News from South of the Border 8/23


As promised, all three reports are from

First report: Cuantro young and decapitated, and no genitals, hung from a bridge in Cuernavaca
This weekends discovery of 4 mulated men hanging from bridge in Tabachines, Cuernavaca, MX. See map below.

Second report: 19 bodies found in Hidalgo NarcoMina

Third report: Photos of the death of Santiago Lizarraga Ibarra, "The Chaguín"

Will only post links because there are some gruesome photos, and will not post them here. Submitted the google translation links because if you go to the site directly default translator is Bable Fish, to long loading and if you hit the article directly it also loads and translates all comments which can be from 1 to 700, to much down time, google is best and that's why it's linked as translating source.



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Saturday 8/21/10

El Universal and El Financiero (Mexico City)

Arrests begin for mayor's murder

This past week, Edelmiro Cavazos, the 38-year-old mayor of Santiago, Nuevo Leon, an upscale tourist town near Monterrey, was kidnapped from his own home.

Three days later his body was found. He had died by gunfire and had signs of torture. Last Friday, six police agents were arrested for their presumed participation in the crime. Some are accused of being lookouts while the others carried out the abduction.

Among those arrested was the mayor's own personal bodyguard who was ostensibly abducted with him and then released, but "had no signs of physical mistreatment, not one scratch." Interrogation of those arrested led to the arrest of a seventh man and then to a raid on a house in which four more suspects were arrested while at least 17 managed to escape.

[See map for location of Santiago, Mexico, highly upscale community next to a large lake, just south of Monterrey (one of mx most modern industrious cities), just google maps Santiago, Mexico, very surprising]

El Financiero (Mexico City) 8/20/10

Major drug boss arrested in Colombia

Bogota, Colombia - Colombian and US police agents captured Venezuelan narcotrafficker Walid Makled Garcia, "El Arabe,," one of the most wanted drug bosses in Venezuela and under an international warrant of arrest for murder.

He is a suspect in the 2008 assassination of one of his associates, Wilber Alirio Varela, "Jabon," and also for the murder of Venezuelan attorney and journalist Orel Zambrano in 2009. According to local police, Garcia is chief of one of the most powerful criminal organizations in South America and has connections with the Colombian rebel group, FARC.


Narcotraffic scheme closed down in El Salvador

San Salvador - Tipped off by an arrest by Nicaraguan police last November, Salvadoran National Police (PNC) launched an investigation that led to the dismantling of a cocaine smuggling network using two Salvadoran tour businesses.

The 2009 Nicaraguan arrests involved two passengers of a Salvadoran tour bus who were in possession of 286 kilos of cocaine.

The PNC began surveillance of two suspected tour businesses and noted that some passengers not only made repeated tour bus trips, but were either relatives of the business owners or employees.

The suspicions led to the arrest of seven people for drug trafficking. The group carried drugs in bus luggage compartment on trips from Panama to Guatemala, where it is presumed the loads were turned over to others to be transported through Mexico to the US. According to the PNC, a Colombian, not identified, was head of the smuggling operation. All those arrested were Salvadorans.


Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 8/20/10

Another large marihuana seizure in Tamaulipas

Soldiers of the Mexican Army seized more than 1.5 tons of packaged marihuana in two operations carried out in the towns of Nuevo Laredo and Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas. The separate operations took place along the Rio Grande separating the states of Tamaulipas and Texas.


The French solution

Romania is preparing for the repatriation of a total of 371 gypsies after the French government decided to send them back to their country of origin due to the problems their illegal settlements cause in France.

Certain human rights groups have declared the measures France has taken against the gypsy settlements to be racist. France counters that the gypsy settlements are against community laws and have caused the same problems in Italy.

Romania, however, has been cautious in its statements and takes the position of defending the rights of its citizens to travel freely throughout the European Union. Both Romania and Bulgaria, the poorest European countries, have large populations of gypsies living at the poverty level.


Venezuela crime rate nearly 10 times greater than Mexico

In Venezuela, 19,133 assassinations were reported in 2009, putting the rate of homicides at 75 for every 100,000 inhabitants, according to a study by the Venezuelan National Institute of Statistics.

The Venezuelan newspaper El National (Caracas) compared the country's homicide rate with those of Colombia - a country with an armed conflict - where the rate is 32 per 100,000 inhabitants and with Mexico with 8 per 100,000. President Hugo Chavez said the publication of the controversial data was to form part of the "conspiracy" against his government in upcoming elections.


Sunday 8/22/10

El Financiero (Mexico City) 8/21/10

Presence of Hispanics in New Orleans generating social tension and distrust

Washington (Notimex) - The increasing arrival of Hispanics in New Orleans is gradually changing the racial lines of the city and generating tensions within the African-American population, the Washington Post reported today.

Defined for many years as a city of whites and blacks, the presence of Hispanics has given rise to complaints by residents that they are being "displaced" and their jobs and "status" are now threatened.

The Hispanic influx after hurricane Katrina was triggered by the arrival of hundreds of workers from other states to participate in the reconstruction of the city. Although many have returned to their previous places of residence, others have decided to put down roots in New Orleans.

Other factors have also contributed to the local distrust of this new segment of the population. Authorities of one subdivision tried to limit the number of people who can reside in a house, an action some critics said was directed at the Hispanics.

Another prohibited mobile taco vendors and a state legislator is considering a bill authorizing the local police to verify the migratory status of detained Hispanics. Uneasiness for this persistent flow of Hispanics into the city is expressed on opinion programs by residents who blame them for taking jobs and lowering salaries.

One African-American who lives in one of the hardest hit districts of the city said he understands the distrust toward the Hispanics, but does not blame them for taking jobs others refuse. "They even work on holidays. I'm not going to work on a day of rest," he said, pointing out that many who accuse the Hispanics of taking jobs from them do nothing to look for work.

[The Washington Post story on which Notimex based theirs can be accessed (we hope) at: ]


Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 8/21/10

More than two tons of Marihuana seized

Three vehicles abandoned in the Otay Vista area of Tijuana were found to contain a total of more than two tons of packaged marihuana. According to a Mexican Army spokesman, the discovery was the result of a citizen report that the three vehicles parked on Vista Bonita street were emitting a strong odor of marihuana. No arrests were reported.


La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja California) 8/21/10

Marihuana destroyed

An "incredible" discovery of nearly 300,000 marihuana plants was made by Mexican federal agents in the mountains west of Laguna Salada and south of La Rumorosa grade in Baja California.

The field was on a hillside nearly inaccessible except by helicopter. Agents were delivered to the area by air and then located the field on foot. They destroyed the crop in place because it would have been extremely difficult to remove it. The plants were irrigated by a system using water captured in containers. No arrests were made.


El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 8/21/10

Mexico detains 61 illegal immigrants from Guatemala and Ecuador

Chiapas, Mexico - A total of 61 undocumented immigrants from Guatemala and Ecuador were detained while being guided by smugglers in a wooded zone of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, according to Mexican immigration officials (INM).

The office received a call reporting the smuggling operation Friday night and dispatched agents to the area where they made the arrests. The two guides escaped, but the 61 aliens were taken into custody for processing. There were 53 Guatemalans and 8 Ecuadorians. More than 500,000 foreigners enter Mexico illegally each year en route to the US, according to the National Commission for Human Rights.

[So let me get this straight, it's OK for Mexico to apprehend illegal aliens, but not the US, did I get that right?]

Monday 8/23/10

El Universal (Mexico City) 8//22/10

Increase in hate crimes against Mexicans

The Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations (SRE) documented a series of "hate attacks" between September 2009 and July 2010 carried out against Mexicans who live and work in New York. Between April and July of this year, authorities have reported a total of 11 such attacks. The aggressors were mostly African American. One man attacked 11 months ago by three African Americans in Brooklyn, NY, only because he was Mexican, lost his ability to speak and walks with difficulty.

New York is only one place where racial tensions are rising. Five years ago, hundreds of undocumented Mexicans came to New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. They were well received because they provided cheap labor. Today things are different. A Republican legislator, Joe Harrison, renewed his attempt to introduce and pass a bill (HB 1215) that seeks to criminalize the presence of undocumented immigrants in Louisiana. It is the example of Arizona that ever more finds sympathizers among a population bothered by the presence of these same "illegals" and their families who, five years ago, rescued their city.

"These workers, mainly of Mexican origin, have changed the demographic complexion of New Orleans by converting it to a city where the enchilada has become as common as jambalaya," asserted Jose Torres Tama, an Ecuadorian artist and writer who has resided in New Orleans since 1984.


El Diario de Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 8/22/10

Equal employment opportunities working well in Cd. Juarez

Women have taken a major part in organized crime operations in Cd. Juarez, mainly because of unemployment, as well as pressures from their husbands or boyfriends and the impunity that exists.

Most of them are used to transport drugs, arms and money from one point to another, but some become hired "hit-women" and others, actual leaders of crime cells. They turn to crime because of the job opportunities, but also for some, the attraction of the life style of the narcotrafficker, according to an analysis by several authorities.


Excelsior (Mexico City) 8/22/10

Decapitations continue to paint a grisly picture

Police in Cuernavaca, state capital of Morelos, were alerted that an organized crime group had decapitated and hung the bodies of four men from a bridge over a highway to the city. Arriving at the scene, police found the bodies of four young men, estimated ages 20 -25, hanging headless, upside down, from the bridge with hands and feet tied and their genitals mutilated. Their heads were left on the pavement of the highway and their genitals were found hanging over a narco-message.


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US man killed by Mexican soldiers near Acapulco

By SERGIO FLORES and ALEXANDRA OLSON / Associated Press Writers
Posted: 08/23/2010 02:10:06 PM MDT

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - A Mexican soldier said that a U.S. citizen attacked an army convoy and was killed when troops shot him in self-defense outside the resort city of Acapulco, a police official said. The man's father said Monday that he found it hard to believe.

An army lieutenant told police that Joseph Proctor opened fire on a military convoy with an AR-15 rifle, forcing the soldiers to shoot back, said Domingo Olea, a police investigator in the western state of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located.

Olea provided no further details on Proctor, who was found dead in his car early Sunday.

A Defense Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the case, said the army was investigating the lieutenant's claim. The official said Proctor might have been a passenger in the car, although nobody else was found with him at the scene.
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Mexico, Bloody Mexico


It is increasingly obvious that the Obama administration is more interested in protecting Mexicans than Americans.

Case in point; Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has eleven suspects accused of murdering law enforcement officers in his maximum security county jail in downtown Phoenix. As reported in the August 18 Washington Post, “Justice Department officials in Washington have issued a rare threat to sue (Arpaio) if he does not cooperate with their investigation of whether he discriminates against Hispanics.”

“The standoff comes just weeks after the Justice Department sued Arizona and Gov. Jan Brewer because of the state’s new immigration law,” the Post noted. The latest word from Americans for Legal Immigration is that twenty-two States now have lawmakers developing versions of Arizona’s illegal immigration crackdown bill SB 1070.

So nearly half the States are aligning themselves with Arizona. Why?

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that, according to Mexican figures released recently, the toll of the drug wars was said to be 28,000. It includes growing numbers of “civilian victims” ranging from toddlers caught in the cross fire to students massacred at parties. Mexico’s disintegration as a civil society is so severe its government is considering legalizing drugs to reduce the intercine battles between the cartels.

Little wonder that Mexicans are fleeing their war-torn nation to the safety of the United States. Earlier this year at least thirty residents of El Porvenir, located about four miles from the Texas border town of Fort Hancock, crossed into the U.S. and asked for political asylum, telling authorities they fear for their lives. The chief deputy sheriff of Hudspeth County reported that a cartel had threatened to kill children in schools across the border unless the parents paid $5,000 pesos.

Mexico has a slim hold on anything resembling a civil society where the law enforcement authorities can stem the violence or journalists can report it.

Support for building a Mexican border fence is up to 68% according to Rasmussen Reports in late July. Other surveys indicate that 56% of voters nationwide oppose the Justice Department’s decision to challenge the Arizona law and 61% favor passage of a law like Arizona’s in their own State.

Why would anyone would consider vacationing in Mexico when, according to State Department figures, 79 U.S. citizens were killed there in 2009, up from 35 in 2007. In Juarez, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, 23 Americans were killed in 2009, compared with two in 2007. Earlier this year, in April, three people linked to the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez were ambushed and murdered. As many as half of the 2,660 killings in that city are attributed to paid assassins from the Barrio Azteca gang.

The most widely reported murder was that of Robert Krentz on his southern Arizona ranch in March. An illegal alien is the primary suspect in the killing. Meanwhile, La Raza (the “Race”) an immigration advocacy group in the U.S. is supporting driver’s licenses and in-state tuition discounts for illegal aliens. They are, of course, opposed to a secure fence and cooperative immigration enforcement efforts between local, state, and federal authorities.

The worst of all this data is the further fact that Congress continues to progress toward “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”, another way of saying mass amnesty for illegal aliens. In 2007, as a Senator, Obama voted to double legal immigration from 1.2 million annually to 2.4 million.

The costs to the United States, already experiencing the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression, are extraordinary. With millions of unemployed Americans, two new studies of the impact on the U.S. labor force revealed that, of the jobs we’re told Americans won’t take, the majority of job-holders are in fact native-born. This includes maids and housekeepers, taxi drivers, meat processors, grounds maintenance workers, construction laborers, porters, bellhops and concierges, and janitors.

Beyond the labor market, U.S. taxpayers are spending $52 billion annually to educate the children of illegal aliens with local governments taking the biggest hit of nearly $50 billion.
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I am thinking more and more that if they just legalize MJ that much of this crap will go away.

It will not get rid of it 100%, but it would cut it down a great deal.


I agree Dimentiondancer, however, the cartels are branching out into other fields like extortion, kiddnapping, murder for hire, etc., actually they have taken over, it's not just about drugs any longer, they are into controlling politics and police forces.

Another report this one from WSJ about two murders of security guards in Monterrey, this area of Monterrey and south Santigo, are very modern industrial and resort areas, where Mexico's elite live, work, and play. Not some rathole on the border, this is the rubicon.


MEXICO CITY—Two security guards working for Mexican beverage giant Femsa SAB de CV were buried Sunday after their deaths at the hands of presumed drug gunmen. The men had been involved in a shootout in front of a prestigious school in Monterrey, further stoking fears among Mexico's elite that no area of the country is safe.

The gunfight occurred early Friday afternoon in front of the American School Foundation, the school of choice for the children of many of Monterrey's top businessmen as well as the children of Americans working in the city.
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With heavy heart this report is being posted ...

This is pure evil, when a man can walk into a nursery and shoot a 6 month baby in the head. Really don't know how much more of this crap I can continue to report, it's grinding. From Fox News:

Baby Shot Dead, Man and Boy Beheaded in Mexican Border City

Updated: Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010, 1:28 PM MDT
Published : Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010, 1:28 PM MDT

(AFP) - A six-month-old baby died after being shot in the head by hitmen in northern Mexico, where officials Tuesday also reported the discovery of two headless males, including a teenage boy.

The northern state of Chihuahua, home to Mexico's most violent city of Ciudad Juarez, is at the epicenter of a wave of drug-related attacks which have left more than 28,000 dead since 2006.

Hitmen chased a man into a house in Ciudad Juarez and killed him in the bathroom on Saturday before shooting the baby in another room, Chihuahua state justice officials said. The baby died two days later.
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Mexican security official dies in ambush

By Nick Valencia, CNN
August 21, 2010 1:40 p.m. ED

(CNN) -- Gunmen shot dead the Sinaloa state director of Mexico's security agency, the agency said Saturday.

Jorge Luis Murillo Espinoza, head of the Protective Services for the Ministry of Public Security (SSP) in Sinaloa, was killed Friday on the streets of Culiacan, ministry spokesman Amador Mendoza told CNN.

More than 45 bullet casings littered the scene. Three other members of the SSP, believed to be Murillo's bodyguards, were also killed.

Photos posted on local newspaper websites showed at least three vehicles at the scene full of bullet holes.
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They will grab a young girl off the street in Texas and take her to Reynosa, MX ... and people still question if Los Zetas or other cartels operate in US !:dstrs:

San Juan kidnapping may have been mistaken identity

by Katie Lopez
Posted: 08.23.2010 at 7:23 PM

She was blindfolded, thrown into the back of a black pick-up, and taken across the border to Reynosa.

San Juan police said they received the call about the kidnapping around 6:30 Sunday afternoon.

They told Action 4 news the 18-year-olds parents were the ones that reported her missing, after they received phone calls from the teen that her captors wanted money.

San Juan police told Action 4 news the 18-year-old girl was walking to a friend’s house when she was taken, in broad daylight, and held captive in Mexico.

"There was some request for ransom money," said San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez.

He said no money was given, but they continued to communicate with the frightened teen throughout the night.

"She was distraught and scared,” said Gonzalez.

San Juan police along with the FBI and Hidalgo County Sheriff Department worked though out the night to bring the frightened girl home.

Unfortunately they had to all of that without the help of Mexican officials
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Another mass grave site found in the border town of Matamoros, MX, very near Brownsville, TX. See map below

Associated Press /WSJ

AUGUST 25, 2010, 5:53 A.M. ET

72 Bodies Found in Rural Mexico

MEXICO CITY—Mexican marines found the dumped bodies of 72 people at a rural location in northern Mexico following a shootout with suspected drug cartel gunmen that left one marine and three suspects dead, the Navy reported late Tuesday.

The discovery of bodies came about when Marines manning a checkpoint on a highway in northern Tamaulipas state were approached by a wounded man who said he had been attacked by cartel gunmen at a nearby ranch. The man was placed under the protection of federal authorities.

Navy aircraft were dispatched to the scene, and when the gunmen saw them, they opened fire on the marines and tried to flee in a convoy of vehicles. In the ensuing shootout, one marine and three suspected gunmen were killed. Navy personnel seized 21 assault rifles, shotguns and rifles, and detained a minor. The youth, who was apparently part of the gang, was handed over to civilian prosecutors.
In May, authorities discovered 55 bodies in an abandoned mine near Taxco, a colonial-era city south of Mexico City that is popular with international tourists. In July, investigators found 51 corpses in two days of digging in a field near a trash dump outside the northern city of Monterrey. Many of those found were believed to have been rival traffickers.
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This all seems to be much more than just cartels. What has changed the game?
Interesting question MadMax ... don't really know. Have pondered the idea that creating chaos for a breakdown in the social fabric of everyday hard working people on both sides of the border. Create a crisis and PTB have a solution, you know the meme. All roads lead to NAU and the need for NORTHCOM to wipe the nest clean of cartel critters. Who really knows, but I agree with you something else is going on.


I'm waiting for the backlash that is bound to happen. Right?

Sorry it took so long to reply had errands today.

Could you expand on backlash, in MX, US or both?

I think they're (PTB) going to allow the narco forces to destroy MX, continue to leave our borders open allowing further penetration of drug cartels into US, causing a meltdown during a depression, until people of both MX and US are begging for NAU and violence containment.

That's the style of Fabian Socialism thru the mechanisms of Hegelian Dialectic is much easier accomplished in a crisis when people are in a state of cognitive dissonance.
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Lone Wolf

Lives on TB
What I referrinhg to was the folks that live along the border.When will it be that they have had enough of waiting for deecee to get off the pot. deecee I think isn't going to do anything as long as o is in office along with his crowd of rabble.

Nov 2, I think will be the Go, or No go for lots of these folks.

The NAU can still raise it's ugly head with o in office.

If a rino is elected to replace him, we'll still have the problem.



What I referrinhg to was the folks that live along the border.When will it be that they have had enough of waiting for deecee to get off the pot. deecee I think isn't going to do anything as long as o is in office along with his crowd of rabble.

Nov 2, I think will be the Go, or No go for lots of these folks.

The NAU can still raise it's ugly head with o in office.

If a rino is elected to replace him, we'll still have the problem.

Ah yes, good point LW, I agree. Politicians are a distraction and red herring, look for the globalists their thinktanks, PPPs, NGO, and foundations behind behind the curtain.


0 has done something about some of this, posted on main page.

0bama brings AZ SB 1070 to the UN Human Rights Council!

I guess the world court will be his next stop.
I can hardly believe that o and company would take such obvious measures of treason, trying to appeal to tribunals of the UN to prevent Arizona from protecting ourselves from the chaos in Mexico. Excuse me here, why in the hell doesn't the UN take Mexico to task, screw the UN of any authority. Arizona is the gatekeeper for the flood of drug cartels and indigent pouring into US and spreading.


Today's news from Blogdelnarco, see embedded links.

This has been reported earlier, just cross reference, ariel video on the site.
Photo of the man in hospital is for this report.

72 found dead in San Fernando Tamaulipas


Elements of the Navy of Mexico located on a ranch in nearby San Fernando, Tamaulipas, the bodies of 72 people, after a clash with suspected criminals that killed a marine.

Through a statement, the Navy Department reported that naval personnel operating in the place repelled an assault by suspected members of organized crime.

The facts were derived after that at a highway checkpoint maintains naval personnel in the vicinity of that place, a man arrived to request medical support, as it had a gunshot wound, detailed dependence.

The wounded man had claimed to have suffered from aggression by members of a criminal gang on a ranch near the checkpoint.
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A Federal Police officer, was kidnapped, murdered and dismembered by suspected assassins of La Linea.

The remains of the agent, were scattered on the avenue four centuries, from the City Hall to the linear park.

According to the police report, human remains and a head on a Nissan Xterra SUV blue-green color, were found behind the Olympic stadium, on the boulevard Four Centuries.

The head was a sign that had been left on the windshield with the words "PFP to support the plate".

The legs and guts were swept from the junction with City Hall to the pool UACJ.
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Several reportedly dead in Reynosa violence

August 25, 2010 10:33 AM
The Monitor

REYNOSA — At least six people are reportedly dead after several vehicles exploded during an apparent shootout Tuesday evening.

Gunfire and explosions erupted about 5 p.m. Tuesday along the highway between Monterrey and Reynosa on the latter city’s far west side, near the Anzalduas International Bridge, sources said.

Two Mexican army soldiers were apparently slain in the battle, and four suspected drug cartel members were burned to death inside an SUV. A woman was also reportedly shot and rushed to an area hospital for surgery, a source said.

The apparent explosions along the Reynosa-Monterrey highway shut down the thoroughfare for about three hours Tuesday evening.
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Three short videos at this site of the above incident near Reynosa, car chase in first vid (this recording is to shaky to make sense, one man down on road in second vid, and recording from bridge overpass from about 1/2 mile away on gun fight in third vid.

Videos of the shootout in Reynosa, Tamaulipas (24-August)


On August 24 at approximately 4:45 in Reynosa Tamps, there was a shooting and several narco-locks.

In the video they show is for a few seconds several late-model trucks with military-style opening on the roof, hit men with vests and carrying rifles. The siren is heard wore the same trucks.


- Boulevard Hidalgo, with avenues of pines against the company Jabil

- It was an ambush on a convoy of two "army patrols"

- Reported at least three members of fallen army.

- At least six private vehicles damaged

- Two patrols (pick ups) of the army burned
"The company Jabil resulted in visible damage to the facade

-Arrived on the scene more than 20 army vehicles including the helicopter

- They were fleeing at high speed from the scene entertaining eight or 10
late-model vehicles from pickups and SUVs to flee the area using the road to the new international bridge Anzalduas

Boulevard Hidalgo-release after 5 hours
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Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 8-23-10

“The Train of Death” – A challenge

Tierra Blanca, Veracruz – AFP – The afternoon sun falls upon the streets of Tierra Blanca and dozens of Central-American migrants head for the station to board “The Train of Death” on their route to the border of the United States. It is a journey full of dangerous bands of kidnappers and extortionists.

This freight train station in the Mexican State of Veracruz is the place to find undocumented migrants from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua who are headed to the United States, their final destination.

Nearby is a shelter for migrants where they can be fed, get blankets or simply be secure for the night before embarking aboard the enormous and intimidating train.

In this place fear runs between the neighbors and the migrants because the migrants know they can be assaulted, or worse, be kidnapped by a group of Zetas.

“What they experience is difficult here in Tierra Blanca, for this reason our governments must work together to see that their human rights are respected,” said Salvadorian Government official Hugo Martinez, after visiting the train station.

Martinez inaugurated a bi-national consulate with El Salvador and Honduras in Veracruz to look after the rights of migrants from both countries.

There are no specific figures of how many kidnappings of migrants that have occurred in this region, but the locals say there have been around 20 to 30 instances.

“Here it is a daily occurrence that people who are headed North to the United States get kidnapped by Zetas who come here in SUV’s and take them away, also there are bands of thugs who take away what little money they have,” said Camilo Jaramillo, a worker at the station.

Security in Tierra Blanca is the responsibility of the municipal police although there is a presence of federal police and the Mexican Army.

“It is hard to just watch the kidnappers take the people away but you can’t do anything about it because if you interfere, the kidnapper will kill you,” said Jaramillo.

Sitting on the railroad tracks are bits of food left by the migrants as a group of Central-Americans with backpacks watch attentively. They are hoping that at any minute a train will come so they can board it toward the Mexican Capital City.

“Yes it is dangerous to board a train, but all the methods to get to the United

States are dangerous,” said Honduran Jairo Serrano.

Serrano, 35 years old, said that he wants to go to California where his two brothers live. The brothers sent him almost 2,000 dollars to make the trip as an undocumented traveler.

A worker at the shelter for migrants, Eugenia Martinez, explained that between 200 to 300 migrants arrive into the area daily and that frequently people fall from the train and suffers multiple injuries.

The wounded are treated at a small hospital locally and after recovery, some are deported. But others chose to remain in Mexico and pursue their American dream.


La Prensa (Managua, Nicaragua) 8/22/10

Illegal immigration and lack of common sense [Op/col by Carlos Alberto Montaner, titled as shown]

The word “immigrant” hides the truth. In no place of the world, except to exploit them, does anyone want the foreigners, the different ones. The Athenian democrats called them “metecos” [foreigner, barbarian] and denied them almost all their rights. The Spartans expelled them from their city regularly by means of violent raids they called “xenelasias.” The Jews were placed into ghettos until Napoleon freed them. Marginalizing, assaulting and even killing the “others” is an instinctive reaction in almost all species. The human bug is no different.

Joe Arpaio, the judge (sic) of Maricopa, Arizona, who heads the round-ups in that state, is hated by the Hispanics, but the major portion of Anglos and Afro-Americans back him. Politicians, who are usually great opportunists, end up leaning in the direction the electoral wind blows.

Today, it’s sad to see John McCain backing a hard line against illegal immigrants, when, some years ago, together with Edward Kennedy, he proposed a generous amnesty for the undocumented. The same happens with Bill McCollum, the Republican candidate for governor of Florida. He wants to win showing himself as the tough among the toughs concerning illegal immigrants.

It’s true that every nation has the right to control its borders and that every society must be able to decide who resides or visits their territory, but that rule coincides with another principle from logic: it lacks common sense to demand from the authorities, or to demand from oneself or from others, that which is impossible to bring about. Simply, it’s impossible to deport eleven million undocumented immigrants, unless Washington declares a police state, the Congress dictates laws against the spirit of the North American constitution, creates massive prisoner camps and sets in motion a dictatorial and abusive mode to confront this problem.

More than eighty percent of these illegal immigrants come from Latin America: 57 from Mexico and 24 from Central America; the other 19% comes from the rest of the planet. Is there something to be learned from those numbers? Yes, if they are looked at a bit in depth. There are two Central American countries whose inhabitants don’t emigrate clandestinely to the United States: Costa Rica and Panama. They are two democracies in which societies have generated a reasonable life style with sufficient opportunities, and in which there is a social mobility that people need in order to keep from taking the uncomfortable and distasteful step represented by abandoning the place where we are born, our family and friends, forever. Costa Rica and Panama are two relatively poor countries, but in each there is the hope of economic advancement, stability and security: why emigrate to the United States?

The United States has two efficient ways of combating illegal immigration: one, very uphill, is to try to strengthen the economic development and the Rule of Law in the societies where those persons come from, so that the population does not escape; the other, more expeditious, is boosting legal immigration instead of hindering it.

It makes much more sense to massively facilitate work visas, to demand that immigrants arrive in the country with private medical insurance for a number of years and, if necessary, to have them pay for the education of their minor children, than to rush them into the arms of abusive mafias who control the fragile lives of clandestine immigrants.

There are already more than 200 North American cities where the Mexican cartels operate. These criminals prefer to rely on undocumented immigrants. This is the atmosphere where they operate best. The perfect means to evade justice. Doesn’t it make much more sense to bring the immigrants out in the daylight, to demand that they pay taxes and to allow that they earn a living cleanly and with an honest job?

When, in 1986, Ronald Reagan proposed the greatest amnesty in the country’s history, benefitting three million persons, he did it by a mixture of common sense, compassion and concern for the wellbeing of all his fellow citizens, not just that of the immigrants. It was the least bad solution about a concrete problem that affected the whole country.

Where was the error? The error was to not facilitate legal immigration from that time on. Ninety-five percent of today’s clandestine immigrants would have preferred to go to work in the United States legally, even paying a high price for it, to struggle to reach their “American dream.” It’s much better to pay the American agencies than the coyotes.

(End of op/col)

[Following the article, a reader calling himself “asies” commented as follows]

Information and knowledge of the U.S.’s system is lacking; they really don’t need the police and that can be seen in several states; the pressure on the employers is the key to force departure from the country. If there is a combination of the IRS, Social Security, Immigration and OSHA, the illegals leave without being mistreated physically. They’ve already proved it and it has given results. The migrants’ country must seek a solution, not the receiving country. Perception makes the difference.

-end of report-

[The president of an invading country will march for amnesty in US, what a statement of failure to his position as president]

Thursday, 8/26/10

Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 8/24/10

Alvaro Colom, President of Guatemala, will travel to the United States on Friday (8/27/10) to participate in a march in Los Angeles to demand an “integral migratory reform.”

The Social Communications Secretary of the Presidency, Ronaldo Robles, stated that “The President will be travelling to Los Angeles to participate in a march to celebrate the Hispanic identity, (and) where an integral migratory reform in the United States will be demanded.” He also explained that President Colom plans to meet with Guatemalan migrant leaders in Los Angeles to inform them about the current status of the Guatemalan government’s request for TPS (Temporary Protection Status,) a humanitarian measure by the United States government to citizens of countries that have suffered natural disasters.


La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 8/24/10

Homicides: the norm of the day in El Salvador

Last weekend ended with 29 homicides in El Salvador (a country slightly smaller than Massachusetts.) In the first 22 days of August there have been 242 murders, an average of 11 a day. The month of July closed with 285 such crimes, and the tally for the year has now reached 2,704. Firearms were used in 76% of the homicides.


Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 8/25/10

Mexico’s First Lady champions migration

Margarita Zavala, wife of the President of Mexico, spoke at the World Youth Conference and said that migration must be seen as an opportunity for Mexico’s youth and not as a threat; also, that fear must be set aside in order to search for life’s opportunity in other countries. She added that migration represents a chance for growth, and stated: “I believe in migration not only as a reality but as an element that promotes the growth of the peoples.

Unfortunately, it’s seen as a threat, and due to that youths are its main victims. I believe that what we have to do is to stop fearing migration, because doing so is to fear reality.” Further, that she was surprised about the technological advancements that have occurred on a world level, and that the same may not have happened in regard to the growth of human rights: “It’s surprising that merchandise goes from one place to another, that technology unites us and, nevertheless, there are fences and limits, especially cultural ones, for the movement of persons.”


El Debate (Sinaloa) 8/25/10

Mexican military score around Sinaloa

This Tuesday, Mexican military units carried out operations in various parts of the state of Sinaloa. The result was the seizure of 14 firearms – mostly assault rifles – plus 17 grenades, nine vehicles, over 1,300 rounds of ammo and various amounts of drugs including 12,100 kilos of marihuana and some cocaine and “crystal.” Three persons were arrested.


El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 8/25/10

Short items from the Juarez area:

Federal officer dismembered: his head found on a p/u truck; one of his legs 300 meters away; one of his hands, “farther east.”
Off-duty female police officer shot and killed while in a private car. Her passenger: a one year old child.
Panic follows grenade & assault rifle attack on a body shop in town.

El Siglo de Torreon (Torreon, Coahuila) 8/25/10

Seventy-two murder victims said to be illegals

Alejandro Poire, security spokesman for the Mexican government, today reported that the 72 cadavers found in a ranch in the state of Tamaulipas (the northeast corner of Mexico) could relate to a group of undocumented who were attempting to reach the United States border. Preliminary investigation points to the victims being from Ecuador, Brazil, El Salvador and Honduras. A surviving witness, an Ecuadorean also said to be an illegal migrant, reported to local officials that the migrants were kidnapped by an armed group. (A separate account today in La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) states that the victims were killed when they refused extortion demands by their captors.)
[So I guess the president of Guatemalan is not going to the protest after all, change of plans, wonder what caused it?]
Friday, 8/27/10

Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 8/26/10

Guatemalan president makes unexplained change of plans

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom will travel to Los Angeles on August 27 to participate in the opening of the 6th “Chapin” Fair (“Chapin”: a nickname referring to Guatemalans.)

(Without further explanation, the following statement, which contradicts yesterday’s official announcement by the Communications Secretary of the Presidency, also appeared in this current report.) However, he will not participate in any march that may be carried out in that country. All the activities in which Mr. Colom may participate during his stay in the U.S. will be related to the 6th Chapin Fair which will take place from Aug. 27th to the 29th.

The Guatemalan head of state will make use of his stay in the North American city to talk with migrant leaders and to listen to the needs of the fellow citizens residing in that country.


Deaths on Arizona border could set new record

The famous immigration law in effect for some weeks now in Arizona has not halted the impetus of those who still try for the American dream, even though for many it may mean losing their life while trying. The number of deaths “in the desert of the state governed by the conservative Jan Brewer” is on its way to break a record.

The tragedy of deaths has intensified in the last decade, with thousands fleeing from the poor economic situation in Latin America. Not even the recession that the United States is going through has been able to reduce the traffic of those who attempt to reach “the other side.” Nevertheless, a decrease has taken place in other areas with higher security, such as Yuma, Arizona, and San Diego, Calif., where the building of a border fence and the addition of more security elements has helped to control the arrival of the undocumented.


[This is how they talk about us, not a mention of the hundreds of crimes committed by their fellow nationals that come here illegally. Beside that if Sergio Adrian Hernandez had not been smuggling and followed directions from the BP agent, he might be alive today, they continually test the limits and whine about not having their way.]

El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 8/26/10

For Mexico, apparently it’s a question of dignity

“Laughing at the border residents” [An article “By the Reporters” featured as the leading item in the “Opinion” section]

As if a human life was worthless, as if no one cared about carrying out justice and the members of the American Border Patrol enjoyed immunity to commit crimes, the agent who shot and killed the Juarez youth Sergio Adrian Hernandez on June 7 not only evaded – until now – being charged in court but even returned to work just days after the tragic events.

Just when the framework of bilateral relations deals with the urgency of coordinating the U.S. and Mexico’s efforts against insecurity in the common border, the way in which the U.S. agencies have dealt with the case not only constitute a lack of respect for the family of the victim and for Juarez society in general, (but) it also shows the disdain for Mexican authorities, who ought to provide follow-up so that the crime does not remain unpunished.

Unfortunately, and as is usually the case, Mexican officials have been seen not only as uninvolved but timid with their American counterparts.

If, in truth, there exists within officials the willingness for bi-national cooperation, so prevalent in official speeches, they ought to start handling the case and make the American agent pay the consequences for having deprived a Mexican of his life within his own territory.


But other views tell another story

[However an extract from another “Opinion” section article, also “By The Reporters,” tells another story]

When President Felipe Calderon said that Chihuahua’s reformed justice system favored pardons and generated impunity, its Governor, Jose Reyes, asserted that Chihuahua had taken to court 163 alleged murderers, responsible for 1,553 crimes. Yet, these numbers are at least questionable. Three men presented to the press a year ago as having committed 211 homicides now face only charges of alleged illegal possession of firearms and membership in organized crime, but the government prosecuting agency has not presented any charges or proofs against them as killers. Nor is this the only instance in which groups of alleged multiple killings are later charged with a single homicide.



Juarez: 91 law enforcement agents murdered so far this year

The retail distribution of every type of drug and firearm in Juarez carries with it a simple warning by the pushers to members of local law enforcement: either you live, or you die. The important thing is that “you let them do their thing.” In Juarez, just this year, 34 members of the municipal police, 24 federal agents, 10 “Cipol” (Police Intel Unit,) 10 Ministerial police and 10 others from various agencies have been assassinated.


El Nacional (Caracas, Venezuela) 8/26/10

Four tons of cocaine seized

Venezuelan officials located three underground tanks, each with 1,000 liter capacity, and all full of cocaine in packages each bearing the symbol of a horseshoe with a cow in the middle. The event took place in Guardatinajas, state of Guarico. The owner of the land, one Valentin Rosales, is being sought.ína


[The killing of 72 illegal aliens in Tamaulipas has been given wide coverage throughout the hemisphere and need not be repeated here. Today in El Universal (Mexico City,) and under the heading “15 victims of the grave in Tamaulipas are identified,” there were these current related item headings]

• President Calderon: the authors of the massacre are beasts

• Priest asks migrants to not cross through Tamaulipas

• Eight diplomats travel to Tamaulipas

• U.S. offers aid regarding migrants

• Massacre due to criminals’ desperation

• Migrants, source of income for cartels

• Mistreatment of migrants angers the world



Hat tip to Mixin ...

Can you fuking believe this ... while investigating the killing of 72 Central and South American migrants, they now find the top investigator missing.

And on a side note, mexico is offering the survivor of the massacre a free visa to stay in Mexico ... go figure. :rolleyes:

2 cars explode in Mexico where 72 bodies found

Aug 27, 5:08 PM (ET)


REYNOSA, Mexico (AP) - Two cars exploded early Friday in a northern state where officials are investigating the killing of 72 Central and South American migrants, and a prosecutor investigating the massacre has disappeared.

The prosecutor, Roberto Jaime Suarez, vanished Wednesday in the town of San Fernando, where the bodies of the migrants were found, the Tamaulipas state attorney general's office said in a statement. A transit police officer in the town was also missing.

President Felipe Calderon, speaking during a forum on security, said Suarez, a Tamaulipas state prosecutor, was involved in the initial investigation into the massacre, which authorities have blamed on the Zetas drug gang. The federal attorney general's office has since taken the lead in the case.
The two car explosions occurred less than 45 minutes apart in Ciudad Victoria, the Tamaulipas state capital, the attorney general's office said. The first exploded in front of the offices of the Televisa network and the second in front of transit police offices.

There were no injuries, though both blasts caused some damage to buildings and knocked out the signal of the Televisa network for several hours. The explosion outside Televisa was felt for several blocks.

The network described the explosion as a car bomb, but the state attorney general's office said the cause of the explosions had not been determined.
If confirmed, it would mean a total of four car bombs in Mexico this year - a new and frightening tactic in the country's escalating drug war.

The first exploded July 5 in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, killing a federal police officer and two other people. The second, which caused no injuries, happened just two weeks ago in front of police headquarters in Ciudad Victoria.

Just north of Ciudad Victoria, heavily guarded investigators working at a private funeral home in San Fernando identified 31 of the 72 massacred migrants, whose bodies were discovered on a ranch Tuesday, bound, blindfolded and slumped against a wall.

Those identified included 14 Hondurans, 12 Salvadorans, four Guatemalans and one Brazilian, according to the state attorney general's office.
The government's chief security spokesman said the migrants were apparently slain because they refused to help the gang smuggle drugs.
"The information we have at this moment is that it was an attempt at forced recruitment," Alejandro Poire told W radio. "It wasn't a kidnapping with the intent to get money, but the intention was to hold these people, force them to participate in organized crime - with the terrible outcome that we know."
The victims of what could be Mexico's biggest drug-gang massacre were traversing some of the nation's most dangerous territory, trying to reach Texas.

The lone survivor, an 18-year-old Ecuadoran who managed to escape and alert marines at a checkpoint, said the killers identified themselves as Zetas, a drug gang that dominates much of Tamaulipas.

The Ecuadoran, Luis Freddy Lala Pomavilla, has been offered a humanitarian visa that would allow him to stay in Mexico, Immigration Commissioner Cecilia Romero said during a conference call with reporters in Mexico City. Lala, who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the neck, has not decided whether to accept, she said.

Romero said Mexico offers a humanitarian visa to any migrant who has been the victim of crime in its territory.
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Hat Tip Seeker ...

Think this was posted earlier in the month, however, posting now just to make sure, getting harder to keep up with the daily crime/violence/corruption down there.

Drug war sends bullets whizzing across the border

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press Writer – Tue Aug 24, 8:37 pm ET

EL PASO, Texas – The first bullets struck El Paso's city hall at the end of a work day. The next ones hit a university building and closed a major highway. Shootouts in the drug war along the U.S.-Mexico border are sending bullets whizzing across the Rio Grande into one of the nation's safest cities, where authorities worry it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt or killed.

At least eight bullets have been fired into El Paso in the last few weeks from the rising violence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, one of the world's most dangerous places. And all American police can do is shrug because they cannot legally intervene in a war in another country. The best they can do is warn people to stay inside.

"There's really not a lot you can do right now," El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles said. "Those gun battles are breaking out everywhere, and some are breaking out right along the border."

Police say the rounds were not intentionally fired into the U.S. But wildly aimed gunfire has become common in Juarez, a sprawling city of shanty neighborhoods that once boomed with manufacturing plants. It's ground zero in Mexico's relentless drug war.
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They found the missing investigator's body. Alert- Acapulco is now seeing daily violence and murders, if you're going there beware it's not just outline or border areas that are under the control of narco cartels too.

Two car bombs explode in northern Mexico; no casualties

[And 14 drug related murders in Acapulco]

Fri Aug 27, 4:40 pm ET

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (Reuters) – Two car bombs exploded in northern Mexico early on Friday, days after marines found the bodies of 72 people gunned down in the country's escalating war with powerful drug cartels.

The blasts, the second and third modest-sized bombs planted in a vehicle this month in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the northern Gulf state of Tamaulipas, and the fourth in Mexico since late July, caused no casualties but damaged buildings.

The attacks came the same day officials discovered the body of a police officer investigating the massacre of dozens of migrants in the latest attack linked to Mexico's drug war.

Fourteen drug-related slayings were reported on Friday in different locations in the Pacific beach resort of Acapulco, popular with U.S. tourists but also a key transit point for narcotics. Several of the bound and blindfolded victims were covered with messages threatening rival cartels.
Two senior police officers who were investigating the massacre were abducted on Thursday and the body of one of them was dumped on a rural road on Friday, El Universal daily said.
(Reporting by Reuters newsroom in Ciudad Victoria; additional reporting by Miguel Angel Gutierrez and Cyntia Barrera in Mexico City; Writing by Robin Emmott and Robert Campbell; editing by Todd Eastham)
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Maps below show the area of north MX that has so many incidences during the last month. a. Ciudad Victoria b. Tamaulipas (state) c. Monterrey d. Reynosa (border w/ Texas) e. Santigo (Mayor murdered).




Wonder when the diplomates wlil be forced to leave ...

U.S. diplomats told to send their children out of Monterrey
By the CNN Wire Staff
August 27, 2010 -- Updated 2238 GMT (0638 HKT)

(CNN) -- The State Department told U.S. government employees in Monterrey, Mexico, on Friday to send their children elsewhere because of heightened security risks related to drug violence.

The order is the first of its kind in any Mexican city, said Brian Quigley, a spokesman for the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, adding it reflects an increasingly violent and insecure reality. Monterrey is located in northern Mexico.

The travel warning was issued after an August 20 shooting in front of the American Foundation School in Monterrey, said the State Department. The high incidence of area kidnappings was also cited as a motive behind the move.

"U.S. government personnel from the Consulate General in Monterrey have been advised that the immediate, practical and reliable way to reduce the security risks for children of U.S. government personnel is to remove them from the city," the State Department said in a statement.
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You're not gonna believe this ...

Alternative tours draw visitors to Mexico away from resorts
Meet ordinary folk in crime-ridden slums or visit mountain haunts of leftist rebels

Photograph by: Reuters

While most travellers flock to Mexico to sip margaritas on white-sand beaches, a hardy few choose lesser-known sites where they are chased down by immigration agents or risk their lives in dangerous slums.

Escalating violence in Mexico's war on drugs might prompt some would-be tourists to think twice about Mexico, but agencies offering alternative tourism are thriving thanks to those seeking a break from the ordinary.

Innovative agencies offer trips to remote mountain areas, home to leftist Zapatista rebels, and to the most crime-ridden neighbourhoods of Mexico City.

It is uncertain whether the trend can provide a boost for Mexico's tourism sector, which accounts for about nine per cent of Latin America's second-largest economy.

Foreign tourists, mostly from Europe, are signing up for undercover tours in Tepito, a sprawling market area in Mexico City notorious for drug deals, underage prostitution and pirated goods, said Cesar Estrada, head of Universal Travel.

Another community centre runs what they call a "safari" in this historic area, where many Mexicans refuse to set foot for fear of being robbed at gunpoint.
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Reynosa was hit again yesterday 8/28

The state of Tamaulipas, in northern MX, near the Brownsville, TX, border, has been hit particularly hard this post two months ...

Grenade attacks injure 15 in Mexican northern city

Sunday, August 29th, 2010 at 3:06 am
By Monica Lawrence
(Eds: Updates number of people injured)

MEXICO CITY (BNO NEWS) -- At least 15 people were injured on Saturday after three grenade attacks in Reynosa, a Mexican city which lies adjacent U.S. city of McAllen, Texas, officials said.

Two grenades were detonated at the bar La Quebradita around 1:00 p.m. in downtown Reynosa, about 11 blocks from the McAllen-Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. A second grenade explosion was reported just four blocks away as a military convoy was pursuing suspects.

At least 15 people were injured in both attacks according to emergency officials. Of them, at least nine were taken to hospitals.

In the last months several grenade attacks were reported in the city, located in the northern state of Tamaulipas. The attacks against the City Hall and the police headquarters left no people injured.

Several cities in Tamaulipas state have seen a spike in violence. In Ciudad Victoria, the state capital, on early Friday two car bombs were detonated, one outside a local TV station of Mexico's largest television network Televisa and another outside a police station. At least five people were injured.
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More than 3,000 Mexican federal police fired, commissioner says
By the CNN Wire Staff
August 30, 2010 11:25 a.m. EDTMexico City, Mexico (CNN) --

About 3,200 Mexican federal police have been fired since May for failing to do their work or being linked to corruption, Federal Police Commissioner Facundo Rosas said Monday.

Of those, 465 have been charged with crimes.

In addition, Rosas said at a news conference, another 1,020 officers face disciplinary proceedings for failing confidence exams.
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Mayor assassinated as Mexico violence flares
Posted 11 hours 36 minutes ago

A wave of bomb attacks has hit northern Mexico, where police are investigating the mass killing of 72 asylum seekers.

Last week a group of migrants trying to cross the border into the United States were murdered by suspected drug cartel members.

In the past 24 hours four homemade bombs have exploded in the border city of Reynosa, injuring at least 17 people.

The bomb attacks appeared to target places connected with the investigation into the massacre.

Suspected drug hit men also shot dead the mayor of a small town in northern Mexico on Sunday.

Marco Antonio Leal was killed by gunmen in SUVs as he drove through his rural municipality of Hidalgo near the Gulf of Mexico in Tamaulipas state, the local attorney-general's office said.

Gunmen also murdered a popular candidate for Tamaulipas governor in June, Mexico's worst political killing in 16 years.

Mexico's former foreign minister, Jorge Castaneda, says the government is losing control to the drug cartels.
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Message to Lone Wolf ... this is what I spoke of earlier

Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report -- August 30

Mexico is spiraling into chaos. Its former foreign minister says the government is losing control and ABC News blames the violence on president Felipe Calderon's war on the cartels.

ABC News is wrong and so is every other news organization that repeats this myth.

As I explained to Sen. McCain (R-AZ) on March 31, the Mexican drug war was started when the U.S. started plugging smuggling corridors, beginning with the Goldwater bombing range near Yuma, Arizona. -- (Take the time to watch this video of my encounter with McCain. Pay particular attention to how the audience in the VFW hall in Sierra Vista - a town that is very familiar with the drug smuggling problem - reacted as I explain the fence theory to McCain.)

Looming on the horizon is the idea that the chaos in Mexico would justify direct U.S. military intervention – an idea made possible by our new "partnership" with them.

Direct intervention would be applauded by globalists, including Barack Obama, and reconquistas. Why? If that happens, we own Mexico and, in turn, it owns us.

We have no choice but to seal the border with Mexico and shut off drugs coming north and money going south. The future of Mexico will then be left in the hands of Mexicans, as it should be.
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At last good news, "Barbie" is a big fish caught ...

Mexico says drug lord 'the Barbie' captured

By ALEXANDRA OLSON, Associated Press Writer – 6 mins ago

MEXICO CITY – Federal police on Monday captured a long-sought, alleged Texas-born gang kingpin who faces drug trafficking charges in the U.S. and has been blamed for a vicious turf war that has included bodies hung from bridges and shootouts in central Mexico.

The announcement came just hours after the government said nearly 10 percent of the federal police force has been fired this year as part of a campaign to root out corruption.

The arrest of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias "the Barbie," was the culmination of a yearlong intelligence operation, the Public Safety Department said in a statement.

President Felipe Calderon also announced the capture on Twitter, calling Valdez "one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and abroad." Calderon said operations to bring down this trafficking gang will continue.

The department said Valdez was captured in the state of Mexico, which borders the capital of Mexico City. The statement offered no other details, but included a photograph of Valdez sporting stubble as he kneels on the ground, a police officer's hand on his shoulder.
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More about the second murdered Mayor

Mexican mayor killed near migrant massacre site

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — Suspected drug hitmen killed the mayor of a small town in northern Mexico on Sunday in a region where two car bombs exploded last week and the bodies of 72 murdered migrant workers were found.

Gunmen in SUVs shot and killed Mayor Marco Antonio Leal as he drove through his rural municipality of Hidalgo near the Gulf of Mexico in Tamaulipas state, the local attorney general's office said. Leal's 4-year-old daughter was slightly wounded in the attack, a spokesman said.

Some cartels have been known to carry out targeted shootings that kill the intended victim, but not children riding in the same vehicle. Leal's daughter was reportedly shot in the leg.

It was not immediately clear why Leal was targeted. But Tamaulipas has become one of Mexico's bloodiest flashpoints since the start of the year as rival hitmen from the Gulf cartel and its former armed wing, the Zetas, fight over smuggling routes into the United States.

Leal Garcia's rural town, Hidalgo, has about 25,000 inhabitants. It lies southwest of a part of Tamaulipas where a massacre survivor said Zetas gunmen killed 72 Central and South American migrants last week.

Hidalgo is also near the border with Nuevo Leon state, where the mayor of another town, Santiago, was found murdered on Aug. 18. Local police allied with a drug gang are suspected in that killing.
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From mzkitty's post today on main see:
# Update on Mexican bar killings: Bar is outside of Cancun hotel zone, frequented by locals; 10 armed men entered and burned it down - NBC about 1 hour ago via

# At least eight killed when Molotov cocktails thrown into bar in Cancun, officials say - Radio France International about 2 hours ago via
Thanks for posting that mzkitty.


The following is a wrap up from last week war of insurgents in Mexico from: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS.

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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.

Saturday 8/28/10

El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 8/27/10

Mexico has double standards toward migrants

According to Mexico’s Center for Human Rights of Migrants (CNDH), Mexico operates on a double standard in regards to the treatment of undocumented migrants. In a communique issued from Cd. Juarez, the organization pointed out that while the Mexican government demands respect for their countrymen in the US, it violates the human rights of Central and South Americans in Mexico. In reference to the recent massacre of 72 people in Tamaulipas, what happened there is only a reflection of the vulnerability of migrants in Mexico. Just this past May, they point out, the United Nation’s Human Rights Council expressed surprise at the growing xenophobia, aggressions, tortures, anti-migrant laws and even murders suffered by undocumented Central and South Americans in their transit through Mexican territory.

One of the most serious problems facing migrants in Mexico today is kidnapping. The CNDH documented the kidnapping of 9,758 undocumented migrants in Mexico between September 2008 and February 2009, more than 1,600 per month. The report also warned that the kidnapping of migrants has become a common practice, usually unpunished and with acts of extreme cruelty, carried out as much by the authorities as by organized crime. The crime is very lucrative. In the total number of cases cited above, the take in those six months was approximately 25 million US dollars.


El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua) 8/27/10

El Universal (Mexico City) 8/27/10

Weekend activities begin early around Acapulco

In different acts of extreme violence, 14 people were executed mob-style Friday in various areas in and around Acapulco, Guerrero. The spree of murders began at midnight with a group of four, followed by two in another area, then six more in a group and, finally two in yet another area. All the victims had their hands and feet tied, were blindfolded and had narco messages left on their bodies.


Sunday 8/29/10

El Universal (Mexico City) 8/28/10

Executions continue in Chihuahua.

The wave of mob style executions reported yesterday (above) continued and spread to the state of Chihuahua with a total of 37 dead. Homicides in Chihuahua totaled 22 in various parts of the state. Five of those killed have been identified as police agents. All were clearly mob hits.


Explosions reported in Reynosa

An official report from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, alerted people of two explosions in the downtown area, one near the La Quebradita bar and the other at the intersection of Chapa and Colon streets. There were no injuries reported from the explosive devices, only material damage. [Reynosa is across the Rio Grande from McAllen, Texas.]


Monday 8/30/10

El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia) 8/29/10

Close inspection of Colombian aircraft

This year, Colombian authorities have grounded 158 private aircraft for various violations including narcotrafficking and duplication or counterfeiting aircraft registrations among other licensing infractions. The most recent government inspection operations were carried out in five diverse airports in central Colombia with the seizure of a Beechcraft King 300 with what appeared to be an altered registration.


Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 8/29/10

Guatemalan Migrants called “heroes”

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom, in Los Angeles, California, to inaugurate the sixth annual Guatemalan festival (Feria Chapina), called his country’s migrants “heroes” for having the courage to migrate to the US, an unknown country. Plans were revealed to construct a monument to migrants near La Aurora, Guatemala City’s international airport.


El Universal (Mexico City) 8/29/10

[The daily opinion column in El Universal, which usually covers several topics, had two of interest related here in part:]

Whose desperation?

The federal government’s official claim that it is winning the war against organized crime and that the resulting desperation is driving the escalation of violence by the drug cartels has little support. In Chihuahua, restaurant and bar owners decided to shut down at 19:00 hours to avoid being drug dealers. They and others such as taxi drivers and other small businesses have packets of drugs forced on them to sell to customers. If the businessmen fail to comply, they are murdered. Lacking security from the authorities, the business owners decided to shut down at night in an attempt to put a stop to the abuse.

Investigation hampered by poor judgment

The investigation of the execution murders of 72 Central and South American migrants in Tamaulipas has encountered a major obstacle: the authorities will not have their principal witness, the only survivor of the massacre, since he has turned down a humanitarian visa to remain in Mexico. He wishes to return to his native Ecuador because of threats to his family after his name was released to the press. Loss of the principal witness puts this massive case at risk simply for lack of compliance with article 24 of the UN’s Convention against transnational organized crime that makes it clear that the government was obligated to take measures to prevent the release of the identity of a crime victim who is also a witness.

[Note to Obama and Clinton, please address Mexico's transgressions of UN Convention instead of Arizona trying to protect itself from these insurgents from Mexico with SB1070, your interests are misplaced]

More on attacks in Reynosa

Three grenade attacks in different parts of the border town of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Saturday afternoon left a total of 14 adults and 9 minors wounded, among them a 3-year-old. These attacks include the two reported yesterday (above), in which the news erroneously reported that there were no injuries. Paramedics reported that two of the victims are in grave condition. Near one of the explosions, an abandoned Chevrolet Trail Blazer was located with doors open and its engine burned. Documents inside had the name Jose Martinez with an address in Mission, Texas.


La Jornada (Mexico City) 8/29/10

Human trafficking, a 3 billion dollar business for organized crime in Mexico

Mexico, D.F. (Notimex) – A Mexican legislative report pointed out that between 1998 and 2008, more than 60,000 Central and South Americans “disappeared” while transiting Mexico en route to the US, inasmuch as none of them reached their families in the US or returned home. Their whereabouts remain unknown. Unofficial reports point out that in the past five years, as part of the incursion of narcotraffickers into the business of kidnapping of migrants, the number of deceased could exceed 400 per year. Official figures put the estimated number of annual deaths of Central American migrants in Mexico at 200.

A member of the National Confederation of Public Organizations (CNOP), Edmundo Ramirez Martinez, explained that the trafficking of people over the northern border has become a “huge business” that generates earnings of over three billion dollars a year for organized crime.


Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 8-30-10

Morelia – In a speech before local legislators, the Attorney General of the State of Michoacan, Jesus Montejano Ramirez, admitted corruption, lawlessness, lack of coordination with other agencies and practices contrary to citizens’ interest within the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE).


Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 8-30-10

Another Mayor Murdered

Hidalgo, Tamps. – A group of armed people blocked and murdered the Mayor of Hidalgo, Tamaulipas, Marco Antonio Leal Garcia, this past Sunday as he attempted to board his vehicle at his residence. The Mayor was with his ten year old daughter. She was injured. The crime was immediately condemned by President Felipe Calderon.

They Mayor died at the scene and his small daughter suffered grave but non-life threatening injuries.


El Diario de Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 8-30-10

“Narco Graffiti” Threatens Calderón

Chihuahua, Chihuahua – Narco-graffiti aimed at Mexican President Felipe Calderón and the Mayor of Cd. Juarez, Jose Reyes Ferriz, was posted by presumed members of a criminal organization early yesterday on a bridge in Chihuahua City, according to Municipal Police.

Police responded and took photographs in an effort to identify those responsible.


El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 8-3010

Surviving Migrant Leaves Mexico

Mexico, D. F. - The Mexican Secretary of State has announced that the only survivor of the massacre near San Fernando, Tamaulipas, in which 72 Central Americans were murdered by presumed Zetas, has been returned to Ecuador.

The repatriation was co-coordinated through the government of Ecuador.

[Dead man walking]

Federal Police in Sonora re-inforced with 120 agents

Hermosillo – More than 100 Federal Agents arrived yesterday into this city by air. Before being transported out of the area, the agents assembled into formation outside the airport. Among them were at least 30 women.

The new agents will augment patrols and public security in the capital city.


El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 8-30-10

Twelve hour gun battle

The Governor of Veracruz, Fidel Herrera, confirmed that a gun battle in the northern part of the state yesterday between the military and members of a criminal organization lasted at least 12 hours.

As of this moment there are no exact details given by the state government, but there has been coordination between the government of Tamaulipas, the government of Veracruz, federal forces and state forces.

-end of report-

[Regarding the above story see photo below and for the series of photos of this event see: Note not graphic content other than remnants of shot up buildings and cars for 12 hours]



In a very exclusive resort area ...
Just take a look at some of the photos of that area, tourist haven:

Edit: Original story w/o translation, just run it thru google translation:

Developing story will add more later.

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Los Ayala, Nayarit, Mexico (updated Tuesday 31 Sept. 9am)

The incidence occurred at about 9:30 pm Saturday night. It was apparently a settling of scores between drug related factions. No one was injured in the incident.

Local rumours suggest that 14 people were kidnapped. Four were later released because they were tourists. The incident was quickly reported in the area by cellphone clearing public venues. Los Ayala was very quiet Sunday.

Local folks are concerned for their safety and the negative impact incidences like this could have on tourism. We can only hope that it does not escalate.
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i can't even begin to describe how the violence that is shaking this country tears me up. The Narcos and Gov't civil war is so awful for the normal citizens of that country. even just in the '90's I traveled all over Mexico City by myself with 4 children on the public transport and never husband and I are supposed to go back in Oct. for a visit and I won't be doing any solo traveling while there.


i can't even begin to describe how the violence that is shaking this country tears me up. The Narcos and Gov't civil war is so awful for the normal citizens of that country. even just in the '90's I traveled all over Mexico City by myself with 4 children on the public transport and never husband and I are supposed to go back in Oct. for a visit and I won't be doing any solo traveling while there.
You made a good point Lisa, the past safety of Mexico, this insurgency has escalated exponentially during the past three years, even more so since the beginning of 2010, and IMHO it will get worse before better.

Just keep up-to-date on developments down there before traveling, they change daily. I'll keep you posted too. :hugs: