of becoming failed states were Pakistan and Mexico.

The descent of Mexico into a failed narco state marked by increased violence and brutality, which has already spilled over into the U.S., has enormous implications for immigration, legal and illegal. With over 11 million Mexican-born residents in the U.S. plus their U.S- born relatives, there are strong familial ties to Mexico, which would attract Mexicans fleeing a disintegrating state seeking asylum and safety in the U.S. And the pressure on our porous, unsecured southern border would increase dramatically.

Currently, the Border Patrol apprehends more than half a million people annually trying to enter the U.S. illegally from Mexico and hundreds of thousands more illegal aliens are successful in gaining entry. There is no way the U.S. could stop a tidal wave of Mexicans seeking asylum in this country and it would be even more difficult to remove them.

There has been a confluence of interests between drugs, illegal immigration, and terrorism. The systems for moving terrorists illegally across the border have become increasingly sophisticated, with Mexican drug kingpins now playing a major facilitating role using the same routes and methods to bring in illegal aliens and drugs. In view of the carnage that the 19 terrorists created on 9/11, the virtual certainty that our government has allowed substantial numbers of terrorists and their supporters to enter our country illegally is an outrage.

26 posted on 03/14/2010 10:10:25 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Nachum

These people were killed because and only because they are Americans. Whether anyone at the WHite House or State Dept wants to acknowledge it, in these murders, the US was attacked. The US must respond.

(what parents in their right mind would allow their child to go to Mexico on Spring Break?)


27 posted on 03/14/2010 10:17:26 PM PDT by EDINVA (Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: coydog
If the USA still had all its marbles, this would be interpreted as an act of war.
*****
I'm glad someone thinks like me. Our Pesident is not an American in his heart.

War was declared on the US; the SOB's can't be ignored any longer. imo

Too bad Obama hates America.

28 posted on 03/14/2010 10:26:44 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Obama will sink as fast as he rose. Idolatry will not succeed. Be patient, folks...)
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To: Nachum

So, did Clinton call on “both sides” to exercise restraint?


29 posted on 03/14/2010 10:52:01 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: AuntB
Corruption cases were opened last year on 576 CBP officers and Border Patrol agents.”

It's hard to imagine any reason other than lucrative corruption opportunities, why any remotely sane person would sign up for these jobs. They get paid like ordinary civil servants, are in extreme danger most of the time, and aren't allowed to do what really needs to be done to fix the problem.

30 posted on 03/14/2010 11:03:44 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: TokuMei

I would not be a bit surprised to see this spill over on our soil and very soon. If you have a college teenager that is planning a Mexico trip for spring break, please urge them to go somewhere else. I cannot tell you how dangerous it could be for those who decide to go.

This afternoon there was at least a three hour wait just to go though a US Border Patrol check point. They are usually located about 10 miles from the nearest border city. On Sunday the folks that work in the US during the week go back to where their job is located. Friday nights and holidays they head back home to Mexico. What a mess.


31 posted on 03/14/2010 11:21:59 PM PDT by Faith-Hope
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To: Nachum
REMEMBER COLUMBUS!

32 posted on 03/15/2010 1:31:39 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (IN A SMALL TENT WE JUST STAND CLOSER! * IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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