Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fwd: Tracking Jaguars before Securing Our Border

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Sonora man chases down assailants, kills one
Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 8:27 am
Nogales International

A Nogales, Sonora man who was beaten and robbed at his doorstep by
two armed men got up and chased down his assailants, shooting and
killing one man who had a criminal record in Santa Cruz County.
The incident began at approximately 6:40 a.m. on Saturday, when Jaime
Somoza Jaimes, 36, was surprised by the pistol-carrying men as he
returned home in the Residencial Greco neighborhood, the Sonora State
Investigative Police (PEI) said in a news release.
The muggers reportedly threatened Somoza with their guns and hit him
in the head, knocking him to the ground. They continued hitting him
until his son arrived and fought with one of assailants. At that
point, the PEI said, the men ran off with Somoza's wallet and an
unspecified amount of money, firing three shots as they fled.
Somoza got up, found a .25-caliber firearm and got into his SUV to
chase down the perpetrators. When he caught up with them, he
reportedly shot 36-year-old Eduardo Rodolfo Crispin Sesma of Nogales,
Sonora once in the thorax as he was pulling out a .45-caliber pistol.
His accomplice escaped.
At that point, Somoza's son and brother arrived and attacked the
wounded man until police arrived. Investigators later retrieved a
pistol from the now-dead Crispin.
Investigators also recovered three spent 45-caliber shell casings at
Somoza's house.
The PEI said Somoza, his son and brother were questioned but not
immediately charged.
Court and prison records show that Crispin was convicted of marijuana
possession and burglary in Santa Cruz County Superior Court in April
2000, and was later released by the Arizona Department of Corrections
in July 2002.

Sinaloa cartel now calling shots in border region
Experts agree that his mark already being felt
Por: Omar Millán 30 Noviembre 2011 @ 9:48 am
Tamaño: Aumentar Tamaño de Letra Disminuir Tamaño de Letra

Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán and cartel he leads, from Sinaloa, appear
to have emerged the victors to control drug trafficking in the
Tijuana region. Mexican Attorney General's Office
By Omar Millán

TIJUANA – After a three-year bloody battle between the Arellano
criminal organization and a breakaway cell that left 2,327 dead and
dozens missing, the winner appears to be the Sinaloa cartel.

The Arellanos' bitter rival has firmly established itself on this
stretch of the border and is inaugurating a new era in organized
crime, two experts agreed.

This has occurred despite the crackdown authorities have carried
against organized crime in this region, which they have called a
national success.

"One cartel has been dismantled, but another one has arrived because
… consumption has not changed in a fundamental way and that leads to
cartels being present in this city," said Vicente Sánchez, a
researcher in the respected think tank College of the Northern border.

Signs of this new phase can be seen already; the number of violent
deaths and high-profile crimes are down significantly.

According to authorities, most of the murders that occurred this year
are linked to disputes among drug dealers or among various groups or
cells, a kind of "clean-up" or reorganization that's going on at that
level, mainly in the city's east side.

Sánchez said the main difference with the old criminal organization
that controlled the transportation and sale of drugs in this city is
that the Sinaloa cartel is relatively less violent.

Although not dedicated to the kidnapping industry nor targets the
general population, the Sinaloa cartel is a criminal group that, like
the others, uses violence to impose its will, the researcher noted.

But that cartel, unlike other criminal organizations in Mexico, turns
to violence as a last resort, according to Víctor Clark, a
sociologist who has analyzed drug trafficking on the border for more
than two decades.

The cartel runs its enterprise – from dealing drugs on the street to
money laundering – more like a corporation, and treats each seizure
as the price of doing business, Clark said.

The Sinaloa cartel is the largest and most powerful one in Mexico.
The organization, headed by the fugitive Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán
and Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, has faced several setbacks in Baja
California this year.

These include the army's discovery in July of 300 acres of marijuana
plants south of Ensenada, the largest drug field ever found in
Mexico; the tons of marijuana in packages seized headed into the
United States in recent months; and the nearly 800 pounds of cocaine
confiscated in Tijuana in early October.

Then there's last week's seizure of $15 million in cash found inside
a vehicle, among other law enforcement operations.

Authorities have not yet linked the cross-border, sophisticated
tunnel discovered Tuesday to any organization, but if recent history
is a guide, it's likely an operation of the Sinaloa cartel.

In fact, authorities have said most of the drugs, cash and tunnels
uncovered this year belonged to the Sinaloa cartel, which challenges
the claim law enforcement and military leaders have made frequently
that no single organization controlled trafficking in the region.

Those seizures did not lead to a convulsion of violence, a common
response by other cartels.

That's not to say that the Sinaloa cartel will not use violence. The
same week the $15 million was discovered in Tijuana, authorities
found 23 people who had been assassinated in Guadalajara and 17
burned to death in Culiacán, events that Mexico's Attorney General's
Office blamed on the Sinaloa cartel.

The organization is fighting other ones, including the Zetas cartel,
for control of strategic drug routes along the border. These clashes
have generated unprecedented levels of violence in the states of
Tamaulipas, Nuevo León and Chihuahua.

Clark explained that since the capture Nov. 4 of Juan Francisco
Sillas Rocha, the lieutenant of cartel leader Fernando Sánchez
Arellano, the Sinaloa cartel has been able to dominate the border

He said it's clear to him that the Arellano cartel has the least
influence than it has ever had, and raised the possibility that its
leader may have even signed an agreement with the Sinaloa cartel
after the bloody internal fight from 2008 to 2010.

The beginning of the end for the Arellanos began in late 2007, when
Teodoro García Simental did not recognize Fernando Sánchez Arellano,
the nephew of the founders of the cartel, as the leader of the
organization, Clark said.

A blood bath began the next year to eliminate Fernando Sánchez
Arellano, known as "The Engineer," according to state Attorney
General Rommel Moreno.

Authorities said Sánchez Arellano had inherited the top job after
Francisco Javier Arellano Félix, known as "El Tigrillo," was detained
off the Baja California Sur coast in August of 2006.

Without Francisco Javier Arellano new traffickers flocked to the
border, including cells from the Sinaloa and La Familia de Michoacán

And the problems and violence escalated between García Simental and
Sánchez Arellano.

In the ensuing three years, more than 2,000 people were killed,
dozens disappeared and an indeterminate number moved out of Tijuana,
all which combined to put an end to the Arellano organization.

Sánchez, the researcher for Colef, said the criminal groups currently
operating in the city are not independent, rather associated with a
cell or are paying a "user's fee" to be able to work in a certain
area. They are mercenaries that have no problem switching allegiances
if need be, he said.

For his part, Clark said that, unlike the Arellanos, the Sinaloa
cartel prefers to work silently, avoiding public attention.

However, like the other criminal organizations, the Sinaloa cartel
uses the strategy of infiltrating law enforcement, in addition to
bribing police and judicial leaders, Clark said. And it has far
superior economic power than the other organizations, he noted.

The researcher attributes the drop in high-profile murders this year
in Tijuana to this strategy rather than the coordinated law
enforcement-military efforts to control drug trafficking. The other
researcher, Sánchez, says the reduction of these crimes is due to a
combination of both.

Baja California authorities said that there have been 436 murders in
Tijuana through Nov. 19, about 300 less than the same period last year.

Authorities and politicians, for their part, say that the drop in
violent deaths is the result of the efficient coordination between
the various levels law enforcement agencies and the military.

They have held up the these efforts as a national model; in fact
President Calderón has cited "the Tijuana model" as an example of how
the war against drug traffickers can be won.

The Sinaloa cartel's operation extends into the United States, where
the son of its co-leader, Vicente Zambada Niebla, and nearly three
dozen others have been indicted.[ They are accused of conspiring to
import tons of cocaine and large quantities of heroin to Chicago and
other American cities between 2005 and 2008.

In documents filed this month in the U.S. District Court in Chicago,
the son alleges that U.S. authorities allowed him and other cartel
traffickers to operate their business in exchange for information on
rival cartels. He said he was promised immunity from prosecution in
the United States if he provided that intelligence to DEA agents.

Federal prosecutors deny those allegations and are pressing their
case against the son and his alleged accomplices.

In Mexico, President Calderon's Cabinet has made defeating the
Sinaloa cartel a priority of the federal government.

Its leader, "Chapo" Guzmán, 51, remains at large after escaping from
a prison in 2001.

This year, Forbes magazine listed his worth at $1 billion and called
him the world's most wanted criminal.


AZMEX POLICY Background 30 NOV 2011

Note: Those who were in Sonora in that time frame not very impressed
with his administration.
(understatement) PRI best known for massive corruption, and
facilitating the drug cartels path to their current power. Should
the party regain the presidency, will they again "manage" the
cartels, or will the now more powerful cartels "manage" them?

Ex-Sonora governor Beltrones lets presidential dream die
Tim Steller, Arizona | Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 9:29 am
Manlio Fabio Beltrones, a senator who was governor of Sonora, decided
last week not to run for his party's nomination for president.

Governor hints at further political life after hand-over
By Tim Steller, Arizona Daily Star
Publication Date: October 20, 1997 Page: 4A Section: NEWS Edition:
HERMOSILLO, Sonora - Sonoran Gov. Manlio Fabio Beltrones plans to
move - at least temporarily - to his house in Mexico City after
handing over power Wednesday to the new governor, Armando Lopez Nogales.
The question circulating around Hermosillo is, what job will he get
By his own admission, Beltrones is a man with ambitions beyond
Sonora."I would like my dreams (for Sonora) to come true throughout
the country," he said during a radio interview last week.
Earlier in his tenure, political gossip frequently placed Beltrones
as a presidential candidate for the long-ruling Institutional
Revolutionary Party, or PRI.
But Beltrones' dream veered briefly toward nightmare after a February
New York Times story alleged links between him and Mexico'
Full Story
Manlio Fabio Beltrones was a governor of Sonora whom Arizona came to
That alone says something about the man, who was a political star in
Mexico when he governed Sonora from 1991 to 1997.
Even then, people spoke of him as a possible presidential candidate,
the Sonoran who could follow in the footsteps of the assassinated
presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio. (See the sidebar for my
story on Beltrones' future in 1997. In a pair of chances I had to
interview Beltrones, I found him intelligent and intense.)
Beltrones was forced to delay pursuing that presidential dream. A
1997 New York Times exposé implicated him and another Mexican
governor of supporting drug traffickers. He contested those
accusations, hiring former Star reporter Keith Rosenblum to write a
book critiquing the Times story.
But Beltrones persisted and was re-elected to Mexico's lower house in
2003, then to the senate in 2006. There, he became president of the
body and was again discussed as a "presidenciable" -- that is, a man
who could be made president.
He made his decision last week to give up the dream, and he announced
it in a video on his home page. His motivation, he said, was to unify
the PRI party behind the candidacy of Enrique Peña Nieto. After
Beltrones stepped aside, Peña Nieto made his candidacy official this
I'll have more on Beltrones in tomorrow's Star.

Read more:


5 minutes ago
you have to do a little bit more research. Beltrones was never
elected by the people. he was given a senator seat by his party (PRI)
in Mexico there are 200 seats given to the parties to "handout" to
special interest people (like Beltrones) every election. the parties
divide these seats according to the percentage of votes each party
got on the general election. this is the most anti-democratic thing
that can happen. Beltrones was even the leader of the Senate not
having the approval of the people, except his party's selection
committee. This is just proof of the highest corruption in
government. By declining the nomination is nothing noble of his part.
he just realized that he can keep being a senator for life and keep
filling his pockets with money the easy way.

article that talks about his "handout":

Note: good background.
article about his ties to drugs:

Ex-Sonora governor abandons presidential bid, seeks PRI unity
Tim Steller Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
12:00 am

Manlio Fabio Beltrones, who was a cross-border political star when
governor of Sonora in the 1990s, has given up his long-held dream of
Mexico's presidency.
In an online video, Beltrones, now a senator, said last week that in
the name of party unity, he would cease his pursuit of the
Institutional Revolutionary Party's nomination for president.
"This is one of the moments in life and politics in which one has to
decide between striving to be an important figure and being a useful
man," he said. "I've decided not to participate in the nominating
process for the presidency, opting instead to be a useful man for my
country and my party."
Beltrones' party, known as the PRI, dominated Mexico for 70 years
before ceding the presidency in 2000. He came of age in the
conservative wing of the party, now known as the "Dinosaurs," but
didn't take high office until Mexico was moving away from one-party
"His star rose at an inopportune time," said Ed Williams, an emeritus
professor of political science at the University of Arizona.
During the 1990s, Beltrones and former Arizona Gov. Fife Symington
formed a partnership that boosted the cross-border relationship as
the North American Free Trade Agreement was coming into effect.
Beltrones' political rise stalled in 1997, the last year of his
governorship, when The New York Times published an exposé accusing
him and another governor of collaborating with drug traffickers. When
Beltrones' term ended that year, he had to rebuild his career.
One of his moves was to hire Keith Rosenblum, a former Arizona Daily
Star reporter, to write an analysis and critique of the Times story,
one of several Times stories on Mexico that won a Pulitzer Prize in
1997. The book, titled "No Accuser, No Crime, but You're Guilty,"
came out in 2001.
In 2003, Beltrones won election to the lower house of Mexico's
congress. And in 2006, he became a senator through a process that
essentially allows the parties to name a number of senators in
proportion to the party's share of the vote.
In that role, he emerged as the leader of the Senate and developed a
reputation as a pragmatist, said Roderic Camp, a political-science
professor and expert on Mexico's politics at Claremont-McKenna
College in California. But in the meantime, a new young governor had
emerged as the PRI's next star.
Beltrones' decision cleared the way for that man, State of Mexico
Gov. Enrique Peña Nieto, to announce his solo pursuit of the PRI
party's nomination over the weekend.
Beltrones was long an underdog to Peña Nieto, Camp said. What changed
this month is that Mexico's left-wing parties settled on a single
candidate, he said, and that forced the PRI to make its decision early.
Still, that doesn't mean the 59-year-old Beltrones is disappearing
from the scene, Camp said.
"If Peña Nieto goes on to win in July, Beltrones could reasonably
expect a high position in the new government."
Contact reporter Tim Steller at 807-8427 or at

Read more:

Governor hints at further political life after hand-over
By Tim Steller, Arizona Daily Star
Publication Date: October 20, 1997 Page: 4A Section: NEWS Edition:
HERMOSILLO, Sonora - Sonoran Gov. Manlio Fabio Beltrones plans to
move - at least temporarily - to his house in Mexico City after
handing over power Wednesday to the new governor, Armando Lopez Nogales.
The question circulating around Hermosillo is, what job will he get
By his own admission, Beltrones is a man with ambitions beyond
Sonora."I would like my dreams (for Sonora) to come true throughout
the country," he said during a radio interview last week.
Earlier in his tenure, political gossip frequently placed Beltrones
as a presidential candidate for the long-ruling Institutional
Revolutionary Party, or PRI.
But Beltrones' dream veered briefly toward nightmare after a February
New York Times story alleged links between him and Mexico's most
notorious drug trafficker, Amado Carrillo Fuentes.
Beltrones pursued defamation charges in Mexico against the story's
authors, but federal authorities determined this month that the
charges couldn't stand because the story was published in the United
Beltrones also alleged this year that Carrillo had sent a
"lieutenant" to warn the governor that his whole family would
disappear after he leaves office.
But on July 4, Carrillo died during plastic surgery, according to
Mexican authorities and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. But
Beltrones still isn't sure that Carrillo's death wasn't faked.
On Friday he said of the threat, "I don't let it disappear because
I'm not certain (Carrillo) has disappeared. I guard that doubt."
If Carrillo is dead, Beltrones' problems pale in comparison to those
of his former colleague to the north, ex-Arizona Gov. Fife Symington,
who awaits sentencing after being convicted of fraud last month.
During the terms of the two governors, their personal friendship
helped strengthen the bonds between the two states.
Beltrones said he has spoken with Symington several times since the
"I've spoken with him by telephone, since we have a friendship that I
appreciate," Beltrones said.
"We spoke about universal subjects," not specifically about
Symington's conviction, he said.
Now Beltrones says he will let Lopez, who is also a PRI member,
establish himself without interference. Although Beltrones maintains
a house in Sonora, he will spend at least the next few months in
Mexico City, he said.
"It's a courtesy that the governor who is leaving office go outside
the state," he said. "The least courtesy you can give him is to let
him dedicate his time to governing."

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Note: The spill-over goes south also, Honduras and other Central
American countries major recipients of U.S. arms and munitions.
Pervasive corruption facilitates "leakage".

30 November 2011 Last updated at 07:01 ET
Honduras army to take on police duties in drug fight

The Honduran Congress has voted to allow troops to take on police
duties as the country confronts the world's highest murder rate.

The measure means soldiers will be authorised to conduct arrests and

Troops were deployed to patrol the streets last month after two
murders in which policemen were implicated.

Honduras is following the example of Mexico where troops have been
used to take on drug gangs since December 2006.

Members of the Honduran Congress voted to allow a reform of the
constitution to allow the armed forces to be used for police duties
"in emergency situations which affect people and goods".

In addition, soldiers may be used "on a permanent basis in the fight
against drug-trafficking and terrorism, weapons-trafficking and
organised crime".

According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Honduras has the
world's highest homicide rate - 82.1 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.

There are on average 20 killings a day, the majority blamed on drug
and street gangs.

"This legislation will allow the armed forces to take on policing
roles to confront organised crime and drug-traffickers operating
across the country," Oswaldo Ramos from the governing conservative
party said.

New powers
However, some members of Congress voiced concern.

"We have serious doubts about the implications of sending the army to
do police work," Sergio Castellanos was quoted as saying by Reuters
news agency.

"They are not prepared to deal with civilians and this will only
strengthen their position in society after the coup", he said,
referring to the military's role in removing President Manuel Zelaya
from office in 2009.

But given the documented cases of violence and corruption within the
Honduran police force, opinion polls suggest people feel safer with
soldiers on patrol.

In October, the government launched Operation Lightning, deploying
troops alongside police in areas dominated by criminal gangs.

This was in response to a wave of violence, including the high-
profile killing of two students, with police officers accused of

AZMEX EXTRA 29-11-11



Note: From Proceso, still don't buy into theory that everything was
for, or went to el chapo.
Proceso is a major and influential national publication in Mexico.

Fast and Furious: Arming "El Chapo"
Kennis and JASON ANDREW McGahan

The Sinaloa cartel was the main recipient of U.S. weapons from the
Fast and Furious operation. That we knew from the beginning the
Justice Department and various intelligence agencies of the United
States. Nevertheless, they continued with the operation and hid it
from the government of Mexico. So concludes a report by the U.S.
congressmen Darrell E. Issa and Charles E. Grassley. Based on this
and other sources and documents, independent journalists and Jason
McGahan Andrew Kennis described in a text to Proceso aspects of the
operation that ended up benefiting the Chapo Guzman cartel.

MEXICO, D.F. (Proceso) .- The November 5, 2010 Federal Police (PF)
and the Attorney General's Office (PGR) found the body of Mario Angel
Gonzalez Rodriguez, brother of Patricia Gonzalez, who had just
finished her term as Attorney General of Chihuahua, in a shallow
grave in the Valley Farms colonial state capital.

He was "lifted up" on October 21, a few days after, a video
circulated on the Internet that he appeared in handcuffs at the mercy
of five armed men wearing camouflage uniforms, masks and bulletproof
vests. In the video, Mario Gonzalez said his sister had ordered
killings at the request of the Juarez cartel.

The prosecutor dismissed the remark. She said that the kidnappers had
forced her brother to declare that. She said that the kidnapping was
in retaliation for the persecution that she had headed against the
Sinaloa cartel members and had performed due to the corruption of
police officers.

Hours before authorities discovered the body, PF agents raided a safe
house and arrested eight suspected members of the gang that had
kidnapped and killed Mario Gonzalez. They seized 16 caliber weapons.

That same November 5, Tonya English, agent of the Office of Strategic
Information and Intelligence (OSSII, for its acronym in English),
belonging to the Bureau of Alcohol, Snuff, Firearms and Explosives
(ATF) sent an e-mail David Voth, supervisor of Group VII of the ATF
in Phoenix, Arizona, to inform him that his office had traced the
weapons seized from the alleged murderers of Mario Gonzalez and two
of them, AK-47 rifles had reached Mexico as part of Operation Fast
and Furious.

The news soon was spread within the ATF. "Employees OSII contacted
colleagues in Phoenix to alert them to this connection. OSII agents
also told the staff at the ATF office in Mexico. "

Carlos Canino, alternate head of the ATF office in Mexico was
worried. He feared that the Mexican press would discover the
connection between the murder of Mario Gonzalez and Fast and Furious.
He asked his superiors to report the connection to the Mexican
authorities or that he was allowed to do it himself.

He felt that if national officials learned of that fact by the press,
and not by the U.S. authorities, they would withdraw their confidence
to ATF agents, which prevent them from working with them. In that
case, he reasoned, "we could just pack up and go home." In addition,
further affect relations between Mexico and the U.S., already
strained because of what was known of the Fast and Furious operation.

But managers of the ATF did not respond to requests for Canino. A
long wait. Eight months later, in June, adding alternative was a
"type approval" of his immediate superior, Daniel Kumor, head of
International Affairs, ATF, and Canino communicated directly with
Marisela Morales, Attorney General of the Republic. When I broke the
news, he says, "She was in shock," and then exclaimed: "Gosh". (not

"Everything under control"

This information appears in the Operation Fast and Furious report of
the Department of Justice: fueling the violence of the cartels, made
by Congressmen Darrell E. Issa, head of the Oversight Committee and
Government Reform of the House of Representatives, and Charles E.
Grassley, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

They are leading the congressional investigation into fast and
furious, so they must summon officials and agents of the ATF, as well
as the Department of Justice. They also had access to documents
relating to the operation developed by the two agencies and others,
such as the DEA and the FBI.

The 60-page report, dated July 26, describes how officials in the
U.S. ATF hid the details of the operation Fast and Furious from the
Mexican authorities and ATF agents stationed in Mexico, although they
began to report since late 2009 an "abnormal increase" in the seizure
of weapons related to "research" that took place in the division of
the ATF in Phoenix, Arizona.

Darrell Gil, who was the head of the ATF in Mexico, told
congressional investigators in late 2009 reported their concerns to
officials from the ATF in Phoenix and gave no attention to him, as
did so in January 2010 with their superiors in Washington. In both
cases received similar responses: "There is an ongoing
investigation," "we're working on it" and "everything is under control."

Gil said that the division of the ATF in Phoenix blocked its agents
in Mexico from access to the database tracking system for weapons
known as e-Trace. Both Gil and Canino commented that ATF officials in
Phoenix and Washington were hiding the information because they
feared operational information that agents in Mexico may share with
officials from the government of Felipe Calderón and these, in turn,
due to corruption in the country, the leak to the drug cartels, which
would fail the investigation.

Moreover, when Gil told the ATF director, Kenneth Melson, and the
deputy U.S. attorney, Lanny Breuer, made separate visits to Mexico in
2010, both tried to calm the concerns of the agents in the Federal
District . According to Gil, Melson told them: "It is an ongoing
research is providing some good intelligence (...) We'll check when
we get back (to Washington), but I think it is giving some good

Destination: the Sinaloa cartel

Based on Justice Department documents, the congressional report said
that until last July had recovered 122 weapons connected with the
operation Fast and furious in 48 seizures made by the Mexican

However, the authors warn, "there are indications that this number
could be higher." They cite the email that Bill Newell, agent "in
charge" of the ATF, he sent his boss, Deputy Assistant Director
William McMahon, whereby up to December 16, 2010, 241 weapons were
recovered related to Fast and Furious in Mexico and 350 in the United

The report of the U.S. Congress and other sources consulted by
reporters reveal that most of the Fast and Furious weapons that
appeared in several "crime scenes" in Mexico were destined for the
Sinaloa cartel.

For example, the report of the Congress are excerpts from the
appearance of Steve Martin, deputy director of the OSII, who said
that up to February 27, 2010 would have ended in the hands of the
Sinaloa cartel a total of 1,026 Fast & Furious weapons with a total
value of $ 650,000, and that the ATF officials were aware.

At his hearing, Martin refers to a "briefing" on Fast and Furious
which took place on March 5, 2010 and attended by senior officials
from the ATF:

Question: After the briefing there is no doubt that the weapons in
this case were being linked to the Sinaloa cartel, based in ...

Response: Based on the information presented. And I could say yes.

Question: And that was, presumably, very clear to everyone in the
room (where you took the briefing).

Answer: Based on that, it is said that people (who buy the guns) are
connected to the Sinaloa cartel, and I could say it's true.

This report notes that "the first major seizure of weapons linked to
Fast and Furious occurred November 20, 2009 in Naco, Sonora." It was
41 AK-47 rifle and a calibre .50 Beowulf. Veronica Alvarez Toscano,
a 21 year old female resident of DeLand, Florida, traveling in a
vehicle. She had purchased 24 hours earlier at a gun shop in Arizona.
Lorren Leadman, OSII specialist, said the July 5 congressional
investigators that Toscano Alvarez admitted to the Mexican police
that all weapons were destined for the Sinaloa cartel.

Three weeks later, on December 9, 2009, the Mexican Army seized in a
safe house in Mexicali, Baja California, a similar arsenal: 41 AK-47
rifles, an AR-15 rifle, a pistol FN 5.7 and 392 cartridges of various
sizes, as well as 421 kilograms of cocaine, 60 kilograms of
methamphetamine, $ 2 million and 1 million pesos in cash. The
military arrested 12 people, including several suspected members of
the Sinaloa cartel. "The trail of weapons that were recovered was
being monitored by the operation Fast and Furious," the congressional

He adds: "With a second large seizure of weapons in less than three
weeks, the ATF agents who monitored the operation Fast and Furious
had little doubt what was happening." He cites what one of them,
Joseph Wall, wrote in an email to his colleague at the agency, Hope
MacAllister: "(the leadership of the Sinaloa cartel) is arming for war."

On January 13, 2010 police in El Paso, Texas, seized 40 rifles, boots
and bulletproof vests that were in a Volkswagen Jetta car abandoned
in a parking lot in the city. The ATF traced the serial numbers of
weapons. They were fast and furious and were destined for a major
leader of the Sinaloa cartel in Ciudad Juarez. The report states:
"This seizure could represent a change in the movement of weapons of
Fast and furious battle for the Sinaloa cartel for control of drug
trafficking corridor of Ciudad Juarez."

There was another major weapons seizure related to Fast and Furious
does not appear in the report of the Congress but the Los Angeles
Times announced on October 8 on the basis of federal court records
and documents of the ATF .

According to this version last April PF agents took by assault a
house located in the north of Ciudad Juarez. The agents received a
tip that gunmen were living there. The building, it turned out,
belonged to José Antonio Torres Marrufo, Marrufo o alias The Jaguar,
head of the Sinaloa cartel in Ciudad Juarez

In the gym which was in the basement, behind a wall covered by full-
length mirrors officers found a room in which there was a 30-caliber
antiaircraft machine gun, a grenade launcher, two dozen AK-47 rifles,
a caliber .50 Barrett (known as "cop killer"), 26,708 cartridges,
247 magazines, as well as 53 military police uniforms, cash registers
and gas masks. "We seized the largest cache of weapons in the history
of Ciudad Juarez," the governor of Chihuahua, César Duarte. boasted
to the press

ATF agents traced the origin of the weapons. Were also from fast and
furious. A "civil buyer" purchased them in Phoenix and with the
consent of the ATF, sent them to El Paso, Texas, where members of the
Sinaloa cartel the "crossed" the border.

In his appearance before Congress, the ATF officer Carlos Canino
expressed concern about the effects of fast and furious: "It is
alleged that more than 2,000 weapons were trafficked in this
operation. To put this in context: 75 Regiment of the U.S. Navy has
about 2,500. That means that as a result of this operation (Fast and
the Furious), the Sinaloa cartel has received many weapons as those
needed to equip a regiment. " ( this is how it translated)

He put emphasis on the 34 .50 caliber Barrett rifles that would have
ended in the hands of the Sinaloa cartel. He noted that the
destructive power of these weapons is such that it could change the
outcome of any fight.

* Andrew Kennis is a freelance journalist in Chicago and Mexico City
and has contributed to The Christian Science Monitor and Al-Jazeera.
Jason McGahan is a master of British literature and American, served
on the editorial board of The Washington Post.

Rápido y furioso: Armas para "El Chapo"

Armas de un decomiso en Estados Unidos.
Foto: AP
El cártel de Sinaloa fue el principal destinatario de las armas de la
operación estadunidense Rápido y furioso. Eso lo supieron desde el
principio el Departamento de Justicia y varias agencias de
inteligencia de Estados Unidos. Pese a ello, continuaron con el
operativo y lo ocultaron al gobierno de México. Tal es la conclusión
de un informe realizado por los congresistas estadunidenses Darrell
E. Issa y Charles E. Grassley. Con base en éste y en otras fuentes y
documentos, los periodistas independientes Andrew Kennis y Jason
McGahan describen, en un texto para Proceso, aspectos del operativo
que terminó por beneficiar al cártel del Chapo Guzmán.

MÉXICO, D.F. (Proceso).- El 5 de noviembre de 2010 agentes de la
Policía Federal (PF) y de la Procuraduría General de la República
(PGR) encontraron el cadáver de Mario Ángel González Rodríguez –
hermano de Patricia González, que recién había terminado su gestión
como procuradora de Justicia de Chihuahua– en una fosa poco profunda,
en la colonia Granjas del Valle de la capital del estado.

Fue "levantado" el 21 de octubre; días después circuló en internet un
video en el que aparecía esposado y a merced de cinco hombres armados
que vestían uniformes de camuflaje, máscaras y chalecos antibalas. En
el video, Mario González dijo que su hermana había ordenado
asesinatos a petición del cártel de Juárez.

La procuradora rechazó el señalamiento. Afirmó que los plagiarios
habían obligado a su hermano a declarar eso. Sostuvo que el secuestro
era una represalia por la persecución que ella había encabezado
contra miembros del cártel de Sinaloa y que se había realizado debido
a la corrupción de agentes policiacos.

Horas antes de que las autoridades descubrieran el cadáver, agentes
de la PF irrumpieron en una casa de seguridad y arrestaron a ocho
presuntos miembros de la banda que había secuestrado y asesinado a
Mario González. Les decomisaron 16 armas de grueso calibre.

Ese mismo 5 de noviembre, Tonya English, agente de la Oficina de
Información Estratégica e Inteligencia (OSSII, por sus siglas en
inglés), perteneciente a la Agencia de Alcohol, Tabaco, Armas de
Fuego y Explosivos (ATF), envió un correo electrónico a David Voth,
supervisor del Grupo VII de la ATF en Phoenix, Arizona, para
informarle que su oficina había rastreado esas armas decomisadas a
los presuntos asesinos de Mario González y que dos de ellas, un par
de rifles AK-47, habían llegado a México como parte de la operación
Rápido y furioso.

La noticia pronto se regó dentro de la ATF. "Empleados de la OSII
contactaron a sus colegas en Phoenix para alertarlos de esta
conexión. Agentes de la OSII también se lo dijeron al personal de la
oficina de la ATF en México".

Carlos Canino, agregado alterno de la oficina de la ATF en México, se
preocupó. Temía que la prensa mexicana descubriera la conexión entre
el asesinato de Mario González y Rápido y furioso. Pidió a sus
superiores que informaran de dicha conexión a las autoridades
mexicanas o que lo autorizaran a hacerlo él mismo.

Consideraba que si los funcionarios nacionales se enteraban de ese
dato por la prensa, y no por las autoridades estadunidenses, les
retirarían su confianza a los agentes de la ATF, lo que les impediría
trabajar con ellos. En ese caso, razonó, "nosotros sólo podríamos
hacer las maletas e ir a casa". Además, se afectarían aún más las
relaciones entre México y Estados Unidos, de por sí tensas a causa de
lo que se había sabido de la operación Rápido y furioso.

Pero los directivos de la ATF no respondían a las peticiones de
Canino. Le daban largas. Ocho meses después, en junio pasado, el
agregado alterno obtuvo "un tipo de aprobación" de su superior
inmediato, Daniel Kumor, jefe de Asuntos Internacionales de la ATF, y
Canino se comunicó directamente con Marisela Morales, procuradora
general de la República. Cuando le soltó la noticia, dice, "ella
quedó en shock" y luego exclamó: "¡Híjole!".

"Todo bajo control"

Esa información aparece en el informe Operación Rápido y furioso del
Departamento de Justicia: alimentando la violencia de los cárteles,
elaborado por los congresistas Darrell E. Issa, jefe del Comité de
Vigilancia y Reforma de Gobierno de la Cámara de Representantes, y
Charles E. Grassley, miembro del Comité de Justicia del Senado.

Ellos encabezan la investigación del Congreso sobre Rápido y furioso,
por lo que llamaron a comparecer a agentes y funcionarios de la ATF,
lo mismo que del Departamento de Justicia. Además, tuvieron acceso a
documentos relativos a la operación elaborados por las dos
dependencias y por otras, como la DEA y el FBI.

El informe de 60 páginas, fechado el pasado 26 de julio, describe
cómo los funcionarios de la ATF en Estados Unidos ocultaron los
detalles del operativo Rápido y furioso a las autoridades mexicanas y
a los agentes de la ATF destacados en México, aunque éstos empezaron
a notificar desde finales de 2009 un "incremento anormal" en el
decomiso de armas relacionadas con "una investigación" que se llevaba
a cabo en la división de la ATF en Phoenix, Arizona.

Darrell Gil, quien era el jefe de la ATF en México, dijo a los
investigadores del Congreso que a finales de 2009 comunicó sus
preocupaciones a los funcionarios de la ATF en Phoenix y, como no le
hacían caso, lo hizo en enero de 2010 con sus superiores en
Washington. En ambos casos recibió respuestas similares: "Existe una
investigación en curso", "estamos trabajando en eso" y "todo está
bajo control".

Gil contó que la división de la ATF en Phoenix bloqueó a sus agentes
en México el acceso a la base de datos del sistema de rastreo de
armas conocido como e-Trace. Tanto Gil como Canino comentaron que los
funcionarios de la ATF en Phoenix y Washington les ocultaban
información del operativo porque temían que los agentes en México
pudieran compartirla con funcionarios del gobierno de Felipe Calderón
y éstos, a su vez –debido a la corrupción imperante en el país–, la
filtraran a los cárteles de la droga, con lo cual fracasaría la

Más aún, Gil relató que cuando el director de la ATF, Kenneth Melson,
y el subprocurador de Justicia de Estados Unidos, Lanny Breuer,
realizaron visitas por separado a México en 2010, ambos intentaron
calmar las preocupaciones de los agentes destacados en el Distrito
Federal. Según Gil, Melson les comentó: "Es una investigación en
curso que está proveyendo de alguna buena información de inteligencia
(…) Lo vamos a checar cuando regresemos (a Washington), pero yo creo
que está dando algunos buenos resultados".

Destino: el cártel de Sinaloa

Con base en documentos del Departamento de Justicia, el informe de
los congresistas señala que hasta julio pasado se habían recuperado
122 armas conectadas con la operación Rápido y furioso en 48
decomisos realizados por las autoridades mexicanas.

Sin embargo, los autores advierten: "existen indicios de que ese
número podría ser mayor". Citan como ejemplo el correo electrónico
que Bill Newell, agente "en cargo" de la ATF, envió a su jefe, el
subdirector adjunto William McMahon, según el cual hasta el 16 de
diciembre de 2010 se habían recuperado 241 armas relacionadas con
Rápido y furioso en México y 350 en Estados Unidos.

El informe de los congresistas estadunidenses y otras fuentes
consultadas por los reporteros revelan que la mayoría de las armas de
Rápido y furioso aparecidas en diversas "escenas del crimen" en
México estaba destinada al cártel de Sinaloa.

Por ejemplo, en el informe de los congresistas aparecen extractos de
la comparecencia de Steve Martin, director adjunto de la OSII, quien
sostuvo que hasta el 27 de febrero de 2010 habrían terminado en manos
del cártel de Sinaloa un total de mil 26 armas de Rápido y furioso,
con un valor total de 650 mil dólares, y que de ello eran conscientes
los funcionarios de la ATF.

En su comparecencia Martin se refiere a una "sesión informativa"
sobre Rápido y furioso que se llevó a cabo el 5 de marzo de 2010 y en
la que participaron importantes funcionarios de la ATF:

Pregunta: Después de esa sesión informativa no hay duda que las armas
en este caso estaban siendo vinculadas al cártel de Sinaloa, con base

Respuesta: Con base en la información presentada. Y podría decir que sí.

Pregunta: Y eso era, presumiblemente, muy claro para todos en el
salón (donde se llevó la sesión informativa).

Respuesta: Con base en eso, se dice que la gente (que compra las
armas) está conectada con el cártel de Sinaloa, y yo podría decir que
es cierto.

El citado informe señala que "el primer gran decomiso de armas
ligadas a Rápido y furioso ocurrió el 20 de noviembre de 2009 en
Naco, Sonora". Se trató de 41 rifles AK-47 y un rifle Beowulf calibre.
05. Verónica Álvarez Toscano, una mujer de 21 años residente en
DeLand, Florida, las transportaba en un vehículo. Las había comprado
24 horas antes en una tienda de armas en Arizona. Lorren Leadman,
especialista de la OSII, dijo el 5 de julio a los investigadores del
Congreso que Álvarez Toscano admitió ante la policía mexicana que
todas las armas estaban destinadas al cártel de Sinaloa.

Tres semanas después, el 9 de diciembre de 2009, efectivos del
Ejército Mexicano incautaron en una casa de seguridad de Mexicali,
Baja California, un arsenal similar: 41 rifles AK-47, un rifle AR-15,
una pistola FN 5.7 y 392 cartuchos de diversos calibres, así como 421
kilogramos de cocaína, 60 kilogramos de metanfetaminas, 2 millones de
dólares y 1 millón de pesos en efectivo. Los militares detuvieron a
12 personas, varias de ellas sospechosas de pertenecer al cártel de
Sinaloa. "El rastro de las armas recuperadas llevó a testaferros que
estaban siendo monitoreados por la operación Rápido y furioso",
señala el informe del Congreso.

Y añade: "Con una segunda gran incautación de armas en menos de tres
semanas, los agentes de la ATF que monitoreaban la operación Rápido y
furioso tenían pocas dudas de lo que estaba pasando". Y cita lo que
uno de éstos, José Wall, escribió en un correo electrónico a su
colega de la agencia, Hope MacAllister: "(el liderazgo del cártel de
Sinaloa) se está armando para una guerra".

El 13 de enero de 2010 la policía de El Paso, Texas, incautó 40 armas
largas, cargadores y chalecos antibalas que se encontraban en un auto
Volkswagen Jetta abandonado en un estacionamiento de la ciudad. La
ATF rastreó los números de serie de las armas. Eran de Rápido y
furioso y estaban destinadas a un importante jefe del cártel de
Sinaloa en Ciudad Juárez. El informe señala: "Este decomiso pudo
representar un cambio en el movimiento de las armas de Rápido y
furioso destinadas a la batalla del cártel de Sinaloa por el control
del corredor de tráfico de drogas de Ciudad Juárez".

Hubo otro decomiso importante de armas relacionadas con Rápido y
furioso que no aparece en el informe de los congresistas pero que el
diario Los Ángeles Times dio a conocer el pasado 8 de octubre con
base en los registros de una Corte federal y de documentos de la ATF.

Según esa versión, en abril pasado agentes de la PF tomaron por
asalto una casa ubicada en la parte norte de Ciudad Juárez. Los
agentes recibieron el chivatazo de que ahí vivían pistoleros. El
inmueble, se supo después, pertenecía a José Antonio Torres Marrufo,
alias El Marrufo o El Jaguar, jefe del cártel de Sinaloa en Ciudad

En el gimnasio que estaba en el sótano de la casa, detrás de un muro
cubierto por espejos de cuerpo entero los agentes encontraron un
cuarto en el que había una ametralladora antiaérea calibre 30, un
lanzagranadas, dos docenas de AK-47, rifles Barrett calibre .50
(conocidos como "matapolicías"), 26 mil 708 cartuchos, 247
cargadores, lo mismo que 53 uniformes de la Policía Militar, máquinas
registradoras y máscaras antigás. "Hemos confiscado el alijo de armas
más importante en la historia de Ciudad Juárez", se jactó ante la
prensa el gobernador de Chihuahua, César Duarte.

Agentes de la ATF rastrearon el origen de las armas. También eran de
Rápido y furioso. Un "comprador civil" las adquirió en Phoenix y, con
la anuencia de la ATF, las envió a El Paso, Texas, donde miembros del
cártel de Sinaloa las "cruzaron" por la frontera.

En su comparecencia ante los congresistas, el funcionario de la ATF
Carlos Canino expresó su preocupación sobre los efectos de Rápido y
furioso: "Se alega que más de 2 mil armas fueron traficadas en esta
operación. Para ponerlo en contexto: el 75 regimiento de la armada de
Estados Unidos tiene aproximadamente 2 mil 500 efectivos. Eso
significa que, como resultado de esta operación (Rápido y furioso),
el cártel de Sinaloa ha recibido tantas armas como las que se
necesitan para equipar a un regimiento entero".

Y puso énfasis en los 34 rifles Barrett calibre .50 que habrían
terminado en manos del cártel de Sinaloa. Señaló que el poder de
destrucción de estas armas es tal que podría cambiar el desenlace de
cualquier combate.

*Andrew Kennis es un periodista independiente que trabaja en Chicago
y en la Ciudad de México y ha colaborado en The Christian Science
Monitor y Al- Jazeera. Jason McGahan es maestro de literatura
británica y estadunidense; formó parte del equipo editorial de The
Washington Post.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011



Note: from one of the people directly responsible for the mess.
See; AZMEX Background 27-11-11

Salinas: Cartels control regions and threaten the Republic
The former president says that decisions are taken Mexicans abroad.
Neoliberalism is bounded
Eduardo Cabrera / Correspondent

Mérida, November 28 .- The former president of Mexico Carlos Salinas
de Gortari in this city said that the Republic is at risk, as there
are grievances that run our country: The involvement of our
sovereignty and the removal of the drug cartels State control.

Salinas de Gortari offered in the auditorium 'Manuel Cepeda Peraza',
the central building of the Autonomous University of Yucatan, the
lecture on his book "What to do? The public choice "act that raised
the first of these grievances is that" it has affected the
sovereignty of Mexico, our fundamental principle, when competent
decisions that only Mexicans are being taken in foreign entities. "

The second offense occurs, he said, "when parts of the country have
been removed from state control to have a dominant presence, with
this comparison of the drug cartels are doing so much damage to
democratic coexistence among Mexicans."

Former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari distanced itself from
neoliberalism, lambasted the new populism, which in their opinion
provides no value and do much harm to the public.

On analysis of the sociopolitical situation in the country, Salinas
de Gortari said that we are a failed nation, but a weakened state,
but said, ours is a nation that has the strength of its history, its
institutions and its ties Community and social services.

"These two grievances to the sovereignty and justice are what we are
shaping the response to the question 'what do we ?'... because we
want to keep as a sovereign nation and reverse the conditions of
injustice that today live in the country to be truly free. No one can
speak of equality before the law, when there are such large
disparities in the field of justice and the distribution of income,
"he said.

The former president said that in adversity we have confidence in
ourselves, it is the power that derives from the new Mexican greatness.

Later, he deplored the unacceptable poverty that abounds among
Mexicans, which was identified as the worst form of violence.

"According to official figures, more than 50 million Mexicans are
living in poverty, we have hence the worrying phenomenon of violence
occurring in our country, because poverty is the worst form of
violence, is the daily, relentless of the population, "he said.

In the text of his book and its author's own words, there is an
invitation to citizens to participate more in public affairs that
fall into the country.

Salinas said that the individual seeks to return to the practice

During the conference, former president president, called for
building citizenship because, he says, is due to move from the
citizens who vote and consume only a citizenry who vote and are
organized in order to stop being objects of government handouts and
be subject of self-transformation, ie, citizenship must be earned.

He added that they must return to the root of republicanism, which is
citizen participation in public affairs.

On the upcoming electoral process, said it is very encouraging that
political parties have found ways to define their candidate profiles.

"With the responsible attitude they have shown all the contending
parties can anticipate that for the coming year we will have
democratic and peaceful elections," he said.

When asked about whether the PRI's return would guarantee the
Presidency to end the problems of crime, former President of Mexico
said that we must wait to see what offers each of the political and
electoral formulas in the country.

"We listen to their proposals and allow citizens to evaluate and make
its decision next July first", he said.

Carlos Salinas de Gortari came to the main building of UADY
accompanied by Gov. Ivonne Ortega Pacheco and both were received by
the rector of UADY, Alfredo Dajer Abimerhi, the mayor of Merida,
Angélica Araujo Lara, the president of the Governing Board and
Coordination of the State, Mauricio Rivero Sahuí, among others.

At the end of the event, retired former president in a van, which was
led by Governor Ivonne Ortega Pacheco, after learning some
rehabilitation of the Historic Center.

2011-11-28 12:35:00

Salinas: Cárteles controlan regiones y amenazan a la República
El ex presidente asegura que decisiones de mexicanos se toman en el
extranjero. Se deslinda del neoliberalismo
Eduardo Cabrera / corresponsal

MÉRIDA, a 28 de noviembre.- El ex presidente de México Carlos Salinas
de Gortari advirtió en esta ciudad que la República está en riesgo,
pues hay agravios que recorren nuestro país: La afectación de nuestra
soberanía y la sustracción de los cárteles de la droga al control del

Salinas de Gortari ofreció en el auditorio 'Manuel Cepeda Peraza',
del edificio central de la Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, la
conferencia sobre su libro "¿Qué hacer? La alternativa ciudadana",
acto en el que planteó que el primero de estos agravios es que "se ha
afectado la soberanía de México nuestro, principio fundamental,
cuando decisiones que nos competen sólo a los mexicanos, se están
tomando en instancias extranjeras."

El segundo agravio ocurre, agregó, "cuando partes del territorio
nacional se han sustraído del control del Estado para tener una
presencia dominante; con esta confrontación de los cárteles de la
droga que tanto daño están haciendo a la convivencia democrática
entre los mexicanos."

El ex presidente Carlos Salinas de Gortari se deslindó del
neoliberalismo, arremetió contra el neopopulismo, que según su
criterio no aporta ninguna utilidad y sí muchos perjuicios para los

Al hacer un análisis de la situación sociopolítica del país, Salinas
de Gortari señaló que no somos una nación fallida, sino un Estado
debilitado; sin embargo, agregó, la nuestra es una nación que tiene
la fortaleza de su historia, sus instituciones y sus lazos
comunitarios y sociales.

"Estos dos agravios a la soberanía y a la justicia son los que nos
están marcando la respuesta a la pregunta '¿qué queremos?'... pues
queremos mantenernos como una nación soberana y revertir las
condiciones de injusticia que hoy se viven en el país para ser de
verdad la libertad. No se puede hablar de igualdad ante la ley,
cuando se tienen desigualdades tan grandes en el ámbito de la
justicia y de la distribución del ingreso", afirmó.

El ex mandatario expresó que ante la adversidad debemos tener la
confianza en nosotros mismos, pues es la fuerza que deriva de la
nueva grandeza mexicana.

Más adelante, deploró la pobreza inaceptable que campea entre los
mexicanos, a la que señaló como la peor expresión de la violencia.

"De acuerdo a las cifras oficiales, más de 50 millones de mexicanos
están en condiciones de pobreza, tenemos ahí el fenómeno más
preocupante de violencia que ocurre en nuestro país, porque la
pobreza es la peor expresión de la violencia, es la cotidiana,
implacable, de la población", agregó.

En el texto de su libro y en propias palabras de su autor, hay una
invitación a los ciudadanos para participar más en las cuestiones
públicas que competen al país.

Salinas de Gortari afirmó que se busca que el individuo vuelva a la
práctica cívica.

Durante la conferencia el ex mandatario presidencial, llamó a
construir ciudadanía pues, afirma, se debe de pasar de los ciudadanos
que sólo votan y consumen a una ciudadanía que votan y se organizan,
para así dejar de ser objetos de la dádiva gubernamental y ser
sujetos de la propia transformación; es decir, para ser ciudadanos
hay que merecerlo.

Agregó que se tiene que volver a la raíz del republicanismo, que es
la participación del ciudadano en las cosas públicas.

Sobre el proceso electoral que se avecina, destacó que resulta muy
alentador que los partidos políticos hayan encontrado mecanismos para
definir sus respectivos perfiles de candidatura.

"Con la actitud responsable que han mostrado todos los partidos que
contienden podemos anticipar que para el año que entra tendremos
comicios democráticos y pacíficos", destacó.

Al cuestionarlo sobre si el regreso del PRI a la Presidencia
garantizaría el terminar con los problemas de delincuencia, el ex
presidente de México señaló que hay que esperar para ver qué propone
cada una de las fórmulas político electoral en el país.

"Debemos escuchar sus propuestas y que los ciudadanos puedan evaluar
y tomar su decisión el próximo primero de julio", refirió.

Carlos Salinas de Gortari llegó al edificio central de la Uady
acompañado por la gobernadora Ivonne Ortega Pacheco y ambos fueron
recibidos por el rector de la Uady, Alfredo Dájer Abimerhi; la
alcaldesa de Mérida, Angélica Araujo Lara; el presidente de la Junta
de Gobierno y Coordinación Política del Estado, Mauricio Sahuí
Rivero, entre otros.

Al término del evento, el ex presidente se retiró en una camioneta,
la cual era conducida por la gobernadora Ivonne Ortega Pacheco, luego
de conocer algunas obras de rehabilitación del Centro Histórico.

Síguenos en Twitter: @Excelsior_Mex

2011-11-28 12:35:00



Shoot the messenger update, gets more interesting all the time

AZMEX cyber attack on Riodoce (English)

Will try it in english this time
significant because the publication has been doing some good
reporting on the drug war,
and also because of increasing capability of cartel ops in internet
Report from Noroeste, also in Sinaloa.
( my understanding of internet things is marginal in any language)

HACKERS attack Ríodoce weekly site
Ismael Bojorquez, editor of the Sinaloa, said on Friday they realized
failure to upload information
Francisco Cuamea

The Weekly Ríodoce in CULIACÁN._ Sinaloa, suffered another attack.
On this occasion, its website received a "severe attack" cyberspace,
which on Saturday shut down the network. Ismael Bojorquez, editor of
the Sinaloa publication, said on Friday they realized failure to
upload information, but it was on Saturday when the company
Dreamhost, which provides them with storage service, confirmed the
attack. "The domain Mx suffered a severe DDoS attack and
this has caused downtime for many customers shared server.

Unfortunately we (dreamhost) can not provide service to a customer
that upsets other services. You will need to store this domain
elsewhere, "the communication of the company signed with the initials

Bojorquez said that, with advice from the organization Article 19,
the PGR stand in a complaint against those responsible for the attack
on its website, and bring value to the U.S. complaint.

"We already have confirmation there was an attack," he said, "we are
sure that someone does not like what we're publishing, then, can come
from many parts. You can not rule anything out."

In October this year, Ríodoce received the Maria Moors Cabot Prize,
awarded by Columbia University in New York, along with other media.

Last week, Javier Valdez, founder of the weekly, was awarded the
International Press Freedom awarded by the Committee to Protect
This publication Sinaloa has joined a series of attacks that have
suffered different forms of Sinaloa, such as Noroeste and the Debate
over the last three years.

Yesterday, the Committee to Protect Journalists demanded an
investigation of the attack on Ríodoce, considering an attack on
press freedom and information.

DDoS Attack
It is an attack on a system
computer or network
which causes a service to be

Monday, November 28, 2011

AZMEX EXTRA 2 28-11-11

AZMEX EXTRA 2   28 NOV 2011

Note:  The shoot the messenger special. 

The blogger who broke Fast and Furious prepares for US revolution
Tim Steller, Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 2:35 pm | Comments

The man who is breaking news on Operation Fast and Furious also called for readers to break Democratic office windows amid the healthcare debate in March 2010. The door to U.S Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' office was smashed two days later, one of a half-dozen around the country.
The Republic published a long, interesting story Sunday on Operation Fast and Furious, and it included interviews with Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea. These are the two pro-gun-rights bloggers who first opened the window on the disgraced ATF investigation in late December 2010. 
As often happens when you break a story, the scoops have kept coming, and Vanderboegh in particular has become a go-to source for information on the Fast and Furious scandal. What newcomers to his Sipsey Street Irregulars blog may find surprising is the broader theme of the blog, which perhaps can be summarized as: The out-of-control federal government is poised to start a new American revolution among gun owners.
While Vanderboegh has done a good job exposing Fast and Furious in the last year, he remains what he was before: A man so convinced that the federal government has turned totalitarian that he has declared himself willing, even occasionally seeming eager, to engage in war against it. As with many gun-rights activists, he foresees the moment of truth as when the feds come to take Americans' guns — that's when the shooting war would begin.
I've emailed Vanderboegh some questions about his views outside of the Fast and Furious case and am awaiting a response. I'll update when I get it.
Vanderboegh may have first come to the attention of Southern Arizona residents last year during the debate over health-care reform. On March 19, 2010 he posted this blog item, encouraging "all modern Sons of Liberty" to break windows at Democratic Party offices around the country.  Two days later, the glass door at U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Tucson office was smashed. It was one of about a half-dozen such incidents in the days after his call.
Vanderboegh was involved in the militia movement of the 1990s and appears to blame the U.S. government for the excesses that came out of that movement. Not only was the Waco disaster the government's fault, according to Vanderboegh, but the Oklahoma City bombing was as well. He calls it "The greatest crime ever perpetrated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation."
This was Vanderboegh's first claim to fame, says Mark Pitcavage of the Anti-Defamation League, who has been aware of Vanderboegh for 15 years.
"He became a big early proponent — and this is where he got his notoriety in the 1990s — of Oklahoma City conspiracy theories. 'Timothy McVeigh was a patsy. The government was actually involved.' He did a lot to popularize this," Pitcavage said.
Pitcavage traced Vanderboegh's post-militia career this way:
"In the late 90s and early 2000s, the militia movement went into a tailspin. It was at  that point that Mike jumped ship. In the mid-2000s, he became involved in the Minutemen."
"He rode that pony for a while. More recently, he dropped that and started his Sipsey Street Irregulars blog. He started the Three Percenter concept, which has caught on among anti-government extremists."
The Three Percenter idea derives from the fact (as Vanderboegh explains it) that at the time of the American Revolution, only three percent of the population fought against the king. Vanderboegh explains the present-day Three Percenters this way:
"We are committed to the restoration of the Founders' Republic, and are willing to fight, die and, if forced by any would-be oppressor, to kill in the defense of ourselves and the Constitution that we all took an oath to uphold against enemies foreign and domestic."
Most recently, Vanderboegh was in the news when four Georgia men were arrested and accused of plotting terrorist attacks against the federal government. A book Vanderboegh has written, titled Absolved, inspired the men, though Vanderboegh said he has never communicated with them. The U.S. News and World Report had this interesting story on the case.
Why does all this background on Vanderboegh matter? Well, I enjoy reading his blog, and have found in my couple of months following the Fast and Furious story that he has often been first in putting out details of the scandal. (He also had an impressive scoop last week when he published what he said were portions of an original draft of a Newsweek story about a man who for years worked as an FBI informant among white supremacists.)
But I read the blog just for new facts on Fast and Furious and as a measure of what is interesting gun-rights fundamentalists. I often find Vanderboegh's interpretation of the facts to stretch the limits of credibility and and to derive from his view of himself as a rebel leader in the run-up to the next American revolution.

AZMEX EXTRA 28-11-11


Note: If really destined for Nicaragua, and mostly shotguns, what's
the problem?

Published: 11/27/2011 15:13 By: Agencies
SAT reports historical seizure of weapons

MEXICO CITY (AP) The Tax Administration Service (SAT) reported that
said a container shipped from the country of Turkey, and destination
of Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua, with transfer scheduled in Lazaro
Cardenas, Michoacan, which contained more than 900 weapons .

This seizure is achieved through coordination between the SAT,
through the Office of Lazaro Cardenas, the Secretary of the Navy of
Mexico (Semar) and the Attorney General's Office (PGR).

In a statement, the watchdog announced that in the container located
154 nine millimeter pistols, a 7.55 mm (7.65?) caliber pistol and
756 12 gauge shotguns

The container and its cargo were made ​​available to the Public
Prosecutor of the Federation, for legal purposes that are appropriate.

With such assurances, says the SAT, it demonstrates the active
involvement of the federal government against organized crime and
confirms that the authorities continue permanently with their
determined efforts to prevent criminal organizations to conduct arms

Note: one of many. How many end up in Mexico? ATF never would talk
to us about these.

Gun store burglary in Prescott Valley results in $21,000 loss
by Morgan Sailor - Nov. 28, 2011 12:45 PM
The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team

Authorities are looking for the persons who broke into an STG
Firearms store in Prescott Valley last week and swiped an estimated
$21,000 worth of guns.

Authorities responded to an alarm at the store in the 9300 block of
Florentine Road and discovered the break-in. In total, nine handguns
ranging from 9 mm to .45-caliber guns and seven rifles were stolen,
Prescott Valley police officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Yavapai Silent Witness at

Read more:

Army checks weapons of 500 police in NL
In the C-4 facilities in the municipality of Escobedo, was
concentrated to a total of 310 police officers, 60 municipal guards,
62 Transit officials who are inspected for the carrying of weapons

Monterrey | Monday November 28, 2011 Notimex | The Universal11: 04

About 500 officers of the municipality of Escobedo are being
subjected to review of carrying a weapon, by elements of the Mexican
Army and staff of municipal and state comptroller and the Attorney
General of the State (PGJE).

In the facilities of C-4, the metropolitan municipality, concentrated
to a total of 310 police officers, 60 guards and 62 municipal traffic
police, who have reviewed the carrying of handguns and rifles, in
addition to being subject to inspection to 63 elements of the
administrative area.

It was reported that as part of actions already undertaken in the
municipalities of Guadalupe, Monterrey, San Nicolas de los Garza and
Santa Catarina, to ensure that all personnel of municipal
corporations to account of its weapons by all in order.

It was noted that with this review, sponsored by Mayor Clara Luz
Flores Carrales, is to verify that within them there are no "flyers"


Sunday, November 27, 2011



Note: some of us believe that this is more fallout from the killing
of young Francisco Vicente Castillo Carrillo couple months ago. More
blood feud than narco biz?

No record 12 of 16 people incinerated in Culiacan
Look for evidence to enable them to establish any relationship
between people burned to define a line of research to identify the
alleged killers
26/11/2011 02:55 PM

CULIACAN._ The Attorney General of the State (PGJE) found no criminal
record for 12 of the people identified, out of 16 found incinerated
in boxes of two trucks that were lit in the city.

The state attorney general, Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez, said that
working with forensic experts, fingerprint and facial feature
checking, the rest of the bodies to establish their identities and
strengthen the open preliminary Cul/11/244 / 2011.

He noted that evidence for them to establish any relationship between
the sixteen people burned to define a line of research to identify
the alleged killers.

Last Wednesday morning, city street Navolato, in the colony Rosales,
was reported a Nissan truck, registration in calls UA 05257, whose
box was found 12 charred bodies piled up, one of them female.

Minutes later, on the boulevard Isidro Salas Barron, Urban
Development in Three Rivers, was located a second unit, a Ford
Ranger, UB-08 505 sheets on fire, in whose case there were four more
bodies incinerated.

He stressed that in parallel, an interdisciplinary group of
researchers collect data and evidence on the transfer of the 16
bodies in this city in Nissan pickups, pegs and a Ford Ranger, half
cab, which set them on fire.

We review the captured video files in various parts of the city, to
locate the transfer of the bodies burned in the two units, given the
evidence that the 16 people, one female were deprived of life in a
different place .

The State Attorney said that is checked against the complaints made
days earlier by relatives of the three policemen and six civilians,
including women Guadalupe Gomez, who were kidnapped by armed groups
in the receivership and the neighborhood of Gato de Lara , in the
town of Angostura.

The list of identified victims, the head, the Municipal Police
Commander of Angostura, Santos Cardenas Hernández, agents, Juan
Carlos Mascorro Inzunza and Victor Rosairo Bojorquez Hernandez,
Martin and Guadalupe Gomez Almazan
Also, Jose Ernesto Esquer Leyva, Jorge Arturo Lopez Gonzalez, Pedro
Muñoz Lizarraga, Pedro Medina Aguilar, Eugenio Rosas Hernández, Jesus
Gabriel Gonzalez Garcia and his son, Jesus Gabriel González Benítez,
the last two residents of Caborca, Sonora.

Sin antecedentes 12 de las 16 personas incineradas en Culiacán
Buscan evidencias que les permitan establecer alguna relación entre
las personas incineradas, para definir una línea de investigación que
permita identificar a los presuntos homicidas
26-11-2011 02:55 PM

CULIACAN._ La Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado (PGJE) no
encontró antecedentes delictivos de las 12 personas identificadas, de
las 16 encontradas incineradas en las cajas de dos camionetas que
fueron encendidas en esta ciudad.

El Fiscal general del estado, Marco Antonio Higuera Gómez, expuso que
se trabaja con peritos forenses, en huellas dactilares y cotejos de
rasgos faciales, del resto de los cuerpos, para establecer sus
identidades y fortalecer la averiguación previa abierta Cul/11/244/2011.

Apuntó que se busca evidencias que les permitan establecer alguna
relación entre las dieciséis personas incineradas, para definir una
línea de investigación que permita identificar a los presuntos

La mañana del miércoles pasado, en la calle ciudad de Navolato, en la
colonia Rosales, fue reportada una camioneta Nissan, matricula UA
05257 en llamadas, en cuya caja se encontraron apilados 12 cuerpos
quemados, uno de ellos, del sexo femenino.

Minutos después, sobre el boulevar Isidro Salas Barrón, en el
desarrollo Urbano Tres Ríos, se ubico una segunda unidad, una
camioneta Ford Ranger, placas UB-08505 incendiada, en cuya caja había
cuatro cadáveres mas incinerados.

Subrayó que en forma paralela, un grupo interdisciplinario de
investigadores recopilan datos y evidencias, sobre el traslado de los
16 cuerpos a esta ciudad en las camionetas Nissan, estaquitas y una
Ford Ranger, cabina y media, a las que les prendieron fuego.

Se revisan los archivos de videos captados en diversos puntos de la
ciudad, para ubicar el traslado de los cadáveres en las dos unidades
incendiadas, ante las evidencias que las 16 personas, una de ellas
del sexo femenino fueron privadas de la vida en un lugar distinto.

El Fiscal del Estado manifestó que se coteja las denuncias
interpuestas días antes, por familiares de los tres policías y seis
civiles, entre ellos la mujer Guadalupe Gómez, los cuales fueron
levantados por grupos armados, en la sindicatura de Palmitas y el
poblado Gato de Lara, en el municipio de Angostura.

La lista de las víctimas identificadas, la encabezan, el comandante
de la Policía Municipal de Angostura, Santos Cárdenas Hernández, los
agentes, Juan Carlos Mascorro Inzunza y Víctor Rosario Bojórquez
Hernández, Martín y Guadalupe Gómez Almazán.

Así como, José Ernesto Esquer Leyva, Jorge Arturo López González,
Pedro Muñoz Lizárraga, Pedro Medina Aguilar, Eugenio Rosas Hernández,
Jesús Gabriel González García y su hijo, Jesús Gabriel González
Benítez, los dos últimos, residentes de Caborca, Sonora.



Note: Re: AZMEX UPDATE 3 Caborca is on a main drug trafficking
route into AZ. A family of 4 from Caborca killed just few days ago.
As expected the Sinaloa conflict is spreading north.

Published: 25/11/2011 3:50 By: Editorial ElImparcial
Found five bodies in Sinaloa border
A total of five bodies, four originally from Caborca, were found
between Tuesday and Wednesday at the border of Sonora and Sinaloa
said Jose Larrinaga Talamantes.
Hermosillo, Sonora (PH)

A total of five bodies, four from Caborca, were found between Tuesday
and Wednesday at the border of Sonora and Sinaloa said Jose Larrinaga

The spokesman for the Attorney General of the State (PGJE) reported
that the five people were killed in Sinaloa.

"We had knowledge of facts in which four people from Caborca ​​
were killed in the State of Sinaloa, were apparently deprived of
their liberty, near Guasave, victims and the bodies were found in
the border between Sonora and Sinaloa.

"And yesterday (Wednesday) also learned of a woman who was deprived
of her life, was apparently, according to research we have of the
Attorney General of Sinaloa, is that this person was kidnapped in Los
Mochis" said.

The person who found last Wednesday indicated that she was deprived
of her liberty from a Camaro car with her husband and daughter.
"Only she was deprived of her freedom and was found yesterday, also
on the border between Sonora and Sinaloa.

"They are many cases where there are many bodies that have been
victimized in the State of Sinaloa and are laid in the border", he

Currently the Office participates in a operation with State Police
and State Police Investigators

Murderers did not affect the peace: Malov
In addition, the Governor says the Pacific cartel, Los Zetas and the
Beltran Leyva vie Culiacan
José Alfredo Beltran

CULIACÁN .- To Gov. Mario Lopez Valdez, the violent day on Wednesday
that showed 25 executed is a fight between gangs that did not alter
or affect the public peace.
He said that after these events, held a meeting of security
coordination group at the Ninth Military Zone, involving the armed
forces, where they asked if it was necessary to seek support from the
Federation, but was told "no".
"We also asked what was the hypothesis of these facts, it was agreed
without nothing confirmed yet that this is a struggle that exists
between criminal groups in the plazas (AOR's), and what they wanted
was to send a message between cells of criminal groups .
"Why did not alter the order, did not affect the peace, took them
very well as long as changes are made to control both the Bomu, as
municipal police between 5 and 6 in the morning to enter and leave
surely they executed elsewhere, and leave it in the heart of the
city, "he said.
The state ruler said that will be reinforced with checkpoints and
patrols in Culiacan with the Army, the State Preventive Police and
state police.
"If you were looking for was just 'warm square' in order to come
today (authority), they are doing, we have incorporated new elements
of the Ministerial Police and soon we will be incorporating more than
120 members of the force that will be watching Culiacan."
Valdez Lopez reiterated that does not require more federal support,
because the elements which are sufficient to account points "shield"
of protection or control positions in Culiacan.
"I do not think the solution is to ask the other hand a booster. If
it were, I have no problem asking, I am sure that concentrating the
elements as will happen, can we give greater vigilance to Culiacan,"
he said.
The Government's concern, he said, is how to improve surveillance in
the capital "without losing the gains" in Los Mochis and Mazatlan.
"Sometimes (the criminals) is what we seek, we move the police to
where they are affecting or stay and they go to other places to move
the police," he added.

Identifies those who 'are fighting for the plaza'

"We all know that here operates the Pacific cartel (Sinaloa) and that
other cartels or local cells which are allied with some Zetas, the
Beltran Leyva, the Carrillo that are in dispute, those are the groups
that we detected, but we have no evidence, but everyone knows it,
"said the Governor.
This is to ask what are the criminal groups are generating the drug-
related violence in the state.

Note: Esteemed Gov. Malova strikes again. Not going down well with
the locals who are stuck there. Sympathize, but they ( politicians
and govt. officials on both sides of border) need to live like the
rest of us. Maybe they could do a better job.

Fear Security Authorities for their Children
Admits Governor Mario Lopez Valdez he has sent his children outside
the country due to insecurity.
El Sol de Mazatlan
November 25, 2011
Ana Lydia Aviles

Mazatlan, Sinaloa .- The entire population at risk, the problem of
violence that exists in the state since no one is guaranteed life,
given the situation in Sinaloa, but those most at risk are the
families of the authorities and public servants who are fighting the
criminal groups.

Governor Mario López Valdez acknowledged that some authorities, as
appropriate, have been forced to send their children to other
countries because of the insecurity that prevails.

However, he stressed that nobody has to send their children to other
countries the problem of insecurity that exists in Sinaloa, because
the government takes action to fight crime.

"Fortunately not everyone is in a dangerous position as we have those
of us with the responsibility to combat criminals. Today, the public
exercise has become difficult to separate dangerous," he said.

"We've heard some talk of criminals when we have caught, a leader of
a cell or head of a group, they are looking for someone from our
family to exchange it and that means that officials will not have the
conditions to operate freely and safely, "he said.

Valdez Lopez finally said that the fact that a public servant send
children to another country, not because you are in a position of
privilege, but to work only focused on fighting crime.