Felipe Calderón's Drug War Has Become Hot Market for U.S. Arms Trade
The dollar value of U.S. private-sector weapons shipments to Mexico in fiscal year 2009 exceeded the value of private arms shipments to two other major conflict regions elsewhere in the world, Iraq and Afghanistan, and even outpaced the value of arms shipped to one of the United States’ staunchest allies, Israel.
Family Member Says It's “Because We Don't Shut Up” About Military Human Rights Abuses
Job Posting Seeks Former Soldiers to Provide Urban Warfare, Counterinsurgency Training
L-3 MPRI, a division of a major U.S. defense contractor, is hunting in the mercenary community to hire “site leads” who can help oversee the company’s personnel in Mexico and also coordinate “with Mexican Army officials” at a dozen training sites, called “VMTCs,” located in Mexico.
Leaked State Department Cable Claims Juárez Business Leaders Hired Former Zetas for “Protection”
The drug war in Mexico has been depicted in the mainstream media, for the most part, as a conflict between brutal, rival “drug cartels” that are in a pitched battle over territory and for survival as the Mexican military seeks to restore order under the leadership of the brave and resolute President Felipe Calderón.
Federal Agency’s “Good Story” Spin Conceals Ugly Underbelly of the Drug War
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or the ATF, is in the hot seat now because of its alleged investigative practices that have allowed thousands of illegally purchased firearms to be smuggled into Mexico by warring narco-trafficking organizations.
Local Government Says Residents Have Won Campaign To Save Two Public Parks
Evo Morales Challenging Media to Read Between the Lines of “The Big White Lie”
Bolivian President Evo Morales earlier this week held up a book, titled “La Guerra Falsa,” for the world to see.
The tome Morales displayed for the cameras on March 3 at a military ceremony in La Paz, Bolivia is the Spanish-language version of “The Big White Lie,” a book penned by former DEA undercover agent Mike Levine. The book exposes the CIA's corrupt involvement in the drug war, including its role in the "cocaine coup" in Bolivia in 1980.
Suspects Now in Custody Smell Like Scapegoats, Law Enforcement Sources Contend
Earlier this week, the Mexican government detained and paraded before the media a group of individuals it claims are responsible for the Feb. 15 attack in Mexico on two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents — one of whom was shot to death and the other wounded in the assault.
Investigation Already Marked by Drug War Duplicity
In the aftermath of the attack earlier this week on two U.S. federal agents in Mexico, the U.S. media has gone on a feeding frenzy reporting on the sensationalistic details of the assault while the subsequent investigation into that crime may already be unraveling absent scrutiny.
U.S. Agents Were Participating in Training With Mexican Law Enforcers
[SEE UPDATE BELOW: New sources now claim training mission was a "cover story"]
A group of armed Zetas, dressed in black, earlier today shot two U.S. federal agents on a Mexican highway after setting up a roadblock ambush, according to a law enforcement source with inside knowledge of the attack.
One of the agents is dead, the other is “clinging to life” in a hospital in Mexico City, the source says.
State Department Report Details Special Forces “Mobile Training Teams” South of the Border
To fight the drug war in Mexico the US military conducted specialized trainings both inside and outside of the country with a focus on combating “narco-terrorism” and “counterinsurgency” conflicts, according to a recently declassified report from the State Department and Department of Defense. The document (PDF), which details foreign military training in the 2009 fiscal year, sheds more light on to the kind of instruction Mexican soldiers were receiving from the United States as violence and deaths continued to increase in the country. This includes the deployment of “mobile training teams” that were used to teach special forces combat techniques.
The Big Clubs in Mexico’s Drug War Aren’t Slipping Through the Gun-Show Loophole
Another series of leaked State Department cables made public this week by WikiLeaks lend credence to investigative reports on gun trafficking and the drug war published by Narco News as far back as 2009.
Famous Caricaturist “El Fisgón” Says Banamex Closed Account With No Warning
Cele Castillo Contends Proof of Deception is Now in the Court Record
Former DEA agent Celerino “Cele” Castillo III has filed a “section 2255” habeas corpus appeal in federal court in San Antonio, Texas, alleging that he is the victim of prosecutorial misconduct and asking that the judge set aside his sentence for dealing firearms without a license.
Leaked cable exposes diplomatic sleight of hand
A 2009 State Department cable made public recently by the nonprofit WikiLeaks media organization appears to be an effort by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico to do some deceptive damage control on the drug-war front.