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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.
Narco war strategy to continue
El Universal (Mexico City) 11/30/09
Calderón maintains strategy
El Universal editorial following President Calderón’s mid-term speech: More wars. The priority of this presidential term was and is combating organized crime. And so it will continue. The Army and federal forces remain on the streets. There is no other way, according to President Felipe Calderón’s announcement. And, yes, there is no other way. Analysts and those most critical of Los Pinos [equiv. White House] agree that it would be an error to remove the Armed Forces from the towns and cities. It would be a step backward. The criminals would take it as a retreat. It is not necessary to be Sun Tzu to understand that retreats nearly always smell like defeat. Calderón’s government, then, has cornered itself in the option of arms; it has wedded a strategy. Voices, both foreign and here, ask that this strategy be revised because it doesn’t yield tangible results: drugs flow, the big bosses remain free, violence increases and the people suffer. But these voices don’t move one leaf. It would do well to recall the Chinese strategy: “Skillful warfare subjugates the enemy’s army without a battle. They capture enemy cities without attacking them and seize the enemy state without prolonged campaigns. This goal is to take everything intact by means of strategic consideration. As a result, the troops are not worn down and the winnings are complete,” he wrote over 2,000 years ago. Someone didn’t read it, doesn’t read it and possibly won’t ever read it.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 11/30/09
Three Mexicans arrested in Panama
Three Mexican narco-smugglers were arrested today at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama when they were discovered to be carrying drugs in their stomachs. National Police said the three were coming from Bolivia and headed for Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. When they were noticed acting suspiciously, they were subjected to an x-ray search leading to the discovery of the contraband. They were then taken to a hospital to have the drugs expelled. Authorities said this was not an unusual case for the airport, a common transfer point by drug transporters moving from South America to Mexico.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 11/30/09
Police commander executed in Guaymas
A Sonora state police investigator and his female companion were shot to death in their parked car this afternoon in Guaymas, Sonora, by an armed group in a passing vehicle. The assault was carried out from a black 2004 Cherokee with Arizona license plates 466H512. [sic]
Mexican Army troops seized more than two tons of marihuana and two fishing vessels in the Gulf of Baja California. One boat was pursued to San Esteban Island where the crew escaped and the other to Tiburon Island where that crew also escaped. [Both islands are off the coast from Bahia Kino, Sonora.]
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 11/30/09
Narco lab with advanced technology located
The Mexican Army located a narco processing laboratory and seized about 200 kilos of “crystal” methamphetamine in the village of San Isidro Mazatepec, Jalisco [some 25 miles west of Guadalajara]. One person was arrested at the site. The commander of the troops said the lab “is different from all I’ve seen. It has major technology, its production capacity is larger and is of industrial type, and it is evident it is evolving in this aspect.” Some parts of the lab are new, even in the process of being installed, but others are already in use. Most of the labs are in rural or suburban zones, as in this case, he pointed out, but this one has some systems that still require analyzing, possibly some to avoid the aromas they give out. [Photo relates.]
La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja California) 11/30/09
Calderón meets Villaraigosa
Mexican President Felipe Calderón met with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the National Palace in Mexico City. During the meeting, they conversed about the international economic crisis and exchanged ideas about measures not only to restart the federal and local economies, but principally to protect the most vulnerable groups. They also spoke of the efforts of President Barack Obama to promote the approval of immigration reform. President Calderón recognizes Villaraigosa’s position as he has demonstrated he is in favor of such reform.
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