- The Associated Press (AP) reported on December 21, 2011 that the entire police force of Veracruz was fired for having too many illegal connections to the drug cartels. This action resulted in 800 police officers and 300 administrative personnel losing their jobs. The firings are the result of the Federal Mexican government trying to eradicate drug cartel financed corruption in the ranks of local police forces.
Makes it difficult for citizens to trust and believe in their local government when the members serving within that government are as corrupt and as dangerous as the drug cartels members they are supposed to be fighting. When you have to fire everyone responsible for law enforcement and start over from scratch, you really have a serious problem.
But this is not an isolated incident. It has happened in other Mexican cities previously and the Federal Mexican government is in the process of examining every single policeman in the country, all 460,000 of them in over 200 Mexican cities, to see which are okay to continue serving and which need to be terminated because of their association with drug gangs and criminals. Pitiful.
- An Associated Press article from December 26, 2011 described how the Mexican drug cartels have build relatively sophisticated communications networks all over Mexico that enable them to more privately conduct their illegal drug and criminal activities. These private networks stretch from the border with Texas all the way down to Central America.
These networks allow the cartels to avoid being wire tapped and followed by Mexican law enforcement authorities. The network is so widespread that local cartel employees can radio ahead to cartel components when they see police and armed forces moving out of their barracks and buildings, provided advanced information on intelligence to cartel locations before the Mexican authorities arrive.
The communications system has been so effective that it has been specifically targeted by the Mexican government and law enforcement. However, even if the government is successful in disrupting the networks, the equipment is replaced almost immediately, given that the components are relatively simple and the cartels have more than enough illicit funds to easily replace whatever equipment that is is seized and destroyed by the police and armed forces.
- A December 25, 2011 Associated Press article did a recap of the recent drug cartel violence that affects Mexico on a daily basis:
- Three U.S. citizens, a mother and her two daughters who were in Mexico to visit relatives for the holidays, were killed when gunmen attacked three buses, killing a total of seven passengers.
- The five gunmen were eventually killed by Mexican soldiers but not before the same gunmen had shot and killed four people from a nearby town.
- Mexican soldiers had recently discovered 13 dead bodies in an abandoned truck along with a message that they were killed as a result of a drug cartel rivalry. Ten of the bodies had been decapitated.
- In the same area, several days before, another ten dead bodies were found, also presumed to be victims of drug cartel violence.
- The article also reviewed how the director of security of the Sinaloa drug cartel had recently been arrested. He worked for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the most wanted drug cartel leaders int he world. The amazing thing from the article relative to Guzman is that his personal net worth is over $1 BILLION, a result of illegal drug and other criminal activities.
And that strategy is nowhere close to be formulated or addressed, never mind being implemented. In the mean time, drug cartels grow more powerful, more sophisticated and richer. The additional danger of the cartels partnering with foreign enemies of the U.S. becomes more and more possible. We already know of the Iranian-linked conspiracy to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States in D.C., a conspiracy which had ties to Mexican drug cartel components. Univision recently ran news reports indicating that it had proof of Iranian terrorism ties to South American countries and their efforts to expand into Mexico. Very scary stuff.
In the meantime, Obama is continuing his 17 day vacation in Hawaii while his opponents, the Republican Party, are preoccupied with its Presidential primary process. But that is to be expected. No President, Congressional session, or political figure has paid much attention to the lost war on drugs since Nixon announced the initiative about forty years ago. As a result, we are faced with the never ending rise in drug cartel-related corruption and violence because our political class has failed to adequately address the problem.
Step 26 from "Love My Country, Loathe My Government" would certainly be a good starting point for them. It proposes a systematic problem solving process of addressing this growing crisis in order to develop a plan to actually confront and resolve it. When you consider what the political class has not done relative to this lost war on drugs, what do we have to lose by implementing Step 26? Anything is now better than the political class solution, which is "do nothing."
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