By all means, let’s INCREASE military and security payouts to corrupt military and police in Central American countries. Remember that the murder rate in Ciudad Juarez exploded to nearly 300 homicides per 100,000 people AFTER the Plan Merida inspired military surge into the state of Chihuahua… Honduras already has a murder rate of 100… And the city of San Pedro Sula’s murder rate approaches 200. More guns, helicopters and training for police who already are experts at torture thanks to US military advisers and they may surpass Mexico in murderousness. The victims? Poor people. The result? An ever greater EXODUS of refugees showing up at the border. -molly
Former U.S. Border Patrol Agent reported overtime pay abuse 30 years ago, concerns continue today: DHS overtime not properly documented, certified
Whistleblowers inside the Department of Homeland Security have come forward to describe chronic falsification of employee time cards within the federal agency. One said his attempts to address the problem 30 years ago went unanswered.
“I turned myself in,” John Randolph, a former agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said in an exclusive interview with The E.W. Scripps Company. “It was a can of worms 30 years ago. You can imagine what it is now.”
Read the full story here.
The video story is on YouTube.
In case you wondered how the sales of U.S. military weapons, equipment and training to Mexico are going, I suggest this article from today’s El Diario. I did a quick translation posted here. I was not able to find the specific DOD report quoted by the reporter, but these older compilations of Direct Commercial Sales are compiled by the Federation of American Scientists website.
Based on the info in the article on helicopters posted today by Gordon, I suspect these numbers to keep growing. And I expect the numbers of dead to grow also. There is obviously no control over who eventually gets these weapons. We simply know that so far this year, an average of nearly 1,400 people are victims of intentional homicide (homicidios dolosos) each month. The numbers for March were just posted today and all categories of homicide show increases from Jan and Feb. See:
For links and to read more of Conroy’s commentary, click here
I recommend careful reading of this article by Dana Priest of the Washington Post… A few paragraphs are highlighted. There is also an excellent graphic at the link showing the very small number of Mexican military and police killed since 2006…the number is significant, but not when compared to the 100,000+ civilians killed and the 25,000+ disappeared.
After reading this article, I’m struck by this sub-headline below: Violence deepened ties
I think we should ask: “Did the violence deepen tie (between Mexican and US security forces) OR did the deepened ties increase the violence??
This is worth reading. Note the Plan Colombia $$ being used to train
Mexican and Central American police… Also, this quote from Noam Chomsky
at the end. I don’t always agree with Chomsky, but what he says here seems
to reflect clearly what we see in Mexico and Central America…I would only
add that the “war on drugs” is being used to carry out social cleansing in
Latin America also, not just domestically.
“The war on drugs,” Chomsky says, “is an attempt to control the
democratization of social forces,” because “it is a thin cover for
counterinsurgency abroad” and “at home it functions as … ‘social
cleansing’,” resulting in the mass imprisonment of black youth. Therefore,
he concludes, the “failure” of the war on drugs is “intentional,” since
what it seeks is the destruction of the social fabric by violence, and “to
destroy autonomous economic efforts of diverse communities in the region,
to the benefit of powerful interests.”
Note this from the Mexican article that is not included in the Reuters
Information from investigations carried out by DEA inside the US revealed
that some Mexican army and marines have been collaborating with the Zetas
and the Gulf, Sinaloa and Juarez cartels. The US officer, who asked that
his name and agency not be revealed because he was not authorized to make
statements to the press, said that the premise had always been maintained
that military officers were innocent until proven guilty and in some cases,
they will be seeking extradition to the United States so that they can
collaborate with justice in the US.
Information from the US anti-drug agency indicates that, after a year and a
half of operations in US territory, arrests have been made that have led to
the capture of members of the Zetas, as well as those of La Familia
Michoacana, and the Gulf and Sinaloa cartels inside US territory.
Leon Panetta (US Sec of Defense) met with his counterparts from Mexico and
Canada yesterday in Toronto. A headline story in the Mexican press (EFE
article from El Diario is posted below) says that Panetta cited a report
from Mexican General Galvan Galvan, Sec. of Defense in Mexico, that 150,000
people had been killed in the war on narcotrafficking. He did not specify
the time span. There are more comments on the press coverage below from
Frontera List member Jim Creechan from Canada.
Just based on homicide statistics reported by the federal police agencies
in Mexico, I would estimate that the number is now about 109,000 homicides
since 2007. It is impossible to know at this point what numbers the
Mexican military might be citing and for what time period. Jim provides
more links in his comment from Mexican and international sources. I also
posted an article on the meeting from the US Dept of Defense webpage. It
has nothing about numbers….
I agree that it will be interesting to see if this number gets picked up in
more media and cited. It would seem like one of the major media folks in
Mexico City might be able to get their hands on the same report that
Panetta read… ?? Molly