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  • After Lowering Standards For Border Patrol Corruption Charges Skyrocket

    04/29/2009 8:40:18 AM PDT · by AuntB · 15 replies · 1,529+ views
    Diggers realm ^ | April 27, 2009 | Digger-border patrol
    <p>Back in April, 2008 I reported on how the Border Patrol was dropping it's requirement for a High School Diploma or GED, lessening training from 88 days to 55 days and basically encouraging a Border Patrol that will enable corruption and incompetence to enter the agency. Now this has proven true as arrests for corruption within the Border Patrol has skyrocketed.</p>
  • Mexican cartels already in state - "No. 1 threat" to Oklahoma

    04/27/2009 2:23:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies · 3,296+ views ^ | 4/26/2009 | RON JACKSON
    Crossing a Mexican drug cartel usually comes with a price — death. On the U.S.- Mexico border, that price is being paid daily with an endless stream of execution-style slayings in a war to control drug routes to the north. As Mexican officials crack down on these cartels, violence spreads. Lives are merely the cost of doing business, and since 2007 the international press has documented more than 7,400 drug war-related murders on the border. Police are gunned down in public squares. Failed drug smugglers are tortured to death and bound from head to toe in duct tape. Enemies are...
  • Drug Control Begets Gun Control - The violence in Mexico is caused by prohibition, not firearms.

    04/22/2009 9:36:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 2,461+ views
    Reason ^ | April 22, 2009 | Jacob Sullum
    During his visit to Mexico last week, President Obama suggested that Americans are partly to blame for the appalling violence associated with the illegal drug trade there. "The demand for these drugs in the United States is what's helping keep these cartels in business," he said. "This war is being waged with guns purchased not here but in the United States."Obama is right that the U.S. is largely responsible for the carnage in Mexico, which claimed more than 6,000 lives last year. But the problem is neither the drugs Americans buy nor the guns they sell; it's the war on...
  • Mexican border crisis: the barbarians are at the gate

    04/02/2009 6:44:48 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 1,443+ views
    Renew America ^ | 2009-03-31 | Sher Zieve
    In 2006, I conducted a three-part interview with former US Border Patrol Supervisor David J Stoddard. For 27 years, David served in Calexico, California, Vermont, Yuma, Tucson Sector Headquarters and Naco, Arizona and worked in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other locations. He also provided testimony about immigration reform to Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner's (R-WI) House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims in 1999 and a Congressional subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources in 2002. With the current US-Mexico border crisis — including an actual ongoing war on our southern border — I thought it was time to...
  • Clash of the cartels: a guide

    04/01/2009 6:27:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 2,173+ views ^ | March 28, 2009 | Ioan Grillo
    MEXICO CITY — As Mexico suffers from an onslaught of massacres, decapitations and execution-style hits, six major drug cartels have carved up the country into fiefdoms. Like the armies of authentic warlords, the cartels attempt to completely dominate their territories, controlling trafficking routes, local drug sales and other criminal enterprises. Clashing over disputed turf, the cartels all have carried out murders on an epic scale. Sinaloa Cartel City base: Culiacan (northwestern Mexico) Kingpins: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, Juan Jose Esparragoza (El Azul) States in sphere of influence: Sinaloa, Sonora, Durango, Morelos, Chihuahua, Baja California, Mexico City,...
  • One day of violence in Mexico leaves 15 dead

    03/29/2009 5:44:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 1,547+ views
    AFP ^ | March 30, 2009
    AT least 15 people have been killed in the past 24 hours in northern Chihuahua state, local officials said, hours after US President Barack Obama said violence in Mexico has "gotten out of hand". The bodies of five men were found on Saturday in an irrigation ditch outside of Rosales, in the central part of the state, the local prosecutor's office said, adding that the bodies were apparently dumped from a pick-up truck. In Chihuahua capital, another four bodies were dumped by gunmen from a car near a petrol station, the office added. Late Saturday, three people were murdered in...
  • The Evolution of 'Los Zetas,' a Mexican Crime Organization

    03/29/2009 4:42:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 1,492+ views
    ISN Security Watch ^ | Monday, March 16, 2009 | Sam Logan
    From the original 31 members, the Mexican organized criminal faction Los Zetas has grown into an organization in its own right, operating separate from the Gulf Cartel and just as violent Between the first of the year and mid-March, 2009, the Mexican criminal organization most commonly known as "Los Zetas" has been busy. Members of this group have been linked to a death threat delivered to the president of Guatemala, a grenade thrown into a bar in Pharr, Texas, the death of a high-ranking military general in Cancun, and a fair share of the organized crime-related deaths registered this year...
  • Homeland Security plans for violence on U.S. border

    03/14/2009 8:58:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies · 3,895+ views ^ | Mar. 13, 2009 | EILEEN SULLIVAN and SUZANNE GAMBOA
    WASHINGTON — Tighter gun control and stronger law enforcement in Southwestern states were recommended Thursday by lawmakers concerned about drug violence in Mexico possibly spilling across the border. --snip-- "The United States and Mexico border violence can only be solved if we look at all parts of the equation," Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., said Thursday during a House subcommittee considering changes to U.S. gun laws. "Let’s examine our gun laws, let’s cut down on U.S. drug consumption, let’s ask there to be more resources to root out drug-money laundering," he said...
  • Mexico drug cartels buying public support

    03/15/2009 9:49:12 AM PDT · by BGHater · 9 replies · 1,491+ views
    LA Times ^ | 13 Mar 2009 | Tracy Wilkinson
    Reporting from Monterrey, Mexico -- The small houses of the Independencia neighborhood climb a hill that rises from the bone-dry Santa Catarina riverbed. Gang graffiti proliferate the higher you go, until they completely cover the cinder-block walls with slogans, threats and declarations. Young men in baggy pants, sweat shirt hoodies pulled tightly around their faces, populate the desolate street corners, in between vacant lots and shattered wooden stoops. Look out from the top of the hill and in the distance you see the impressive skyline of Monterrey, the wealthiest city in Mexico, its fancy museums, glistening high-rises, leafy plazas and...
  • Cocaine King - Mexico's most wanted man, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, is one of 38 new billionaires.

    03/13/2009 11:48:44 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies · 2,558+ views
    Forbes ^ | 3/13/2009 | Jesse Bogan
    For eight years Joaquín Guzmán Loera reportedly managed his international drug smuggling operation from behind bars while enjoying a lavish prison life with access to booze, women and a home entertainment system. Then in January 2001, facing extradition to the U.S., Guzmán slipped into a laundry cart and escaped. Since then "El Chapo," or Shorty, as he is called, has tightened his grip on Mexico's drug trade as head of the Sinaloa cartel, one of the biggest suppliers of cocaine to the U.S. It is a lucrative business to be in these days. Thirty-five million people in the U.S. use...
  • The Drug Wars

    03/12/2009 9:06:45 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 26 replies · 1,269+ views
    The failure to secure the border to prevent illegal drugs from entering into the United States from Mexico in the first place is inexusable. The Mexican drug cartels have established distribution networks and supply lines in at least 230 American cities, and the enforcement violence among the rival cells has been brutally incessant in Phoenix, Atlanta and Houston. The governors of Arizona and Texas have requested national guard troops to secure their borders only to be rebuffed by resident Barack Obama who "said that now is not the time to send troops": "We've got a very big border with Mexico,"...
  • Expert: Drug violence result of lapsed gun control enforcement

    03/12/2009 9:59:52 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 42 replies · 2,134+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03-12-09 | Associated Press
    Expert Tom Diaz says that imports of certain semiautomatic rifles were regulated under the first Bush and Clinton administrations. But he told a House panel Wednesday the import rules were relaxed under the most recent Bush administration.
  • Obama: Troop move to Mexican border under consideration

    03/12/2009 7:22:54 AM PDT · by Danae · 143 replies · 7,007+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 3-12-2009 | Maria Recio
    WASHINGTON — President Obama weighed in Wednesday on the escalating drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that he was looking at possibly deploying National Guard troops to contain the violence but ruled out any immediate military move. "We're going to examine whether and if National Guard deployments would make sense and under what circumstances they would make sense," Obama said during an interview with journalists for regional papers, including a McClatchy reporter. "I don't have a particular tipping point in mind," he said. "I think it's unacceptable if you've got drug gangs crossing our borders and killing U.S. citizens."
  • Obama Considering Deploying Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border

    03/12/2009 6:52:28 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 65 replies · 3,708+ views
    Obama Considering Deploying Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border President Obama tells regional reporters it is "unacceptable if you've got drug gangs crossing our borders and killing U.S. citizens." Thursday, March 12, 2009 President Obama says he's considering whether to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, after Texas Gov. Rick Perry made an urgent call fort 1,000 more "boots on the ground" to deal with the growing violence. The president weighed the option during a meeting with regional reporters Wednesday afternoon. "We're going to examine whether and if National Guard deployments would make sense and under what circumstances they...
  • Obama May Send National Guard To Mexican Border In Escalating Drug War

    03/11/2009 7:18:02 PM PDT · by van_erwin · 71 replies · 3,970+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | Wed, Mar. 11, 2009 | Maria Recio
    President Obama weighed in Wednesday on the escalating drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that he was looking at possibly deploying National Guard troops to contain the violence but ruled out any immediate military move. "We're going to examine whether and if National Guard deployments would make sense and under what circumstances they would make sense," Obama said during an interview with journalists for regional papers, including a McClatchy reporter."I don't have a particular tipping point in mind," he said. "I think it's unacceptable if you've got drug gangs crossing our borders and killing U.S. citizens."Already this year there...
  • AG worries about border, drug violence in Arizona

    02/18/2009 9:40:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 1,587+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — The Phoenix area has literally become the kidnapping capital of the United States, Arizona’s attorney general said Tuesday. The fight to control illegal immigrant smuggling routes into the United States has seen a lot of one gang of coyotes trying to take another gang’s human treasure, Terry Goddard told a number of federal, state and local law enforcement officials. Drop houses, which is where the gangs hide illegal immigrants smuggled into the country from Mexico, are a lucrative business, and that is why gangs belonging to different cartels try to kidnap people staying in those facilities, Goddard...
  • CBS Suggests Lax Gun Laws in U.S. to Blame for Crime in Mexico

    03/11/2009 6:02:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 38 replies · 2,739+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 11, 2009 | Brad Wilmouth
    On Monday’s CBS Evening News, correspondent Ben Tracy filed a report documenting the thousands of guns that are illegally smuggled to Mexican drug cartels which they use in battle with the Mexican army, and suggested that lax gun laws in America are to blame. Without delving into the possibility that greater availability of guns in Mexico might help the country’s citizens to reduce that country’s overall crime rate, Tracy informed viewers that it is "nearly impossible" to buy guns in Mexico legally, as he pointed out America’s less strict laws: Mexican law makes it nearly impossible to buy guns there...
  • Police chief, 5 others killed in Mexico

    03/10/2009 5:49:09 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 1,183+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | March 9, 2009
    ACAPULCO, Mexico — Gunmen killed six people, including a local police chief, in a series of attacks Monday in mountain towns in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero. The police chief of Pungarabato was repeatedly shot while driving his red Mustang on a highway near the small town early Monday, Guerrero state public safety department said in a news release. Five other men were found gunned down in different towns in the isolated mountainous zone known as the Tierra Caliente, or the Hot Land, the state police said. In the border city of Tijuana, soldiers detained 60 people at a...
  • Douglas Cohn & Eleanor Clift: Mexican drugs and U.S. guns (gag alert!)

    03/09/2009 4:14:12 PM PDT · by AuntB · 17 replies · 1,442+ views
    Pocono Record ^ | Douglas Cohn & Eleanor Clift
    WASHINGTON — Americans got a wakeup call last week about the threat posed by Mexican drug traffickers when the State Department issued a travel advisory warning vacationers heading for warmer climes of the danger they would face visiting our closest neighbor to the south. The violence has escalated to the point where in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, the police chief was forced to flee the city after drug traffickers demanded his resignation, systematically killing his deputy and three of his men until he capitulated. Mexican President Felipe Calderon has dispatched soldiers and more federal police to patrol the...

    03/10/2009 11:43:00 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 60 replies · 3,528+ views
    deutsche presse via email, no url | 3/10/0
    Mexico City (dpa) - Mexican police found five human heads Tuesday in portable coolers on a road in Ixtlahuacan del Rio, some 600 kilometres northwest of Mexico City. On the inside of the coolers' lids, two messages had been written in black ink, with threats addressed to someone that was only identified as ``Goyo,'' a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office in the state of Jalisco told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. The authorities said the heads of the five men had been severed just hours before they were found. Police were combing the rural area where the heads were found, some...
  • Mexico's Other Export

    03/10/2009 9:15:24 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 916+ views
    Campus Report ^ | March 10, 2009 | Heather Latham
    Mexico’s Other Export by: Heather Latham, March 10, 2009 Mexico has a major export that never gets discussed in free-trade agreements. “There has been an alarming spike in violence in Mexico in recent years, most of which is associated with the trafficking in illegal drugs and the efforts of the Mexican government to shut down that trade,” Ted Galen Carpenter writes in a recent CATO Institute Policy Analysis titled “Troubled Neighbor: Mexico’s Drug Violence Poses a Threat to the United States.” He continues, “The turf battles have been ferocious. In 2005, more than 1,300 people perished in drug-related violence. By...
  • Border mayors insist drug violence is not spilling over

    03/10/2009 6:36:26 AM PDT · by laotzu · 35 replies · 2,268+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 3/10/09 | Gary Scharrer
    AUSTIN — Mexican drug cartel violence is not spilling into Texas, several frustrated border mayors told a state legislative committee Monday in an effort to dispel public perceptions that their communities are under siege. “For me to believe that our cities are so endangered by all this violence that we need to send the military to the border is a knee-jerk reaction,” McAllen Mayor Richard Cortez told the House Border and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. Cortez, mayor for 19 years, said his daughter in San Antonio recently called to express apprehension about his re-election because of fears he might become an...
  • Highway Robbery? Texas Police Seize Black Motorists' Cash, Cars

    03/09/2009 10:18:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 123 replies · 5,916+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 10, 2009 | Howard Witt
    You can drive into this dusty fleck of a town near the Texas-Louisiana border if you're African-American, but you might not be able to drive out of it—at least not with your car, your cash, your jewelry or other valuables. That's because the police here allegedly have found a way to strip motorists, many of them black, of their property without ever charging them with a crime. Instead they offer out-of-towners a grim choice: voluntarily sign over your belongings to the town, or face felony charges of money laundering or other serious crimes. More than 140 people reluctantly accepted that...
  • In Mexico's drug wars, fears of a U.S. front

    03/09/2009 10:06:41 AM PDT · by AuntB · 30 replies · 2,138+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Mar. 9, 2009 | Alex Johnson
    With U.S. forces fighting two wars abroad, the nation's top military officer made an important visit last week to forestall a third. He went to Mexico. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the trip to confer with Mexican leaders about the Merida Initiative, a three-year plan signed into law last June to flood the U.S.-Mexican border region with $1.4 billion in U.S. assistance for law-enforcement training and equipment, as well as technical advice and training to bolster Mexico’s judicial system. That’s about 100 people every week for the last 14 months. The cartels usually do...
  • Border lawmakers fear narco-nuke terrorism link

    03/08/2009 9:49:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,711+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/8/09 | Jordy Yager
    Members of Congress are raising the alarm that war-like conditions on the Mexican border could lead to Mexican drug cartels helping terrorists attack the U.S. “When you have…gangs and they have loose ties with al Qaeda and then you have Iran not too far away from building a nuclear capability, nuclear terrorism may not be far off,” said Rep. Trent Franks (R- Ariz.), a member of the House Armed Services committee. The Mexican drug cartels’ violence accounted for more than 6,000 deaths last year, and in recent months it has begun spilling over into the districts of lawmakers from the...
  • Mexican cartels infiltrate Houston

    03/08/2009 11:30:00 PM PDT · by PureSolace · 50 replies · 2,805+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 7, 2009, 9:28PM | DANE SCHILLER
    Recent arrests in a mistaken killing point to the perilous presence of gangs The order was clear: Kill the guy in the Astros jersey. But in a case of mistaken identity, Jose Perez ended up dead. The intended target — the Houston-based head of a Mexican drug cartel cell pumping millions of dollars of cocaine into the city — walked away. Perez, 27, was just a working guy, out getting dinner late on a Friday with his wife and young children at Chilos, a seafood restaurant on the Gulf Freeway. His murder and the assassination gone awry point to the...
  • Bodies Piling Up: Mexican Morgues Crowded With Drug War Victims

    03/09/2009 4:07:01 AM PDT · by Man50D · 20 replies · 912+ views ^ | March 09, 2009 | Julie Watson
    Death froze his exhausted face. The attackers lashed or punctured nearly every part of his body. Then they cut off the dead man's head, wrapped it in a plastic grocery bag and dumped it with his body between two tractor-trailers on a city street. As with most murders in Ciudad Juarez, police found no witnesses, no weapons. Only the battered corpse on the steel coroner's table carries clues to who he was and how he died. "Every organ speaks," says Dr. Maria Concepcion Molina, who gently removes packing tape from the head of her third decapitated victim in a week....
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Under Martial Law! ( ABC news video )

    03/08/2009 4:01:28 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 48 replies · 3,976+ views
    Many people ABC-7 talked to in Juarez believe if the military does indeed take over the police department, which we refer to as “martial law” in the U.S., the calm will end and the attacks will increase to a whole new level.
  • Source: Mullen offers Mexico update to Obama

    03/07/2009 7:06:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 2,245+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/7/09 | Anne Gearan - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama was briefed Saturday by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen about the drug wars in Mexico and wanted to know how the United States can help. "Clearly one of the things the president was interested in was the U.S military capability that may or may not apply to our cooperation with the Mexicans," said a U.S. military official who requested anonymity because the discussions were private. "He was very interested in what kind of military capabilities may be applied." Mullen briefed Obama Saturday morning about discussions with Mexican military leaders about the drug...
  • Drug war has Juárez, Mexico, on verge of humanitarian crisis

    03/08/2009 11:11:27 AM PDT · by AuntB · 39 replies · 1,562+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Mar. 8, 2009 | RICHARD ELLIS
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- Few Americans enter this border city anymore. Crossing south on the right side of the bridges is lonely, with only a smattering of people, mostly Mexicans living in El Paso. The army base has banned soldiers from crossing, and few if any kids come looking for a good time -- most of the bars have closed anyway. The reason: Juárez is at war. The city is fighting drug cartels, and the cartels are fighting each other. In 2008, more than 1,600 people were killed in Juárez in drug-related violence, often assassinations carried out in daylight. Some...
  • ABC News: Juarez, Mexico under the equivalent of Martial Law

    03/08/2009 6:15:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 115 replies · 6,381+ views
    google video ^ | March 8, 2009 | ABC News, Channel 7, El Paso, TX
    Mexican military forces take over police duty in Juarez, Mexico to combat drug cartel violence. Death count expected to increase.
  • Mexico condemns US 'corruption' (Barfer!)

    03/06/2009 10:16:24 AM PST · by AuntB · 46 replies · 995+ views
    AlJazeera ^ | Mar. 6, 2009 | AlJazeera
    The Mexican president has blamed US "corruption" for hampering his nation's efforts to combat violent drug cartels. Felipe Calderon also told the AFP news agency that the main cause of Mexico's drug gang problems was "having the world's biggest consumer [of drugs] next to us". "Drug trafficking in the United States is fuelled by the phenomenon of corruption on the part of the American authorities," he said on Wednesday. The Mexican president launched a massive assault on drug cartels after entering office in late 2006 but the cartels have responded with campaigns of violence and intimidation that left 6,000 dead...
  • MEXICO'S MELTDOWN (scare tactics to grab US tax dollars---uses Mideast playbook)

    03/06/2009 2:26:57 AM PST · by Liz · 4 replies · 481+ views
    NY POST ^ | 3/6/09 | ROBERT B. CHARLES
    HELPING OUT IS IN OUR INTEREST Today's terror in Mexico is tomorrow's terror on US soil; the violence has already started crossing the border. To protect ourselves, we must help our beleaguered neighbors decisively and effectively put an end to the rippling massacres. Violence isn't all that will cross the border - corruption will spread, too. In 2007, the DHS opened 79 investigations into border corruption in four US states along the Mexican border, more than twice the number four years earlier.
  • Patrick J. Buchanan: Afghanistan South (Mexico)

    03/06/2009 6:27:54 AM PST · by kellynla · 57 replies · 1,835+ views ^ | 03/06/2009 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Heeding the advice of Gen. David Petraeus, Barack Obama has committed 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan and will keep 50,000 in Iraq after U.S. combat operations end in August 2010. But are U.S. vital interests more threatened by what happens in Anbar or Helmand than in the war raging along our southern border? Prediction: After all U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea have come home, there will be a U.S. army on the Mexican border. For this is where the fate of our republic will be decided, as the fate of Europe will be decided by the millions streaming...
  • Texas Senator Asks Obama for Help On Wild Mexican Border

    03/04/2009 9:02:24 PM PST · by nysuperdoodle · 21 replies · 709+ views
    Evil Conservative Online ^ | 05 March 09 | EC
    In case you haven't noticed, the violence and mayhem along the Mexican border is spilling into the United States. Years of lackadaisical enforcement and a booming drug trade has spiraled the murder rate in what used to be a bucolically quiet region. Now south Texas is starting to look more and more like north Mexico... the highway in Brownsville was closed the other day because of a shootout. Senator Cornyn sent this letter to Obama today, asking him to please enforce the borders. Fat chance, really... especially after Bush left it wide open after 9/11. Democrats probably love it... new...
  • You and I Can't Buy the Guns Mexican Cartels Own

    03/04/2009 10:28:42 AM PST · by atomic_dog · 57 replies · 2,296+ views
    Gun News Daily ^ | March 1 2009 | Ralph Weller
    The Administration is Not Dealing Straight With Us on Mexico's Gun Problem Let's set things straight right up front. Yes, some guns are being smuggled into Mexico from the U.S. Most are handguns. But, handguns are being illegally trafficked from state to state and from the U.S. to Canada. It should come as no surprise that guns are smuggled into Mexico. But, the problem being portrayed by the U.S. media and our government is not as it seems. You see, Mexico doesn't allow ownership of most firearms, so ordinary Mexican people seeking self-protection will find a way to get them...
  • Thousands of Federales Hit Juarez

    03/03/2009 4:37:06 PM PST · by KTM rider · 27 replies · 966+ views
    Mail Foriegn Service ^ | March, 3, 2009 | staff
    Armed to the hilt, they came from land and air, determined to restore order to Mexico's most violent city. Nearly 2,000 Mexican soldiers and armed federal police poured into the border town of Ciudad Juarez last weekend. The city - just across from El Paso in Texas - has been ravaged by drug gangs. Just this month 250 people were killed there by hitmen fighting for lucrative smuggling routes.
  • Mexico troops enter drug war city

    03/04/2009 7:33:11 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 833+ views
    BBC ^ | BBC Staff
    Mexico troops enter drug war city Mexico hopes to have up to 7,000 troops in the city in a few days More than 1,500 Mexican troops have moved into a city on the US border being fought over by rival drug gangs.Soldiers moved into Ciudad Juarez to try to regain control of a city in which more than 2,000 people have been murdered over the past year. Officials say they intend to have 7,000 troops and police in position by the end of the week. Rival gangs are battling for control of the city, which is a key entry...
  • US ready to aid Mexico drug fight

    03/02/2009 2:28:30 PM PST · by AuntB · 15 replies · 511+ views
    BBC ^ | March 2, 2009 | Emilio San Pedro
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said the US wants to increase the military assistance it provides Mexico for its fight against drugs trafficking. Mr Gates said Washington was more prepared now to help Mexico in its fight against the cartels which control the flow of illegal narcotics. Mr Gates said aid could come in the form of military hardware, training and intelligence support to help the Mexican authorities in their fight against the well-armed and organised drugs traffickers. "It clearly is a serious problem," Gates said. But he pointed to Mexican President Felipe Calderon as the main reason for this...
  • U.S. Says Threat of Mexican Drug Cartels Approaching 'Crisis Proportions'

    03/03/2009 2:19:01 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 43 replies · 1,330+ views
    FOX News ^ | March 03, 2009
    Two of Mexico's deadliest drug cartels have reached a combined force of 100,000 foot soldiers, wreaking havoc across the country and threatening U.S. border states, the U.S. Defense Department told The Washington Times. The cartels rival the Mexican army in size and have both Mexico and the U.S. in crisis mode as they deal with what they fear is a coming insurgency along the border. "It's moving to crisis proportions," an unidentified defense official told The Times. The official also said the cartels have reached a size where they are on par with Mexico's army of 130,000. About 7,000 people...
  • Thousands of Mexican soldiers pour into the country's most violent city in crackdown on drug gangs

    03/03/2009 8:35:23 AM PST · by WMarshal · 30 replies · 1,223+ views
    Mail Online ^ | March 3, 2008 | Mail Foreign Service
    Armed to the hilt, they came from land and air, determined to restore order to Mexico's most violent city. Nearly 2,000 Mexican soldiers and armed federal police poured into the border town of Ciudad Juarez last weekend.
  • Gates: U.S. Military Could Help Mexico Fight Drug Cartels

    03/02/2009 11:45:27 PM PST · by Cindy · 20 replies · 868+ views
    AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE ^ | March 2, 2009 | By Donna Miles
    Note: The following text is a quote: Gates: U.S. Military Could Help Mexico Fight Drug Cartels By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, March 2, 2009 – The United States could increase its military support to help Mexico fight drug cartels that pose an increasingly alarming security risk, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday. “I think we are beginning to be in a position to help the Mexicans more than we have in the past,” Gates said during an NBC “Meet the Press” interview. “Some of the old biases against cooperation between our militaries and so on,...
  • Mexican police attacked by suspected cartel hitmen

    03/02/2009 1:18:17 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies · 555+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | March 1, 2009
    MEXICO CITY — Federal police made two arrests and confiscated weapons and marijuana Sunday in Tijuana, across the U.S. border from San Diego, after coming under attack by men linked to a drug cartel. Police said one of the suspects told them they worked for “the engineer,” an apparent reference to a leader of the Arellano Felix drug cartel. Officers, who were not injured in the attack, seized three assault rifles, pistols and bundles of marijuana. - snip - On Saturday, two police officers in the town of Praxedis Guerrero were shot dead in their patrol vehicle, prosecutors said. The...
  • Another day of murder and torture

    03/01/2009 10:46:40 AM PST · by AuntB · 4 replies · 452+ views
    NAFBPO ^ | Feb. 28, 2009 | NAFBPO- M3Foreign news report
    El Debate (Sinaloa) 2/24/09 Three of four youths abducted Monday night were found murdered in farmland near Costa Rica, Sinaloa, some 20 miles south of Culiacan. The victims were ages 17, 19 and 20. The fourth youth abducted with them has not been located. All the bodies had signs of torture and had been shot repeatedly in their backs and heads. Their hands were tied behind them with cord. [Photo relates.] murder —– “A small fortune” in US currency was seized by Mexican federal authorities in Culiacan. The Army confiscated more than $380,000 as well as two vehicles from a...
  • U.S. Gun Trial Echoes in Drug-Torn Mexico (2nd Amendment Alert)

    03/02/2009 8:04:34 AM PST · by Zakeet · 37 replies · 1,267+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 2, 2009 | Joel Millman
    This week, an Arizona gun shop goes on trial in state court in what law-enforcement officials are calling a landmark case against gun dealers who sell weapons that end up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels, fueling horrific violence south of the border that killed more than 6,000 people last year. X-Caliber Guns LLC, is accused of knowingly selling hundreds of weapons, mostly AK-47s, to buyers who were posing as fronts for Mexican drug gangs. The gun store's owner, 47-year-old George Iknadosian, has maintained his innocence in court filings. While the U.S. has long pressed Mexico to stop...
  • Anderson Cooper On The Mexican Drug Cartels

    03/01/2009 9:45:52 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies · 691+ views
    Anderson Cooper did a piece for 60 Minutes tonight on the Mexican drug cartels, and generally he did a good job in presenting a concise overview of the issues. However, the segment failed to address the horrific violence perpetrated by the drug cartels on the U.S. side of the border in cities such as Phoenix, AZ and Atlanta, GA, and failed to address the role by U.S. financial institutions and money managers in laundering some $38 billion in drug money for the cartels every year. Cooper interviewed Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano who recognized that the drug cartels pose an...
  • U.S. rattled as Mexico drug war bleeds over border

    03/01/2009 2:23:25 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 75 replies · 2,762+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sun Mar 1, 10:37 am | Tim Gaynor
    PHOENIX (Reuters) – Hit men dressed in fake police tactical gear burst into a home in Phoenix, rake it with gunfire and execute a man.
  • Behind the Troop Surge at the U.S.-Mexico Border

    02/28/2009 8:28:53 PM PST · by Flavius · 17 replies · 1,036+ views
    time ^ | 2/28/09 | time
    The ebbing stretch of Rio Grande that divides the Texas city of El Paso from the Mexican city of Juarez may soon become one of the world's most militarized borders. This week, as Texas Governor Rick Perry went to El Paso to announce that has asked Washington for 1,000 more "boots on the ground" to enforce the border, Mexico's government ordered 5,000 extra soldiers to Juarez.
  • U.S. families feel sting of Mexico's drug violence

    03/01/2009 10:16:21 AM PST · by AuntB · 16 replies · 920+ views
    CNN ^ | Feb. 28, 2009 | Ismael Estrada
    Jose Molinar knew something wasn't right. He hadn't heard from his wife for a few hours, which was not sitting well with him. Marisella Molinar worked as a secretary for a top prosecutor in Juarez... She was employed in the office for more than 10 years and though she lived across the border in El Paso, Texas, with her husband, she drove about 20 minutes over the Juarez-El Paso border every day. Her passenger, Jesus Huerta Yedra, was a target of the cartels that day.... One shot hit Marisella Molinar, a mother of two and proud grandmother, in the chest,...
  • Mexico Prez Hopes to Quell Drug Violence by 2012

    02/26/2009 8:02:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 488+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 1/26/09
    President Felipe Calderon hopes to quell Mexico's rampant drug violence by the end of his term in 2012, and disputes U.S. fears that Mexico is losing control of its territory. In interviews with The Associated Press on Thursday, Calderon and his top prosecutor said the violence that killed 6,290 people last year — and more than 1,000 in the first eight weeks of 2009 — is a sign that the cartels are under pressure from military and police operations nationwide, as well as turf wars among themselves. "To say that Mexico is a failed state is absolutely false," Calderon said....