Another attack on the Constitutional freedoms of American citizens, in the name of fighting the "drug cartels" is for we the people to turn in our guns.
Staunch Z**nist, Joseph Lieberman claims that the gun show "loop hole" and civilian owned "assault weapons" are the cause of the violence down in Mexico, never-minding the multibillion dollar drug war to go after cocaine and cannabis. Have a BARF BAG ready while trying to read this speech he gave in Arizona. I will highlight the barf comments in blue
, and the "important" stuff in red
Southern Border Violence: Homeland Security Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Responsibilities
Chairman Joe Lieberman
March 20, 2009
Good morning and thanks to the people of Arizona and its capital city for hosting this field hearing today on the very real consequences for American communities brought on by the proliferation of the Mexican drug cartels and their nightmarish violence. I would especially like to thank Governor Jan Brewer, Attorney General Terry Goddard and other officials from across the state who will testify before the Committee today. You have all been working tirelessly on the front lines to keep your citizens safe and your state prosperous, and I want you to know that your voices are important and are being heard.
I would also like to pay tribute to my dear friend and your Senator, John McCain, for recognizing the threat of the Mexican drug wars to U.S. homeland security and proposing this hearing. He is a great American, a true patriot, and the nation is fortunate he has dedicated his life to public service. As the citizens of Arizona know only too well, the violence in Mexico has claimed over 7,000 lives since the beginning of 2008 as the cartels have gone to war with each other and the Mexican government. This turmoil has been precipitated by increased enforcement efforts of the Department of Homeland Security at the border, which has made it more difficult for the cartels to smuggle drugs into the U.S., and by Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s heroic decision to take on the drug cartels two years ago and root out corruption in his own government. As can be expected, the Mexican drug cartels have reacted as the lawless thugs that they are.
Many of their killings bear the hallmarks we typically associate with terrorist organizations: grisly beheadings, gunfights on crowded city streets, the targeted intimidation and assassination of government officials, and – as Phoenix is painfully aware – kidnappings and ransom demands. These are real atrocities. While it is true that the vast majority of victims are associated with the Mexican cartels or human traffickers, we also know that innocent civilians have been caught in the crossfire, that the intensity of the violence has created an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty in border communities, and that the cartels have extended their deadly reach far past the border. Law enforcement tells us there are no indications the cartels plan to export here the kind of gruesome violence occurring in Mexico. But they have the weapons, the networks of operatives throughout the U.S., and utter disregard for human life to do so.
According to the FBI, the Mexican drug cartels are now the top organized crime threat within the United States, displacing the Mafia. In addition to the kidnappings and home invasions they carry out in Arizona -which we will hear about today - they are increasingly responsible for other crimes. They steal cars from border cities in which to smuggle guns and cash back to Mexico. El Paso and Laredo, Texas, have experienced the most dramatic increase in car thefts in recent years, but Phoenix and Tucson are among the top 20 most vulnerable cities. The drug cartels and smuggling organizations also attack each other to hijack loads of drugs or aliens from competing operators. And of course, the Mexican drug cartels’ primary business is smuggling narcotics across the border to distribute in 230 U.S. cities from Anchorage, Alaska, to Hartford, Connecticut, and everywhere in between. In this regard, the U.S. bears some responsibility for the ongoing crisis. The insatiable appetite of Americans for illegal drugs and the subsequent free flow of illegal cash and guns into Mexico has helped fuel the cartels’ explosive growth and provided them with the resources to wage war with each other and outgun the Mexican government.
The good news is that the Obama Administration recognizes the severity of the problem. The President was in Mexico last week demonstrating the nation’s commitment to the Mexican people and their President. Three top Cabinet officials have travelled south of the border in the last month, with Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano going twice. DHS is redeploying resources to the border to step up the detection of firearms and cash bound for Mexico and drugs and undocumented aliens bound for the U.S. And just last week, DHS announced the appointment of Alan Bersin to be a special representative for border affairs – a border czar, if you will – whose job is to make sure the Administration’s border initiatives in response to the Mexican drug cartels is efficient and coordinated. DHS is also finalizing a government-wide contingency plan if violence spills across the border. And the State Department is implementing the $14 million Merida Initiative – albeit not fast enough – to screen and train Mexican law enforcement officers, purchase helicopters for the Mexican military, reform Mexico’s judicial system, and purchase and deploy scanning technology at border crossings.
These are significant actions, but we can and should do more. I am determined to expand the resources available to DHS, the Department of Justice, and state and local law enforcement agencies in the border region to take on the cartels in the most forceful way we can. With broad bipartisan support, the Committee’s Ranking Member, Susan Collins, and I successfully passed through the Senate a $550 million amendment to the Fiscal Year 2010 budget resolution last month. The amendment would send over two thousand more law enforcement officers and investigators to the border region and specifically sets aside $40 million for state and local law enforcement to expand their anti cartel operations. I also intend to push for additional money for these purposes when the Fiscal Year 2009 emergency supplemental appropriations bill moves through Congress in the coming weeks.
That a large majority of the guns confiscated in Mexico originate in the U.S. is of grave concern to the Mexican government and rightly so. We must do everything in our power to police existing laws to prevent the cartels from smuggling high caliber firearms out of the United States. The law provides for one
inspection a year for gun shops, for example, yet only about 25 percent of shops along the border are inspected each year. We need to step up these inspections. We must also recognize that existing laws make it very difficult for law enforcement to fight back against the cartels. The ban on assault weapons should be renewed to stop the cartels from purchasing semi-automatic weapons legally and converting them into cop-killing machine guns. And at the very least, we should close the gun show loophole, which allows individuals to purchase high-caliber weapons without even having to give their names or addresses, much less undergo background checks. I pledge to you right now that we will work on a bipartisan basis in Washington to make sure that federal, state, and local law enforcement have the resources they need to take on the Mexican drug cartels, and that the federal government is working in synch with its state and local counterparts.
You know that state and local law enforcement is where the rubber meets the road. What we do at the federal level will have fleeting impact if we don’t work in concert with you, our partners in this war against the Mexican drug cartels, which is why we are here today to listen. Thank you. Senator McCain?
That comment about lawless thugs made me think of what Pentagon troops do in Kabul, Fallujah, Baghdad, etc. Calling McCain a patriot, is like me calling Lew Rockwell a Marxist-- it makes no freaking sense.
Here is a Reuters article where Felipe Calderon blasts my state, Arizona, for our immigration laws (never-minding what his "failed state" does to Guatemalans) and he blames my AK-47 for the violence caused by the Wall Street boys' illegal-drug monopoly cash cow.Calderon urges U.S. to reinstate assault weapons ban
READ HERE: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64J5W920100520
"I would ask Congress to help us, with respect, and to understand how important it is for us that you enforce current laws to stem the supply of these weapons to criminals and consider reinstating the assault weapons ban," he said.
Though Calderon's request received applause and a standing ovation from mainly Democratic lawmakers, Republicans criticized the Mexican leader for discussing U.S. laws.
Here's an interesting CRO report:Mérida Initiative for Mexico and Central America: Funding and Policy Issues
Retrieved from here: http://italy.usembassy.gov/pdf/other/R40135.pdf
Increasing violence perpetrated by drug trafficking organizations, gangs, and other criminal
groups is threatening citizen security in Mexico and Central America. Drug-related violence
claimed more than 5,600 lives in Mexico in 2008, and several Central American countries have
some of the highest homicide rates in the world. Mexican drug cartels dominate the illicit drug
market in most regions of the United States and are expanding their operations by forming
partnerships with U.S. gangs. As a result, some of the drug-related violence in Mexico has begun
to spillover into the United States.
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In October 2007, the United States and Mexico announced the Mérida Initiative, a three-year
proposal for $1.4 billion in U.S. assistance to Mexico and Central America aimed at
combating drug trafficking, gangs, and organized crime. Named for the location of a March
2007 meeting between Presidents George W. Bush and Felipe Calderón of Mexico, the Mérida
Initiative seeks to expand bilateral and regional anticrime and counterdrug cooperation.
Mexico and Central American security officials lack the training
and equipment needed to deal with DTOs and other criminal groups who are securing illicit arms
and significant cash resources from the United States and elsewhere. In addition, Mexico and
Central America continue to have problems with impunity, police corruption, and human rights
abuses by security forces that have hindered the performance and reputation of their law
enforcement and judicial systems.
Assessments of the likely impact of the Mérida Initiative are varied. Mérida supporters describe
the initiative as a security cooperation partnership against drug traffickers and organized criminal
groups, rather than a foreign assistance program. They emphasize the importance of fully funding
Mérida in order to build up the capacity of both military and civilian institutions in partner
nations so that bilateral and regional counterdrug efforts can be more successful
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Several Members of Congress opposed the request’s apparent
emphasis on providing expensive equipment to the Mexican military with its poor human rights
record. In response, Administration officials contended that the Calderón government specifically
requested security assistance from the United States because Mexican law enforcement and
military forces were being outgunned by the drug cartels. They assured Members of Congress
that military and police units receiving U.S. equipment and training would be properly vetted.
As noted above, Congress employed a variety of measures to ensure that various “soft-side”
programs received support from the Mérida Initiative. These included limiting the FMF and
INCLE funds available to provide equipment to the Mexican military, and earmarking $73.5
million in FY2008 supplemental assistance for institution building, rule of law, and anticorruption
activities in Mexico.
According to the Department of State, which is leading Mérida Initiative implementation, the...See as Anti_Illuminati's threads on PROMIS software, and cybersecurity.
first pot of $400 million for the foreign aid program provided in P.L. 110-252 includes funding
for the following:
• helicopters (up to five Bell 412 helicopters) and surveillance aircraft (up to two
CASA maritime patrol aircraft) to support interdiction and rapid response of
Mexican law enforcement agencies;
• non-intrusive inspection equipment, ion scanners, and canine units for Mexican
customs, the new Mexican federal police and the military to interdict trafficked
drugs, arms, cash, and persons;
• technologies and secure communications to improve data collection and storage;
• and technical advice and training to strengthen the institutions of justice in order
to improve vetting for the Mexican police force, to provide case management
software to track investigations through the legal process, to support offices of
citizen complaint and professional responsibility, and to promote the
establishment of witness protection programs.
Role of the Department of Defense
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Department of Defense (DOD) has become
increasingly involved in funding counterterrorism and other foreign assistance programs around
the world. In Latin America, DOD, acting through its Southern Command (Southcom), has
expanded its definition of security threats to include nontraditional threats such as international
crime, public health crises, radical populism, and even poverty and inequality. Human rights
groups have tracked DOD’s expanding role in providing foreign aid in Latin America, alleging
DOD’s “mission creep” into programs and activities they feel are best funded and administered
by the State Department or USAID. Many analysts have expressed similar concerns about
Mexico and some of the Central American countries’ increasing reliance on military forces to
perform anticrime and counternarcotics activities traditionally handled by civilian law
They are coming for your guns!
U.S. officials estimate that 90% of the firearms recovered from crime scenes in Mexico originated
in the United States. Mexican drug cartels and enforcer gangs are reportedly buying
semiautomatic versions of AK-47 and AR-15 style assault rifles, and other military-style firearms
in the United States. The cartels often obtain their weapons through “straw purchases,” whereby
people who are legally qualified buy the weapons from licensed gun dealers or at gun shows in
border states and sell them to smugglers who take them across the border. In November 2008, the
Mexican government made the largest seizure of drug-cartel weapons in Mexican history when it discovered a cache of 540 rifles, 15 grenades, 500,000 rounds of ammunition, and 14 sticks of
TNT at a house in the border town of Reynosa, Mexico
Well, those grenades and TNT definitely didn't come from the American civilian market.
Here's the kicker:
Some analysts have suggested that the U.S. government could further expand its efforts against
gun trafficking to Mexico. They have advocated for, among other things, improving regulations to
combat “straw purchases,” better regulating how weapons that are particularly attractive to
criminal groups (such as “vest-buster” handguns and anti-armor rifles) are marketed, and enacting
an effective assault weapons ban
Leave my guns alone, and legalize drugs, and the cartel falls apart in a day. The Wall Street boys don't want that though!
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While a majority of Mexicans still support President Calderón, some predict that popular
frustration with his government may grow if his unprecedented campaign against the drug cartels
fails to produce measurable results. Drug seizures and extraditions have increased, but drugrelated
violence has reached record levels. According to the Mexican Media organization,
Milenio, more than 10,100 people have been killed in the drug trafficking violence since
Calderon came into office in 2006, including 917 police officers, soldiers, prosecutors and
political leaders. Some have expressed concerns about the militarization of Mexican law
enforcement. Calderón Administration officials, however, maintain that the military has to be
used for counterdrug efforts due to the corruption of state and local police by the cartels, and
because the police cannot compete with the type of heavy weaponry that the drug cartels are
using. Others assert that Calderón has not devoted enough resources to addressing issues that
are closely linked to the drug trade, such as money laundering. Still others remain concerned that
ongoing corruption, impunity, and human rights abuses by military and police forces are not
being adequately addressed. According to Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission,
human rights complaints against the Mexican army have surged with more than 1,200 complaints
of human rights abuses by members of the Mexican military registered in 2008
Martial Law only increases crime!!! It reminds me of that David Icke analogy where the 'illuminati" throw everything they have, including the kitchen sink, at humanity to keep it suppressed. Humanity is like a ball floating on the water, and TPTB try their hardest to keep that ball submerged, but eventually the ball will slip out of their hands and reach the surface again.
So there you have it. The feds give Mexico military equipment, Ptech type software, joint exercise training, and "non-intrusive" I mean very intrusive surveillance equipment, all in the name of fighting drugs. This is even though Gary Allen blew the CIA/Wall Street/Drug cartel connection wide freaking open. The 10,100 dead Mexicans from '06 to the time this report was written are collateral damage, and Mexicans haven't seen nothing yet.
The War on Drugs and the CIA funded gangs that plague our streets are "the false flag" to confiscate American owned firearms, and to bring in a super-corrupt police state control grid to make us "secure" from drug cartels. The boogeymen in turbans paradigm is wearing very thin, and the CFR/Newscorps Imam "Ground Zero mosque" and Koran melting faux controversy is the last ditch effort the NWO has in keeping interest in the GWOT. Once that paradigm ran its course, the NAU/SPP agenda will go into full operational mode, and I predict it's when the neocon puppet gets into office.
Clinging on to firearms and the second amendment is the ONLY reason why my state, Arizona, is still on the map. The Demoncrats, and some Republicans like Juan McCain, want to crush that last line of protecting our life, liberty and property. Once civilian gun ownership is gone, the drug cartels have an all-you-can-eat buffet and our state is finished. Calderon, a foreign leader, goes before our Congress and calls for banning my AK-47, because he won't legalize/legitimize the drug trade and our "representatives" give him a f**king standing ovation?! This is hardcore treason. It's so hardcore, it's embarrassing, and 300 years from now, we will be laughed at in the history books.
A domestic tyranny in the Southwest to be "secure", and Pentagon troops training Mexican soldiers, who will end up working for the cartels because they pay better, is the Hegelian Dialectic needed to complete the North American Super-state.