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  • Pop Quiz: Who is Obama referring to when he said....?

    09/03/2014 4:19:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    September 3, 2014
    Who is Obama referring to when he said "the objective is clear" the mission is to "degrade and destroy" and make it "a manageable problem"? A. Mexican cartels B. The United States of America C. ISIS (L)
  • For some cartels, human smuggling has taken priority over drugs ( Mexico )

    09/02/2014 5:36:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 29 August 2014 | ALFREDO CORCHADO
    With recent waves of Central Americans seeking to reach the U.S., human smuggling along the Texas border has, at least for the moment, become more lucrative than smuggling illicit drugs for criminal organizations such as the Gulf and Zetas cartels, according to two U.S. intelligence officials. U.S. agents tracking the money flow as part of the anti-smuggling Operation Coyote say that in just over six months, human smuggling has generated nearly $50 million, mostly in the area around the Mexican border city of Reynosa. The revenue has helped sustain the Gulf cartel during a bloody internal split, the officials said....
  • Obama Blames U.S. For Gun Violence In Mexico, Pushes For Gun Control

    05/03/2013 10:30:23 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 75 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 3, 2013 | Ian Schwartz
    "Most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States," President Obama said during a speech at Mexico's Anthropology Museum. "I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms. And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will.""But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people. That can save lives here...
  • Mexico Under Siege

    11/12/2011 5:57:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 11, 2011 | Editor
    Border: The helicopter crash Friday that killed Mexico's top Cabinet official, Jose Francisco Blake, couldn't have come at a worse time. Cartels are acquiring heavy arms to challenge the state and to move their war to the U.S. In Mexico, Blake, the Interior Secretary, was the best hope of winning the war against the vicious cartels, who've killed as many as 86,000 people. Blake, 45, had managed to crush the cartels and cut crime in his native Tijuana before he was asked to do the same for the country in the top Cabinet job in 2010. He had some success...
  • Mexico’s drug war is giving growers a break

    10/24/2011 2:12:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 23, 2011 | Nick Miroff and William Booth,
    EL BARRIL, Mexico — The Mexican government is allowing domestic marijuana and opium poppy production to climb to record levels, as soldiers who once cut and burned illegal crops here in the vast Sierra Madre mountains are being redeployed to cities to wage urban warfare against criminal gangs. Since President Felipe Calderon ordered his troops into the streets in late 2006, the acreage dedicated to marijuana farming has nearly doubled in Mexico, according to technical reports by the U.S. government and the United Nations, data provided by the Mexican military, and interviews with law enforcement agents and growers. The acreage...
  • Perry Says Iran Plot Requires Border Security

    10/12/2011 1:19:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    KTOV9 ^ | TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says an Iranian-backed terror plot coordinated in Mexico proves the U.S. must secure its southern border. The Republican presidential hopeful used Tuesday's announcement that Iranian forces had sought to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. to call for more border troops, improved fencing along the Mexican border and increased border patrols including the use of predator drone surveillance. Perry opened his speech to Republican activists in Indianapolis on Wednesday with a call for increased border security. He called allegations that Iranian forces sought to kill the Saudi diplomat "business as usual" for Iran.
  • Gunrunner: Cash for Cartels

    09/28/2011 7:34:56 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | September 28, 2011 | IBD staff
    Scandal: New documents reveal the Department of Justice lied to Congress and show how U.S. officials bought guns with tax dollars and then made sure no one stopped their transfer to Mexican drug cartels. The funneling of thousands of American guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels in the operation known as Fast and Furious was not a botched sting operation or the result of bureaucratic incompetence. It was not designed to interdict gun trafficking, but to facilitate it. We now know that it involved not just the use of straw buyers, but also agents of the federal government...
  • Deep Corruption at the Obama Justice Department

    09/15/2011 6:04:00 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | September 15, 2011 | Quin Hillyer
    Start rattling the chains. Start ratcheting up the hue and cry. Fire up the masses. It's long past time to force mass resignations at, and possible prosecutions of members of, the Obama Justice Department --and, more broadly, of the West Wing itself. Forgive all the links, but the scope of the corruption is so large as to defy adequate descriptions, in a single column, of each abomination. The reality is that these Obama/Holder minions at DoJ are dangerous to the very heart of constitutional, republican (small 'r') government.
  • WikiLeaks: U.S. Tries To Keep Truth About Border Violence From The American People

    09/11/2011 7:32:27 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 13 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/11/11 | Friends of Ours
    WikiLeaks has dumped another batch of State Department cables, and among them are communications which shed some light on a number of controversial issues involving the drug cartels on the south side of the border. * * * Perhaps the most disturbing cable reveals an effort by the United States to keep the border violence out of the American press. On Feburary 15, 2010 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attended a ceremonial event on the international bridge between the sister cities of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and Laredo, TX which was hit with stray bullets during a gun battle the prior evening,...
  • Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry is remembered

    01/22/2011 4:09:48 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 12 replies · 1+ views
    KVOA ^ | Jan. 21, 2011 | Staff
    TUCSON - Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot to death while on patrol in the desert near Rio Rico on December 15th. The Tucson community, the Border Patrol community, and other law enforcement agencies came together to pay their respects Friday. ...Many who attended didn't even know Agent Terry, but came to pay their respects. Fellow Marine, Rich Richey says, "He was a brother, a Marine, that's all that counts." Sally Tombaugh says, "Our guys are out there keeping us safe." Pat Sexton, a Marine mother says, "It was an honor for us to be able to come out...
  • Prop. 19 About Much More Than Getting High

    09/28/2010 10:13:17 AM PDT · by americanophile · 57 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 27, 2010 | MARCUS WOHLSEN
    It's the land of hippies, Humboldt County and Cheech and Chong. But in the state more closely associated with marijuana than any other, the ballot measure to legalize pot has exposed California's conflicted relationship with the drug. Pot growers have opposed it. Some police have favored it. Polls show the public is deeply divided. Only politicians have lined up as expected: Nearly all major party candidates oppose the measure. Meanwhile, hanging over the whole debate: the federal law banning marijuana, which the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled still applies regardless of how Californians vote. As the Nov. 2 election nears,...
  • Deer Hunters Warned About Pot Growers

    09/26/2010 8:35:34 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 51 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/26/10 | Friends of Ours
    Law enforcement officials have warned Oregon hunters to be on the lookout for armed Mexican drug cartel members in the forest who are guarding their marijuana grow operations as reported by Mark Freeman for the Mail Tribune. The deer hunting and pot harvesting seasons coincide. "We have serious problem out there" said Jackson County, OR Sheriff Mike Winters as reported by KTVL.
  • Severed Head Found Atop Abandoned Car In Ciudad Juarez Has El Paso Connection

    09/17/2010 10:39:28 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 29 replies
    KVIA ^ | September 17, 2010 | Gaby Loria
    EL PASO, Texas -- It's a grizzly Ciudad Juarez murder with a startling El Paso connection. Mexican authorities discovered a severed head on top of the trunk of an abandoned blue Hyundai Wednesday afternoon. That car, which was stolen two weeks ago in Juarez, has Texas license plates and is registered to two people who live in El Paso. ABC-7 spoke with the car owner's daughter at the family's home. They did not want to be identified. "They left us without a car just to kill somebody," she said. The daughter said she had gone to Juarez with her mother...
  • Deputies shoot and kill man guarding pot garden (Mexican Cartels)

    08/12/2010 9:23:10 AM PDT · by AuntB · 46 replies
    Medford Mail Tribune ^ | Aug. 12, 2010 | Chris Conrad
    Jackson County sheriff's deputies on Wednesday shot and killed an armed man guarding a marijuana garden deep in the woods north of Sams Valley. The sheriff's SWAT team was searching for the garden on BLM property at around 7 a.m. when they encountered a man armed with a loaded shotgun, law enforcement authorities said. Two deputies fired at the man, who is described as a Hispanic adult... A SWAT medic performed emergency aid on the man but he died at the scene, OSP said. After the shooting, deputies spotted a second man fleeing the area. He disappeared in the woods....
  • Crime on the rise: In the past 10 years, California's state parks have seen crime nearly triple

    07/25/2010 3:44:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies · 3+ views
    THE TRIBUNE, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF ^ | Sun, Jul 25, 6:08 AM | Kathe Tanner and David Sneed at The Tribune; Matt Weiser and Marjie Lundstrom at The Sacramento Bee;
    Crime is on the rise in California's state parks, up nearly threefold in the past decade, according to Department of Parks and Recreation data analyzed by The Sacramento Bee Marijuana cultivation in the parks also is increasing. In 2009, 35 incidents were reported, up from 30 the previous year and only four in 1999. Visitors to state parks seem to have noticed the growth in crime. A 2007 survey by the state Parks Department found people citing gang activity, alcohol and drug use, and concerns about personal safety as reasons to stay away. At Millerton Lake State Recreation Area near...
  • Calif. considers smoking ban at all state parks

    03/18/2010 10:54:19 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 479+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 18, 2010 | SAMANTHA YOUNG
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California lawmakers on Thursday will consider what is believed to be the nation's most far-reaching smoking ban in state parks as a way to get unsightly cigarette butts off the beach, eliminate second-hand smoke and reduce the threat of wildfires. Maine banned smoking at its state beaches last year, but groups that track such legislation say no state prohibits lighting up throughout its entire park system, as the California bill proposes. Under a legislative compromise, campsites and parking areas will be exempted from the ban.
  • Kidnapper testifies victim was 'cooked' in Mexico

    01/20/2010 6:21:56 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies · 1,055+ views
    AP ^ | January 20, 2010 | AP
    Kidnapper testifies victim was 'cooked' in Mexico Associated Press McALLEN — A man who pleaded guilty to committing a series of kidnappings on behalf of the Mexican Gulf cartel's enforcers has testified at the trial of a co-defendant that the body of a Texas victim was "cooked" on a ranch in Mexico. Gerardo Zamora Espinoza testified Wednesday that Daniel Ramirez Jr. was kidnapped from the convenience store where he worked in 2008 because a high-ranking member of the cartel's enforcement arm was trying to expand his power in the area. Espinoza said he was told by his nephew who allegedly...
  • Mexico cartels kidnap, kill migrants headed to U.S.

    09/22/2009 10:14:32 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies · 864+ views
    reuters ^ | Sep 22, 2009 | Lizbeth Diaz
    Mexico's violent drug gangs are increasingly kidnapping illegal migrants for ransom and forcing them to carry narcotics into the United States as they muscle into the lucrative trade of smuggling people across the border. Traffickers armed with automatic weapons are snatching weary Mexican and Central American migrants on both sides of the border and holding them in cramped houses with little water or food until families pay ransoms of up to $12,000.
  • Patrick J. Buchanan: Afghanistan South (Mexico)

    03/06/2009 6:27:54 AM PST · by kellynla · 57 replies · 1,835+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 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...
  • New Details: 12 Gunmen Kill 8 at Restaurant along Texas Border

    12/01/2008 7:34:21 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 67 replies · 2,220+ views
    KRGV 5 ^ | December 01, 2008
    Over 40 Murders Reported this Week CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - New details on a deadly discovery across the border from El Paso. This morning police in Ciudad Juarez say at least 12 masked gun men opened fire inside an upscale seafood restaurant and killed at least eight people. The attack comes a day after seven men were found executed in a school soccer field in an upper class neighborhood in Juarez. In all, 40 murders were reported over the holiday week along the border near El Paso. Police say the men were armed with AK-47 and fired off more than...
  • Mexican Gangsters Converting America’s National Parks Into Gigantic Marijuana Patches

    11/14/2008 12:06:01 PM PST · by 3AngelaD · 83 replies · 3,215+ views
    The Two Macontents ^ | 14 Nov 2008 | Brenda Walker
    Vast tracts of our most treasured public lands, supposedly set aside in perpetuity for Americans, are no longer controlled by the United States government. Instead, they have been invaded and taken over by Mexico’s violent criminal drug organizations to grow marijuana. Even more shocking: Mexican cartels have been growing marijuana for at least 10 years in Sequoia National Park, one of the crown jewels of the system. Nature-loving hikers are compelled to accept that parts of Sequoia are "no go zones" during the growing season. These Mexican marijuana messes are an ecological disaster. They are not innocent little plots that...
  • Book documents harsh reality of the drug underground and a family who tried to fight back

    11/17/2002 11:49:24 AM PST · by FITZ · 6 replies · 660+ views
    El Paso Times ^ | Nov 17, 2002 | Diana Washington Valdez
    Charles Bowden's engaging new book, "Down by the River" (Simon & Schuster, $27), is about a part of the border that many people like to pretend doesn't exist: the underworld ruled by drug lords and their corrupt accomplices. It pulls back the veil on scenes that ought to shame authorities on both sides of the border into action. The way Bowden tells it, the corruption propelled by drug money is so extensive that it has reached into El Paso's financial and law-enforcement communities. According to Bowden, the Drug Enforcement Administration had information in the 1990s that the late drug lord...