Get Our Newsletter



Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

December 2019
S M T W T F S
« Nov    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter



Tag: Felipe Calderon

Mexico Hopes to Step of Pressure to Extradite U.S. Border Patrol Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Mexican leaders are hoping to pressure the U.S. to extradite one of it border patrol agents to Mexico after a fatal border shooting, reports Reuters.

The Mexican Senate urged President Felipe Calderon’s administration to pressure the extradition.

The Sept. 3 fatal shooting is the second in as many months that has incensed Mexican officials, Reuters reported.

The U.S. said it is investigating the shooting that American officials said was prompted by rocks being thrown at agents.

Washington Post Editorial: Mexico’s Massacres- U.S. Needs to Do More

The Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — TIJUANA, one of Mexico’s violence-racked border cities, was supposed to be getting better. A drug kingpin notorious for dissolving his enemies in acid was arrested; a record cache of 134 tons of marijuana was seized and burned.

President Felipe Calderon said the city was a “clear example that the security challenge has a solution.” Then came the massacre. On Oct. 24, gunmen attacked a drug rehabilitation center, slaughtering 13 men. That brought this year’s death toll to 639 in a city of 1.5 million.

The mass slaying was one of three recorded in Mexico in just five days. On Oct. 22, a gang attacked a teenager’s birthday party in Ciudad Juarez, killing 14; the youngest was a 13-year-old girl. On Oct. 27, shooters appeared at a carwash in the Pacific state of Nayarit, where clients of a drug rehabilitation center were working. Some of the workers were wearing T-shirts bearing the words “Faith and Hope.” At least 15 were killed.

The larger message here is that Mexico is still embroiled in a desperate fight to save its liberal democracy.

To read more click here.

Washington Post Editorial: U.S. Guns Going to Mexico is “Scandalous”

drug war-gunBy The Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — SECRETARY OF STATE Hillary Rodham Clinton caused a stir last week by suggesting that Mexico’s drug-trafficking gangs were beginning to resemble an insurgency, like that which has plagued Colombia.

She’s right in the sense that the cartels have come to effectively control parts of the country, where they “attempt to replace the state,” as Mexican President Felipe Calderón put it last month. Like most insurgencies, the Mexican drug armies also have an external source of funding and weapons. Shamefully, that is the United States.

A new report details the abundance of U.S. weapons delivered to the cartels — and the inadequacy of U.S. efforts to stop the illegal trafficking.

According to authors Colby Goodman and Michel Marizco, at least 62,800 of the more than 80,000 firearms confiscated by Mexican authorities from December 2006 to February 2010 came from the United States. Guns are being smuggled across the border at a rate of up to 5,000 per year. The top two varieties are assault rifles: Romanian-made AK47s and clones of the Bushmaster AR-15.

To read more click here.

Mexican Drug Cartel Had Secret Police Documents Including Info Originating From DEA

Mexico border mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As Mexican president Felipe Calderon prepares to arrive in Washington, word has surfaced that Mexican authorities seized documents from a drug cartel listing Mexican federal agents and their phone numbers and intelligence information that originated from the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the Associated Press.

AP reported that the documents were seized in May 2009 from the car of an associate of Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The discovery was first reported by the newspaper Reforma.

President Felipe Calderon

President Felipe Calderon

The news service said the documents, which appeared to have come from the Mexico’s federal Public Safety Department, has raised concerns anew about public corruption at the  highest levels of the Mexican government.

The drug war is surely expected to be a key issue during Calderon’s meeting with the White House.

To read more click here.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Ex-DEA Official Mike Braun Says Mexican Cartels Lashing Out “Like Never Before”

Mike Braun

Mike Braun

By Mike Braun
Security DeBrief

William Booth’s article in the Washington Post, “12 Federal Agents Are Slain in Mexico,” highlights yet another act of desperation on the part of the Mexican drug cartels in response to Mexico President Felipe Calderon’s strategy to break the backs of the cartels-once and for all.

The cartels are lashing out like never before, because they are slowly and systematically being backed into a corner from which there is no escape.

President Calderon’s attack has been relentless and unyielding. The cartels have never before experienced the likes of President Calderon, and to say they are feeling the heat is an understatement.

Taking on powerful drug cartels with a global reach is dirty business, and the work ahead for Mexico’s security institutions is most likely going to get even nastier before meaningful signs of improvement are witnessed. However, there is hope.

To Read More

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Mexican President Calderon Says U.S. Consumer is Fueling Narco Trafficking

President Felipe Calderon

President Felipe Calderon

The French newspaper Le Monde sat down this week with the Mexican president for a Q and A. The president blamed President Bush for easing gun restrictions and said the American consumer was helping his country’s drug trade. It’s hard to argue over those points.

By Jean Pierre-Langellier and Joelle Stolz
Le Monde

Le Monde: Concerning the battle against drug trafficking, you said:

“It’s them or us!” One minister mentioned the possibility that the next Mexican president could be a “Narco.” Has the government lost control over a part of the country?

Mexican President Felipe Calderon: Of course not. Our efforts are specifically targeted to preserve the government’s authority, that is, its monopoly on the use of force, and also the authority of the law in the face of a phenomenon, which, it is true, had begun to spread to different regions. But there is not a single spot of national territory that eludes the government’s complete control. And we’ve preserved that control because we’ve acted in time and with great resolve.

Organized crime exerts pressure on the political authorities by cooptation, corruption and intimidation. There was a certain influence at the local and municipal level. Intervening now has allowed us to avoid having criminal action affect a higher echelon.

Who’s Responsible?

Rather than pointing out who’s to blame, it’s better to assume one’s responsibilities. Let’s talk about the causes. The first is the American consumer. If the United States were not the biggest drug market in the world, we wouldn’t have this problem.

And there’s also the arms trade. In two years, we’ve seized 33,000 weapons, 18,000 of them high caliber, rocket launchers, thousands of grenades, devices able to pierce armor plating. Now the overwhelming majority of this materiel had been purchased in the United States, including materiel which is the exclusive property of the American Army. In 2004, (the Bush administration) lifted the prohibition that had previously been in place against the sale of these very dangerous weapons.

There is another factor: the cartels’ modus operandi has changed. Before, they only transported drugs to the United States. Today, and this is a substantial change, they are trying to develop a domestic market and so need to control the territory and the life of entire communities.

For Full Interview