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  • Mexico rejects US drugs warning

    02/27/2009 3:27:16 AM PST · by Scanian · 7 replies · 433+ views
    BBC World News ^ | February 27, 2009 | Staff
    Mexican President Felipe Calderon has rejected US concern that his country could become a failed state because of a growing wave of drug violence. Mr Calderon, in an interview with the Associated Press, said the cartels did not control any part of his country. He said that he intended to withdraw the army from the fight before he leaves office in 2012. Last month, the US military singled out Mexico and Pakistan as two countries most at risk of sudden collapse. More than 1,000 people are reported to have been killed in Mexico so far this year as gangs battle...
  • Gunmen kill mayor of Mexican town

    02/25/2009 5:11:06 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies · 604+ views
    CNN ^ | February 25, 2009
    <p>MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- A mayor in Mexican President Felipe Calderon's home state was ambushed and killed by a group of heavily armed men as he returned to his house, news reports said.</p> <p>It was the second assassination attempt in eight days on Vista Hermosa Mayor Octavio Manuel Carrillo Castellanos, the Cambio de Michoacan newspaper said on its Web site Wednesday.</p>
  • Atlanta police look to restore trust after drug raid killing

    02/26/2009 8:29:12 AM PST · by Ron Jeremy · 48 replies · 1,176+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | today | bill rankin
    The federal sentencing of three ex-Atlanta police officers for the illegal drug raid that left a 92-year-old woman dead closes only one chapter in the tragic case, the Atlanta Police Department said Wednesday. ... Carnes imposed the most severe sentence — 10 years — on Smith, 36, who obtained the illegal, no-knock search warrant allowing officers to batter down Johnston’s door. A terrified Johnston, thinking she was victimized by a home invasion, fired a warning shot through the door. Narcotics officers responded with a hail of gunfire, killing her. ...
  • US companies stung by violence in Mexico

    02/25/2009 9:04:25 AM PST · by AuntB · 18 replies · 940+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Feb. 25, 2009 | AP
    Rising violence in Mexico is forcing foreign companies to change their operating procedures and shipping routes, and to tighten security for their employees, businessmen said Tuesday. U.S. security consultant John Baird said his family was robbed in late 2008 for the first time in the six years he has lived in Mexico. "2009 is going to be very difficult" because of rising violence and unemployment here, he added. He said there have been problems both with drugs stowed in freight shipments and with the army checkpoints posted to detect the drugs. One popular highway shipping route to the U.S. border...
  • Hundreds Arrested in Cross-Country Campaign Against Drug Cartel

    02/25/2009 11:50:23 AM PST · by AuntB · 26 replies · 616+ views
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 25, 2009 | Mike Levine
    Federal authorities arrested more than 750 people across the country in what they describe as "the largest and hardest hitting" operation to ever target the "the very violent and dangerously powerful" drug cartel known as Sinaloa. "International drug-trafficking organizations pose a sustained, serious threat to the safety and security as of our communities," Attorney General Eric Holder said in prepared remarks at a Washington press conference Wednesday afternoon... "As the world grows smaller and international criminals step up their efforts to operate inside our borders, [we] will confront them head-on to keep our communities safe." Through "Operation Xcellerator," authorities say...
  • Gov. Perry pushes for millions for border security

    02/25/2009 9:44:35 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 18 replies · 593+ views
    KVIA ^ | Feb 24, 2009 | Ken Molestina
    EL PASO, Texas -- Texas Governor Rick Perry was in El Paso Tuesday with some stern words about the Mexican violence on our doorstep. For many people, the governor's words served as a reason to stay motivated in keeping the violence out of the United States. Perry said he is pushing for millions to further fund border protection efforts. "I called on the legislature to dedicate $135 million to our ongoing border security efforts." Perry said the money will primarily go toward "putting more boots on the ground," meaning getting more people on the border to keep the threat out....
  • Mexico attorney general: We don't need U.S. troops to intervene in drug war

    02/25/2009 9:19:03 AM PST · by AuntB · 74 replies · 3,509+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Feb. 25, 2009 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    Mexico’s attorney general said Tuesday he sees no need for U.S. troops to intervene in his country’s war on drug cartels, nor to gear up for a spillover of violence across the border. U.S. officials view the violence as a potential national security threat, and last month the Bush administration’s homeland security chief, Michael Chertoff, said Washington has drawn up contingency plans for a “surge” of both civilian law enforcement and military assets along the border. On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Perry demanded a tighter security net from Washington, saying he’s asked the Obama administration for more aircraft and “a thousand...
  • State Officials: Mexican Drug Cartel Violence In Arizona And Texas

    02/24/2009 9:37:20 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 7 replies · 756+ views
    In Arizona's Pima and Cochise counties law enforcement officials "are seeing more and more 'rape trees,' places where Mexican drug cartel members rape female border crossers and hang their clothes."
  • Gunmen attack governor's convoy, kill guard

    02/24/2009 1:35:31 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 19 replies · 1,311+ views
    AP ^ | February 24, 2009
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Gunmen shot at a convoy carrying the governor of a violence-wracked border state, killing one of his bodyguards and wounding two other agents. The federal Attorney General's Office said Monday it did not appear that Chihuahua Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza was the target of an assassination attempt. State investigators believe the shooting erupted over a traffic altercation between the bodyguards at the back of the convoy and armed men in two other cars, the office said in a statement. It did not provide further details.
  • Mexican police force on strike after grenade attack[Zihuatanejo]

    02/24/2009 10:58:06 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 28 replies · 1,938+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 23, 2009 | Mica Rosenberg
    MEXICO CITY, - The entire local police force in a Mexican beach resort town walked off the job on Monday demanding better pay and benefits to compensate for the rising dangers they face from drug violence. More than 300 municipal police officers in Zihuatanejo, a town on the Pacific coast north of Acapulco popular with foreign tourists, went on strike after grenades were lobbed at their offices over the weekend. (snip) "We are seeing a lot things here that we have never seen before. It is our job to serve the citizens, but we need assurances that our families will...
  • Mexico: Dismal record - One thousand executions in 51 days.

    02/23/2009 9:10:36 AM PST · by AuntB · 10 replies · 599+ views
    NAFBPO ^ | Feb. 23, 2009 | NAFBPO- M3Foreign news report
    El Universal (Mexico City) 2/20-21/09 A presumed area boss for the Beltran Leyva drug cartel in the State of Mexico was arrested in mid-afternoon in the major business district of Santa Fe in Mexico City during a high-security operation by the Federal Agency of Investigation (AFI) with Army support. He was identified as Gerardo Gonzalez Benavides, aka Abraham Esparza Blancarte, “Tony la Mentira” and “La Bitch.” He was believed to be in charge of the drug traffic operations in cities such as Cuautitlan and Tultitlan in the state that surrounds the Federal District. The subject is considered to be an...
  • The Perilous State of Mexico

    02/23/2009 12:39:23 PM PST · by AuntB · 21 replies · 1,120+ views
    WSJ ^ | Feb. 21, 2009 | DAVID LUHNOW and JOSé DE CORDOBA
    ...... Within seconds, gunmen fired 97 bullets at the 37-year-old policeman, killing him instantly. Mr. Jasso had been warned. The day before, someone called and said he would be killed if he didn't immediately release a young man who had been arrested for organizing a violent protest in support of the city's drug gangs. The demonstrators were demanding that the Mexican army withdraw from the drug war. Last year, some 6,000 people died in drug-related violence \, more than twice the number killed the previous year. The dead included several dozen who were beheaded, a chilling echo of the scare...
  • Gunmen attack Mexican governor's convoy, kill bodyguard

    02/23/2009 1:04:05 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 33 replies · 812+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Feb. 23, 2009
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Gunmen have attacked a convoy carrying the governor of a violence-wracked border state, killing one of his bodyguards and wounding two other agents. It was not clear if the attackers were targeting Chihuahua Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza, but he canceled a trip today to meet with federal officials in Mexico City about security problems in his state, where hundreds have died in drug-related violence in recent months. Baeza said gunmen in two cars fired high-powered weapons at a vehicle two cars behind his in a convoy in the state capital, Chihuahua city, on Sunday night. The...
  • [Texas:]Recent border violence tests spillover plan

    02/22/2009 11:10:44 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 1,359+ views
    The Monitor ^ | February 21, 2009 | Jeremy Roebuck
    As protests and gunfire erupted last week across Reynosa, Hidalgo County authorities stood prepared at the international bridges, ready for any possibility. With mobile command units connected to statewide intelligence centers and dozens of officers armed to confront potential threats, law enforcement officials responded to Tuesday's violence like they never have before. The incident prompted state officials to enact for the first time a border-wide emergency plan developed to address threats from Mexico's ongoing war against its entrenched drug cartels. Dubbed the "Operation Border Star Contingency Plan," Gov. Rick Perry's office drafted the policy with local, state and federal law...
  • Bloodbath inches closer to U.S.- Children take cover as gangs fire at police

    02/22/2009 10:12:01 AM PST · by AuntB · 54 replies · 1,368+ views
    WND ^ | February 19, 2009 | WND
    Across the border from McAllen, Texas, a war has been raging in affluent Mexican neighborhoods, main streets and shopping areas as cartels openly fire rocket-propelled grenade launchers and assault rifles at law enforcement authorities. No one is safe – not even young children as they walk to school. "We heard a lot of gunshots," cried one child as he escaped Felipe Carrillo Puerto Primary School holding his father's hand Tuesday morning. The street wars between police and gangs shut down parts of Reynosa, Mexico, as Mexican media estimated the death toll at 20 with dozens injured... \ A U.S. federal...
  • VIDEO - Mexican drug war [in spanish]. MUST SEE - sounds like Fallujah battle

    02/22/2009 10:27:54 AM PST · by Crazieman · 23 replies · 1,195+ views
  • FBI investigates possible links with Mexico drug gang

    02/22/2009 10:44:31 AM PST · by AuntB · 10 replies · 758+ views
    The Observer ^ | Feb. 21, 2009 | Ed Vulliamy and Paul Harris
    The FBI is probing possible money laundering linked to Mexico's infamous narco-trafficking Gulf Cartel in its investigation of Texan billionaire Sir Allen Stanford.... An FBI source close to the investigation would not give exact details but confirmed the agency was looking at links to international drug gangs as part of the huge investigation into Stanford's banking activities. Reports in the US have said Mexican authorities have detained one of Stanford's private planes as part of an investigation into possible links to the Gulf Cartel. It has been alleged cheques found inside the plane were linked to the cartel, which is...
  • Juarez police chief steps down as violence rages

    02/21/2009 12:13:44 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 731+ views
    Houston Chronicle Foreign Service ^ | Feb. 20, 2009 | MARION LLOYD
    MEXICO CITY — Ciudad Juarez’s police chief quit on Friday after drug gang hit men made good on their threats to kill more officers unless he resigned. Roberto Orduna stepped down just hours after suspected drug traffickers murdered another police officer — the fifth in a week — and a prison guard in Mexico’s most violent city. The killers attached signs to the bodies saying they were fulfilling their threat to kill police officers every 48 hours until their boss resigned. The slayings and Orduna’s resignation were chilling signs of the traffickers’ determination to seize control of the police force....
  • Chief dares to take post High ranking officer gunned down a few hours later(Nuevo Laredo, Mexico)

    07/07/2005 11:14:31 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 649+ views
    NUEVO LAREDO - With no one to command, more than a little fear and seemingly uncontrollable violence devastating his hometown, Omar Pimentel Zuñiga took the oath of office as the new Nuevo Laredo police chief Wednesday afternoon. Less than seven hours later, a high-ranking city police official was dead, sprayed with gunfire as he was riding in a truck with two friends. It was eerily reminiscent of the situation surrounding Pimentel's predecessor, the late Alejandro Domínguez Coello. Pimentel was sworn in at 3:18 p.m., just a few minutes later than the time when Domínguez took his oath of office as...
  • Grenade attack wounds 5 in Mexican beach town

    02/21/2009 3:15:15 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 24 replies · 977+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Feb. 21, 2009
    ACAPULCO, Mexico — Mexican police say assailants hurled two grenades at a police station in the southwestern beach town of Zihuatanejo, wounding one officer and four civilians. The Guerrero state Public Safety Department says men in an SUV threw the explosive devices at the station Saturday. Three taxi drivers, a woman and a policeman were hurt. Grenade attacks have become a fixture of Mexico’s brutal drug violence.
  • Drug violence spins Mexico toward civil war - drug gangs better equipped than the army

    Mexico, a country with a nearly 2,000-mile border with the United States, is undergoing a horrifying wave of violence that some are likening to a civil war. Drug traffickers battle fiercely with each other and Mexican authorities. The homicide rate reached a record level in 2008 and indications are that the carnage could be exceeded this year. Every day, newspapers and the airwaves are filled with stories and images of beheadings and other gruesome killings. Wednesday's front page on Mexico City's La Prensa carried a large banner headline that simply said "Hysteria!" The entire page was devoted to photos of...
  • [Mexico:]Firing back: Three charged in gunbattle aftermath

    02/21/2009 10:06:03 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 481+ views
    NUEVO LAREDO - Two men and a woman have been charged with alleged involvement in a gunbattle that occurred earlier this week between Mexican Army troops and drug traffickers, officials announced Friday. The three suspects, who officials said were detained Feb. 17, the day of the gunbattle, were presented by military authorities to the federal prosecutor's office Friday and formally accused of participating in the assault. On Tuesday, officials would not comment on the exchange of gunfire. Fernando Rodríguez López, 18, Julio César Ureste Hernández, 22, and Martha Gómez Tovar, 20, have been turned over to the federal attorney general's...
  • Running gun battle in the streets of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico!

    02/19/2009 2:51:40 PM PST · by AuntB · 14 replies · 965+ views
    M3ForeignNews Report/ NAFBPO ^ | Feb. 18, 2009 | NAFBPO
    El Universal (Mexico City) and Entorno a Tamaullipas (Tamaulipas) 2/17/09 The Mexican Army and Federal Police are maintaining a “state of siege” in commercial areas of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, after a moving gun battle began this morning. So far there are a reported 10 deaths, five from the federal troops and five from the criminal gangs. There are also a reported 20 wounded and several arrests. The battle began mid-morning near a school and left two people dead in a vehicle and at least two Federal Police gravely wounded. The battle continued along nearby streets and through at least four commercial...
  • To live or die in Mexico: Murders and kidnappings prompt calls to bring back the death penalty

    02/20/2009 9:50:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 1,643+ views
    The Global Post ^ | February 20, 2009 | Marion Lloyd
    MEXICO CITY — The street peddler's face darkened when asked how the Mexican government should deal with the rash of kidnappings and drug slayings terrorizing the nation. "They should catch the perpetrators and kill them," said Luis Bote, 21, as he served steaming tacos from a basket on his bicycle. "Only if the criminals are afraid will these crimes ever stop." Bote isn't alone. Such calls to reinstate the death penalty are gaining ground in Mexico amid an unprecedented surge in violent crime. Most of the violence is tied to the warring narcotics gangs, who killed a record 5,500 people...
  • U.S. renews warning for Americans traveling to Mexico

    02/20/2009 6:57:26 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies · 2,322+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 20, 2009
    The U.S. State Department today renewed a travel advisory warning Americans about an increase in violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. The alert issued today says violent crime is particularly worrisome along the U.S.-Mexico border, where automatic weapons and grenades have been used in clashes between police and drug traffickers.
  • Napolitano: Violence in Mexico Not Yet Spilling Across U.S. Border

    02/20/2009 2:32:23 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 39 replies · 1,069+ views ^ | February 20, 2009
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano acknowledges rising violence in Mexico, but says while U.S. officials are preparing for that violence to spill across the border it has not yet. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano denied Thursday that the latest drug-fueled violence in Mexico has spilled across the border, even as local officials throughout the country see troubling signs of Mexican gang activity. The Department of Justice reports that 230 U.S. cities, from Anchorage to Atlanta have a cartel or Mexican gang presence. A February report from the Cato Institute found a "troubling number of incidents" in which Mexico violence was...
  • Mexican cop(and jail guard) killed as chief pressured to quit

    02/20/2009 1:27:50 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 521+ views
    KVIA/AP ^ | February 20, 2009
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Gunmen killed a police officer and a jail guard in the bloody border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, today. Officer Cesar Ivan Portillo (say-SAHR' ee-VAHN' pohr-TEE'-yoh) was the fifth officer killed this week in Mexico's deadliest city. The gunmen left signs on his and city jail guard Juan Pablo Ruiz's bodies, saying they'd fulfilled a promise to kill at least one officer every 48 hours until the Juarez police chief resigns. The slayings are a chilling sign that criminal gangs are determined to control the police force in the violence-torn city of 1.3 million residents across...
  • [South Texas:]Sheriff closes Gateway International bridge after report of shootout in Matamoros

    02/20/2009 8:07:44 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 858+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | February 19, 2009 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    Security beefed up at other bridges An afternoon gun-battle in Matamoros led to the temporary shutdown of the Gateway International Bridge. Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio closed the southbound traffic lanes at the Gateway International Bridge and reinforced security at the other two international bridges linking Brownsville to Matamoros. Lucio said his decision to close the bridge stemmed from a reported gun-battle that took place at 3 p.m. in Matamoros. The bridge was re-opened about 30 minutes later. "There was a raid by state and federal police who were investigating warehouses in Matamoros near the Soriana by the Veterans International...
  • Bloodbath inches closer to U.S

    02/20/2009 3:53:44 AM PST · by Man50D · 27 replies · 1,125+ views ^ | : February 19, 2009
    Across the border from McAllen, Texas, a war has been raging in affluent Mexican neighborhoods, main streets and shopping areas as cartels openly fire rocket-propelled grenade launchers and assault rifles at law enforcement authorities. No one is safe – not even young children as they walk to school. "We heard a lot of gunshots," cried one child as he escaped Felipe Carrillo Puerto Primary School holding his father's hand Tuesday morning. The street wars between police and gangs shut down parts of Reynosa, Mexico, as Mexican media estimated the death toll at 20 with dozens injured, the McAllen Monitor reported....
  • Mexico's bloody drug war is not the fault of 'lax U.S. gun laws'

    02/20/2009 3:42:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies · 1,009+ views
    A gambit that has become popular of late with the forcible citizen disarmament lobby is blaming the violence in Mexico (which sometimes spills across our Southwestern border) on "lax U.S. gun laws." Mexico, of course, has extremely restrictive gun laws and extreme levels of violence. One might think that this would be a pretty strong rebuttal to the idea of trying to control violence by passing more and more gun laws (as if using laws to try to rein in the behavior of the lawless makes any sense). Such an expectation underestimates the stubborn determination of gun law advocates, who...
  • Border drug war is too close for comfort[NM]

    02/19/2009 12:44:42 PM PST · by BGHater · 32 replies · 1,089+ views
    LA Times ^ | 19 Feb 2009 | Scott Kraft
    Tiny Columbus, N.M., a haven for baby boomer retirees seeking cheap living, small-town values and solitude, can't quite believe that a bloody brawl has broken out on its doorstep. The day began gently here on the U.S.-Mexico border. The cold, starry sky gave way to the orange smile of a sunrise. Over at the Pancho Villa Cafe, short-order cook Maria Gutierrez whipped up her egg and chopped tortilla special. Down the street, Martha Skinner, still in her housecoat, brewed a pot of coffee for guests at her bed and breakfast. Her husband, the local judge, walked two blocks to his...
  • Mexico: The Third War

    02/18/2009 9:20:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 1,353+ views
    Stratfor ^ | February 18, 2009 | Fred Burton and Scott Stewart
    Mexico has pretty much always been a rough-and-tumble place. In recent years, however, the security environment has deteriorated rapidly, and parts of the country have become incredibly violent. It is now common to see military weaponry such as fragmentation grenades and assault rifles used almost daily in attacks. In fact, just last week we noted two separate strings of grenade attacks directed against police in Durango and Michoacan states. In the Michoacan incident, police in Uruapan and Lazaro Cardenas were targeted by three grenade attacks during a 12-hour period. Then on Feb. 17, a major firefight occurred just across the...
  • US authorities 'had been investigating Allen Stanford for 15 years'(& laundering for Mexican cartel)

    02/19/2009 6:25:06 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 1,002+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 02/19/09 | David Byers, Suzy Jagge, and James Bone
    US authorities 'had been investigating Allen Stanford for 15 years' David Byers, Suzy Jagger in New York, and James Bone in Antigua American authorities have been suspicious of Allen Stanford's financial dealings for 15 years but only accelerated their investigation after the Bernard Madoff fraud was exposed, it was claimed today. As investigators continued to hunt Mr Stanford and the $50 billion (£35 billion) of assets connected to him, a financial expert said that the Texan had been on "everybody’s radar" for more than a decade. The claim, made by the journalist and author Jeffrey Robinson, came as a link...
  • Death threats against police appear in border city

    02/19/2009 8:29:56 AM PST · by AuntB · 24 replies · 471+ views
    AP ^ | Feb. 19, 2009 | JULIE WATSON
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Police were on alert Wednesday after several signs appeared across this violent border city warning that more officers would be killed unless the police chief resigns, a day after the second-in-command and three other officers were slain. Meanwhile, coroners conducted autopsies on the bodies of the four officers, including the city police chief's right-hand man, Sacramento Perez, the operations director for the 1,700-member force. Gunmen ambushed the officers Tuesday afternoon while they were sitting in their patrol car on a street near the U.S. consulate. About 50 police officers have been killed in the past year...
  • Gunfights leave 10 dead in Reynosa[Mexico]

    02/17/2009 5:09:50 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 1,382+ views
    Houston Chronicle Mexico City Bureau ^ | Feb. 17, 2009 | DUDLEY ALTHAUS
    Reports say 20 injured and that five who died were soldiers MEXICO CITY — Running gun battles between army troops and suspected gangsters killed as many as 10 people today in the border city of Reynosa. Another 20 people were reported injured in the firefights, which involved automatic weapons and grenades, according to local press reports. El Universal newspaper in Mexico City reported that at least five soldiers were killed There were no immediate official figures on the number of dead and wounded. An industrial hub that's home to many U.S.-owned factories, Reynosa is considered the territory of the Gulf...
  • Drug violence reaches into U.S.; time to act

    02/17/2009 1:25:56 PM PST · by AuntB · 87 replies · 3,460+ views Colorado ^ | Feb. 17, 2009 | Times-Call Editorial
    Responding to fears of escalating violence in Mexico that could spill over the border into Texas and other states, the U.S. government has stepped up law enforcement. Border Patrol and Drug Enforcement Administration agents were sent to shore up local law enforcement, and to their credit the violence has not spread to those communities and regions. In fact, El Paso — just across the border from Ciudad Juarez, which ranks as one of the most dangerous places in the world — is ranked as one of the safest cities in the United States. Unfortunately, the stepped-up enforcement in border cities...
  • The Scariest Unread Document in Texas State Government

    02/17/2009 7:30:02 AM PST · by mnehring · 19 replies · 1,901+ views
    Comparing Mexico to Pakistan, US Military Planners Cast Wary Eye South of the BorderOn Thursday, Feb. 12, counter-terrorism expert Fred Burton of addressed Austin InfraGuard, a professional association of local/state/federal emergency management, disaster planning, law enforcement, and homeland security professionals.While Mr. Burton spoke about lawlessness and violence in the US-Mexico border area and its implications for local homeland security and emergency planning purposes, Texas state legislators should also pay heed.The big problem is that Mexican criminal gangs are now strong enough to seriously impede and/or corrupt the government and military of Mexico, even to the point of collapse. Mr....
  • [Mexican Presidente]Calderón, South Texas lawmakers discuss drug violence

    02/16/2009 8:18:22 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 672+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 02/16/2009 | Gary Martin
    WASHINGTON — South Texas lawmakers headed to Mexico Monday to meet President Felipe Calderón and discuss additional U.S. aid, including expanded intelligence sharing, to curb the rising threat of violence from narcotics cartels. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, were part of a U.S. congressional delegation to meet with Calderón and Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina about drug-fueled violence along the border. “It’s an alarm I’ve been ringing since 2005,” Cuellar said before leaving for Mexico City. “Violence has now spread out to other places.” Drug cartels are waging a turf war across Mexico. Last week, the...
  • Gunmen kill 12 in Mexico, including 5 children

    02/16/2009 9:17:56 AM PST · by AuntB · 25 replies · 805+ views
    AP ^ | Feb. 15, 2009 | AP
    TABASCO, Mexico (AP) — Gunmen have killed a state police officer and 10 members of his family, including five children, authorities said Sunday. The shooting late Saturday also killed a street vendor in front of the house of state police officer Carlos Reyes, said Tabasco deputy prosecutor Alex Alvarez. Among the five children killed was a 2-year-old boy. Alvarez said three other people were wounded the attack in the town of Monte Largo, near Mexico's border with Guatemala. .... Alvarez said Reyes directed a car chase and raids on two homes on Wednesday that led to the death of three...
  • Reality Intrudes on the Drug War

    02/15/2009 2:55:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 43 replies · 3,367+ views ^ | February 15, 2009 | Steve Chapman
    In the story of the emperor with no clothes, it took someone whose observations are rarely heeded -- a child -- to point out the obvious fact that no one else could acknowledge. In the case of drug policy, it takes people who are usually ignored by Washington policymakers -- Latin Americans -- to perform the same invaluable service. Last week, a commission made up of 17 members, from Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa to Sonia Picado, the Costa Rican who heads the Inter-American Institute on Human Rights, did nothing but admit the truth: The war on drugs is a...
  • Twilight Zone at U.S.-Mexico border

    02/15/2009 3:06:05 PM PST · by IbJensen · 36 replies · 1,597+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 02/15/2009 | Tom Miller
    TUCSON, Ariz. -- I am a border rat. I've been one since the day I hopped back and forth between countries over a fallen, rusty barbed-wire fence in the woodland along the Arizona-Mexico line some 40 years ago. Since that act of joyful anarchy, I've traveled the entire length of the frontier numerous times, dined and slept in just about every border town on both sides and chatted with folks of high and low life throughout. There are lots of us border rats, really -- most from the U.S. side but many from Mexico as well. We share music, food...
  • Cartel violence: Is Dallas-Fort Worth within reach?

    02/15/2009 8:30:27 AM PST · by Flavius · 12 replies · 861+ views
    dallas news ^ | 2/13/09 | By JASON TRAHAN
    orth Texas law enforcement authorities are bracing for what they fear could be an escalation of violence bubbling up from the years-long battle among Mexican drug traffickers. While the beheadings, kidnappings and daylight shootouts common in parts of Mexico haven't become rampant north of the Rio Grande, the discovery of military-grade weaponry closer to the U.S. border and in some cases in Texas are signs that the relative calm here might not hold. Most recently, U.S. investigators have linked a grenade used in an attempted attack in South Texas with other weapons in Mexico thought to belong to the Zetas,...
  • [New Mexico:]Deputies target Mexican drug cartel for murder

    02/14/2009 1:14:42 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 736+ views ^ | February 14, 2009
    Deputies made an arrest in a brutal Albuquerque murder, but now have their sights set on other suspects who are linked to a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. The body of Danny Baca, 53, was found shot and burned on the Parajito Mesa last January. Deputies said Baca and another man were hired to hijack and drive a car full of drugs from Mexico to El Paso. Instead, they drove to Albuquerque. The drug cartel caught up with Baca and killed him. Deputies are now looking for Jaime Veleta and his cousin, Mario Talavera. They believe the two have connections with...
  • America's Unacknowledged War

    02/14/2009 3:59:00 PM PST · by AuntB · 47 replies · 2,883+ views
    Threatswatch ^ | Feb. 14, 2009 | Jay Fraser
    Headline: Grenades that were used in three attacks -- the first two in northern Mexico, the last in Texas -- over the past four months all trace back to the same source, the paramilitary group known as Los Zetas. The attempted bombing in Texas occurred in January in a small town named Pharr, just outside of McAllen and Brownsville, and not all that far from the Mexican border and places like Matamoros and Monterrey. It so happens that another grenade failed to detonate in a January attack in Pharr. Three men, members of two gangs, Tri-City Bombers and the Texas...
  • Violence from Mexico spilling into U.S. far from border

    02/13/2009 12:09:57 PM PST · by AuntB · 11 replies · 700+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | Feb. 13, 2009 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    Just as government officials had feared, the drug violence raging in Mexico is spilling over into the United States. U.S. authorities are reporting a spike in killings, kidnappings and home invasions connected to Mexico’s murderous cartels. And to some policymakers’ surprise, much of the violence is happening not in towns along the border, but a considerable distance away, in places such as Phoenix and Atlanta. ..... Mexican cartels are believed to have set up drug-dealing operations all over the U.S., in such far-flung places as Anchorage, Alaska; Boston; and Sioux Falls, S.D. So far, the violence is nowhere near as...
  • Mexico governor: Cartels behind northern protests

    02/14/2009 7:42:02 AM PST · by AuntB · 7 replies · 474+ views
    AP ^ | Feb. 13, 2009 | MARK STEVENSON
    Street protests against the army's presence in the northern city of Monterrey were organized by drug cartels in an apparent bid to disrupt the government's anti-drug crackdown, Mexican officials alleged Friday. Gov. Jose Natividad Gonzalez of Nuevo Leon state said this week's protests have snarled traffic in Mexico's third largest city, home to 3.7 million, and "severely disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of citizens." Officials said Friday that the drug gangs were also responsible for the killing of the police commander in charge of investigating the protests. The army said in a statement that it had detained the...
  • Drug Cartel Rumors Keep N. Texas Authorities on Alert

    02/14/2009 12:54:34 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 938+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Friday, February 13, 2009 | REBECCA LOPEZ
    The Gulf Cartel in Mexico has now been deemed the biggest terroristic threat in the United States, including in North Texas. In recent months, there have been no kidnappings or deaths related to the Gulf Cartel in North Texas, authorities say. However, a large task force recently arrested dozens of cartel members and confiscated millions in cash, drugs and weapons. The Gulf Cartel has been called one of the most dangerous groups in the world, and authorities said they have waged a war to control all the drugs coming into the U.S. from Mexico. "They are fighting back with the...
  • Texas Officials Brace for Mexican Violence

    02/13/2009 10:28:00 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 846+ views ^ | Feb. 13, 2009 | Dave Eberhart
    Texas officials are drafting plans for law enforcement and military responses to the growing Mexican gang violence threatening to spill across the U.S. border. “Worst-case scenario, Mexico becomes the Western hemisphere’s equivalent of Somalia, with mass violence, mass chaos,” Ted Galen Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy at the Cato Institute, a Washington-based think tank, told Fox News. “That would clearly require a military response from the United States.” With more than 5,300 people killed in Mexico last year owing to criminal activity, Mexico has been identified in a Department of Defense report as a country that could...
  • 'Hitmen' Held Over Mexico Murders

    02/12/2009 10:43:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 674+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 12 February 2009
    Mexican troops have arrested seven suspected members of a drug cartel hit squad over the torture and murder of a retired general in Cancun last week. Among those detained was Octavio Almanza, the alleged head in Cancun of Los Zetas, a hit squad working for the powerful Gulf Cartel, officials said. Retired general Mauro Enrique Tello was killed along with two other men. Gen Tello had just been hired by the local government to help root out corruption in the resort city. Mr Almanza, a former soldier, is suspected of orchestrating the murder of Gen Tello, an army lieutenant and...
  • Militarizing Police Depts. With Your Bailout Money

    02/11/2009 11:57:25 AM PST · by mnehring · 100 replies · 2,912+ views
    George Orwell, call your office !If prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, then city mayors follow a very close second.  In fact, it occurs to me they may be the spiritual offspring of the aforementioned liaisons.  Whenever there is loose change or unclaimed dollar bills laying around, mayors can smell them a mile away and if a Sugar Daddy offers free cash, they never stop to question what the vigorish might be.  The urban emperors, suburban commissars, the hack and the highbrow, the Republican and Democrat, the apolitical and amoral, the exurban apparatchiks all assemble to line dance down Pennsylvania Avenue like ladies of the...