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Mexican Drug Cartel Wars Spreading: Threatens Entire Region

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January 8, 2009
American Patrol and Right Side News Reports
Here is a few short video clips and information on the huge threat that has existed and is coming to a head on our southern border with Mexico. The competing Mexican drug cartels battling for drug trafficking control have put the entire region, including our border, at risk. (See American Border Patrol)
Lou Dobbs Tonight -- CNN -- January 7 Casey Wian (CNN):
 
Rusty Fleming, author of "Narco Warfare in the 21st Century" is meeting with El Paso city leaders Thursday.
Rusty Fleming: "Narco Warfare in the 21st Century": There's no solution outside of securing our southwest border. That is first and foremost. The next thing is we need to tighten security of southbound traffic. That is the traffic that goes from the U.S. into Mexico because that's where the guns and the cash are going.

Wian: Guns and cash fueling the violence that's increasingly threatening the United States.

Wian: Drug cartels were responsible for more than 1,600 murders in Juarez last year alone. To put that into perspective, the U.S. murder rate is about five and a half per 100,000 residents. In Juarez there are 117 murders for every 100,000 people, Lou.

Dobbs: It's incredible. The people of Mexico are undergoing a nightmare that is getting so little attention from this government. Hopefully that will change. And the resistance to securing that border is utterly irrational. It's extraordinary, what is being tolerated there by this government, by this administration. Watch Transcript NY Times -- 1/8/09 -- U.S. Plans Border 'Surge' Against Any Drug Wars
SEE DOBBS VIDEO CLICK HERE

 
 
 
 



New York Times:
U.S. Plans Border ‘Surge’ Against Any Drug Wars
 

The soaring level of violence in Mexico resulting from the drug wars there has led the United States to develop plans for a "surge" of civilian and perhaps even military law enforcement should the bloodshed spread across the border, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday.

Mr. Chertoff said the criminal activity in Mexico, which has caused more than 5,300 deaths in the last year, had long troubled American authorities. But it reached a point last summer, he said, where he ordered specific plans to confront in this country the kind of shootouts and other mayhem that in Mexico have killed members of warring drug cartels, law enforcement officials and bystanders, often not far from the border.

"We completed a contingency plan for border violence, so if we did get a significant spillover, we have a surge - if I may use that word - capability to bring in not only our own assets but even to work with" the Defense Department, Mr. Chertoff said in a telephone interview. NYT
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US Government sends protective equipment to Mexico
M3Report
The US government invested six million dollars in personal protection equipment to shield Mexican Federal Police and agents of the department of justice (PGR).  The US will deliver armored vehicles and bulletproof vests, among other supplies, to guarantee security for those combating organized crime in Mexico.

Former president of Mexico Vicente Fox, said he hopes to meet with Barak Obama this year to discuss immigration issues.  The ex-president has a number of plans for 2009 to remain an active figure in Mexican politics.--

El Universal and several other news media made note of the announcement by the US Border Patrol to release "migracorridos" for Mexican listeners.  The word is a combination of "migra," slang for Border Patrol, and "corrido," a popular lively music style with lyrics that carry messages.  The three corridos released for airing in Mexico carry warnings of the dangers of illegal border crossings into the US. 

El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 1/7/09

A heavily armed group attacked the parking area of the TV station, Televisa Monterrey, last night with gunfire and a fragmentation grenade.  They also left a "narco-message" on a car in central Monterrey, capital of the state of Nuevo Leon.  The message, not reported in its entirety, contained a demand that the TV station, or perhaps all media, report on all the narco groups and not just theirs.  Although no one was injured in the attack, medics treated several bystanders for "hysteria."  The federal justice department (PGR) is conducting the investigation and the station is under heavy security by local police agencies.

Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 1/7/09

Police in Tuxtla Chico, Chiapas, arrested eight people, including five "Zetas", for the torture and murder of eight people [M3 report 12/25/08].  The multi-homicide happened December 23.  Authorities said there are more people involved in the murders, which appear to have been over a conflict between drug smugglers along the Guatemalan border.
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