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Leaked State Department Cable Also Reveals Armed Forces Battling “Cartels” on Thin Legal Ground
In the ever-escalating war on drugs, it appears Mexican narco-traffickers may not be the only combatants breaking the law of the land.
Mexico's Secretary of Defense and the head of U.S. National Intelligence met in October 2009 to discuss, among other matters, the lack of justification under Mexican law for President Felipe Calderon's deployment of Mexican military in his battle against the “drug cartels,” according to a U.S. State Department cable released by Wikileaks.
Document Calls for Obtaining “Fingerprints, Facial Images, Iris Scans and DNA” on Nation’s Political Leaders
A State Department cable dated March 24, 2008, that is part of the most recent Wikileaks government-document data dump offers an interesting insight into the intelligence collection priorities of the U.S. government under the final year of the Bush administration.
Former Mexican cop's lawyer says litigation should be filed by year’s end
The Department of Homeland Security will soon have to deal with some dirty laundry from the House of Death mass-murder case that its leadership likely hoped would be well buried by now.
Terms of Agreement “To Remain Confidential”
An explosive lawsuit alleging that Boston-area tech company Netezza Corp. sold computer hardware loaded with “hacked,” faulty software to the CIA for use in the agency’s Predator Drone program has now disappear from public view.
Targeting Heads of Hydra-like “Cartels” Is Futile Strategy
Arturo Beltran Leyva, a former leader in the Sinaloa drug trafficking organization who split off a few years back to form his own narco-trafficking “cartel,” was gunned down last December by Mexican Navy forces at an upscale apartment complex.
Narco News Reported on Cargo-Package Security Threat Last Spring
The discovery Thursday evening of two packages rigged with explosives and destined via cargo jets for Jewish places of worship in Chicago prompted President Barack Obama to tell the nation today that U.S. authorities were addressing a “credible terrorist threat” against the nation.
Already, some in political opposition to the President are raising the specter of the terror plot being a ploy, an “October surprise.”
But the current threat linked to airborne packages should come as no surprise to readers of Narco News, which last May published a report about a whistleblower lawsuit that advanced serious allegations of security shortcomings involving a major air-cargo carrier.
Massive Facility Would Serve Law Enforcers, Military and Their Drones
A company fronted by a former Navy SEAL is only a few weeks away from potentially gaining approval to develop a nearly 1,000-acre military and law enforcement training camp near the U.S. border in Southern California, less than a 20-minute drone flight from the sister border cities of San Diego and Tijuana.
Missive Inspires Yet More Intrigue
Narco News today received a very interesting e-mail from an intelligence agency seeking information about the ongoing CIA drone-code scandal that has surfaced in a lawsuit filed in a Boston court.
U.S. Commercial Media Finally Jumps on the Story After British Publication Cribs Narco News’ Coverage
One of the largest and best-known corporations in the world, IBM, is now on center stage in a dispute between two Massachusetts technology companies — one of which is accusing the other of essentially stealing its software code and reselling it to the CIA for use in the Predator Drone program.
Colombian Government’s RICO Litigation Alleges Global Booze Companies Are Doing Business with Narco-Traffickers
Occasionally, the U.S. justice system opens a window into the true nature of the drug-war pretense, despite the political rhetoric employed to conceal the hypocrisy.
That is the case with respect to a pending lawsuit that pits the government of Colombia, and its various departments (or states) against two of the world’s largest liquor producers, England-based Diageo Plc and France-based Pernod Ricard SA — both of which have major U.S. operations and produce well-known brands such as Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Captain Morgan Chivas Regal and Martell.
In the litigation, a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act case filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, the government of Colombia accuses the giant liquor companies and their co-conspirators, including distributors based in Aruba (a Caribbean island nation just northeast of Colombia), of having “engaged in and facilitated organized crime by laundering the proceeds of narcotics trafficking,” among other acts, according to the court pleadings.
In what can only be described as a real head-scratcher, the government of Colombia is continuing to wage this legal battle against the liquor makers even while it presses for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States that, by the terms of the proposed pact (now awaiting approval from the U.S. Congress), would actually make it easier for liquor makers and distributors to expand their business activities in Colombia.