Corruption in Mexico rated high by Transparency International

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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 Universal (Mexico City) 9/23/08

–  According to Felipe Gonzáles, president of the Security Commission of the Mexican Senate, narcotraffic is exhibiting a “political evolution.”  He maintains that so far the militarization of the combat against narcotraffic has not had the results offered by the Colombian experience in avoiding the merger of narco and guerrilla movements.  He observes that the narco organizations understand “a major influence among members of the political class, which converts the cartels into organizations that approximate structures like those of the mafia and endanger democracy.”
–  Transparency International, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to rating level of corruption in countries worldwide, has given Mexico a score of 3.6 on a scale of 10 (10 being the least corrupt).  This indicates no improvement over the past three years and puts  the country on a par in the Corruption Perception Index with countries such as Bulgaria, Perú, China and Swaziland. [The US rated 7.3]
–  Several op/eds addressed organized crime.  The  editorial said that facing the violence of organized crime, one must lose the fear of debating the legalization of drugs.  If there are proposals along this line, they argue, they should consider that the concept is not a simple matter.  They cite as an example the differences between cocaine and marihuana.  
Regarding the September 15 grenade assault against innocent people in Morelia, Michoacán, columnist Carlos Loret de Mola asks, “And if it wasn’t the narcos?”  He complains that more than a week has passed and there is no solid proof connecting narco groups to the attack or any to the contrary and suggests broadening the investigation.
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo León) 9/23/08
Ten people, men and women, were kidnapped early this morning in Parácuaro, Michoacán by an armed group.  Authorities do not know the reason for the abductions.  Early reports say that armed men in several vehicles entered at least two homes and took the people away.  There was evidence left behind that shots were fired and some were injured in the kidnapping.
La Crónica de Hoy (Mexico City) 9/23/08
Mexico’s Attorney General, Eduardo Medina-Mora recognizes that organized crime is present in every state in Mexico.  He identified three major groups fighting for control of national territory: the Pacific Cartel, the Gulf Cartel (with Los Zetas) and the Michoacán Family (La Familia Michocana).
Diario de Yucatán (Yucatán) 9/23/08
“It is not a secret to anyone that the authorities and the police of Quintana Roo are infiltrated by narco traffic and for that reason, protect those who engage in that illicit activity,” warned the national president of the association of business employers.
Entorno a Tamaulipas (Tamaulipas) 9/23/08
The Colombian anti-narcotics police dismantled a factory in which submarines were built to be sold to narcotraffickers.  No one was captured in the operation.  Investigators revealed that the factory had already built 10 submarines of which several had been intercepted in Central America.  The factory was well hidden along the Pacific coast near the Ecuadorian border.
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