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All Hell is Breaking Loose in Mexico

"The Cartels now own Mexico and Juarez" - Cartel message from across the border, stating that El Paso Border Patrol, ICE, and local police were now targets, and that their wives and children were not safe in the US or Mexico... and to stay out of Mexico.

Crime victim in Mexico
Photo courtesy: arrobajuarez.com/

(JUAREZ / SALEM) - As Americans spend their time ingesting national network news, learning about tea parties, sex scandals and the latest Britney Spears controversy, all Hell is breaking loose on the U.S. border with Mexico.

One of our contacts, Tosh Plumlee, has been on the ground in Juarez in recent weeks, where the murder toll rises on an equal footing with the fear and trepidation of a populace caught between the guns of police and drug soldiers with little regard for collateral damage.

There has to be a better way for these illicit business affairs between the cartels to take place, if that is the future, without the constant violence and bloodshed. The way people are being mowed down is far worse than most Americans can even begin to imagine. It is a daily tragedy for the people of Mexico.

Beheaded Man Not Yet Identified

A man's body was dumped in the streets of Juarez after he was beheaded early today. His death is almost certainly related to the drug wars. Beheadings unfortunately are not that rare in this state.

Officials report that the decapitated male was found on Panamerican highway early this morning in the parking lot of Diamond Plaza, at the intersection of Pan American and National Army.

Local news media in Juarez reports that the man's head was found wrapped in black plastic, and that it was discovered separately, a few feet away from the corpse, which officials suspect was dropped there around 1:00 a.m. today.

The victim has not been identified.

Prison Break in Matamoros

A total of 41 inmates escaped from the Executions and Sanctions Center in the city of Matamoros, Mexico. Notimex reports that 38 of the escapees were under federal jurisdiction. Their escape was reportedly supported by two corrections officers, according to Homeland Security Secretary Jose Ives Soberon.

At a press conference, a state official said that before the massive escape of prisoners, officials had called for the immediate removal of the Prison Director, Jaime Cano Gallardo, and the Director General of Tamaulipas Cedes, Orlando Saucedo Pinta, and the initiation of investigations into facts.

The escape reportedly took place without any violence, and it is not the first time that a prison break in Mexico involved a large number of inmates simply being allowed to walk out. Last year we ran a video clip of Mexican cartel members calmly exiting a prison. This group exited the Penitentiary through the front door.

The prison in Matamoros is now being guarded by personnel from the Special State Police backed by elements of the Mexican Navy-Armada.

El Porvenir, Mexico: the scene of a bloodbath between drug cartels

Refugees from El Porvenir

The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that residents of one Mexican town, El Porvenir, are seeking political asylum at the U.S. border.

A drug cartel has threatened to kill residents and torch their property. Now they are trying to gain entry into Texas.

Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West said the residents have been told "to vacate or they're going to start killing them and burning their houses down."

The Star Telegram wrote, "Residents from El Porvenir have been arriving at the U.S. port of entry at Fort Hancock, along a desolate stretch of the border about 50 miles southeast of El Paso, over the past week and a half, authorities say. West said more than 30 have requested political asylum."

El Porvenir, with a population of around 10,000, is in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. This part of the country traditionally has been a battlefield for the warring drug cartels.

Texas Politics and a Real Drug War

Republican Representative Kay Granger of Texas

You have to wonder what the Texas politicians are thinking about. Rep. Kay Granger, a Republican from Fort Worth and a ranking member on the House State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, said earlier this week, "This is a very urgent situation."

So I thought the next logical thing after learning that, was to visit the Congressional Website of Granger to see what kind of information she is sharing with residents about this important problem. It appears that as the drug violence has escalated sharply in recent years, so has the investment of the U.S. taxpayer.

Granger states on her site, "Two years ago, the governments of Mexico and the United States announced the Merida Initiative, a three-year plan to provide Mexico with $1.4 billion in funding to help control drug trafficking. In addition to paying for needed military and law enforcement training and equipment, the Merida Initiative provides funds for judicial reform and human-rights issues. The Merida Initiative, along with President Calderon’s resolve, holds the promise of bringing change to Mexico."

But as we all know, the problems have only gotten far, far worse on Granger's watch. She recently helped secure $83.5 million for the purchase of three Blackhawk helicopters that will be used to help the Mexican government conduct surveillance.

That sounds good, but if there is already a billion point four dollars set aside under the Bush Administration, then why did she need almost a tenth of a billion more? And what of the rows and rows of hundreds, thousands of aircraft that aren't being used or restored?

Oh I forget, the Texas Republicans in lockstep, all wanted to have a war in Iraq.

I think of the people we have lost there; men and women blown up and shot down and the whole military basically bled dry, and all of the aircraft we have lost in the tragic, needless occupation of Iraq.

You could safely say that those losses dwarf the cost of three more brand new Blackhawks. Maybe that is how they justify what they do. What we need to do is turn their argument around.

It sounds to me like an aviation company profited big from this Republican's move. Of course you can go to her site and see where her priorities mostly are.

On Granger's site, you have to move past headlines like "Granger Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the so-called Stimulus" and you get to read how Democrats "passed a government-takeover of our health care system."

I found this Granger quote on the President's newly passed Healthcare Bill to be quite ironic: "The outcome of tonight’s vote is a huge disappointment. Health care affects every single American. It affects our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, grandchildren and grandparents..."

Nothing like walking the high road.

But my favorite Granger headline: "Granger says No to More Reckless Government Spending"

I could be wrong and I hope I am, but Charlie Wilson died and the people of Texas are in serious trouble, right along with their Mexican next-door neighbors.

Mr. Wilson, who was portrayed by Tom Hanks in the highly successful film "Charlie Wilson's War"

Through his clever world diplomacy and by pulling strings and calling in debts, Wilson generated enough money to help the Afghan Mujahideen defeat America's decades-old Cold War arch rival, the Soviet Union, of all things. You know what it cost? Less than a billion dollars, total.

I know men who comprised the Mujahideen, and you don't find more efficient human beings. As crazy as it sounds, I am really not surprised that they were able to defeat the world's largest military superpower with less money than the current U.S. provision to Mexican drug fighting.

Charlie Wilson was a fantastic man who knew how to solve a world crisis and have a great time at the same time, and that is an acceptable position to me.

The takedown of Clinton over oral sex and a sperm-stained dress, sent these GOP politicians on a fast track of militant righteousness; dear God they are so confused about the needs of human beings, and their loyalties to the military industrial complex, insurance companies and big pharma place them in a highly compromised position.

I'm sure Rep. Granger is a nice person, but there seems to be a great conflict between her political priorities and what it is going to take to actually fix or solve anything.

The Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, has begun a ramping up of the multi-agency law enforcement presence on the border to prevent violence from spilling over into the United States. I hope from a state level, that this man can come up with some successful strategies aimed at reducing the danger and violence that affects so many.

I have always believed that investing in Mexico, before it became too late, and it is too late... was the only answer, and a solution to everything. But Americans only seem interested in the well-being of people in the Middle East, in places like Israel, Iraq and Afghanistan. The people who could hit Americans with a stone's throw seem to only present a problem when they are in the U.S. Ironically, the people who move 'illegally' to the U.S. are often literally the best, hardest working people that live in America. Pancho Villa's Footsteps

I interviewed a woman in Yuma, Arizona about fifteen years ago who was in her 90's at the time. She had lived during the time that the famous Mexican bandit Pancho Villa was making incursions across the U.S. border with his ragtag army.

This very pleasant grandma told me how her father left to fight Pancho Villa's army, and he left her with a shotgun.

"If they come, you shoot your sister first, and then shoot yourself". I will never forget those words, can you imagine how they must have resounded in her mind over all of the years? At the time, she lived in Columbus, New Mexico - about 12 miles north of Palomas Mexico, where Pancho Villa and his boys crossed over.

Our contact in Mexico, Tosh Plumlee, has been in this region for some time. He says murder is terribly common, and has been for some time.

"Last spring, the mayor of Palomas was executed next to the grade school in Palomas. Last week, cartel members crossed over and shot up the town of Columbus (Fortunately nobody was killed or hit) then ran back across the border."

An even more disturbing piece of news; one that there is no trace of on the Internet (besides this) at this point, involves the body of a former Border Patrol agent that was found inside Mexico dumped along Highway 2.

"He had been kidnapped a few days before. There was no further information on that particular case," Plumlee told Salem-News.

In other recent developments, another American citizen from El Paso was just gunned down in Juarez. This incident has placed the El Paso Police Department on high alert. Officers are reportedly being instructed to wear their bullet-proof vests at all times.

Another murder from early today: Manager of Juarez
Maquila shot and killed 150 meters from a Mexican
Army checkpoint, the soldiers reportedly did nothing

Perhaps the most disturbing news of all, is the delivery of a cartel message from across the border, stating that El Paso Border Patrol, ICE, and local police were now targets, and that their wives and children were not safe in the US or Mexico... and to stay out of Mexico.

It was stated that "The Cartels now own Mexico and Juarez".

Sadly, that might be true.

Americans possibly want these drug wars, I'm not sure but I have my suspicions. Certainly most of the arms used by the illegal drug teams originated in the U.S. and that means money in somebody's pocket. All things in America are graded upon a person or company's potential to drive revenue, and most don't care if they indirectly support illegal wars or crime, as long as it means something positive for them. In some incredible fashion, that has literally become the American way.

Another noteworthy trait of Americans involves vast levels of hypocrisy. The Reagan White House, as we are figuring out, actually launched the "War on Drugs" around the same time that it decided to start taking weapons to Nicaragua and bringing back major shipments of cocaine and other deadly drugs. I speculate that Ron and Nancy struck some kind of a deal... "Ron, if you are going to do that, then I am going to start a war on drugs to counterbalance it".

"The Gipper thinks that is a good idea Nancy; I feel much better about it this way".

Nobody will ever know, but these two programs absolutely came into play around the same time. It certainly wasn't the federal government's only war on drugs; Harry Anslinger launched one of those back in the 30's to criminalize marijuana. But that, as we now know, was necessary to market certain man-made products that natural hemp had always been used for.

Today's headlines under a 'Border Patrol' search on Google reveals, "Cargo of Marijuana Seized by Border Patrol", and there you go. As real problems exist, and people die, and blood flows from the hands of silly politicians driven by personal agendas instead of the will of the American public, or better yet all people in this world, they bust people for running pot.

"They're killing people left and right over there," one police officer said in regard to the immediate problems in Juarez and Chihuahua.





Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.

Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com

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People For Change June 7, 2010 8:31 am (Pacific time)

Check this out http://www.youdontlookright.com Check it out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3_9FYXxffsandfeature=player_embedded Commentary on illegal racial profiling legislation in Arizona soon to be North Carolina and Texas a spin on the Old Spice Commercial

Doug Eberspacher May 31, 2010 9:55 am (Pacific time)

We have had our CIA dumping drugs into our coutnry for decades. Now the economy is bad and the cartels are at war for clients and you see what happens. This is something that would never have happened if our country had eliminated the CIA a longtime ago. These thugs headed by a Jew dump drugs and create turmoil and toruble and this is the result. This is our fault for what's happening in Mexico.

Jim forrester April 2, 2010 8:55 am (Pacific time)

Tim got lost editorializing Granger, and not focusing on Mexican border issue. Identify the enemy, and destroy with ground troops. Glad he wasnt in my unit.

Hank Ruark March 30, 2010 12:48 pm (Pacific time)

To all: Per past public record for all such as Corey published here, none ever supplies any possible documenting link for "see with own eyes" evaluation but depends entirely on simple "belly-button analysis" from personal recall and perverted political feeling. Reagan was actor playing his conception of President; that is flat fact: See DUTCH, his personally-authorized biography by close associate who spent years recording the actual events in the WH and prior years. ISBN: 0-394-55508-2. Iran/Contra triggered much of current world debacle, and came on due to dotage of R.R., with North manipulating the sign-off by Reagan from his hospital bed: Check in book !! Other distortions and some perversion covered by many of my previous Op Eds, which see from STAFF section access. We appreciate responsible dissent adding to dialog here, but historical manipuliation we try to nip in the bud...and that bud does not come bottled but is still all wet... Undefended border began long ago, is indefensible without half-million "boots on the ground" as residents there now will document. Flow-from-below will stop as we cut out and control what the low/cost-wage factories there, set up by U.S. funding and plans to exploit, do to uneducated ones forced from former lives in countryside. Re military monies, most who check and cogitate soon learn that U.S. force depends for world domination on Big Banger weapon we dare not use because of fear of retaliation by our enemies, created over long period of perverted policy to propagate potent rewards for perpetrators of military means for whom Gen. Ike had insight enough to warn us all.

Corey March 29, 2010 6:32 pm (Pacific time)

Just an observation from some of the below posts. Reagan provided amnesty for millions of illegals while president, he messed up. That should hopefully let our current congress to delay any amnesty or fast track citizenship until the border is secured. Every nation has the right to secure their borders and considering the violent overspill from Mexico, time is crucial. Regarding running a national deficit or who legislates all spending, it is the congress, not the president, though the latter certainly is the chief policy-maker. When we wanted to continue providing assistance to countries in southeast Asia back in the 1970's, congress cut all funding, and how did that work out for many millions of souls? I do recall that Reagan via his economic policies, which congress overwhelmingly funded, created over 21 million jobs, plus our military had been built back up after it was reduced by Carter. Clinton also cut back our military and after 9/11/2001 congress on a bipartisan level helped fund the DoD to build it back up. In fact most all major funding issues as well as war funding was bipartisan during the Bush Administration. As per the Department of Labor the unemployment rate was 4.5% percent when the democrats took control of congress, and steadily went up until today. We now have an over 20% UNDERemployment rate, one year after the stimulus bill. In the last year we have had very little bipartisan legislation, so all the big things, Stimulus and Healthcare are owned solely by the democrats. Time will tell, but so far the Stimulus has been a bust, and the Healthcare already is shaping up to be far more costly that we were told. Not to mention the fact that we are bleeding doctors and gaining patients. Incentives are evaporating very quickly.

 Daniel: Bush and the Republicans left America virtually prostrate and you have the nerve to blame Obama and the Democrats. It's like when a renter trashes a house before moving out then the landlord blames the new tenant.

Speaking of military, you should put another couple million soldiers in uniform. Then you could really kick ass around the world. 

Hank Ruark March 29, 2010 2:20 pm (Pacific time)

Friend Zack: Editorial habit forced me to read-again what you complained about: my original statement. It plainly shows Reagan's horrendous accumulation as more than "all Presidents BEFORE his disastrous regime." (Caps-added for clarity !!!) Thus YOU are clearly NOW misreading what I stated; and I, in turn careless as are so many others, accepted what you said clearly DISTORTING the truth I had stated...IN ERROR, I will assume. We all make this precise error often here, in hurried response to each other. I highlight it with this comment to clear the air on this one, indubitally true re Reagan record, and emphasize necessity for some cogitation prior to response...mine own egregious error herein for this one. Easy-cure: RE-read your entry here before hitting that SEND COMMENT box !!

Hank Ruark March 29, 2010 1:40 pm (Pacific time)

Friend Zack: Check lead story re Deficit Hawk for further explanation of how national deficits accumulate despite ostensible Congressional control. In addition to reasons given in that authoritative story from OCPP, there are many ways in which Presidents manage to accumulate debt by inept, or even purposeful, administrator action OR inaction. How-and-why this occurs is far too complex for short explanation here--"books have been written" !! You may wish to seek out some of them via Google or at public or college library. If you want booklist, will compile one here for you for free --usual charge $25-- when you submit complete ID, home location and a working phone to Editor Tim. Include level of education to guide my choice from known references. My shelf here shows at least ten,with others still boxed.

Hank Ruark March 29, 2010 1:17 pm (Pacific time)

Zack: You confuse spending as in budget with national debt as in paying for cumulative deficits beyond budget incomes. Every sovereign nation runs national deficits, has done so for decades, is wise so to act as world-famed economists have long shown, including Keynes. Will file source for facts re Reagan deficit-building via source, from recent national publication buried here. Files in chaos here during final cleanout after 40 years of writing in this area. I questioned your statement as egregious error misleading real understandings, standard fare from those who wish to attack Obama via distortion. Meanwhile see "In Defense of Deficits" by James Galbraith, in NATION 3/22,explaining why big deficit reduction program would destroy economy two years after Great Crisis. His final sentence: "It's possible, of course, that all the deficit hysteria is designed to divert attention from the dysfunction of private banking, and so help thwart calls for financial reform. Is that giving them too much credit ? Maybe. Maybe not." For those still suffering from deregulation allowing the financial sector to act in reckless disregard of risk, with products produced as if sausage stuffed with queer content chosen from housing finance known as rotten, the consequence hangs on as true disastrous debacle. Yours re Demo spending is outworn, outmoded, historical error. Its ostensible firm tie as cause, as implied in your statement, is in error, too. IF you have further question after Galbraith's explanation, from working famed economist currently teaching at LBJ School of Public Affairs, U.Texas, suggest you contact him there; he has written several books, the last noted for non-partisan approach to the myth of the free market, long ago abandoned by leading conservative distortions. In this channel we try hard to stick with checkable fact, and avoid distortions set up for propaganda purposes when so identified. Here the checkable fact is solid proof of your error, as stated, for whatever reason. Any reputable reporter will state facts as found, as I did here. IF you can disprove the Galbraith detailed explanation NATION will be happy to hear from you rapidly...let us know as you work on draft when it will be published there.

Zack Willis March 29, 2010 11:29 am (Pacific time)

I read where someone claims Reagan was a top spender. When he was president there was a democratic congress, and congress makes all the spending bills, and the existing president signs or veoto's. How much has been spent in the last 14 months in the current administration and congress? How does that stack up to how much has been spent since our founding? It's a pretty sobering total to come to grips with and soon we will owe more than we make. So back in the 1980's we only spent a fraction of our total GDP, a big difference compared to now. Also where is all that oil from Iraq we were suppose to get?

Editor: So you are suggesting that the President is not at fault for the national debt?  Or are you saying that only Obama is?  Go back and talk to Bush and Cheney if you want to know why this country is broken, that would be my advice.

Anonymous March 29, 2010 8:12 am (Pacific time)

here is an update on your story Tim: high school kids in texas being targeted by cartels, video by AP. http://ncoal.com/blog/?p=1886 p.s. and obama is in afghanistan, saying we will stay the course. opposite of what he promised when campaigning, and a travesty to the citizens of this country. Oil pipelines, opium, and empire building doesnt change, no matter which president or party.

Hank Ruark March 27, 2010 3:14 pm (Pacific time)

  You wrote:"..the top spenders in the senate have been far and away led by democrats since the 1940's. "

  Ronald Reagan added more public debt to U.S. burden than all Presidents before his disastrous regime.
  His tax cuts favoring the rich were accompanied by heavy military and other special interest programs NOT funded by Congress, adding to the disaster set into operation by deregulation, privatization and globalization, now widely recognized as key factors in  world economic debacle now.

  Your link is to well-known D.C. scandal sheet by Far Right editor Sam Smith (who was already operating when I was in D.C.),known even then longtime connected to National Review and friend of wild-talk commie-chaser McCarthy who never found a single one.
  Sam now retired to Freeport Maine, running newsletter there,in retirement as his D.C. scandal-sheet collapses.

  Some people make a going business out of scandal sheet operation, did you know ??

  Speaking of costs hanging over us, how about attack on Iraq, shown now by ONAC as planned to seize oil resou4ce, and including assassination aa
approved weapon.

javier March 28, 2010 12:17 pm (Pacific time)

they wont be taking over mexico for a long time

Anonymous March 28, 2010 10:42 am (Pacific time)

Hey Paul the response you got is a defense mechanism that commu...

 Editor: This is 'Paul' and he is writing to back himself up.  Hey Paul, you were able to slip one through, I would like to talk to you about it, write to me at tim@salem-news.com.  

Vic March 28, 2010 8:11 am (Pacific time)

Screw Arizona...the state whose idiotic voters repeatedly vote in the slobbering senile Mccain. Arizona...wasteland ,snakes and crabby old fat white people. I'll pass .

Paul Reithmayer March 27, 2010 2:16 pm (Pacific time)

who wrote this garbage,living on the border,we see this stuff everyday,the ones that cross illegaly aren't causing trouble what planet did this guy fall from ,their the ones that setup the drug routes so your grade sckool kids get their cheap herion.
You know how many Americans were murdered just in traffic accidents from the coyotes smuggling overloaded vehicles at high rates of speed and crashing them ,look that one up.Our hospitals are bankrupt from treating their sick,the rescues in the desert,their accidents.Come pick the trash up that they devastated our desert with,friends of mine are out every weekend picking their junk up.You know what screw Mexico
From the AZ Border

Tim King: A racist environmentalist?  That's a pretty weird combination.  Sorry Paul, but screw the idea of garbage in the desert being more important than the lives of human beings; it does help to recognize the things that have led up to this.  And by the way, I worked for the NBC in Yuma for two years.  In that time I covered the pollution in the desert.  Who was doing it?  Americans, that is who.  Losers who didn't want to pay a fee at the dump, so they drive out in the desert and drop their crap all over the place when people aren't looking.  

Hank Ruark March 26, 2010 3:48 pm (Pacific time)

  For GE place on government contract "100 Worst" list, see the Project on Government Oversight, fully reviewed in "The Contractor Scofflaws", NATION,3/22/10, pp. 4-5.
  This REFERENCE FOR SERIOUS READERS AND REMINDER TO LIST SOURCE-LINKS,when sharing here factual statements published.
  Without checkable reference words reflect ONLY YOUR OWN "belly-button feeling no matter how strongly felt.

  With no-name or ID, that reduces to Gov, Sprague story re "opinion -- everyone has one and they are all worth about the same."
  "Solid-Source Determines Credibility" --EVERY TIME !!'  
  That's first finding of many decades in communications and sociology research.
  THINK, then seek supporting solid-source support, shared here to aid others to learn.

Juana March 27, 2010 9:45 am (Pacific time)

Quien busca halla. "Seek and Ye Shall Find"

Patrick March 27, 2010 8:29 am (Pacific time)

Editor Rep. Granger from Texas is small potatoes when it come to "defense" or any type of pork spending in the House. Also the top spenders in the senate have been far and away led by democrats since the 1940's. Also Clinton was convicted for criminal acts. This link shows his criminal legacy and those who he closely associated with: http://www.prorev.com/legacy.htm The Lewinsky situation, done in our Whitehouse, is just an incident that reflects his sense of morality. "Seven members of the powerful House panel that handles the Pentagon's purse — and the lucrative earmarks inside — have been scrutinized by congressional investigators, according to an internal ethics committee document obtained by The Washington Post. The list includes the names of the five most senior defense appropriators from the majority Democratic side — Reps. John Murtha, Norm Dicks, Peter Visclosky, Jim Moran and Marcy Kaptur — as well as the ranking Republican on the committee, Bill Young of Florida, and Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.). Murtha, Dicks, Visclosky and Moran all have strong ties to a defunct lobbying firm, the PMA Group, whose founder, former appropriations aide Paul Magliocchetti, is being investigated by the FBI over questions of whether he used "straw donors" to exceed campaign-giving limits..." http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1009/28930.html

Corey March 27, 2010 7:36 am (Pacific time)

"MEXICAN POLICE CHIEF SLAIN [Beheaded] LAHT.com - LATIN AMERICA HERALD TRIBUNE ^ | March 27, 2010 | n/a SNIPPET: "MEXICO CITY – The deputy police chief in the northern Mexican border city of Nogales was killed along with his bodyguard, Sonora state police said Friday. Adalberto Padilla and bodyguard Ivan Sepulveda were shot Thursday night while traveling in a police vehicle. The assailants were described as men inside an SUV who opened fire with AK-47 assault rifles, the weapon of choice for Mexico’s drug cartels. A 16-year-old bystander was wounded during the attack in the city just across the border from Nogales, Arizona." SNIPPET: "In other drug-related violence, a local police chief and his brother were found decapitated in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, bordering Texas. The Agualeguas municipal chief and his brother were discovered after state police received a telephone call early Friday about a patrol vehicle abandoned near a village more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon’s capital, state Attorney General Alejandro Garza y Garza said. The killers used the victims’ blood to paint the patrol vehicle with the initials “CDG,” signifying Cartel del Golfo, or Gulf cartel, one of Mexico’s most powerful drug outfits." The Obama Administration has been in charged of the border for over a year now. It is their responsibilty to protect us, not anyone else.

Anonymous March 26, 2010 4:31 pm (Pacific time)

by the way zack...iran, north korea, are not starting any wars, its all booga booga to keep u afraid...most governments have done this since the beginning of time. This article, is a true threat, but you wont hear much booga booga about it, cause our CIA makes so much money selling drugs..they are making billions from the opium trade in afghanistan.

Anonymous March 26, 2010 4:26 pm (Pacific time)

another good reason for the 2nd ammendment... :-), yes, I have a brother who helps orphan mexicans and on the border, and another brother who lives in phoenix. They told me about this long ago,(early 2009) I tried to share but nobody believed me.

Zack Willis March 26, 2010 11:13 am (Pacific time)

General Electric owns NBC and MSNBC and has much vested with President Obama's Cap and Trade programs. This is not the same GE sponsor as it was when Reagan had his television show. Mexico has been spreading their violence up into the states in a big way. In Phoenix Arizona the kidnapping rate is the highest in the world because of these cartels. We need to have a very intense response to this violence. With us fighting two wars, and Korea heating up in a big way, South Korea just had a ship and many lives lost because of North korea's attack, we are stretched quite thin. I don't understand how large corporations can resolve this violence at this time regardless of their past bad actions, we need a military response for it has certainly been beyond the ability of law enforcement, both on a feseral and state level, to handle it.

I don't think we can conclude that the sinking of the S Korean ship was an attack.  It may be, we will look into it today, thanks: "Lee said an unexplained hole in the bottom of the ship caused the vessel to take on water. South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that the ship was damaged by an explosion, and said the military had not ruled out the possibility of an attack by North Korea. "

Vic March 26, 2010 10:57 am (Pacific time)

Right on Douglas !!! And GE, whose motto is "We bring good things to life" is the worlds largest nuclear weapons manufacturer. Perhaps their motto should be "We make billions from death"....

Hank Ruark March 26, 2010 9:20 am (Pacific time)

Your mention of Reagan-era actions (Remember "Government IS the Problem !") makes the just-announced GE-sponsored special plans for year-long rememberance of this actor playing role of President seem even more ironic. Please note GE is high on list of corporations whose contracts from the government are highly suspect due to past actions. Could it be that is WHY it has been made to appear "The government IS the Problem !" for so many years, now ??? Are those actions still so corrupt that sudden stupendous PR to provide diversion is now rapidly demanded ?? For deep details re Reagan conversion from New Dealer, union leader, to GE paid PR-person for plant and worker propaganda, see biography by Reagan-chosen friend, intimate and long-time confidant Edmund Morris: DUTCH,900 pp.1999 ISBN 0-394-55508-2

Vic March 26, 2010 7:30 am (Pacific time)

kdaniel...you sound like youd be good cartel material.....kill kill kill..After all, WE are the good guys, right? Even though it is AMERICAN drug consumption that is fueling this, lets blame the Mexicans. Heres a news flash...if there were not a market in the US for drugs..there wouldnt be cartels trying to ship them in. We are like a preacher who rails against the local brothel Sunday morning, but is their best customer the rest of the week. We cannot control our own behavior, so we blame the suppliers of our habits for our habits. "Its not my fault that Im a drunk..it's all those flashy beer ads they keep running"...Reminds me of the 450 lb woman who sued McDonalds because she was so fat....

douglas benson March 26, 2010 7:15 am (Pacific time)

There is only one real solution but dont look for it anytime soon .End the war on our own people ,take the money out of drugs by legalizing some and regulating others . Prohabition corrupts ,and its gone all the way to the top of goverment .Long before the contras our goverment has been profiting from drugs .Look at every conflict that we have been in except Iraq .Pannama [dont forget the canal ] ,Columbia ,Bolivia ,Afghanistan the only really dangerous terrorist was Bin laden who cut heroin production and the majority of the worlds supply by 80% and the warlords that worked closely with the CIA that are now in charge are back in business ruling the country . Noriega and Bin Laden can tell you what happens when you dont play ball with the IMF WBO CIA ect. Wont put your drug money in an international bank,wont sign over the Canal ,want to threaten our drug supply as a tool to be recognized as a country and get loans to rebuild your country ? You are out of there buddy. As long as there are hundreds of billions of dollars to be made from a few hundred million mabey not even that and as long as our goverment the prison industry ,law enforcement ,and allmost every goverment entity gets tax money to fight drugs that our own goverment is bringing in we will have more violence more crime ect . Bet the Mexican cartels are the competition of the sanctioned drug lords ,cant let anyone cut into our money right ? It just makes me so angry that our goverment plays both ends inflicting so much pain and suffering on both our country and the world .

kDaniel March 26, 2010 1:39 am (Pacific time)

They should excutive them immediately instead of jailing them. Summary execution by the army and navy is the way to do it. After all, these are bad guys.

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