First, from Drug lords' warning, dated June 24, 2010:
Police in a US border city are on heightened alert after receiving a warning from a Mexican drug cartel that officers may be targeted if they carry out off-duty drug busts, authorities said on Tuesday.
Nogales, Arizona police received the threat through an informant after two off-duty policemen seized 400 pounds (182 kg) of marijuana while horseback riding outside the city in early June.
"The warning was ... that the officers, if they are off duty, are to look the other way and ignore any drug trafficking loads that are coming across the border," a police spokesman said.
Arizona straddles a major corridor for Mexican smugglers who haul illegal immigrants and drugs north to the US in an illicit trade worth billions of dollars a year.
That information went via Reuters to a PRC news website, China Daily. I wonder if the seriousness of the situation has become apparent in our White House?
From Arizona Cops Threatened by Mexican Drug Cartel, dated June 24, 2010:
A Mexican drug cartel has threatened police officers in Arizona who confiscated a marijuana shipment, prompting the small town department to warn its officers to remain armed and have radios with them at all times, and keep their body armor handy.
Police and experts believe the warning against the Nogales, Ariz., cops marks the first time that powerful Mexican drug cartels, used to bribing and bullying police south of the border, have targeted U.S. officers.
That's significant - for the first time, they are threatening to bring the drug war to us. (Not that it isn't already here.)
From Mexican drug cartel threatens Nogales police officers, updated June 22, 2010:
NOGALES, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A Mexican drug cartel is threatening Nogales police officers, telling them to avoid off-duty drug busts or deal with the consequences of being assaulted by armed smugglers or targeted by snipers from across the border.
Nogales Police Chief Jeff Kirkham said the threats are serious, credible and a sign that drug cartels have become a much more dangerous enemy.
"Some direct threats came against our officers that if they're off duty, they were not to interdict any type of narcotics coming across the border or they would be targeted," Kirkham said.
Kirkham tells 9 On Your Side the threats stem from an incident two weeks ago, when off-duty officers conducted a drug bust while riding horseback in an unincorporated area of town. Some of the traffickers were apprehended, but others fled across the border. During the ensuing investigation, credible informants told police about the threats.
Kirkham says that given drastic budget cuts recently, the department does not have adequate funding or resources, but will not be deterred by the threats.
Our cops are the best in the world.
There are some that abuse their power - police power is easy to abuse - and there are some that are dishonest, but the vast majority of our cops are brave, honest, and have a high degree of integrity. Our "thin blue line" is something we can really be proud of.
Here's an excerpt from Fear Mexican Cartel Violence Headed to U.S., updated July 3, 2010:
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) Twenty-one died in cartel violence Thursday night in Tubutama, a small Mexican town, just 12 miles south of the Nogales, United States border. And, now, many are saying it's just a matter of time before that sort of violence explodes in southern Arizona.
In Tucson, several lawmakers commented on the impact of the violence.
"The cartels are obviously getting really good with their aim. And, they are killing more efficiently," facetiously said Republican State Senator Frank Antenori, who continued, "I'm waiting for any day now. That violence is coming! I mean, how many times do you have to get hit in the head with a brick? I mean the federal government is not getting the message."
Republican State Representative believes that message has already been delivered too late, "It's (the violence) has already happened. Look what happened two and a half months ago with the Pinal County Sheriff's Deputy getting ambushed. The war is already 80 miles north of the border and 40 miles south of Phoenix."
It is a war.
It is a war against non-state actors.
The first part of Article IV, Section 4 of the US Constitution:
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion
Obama's solution? Instead of doing his job as President, he is taking action against Arizona, which is in the difficult position of trying to do the job of the federal government, since the federal government is so woefully and deliberately inadequate to protect these United States.
(I wrote "deliberately inadequate" - why did I choose those words?)
And, this not some new development.
From Sensing weakness, drug cartels issue warning to U.S. law enforcement, July 5, 2010:
President Obama failed to respond to either the [April, 2010]bombing of our consulate, or to the [March, 2010] coordinated murders of U.S. consulate employees. That inaction, combined with his unwillingness to defend the border has undoubtedly sent a message of weakness to the cartels, and will likely result in the deaths of more U.S. law enforcement officers.
Of course, Obama's predecessor was equally weak on this issue. The threats began in earnest under the Bush administration, as assaults on Border Patrol agents began rising at unprecedented rates. By 2007, assaults (which include shootings) had tripled from 2001, with 987.
This is a key point to be made. Obama is obviously weak, which in a way is good news, because he is also anti-American. Since he is more of an enemy than a friend to this country, it is good that he is weak.
But, Bush-43 was not the strong, honest leader some paint him to be. Bush-43 had his deals cut, as well; honestly securing and protecting this country was not his priority, but rather his cover story for the rampant high-level corruption in his administration.
In that regard, the "change" (ever since January of 1993, if you think about it) has been more form than content.
In 2007, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reported that they had obtained a confidential Department of Homeland Security memo. The function of the document was to issue an Officer Safety alert to U.S. Border Patrol agents that human smugglers were bringing MS-13 gang members into the country for the sole purpose of murdering the agents.
The alert reads: "Unidentified Mexican alien smugglers are angry about the increased security along the U.S./Mexican border and have agreed that the best way to deal with U.S. Border Patrol agents is to hire a group of contract killers."
A Border Patrol agent speaking on the condition of anonymity said: "It's not just people coming over here to pick lettuce. These gang members, criminals, are endangering American lives." He went on: "Our vests won't stop a rifle bullet, and many of us feel like sitting ducks."
On August 25, 2008, federal and local law enforcement officials told the Associated Press that Mexican drug cartels are now sending hit men into the U.S.
Officer Chris Mears of the El Paso Police Department told reporters: "We received credible information that drug cartels in Mexico have given permission to hit targets on the U.S. side of the border. One of the first things we did was to notify all officers in our department of the situation."
It is a war against non-state actors, and our side is handicapped by high-level corruption of government officials who are on the payroll of foreign organized crime - the very same non-state actors who are waging war against us.
In July 2008, police in New Mexico and Texas received a cartel hit list, uncovered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The list contained the name of at least one New Mexico police officer.
Luna County Sheriff's Capt. Arturo Baeza told the press: "We have been concerned for quite some time that this thing will spill over here."
Snipers, who at one time, operated only on the Mexican side of the border, now move about freely. They fire a few shots at agents, then move to cover--only to fire again from another location. The tactics are typical of military sniper training. More than likely, the snipers are creating a diversion so that the smugglers can cross in another location. They know that the U.S. agents cannot pursue them into Mexico, and their own government is seemingly powerless to stop their activities.
In 2005, Border Patrol spokesman Andy Adame said: "We believe the vast majority of these assaults are directly tied to alien and drug smugglers based in Mexico."
Of course, Mexico's drug cartels are now operating within the interior of the U.S.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the cartels have set up shop in 231 U.S. cities. Atlanta, for instance, has been transformed into a major hub from which Mexican methamphetamine is distributed throughout the east coast.
With a largely unprotected border, and a President and a Homeland Security chief who seem oblivious to the threat posed to American cities, it is very easy for cartel hit men to cross into the U.S.
If Obama does not begin to take seriously his oath of office, we must install a Congress which vows to impeach the man who seems more concerned with golf than with the safety of U.S. citizens.
Obama's weakness only encourages the violent cartels, now in control of Mexico.
Switching gears to a completely different subject (or is it?), here is a quote from Found in Translation FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds spills her secrets, by Philip Giraldi, January 28, 2008:
Most Americans have never heard of Sibel Edmonds, and if the U.S. government has its way, they never will. The former FBI translator turned whistleblower tells a chilling story of corruption at Washington's highest levels—sale of nuclear secrets, shielding of terrorist suspects, illegal arms transfers, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, espionage. She may be a first-rate fabulist, but Edmonds's account is full of dates, places, and names. And if she is to be believed, a treasonous plot to embed moles in American military and nuclear installations and pass sensitive intelligence to Israeli, Pakistani, and Turkish sources was facilitated by figures in the upper echelons of the State and Defense Departments. Her charges could be easily confirmed or dismissed if classified government documents were made available to investigators.
Let me take this following quote out of its original context, and use it in this post. It is from Did Speaker Hastert Accept Turkish Bribes to Deny Armenian Genocide and Approve Weapons Sales?, August, 2010, in which Sibel Edmonds talks about her case:
SIBEL EDMONDS: As I said, Amy, I have been giving all the details to the appropriate channels. And they have been confirmed. And what I have said all along is the fact that as far as the 9/11 is concerned, September 11 is concerned, these departments—and when I say "these departments," the Department of Justice, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense—have intentionally blocked the investigations of real—the real criminals in this country. And we are talking about countries involved. The Vanity Fair article points out to Turkey—countries. And it’s very interesting. To this date, we are not hearing anything about targeting, you know, certain Central Asian countries. They are not speaking about the link between the narcotics and al Qaeda. Yes, we are hearing about them coming down on some charities as the real funds behind al Qaeda, but most of al Qaeda’s funding is not through these charity organizations. It’s through narcotics. And have you heard anything to this date, anything about these issues which we have had information since 1997? And as I would again emphasize, we are talking about countries. And they are blocking this information, and also the fact that certain officials in this country are engaged in treason against the United States and its interests and its national security, be it the Department of State or certain elected officials.
I took the Sibel Edmonds quote out of context, but perhaps her case establishes a greater context, one where US government officials sell this country out not just to foreign powers (both state and non-state actors) from the Middle East and Southwestern Asia, but also to foreign powers - non-state actors - from other regions as well?
From Article III, Section 3 of the US Constitution:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort
In our Pledge of Allegiance, we call America "one nation, under God" - though certain elements in this country hate that concept and want us not to say it.
However, in one of his most famous quotes, Porfirio Díaz offered a different perspective, summarizing the power that the United States had over Mexico: "Poor Mexico, so far from God and so near to the United States."
This power today manifests itself not only as that of the customer for illegal drugs and other contraband smuggled northward, but also as that of a superpower whose government officials are corrupt, on the payroll of the very same non-state actors who are destabilizing and perhaps even destroying Mexico.
Should it be proven that US government officials are on the payroll of these foreign organized crime cartels - these non-state actors who are illegally invading and destroying the United States - that would constitute treason.