Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AZMEX UPDATE 21-10-14

AZMEX UPDATE 21 OCT 2014

Note: The seven were most likely the "mules" carrying the dope across the border.

Pinal deputies cap probe into smuggling ring with arrests, seizures

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 8:02 AM MST
Updated: Oct 21, 2014 8:08 AM MST
By Steve Stout
http://www.kpho.com/story/26841122/pinal-deputies-cap-probe-into-smuggling-ring-with-arrests-seizures

Seven undocumented immigrants from Mexico were dressed in camouflage and found sitting atop these bundles of marijuana in this van that was stopped in a Phoenix parking lot Thursday. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)

PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A simple traffic stop in August led to nine arrests and the seizure of several vehicles and $200,000 worth of marijuana, capping an investigation into a network of drug and human smuggling, a Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

Adam Chavarria and Adrian Pasos, both 22 and from Casa Grande, were driving vehicles that stopped in a parking lot near 59th Avenue and Thomas Road in Phoenix on Thursday.

Phoenix police and members of the PCSO Anti-Smuggling Enforcement Unit and Home Security investigators found the rear seats of a 2006 Chevrolet van driven by Pasos had been removed and seven undocumented immigrants dressed in camouflage sitting on top of bundles of marijuana, the spokesman said. Chavarria was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban and was acting as a guide during their trip.

Pasos admitted to deputies he was being paid to drive the van that picked up the immigrants and marijuana south of Arizona City.

Deputies said the marijuana weighed 276 pounds with an estimated street value of $200,250, the spokesman said. Deputies also found "carpet shoes" commonly used by traffickers to cover their tracks in the desert.

The investigation began with a tip during the August traffic stop about the smuggling network and the investigation ended with Thursday's arrests, the spokesman said.

Law enforcement seized resupply vehicles and arrested several other individuals involved with drug and human smuggling, the spokesman said. In Thursday's stop, deputies also seized $4,000 in cash and a portable Kenwood radio.

A search of the residence where Chavarria and Pasos lived resulted it he seizer of a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe tied to the smuggling operation, the spokesman said.

Chavarria and Pasos were arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail for possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana and human smuggling related charges.

Also arrested and booked on similar charges were:

Francisco Gastellum Camacho, 19, of Mexico
Edwardo Ontavaris, 16, of Mexico
Daniel Moreno Lugo, 20, of Mexico
Fidel Galaviz, 23, of Mexico
Jesus Navarez Ceballos, 28, of Mexico
Jose Angulo Casas, 24, of Mexico
Pedro Lavador Ortega, 20, of Mexico

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AZMEX SPECIAL 22-10-14

AZMEX SPECIAL 22 OCT 2014

Note: it took awhile, the the "mainstream" media just woke up?

Dengue fever spreading near Arizona border
BY SANDRA HAROS , Reporter | October 21, 2014 @ 9:43 pm

http://ktar.com/22/1776613/Dengue-fever-spreading-near-Arizona-border

Dengue fever continues to spread across Mexico and it's reached the southern border.

"We've had five confirmed cases in the border region, bordering Yuma County," said Jessica Rigler with Arizona Department of Health Services.

It's a situation ADHS continues to monitor, the confirmed cases are located in San Luis, Rio Col., Sonora, which is approximately thirty miles from Yuma, Arizona.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, "The virus is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. As many as 400 million people are infected yearly."

Dengue is also referred to as "breakbone fever" because of the severe joint and muscle pain associated with the illness. Other symptoms include severe pain behind the eyes, fever, vomiting and rash. One percent of the people infected develop Dengue hemorrhagic fever, which can be deadly.

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AZMEX SPECIAL 14 OCT 2014

Note: in response to recent questions about some of the fun virus' just south of the border.

Dengue Fever: The latest reports about Dengue in Hermosillo, Sonora are 131 cases, of which 99 are the classic type, and 32 of the hemorrhagic type.

Sinaloa reports currently about 1,600 cases of Dengue


A report for 2012, sets the number for all types of TB in Mexico at 19,735.
(have not been able to confirm report earlier this year about 50 possible cases in SLRC, just south of Yuma, AZ.)

Some links for those not familiar:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dengue-fever/basics/definition/con-20032868

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/dengue-fever-reference

http://voxxi.com/2014/10/17/ebola-different-from-hemorrhagic-fever/


At least one, possible two children in Phx. have died, possibly from a enterovirus.

http://www.azfamily.com/news/health/Phoenix-Infant-Dies-From-Enterovirus-279500342.html



http://www.saludsinaloa.gob.mx/sitio/boletines/07-10-2014%20COMPARECENCIA%20DEL%20SECRETARIO%20DE%20SALUD.pdf

http://www.saludsinaloa.gob.mx/sitio/boletines/04-10-2014%20RECORRE%20SECRETARIO%20DE%20SALUD%20HOSPITALES%20DE%20ZONA%20NORTE.pdf

Echeverría reconoció que la situación se encuentra en la etapa más álgida de la enfermedad gracias a la gran cantidad de lluvia que ha caído en Sinaloa en el presente año, lo cual ha provocado que el mosco trasmisor del Dengue aumente considerablemente en los meses de septiembre y octubre, alcanzando hasta la fecha cerca de mil 600 casos de Dengue registrado en todo el territorio sinaloenses.



Tuberculosis, segunda causa de muerte en América Latina
El Occidental
25 de marzo de 2013
http://www.oem.com.mx/eloccidental/notas/n2925305.htm

Isaura López Villalobos

Pese a los avances logrados en el control de la tuberculosis (TB), después del sida, la tuberculosis en América Latina y el Caribe sigue siendo la segunda causa de muerte por un agente infeccioso.

La región de las américas todavía presenta desafíos como la tuberculosis multifarmacorresistente, la forma extremadamente resistente y el aumento de personas con binomios TB/VIH y TB/Diabetes mellitus.

Cifras preliminares correspondientes al año 2012 por esta enfermedad en México muestran que hubo 19 mil 735 casos nuevos de tuberculosis de todas formas, correspondiendo un 80% a la presentación pulmonar, de éstas el 21% se asocia a diabetes mellitus y 4.1% al sida.

En el marco del Día Mundial de Lucha Contra la Tuberculosis (24 de marzo), la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) y la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), señala que todos los países en el marco de los Objetivos de Desarrollo de Milenio tienen como desafío trabajar de manera inmediata por iniciar el descenso de la tuberculosis y reducir radicalmente la carga mundial de esta enfermedad.

Además de atender la coinfección con VIH, la comorbilidad TB/Diabetes mellitus, así como la tuberculosis multifarmacorresistente y la extremadamente resistente, sobre todo garantizar el acceso universal a un diagnóstico de calidad y tratamiento integral.

Aunque México cuenta con una estrategia para la atención de la tuberculosis resistente a fármacos, reconoció que en la región de las Américas aún se requieren mayores esfuerzos para la atención de los pacientes en esta condición.

Con relación a los cinco ejes rectores del Gobierno mexicano, la OMS/OPS precisa que la atención de la tuberculosis es de prioridad, por lo que se debe mejorar la calidad de la atención así como la infraestructura de servicios de salud para lograr la universalidad.

México y su Comité "Alto a la tuberculosis", celebraron el día mundial de lucha contra esta enfermedad, en su versión 2013, con el lema "Detener la tuberculosis es compromiso de todos", en la actualidad aseguran autoridades de la Secretaría de Salud Federal se cuenta con los medicamentos indispensables para curarla, sin dejar de lado los retos que representa un tratamiento tan prolongado en términos de la adherencia terapéutica.

Los tipos de tuberculosis que hay en todas las partes del cuerpo, las más frecuentes son: pulmonar, ganglionar, meníngea, genitourinaria, en piel, ósea (en hueso), peritoneal, gástrica, diseminada o miliar (en todo el cuerpo).

FIN




WND EXCLUSIVE
CDC DENIES ENTEROVIRUS LINK TO ILLEGAL-ALIEN KIDS
Disease common in Latin America was rare in U.S.
Published: 17 hours ago
JEROME R. CORSI About | Email | Archive

NEW YORK – The CDC denies a causal link between the surge of illegal-alien children from Latin America and the enterovirus D-68 outbreak in the United States, but government data show the virus was rare in the U.S. before this year.



"There is no evidence that unaccompanied children brought EV-D68 into the United States; we are not aware of any of these children testing positive for the virus," the CDC emailed WND in response to a request for comment.

The CDC argued EV-D68 is not new to the U.S., having been identified in California in 1962.

"In previous years, it has not been as commonly identified as other enteroviruses," CDC said. "This year's increase in confirmed cases is not due to a recent introduction in the United States."

However, evidence buried in peer-reviewed medical journals provides support for the argument enterovirus D-68, or EV-D68, in the United States was a relatively rare disease. The EV-D68 epidemic occurred only after the surge this year of unaccompanied alien children illegally crossing the border from Latin America, a region where the virus is more prevalent among young children.

The CDC records nearly 700 people who have been diagnosed with the virus this year. Five children have died while infected.

As WND reported Tuesday, EV-D68, believed to cause polio-like paralysis in addition to flu symptoms, is widely suspected to have a direct connection to the Obama administration policy of placing across the U.S. tens of thousands of minors who have been allowed to enter without a health screening.

D-68 surge coincides with illegal aliens

The surge in EV D-68 in the U.S. became evident in mid-September when the CDC first reported it had reached epidemic levels in six U.S. states: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri.

The surge in unaccompanied minors was also evident in September, with the numbers jumping from 16,067 apprehended in Fiscal Year 2011 to 24,481 in FY 2012 and from 38,833 in FY 2013 to 47,017 in the first eight months of FY 2014.

Currently, a page on the CDC website dedicated to "Enterovirus D68 in the United States, 2014″ discloses, "The United States is currently experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness."

The CDC website goes on to document that from mid-August to Oct. 10, CDC or state public health laboratories confirmed a total of 691 people in 46 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.

"Many state health departments are currently investigating reported increases in cases of severe respiratory illness in children," the CDC website continues.

"This increase could be caused by many different viruses that are common during this time of year. EV-D68 appears to be the predominant type of enterovirus this year and is likely contributing to the increases in severe respiratory illnesses."

As of this month, the CDC is reporting lab-confirmed cases of EV-D68 in every state, with the exception of Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and Alaska.

The CDC is currently investigating whether limb weakness and polio-like paralysis symptoms experienced in nine children in Denver is connected with the current EV-D68 epidemic.

In 2011, the CDC reported EV-D68 is a unique enterovirus that shares epidemiologic and biologic features with human rhinoviruses (HRV).

The 2011 report noted EV-D68 was first isolated in California in 1962 from four children with bronchiolitis and pneumonia, with EV-D68 only rarely reported since that time.

Asymptomatic carriers?

Jane Orient, M.D., of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, responded to the Centers for Disease Control's denial of a causal link between the virus and the surge of illegal-alien minors.

"Keep in mind that Latin American children likely have some immunity and may not be sick, while still contagious," she told WND.

The concern is that Latin American children in the U.S. might be carriers of EV-D68 even if they display no symptoms of the disease. It can be spread, the study said, by sneezing, coughing and the poor bathroom hygiene commonly found among Latin American unaccompanied alien children. The disease can be transmitted by "feces-to-mouth" contact between an infected person showing no symptoms and a previously uninfected person.

WND reported last week, a peer-reviewed article by German medical doctors challenges a key CDC assumption regarding Ebola, concluding patients who show no symptoms can still transmit a virus like Ebola to another person by a sneeze or a cough.

"Some serious work needs to be done to get to the bottom of this," Orient said, suggesting a Freedom of Information Act request of CDC confirmations of EV-D68 patient records might reveal important information about how the disease is being contracted in the current epidemic.

Enterovirus D-68 was 'rare' in U.S.

A study conducted by physicians from the Division of Viral Diseases at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases published on the CDC website states Enterovirus D-68 "is one of the most rarely reported serotypes, with only 26 reports throughout the 36-year study period (1970 through 2006)."

Demonstrating the rareness of EV-D68 virus infection, the report documented that during 1970-2005, a total of 52,812 nonpolio enterovirus detections, the vast majority of which were different strains of enterovirus that EV-D68, were reported to CDC. Of these, 29,772 detections were reported from 1983 to 2005.

On average, 1,467 nonpolio enterovirus reports were submitted annually, varying from 388 in 1999 to 3,460 in 1972.

The link between EV D-68 and Latin American children was established in a peer-reviewed medical article published in Virology Journal on Oct. 11, 2013, titled "Human rhinoviruses and enteroviruses in influenza-like illness in Latin America." It was co-authored by a team of virologists headed by Josefina Garcia, U.S. Naval Medical Unit 6 in Lima, Peru, who worked with the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

In the 2013 study, Garcia and her medical associates collected 3,375 nose and throat swab samples from subjects under 8 years old, with a median age of 3 years. They found that human enteroviruses (HEV), including EV-D68, was discovered in 3 percent of the samples while the related human rhinoviruses (HRV) was found in 16 percent of the samples.

The study concluded: "In Latin America as in other regions, HRVs and HEVs account for a substantial proportion of viruses identified in young people with ILI (Influenza-like Illness), a finding that provides additional support for the development of pharmaceuticals and vaccines targeting these pathogens."

Poor hygiene

There is also little doubt in the medical literature that EV-D68 is transmitted through poor bathroom hygiene.

A typical example cited is an infected doorknob that could transmit a virus to healthy children for the next three to five days, with a secondary possibility of transmission via the respiratory "oral-to-oral" route more likely to occur in crowded living conditions.

A memo dated July 30 from DHS Inspector General John Roth to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson documented the following regarding the surge of Latin American youth being held in DHS facilities on the southern border: "UAC and family units and unfamiliarity with bathroom facilities resulted in unsanitary conditions and exposure to human waste in some holding facilities."

The same memo said: "Many UAC and family units require treatment for communicable diseases, including respiratory illnesses, tuberculosis, chicken pox, and scabies."

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/cdc-speaks-on-enterovirus-link-to-illegal-alien-kids/#hx72b1KM9XIEP08J.99

Sunday, October 19, 2014

AZMEX SPECIAL 16-10-14

AZMEX SPECIAL 16 OCT 2014


Note: the same school district where one of the idiots said: "if the children feel safe, they will be safe"


TUSD vote could kill cops-in-schools grant
18 hours ago • By Alexis Huicochea

http://tucson.com/news/blogs/police-beat/tusd-vote-could-kill-cops-in-schools-grant/article_a0f457d1-8ac1-50c7-be3b-1a78909d1888.html

Immigrant friendly district

This is not the first time TUSD has taken a stance on immigration issues. In March, the Governing Board unanimously declared TUSD an "Immigrant Friendly District." By doing so, the board pledged to help all students pursue a higher education regardless of immigration status.

In other business

TUSD will ask the Arizona Auditor General to conduct a full audit of its finances to review what was initially identified as a possible $15 million deficit for the upcoming school year. TUSD staff, however, presented a more optimistic picture Tuesday, saying it would carry forward about $14 million into the next school year.

Funding for a school resource officer program may be in jeopardy after the TUSD Governing Board approved an agreement prohibiting police from questioning students about immigration status under any circumstance.

The Tucson City Council was told last month that a full prohibition, like the one the district adopted, would be illegal and Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor said he couldn't order his officers to break the law.

As a result, the council voted last month to restrict school resource officers from questioning a student over immigration status unless a parent, guardian or attorney was present and the inquiry was directly related to a criminal investigation.

TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez acknowledged the district's $2.2 million grant may be lost as a result of his recommendation, but he said it was made in consultation with the district's internal legal counsel in an effort to protect children, taking into consideration Plyler v. Doe — the U.S. Supreme Court case that guarantees equal access to public education to all children regardless of immigration status.

"If the City Council says it cannot support what we have put forth, as much as it will pain me, we will forgo the partnership because our primary role is to educate students, not enforce immigration law," Sanchez said on Wednesday. "It is not beneficial to TUSD at the expense of students feeling like they would be under the scrutiny of a law that Plyler v. Doe said should not be applicable in an educational setting."

Sanchez's recommendation was approved Tuesday with almost no discussion. TUSD Governing Board President Adelita Grijalva, Clerk Kristel Foster and members Cam Juarez and Mark Stegeman approved the agreement. Michael Hicks abstained from the vote.

City Attorney Mike Rankin said it's not an agreement if the TUSD board and City Council approved different provisions.

"There's no agreement until we can execute it using the same language," Rankin said.

The City Attorney's Office will now work on a compromise draft that both sides could agree on.
"We'll look at what they approved," Rankin said. "And to the extent it's different from what we had approved, it will require us to put it back on the agenda."

No time frame exists for a revised draft, but Rankin expected one could be ready by the city's Nov. 5 meeting.

The Arizona Department of Education could not comment Wednesday on how the district's decision would affect the grant funding, saying it needed to collect more information.

Both Rankin and Villaseñor have repeatedly advised the council that it can't order police officers to ignore state laws the council considers misguided, such as SB 1070.

But Councilwoman Regina Romero disagrees.
"The opinion of the chief of police and the city attorney is wrong," said Romero, who was the lone opposition vote on the council last month because the agreement didn't go far enough in prohibiting officers from ever questioning a juvenile.

Romero said legal precedence prohibits denying or deterring kids from seeking an education based on their immigration status.

A recent ACLU letter to the city urging the council to reconsider allowing school resource officers to question juveniles on immigration status referenced similar case law.
"I'm glad that the TUSD board understands the potential chilling effect this policy will have for parents and students," Romero said.

She said parents shouldn't have to worry their son or daughter could get deported while attending class.
"That fear should be completely eliminated."

While the SRO program is important, Romero said it's incumbent on the city and board to ensure students' rights aren't being violated.
"This has nothing to do with not wanting officers, but how it's implemented," she said.

Councilman Steve Kozachik disagreed, saying, "Neither the council or the board has the authority to tell the police they can't do that. We have to allow them the liberty to comply with the law when they're required to," he said. "It's just a shame that we're delaying getting these SROs back into the schools because some of the board and council members want to compel TPD to violate the law."

Unlike TUSD, the Amphitheater School District approved the language adopted by the city.

For TUSD, a $2.2 million, three-year grant from the Arizona Department of Education is at stake. The funds were to be used to place eight school resource officers in middle schools and high schools.

TUSD and Amphi originally passed agreements in September that made no mention of whether officers could question students about immigration status. It was not until those agreements reached the City Council that the debate began.

When it was first presented last month, Foster raised the immigration concern but was reassured school resource officers would be trained by TUSD to follow TUSD policies and to serve in a positive way, not as a policing presence.

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Note: no we don't make this stuff up

Specialized training for Tucson Police officers

Posted: Oct 16, 2014 9:45 AM MST
Updated: Oct 16, 2014 9:45 AM MST
By Tucson News Now StaffCONNECT


Officers in training class (Source: Tucson News Now/Maria Hechanova)
Officers in training class (Source: Tucson News Now/Maria Hechanova)

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Tucson Police officers are receiving some specialized training this week.

According to a recent release, TPD commanders received the 'Fair and Impartial Policing Perspective' training on Oct. 14, and now the officers are receiving the same training.

The class is being instructed by Dr. Lorie Fridell, an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida's College of Behavioral and Community Science. Dr. Fridell has more than 20 years of experience conducting research in the field of law enforcement and is known across the U.S. for her work on bias-based policing. Before Dr. Fridell joined the University of Southern Florida faculty, she spent six years as Director of Research at the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington D.C.

This specialized training was mandated by TPD Chief Roberto Villasenor, as part of the department's annual continuing training program. It reflects "a new and scientific approach to thinking about the issues of bias in modern policing; through voluminous research, scientists have determined that bias today is less likely to manifest as explicit bias (such as racism) and more likely to manifest as 'implicit bias.' Social psychologists have shown that 'implicit' or 'unconscious' bias can impact what people perceive and do, even in people who consciously hold non-prejudiced attitudes. Like explicit bias, implicit bias can produce discriminatory actions," according to the TPD release.

The training being held today is designed to make personnel aware of their implicit bias and to give them the tools to reduce and manage them.

Dr. Fridell will be training all TPD officers in this program over the next three days.

Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AZMEX F&F EXTRA 16-10-14

Note:   As stated here before, the F&F guns went to many drug gangs, several far out of the Sinaloa area of operations.
Remains to be seen if any of the perpetrators of the scheme will face justice.  
If all evidence hasn't been destroyed, will tracks lead to Burke, Napolitano, Holder and Obama?  
Pardons for silence?




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OCTOBER 16, 2014

BREAKING: Documents Confirm Fast and Furious AK-47 Used in Phoenix Gang Assault

Katie Pavlich
10/16/2014 4:00:00 PM - Katie Pavlich

Documents obtained through a lawsuit recently issued against the City of Phoenix by government watchdog Judicial Watch reveal a weapon from the Department of Justice's Operation Fast and Furious was used to injure two people in a 2013 gang-style assault on an apartment complex. When the incident occurred and during investigation afterward, police worked with federal law enforcement agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Department of Homeland Security, FBI and Drug Enforcement Agency in the case, raising suspicions the assault wasn't simply a typical, local gang shootout and prompted questions about the details of where the weapons that were used came from.

"Thanks to our lawsuit, Congress has been able to confirm what Judicial Watch already reported – that a Fast and Furious weapon was used in yet another violent crime that terrorized and injured residents of Phoenix," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. "Our lawsuit against Phoenix exposed how the Obama cover-up of Fast and Furious is ongoing. Eric Holder's Department of Justice is a mess. It has endangered the public and is engaged in an ongoing cover-up of its insanely reckless Fast and Furious gun-running operation. Judicial Watch appreciates the refreshing diligence of Senator Grassley and Congressman Issa in pursuing the truth about Fast and Furious."

    
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/10/16/breaking-judicial-watch-confirms-fa... 10/16/2014

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Lone Wolf Trading Company is based in Glendale, Arizona and was tapped by ATF to help with Operation Fast and Furious back in late 2009. ATF agents lied to Lone Wolf and said guns sold under surveillance at the store would never be trafficked across the southern border to Mexican cartels or used in crimes in the United States.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa sent a letter to Assistant Attorney General James Cole late Thursday afternoon demanding more information about why DOJ failed to inform Congress of the connection between the AK-47 used in the assault and Fast and Furious as their investigation of the lethal program continues.

"Once again, we have learned of another crime gun connected to Fast and Furious. The Department did not provide any notice to the Congress or the public about this gun," the letter states. "Documents obtained by Judicial Watch under Arizona's public records law show that law enforcement officials recovered a Fast and Furious gun last summer in connection with a shooting that left two individuals wounded."

"Based on the serial number [1977DX1654] from the police report obtained by Judicial Watch and documents obtained during our Fast and Furious investigation, we can confirm that the assault rifle recovered in the vehicle on July 30, 2013, was purchased by Sean Christopher Stewart. Stewart pled guilty to firearms trafficking charges resulting from his involvement with Operation Fast and Furious. Stewart purchased this particular firearm on December 8, 2009, one of 40 that he purchased that day while under ATF surveillance," the letter continues. "According to the Phoenix Police Department report, ATF traced the firearm on July 31, 2013, the day after Phoenix police officers recovered it. Yet, over a full year has passed, and the Department has failed to notify the Committees."

The letter also details that during his time as a gun trafficker for Mexican cartels, Stewart was able to purchase over $176,000 worth of weapons, which included 260 Ak-47s, 20 9mm pistols and a .50 caliber rifle. Stewart is serving nine years in prison after being sentenced in November 2012 on a number of federal charges.

Grassley and Issa have asked DOJ to respond to the following questions by October 30, 2014:

1) Was the firearm recovered on July 30, 2013 connected with any other crimes in Mexico or the U.S.?

2) As of the date of this letter, what is the total number of weapons associated with Fast and Furious that have been recovered in the U.S. and successfully traced?

3) As of the date of this letter, what is the total number of weapons associated with Fast and Furious that have been recovered in Mexico and successfully traced?

4) Of the U.S recoveries, how many were recovered in relation to an incident of a violent nature? Please describe in detail the date and circumstances of each recovery that has not previously been described in the Department's responses to our letters.

5) Of the Mexican recoveries, how many were recovered in relation to an incident of a violent nature? Please describe in detail the date and circumstances of each recovery that has not previously been described in the Department's responses to our letters.

Assistant Attorney General James Cole, who played a large role in the cover-up of Operation Fast and Furious, announced his resignation from DOJ today.

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A Justice Department official says Deputy Attorney General James Cole told staff Thursday of his plans to resign after nearly four years. The official says that Cole will remain in the position to help the transition of a new deputy attorney general.

This post has been updated.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AZMEX EXTRA 14-10-14

AZMEX EXTRA 14 OCT 2014


Cartels prefer 'goat horns' and AR-15's
Details Published on Monday October 13, 2014,
Written by Special

http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/nota.php?nota=39035

Mexico, DF.

A database of the PGR, (Mex. "DOJ") made ​​from seizures for 11 months, confirms the trends in weaponry.
Among the harmful high power weapons available on the black market, members of cartels and organized crime groups operating in Mexico have a preference for assault rifles AK-47 and AR-15.
For pistols are inclined to calibers 38 and nine millimeters.

This follows from the database of the Attorney General's Office (PGR), which was developed from seizures made ​​during 11 months and that helped confirm the "trend" in the use of firearms by criminals.

From September 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014, the agency seized 447 firearms, which represents an average of 40 pieces-monthly seizure, of which 325 were long guns.

Of the 447 seizures of weapons, they were concentrated in Sinaloa (29.75 percent), Michoacán (14.09 percent, Sonora (13.42 percent), State of Mexico (11.86 percent) and Tamaulipas (10.96 percent).

In the reference period 154 grenades were seized, of which 79 percent were 40 mm (for grenade launcher); was followed by the hand or fragmentation (18 percent), improvised manufacturing (2 percent) and land mines (1 percent). (land mines? or IEDs?)

The figure is well below the 4,973 weapons from January 1 to August 31, 2014 seized by the Secretariat of National Defense, (SEDENA) although this agency is directly responsible for the implementation of the Federal Law on Firearms and explosives.

However, the PGR considers the Specialized Investigation of Terrorism, Weapons Stockpiling and Trafficking Unit has improved the research process of the previous investigations related to weapons of organized crime.

In the database they have 8,540 firearms, which are under investigation and are tracked with the support of the Bureau of Alcohol, Snuff, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) of the United States for the purchase location and identity of the buyer .

While PGR combats trafficking and weapons possession in two days criminals stole 39 weapons from police agencies of the State of Mexico, while in Jalisco an illegal arms factory was discovered, which was an unprecedented discovery in Mexico.

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Los preferidos de los cárteles, 'Cuernos de chivo' y AR-15
Detalles Publicado el Lunes 13 de Octubre de 2014,
Escrito por Especial

http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/nota.php?nota=39035

México, DF.

Una base de datos de la PGR, elaborada a partir de decomisos durante 11 meses, confirma las tendencias en armamento.
Entre el armamento de alto poder lesivo disponible en el mercado negro, los integrantes de cárteles y grupos del crimen organizado que operan en México tienen preferencia por los rifles de asalto AK-47 y AR-15. En el caso de las pistolas se inclinan por los calibres .38 y nueve milímetros.
Así se desprende de la base de datos de la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR), que se elaboró a partir de aseguramientos logrados durante 11 meses y que permitieron confirmar la "tendencia" en el uso de armas por parte de criminales.

Del 1 de septiembre de 2013 al 31 de julio de 2014, la dependencia incautó 447 armas de fuego —que representa una incautación mensual promedio de 40 piezas—, de las cuales 325 eran de largo alcance.
Los decomisos de las 447 armas se concentraron en Sinaloa (29.75 por ciento), Michoacán (14.09 por ciento, Sonora (13.42 por ciento), Estado de México (11.86 por ciento) y Tamaulipas (10.96 por ciento).
En el periodo de referencia se incautaron 154 granadas, de las que 79 por ciento correspondieron a 40 milímetros (para lanzagranadas); le siguieron las de mano o de fragmentación (18 por ciento), de manufactura artesanal (2 por ciento) y minas antipersonales (1 por ciento).

La cifra está muy por debajo de las 4 mil 973 armas que del 1 de enero al 31 de agosto de 2014 decomisó la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional, aunque esta dependencia es la responsable directa de la aplicación de la Ley Federal de Armas de Fuego y Explosivos.
Sin embargo, la PGR considera que la Unidad Especializada en Investigación de Terrorismo, Acopio y Tráfico de Armas ha mejorado el proceso de investigación de las averiguaciones previas relacionadas con armamento de la delincuencia organizada.
En su base de datos tiene registradas 8 mil 540 armas de fuego, que están en proceso de investigación y son rastreadas con el apoyo de la Agencia de Alcohol, Tabaco y Armas de Fuego de Estados Unidos para conocer el lugar de compra e identidad del comprador.
Mientras la PGR combate el tráfico y posesión de armas, en dos días delincuentes robaron 39 armas de corporaciones policiales del Estado de México, mientras que en Jalisco se descubrió una fábrica ilegal de armamento, lo que constituyó un hallazgo sin precedente en México.

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AZMEX I3 15-10-14

AZMEX I3 15 OCT 2014

Note: despite AP's deliberate choice of wording, it only applied to Illegal Immigrants.


Court tosses Arizona's no-bail law for immigrants
ASSOCIATED PRESS,
October 15, 2014 @ 11:15 am

http://ktar.com/22/1774866/Court-tosses-Arizonas-nobail-law-for-immigrants

PHOENIX -- An appeals court has thrown out a voter-approved law in Arizona that denies bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and have been charged with a range of felonies that include shoplifting, aggravated identity theft, sexual assault and murder.

An 11-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the law violates due-process rights by imposing punishment before trial.

Proponents of the 2006 law say the statute prevents people who aren't authorized to be in the country and skip out on their bail from committing future offenses.

Critics say the law's real intent is to punish immigrants before they have been convicted of crimes.

The law was approved with 78 percent of the vote and was among four immigration proposals approved by Arizonans in 2006.


http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2014/10/15/11-16487.pdf


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Friday, October 10, 2014

AZMEX I3 10-10-14

AZMEX I3 10 OCT 2014


Arizona 'Dreamers' make emotional visit to homeland
BY COOPER RUMMELL,
October 10, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

http://ktar.com/22/1773479/Arizona-Dreamers-make-emotional-visit-to-homeland


PHOENIX -- After decades of being separated from friends and family, two Arizona DREAMers were afforded the opportunity to visit their homes in Mexico.

DREAMers, young illegal immigrants who are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, often fear that if they leave the United States, they won't be allowed to come back because they lack documentation. That keeps many from visiting their homes and relatives.

A group of 40 DREAMers, however, was recently allowed to return to the US after traveling to Mexico City.

"We had the opportunity to travel to Mexico after many years of not being there," Erika Andiola said. "I hadn't been to Mexico since I was 11 years old-- so 17 years ago."

Andiola traveled from the Valley into Mexico with the group. She said visiting her home country as an adult was an eye-opening experience.

"To me it was a crazy experience just because it was a chance to go back and see my culture and see a lot of what I left when I was a child," she said.

The group was allowed the rare travel opportunity by the Department of Homeland Security, which issued the group advanced-parole documents to re-enter the U.S.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

AZMEX SPECIAL 9-10-14

AZMEX SPECIAL 9 OCT 2014


Note: "Defenseless" For those interested in such things, the key word in this is "Defenseless"
The goal of the draconian gun control laws enacted by the PRI government in Mexico back in the 1970's was to prevent any successful revolution or uprising by the people against the pervasive corruption of the party. Armed citizens, a nightmare for criminals in and out of government, everywhere.
BTW, not just Mexico.

The translation from the good folks at Borderland Beat.
http://www.borderlandbeat.com

Borderland Beat Reporter un vato
translated by un vato for Borderland Beat
As most readers know, Javier Sicilia was a poet until his son was murdered by sicarios. He became an activist for victims' rights. -- un vato


The new dictatorship
By JAVIER SICILIA
5 DE OCTUBRE DE 2014
ANÁLISIS

MEXICO, D.F. (Proceso).--

http://www.proceso.com.mx/?p=383749

Crime in our country has two faces; that which comes from criminal organizations is called a criminal offense, and that which comes from the State is called a violation of human rights. This last was, fundamentally, what motivated Felipe Calderon to entrap the General Law for Victims (Ley General de Victimas) in a constitutional controversy during the last months of his mandate. He did not want to accept -- he still refuses to do so-- (the existence of) crime by the State. The law was enacted, nevertheless, at the beginning of Enrique Pena Nieto's administration. But the government, every time it makes reference to it, reduces it to simple crime.

Amidst the 100,000 deaths, the 30,000 disappeared, the hundreds of kidnappings and the constant, serious denunciations by national and international organizations of human rights violations, not only do we not know yet how many of those crimes are attributable to the State, but instead, the governments who administer the State continue to deny the crimes or blame them on the crime that they live with in an almost natural way.

Mexico lives like this -- it has been said many times -- a failed State, an interpenetrated State, a criminal State or a Narco-State. Whatever it may be that these characterizations are still unable to define, in reality it is a new form of totalitarianism, or that "perfect dictatorship" that Mario Vargas Llosa once referred to.

In his book, Remnants of Auschwitz; The Witness and the Archive, (Zone Books, 2002), Giorgio Agamben, points out that the ultimate finality of Auschwitz and the Nazi concentration camps was not the mass murder that was carried out there, bur rather, the creation of a class of human being that in concentration camp argot were called "muslims": perhaps -- says Agamben, among the various hypotheses he proposes in trying to explain the epithet-- because in the imagination of that period, a "muslim" was a fatalist, a being who had submitted to blind fate, to a determinism.

Those beings who, through force of brutalization, had lost any dignity, had become a species of animals so tame they could be used for anything. They were completely exploitable. They would never resist anything. Agamben saw in them a continuation of the figure of "the holy man" -- men that, under ancient Roman law, the State would not protect, and whose torture, murder or exploitation was not a crime in a legal sense--. He also saw in them one of the conditions, to a greater or lesser degree, for the existence of the State, which combines in itself sovereignty -- the power to destroy life, the legitimate use of force-- and government: the combination of arrangements or institutions to administer it.

In Mexico, both the crime that the State says it pursues, but which it does not punish, or does so selectively, as well as the violation of human rights that the State denies, seem to be going in the same direction as the construct of a "muslim" in Auschwitz. Crime, the bloody and horrifying dimensions that it has reached in Mexico, and its systematic impunity, have been getting a large portion of Mexicans used to living in defenseless docility. Instead of protesting, many are becoming indifferent to the crimes that others suffer, and, for that reason, coming to accept, fatalistically, that one day they will also be murdered, kidnapped, tortured, disappeared or extorted with impunity. The abdication by the State of its duty to protect us under its institutions and programs for as long as we live has been creating a perception in many of us that living means submitting to fate, to "that's the way things are", to "what are we going to do about it".

On the other hand, the violations of human rights appear to be directed at those who refuse to accept the situation. Those who rebel against the vulnerability that is the result of crime, impunity or abuse of power are, in many cases viewed as criminals and subjected to confinement, isolation and torture, sometimes physical, sometimes psychological.

The case of Jose Manuel Mireles and his 383 self defense members, in Michoacan; that of Nestora Salgado in Guerrero, and of Mario Luna in Sonora, to name just those most mentioned in the media, illustrate this well.

All of them rebelled against defenselessness. Crimes were also fabricated against all of them to cover up the violations of their human rights. Their confinement and their reduction to a criminal condition carries a message: either you accept living in defenselessness and docility like everybody else, or we will force you to do so.

This form of totalitarianism or dictatorship is new in appearance, but not in nature. It is a previously unknown form of State violence that has lost its ideological mask as its reason for existing. Mexico's state machinery, that through its institutional orders pretends -- as it tells us every day -- to regulate conflicts in a rational and legal manner, each day reveals itself to be more compatible with an extreme violence of a new coinage that day after day erases the gains of the civilizing process and is converting us into slave material or animals for slaughter.

In its debacle, the State is becoming less of a judicial and political apparatus and is turning into a machine for submission and destruction, governed not by political imperatives, as in Nazism or Soviet (ideology), or military juntas, but rather by purely economic motives.

In addition, I believe that we have to respect the San Andres Accords, stop the war, liberate Jose Manuel Mireles, his self defense forces and all the Zapatistas and Atenco people who are in prison, do justice to victims of violence and prosecute governors and government officials who are criminals.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

AZMEX F&F EXTRA 6-10-14

AZMEX F&F EXTRA 6 OCT 2014

Note: The progressive Phx city govt. will do all it can to protect the Obama administration.
Plus the usual tactic of hiding behind an "ongoing investigation"


Another Possible Smoking Gun Tied To Operation Fast and Furious
Posted Monday, October 6th 2014 @ 5am

http://www.kfyi.com/onair/arizona-news-55067/another-possible-smoking-gun-tied-to-12829433/

(Phoenix, AZ) Political Watchdog Group, Judicial Watch, tells KFYI News in an exclusive interview that it believes a weapon recovered last year from a Phoenix crime scene involving illegal aliens is connected to the illegal gun walking operation.

The organization's Mark Spencer says Judicial Watch put in a records request with the Phoenix Police Department months ago, but so far -- no response.

The watchdog group has now filed a complaint with a Phoenix judge demanding that the department turn over these documents.

Spencer says he believes the serial number on the weapon will confirm that it is connected to Fast and Furious.

550 KFYI has contacted Phoenix Police for comment. So far, no response.

Read more: http://www.kfyi.com/onair/arizona-news-55067/another-possible-smoking-gun-tied-to-12829433/#ixzz3FOsfmyQZ