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Former Mexican Governor Admits Past Presidents Controlled Drug Trade
Business Insider ^ | 02/28/2011 | Grace Wyler

Posted on 02/28/2011 11:58:07 AM PST by SeekAndFind

The Mexican political world was sent reeling this weekend after a former PRI politician admitted his party had exercised strong control over Mexico's drug trafficking routes.

During a recent university conference, former Nuevo Leon governor Socrates Rizzo said that previous PRI presidents had formalized agreements with drug cartel leaders to coordinate and protect Mexico's lucrative drug trade, Milenio reports. Rizzo argued that presidential control over smuggling prevented the widespread violence that has been commonplace since the 2000 election of PAN president Vicente Fox, which ended more than 70 years of PRI control.

To add insult to injury, in a Wikileaks cable released Saturday Rizzo says he fears national elections would further enmesh organized crime in Mexico's political system.

"While the two principal parties - PRI and PAN - had both taken steps to guard against the infiltration of narco-money in the campaigns, in practice it would be practically impossible to prevent organized crime from bankrolling candidates. One way the cartels could impact the race would be to just bribe television anchorpersons and the commentators, thereby ensuring that their particular candidate received favorable coverage. Alternatively, he said, organized crime could provide a candidate's staff with walking around money to distribute to voters."

Although Rizzo Garcia's admission merely confirms an open secret in Mexican society, his comments have shaken Mexican politics as the country's major political parties gear up for the 2012 presidential election.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drugs; drugtrade; mexico; presidents
If you can read Spanish, here is the site refered to: click here

TITLE : Rizzo admite narcopactos durante gobiernos priistas.

Según el ex gobernador del estado, los presidentes acordaban rutas con los cárteles para evitar crisis de violencia como la que se vive hoy en día, lo cual se descuidó con la transición.
1 posted on 02/28/2011 11:58:16 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Man...my lights just dimmed from the brown out generated by the paper shredders being fired up...


2 posted on 02/28/2011 12:03:08 PM PST by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompetence..)
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To: SeekAndFind
As they say in Spain:

Quelle surprise!

3 posted on 02/28/2011 12:05:23 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

bookmarking before comment #2 hits the east coast side.


4 posted on 02/28/2011 12:06:18 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Bless and Protect Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t think that Mexico will be able to sort out this mess with anything short of declaring martial law and dealing with these criminals. I fear that the drug trade is so enmeshed with their political system that more palatable sytems of reform are unrealistic.


5 posted on 02/28/2011 12:06:39 PM PST by 31R1O
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To: SeekAndFind

Of course the .gov controls this mess, they need the War on Some Drugs to further its war against its own people.


6 posted on 02/28/2011 12:07:20 PM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: SeekAndFind

"Do I really need to say it?"

7 posted on 02/28/2011 12:08:44 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

I heard the same thing from Maxine Waters, so it must be true.


8 posted on 02/28/2011 12:11:41 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: SeekAndFind
"... To add insult to injury, in a Wikileaks cable released Saturday Rizzo says he fears national elections would further enmesh organized crime in Mexico's political system."

Another home run for Wikileaks.

It amazes me that so many Freepers want to see Assange hung, yet his website is revealing so much dirty information that FR posters are dying to know.

9 posted on 02/28/2011 12:14:12 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: SeekAndFind

In the article (in Spanish) Rizzo states that in the past all of the drugs flowed through Mexico into the United States. Now a lot of the drugs are being consumed in Mexico and this explains the dramatic increase in violence. A person would have to be whacked out on coke and meth to cut off heads, kill babies, etc.


10 posted on 02/28/2011 12:14:33 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: 31R1O

Mexico already is, effectively, under Martial Law.
I’ve been stopped by federals and soldiers so many times, I wonder if there wasn’t a declared war that we forgot about.

The army has been infiltrated and corrupted to the extent the Mexican navy has taken over some roles. How long before the navy is corrupted?

This only proves that the “War on (some) Drugs” is being lost at the front lines. American experiences in these things are NOTHING compared to South America. Mexican governors and presidents are cutting deals just to stay alive. Inevitably, they become corrupted by the money. Union money in the US, drug money in Mexico.


11 posted on 02/28/2011 12:16:35 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: 31R1O

I am sure it is enmeshed in the United States as well.


12 posted on 02/28/2011 12:16:40 PM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Frantzie

So now we know what we have always suspected..who are they paying in the US? Which politician’s are they paying to keep the border porous? Keep in mind that the druggies also control the alien smuggling operations and profit from it.
As for wikileaks. First complaint is that we have a intelligence system that is so feeble that they can’t keep general traffic secret and second is that we do need to keep secrets to protect sources and operations. I could care less if some dictators son gets outed, but I do care if that reveals a source that gets eliminated.


13 posted on 02/28/2011 12:24:44 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: SeekAndFind
The PRI has destroyed Mexico.

Yet none of the Mexican-American political outfits in this country, La Raza, MALDEF, etc., could bring themselves to publicly castigate the ruling party. I'd say the same for a bunch of Mexican American columnists writing for newspapers here as well.

Absolutely shameful.

14 posted on 02/28/2011 12:26:16 PM PST by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: Oldexpat

“that the druggies also control the alien smuggling operations and profit from it.”

That is worth repeating a thousand times. Anybody who encourages illegal immigration has blood on their hands. That includes Jorge W. Bush, McCain, and countless democrats.


15 posted on 02/28/2011 12:29:42 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Cyropaedia

“Yet none of the Mexican-American political outfits in this country, La Raza, MALDEF, etc., could bring themselves to publicly castigate the ruling party”
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That’s because La Raza and MALDEF are nothing more than Mexican elites just like Mexico’s ruling party. They are twin sisters. Both have a VERY vested interest in using the “street illegal” here as a “pack mule” for their special
interests.

For La Raza and MALDEF the street illegal is a pathway to political power through future DemoRAT votes. People like Janet Merguia, who runs La Raza, would piss on those illegals form on high. They are just peasants to her, same
as they are to the Mexican Government.

For the Mexican “Government”, the illegal is nothing more than a peasant sending money back to Mexico to finance its pathetic economy. if it wasn’t for that money stream the Mexican Government could not give a rats A$$ what happens
to these illegals.


16 posted on 02/28/2011 12:41:38 PM PST by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: Cyropaedia

The Mexican ruling party is the PAN, not the PRI.

One reason to admit this, of the part of the PRI, is that the present drug war began when the PAN took effective control from the PRI, and attempted to enforce the law.

I guess some in the PRI think they can make political hay by promising to make peace in the drug war by reviving the old policies.


17 posted on 02/28/2011 12:43:53 PM PST by buwaya
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To: The KG9 Kid

It is amazing how kept in the dark we are and when we get a glimpse of the light most want to put the blinders back on. It would be a great time to reread Plato’s Cave again.


18 posted on 02/28/2011 12:56:31 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: SeekAndFind
Former Mexican Governor Admits Past Presidents Controlled Drug Trade

Speaking of former Presidents and the drug trade you should Google George Bush's other "son" and Mena, Arkansas.

19 posted on 02/28/2011 1:06:42 PM PST by Roninf5-1 (If ignorance is bliss why are so many Americans on anti-depressants?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Greed and corruption in Mexico. I know I’m shocked.


20 posted on 02/28/2011 1:45:21 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Mexican government is in bed with cartels? Why...this amazing.....


21 posted on 02/28/2011 2:59:39 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m just gobsmacked!


22 posted on 02/28/2011 3:22:48 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: SJSAMPLE; All

I heard Monday on radio that Hillary’s State Dept. is warning Spring Breakers NOT to travel to Mexico.


23 posted on 03/01/2011 12:05:20 AM PST by newzjunkey
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