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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.
The following half-dozen items all deal with and are representative of the pervasive reign of crime south of the border.
Economista (Mexico City) 8/11/09
(Following is the first par. of an op/col. titled “”The cost of insecurity.”)
Assaults, robberies, kidnappings, extortions, rapes and homicides are an everyday thing in our country. The insecurity in which the people live has reached such magnitude that the news about crime is no longer news. The incidence of crime in Mexico is such that unless it involves us personally or someone else close to us, what we read in the papers or hear in the news does not generate the indignation that one would expect while living in a society devastated by criminality.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 8/11/09
Tourists continue to be main targets in Guatemala. The U.S. Embassy there reports 74 assaults against U.S. citizens this year, including 11 in July alone. U.S. citizens wishing to visit Guatemala will find a discouraging panorama in the State Dep’t. website, but the Embassy’s data contrasts with that of the National Police, which recorded only 23 such cases for the year. “According to the U.S., the Police are not expert, have low salaries and are incapable of resolving the problem; it points out that justice is weak, inefficient and with more work than it should have.” Canada’s relating website page points out that Guatemala has one of the highest levels of violence in Latin America. In its consular page, Spain reports that security conditions in Guatemala have deteriorated significantly in the last months.
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 8/11/09
From a list of headline items on the front page: Four kidnappers arrested **** Inmate linked to narco escapes from Culiacan prison **** Body found in the Toledo Corro neighborhood **** Young man leaves prison and is executed minutes later **** Two highway robbers are detained **** Two persons shot to death **** Two persons wounded by firearms.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 8/11/09
Firearms confrontations before dawn yesterday ended the lives of three men and the wounding of another in the city of Chihuahua. The opposing sides of thugs used assault rifles, grenades and hundreds of rounds of ammo. Another three men were shot to death in Ciudad Juarez and the bodies of two more were found on the street. Also, a federal report shows there have been 109 cases of extortion recorded this year in the state of Chihuahua.
El Universal (Mexico City) 8/11/09
Eighteen persons were assassinated in the state of Chihuahua “in the last hours”; ten of these victims were in the city of Juarez. Twelve other homicides took place in various locales around Mexico. But “Norte”, a Juarez paper, reported that 21 men were murdered in the Juarez area over the past weekend, bringing that city’s current monthly total to 92.
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 8/11/09
(Extracts from an op/col. titled “Violence in Mexico”)
The Global Peace Index measures the perception of violence in nations. Mexico ended up in the 108th place out of 144 countries which comprise the list. The heading of the news from “La Jornada” (July 31st) summarizes our situation: The level of violence in Mexico, worse than Rwanda or the Congo. The news finds support in the headlines of nearby pages: “Several executed in Culiacan”, “A mayor, 4 police and another 21 persons die due to the violence of crime” “CIDH condemns death of journalist in Guerrero”, “Mexico, on war footing against organized crime” & etcetera. The information mosaic paints a good picture of what presently takes place in Mexico. Two interdependent ideas summarize daily life: government has failed and violence reproduces itself in a limited fashion.
No one can accuse those who produce the Global Peace Index of bias. The streets of Mexico and its inhabitants, victims of violence or murdered, are witnesses to the veracity of the Index. The violence and its consequences have been terrible. In many cities night life has disappeared, the tourists have stopped coming, fear has become the norm, foreign investment has decreased, mistrust has multiplied and the taxes we all pay serve for little. The problem has gained immeasurable dimensions. It has grown geometrically and there are no signs of improvement. Drug traffic and corruption have surpassed the “permissible.” Violence has no limits for those who carry it out.
In Mexico violence is endemic. The same is the case with corruption, with impunity, with injustice, with poverty, with thieving politicians and with the mediocrity of our governmental leaders.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City) 8/11/09
A light aircraft landed near Escuintla at a crop duster air strip facility during the night of Monday to Tuesday. Today, the Colombian registry craft was found to hold packages of cocaine weighing 636 kilos. No arrests were made. In another ranch of the area, officials found five assault rifles, a rocket launcher and six containers full of fuel.
Federal agents go bad
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 8/11/09
Anonymous sources in the “PGR” (equiv. Dep’t of Justice) reported that nearly one thousand agents of the now extinct “AFI” (Fed. Inv. Agency) are now in the ranks of organized crime. From the time of creation of the “AFI”, in Nov. 2001, and until April of this year, 2,426 agents resigned. Some left because they refused to undergo background exams. Four of every ten agents who quit then joined one of Mexico’s drug cartels.
A highly questionable statement from President Calderon
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 8/11/09
At a press conference closing the recent meeting of the heads of state of Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, Pres. Calderon told Pres. Obama not to forget the impact that Mexican immigrants have on the United States society and economy and stated : “It is unthinkable that the United States could have become the world’s leading power in the last century without the collaboration of Mexican workers.”
Weapons seized in Sinaloa
El Universal (Mexico City) 8/11/09
Mexico’s “SEDENA” (equiv. Dept of Defense) reported the arrest of “two young men” from whom they seized 17 rifles, among them two 50 cal. Barret rifles capable of penetrating armor and shooting down a helicopter at a distance of 2,400 meters. There were also 13 AK47, four fragmentation grenades, 89 loaders and 3,553 rounds of ammo, five armored light trucks and 8 bullet proof vests.
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