January Sees an Increased Perception of Insecurity

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Correo Guanajuato  (Mexico)  2/8/2011

January Sees an Increased Perception of Insecurity

The perception of safety in Mexico fell by nearly 2.4 points in January 2011, down 100.5 points from one year ago, as reported by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) .  Index of Perception of Public Safety (IPSP) worsened in three of the five indicators, particularly in the perception of what public safety is today compared to 12 months ago, down 10.6 points.  The data are based on the Continuous Survey on the Perception of Public Safety (Ecosep), which started  in April 2009 and since then are surveyed each month over 18 years in 32 cities in many states of Mexico to monitor this.


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U.S. Army sees drug war in Mexico Could Take Over Government

Organized crime has the potential to take control of the government in
Mexico, which is a concern for the United States, said the undersecretary of the Army, Joseph W. Westphal. “It’s not only drugs and illegal immigrants. This is the potential of a government decision that is right on our border, the U.S. official said in a speech at the University of Utah.   The second most important man in the U.S. Army, states that in future the U.S. military would be fighting the “insurgents” not in the Middle East but in Mexico.   In the last year, the U.S. government has issued 14 security alerts in 12 states in Mexico to warn their citizens about the increasing violence, mainly from the fight against organized crime.  The states that have received alerts are Baja California, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Durango, Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Jalisco, Nayarit, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero.


Highlights of Undersecretary of the Army, Joseph W. Westphal’s lecture in English:



El Universal  (Mexico  2/8/2011

Cartel Gunmen Steal All of Town’s Police Weapons

(Xalapa, Veracruz)  The Veracruz municipality of Rafael Lucio, nestled in the mountains, had all of the police department’s weapons stolen by an armed group of gunmen.  Now the municipal mayor of this town of 7,000 people, has refused to equip the 13 officers with replacement weapons. The Secretary of Pubic Safety has denied the municipality even has a need for weapons. (Note: do hope the Federal Police are investing these government officials, as they sure appear to be helping cartel.)


Stratfor, a subscription intelligence brief:

Colombia: Pipeline Bombed, Exports Unaffected

February 8, 2011
Colombia’s Transandino oil pipeline has been halted as a result of two suspected rebel bomb attacks but production and exports have not been affected, a spokesman for state-run Ecopetrol said Feb. 8, Reuters reported. With a 48,000 barrel-per-day capacity, the Transandino transports oil from southern Putumayo province to the port of Tumaco on Colombia’s Pacific coast. The pipeline was reportedly operating under capacity at the time of the attacks.

El Heraldo de Tabasco  (Mexico)  2/8/2011

Emergency Declared for Parts of Sinaloa

The Mexican government has declared an emergency in 11 municipalities of Sinaloa due to freezing temperatures.  About 584,786 hectares (1,445,037 acres) of crops are a total loss, out of  749,797 (1,852,788 acres) hectares frozen . (Note: included as this can affect U.S. prices for produce until summer in the U.S.)


El Imparcial  (Mexico)  2.8/2011

U.S. gives Mexico X-ray Equipment for Anti-drug Fight

The U.S. has given Mexico, as part of the Merida Initiative, eight vehicles with backscatter x-ray ”that lets you scan and discreetly look into passenger vehicles, containers and rail cars to detect explosives, drugs and people smuggling.  ”These teams are modernized and improve border security at land, sea and air, detecting and reducing the flow of illegal goods while facilitating legitimate trade and travel opportunities,” said the U.S. embassy. The embassy reported that so far the U.S. has given more than $ 364 million in equipment and training and is expected to end 2011 having channeled an additional 500 million dollars. The 8 trucks have a value of 8 million and are the last of a total of 11.


Blog del Narco (http://www.blogdelnarco.com/):

Cerralvo, Nuevo León:   Mexican Army & cartel shootout; 5 gunmen dead, 3 arrested, several serious injuries.

Tepic, Nayarit:  Two Marines were ambushed & killed by cartel gunmen;
target was a Vice Admiral inside shopping mall with his wife.

Zacatecas:  State Police find 5 tortured and executed bodies; dumped along road.

San Luis Potosi:  Several municipal police stations attacked; no injuries; dumped headless bodies in front of one.

Chihuahua:  Cartel kidnaps family of slain activist, Josefina Reyes,
killed last month.

Los Ramones, Nuevo León:  Five dismembered bodies found with a
naromessage from Gulf Cartel.

Domestic News – United States

CBP Highlights Arrests and Seizures of the Week
Border Patrol snares 31 illegal aliens along San Diego coastline-California
Border Patrol agent saves 2-year-old-Texas
Violence Prompts Increased Law Enforcement Patrols-Texas
Drug sub could also carry terrorists

More agents, resources expected along border
Justice Department denies border shootout claim-Arizona
CBP Commissioner: “No mas” voluntary deportations
Border security debate pits big picture vs. narrow windows

U.S . teen killed in Juárez puts spotlight on Mexico’s unsolved murders
Seventeen Mexican and Honduran nationals arrested coming ashore near Pendleton-California
Report: Border Agent corruption ramped up in San Diego
-end of report-

We have room for but one flag, the American flag…and we have room for but
one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
~Theodore Roosevelt 1919

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