Monday, April 11, 2011



Sheriff Babeu: Pinal County is top smuggling corridor in U.S.
by Lindsey Collom - Apr. 7, 2011 02:47 PM
The Arizona Republic

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu testified before a U.S. Senate
committee that he's heard secondhand accounts of Border Patrol agents
being ordered not to arrest illegal immigrants as they cross into the
United States.

Border Patrol disputes Cochise sheriff's no-arrests claim

The sheriff reported that Border Patrol agents told one of his
lieutenants and a former federal agent about the prohibition,
corroborating statements Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever made last
week to Fox News.

Babeu spoke Thursday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland
Security and Government Affairs. The hearing was webcast live from
Washington, D.C.

The sheriff was one of four scheduled witnesses in a hearing titled
Securing the Border: Progress at the Local Level.

Other panelists included El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar,
Sheriff Raymond Loera of Imperial County, Calif., and Sheriff Raymond
Cobos of Luna County, N.M.

All panelists but Babeu hailed from a county sharing a border with
Mexico. Pinal County, between Phoenix and Tucson, is roughly 70 miles
north of the border.

Babeu repeated his long-time claim that Pinal is "the No. 1 pass-
through county for drugs and human smuggling in all of America."

And he repeated examples of cartel-related activity often shared with
members of the Arizona press: lookouts perched on mountaintops to
help guide cargo through the terrain; persons breaking into homes to
steal survival items; suspected cartel members and their victims
being found injured or dead in the desert.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, a committee member, also weighed in, saying
that while "there aren't many citizens in the southern part of my
state...they should have the right to drop their kids off at the bus
stop without being in fear of danger."

The Arizona Daily Star reported that Babeu appeared at the hearing in
lieu of Dever, although Dever's written testimony was entered into
public record Thursday. A committee spokeswoman said Tuesday the
sheriff could not make the hearing due to a scheduling conflict.

In the interview with Fox News, Dever said a Border Patrol supervisor
repeatedly told him of orders to reduce apprehension numbers by
scaring illegal immigrants back into Mexico instead of taking them
into custody.

Border Patrol Chief Michael Fischer described Dever's claim as "100
percent false" in a letter to the sheriff earlier this week.
"Law enforcement and border security decisions made at the
operational level require the apprehension and arrest of every
illegal border crosser," Fischer wrote. "Your unwarranted allegation
to the contrary is just wrong. It only serves to encourage those who
are planning to enter this country illegally to continue to try to do
so, with obvious damage to border security."

EU admits mistakes in raising combat drug trafficking
"We were wrong" in finding that could be resolved quickly with an
aggressive campaign and that did not require a full government
approach, said Undersecretary of State William R. Brownfield, Cancun.
Gustavo Castillo and Hugo Martoccia, sent and correspondent
Posted: 04/07/2011 10:32

Cancun, QROO. "We were wrong" when considering that the drug
trafficking problem "could be resolved quickly with an aggressive
campaign, also when it was thought that the matter can be
counterbalanced by country, just when he was seen" as an issue that
had only to do with law enforcement, to prosecution, and we thought
it did not require a full government approach, "said William R.
Brownfield, Deputy Secretary of State, Office of International
Affairs and Drug Law Enforcement United States.

During his participation in the XXVIII International Conference on
Drugs in the paper entitled "Integration of a common front against
organized crime," the official with 32 years of experience in the war
on drugs said that legalizing the consumption of narcotics would be a
way "simplistic" to fix things.

Then he added, when a country faces high rates of robbery or murder,
to legalize such crimes and that's the problem. "It would not end
crime in the world, just legalize it."

Brownfield said in 1979 evaluated the problem of the use and
trafficking of drugs as a problem that could be resolved quickly with
an aggressive campaign with great effort, have spent 32 years,
billions of dollars and many strategies and could then we say no
reason, no sensible.

"This issue is not subject to a quick fix. In 1979 we believed we
could solve the drug problem country by country, and although we may
not solve the problem throughout the world, somehow I could solve
some individual countries, we were wrong and that I learned in the
70's, 80 and 90, as drug trafficking organizations became more
global, and spread their tentacles beyond the borders of countries
and individual countries.

"In 1979 we thought the drug problem could be addressed as an issue
that had to do with law enforcement, to prosecution, and we thought
it did not require a full government approach, we were wrong, you
have to do with economic issues political, security, diplomatic,
social, health, education and cultural issues, and if we do not
integrate all these elements in our solution we are doomed to failure.

"In 1979 we assessed that drug trafficking and drug use was as a
string that began with the cultivation and concluded with the
distribution and final sale, and said that if it was a string, if you
take off a link, the whole chain break, therefore, we focus on a
particular issue was the seizure and then another issue that was the
eradication, and in the years following the chemical precursors, and
each time we said that if we could solve this whole problem elements
structure will come under, we were wrong.

"We learned that we must handle all the whole matter as a whole, if
we remove a link in the chain, our adversary just find a way to turn
it around and replace it," said Assistant Secretary of State of
Affairs International Narcotics and Law Enforcement United States.

The American ended his presentation, noting that "in the last 40
years we have all learned that there is no single solution to this
problem and who says or very stupid or very dishonest."

He recommended that consuming nations to reduce their consumption
(assuming as an officer of the country with the most consumers in the
world), that all nations work on strengthening the institutions
responsible for security and law enforcement, do not allow nations to
have places where sheltering criminals and traffickers, extradition
agreements and multinational legal cooperation.

However, he said: "no guarantee that if we abide by this roadmap we
succeed", and settled for a reduction in criminal activity, "because
then we will have accomplished something."

Note: WOW, what will they think of next?

Official: Mexican cartels hiring common criminals
Associated Press
Posted: 04/06/2011 12:48:09 PM MDT
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - The head of Mexico's federal police says drug
traffickers are increasingly recruiting common criminals and
converting them into killers.
Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna says that these days, new
drug cartel recruits can reach the position of hit man in a month, a
process that used to take 15 years.
Garcia Luna says that the gangs are recruiting low-level lawbreakers
such as street drug dealers and robbers.
He says that for too long the fight against organized crime has been
concentrated on the leadership and that now it's important "to fight
crime at every stage."
Garcia Luna made his comments Wednesday at the annual International
Conference for Drug Control in Cancun.

Note: not all the idiots are on this side of border.
/ The Journal
Demands 'Teto' the federales to lay down their weapons
The mayor was on his way to the plant when he passed a convoy and an
officer had his weapon out the window and was pointing to where he was
El Diario de Juárez
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 | 3:18:56 PM
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Ciudad Juárez .- Realizing that the federal police patrol the city
with guns pointed to the public, Mayor Hector Murguia Lardizabal
asked the federal authorities to have the agents lower their
weapons, the mayor said during the inauguration of a maquiladora plant.
Said road to the plant, located in the Industrial Park Salvarcar came
across a convoy and one officer who was on board had their weapons
out of the window and was pointing towards him, "people think we are
in Afghanistan, Iraq, this is not Afghanistan, it is Ciudad Juarez. "
Therefore, at that time said he contacted authorities of the Federal
Police to ask that the agents lower their weapons when patrolling the

EU admite errores al plantear combate contra narcotráfico
"Nos equivocamos" al considerar que podría ser resuelto rápidamente
con una campaña agresiva y que no requería un enfoque gubernamental
pleno, aseguró el subsecretario de Estado, William R. Brownfield, en
Gustavo Castillo y Hugo Martoccia, enviado y corresponsal,
Publicado: 07/04/2011 10:32

Cancún, QRoo. "Nos equivocamos" cuando se consideró que el problema
del tráfico de drogas "podría ser resuelto rápidamente con una
campaña agresiva", también cuando se pensó que el asunto se podría
combatir país por país, igualmente cuando fue visto "como una
cuestión que únicamente tenía que ver con el cumplimiento de la ley,
con enjuiciamiento, y pensábamos que no requería un enfoque
gubernamental pleno", afirmó William R. Brownfield, subsecretario de
Estado adjunto de la Oficina de Asuntos Internacionales de
Procuración de Justicia y Narcotráfico de Estados Unidos.

Durante su participación en la XXVIII Conferencia Internacional
Contra las Drogas con la ponencia titulada "integración de un frente
común contra la delincuencia organizada", el funcionario con 32 años
de trayectoria en el combate a las drogas señaló que legalizar el
consumo de enervantes sería una manera "simplista" de arreglar las

Pues, agregó, cuando un país enfrente altos índices de robos u
homicidios, que se legalicen esos delitos y se acabó el problema. "Se
acabaría la delincuencia en todo el mundo, simplemente legalizándola".

Brownfield señaló que "en 1979 evaluamos el problema de el uso y el
tráfico de drogas como un problema que podría ser resuelto
rápidamente con una campaña agresiva y con grandes esfuerzos, han
pasado 32 años, miles de millones de dólares y muchas estrategias
después y podría decirles que no tuvimos razón, no le atinamos.

"Este problema no está sujeto a una solución rápida. En 1979
estábamos convencidos que podíamos resolver el problema de las drogas
país por país, y que aunque quizá no pudiéramos resolver el problema
en todo el mundo, de alguna manera lo podríamos resolver en algunos
países a título individual, nos equivocamos, y eso lo aprendimos en
las décadas de los 70, 80 y 90, conforme las organizaciones de
narcotráfico se hicieron más globales, y tendieron sus tentáculos más
allá los países y las fronteras de los países individuales.

"En 1979 creíamos que el problema de las drogas podía ser enfrentado
como una cuestión que tenía que ver con el cumplimiento de la ley,
con enjuiciamiento, y pensábamos que no requería un enfoque
gubernamental pleno, nos equivocamos, tiene que ver con cuestiones
económicas, políticas, de seguridad, diplomáticas, sociales, de
salud, educación y aspectos culturales, y si no integramos todos
estos elementos en nuestra solución estamos condenados al fracaso.

"En 1979 evaluamos que el narcotráfico y el uso de estupefacientes
era como una cadena que empezaba con el cultivo y concluía con su
distribución y venta final, y dijimos que en caso de que fuera una
cadena, si quitáramos un eslabón, toda la cadena se rompería, por lo
tanto, nos centramos en un tema en particular que fue la incautación
y después otro tema que fue la erradicación, y en los años siguientes
en los precursores químicos, y cada vez decíamos que si lográbamos
resolver este elementos del problema toda la estructura se vendrá a
bajo, nos equivocamos.

"Hemos aprendido que debemos manejar todo el problema en su totalidad
como un todo, si nosotros quitamos un eslabón de esa cadena, nuestro
adversario simplemente encontrará la forma de darle la vuelta y
reemplazarlo", afirmó el subsecretario de Estado adjunto de la
Oficina de Asuntos Internacionales de Procuración de Justicia y
Narcotráfico de Estados Unidos.

El estadunidense concluyó su ponencia, señalando que "en los últimos
40 años todos hemos aprendido que no hay una solución única para este
problema, y quien lo diga o es muy tonto o es muy deshonesto".

Y recomendó que las naciones consumidoras reduzcan su consumo
(asumiéndose como un funcionario del país más consumidor del mundo);
que todas las naciones trabajen en el fortalecimiento de las
instituciones encargadas de seguridad y procuración de justicia; no
permitir que las naciones tengan sitios donde se refugien los
delincuentes y los traficantes; acuerdos de extradición y de
colaboración jurídica multinacional.

Sin embargo, afirmó: "no garantizo que si acatamos esta hoja de ruta
tengamos éxito", y se conformó con que se reduzca la actividad
delictiva, "porque entonces ya habremos logrado algo".

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