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  • California Iraqi-Mexican crime ring busted, police say

    08/18/2011 8:08:59 PM PDT · by Whats the Matter with Kansas? · 75 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 18,2011 | Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Peter Bohan
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police in southern California have arrested 60 people and broken up an Iraqi criminal ring accused of selling drugs, machine guns and improvised bombs out of an immigrant social club, authorities said on Thursday. The swoop by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local police targeted a network operating out of El Cajon, which is near San Diego and close to the border with Mexico.
  • CBP confirms two Mexican helicopter incursions in Starr County

    09/02/2010 9:21:35 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 21 replies
    Federal officials confirmed two Mexican military helicopter incursions took place in skies over Starr and Hidalgo County today but are asking the public not to be alarmed. Local law enforcement officials were put on alert after a Mexican military helicopter was spotted in Alto Bonito and headed east into Hidalgo County. Sources told Action 4 News tha tthe helicopter flew from Alto Bonito and then over Sullivan City and La Joya around 1 p.m. Thursday.
  • Inside Mexico's drug war, Americans allege abuse

    07/17/2010 10:20:48 AM PDT · by thecodont · 27 replies
    The Wall Street Journal / online.wsj.com ^ | JULY 17, 2010 | By NICHOLAS CASEY
    (via The Drudge Report) CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico—Two Americans were driving back to El Paso, Texas, last December after an afternoon across the border in Ciudad Juárez. A few blocks from the border, they were surrounded by Mexican army trucks and pulled from their Dodge Ram. Mexico's military says it found two suitcases full of marijuana in the cab of the pickup truck. Two soldiers later testified that they drove the two Americans to a military compound on the outskirts of town, questioned them briefly, then turned them over to civilian authorities. The Americans were charged with possession of marijuana with...
  • TERRORISM and COUNTERTERRORISM: News, INFORMATION & Analysis

    03/03/2010 9:47:40 PM PST · by Velveeta · 532 replies · 5,882+ views
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  • Mexican helicopter spotted in Texas airspace

    04/02/2010 7:13:38 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 31 replies · 961+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/2/2010 | Yahoo News
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The defense department says it is investigating reports of a Mexican military helicopter seen flying in Texas. Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez says several people reported seeing the aircraft on Sunday flying over an RV park near Zapata, some 100 miles northwest of McAllen on the border with Mexico.
  • 18 gunmen killed in attacks on Mexican army bases

    03/31/2010 11:19:03 PM PDT · by Cindy · 25 replies · 1,302+ views
    (AP) via FORBES.com ^ | 04.01.10, 01:01 AM EDT | By ANTONIO VILLEGAS
    SNIPPET: "VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico -- Dozens of gunmen mounted rare and apparently coordinated attacks targeting two army garrisons in northern Mexico, touching off firefights that killed 18 attackers."
  • Mexican Military Helicopter Spotted Over Texas (Again)

    03/30/2010 10:00:25 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 45 replies · 1,092+ views
    KRGV ^ | 3/30/2010 | Will Ripley
    ZAPATA - Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr. says a Mexican Military Helicopter was seen crossing into U.S. airspace around 3:30 Sunday afternoon. A number of witnesses including a justice of the peace reported the helicopter as it hovered over Zapata County. The witnesses say the helicopter was flying pretty low. This is the second time this month a Mexican Military helicopter has crossed into South Texas. The first was a over Falcon Heights, about 14 miles from Roma. Witnesses there say the chopper hovered over a home that used to belong to a drug dealer before flying back to...
  • Mexican soldiers crossed clear line

    10/13/2008 8:09:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 72 replies · 2,865+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/14/2008 | Jerry Seper
    The nation's border czar has concluded that Mexican soldiers who held a U.S. Border Patrol agent at gunpoint in August did so after bypassing a barbed-wire fence and other clearly visible barriers to cross into the United States, contradicting claims by the State Department and the Mexican government that the soldiers were simply lost. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner W. Ralph Basham, in a private letter to the National Border Patrol Council Local 2544 in Tucson, Ariz., described the Aug. 3 border incident as a "potential lethal encounter involving four Mexican armed military soldiers north of the international...
  • Bush urged to block Mexican military Agents cite rash of incursions

    08/28/2008 1:07:47 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 56 replies · 502+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, August 28, 2008 | Jerry Seper
    The U.S. Border Patrol's largest union local has asked President Bush to put an end to the scores of Mexican military incursions into the United States that have put Border Patrol agents at risk of being injured or killed. "It is disgraceful that Border Patrol agents are put in harm's way and our government doesn't do everything reasonably within its power to protect us from marauding Mexican soldiers and others," said Edward "Bud" Tuffly II, head of Local 2544 of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) in Tucson. "Without a forceful response to these illegal incursions, an agent will eventually...
  • HUNTER RESPONDS TO MEXICAN MILITARY INCURSION BY REAFFIRMING NEED FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

    08/14/2008 9:39:32 AM PDT · by pissant · 29 replies · 437+ views
    House.gov ^ | 8/7/08 | Duncan Hunter
    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) responded to reports that a Border Patrol agent was held at gunpoint by members of the Mexican military in Arizona by reaffirming the necessity for border fencing and other infrastructure. According to a State Department Spokesman, the encounter “stemmed from a momentary misunderstanding as to the exact location of the U.S.-Mexican border.” "I disagree with the State Department’s characterization of this incident," said Congressman Hunter. "The fact that members of the Mexican military are routinely operating in such close proximity to the border, with no identifiable purpose, raises serious questions about their...
  • Mexican Army Invades U.S., Holds Border Cop at Gunpoint

    08/09/2008 2:53:27 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 73 replies · 171+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 6, '08
    Mexican army soldiers invaded U.S. territory and held a member of the U.S. Border Patrol at gunpoint. "Unfortunately, this sort of behavior by Mexican military personnel has been going on for years," a statement from Local 2544 of the National Border Patrol Council said. The Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent was held at gunpoint near Ajo, Ariz. Mexican military personnel crossed over the border and pointed rifles at him. Judicial Watch documented 29 confirmed incidents along the U.S.-Mexican border involving Mexican military and/or law enforcement personnel in 2007. The Border Patrol union said, "A few years ago the Mexican military...
  • Mexican soldiers allegedly held Arizona BP agent captive (act of war?)

    08/07/2008 9:28:42 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 30 replies · 200+ views
    KGBT4 ^ | August 06, 2008 | Unattributed
    The U.S. Border Patrol agent's union reported that Mexican soldiers crossed into U.S. territory and held an agent captive at gunpoint during a Sunday night incident. The National Boder Patrol Council Local 2544 in Tuscon reported on its website that reported that the incident occured near Ajo, Arizona. The union website reported that the soldiers returned to Mexico without further incident after reinforcements arrived to confront them. It's not clear why Mexican soldiers were on U.S. territory but union officials said in their website that Mexican soldiers have been known to protect Mexican drug gangs and migrant smugglers. "Unfortunately, this...
  • Threat Matrix: August 2008

    08/01/2008 12:17:04 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,066 replies · 8,561+ views
    Pentagon Makes Fighting Extremism Top Priority Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Pentagon on Thursday officially named "the long war" against global extremism as its top priority and pledged to avert any conventional military threat from China or Russia through dialogue. The Defense Department, in a new national defense strategy, also emphasized the need to subordinate military operations to "soft power" initiatives to undermine Islamist militancy by promoting economic, political and social development in vulnerable corners of the world. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he hoped the change would help establish permanent institutional support for counterinsurgency skills...
  • Mexican soldiers enter Arizona, hold agent briefly

    08/06/2008 12:46:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 45 replies · 292+ views
    Tucson, Ariz. (AP) -- Four Mexican soldiers crossed into a remote area of Arizona and briefly held a U.S. Border Patrol agent at gunpoint before realizing where they were and returning to Mexico, U.S. authorities said. Border Patrol spokeswoman Dove Crawford said the incident early Sunday on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, about 85 miles southwest of Tucson, was in an area where the border likely was marked only with barbed wire.
  • Border patrol agent held at gunpoint

    08/06/2008 7:59:44 AM PDT · by homeguard · 95 replies · 302+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, August 6, 2008 | Jerry Seper
    A U.S. Border Patrol agent was held at gunpoint Sunday night by members of the Mexican military who had crossed the border into Arizona, but the soldiers returned to Mexico without incident when backup agents responded to assist. Agents assigned to the Border Patrol station at Ajo, Ariz., said the Mexican soldiers crossed the international border in an isolated area about 100 miles southwest of Tucson and pointed rifles at the agent, who was not identified.
  • Mexican Military Raiding The Homes of Phoenix Police Officers

    06/26/2008 11:46:02 AM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 41 replies · 3,555+ views
    All American Blogger ^ | 6/26-08 | Andrew Riley
    KFYI Radio in Phoenix is reporting an incident that took place this past Monday morning in a Phoenix residential neighborhood. Former Congressman turned talk radio host, JD Hayworth, reports that three suspects were captured in an attempted ambush on Phoenix Police which may have turned deadly. The three suspects were captured with two AR-15 assault weapons, full body armor and dressed in black assault gear impersonating a Phoenix Police Tactical Team.
  • Mexican soldiers accused of rape, torture in report

    09/21/2007 2:00:49 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 9 replies · 322+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 21, 2007 | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO
    MEXICO CITY — A government-run human rights commission accused soldiers of rape and torture today and recommended the army be pulled out of Mexico's nationwide drug war. The report by the National Human Rights Commission is the first official document to back up long-standing allegations of human rights abuses by soldiers ordered by President Felipe Calderon to retake large swaths of territory controlled by powerful drug cartels. Military officials declined to comment on the report, saying any response to the allegations would come in a press statement. Calderon ordered the nationwide crackdown shortly after taking office on Dec. 1, and...
  • Mexican Soldiers Freelancing for Drug Cartels on US Soil ..(More than 200 incursions documented)

    12/21/2006 4:53:34 AM PST · by IrishMike · 34 replies · 897+ views
    CNSN News ^ | December 21, 2006 | Kevin Mooney
    Gun-toting members of the Mexican military are crossing regularly into U.S. territory, where they are partnering with drug cartels and criminal gangs to protect sophisticated smuggling operations, according to Texas sheriffs and lawmakers. Some of the Mexican infiltrators are suspected to have been trained by the U.S. military. U.S. Border Patrol agents and local law enforcement officials operating along the southwestern border have come under attack from the Mexican side in recent months, with automatic gunfire frequently erupting, Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) told Cybercast News Service. Mexican military units and drug cartels have access to weaponry and communications equipment far...
  • Mexican incursion confirmed

    02/24/2006 8:33:21 AM PST · by GoRepGo · 61 replies · 1,619+ views
    Yuma Sun ^ | Feb 23, 2006 | JeffreyGautreaux
    The U.S. Border Patrol has confirmed that a Mexican government helicopter crossed into the United States Tuesday evening. The unmarked helicopter crossed into the U.S. near San Luis, Ariz., at 6:30 p.m. and traveled along the Colorado River for approximately a half a mile before returning to Mexico, according to a Customs and Border Protection release. "After proper coordination and verifications with the government of Mexico, they confirmed that the helicopter belonged to the Mexican Attorney General's Office (PGR) and had mistakenly and unintentionally crossed into U.S. airspace," the release said. PGR is the federal police force that investigates federal...
  • U.S. gives Mexico millions for security

    02/13/2006 8:43:19 AM PST · by SonofLiberty1 · 19 replies · 454+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | February 13, 2006 | Jerry Seper
    U.S. gives Mexico millions for securityBy Jerry Seper THE WASHINGTON TIMES February 13, 2006 The U.S. government has sent more than $376 million to Mexico in the past decade for that country's military and police to help stop alien and drug smugglers, guard against terrorists and protect America's southern border, including $50 million due this year. The money, quietly authorized through State and Defense department programs, has been used to train and equip the Mexican military and police, drawing disagreement on whether those institutions are part of the solution for U.S. border security, or are part of the problem. Rep....
  • El Paso Dems Question Reyes [Texas U.S. Democrat Rep. on border security with online survey]

    02/09/2006 12:34:32 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 19 replies · 672+ views
    KFOXTV.com ^ | February 8, 2006
    Reyes Testimony Stirs Concern For EP Dems February 8, 2005 -- El Paso County Democrats say they are in disbelief after watching the testimony of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes before the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Investigations. "What he was saying doesn't make any sense," said Carmen Duarte, County Chair for the Democratic Party in El Paso. Duarte says they are concerned Congressman Reyes is downplaying the seriousness of border incursions, including the January 23rd incident in Hudspeth County where Hudspeth Sheriff deputies were at a stand-off with Mexican militants during a drug smuggling operation along the Rio Grande. "He wasn't...
  • Officials want action - Incursions by Mexican military focus of Congressional hearing (Send Troops!)

    02/08/2006 9:45:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 1,622+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 2/8/06 | Lisa Friedman
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. military should be called out to protect the U.S. border against military-style incursions from Mexico, the head of the Border Patrol union told a congressional homeland security committee Tuesday. TJ Bonner, president of the National Border Council that represents 10,500 agents, recommended active or reserve U.S. military units be stationed "on stand" at strategic locations along the border. "If the Mexican military is coming into the United States, our law enforcement agents do not have the training to deal with that," Bonner told the House Homeland Security subcommittee on Investigations. The proposal was one of several...
  • Cover-ups of Mexican military border crossings anger agents [Where's W?]

    02/06/2006 9:01:41 AM PST · by bikepacker67 · 69 replies · 1,263+ views
    Some officials suggested Wednesday that the confrontation between Texas law officers earlier this week was with drug smugglers, not Mexican soldiers assisting narcotics traffickers across the Rio Grande. But a Border Patrol agent who spoke on condition of anonymity said continuous cover-ups by Mexican and U.S. officials have put many agents and American lives in danger. "I think it shows how desperate the situation has become. I think it's insulting to expect Americans to believe what (Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael) Chertoff and the Mexican government are saying," the agent said Wednesday. "Isn't it the most reasonable explanation that...
  • Brazen Mexican incursion stretches American credulity — and patience (McAllen,TX - Good read!)

    02/02/2006 3:49:41 PM PST · by devane617 · 29 replies · 1,152+ views
    The McAllen Monitor ^ | 02/02/2006 | The Monitor View
    With its restrictions on everything from foreign ownership of real estate to the carrying of sidearms by American drug agents assigned there, the government of Mexico has made its touchiness about its sovereignty clear time and again. But when it comes to the sovereignty of the United States of America, Mexican contempt seems to know few limits. The latest example came at 3:15 p.m. Monday (Jan. 23), as yet another standoff between armed Mexicans and American law-enforcement officers took place in Texas at the very spot where a similar standoff transpired Nov. 17. But instead of a fleeing dump truck...
  • New Border Incursion In Hudspeth County

    02/02/2006 4:15:09 AM PST · by AZRepublican · 53 replies · 1,625+ views
    For the second time in two weeks, American law enforcement officers say men carrying high powered automatic weapons and who appeared to be Mexican soldiers violated the international boundary and crossed into the United States in Hudspeth County, East of El Paso. In the past the Mexican Consulate in El Paso had stated that their Government policy is that no armed Mexican soldiers are allowed closer than three miles to the U.S. border. The latest incident happened just before sunset on Tuesday night, as a KFOX crew was on the scene. As a Hudspeth County sheriff's deputy was describing...
  • Mexico Army Likely Part of Border Incident

    01/31/2006 5:27:41 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 52 replies · 1,105+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 1/31/2006 | Associated Press
    EL PASO, Texas -- Suspected drug runners dressed in Mexican military-style uniforms who were involved in an armed confrontation with Texas lawmen were using a Mexican military-issue Humvee and weapons, the Hudspeth County sheriff said Friday. "It was military," said Arvin West, whose officers were involved in the standoff. "Due to the pending congressional hearings I can't comment further." West said the determination that the equipment was military-issue came from the federal government, but he wouldn't elaborate. A U.S. Army spokesman said he could not confirm West's statement, and the Mexican Foreign Relations Department said it would have no comment....
  • Mexico suggests U.S. military could be behind border incident

    01/26/2006 6:20:30 PM PST · by SC33 · 27 replies · 1,092+ views
    SignOnSanDiego ^ | January 26, 2006 | Mark Stevenson
    MEXICO CITY – Mexico's foreign secretary suggested Thursday that uniformed men using a military-style Humvee to help drug traffickers on the border could have been U.S. soldiers or criminals disguised as Mexican troops.
  • Mexico issues border ban

    01/25/2006 7:28:47 AM PST · by Boston Blackie · 95 replies · 1,884+ views
    MySA.com ^ | 01/25/2006 | Mariano Castillo
    A day after as many as 20 armed men in military fatigues crossed the Rio Grande into Texas before being chased back by U.S. authorities, the Mexican government ordered its troops not to come within 2 kilometers of the border. While the Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry and Defense Ministry denied their military had a role in providing protection for Monday's marijuana smuggling operation into Hudspeth County, the government said its military wouldn't be permitted in the border zone without authorization.
  • Minutemen release video of Mexican Army incursion at U.S. border

    01/21/2006 10:12:03 PM PST · by Tarantulas · 57 replies · 2,557+ views
    Minuteman Civil Defense Corps ^ | 2006-01-20 | No author specified
    Minutemen release video of Mexican Army incursion of U.S. Border (SCOTTSDALE, AZ) January 20, 2006 – The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (“MCDC”) announced the release today of video footage of an incursion by a unit of the Mexican army across the U.S. border in Arizona. Chris Simcox and a group of Civil Defense Corps volunteers encountered a squad of approximately eight armed Mexican soldiers about 500 yards inside American territory. The Mexican soldiers started running back through the brush to Mexico when they realized they had been spotted. The video shows a uniformed Mexican soldier climbing through a barbed wire...
  • Mexican military aggressive entrance into U.S. territory

    01/17/2006 7:49:52 AM PST · by Sharks · 29 replies · 2,228+ views
    The washington Times ^ | January 17, 2006 | Jerry Seper
    The U.S. Border Patrol has warned agents in Arizona of incursions into the United States by Mexican soldiers "trained to escape, evade and counterambush" if detected -- a scenario Mexico denied yesterday. The warning to Border Patrol agents in Tucson, Ariz., comes after increased sightings of what authorities described as heavily armed Mexican military units on the U.S. side of the border. The warning asks the agents to report the size, activity, location, time and equipment of any units observed. It also cautions agents to keep "a low profile," to use "cover and concealment" in approaching the Mexican units, to...
  • Vigilantes targeting Mexican military

    02/14/2004 10:55:45 AM PST · by JackelopeBreeder · 101 replies · 580+ views
    Tucson Citizen ^ | 14 February 2004 | Luke Turf
    <p>Troops help drug, people smugglers and will be shot, says leader of armed patrol in Douglas.</p> <p>DOUGLAS - Rhetoric along the Mexican border here is rising, with a heavily armed group of residents declaring war on the Mexican military, and the mayor thinks chances are rising that someone will get hurt.</p>
  • Report accuses Mexican police and military of rights abuses

    11/10/2002 7:43:56 AM PST · by madfly · 13 replies · 223+ views
    TheNewsMexico.com ^ | Nov. 10, 2002 | EFS staff
    Trainees at a Mexican police academy march in formation. Law enforcement in the country has been repeatedly cited for human rights violations. Eduardo Jaramillo, Notimex Report accuses Mexican police and military of rights abusesEFE - 11/10/2002 Mexican police and military personnel systematically use arbitrary arrests of civilians in an effort to dissuade the detainees from carrying out their protests against social ills, a report by a local human rights organization charges. Over the past three and a half years, 830 people have suffered abuses of authority by the police, justice officials and military personnel, according to the report by...
  • Illegal Immigrants Shot at US Border

    06/16/2002 3:10:27 PM PDT · by corsair · 16 replies · 1,201+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | June 14, 2002, 6:03 PM EDT | Associated Press
    SAN DIEGO -- A vehicle carrying 23 illegal immigrants across the Mexico-U.S. border was shot at Friday, injuring eight men inside, authorities said. Three of the men were hospitalized in stable condition Friday with gunshot wounds. The sport utility vehicle was in a desert wash in northern Mexico when it was first attacked. It came under fire again after crossing into the United States, authorities said. Mexican and U.S. officials were investigating one man's claim that the shots may have come from a Mexican military unit, said Sgt. Manuel Garcia of the Imperial County Sheriff's Department. A spokesperson for the...
  • Congressmen Tom Tancredo on Greta Van Sustren show (What happened to the other scheduled guest?)

    05/14/2002 1:38:43 AM PDT · by healey22 · 2 replies · 275+ views
    email from Tancredo's Capital update | May 13, 2002 | email
    TUNE in to FOX NEWS TONIGHT TO SEE CONGRESSMAN TANCREDO LIVE on GRETA VAN SESTEREN'S, "ON THE RECORD", at 8:30PM MDT (10:30PM EDT). TOPIC IS TODAY'S WASHINGTON TIMES ARTICLE BELOW: Other guests (at this time) include: Keith Weeks, patrol agent and vice president of Local 1613 of the National Border Patrol Council in California (quoted in article below). Mexican soldiers in border crossings By Steve Miller THE WASHINGTON TIMES Heavily armed Mexican soldiers and police are crossing the U.S. border repeatedly, provoking charges from Capitol Hill that they are providing cover for drug smugglers and illegal immigrants. Last year, there...