- By Guest Contributor: Deltalect
Racial and ethnic tension is a persistent human calamity. Kyrgyzstan is only a recent example of explosive racial/ethnic conflict–in the last few weeks around 400,000 people have been displaced and about 2,000 are estimated to have been killed. The circumstances leading to this problem aren’t completely unlike the United States. The violence in Kyrgyzstan started with extreme frustration, took root in land disputes, and then was fueled by government corruption and increases in living expenses. Source (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2010-06/19/c_13358406.htm)
The environment, culture and economy in the United States today is tense, and many are extremely frustrated.
There are upwards of 1 in 5 people who are unemployed but want a job. Many are simultaneously struggling to pay down debt. Compounding the stress over personal finances is the government’s questionable management of public finances. Volcanoes, earthquakes, and oil spills aren’t helping either. Source (http://www.gallup.com/poll/139346/No-Improvement-Gallup-Underemployment-Rate-May.aspx)
History shows us that under such apprehensive circumstances groups of people may lash out at others–irrationally laying blame on other groups.
I feel illegal immigration may be coming to a head and, if it does, could easily erupt into violence.
What makes me think illegal immigration may be coming to a head now?
Yahoo news gives us easy access into the thoughts of the online public. How? The online comment section for each news article provides not only a mechanism for open discourse, but also a “Thumbs up” and “Thumbs down” rating system where each reader can indicate their approval or disapproval of a specific comment. Although not a random sample it serve as a readings of sentiment–as sign posts.
I’ve done a little research on Yahoo News articles and found an astonishing number of hateful comments getting voted up, with copious approval ratings. Many times hateful comments were favored 10 to 1 over more subdued, rational comments. I do not agree with the hateful sentiment being expressed. I find it an ominous sign.
Here’s a few examples illustrating America’s festering frustration and malevolence–from Yahoo News:
Example 1–Yahoo News Headline: “Mexico teen killed by US Border Patrol, anger high”
Over 23,000 comments
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
- 14719/2681 “How does protecting our borders from an ILLEGAL ALIEN qualify as a homicide?”
- 8375/900 “Mess with the bull and you get the horn.”
- 7281/1131 “so sick of all these illegals coming to United States, and the nerve of the Mexican president blaming the law of Arizona, Hello!!!!”
- 2680/140 “in our country attacking a police officer with weapons causes lead poisoning, which is often fatal. No investigation is needed.”
- 1564/165 “For you that don’t approve of (how we are) handling the ILLEGAL immigrants, then pack your bags and move south of the border. “
- 500/130 “boycott all mexican restaurants in the USA, including Taco Bell. Get rid of the D A M N mexisicko culture.”
Example 2—Yahoo News Headline: “FBI opens civil rights probe into border shooting”
Over 7,000 comments
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
- 655/43 “issue more ammo to our Border Patrol”
- 387/40 “Lets invade Mexico and give them something to complain about.”
- 762/28 “hey i got an idea,,,,,,,dont cross the border!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
- 321/9 “When we finally decided to crack down on some of these illegals, you knew there would be violence. I just hope and pray we don’t back down now”
Example 3—An Online Game: An online “game” requiring the shooting of Mexicans crossing the United States Border has been played over 923,000 times on one web site alone. The game is called “Border Patrol.” It has a rating of 3.5 stars and over 18,000 votes. There are many racial comments made between Mexican/Latino and (mostly) white individuals on this site are explicitly stating they will kill members of the opposing ethnicity. Check it out. Source: http://nerdnirvana.org/g4m3s/borderpatrol.htm
Examples 4 & 5—Yahoo News Headlines: Many to most comments on the following two stories involve further acts of violence, and some outright killing, of Mexicans. Check out the comments for yourself:
- “Sheriff Arpaio Calls for Mexico Boycott After ‘Threatening’ Ad” Source: http://www.thefoxnation.com/justice/2010/05/25/sheriff-arpaio-calls-mexico-boycott-after-threatening-ad
- 79% of Latinos studied in Frederick County, Maryland were discriminated against while trying to secure housing. Source: http://www.equalrightscenter.org/publications/documents/FAIRHOUSINGFORALLfinalreport.pdf
Americans may take little notice of international ethnic hate crimes (such as is currently happening in Kyrgyzstan), but how will Americans react when if it erupts at home?
Afterward, if it explodes into violence, we’ll all chant together: “Who could have known?”
More examples of specific hate crimes committed recently:
How explosive? What do you think? The following pics are from a May, 2010 raid on drug traffickers by the Mexican army near Nuevo Leon, in the province of Higueras, Mexico, less than 100 miles south of the US-Mexican border. (Source)
See anything here that might pose a problem?
Can drug violence become racial/ethnic violence?
Can drug lords become warlords?
The city of Ciudad Juarez was recently designated the most dangerous city in the world after Mogadishu. Yeah, that’s in Somalia, where the US lost two Blackhawks and the crews got hacked up with machetes. Juarez, second best death hole on the planet today, beats out Baghdad and Kabul and adjoins the US city of El Paso. The politicians are too busy in Iraq and Afghanistan, air dumping trillions of dollars for our ‘freedom’, while here at home Ciudad Juarez is inches south of sovereign US territory and is a war zone? Yeah. (Source)
There are quite a few Cartels controlling different areas but by far my favourite group are Los Zetas. These motherfuckers scare the shit out of me. These guys started out as a legit group of elite Mexican military officers trained in counter insurgency ops, small group and aerial assault, advanced comms, fuck, you name it, these guys have gotten training in it at Bragg and at the euphemistically named “School of the Americas” which is basically a South American assassin training school in Georgia that makes Amnesty International want to rage quit the whole game.
They went rogue in the late 80s after witnessing the huge profits they were missing out on by staying legit. These guys are even better equipped then the Mexican army, wearing body armor, fielding AKs, ARs, 50cals, Stinger missiles and RPGs. They also operate helos and have shitloads of up armored SUVs and are experts in demo and advanced comms. These guys wiretap the Mexican government to make sure any bribes made get delivered on. They also employ armies of teen look out kids and hordes of prostitutes who suck cock for intel from unsuspecting targeted customers. Los Zetas are not only involved in drug smuggling, but extortion rackets, kidnapping, jail breakouts and human trafficking. (Source)
Deconstructing the sovereign United States
Our southern border remains unsecured allowing millions to enter the country at will. At the same time and since 1990 with the creation of free trade zones, what can only be estimated at hundreds of thousands if not millions, of foreign nationals are transplanted into the US under the EB-5 visa program.
Quietly, out of sight of most of the public, the deconstruction of the sovereign United States is underway. Already at work was the Security & Prosperity Partnership begun by Bush which creates the North American Union and obliterates our borders with Canada and Mexico for the free movement of goods and people (referred to as “human capital”) to benefit corporate business. It is this agreement that stands in the way of our southern border being secured. The S&PP is still rolling on out of the public’s eye as working groups continue planning the evisceration of the US for corporate interests
Prior to the creation of S&PP was the “Enterprise for the America’s” established in 1990 by George HW Bush which created the now prolific and pervasive “Free Trade Zones” (FTZ’s) that exist right here in virtually every state of the US. While these zones must obey local and state laws special permission must obtained and a request for entry into the FTZ has to be initiated in the event of any investigation. These can of course be denied by questioning jurisdictional authority as the FTZ has essentially been redefined and protected as foreign sovereign territory.
To accommodate these zones, trans-model transportation centers are being constructed at airports across the country. Billed as transportation hubs to centralize services, these airports also include taxi, bus, train and trucking and warehousing and manufacturing centers. They also include something most people are not at all aware of; free trade zones where the unemployed from other countries are ferried into the US under EB-5 visas. Once here under the visa, the investor and his mobile work force can move unhindered into any other free trade zone in the US. (Source)
Free trade zones and the EB-5 Immigrant Investor (from the .gov site)
Pentagon Fingered as a Source of Narco-Firepower in Mexico
The Big Clubs in Mexico’s Drug War Aren’t Slipping Through the Gun-Show Loophole
Another series of leaked State Department cables made public this week by WikiLeaks lend credence to investigative reports on gun trafficking and the drug war published by Narco News as far back as 2009.
The big battles in the drug war in Mexico are “not being fought with Saturday night specials, hobby rifles and hunting shotguns,” Narco News reported in March 2009, against the grain, at a time when the mainstream media was pushing a narrative that assigned the blame for the rising tide of weapons flowing into Mexico to U.S. gun stores and gun shows.
Rather, we reported at the time, “the drug trafficking organizations are now in possession of high-powered munitions in vast quantities that can’t be explained by the gun-show loophole.”
Those weapons, found in stashes seized by Mexican law enforcers and military over the past several years, include U.S.-military issued rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers and explosives.
The State Department cables released recently by WikiLeaks support Narco News’ reporting and also confirm that our government is very aware of the fact that U.S military munitions are finding their way into Mexico, and into the hands of narco-trafficking organizations, via a multi-billion dollar stream of private-sector and Pentagon arms exports.
Narco News, in a report in December 2008 [“Juarez murders shine a light on an emerging Military Cartel”] examined the increasing militarization of narco-trafficking groups in Mexico and pointed out that U.S. military-issued ammunition popped up in an arms cache seized in Reynosa, Mexico, in November 2008 that was linked to the Zetas, a mercenary group that provides enforcement services to Mexican narco-trafficking organizations.
Tosh Plumlee, a former CIA asset who still has deep connections in the covert world, told Narco News recently that a special-operations task force under Pentagon command, which has provided training to Mexican troops south of the border, has previously “… found [in Mexico] hundreds of [U.S.-made] M-67s [grenades] as well as thousands of rounds of machine gun-type ammo, .50 [and] .30 [caliber] and the famous [U.S.-made] M-16 — most later confirmed as being shipped from Guatemala into Mexico as well as from USA vendors. …”
Similarly, an AP video report from May 2009 confirms that “M16 machine guns” have been seized from Mexican criminal groups engaged in the drug war.
“It’s unclear how cartels are getting military grade weapons,” the AP report states.
Narco News offered an answer to that question in March 2009, when it reported that the deadliest of the weapons now in the hands of criminal groups in Mexico, particularly along the U.S. border, by any reasonable standard of an analysis of the facts, appear to be getting into that nation through perfectly legal private-sector arms exports, measured in the billions of dollars.
Those exports are approved through the State Department, under a program known as Direct Commercial Sales. A sister program, called Foreign Military Sales, is overseen by the Pentagon and also taps U.S. contractors to manufacture weapons (such as machine guns and grenades) for export to foreign entities, including companies and governments.
Between 2005 and 2009, a total of $41 billion worth of U.S. defense articles were exported under the FMS program and a total of nearly $60 billion via the DCS program, according to a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The bulk of those exports went to seven nations, including South Korea, but Mexico, too, was a receiving nation, with some $204 million in military arms shipments approved for export in fiscal year 2008 alone, according to the most recently available DCS report.
So, based on that evidence, it is clear that there is a grand river of military-grade munitions flowing out of major gun factories in the U.S. and being exported globally — completely bypassing the mom-and-pop gun store. That river of doom, however, does not bypass the drug war in Mexico.
The WikiLeaks Cables
Two separate diplomatic cables that came out of the U.S. consulate in Monterrey, Mexico, in early 2009 discuss drug war-related attacks on the U.S. consulate in that city as well as on a Monterrey TV station — with each incident involving the use of U.S. military grenades.
From a State Department cable created on Jan. 12, 2009, by the American Consul General in Monterrey and sent to the Secretary of State, U.S. Northcom and other U.S. consulates:
On January 6 the Televisa TV station in Monterrey was attacked by unknown assailants, who shot eight .40 caliber rounds into the station wall and threw a grenade over a fence into the parking lot, which exploded but did not injure anyone.
… The Consulate [in Monterrey] was attacked in a similar manner on October 11, 2008, and is located approximately one mile from the Televisa station.
… The investigators recovered the grenade fuse spoon, which appears to be from a US military M67 fragmentation grenade. ATF is investigating if any M67 grenades from this lot were exported to foreign militaries. The M67 grenade is different than the M26 grenade [an older U.S.-made grenade from the Vietnam era] used to attack the Consulate on October 11, but five M67 grenades were recovered during a raid several days after the Consulate attack in a Gulf Cartel warehouse. [Emphasis added.]
So the State Department cable makes clear that the attacks on the TV station and on the consulate itself involved military grade explosives made in the USA that somehow found their way to Mexico. A second cable issued in March 2009 lays out the plausible path those grenades followed on their journey to Mexico’s drug war.
From a cable issued by the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey on March 3, 2009, and sent to the Secretary of State, the FBI as well as various other consulates:
AmConsulate General Monterrey’s ATF Office, the ATF Explosives Technology Branch, and AmEmbassy Mexico DAO have been working with Mexican law enforcement authorities to identify the origin of various grenades and other explosive devices recovered locally over the past few months, including the unexploded M26A2 fragmentation grenade hurled at the Consulate itself during the October 11, 2008 attack. Other ordnance recovered includes 21 grenades recovered by Mexican law enforcement on October 16, 2008 after a raid at a narco-warehouse in Guadalupe (a working class suburb of Monterrey), and twenty-five 40mm explosive projectiles, a U.S. M203 40mm grenade launcher, and three South Korean K400 fragmentation grenades recovered the same day in an abandoned armored vehicle that suspected narco-traffickers used to escape apprehension.
Local Mexican law enforcement has recovered a Grenade spoon and pull ring from an exploded hand grenade used in a January 6, 2009 attack on Televisa Monterrey, a Monterrey television station. Based upon ATF examination, it appears that the grenade used in the attack on the Consulate has the same lot number, and is of similar design and style, as the three of the grenades found at the narco-warehouse in Guadalupe. On January 7, 2009, the Mexican Army recovered 14 [U.S.-made] M-67 fragmentation grenades and 1 K400 fragmentation grenade in Durango City, Durango. ….
The lot numbers of some of the grenades recovered, including the grenade used in the attack on Televisa, indicate that previously ordnance with these same lot numbers may have been sold by the USG [U.S. Government] to the El Salvadoran military in the early 1990s via the Foreign Military Sales program. We would like to thank AmEmbassy San Salvador for its ongoing efforts to query the Government of El Salvador as whether any of its stocks of grenades and other munitions have been diverted or are otherwise unaccounted for. [Emphasis added.]
Again, this is the U.S. state Department confirming that it suspects U.S. military munitions sold in the 1990s to a foreign military were subsequently diverted to Mexican narco-traffickers.
Friday, 22 April 2011 07:34
‘A secret operation to run guns across the border to Mexican drug cartels — overseen by U.S. government agents — threatens to become a major scandal for the Obama administration.
The operation, called “Fast and Furious,” was run out of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) office in Phoenix, Arizona. ATF sanctioned the purchase of weapons in U.S. gun shops and tracked the smuggling route to the Mexican border. Reportedly, more than 2,500 firearms were sold to straw buyers who then handed off the weapons to gunrunners under the nose of ATF.
But once across the border, the agency seemed to lose track of the weapons. Hundreds of AK-47s and Barrett .50 caliber rifles — favorites of warring drug cartels —made it easily into the hands of some of Mexico’s most ruthless crime organizations.’
February 11, 2011: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently told Mexican reporters that drugs like marijuana can never be legalized because “there is just too much money in it.” (Source) [But] Legalization would actually drive down drug prices, which would in turn be a disincentive to drug lords to continue selling as they currently do. . . There is so much money to be made by selling illegal drugs precisely because they are illegal.” . . . Others say that Clinton’s statements were not birthed out of ignorance, but rather are a clear reflection of central government efforts to protect the illegal drug market. A 1998 PBS investigation, for instance, explains how the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) relies on international drug dealing to finance covert operations, which offers insight into the real reasons for the war on drugs (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/front…). (Source)
CIA Drug Smuggling:
This Florida based Gulfstream II jet aircraft # N987SA crash landed on September 24, 2007 after it ran out of fuel over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula it had a cargo of several tons of Cocaine on board now documents have turned up on both sides of the Atlantic that link this Cocaine Smuggling Gulfstream II jet aircraft # N987SA that crashed in Mexico to the CIA who used it on at least 3 rendition flights from Europe and the USA to Guantanamo’s infamous torture chambers between 2003 to 2005. (Source)
Check out this blog post too:
Amazing photos–US troops patrolling opium fields of Afghanistan.
Notice the near zero opium production in 2001–while the Taliban were in power in Afghanistan.
Pretty obvious what’s happening . . .
Read the entire blog post here: Ever wonder why the US is in Afghanistan — the planet’s foremost narco-state?
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