MEXICO CITY — The two Americans who were wounded when gunmen fired on an American Embassy vehicle last week were Central Intelligence Agency employees sent as part of a multiagency effort to bolster Mexican efforts to fight drug traffickers, officials said on Tuesday.
They were traveling with a Mexican Navy captain in an embassy sport utility vehicle that had diplomatic license plates, heading toward a military shooting range 35 miles south [...]
Britain’s role in supplying information to an American military “kill list” inAfghanistan is being subjected to legal challenge amid growing international concern over targeted strikes against suspected insurgents and drug traffickers.
An Afghan man who lost five relatives in a missile strike started proceedings against the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) and the Ministry of Defence demanding to know details of the UK’s participation “in the compilation, review and execution of the list and [...]
July 9, 2012
The Justice Department on Monday indicted five individuals in the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry — a central figure in the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal — and offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of four of them.
Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, Ivan Soto-Barraza, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes and Lionel Portillo-Meza were charged with a variety of crimes including first degree [...]
June 30, 2012
A 22-foot-tall concrete and steel mesh fence towers over two girls swinging on monkey bars, their new playground forged by a 650-mile barrier and America’s growing resolve to stare down undocumented immigrants, human smugglers and drug traffickers.
They play on the edge of a historic El Paso neighborhood known as Chihuahuita, where their generation is the first to know a truly fortified borderline. The $2.4 billion dollar barrier [...]
June 14, 2012
The U.S. Military is looking to relocate some of their predator drones, sending some to South and Central America, according to a new article in Wired Magazine.
As US forces come home from Afghanistan, the US military seems to have a surplus of predator drones — remotely operated unmanned aircraft vehicles often used to carry out attacks and intelligence gathering missions. Drones previously used in Afghanistan will be given [...]
June 7, 2012
William “Drew” Dodds, the salesperson for StrongWatch, a Tucson-based company, is at the top of his game when he describes developments on the southern border of the United States in football terms. In his telling, that boundary is the line of scrimmage, and the technology his company is trying to sell—a mobile surveillance system named Freedom-On-The-Move, a camera set atop a retractable mast outfitted in the [...]
MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican marines say they have found a clandestine workshop in northern Mexico where presumed drug traffickers made copies of military uniforms.
The navy says hundreds of camouflage pants, shirts and vests were found at the workshop in the northern border city of Piedras Negras., across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas.
The uniforms are part of an effort by criminal gangs to damage the reputation of the marine [...]
The situation in Greece hits home with me because I visited Athens on some business not long before the first Greek riots of 2008 broke out. I went all over the place (Syntagma Square, Monastiraki, the Parthenon, Piraeus, you name it) and had a very good impression of Athens. I stayed in an area of the city called Omonia, which has a reputation for being seedy but didn’t seem dangerous [...]
Treating addicts as criminals has done absolutely nothing to address this crisis, writes Richard Branson.
The war on drugs has been a costly failure, says Sir Richard Branson Photo: PA
Just as prohibition of alcohol failed in the United States in the 1920s, the war on drugs has failed globally. Over the past 50 years, more than $1 trillion has been spent fighting this battle, and all we have to show for it is [...]
“Law enforcement officials in Europe have suspected for years that ties existed between Kosovar rebels and Balkan drug smugglers. But in the six months since Washington enthroned the Kosovo Liberation Army in that Yugoslav province, KLA-associated drug traffickers have cemented their influence and used their new status to increase heroin trafficking and forge links with other nationalist rebel groups and drug cartels.
The benefits of the drug trade are evident around Pristina-more [...]
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – U.S. diplomats have expressed concern that an Islamic cleric convicted of whipping up racial hatred among Muslim converts in Britain might do the same thing in his homeland of Jamaica, according to a leaked cable from the island’s U.S. Embassy.
The dispatch, dated February 2010, warns that that Jamaica could be fertile ground for jihadists because of its underground drug economy, [...]
Federal police patrol the streets next to the Municipal Palace in Apatzingan, Mexico
Ghost towns are nothing new in Mexico. Entire villages have long been left empty, as residents with no way to make a living migrate to the US for jobs.
But now a force beyond mere economics is causing Mexicans to shutter their windows and flee: drug [...]
The murder of a well-known author’s son in Mexico’s out-of-control drug war has become a key catalyst for organizing nationwide protests set for Wednesday against crime and violence.
Juan Francisco Sicilia, 24, was found dead in a car along with four close friends on March 28 near Cuernavaca, 90 kilometers (55 miles) south of Mexico City. Police also found the bodies of two close relatives of one of Sicilia’s slain [...]
By JOSÃ© DE CÃ³RDOBA
MEXICO CITYâ€”President Felipe CalderÃ³n will meet in Washington on Thursday with President Barack Obama in an attempt to repair relations at a time when spiraling violence in Mexico’s drug war has frayed ties between the two allies.
The meeting comes just three weeks after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent was killed and another wounded by alleged drug gunmen. Jaime Zapata, the [...]
AUSTIN, Tex. (Reuters) – As college students prepare for the annual ritual of drunken Spring Break partying, Texas officials are urging them to stay away from Mexico.
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw cited violence near the border and throughout the country.
“Drug violence has not discriminated — innocent bystanders and people who may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time are among [...]