“Feelings” about crime numbers

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“Feelings” about crime numbers

El Universal (Mexico City) 6/21/10

[Editorial from El Universal:]

The federal government has said on various occasions that the thousands of executions recorded every year in the country are mostly the product of fights among organized crime killers. How can they be so sure? In reality, they aren’t. They have investigated less than 5% of the assassinations occurring during this administration. To date, it is not known which of the executed victims may have really been innocent civilians sent to oblivion with the recurrent phrase: “it was a settling of accounts.” For all the money allotted to TV advertising and other displays, no government policy will gain highly sought popular support if there is no coherence.

Even President Calderon has mentioned numbers about this issue without any documented reference. From February 2009 to date he has said that more than 90% of the homicides and executions related to organized crime belong to mafia members. He repeated this assertion just last April. The problem is that something as important as the re-named “struggle for security” ought not to be carried out under subjective criteria and personal perceptions. The cost in lives during an armed struggle increases when light diagnostics are carried out.

It’s understood that the PGR (Department of Justice equiv.) may not have the capacity to thoroughly investigate the 22 thousand deaths associated with organized crime during this administration. One must assume, therefore, that the rest of the one thousand 200 previous investigations – more than 20 thousand –  are in the hands of the state attorneys’ offices. Unfortunately, the situation in those agencies is the same or worse than in the PGR, not only because they refuse to get involved in crimes  which – they say to justify themselves – are under federal jurisdiction, but because they lack the capacity for a serious, methodical and scientific investigation. Faced with that deficit, the first thing the federal government should be doing is to set the example.

In order to obtain the backing of public opinion on this issue, and to have society see how necessary the “struggle for security” is, the federal government must begin with coherence. Instead of trying to convince people that the dead are insignificant because they’re hired killers, the President could show that at least matters of public relevance are really investigated in an objective fashion.

The cases of the Tec students (making reference to a number of Monterrey Tech Institute students killed in a crossfire) and the murdered children – according to indications – at a military checkpoint in Tamaulipas were a perfect opportunity to show this coherence.

By continuing to explain beforehand every execution as a “settling of accounts” among criminals a mantle of impunity is given to the aggressors and the credibility of the necessary fight against insecurity is eroded.


Crimes go unreported

Of the 12 million crimes committed annually in Mexico, only 1.5 million are reported due to the distrust of the judicial system, according to the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH).  The lack of confidence is based on failure of the judges to give jail sentences, evidenced by the fact that the number of inmates in the prison system has not increased in the past five years.


Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 6/21/10

Combat wages

One of the attackers arrested in the ambush murders of 12 Federal Police last June 14 [M3 Weekend Report], related that the hired guns were offered 4,000 pesos [about $319] each to participate in the attack.  This was the equivalent of two week’s wages with the criminal organization.


El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 6/21/10

Carlos Pascual, US Ambassador to Mexico, affirmed that the US authorities are committed to conducting a “transparent” investigation into the recent deaths of two Mexicans at the hands of the Border Patrol.


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7 Responses to ““Feelings” about crime numbers”

  1. Lionel Arnao Says:

    To me presently there is actually almost nothing more fantastic as compared with fishing, whenever I get the chance.I delight in the serenity and quiet inside of my leisure activity, as other people do I am sure. Thanks for your fascinating comments I delight in reading through them so much. Thank you.

  2. Wayne Says:

    It could get very ugly if private citizens take the matter in their hands. Wonder if Congress realizes how sick and tired the population is of illegals draining our country, depressing wages, and refusing to assimilate when given the chance. Even now, something is going on at the border and inland where illegals seem to be turning up dead. We should never be forced to break the law because our government refuses to do it’s job. I only hope no one is.

  3. lyn Says:

    I keep hoping that all of this will have been a bad dream about absurdist theater.

    Why are we seen as the primary employer of Mexico’s citizens?

    Why is not our neighbor healthy enough to provide for its own citizens?

  4. NoTingles Says:

    I wish there was a way to peacefully resolve this issue. But now that option has been done away with because the Mexicans have defacto declared war against the United States. They are coming for us. It’s going on as I write this. I’ve been waiting since Jan Brewer and the 1076 hit the news for the call to patriots to go out, since it’s obvious the one who calls himself commander in chief is refusing to apply himself to this which is clearly spelled out in the consititution as part of the federal gov’t’s duty. The question is, do we just muster in Arizona now, or do we wait and fight them off after they have invaded our states too?

  5. Kristin Says:

    OMG…this makes me sick to my stomach. Guess I better hurry up and learn Spanish! I live in Dallas, TX, and my young adult children are having the darndest time finding jobs to support themselves in college here because being bilingual is REQUIRED for most of the jobs they are qualified for.

  6. Wes Darnell Says:

    in Mexico then there is in Iraq and Afghanistan put together.

    Mexico is a WAR ZONE, and the COWARDS of the DRUG CARTELS, like the ‘ taliban and al qaeda ‘ wear ‘ no ‘ uniforms, blend in with civilians and KILL innocent men, women, and children.

    If our ‘ federal and state governments ‘ DON’T STOP THEM AT THE BORDER, WE will STOP them at our front door, and our COWARDLY POLITICIANS will be FIRED in November 2010 & November 2012.

    GOOD MEXICANS have nothing to fear. CRIMINALS, and GANG BANGERS
    ‘ BEWARE ‘ we know who you are and we know where you are hiding.

    WE see you on the streets every day in your DRUG PURCHASED CARS, SUV’s, and TRUCKS.


    Take what you have now and GO HOME.

    When we catch you ( AND WE WILL ) you will be DEPORTED WITH NOTHING but the clothes on your back.


    • pf Says:

      – You wish they would go home! They now have an ally in the “Obamanator”. If this does not absolutely enrage every American citizen, then nothing will. Read on…


      Dear President Obama:

      We understand that there’s a push for your Administration to develop a plan to unilaterally extend either deferred action or parole to millions of illegal aliens in the United States. We understand that the Administration may include aliens who have willfully overstayed their visas or filed for benefits knowing that they will not be eligible for a status for years to come. We understand that deferred action and parole are discretionary actions reserved for individual cases that present unusual, emergent or humanitarian circumstances. Deferred action and parole were not intended to be used to confer a status or offer protection to large groups of illegal aliens, even if the agency claims that they look at each case on a “case-by-case” basis.

      While we agree our immigration laws need to be fixed, we are deeply concerned about the potential expansion of deferred action or parole for a large illegal alien population. While deferred action and parole are Executive Branch authorities, they should not be used to circumvent Congress’ constitutional authority to legislate immigration policy, particularly as it relates to the illegal population in the United States.

      The Administration would be wise to abandon any plans for deferred action or parole for the illegal population. Such a move would further erode the American public’s confidence in the federal government and its commitment to securing the borders and enforcing the laws already on the books.

      We would appreciate receiving a commitment that the Administration has no plans to use either authority to change the current position of a large group of illegal aliens already in the United States, and ask that you respond to us about this matter as soon as possible.

      (signed by)
      Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
      Sen. Hatch (R-Utah)
      Vitter (R-La.)
      Bunning (R-Ky.)
      Chambliss (R-Ga.)
      Isaakson (R-Ga.)
      Inhofe (R-Okla.)
      Cochran (R-Miss.)

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