Written by RSN AP
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
US Government sends protective equipment to Mexico
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.