NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
Visit our website: http://www.nafbpo.org
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.
El Universal (Mexico City) 1/27/09
Jose Luis Soberanes, ombudsman for the Mexican National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) is concerned that armed citizen groups are beginning to form for their own protection and to take justice against organized criminals. He says that this is due to the government’s failure to carry out its duty to protect the people. He considers that the citizens’ groups violate the Constitution, since Article 17 establishes that no one may take justice into his own hands. Although the groups are formed because of the inability of the State to protect them, they should not be permitted to continue, he said. “We have to demand that the State comply and look after the public security, because, if not, we would also be privatizing public security.”
In the past 24 hours, 21 men have been executed by organized crime in Mexico, bringing the total of such murders to 400 so far in January.
El Universal’s editorial, Mexico and the “Lucifer effect,” takes a look at the country’s surge of violence from a different angle:
“Why does a person destroy another without any thought, with fury, even without motives? We see it in the streets, in the news, nearly every day: people with signs of torture, dismembered, decapitated, dissolved in acid. An addiction can cause this behavior. Nevertheless, aside from a merely individual psychiatric problem, it has a social component that is more worrisome. When crime destroys the rules of coexistence, it creates an ideal breeding ground for the perpetuation of violence.”
The editorial continues comparing such violence to an addiction that gives the killer a rush of adrenaline and becomes a physical need.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 1/27/09
The possibility of a dialogue with the major guerrilla groups in Colombia has been renewed in the favorable international climate of a possible political end to conflict, according to expert observers in Bogota. “There is an international climate ever more favorable for attempting dialogue with FARC [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia] and ELN [National Liberation Army],” indicated a spokesman for the Peace Assembly that has members from diverse social organizations in the country.
-end of report-