President Calderon asks Mexican Congress to approve initiatives stiffening penalties for kidnappers

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The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis. You are free to disseminate this information, but we request that you credit NAFBPO as being the provider.
El Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) , El Porvenir  (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon)  8/8/08 
–    In an open letter to “public opinion” the president of the Mexican Assoc. of Professional Real Estate Agents asked that bad law enforcement agents who are “pernicious and noxious” be punished with severity. He backed a recently proposed plan by the Distrito Federal’s Public Security Department to create a nationwide database that would show relevant information on all police officers fired for cause so as to prevent their being re-hired by another police department elsewhere in Mexico.
–    In a message to the nation from Veracruz, Pres. Calderon voiced the urgent need to stop the impunity which allows organized crime to operate and asked Congress to approve several initiatives including stiffening penalties for kidnappers and providing for life sentences. He said that the recent kidnapping and murder of Fernando Marti, in which police officers appear to have participated “manifests the urgency of bringing to a halt the impunity with which the criminal organizations operate.” He reiterated his commitment to keep working to restore the country’s tranquility, though he acknowledged that it will take some time because insecurity “is a cancer that has taken root, but together we’ll overcome adversity and we will overcome crime.”
Thousands of persons daily suffer crimes which go unpunished and society demands that the authorities “do the work which we haven’t yet done” “There is no bigger grievance for society than an unpunished crime and it’s even more indignant when the kidnappers are police or are protected by police.”

Milenio  (Mexico City)  8/8/08
(The first two paragraphs of an op/column by Roman Revuelas titled “To live in hell” follow):
We Mexicans try to live in a country like all the others, but every once in a while we are obligated to open our eyes to face the disquieting reality of horror. There cannot possibly be a safe haven for anyone when a 14 year old boy is kidnapped by a mob of policemen and then assassinated.
What world do we live in? In a bloody and threatening jungle. Normality does not exist. It is unable to exist. The certainty which can be obtained from everyday activities is quite meager:  when you leave home you don’t know if you are going to return;  if you start a road trip you don’t know if you’ll reach your destination safely;  just running a business means that you are on a blacklist, and the worst is that nobody escapes, neither the women or the children.
(Note: while the U.S. media yesterday publicized the death of 9 illegal aliens and the injury to some ten others from a vehicle accident near Florence, AZ , nothing was known of the following two nearly parallel events):
–    “At least 26 Mexican “migrants”, four of them women, were detained by municipal police in the vicinity of El Centinela Hill when a people trafficker was attempting to cross them to the United States border.”
“The presumed “pollero”, identified as Alejandro Quintero Gonzalez, was driving a van through a desert area by the above mentioned hill almost at the point of pump # 0 of the Rio Colorado-Tijuana aqueduct, in the Calexico, California, border area. The migrants, from Puebla, Michoacan and Jalisco, were thus rescued from the temperatures above 45 degrees,” (From “El Porvenir”, Monterrey, N.L., 9/7/08)
–    In Chiapas, state police attempted to stop a speeding p/u  truck. Instead, it speeded up but was eventually stopped: two Guatemalan smugglers were transporting twelve other Guatemalans, all illegally in Mexico. The two “revealed” that they were taking their fellow countrymen to Jiquipilas, where two other “polleros” would continue the trip to the north of the country. (From “Cuarto Poder”, Tuxtla, Chiapas, 8/8/08)
El Diario de Coahuila  (Saltillo, Coah.)  8/8/08
The freight train pulled into the yard at the Chicalote station at San Francisco de los Romo, state of Aguascalientes, and then federal agents found 19 Hondurans, 2 Guatemalans and 2 Salvadorans, all heading to the United States. They were held “at the disposal of the INM” (Mex. Immigr.) to be repatriated to their countries of origin. Leonel, a 20 year old Honduran, said that neither he nor his companions would cease in “their search to enter the United States.”
Cambio de Michoacan  (Morelia, Mich.) ,  El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  8/8/08
In ( or by – reports differ – ) a sewage water canal along the Vista Hermosa to Zamora highway, in Michoacan: the four nude bodies of men in their twenties. All tied, with visible signs of torture and with ropes around their necks. All have been preliminarily identified as federal “Preventive Police” agents. Tag boards left with the cadavers read: “This is to have you keep keep sending more airplanes.”  Federal troops arrived in the area recently as part of Joint Operation Michoacan.
El Universal (Mexico City)  8/8/08
–    Six men were arrested and a small arsenal was seized by federal agents in Nogales Sonora. The haul : 7 AK47 rifles, a shotgun, 3 revolvers, a 45mm pistol, 32 clips & 1,347 rounds, plus a couple of money counting machines and small amounts of weed.
–    A taxi driver’s   homicide raised to five the number of victims in Michoacan. To these are added eight victims in Chihuahua, four in Sinaloa, two in Durango and one each in Guanajuato, Mexico & Tabasco. Eight of the total were identified as police officers.
Noroeste  (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  8/8/08
The adult son of the founder and head of this newspaper was found dead in the trunk of his own car in Culiacan. His head was in a plastic bag, his hands and feet were tied and his body had blows and cuts.
El Heraldo  (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)  8/8/08
1,178 kilos of cocaine were seized in a joint operation by Honduran Navy & anti-drug  personnel and the U.S. Coast Guard last Wednesday in the area off Honduras’ Mosquito Coast.
Prensa Libre  (Guatemala City, Guatemala)  8/8/08
Traveling in four taxis coming from Zanatepec, in the state of Oaxaca: fifteen Guatemalans & two Salvadorans, all illegally in Mexico. Federal police turned them over to the “INM”.
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