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Foreign News Report
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.
Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 9/3/08
President Felipe Calderón announced that he would be replacing his security cabinet as soon as his head of National Public Security steps down. Calderón recognized that the problem of security is more critical than had been foreseen. He also reasserted his belief that the formation of a national police force is needed.
El Universal (Mexico City) 9/3/08
– The Mexican Army in Reynosa, Tamaulipas came out on the short end of a gun battle with a group of armed subjects encountered while on patrol. One soldier was killed and three wounded when the military convoy was fired on by unknown assailants. Immediate medical attention to the wounded was delayed by a mixup in communications that prohibited the ambulances into the area. At the hospital, another casualty was incurred when a nervous soldier accidentally fired his weapon, wounding himself in “his extremities.” Further information regarding arrests or details of the battle have not been released by the military.
– The Mexican news media’s understandable preoccupation with keeping score on national violence focused on a “new record” having been set by organized crime: an assassination every 85 minutes. The count is based on the past 60 days. [Note: The Mexican press has come to use “assassination” and “execution” to distinguish murders by organized crime from ordinary homicides by others.]
– Today’s editorial, “Costs of insecurity” points out the damage to the national economy caused by organized crime and criticizes the government’s lack of coordination in conducting the fight. In complaining about the endemic lack of cooperation and enmity between Mexico’s federal and state enforcement agencies, the editorial makes the further observation that: “The conflict between police and security services or the controversy between jurisdictions is not new nor exclusive to Mexico. For example, the ‘wars’ for jurisdiction, political influence and funding between the United States’ FBI, CIA and DEA are famous.”
El Financiero (Mexico City) 9/3/08
The Mexican Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, Agustín Carstens, reports that the national feeling of insecurity will deduct approximately one percentage point from the economic growth.
El Debate (Sinaloa) 9/3/08
A group of hooded presumed military in several Hummer vehicles with their numbers covered in gray tape were approached by reporters in a neighborhood in Culiacán, Sinaloa while supposedly carrying out a “routine inspection.” The military did their best to keep reporters at a distance and wouldn’t allow photos. The reporters had responded to a report that soldiers were robbing a house and it appears that they were. After what the reporters said were “intimidating” searches of their vehicles and credentials, they were ordered away on the grounds that the operation would take several hours. Shortly thereafter, the soldiers packed up and left. The house they had been “searching” had been sacked. [Numerous comments on this story from El Debate’s readers were not suitable for the M3 report.]
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