Another document, dripping with blood, surfaces in House of Death case

Earlier this month, Narco News reported that a cover-up of a mass murder case in Mexico goes all the way to the top of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The administrator of the DEA, Karen Tandy, in court testimony confirms that she briefed then Attorney General John Ashcroft on the murders and the participation of a U.S. government informant in those homicides.

Recently, current Attorney General Alberto Gonzales confirmed that he, too, is aware of the mass murder case but declined to confirm whether any investigation has been launched into the complicity of federal agents and a U.S. prosecutor in those deaths. In the case, dubbed the “House of Death,” an informant, under the supervision of U.S. law enforcers, is accused of participating in torturing and murdering a dozen people in a house in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juárez. The homicides were allegedly allowed to play out between August 2003 and mid-January 2004 so that the law enforcers — Homeland Security agents and a U.S. prosecutor — could make a drug case against a Mexican narco-trafficker named Heriberto Santillan-Tabares.

In the wake of this gruesome fiasco, a cover-up was hatched within the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. Part of that cover-up has included retaliating against a DEA whistleblower, Sandalio Gonzalez, who has sought to expose the cover-up.

Now, Narco News has obtained a critical document that brings you inside the House of Death, from the point of view of the informant, code named Jesus Contreras. The document is a debriefing of the informant carried out on Feb. 12, 2004, by an assistant legal attaché for the Attorney General’s Office of Mexico.

Following, then, is a glimpse of the type of people that our federal government got in bed with to make a drug case, and who now continue to be protected (a number of the killers remain at large) due to a cover-up that implicates the highest-ranking law enforcement officials in the United States.

From the debriefing of the informant Contreras:

Another execution that I remember was on September 11, 2003, when I was in Chicago, Illinois. Santillan called to tell me that they needed the house, referring to the Parsioneros house [in Juárez], to “grill some meat,” [kill someone] so I called Alex to take care of this. Upon returning from Chicago both Alejandro Garcia Cardenas and Santillan mentioned to me that they had killed a person because a mule, in other words a person who took drugs across the border, had been arrested on the bridge as he tried to take a load of drugs and that this person who was arrested sent his wife to ask him for money to pay for a lawyer and instead of giving her the money the dead person [killed later by Santillan and his goons] killed the wife and the girl who was three (3) to five (5) years old. I believe that Luis Portillo or maybe Vicente Carrillo Fuentes gave the order and Santillan executed the order in order to earn merit in that organization, as he has always been willing to do these kind of jobs.

U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton in San Antonio would later cut a plea deal with Santillan, dropping all murder charges against him. Conveniently, the plea deal also assured that there would be no trial exposing the complicity of federal agents in allowing their informant to participate in those murders.

From another part of Contreras’ debriefing:

At that point, [Mexican state police commander Miguel] Loya told them to lift their shirts over their faces so they wouldn’t see the boss [Santillan]. At that point, Loya put tape around their head, but they could still breathe and one of them began to moan loudly so Loya shot him in the head with a pistol with a silencer, but he didn’t die immediately. Upon hearing this the other one began to struggle and was shot in the head as well. After they were dead Alex and I put them under the staircase of the Parsioneros house and later they were buried. These were killed because they were careless with their work taking the drugs across the border.

… Later on Monday, December first (1), [2004] I went to the Parsioneros house and saw two (2) corpses and I asked Alex what had happened and he told me that on Sunday November 30, 2003, they were brought by the commander Loya [who oversaw the House of Death for Santillan], along with Perez, Erick Cano and another five (5) judicial police as well as Santillan. That later Saddam and a guy nicknamed Clinton, who is Saddam’s nephew, arrived. They were kicking them on the floor until they killed them. Saddam also hit them with a pistol and Alex gave him a hammer to hit them because Saddam wanted to shoot them with a pistol but that would make too much noise.

Homeland Security and Justice Department officials also seem to be concerned about too much noise being made in the House of Death. How else do we explain the fact that they have chosen to put a silencer on mass murder, killing any hope of justice for the victims?

To read the entire Contreras document, go to this link.

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