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U.S. Efforts Against Mexican Cartels Called Lacking

By R. Jeffrey Smith
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 18, 2009; A02

U.S. efforts to help the Mexican government battle powerful organized crime networks are falling short, and a recent sharp spike in violence south of the border poses a growing threat to U.S. citizens, senators and independent experts told officials from three federal agencies yesterday on Capitol Hill.
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard (D), who said his state is the principal American gateway for drugs and human smuggling from Mexico, called the Mexican cartels the principal criminal threat for the 21st century. But he criticized Washington's response as disjointed and called for more intelligence-sharing and better coordination. ( but your former governor didn't think there was a problem)
"We are not winning the battle," Goddard told members of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on crime and drugs. Lawmakers joined Goddard in calling for a stronger federal response, including heightened efforts to stanch the illicit stream of thousands of American guns ( are they sure they come from the U.S. and NOT ........... Hugo's factory somewhere in Venezuela ) and billions of dollars in cash annually flowing southward across the border.
"Mexican drug cartels . . . pose a direct threat to Americans," said Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), the subcommittee chairman, noting that they now operate in at least 230 U.S. cities, up from about 50 in 2006. ( most of them here illegally but the cops can't ask them if they are legal or not thank you turbin durbin PUTZ)
But their joint alarm over the rising drug-related violence in northern Mexico -- where more than 1,000 people have been slain since the beginning of the year -- was not shared by officials at the hearing from the three principal agencies responsible for helping the Mexican government: the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch of the Department of Homeland Security.
Anthony P. Placido, the DEA's top intelligence official, ? said his agency believes that Mexican President Felipe Calderón is still "making important strides" against the cartels. The recently increasing violence mostly reflects the criminal networks' "desperate effort to resist," he said.
"The violence we see is actually a signpost of success," Placido said. (DUH ?)
A darker picture was presented by Denise Dresser, a Princeton-educated professor of political science in Mexico City, who warned that recent U.S. assistance in fighting drug trafficking has had only mixed success. Cocaine traffickers now spend more than twice the attorney general's budget just for bribes; 450,000 citizens are involved in the drug trade; and more than 2,000 weapons a day are smuggled south ( from where ? inspections of vehices. and trucks are prohibited) to fuel the battle between cartels and against the Mexican government, she said.
"Mexico is becoming a country where lawlessness prevails, where more people died in drug-related violence last year than those killed in Iraq, where the government has been infiltrated by the mafias and cartels it has vowed to combat," Dresser said. "Although many believe that Obama's greatest foreign policy challenges lie in Pakistan or Iran or the Middle East, they may in fact be found in the immediate neighborhood."
Firearms and immigration officials disputed the estimate of 2,000 smuggled weapons a day, saying the number was more likely in the hundreds. But they confirmed that these weapons are becoming more sophisticated and now include .50-caliber rifles with five-inch shells capable of penetrating walls. ( where are all these weapons ? show 1 serial number and if it was purchased by whom and was it legal and will you prosecute?)
"Unfortunately, in the past six months, we have noted a troubling increase in the number of grenades . . . seized from or used by drug traffickers, ( Now we are getting somewhere grenades are a little easier to trace ; what kind what markings ? OY VEY and I'm just a dumb Polock and we are concerned about the possibility of explosives-related violence spilling into U.S. border towns," the InJustice Department said in a written statement to lawmakers. (oops they forgot to add that border patrol agents have thier hands tied by the schmuctheir DC)
Federal officials said their agencies had cooperated well and provided timely intelligence and resources to the Mexican government.( say what ???) But the lawmakers said Mexican officials had told them otherwise, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sharply criticized delays in providing helicopters and surveillance equipment under a special aid program, the Merida Initiative, begun by the Bush administration.
Although the transfer was funded last year, Mexico will not receive the gear until 2011, Feinstein said. This is of "enormous concern to the Mexicans." She also said that federal efforts to stop the smuggling of weapons were "clearly not enough."
Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) asked why more border agents were not trained and deputized to make drug arrests.
His questions provoked Kumar C. Kibble, a deputy director of investigations for immigration at DHS, to say that the number of such agents had been inappropriately capped at 1,475 instead of 5,000. Placido denied that such a cap existed but warned that heavier involvement by border agents might compromise drug investigations and cause suspects to flee. ( now who is telling the truth DHS or DEA ? But no one wants to ask the $ 64 question how many successful cases has DEA made in the last year let alone the last 6 months)
"I'm afraid, in this country, we tend to segregate by agency," Goddard later complained. "On the border, we can't afford to do that."
Separately yesterday, Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart,( oh yeah he knows about terrorism. illegals and how to stop them or police work let alone how the National guard or any real military unit functions) who oversees the U.S. Northern Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that military planners are working with DHS on how to improve border surveillance operations, and reviewing a request by Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) for 1,000 more federal troops (from where thin air hello PUTZ Perry what is the Texas national guard for ? Oh yeah they might just shoot the illegals as the come across ) or agents ( what agents the FBI DEA DHS/ICE ?) at the border.
SIMPLE FIX ; MINE THE BORDER ANTI-PERSONNEL MINES SOWN FROM THE AIR.
COME ACROSS ILLEGALLY YOU ARE SHOT.
" FULL INSPECTION DOCUMENT CHECK" OF EVERYTHING COMING ACROSS. ( so it could take 30 minutes for each one instead of the seconds that turbin durbin wants for "free trade"
4 HRS OF THAT AND all of northern mexico WOULD COME TO A HALT
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Default Dude you made some points there!

First of all, how happens they don't trace back the serial numbers of all those "evil paramilitary-style semi-automatic assault machineguns" in the hands of the cartels and prosecute who sold them (or whoever had them stolen and didn't reported it!), rather than trying to ban 'em?

How happens that they don't show one single serial number? Maybe because that's a re-edition of what happened when they claimed that Iran was purchasing Steyr HS-50 anti-matériel rifles and started bashing Austria and Austrian gunmakers, sauf finding later what I already knew, that the HS-50 is a knock-off from a very simple German-made custom long-range rifle (the FORTEK-2001) made by the independent gunsmith Heinrich Formeier, and that the Iranians simply started to manufacture it on their own as it's not that hard to make a 50-cal?

How happens that some genius is thinking to "buy back" the cartels' guns, so to give them more money to purchase REAL assault weapons (the ones that go bang-bang-bang every single pull of the trigger) which are way less expensive and more common on the black market than civilian-legal lookalikes?

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well PT we all know hand grenades are all over the tables at American gunshow's Not to mention all the RPG launchers I see for sale at all the yard sales in town. Hell you can buy RPG 6 round Value packs at walmart. I know all about it cause I saw it on CNN..
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