Over the weekend: Escalating violence; Police Assassinations Continue; Fifty-three Dead in Ciudad Juarez

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El Universal  (Mexico)  2/20/2011

U.S. Refuses to Control Arms Trafficking to Mexico

(Washington)  The House of Representatives has refused to allocate resources to combat arms trafficking on its border with Mexico.  ATF asked the U.S. Congress for tools to detect and identify those who buy guns in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California , which are taken illegally into Mexico.  Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, wrote in his Twitter account that it’s “unfortunate that a majority has voted” to block the request of the ATF.  Analysts regarding the US-Mexico binational efforts agreed that Congressional rejection makes it evident how difficult it is to establish effective measures to curb arms trafficking to Mexico.

More on this in English (good review): Mexico’s Gun Supply and the 90 Percent Myth

Mexican military seizes arsenal in Sonora

(Navojoa, Sonora)  The military reports the seizure of 36 high-powered weapons , 16 thousand cartridges and three grenade launchers , as well as the arrest of two people.  They also seized grenades and 227 magazines for guns of different calibers.


Various foreign sources:

Ixtapaluca:   Two municipal police officers, 1 gunman killed; just south of Mexico City.

Ciudad Juarez: Municipal Police office killed.

CuliacanTwo executed bodies found, wrapped in blankets.

Milenio  (Mexico)  2/20/2011

Interpol will Train Police and Customs

(Mexico City) Experts from the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) will train officers and customs, to more efficiently support the fight against intellectual property crimes.  The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) said in a statement that this will give them a course in investigative techniques, in order to identify counterfeit goods.  The course is designed for 50 members from different institutions, and representatives of police and customs services in countries like Mexico, Honduras, Belize and Nicaragua.  The staff will include Mexican Intellectual Property experts, the Patent Office of the United States and the Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property, among others.  So far the police and customs services in South America have made nearly 340 operational measures, which have resulted in more than 600 arrests and seizure of counterfeit goods worth more than $ 50 million.


Diario de Xalapa  (Mexico)  2/20/2011

Indigenous Languages Dying

In Mexico there are 364 variants of languages, of which 143 are in danger of disappearing, according to the Interactive Atlas of Languages in Danger of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(Unesco). Of these 143 languages, 21 are classified as “critically endangered”.  According to the Atlas, the world has about seven thousand languages in use, 20 of which disappear each year. Mexico ranks sixth in terms of countries whose native languages are threatened with 143 languages, surpassed only by China with 144, Indonesia with 147, Brazil 190, U.S. 192 and India with 196 languages. The purpose of the Interactive Atlas of Languages in Danger of UNESCO is to sensitize those responsible for public policy, speakers and the general public about the problem of endangered languages and need to safeguard the world’s linguistic diversity.


Milenio  (Mexico)  2/20/2011   Opinion

Growing demands to allow U.S. agents to be armed in Mexico

The same question was repeated in internet forums, radio and television programs and even veiled statements of U.S. officials: “Why were U.S. agents disarmed in one of the most dangerous parts of Mexico?”  After the assassination of ICE agent, Jaime Zapata in San Luis Potosi, multiple voices are calling on Washington to pressure the Mexican government to allow U.S. officials to carry arms in the country, a demand which has just begun and that threatens to strain relations. “We are analyzing how best to protect our agents in Mexico,” said Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday in answer to a direct question on whether Washington would require the Mexican government to modify its traditional refusal to let American agents be armed in Mexico.  In this regard, Bill McCollum, a former Florida prosecutor who in 1998 urged the U.S. Congress to pass a law-the last of its kind so far – to force the Mexican government to allow U.S. agents to be armed in Mexico, says: ” the time has come to discuss this and the Mexicans accept it.”  In an interview with MILLENNIUM, McCollum said the old debate will “undoubtedly be revived”, initiated after the murder of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in the eighties and nineties that led to diplomatic tensions between the governments of the two countries.  “I hope that within the framework of friendship between Mexico and the United States we can have a frank discussion about the growing danger and irresponsibility of not allowing our agents who are at risk in Mexico, to defend themselves,” he said.  In 1998, Bill McCollum, then a congressman from Florida, introduced in the House of Representatives of the United States a bill, under which Washington would condition billion in economic assistance to Mexico on giving diplomatic clearance to DEA agents in the country to import and carry their weapons.  The bill, entitled Drug Elimination Act in the Western Hemisphere – drew strong protests from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose spokesperson at the time made it clear that the issue was untouchable and that Mexico would never allow foreign police officers carry their weapons.  One paragraph in particular became a topic of discussion between the two countries: “The law directs the Secretary of State to buy six high-Bell 212 helicopters for eradication programs in the states of Guerrero, Jalisco and Sinaloa.  This purchase will be permitted only if Mexico agrees to full diplomatic immunity to DEA personnel in Mexico the privileges of carrying weapons necessary during their activities.”  The Mexican government rejected the law, and the helicopters and made clear that the issue was simply untouchable. Under pressure from the White House, the paragraph was deleted in Congress.  It was the last time Washington tried seriously to convince the government of Mexico to reverse its policy to allow DEA agents and other agencies to be in the country with arms.   McCollum, and retired from politics, says: “It is a huge irresponsibility to let our people go to Mexico without arms for their own safety. Nobody is suggesting that U.S. agents make arrests in Mexico. We’re just talking about self defense. ”  “Things are very different now. I hope the Mexican government understands this incident (the death of Zapata) and gives permission for our agents to have diplomatic immunity and take their weapons. Because the situation is more complicated in terms of the risks to our personnel in the south,” he said.  (News Video included in opinion piece)


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Morelos:  Four members of La Familia Michoacana caught; guns, ammo,
magazines for ammo, cocaine, marijuana, 2-way radios.

Monterrey:  Eight cartel gunmen killed.

Acapulco:  Gunmen in 10 trucks; 14 killed, some dismembered, cars
burned to create blockades.

Nuevo León:  Five killed, bodies taken; .50 caliber cases found;
following day placed inside their homes.

:  Armed gunmen take over restaurant with 100 customers; beat
men, stripped women & raped most. After robbing everyone, they left.

Cd. Juarez:  Five youth gunned down; 16 total for that day.

Torreon, Coahuila:  Gunmen enter bar, kill 5, wound 9 more.

Reynosa, Tamaulipas:  President Calderón celebrates Army Day; commits
four more battalions in Nueva Leon and Tamaulipas.

Cd. Juarez:  Gunmen get on bus, execute passenger in broad daylight.

Cd. Juarez:  Birthday party ends with slaughter; gunmen entered home,
fired into group; at least 4 dead.

Fifty-three dead in 3 days in Ciudad Juarez, official says


Four thrown to deaths from bridge in southern Mexico


Mexican Musicians Killed After Encore Refused
Grenade, bullets fly after bar owner pulls plug

Domestic News – United States

ICE Agent Jaime Zapata: sign guest book, share condolences, or read obituary

ICE Top 5 News Stories For The Week
Chessboard VII: War on the Southern Border
Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, US Army (Ret)
Border Patrols Increase As Mexican Border Violence Intensifies
Alleged cartel assassin, most wanted fugitive…released on bail-Texas
Border Patrol agents attacked – California
Nogales bike patrol busy at the border-Arizona

Former ICE agent says immigration ‘fix’ not needed.  Enforce the law instead
Police: Drug cartel members arrested-No. Carolina
Border Patrol Uses Unique Method to Catch Criminals-Texas
Feds Seize Cocaine Near Border-Washington
Mexican Troops Conduct Vehicle Search On U.S. Soil – Not the first time-Texas
Los Zetas Cartel and homicide-John Slagle, US Border Patrol {Ret}
Mexico’s refugees: a hidden cost of the drugs war
Feds charge 2 immigrants in with possessing rifles-Arizona
Task force arrests 4 in immigrant kidnapping ring-Arizona
Mexican nationals held on drug, weapons charges-California
-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

3 Responses to “Over the weekend: Escalating violence; Police Assassinations Continue; Fifty-three Dead in Ciudad Juarez”

  1. TheConqueress! Says:

    Please add, “Click Here to View on Website” to the e-mailed M-3 reports. I only landed here via a “Comments: 2” hyperlink at the bottom of my e-mail. Thank You.

  2. June Says:

    Border agents now using horse patrols? Sounds like the old west. Hopefully, the laws practiced then will be carried out now.

  3. D. Porter Says:

    “U.S. Refuses to Control Arms Trafficking to Mexico”

    Don’t you love this crap? What, the corrupt U.S. has failed spectacularly in controlling our border with Mexico, and Mexico expects us to restrict the rights of our own citizens for their benefit? The frickin’ audacity of those miscreants never ends!

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