On February 7, 2011, Sara Salazar is riding with a granddaughter and three other family members: her son Elias and his wife, Luisa, and her daughter, Magdalena. All have chronic illnesses and barely are able to walk. Just after they pass a military checkpoint, masked gunmen stop the car. They force Sara and the granddaughter to the ground at gunpoint and take the others away.

On February 15, the Reyeses stage a protest in Ciudad Juárez outside government offices. At the same time, their home in Guadalupe, less than 100 yards from an army barracks, is burned to the ground by armed men. Sara and two other daughters travel to Mexico City to protest, and they speak on national media, begging for the safe return of their missing family members. A couple of weeks later, the bodies of Elias, Luisa and Magdalena turn up by the roadside, covered in dirt and lime. The government announces that they have been killed because of their ties to the drug world.


Now, the survivors sit under trees in the yard by the pool in El Paso as children play. More than 10,500 people have been murdered across the border in Juárez since 2008. The city is one of the most dangerous places on Earth, with murder rates over the past five years ranging from 150 to 300 per hundred thousand. In the nearby small town of Guadalupe, the murder rate is closer to 2,000 per hundred thousand. New York City's murder rate is about six per hundred thousand.

The United States, the nation worried about terrorism, gives half a billion dollars a year to a Mexican army that murders and terrorizes Mexicans. The United States walls off Mexico on national-security grounds and then decries imaginary violence spilling north across the border. The United States constantly praises the Mexican government for its brave fight against drug organizations, even though in the 51/2 years since President Calderón launched the war that has resulted in the murders of at least 100,000 Mexicans, the delivery of drugs has not been disturbed and prices have not increased. The United States has helped to create a death machine, and now the eyewitnesses come north.

Americans must ask themselves this question about their War on Terror: What if the enemy is their treaty ally Mexico, and what if the problem is the state terrorism by that ally against the Mexican people?


A businessman crosses the bridge from Ciudad Juárez to El Paso. The state police came to his business. He could not meet their increased extortion demands, so they held him down in front of his friends and cut his feet off. Now he rolls across the bridge, his mother driving him to safety. He seeks asylum. He calls Carlos Spector's law firm. He enters a system worthy of Franz Kafka.

Of the 20,000 U.S. grants of political asylum in 2010, only 192 were for Mexicans. Most such applicants arrive at the line with no money or papers. Many are cast into the gulag of U.S. immigration prisons for months or even years. If released, they are unlikely to be allowed a work permit for months. If entered into the process for political asylum, they could wait years for a hearing. No Mexican is likely to apply unless death stares him or her in the face. Political asylum is not some tactic Mexicans use to game our system. But it is a test of our claims of being for freedom and justice and elemental human rights.

After the spate of killings in Guadalupe, fliers circulated saying, "Si no se van del pueblo, les pasarán lo mismo que los Reyes Salazar" ("If you don't leave town, you will get the same as the Reyes Salazars.") Most of the Reyes family still waits to have their pleas for asylum heard. The doors to their country have closed forever behind them. A surviving sister, Marisela Reyes, says: "Nuestro nombre en Mexico significa la muerte." ("Our name in Mexico means death.")


There is a rhythm to state terrorism in Mexico. First there are threats, such as the footsteps clearly heard by Miguel's father in the days preceding the slaughter of the family. Then there is the killing itself, the indifference of the police, the pious laments of government officials. Then more terror, such as his father's partner, Yolanda, being decapitated, such as Miguel's fellow photographers winding up dismembered in garbage bags. And finally, if one refuses to follow the rules, there is the destruction of a person's reputation. This last stroke is inevitable if the person speaks out about the nature of the Mexican government.

Miguel speaks out at a forum in Austin in late May 2012 about the controlled nature of the Mexican press and state-sponsored terror in Veracruz. He repeats the same things a week later at an El Paso press conference with Carlos Spector.

Two days later, Notiver, the paper to which his father devoted his life, announces that the son never really worked there but simply was kept around as a kind of pet because of his father. They say Miguel could solve the murder because he probably knows who killed his family. They imply that he is an informant for the DEA or the FBI — a dangerous allegation in Mexico. Proceso, the influential news magazine, repeats most of the charges without any questions. The charges are all lies or smears. But that hardly matters.

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Richard1980
Richard1980

In 1989, 'The Kerry Committee' found that the United States Department of State had made payments to drug traffickers, concluding that members of the U.S. State Department themselves were involved in drug trafficking. Some of the payments were made even after the traffickers had been indicted by federal law enforcement agencies, or even while these traffickers were under active investigation by these same agencies. http://bleacherreport.com/users/1379467-buy-azithromycin-online-no-prescription http://bleacherreport.com/users/1349325-buy-cipro-online-500mg-mastercard http://bleacherreport.com/users/1349445-buy-amoxicillin-online-next-day-delivery

sfbsailor
sfbsailor

@RaniaKhalek @BarackObama &@mittromney say: We don't give a shit about Americans, why would we care about Mexicans!

bradfox
bradfox

@RaniaKhalek My conscience.

tomphrey1
tomphrey1

Why is this propaganda piece still here.  I read it a week ago.  Why shouldl I be concerned about Mexicans killing Mexicans?  Boo Hoo.

willisforster
willisforster

The best thing we can do for both counties is real border control. Stopping the flow of drugs is impossible unless you stop the free flow of people. The big money will not be there to fund the violence and corruption.

tomphrey1
tomphrey1

"Mexican pay in blood for America's war on drugs."  Boo hoo.  Mexicans kill Mexicans and somehow I am supposed to assume blame.  Take your scrungy theory and insert it in the nearest convenient orfifice. 

coper1658
coper1658

OOPS excuse this old man

it should have been lost THIER heads

and

For now the big illegal drug profits are for a few and for the most vicious few.

coper1658
coper1658

Dear brendapatrickrom, the romans have been hunting people down like dogs for centuries.

Some early smugglers that could have lost this heads as king Herod had a bounty out on smugglers were the three wise guys following a star. Make something illegal, coffee, music, sex and there are those who will find a way to satisfy the desires of insatiable humans.

Violence and more violence to solve insoluble problems.

Take a look at booze and cigarettes on the market, they turn a fair profit to any that choose to invest.

For now the big profits are for a few and for the most vicious few.

cal lash

retired Narc

brendapatrickkrom
brendapatrickkrom

Good Luck Cartels Attacking the USA,  Your In Tall Cotton ...

brendapatrickkrom
brendapatrickkrom

Theres A Plan Strategically Set in Motion is What ive heard ...The Cartels  are in the way and will be hunted down like Dogs Now ...

 

brendapatrickkrom
brendapatrickkrom

Hire A BodyGuard Its Legal   Have Them Take Care Of The Problem ... Arizonains need to stalk up on water and food .We Are Going to War ive heard with Mexico ....

maxess
maxess

Actually you forgot one small detail. The HSBC Bank  knowingly laundering several billion  dollars in Drug money with nobody going to jail and a fine of just 0.01 cent on the dollars laundered for an overall BAnk profit of about 20%. This finances the Drug cartels. The Bosses do their mea culpa once a year when this sort of stuff comes out, and the following year when profits are shown get their huge annual bonus. People at the very top of the BAnk know this is going on and condone it. They need to do jail time.

noneya
noneya

Line up ALL of the ignorant POS racists in front of a firing squad like in the old days and just wipe this country of hateful, useless morons that are taking up space and oxygen. Start with the worthless AZ bastards! And then you wonder why the majority of the world hates us and see us as bullies?

coper1658
coper1658

Of Interest related to the 80 year old drug war.

http://www.ciadrugs.com/  

and http://www.american-buddha.com/cia.death.htm

 

Actually its not to far fetched to believe It's the fault of the US that Mexicans are killing each other.

Americans consume huge amounts of drugs imported  from Mexico and then America gives the Mexican government huge amounts of money to keep Mexicans from selling drugs to Americans?

If Al Capone were alive to ask him about legalizing drugs, I am sure he would be opposed to legalization as are a number of financial institutions. After all  a 30 percent charge for laundering $$ is good business.

 

And there has never been a successful wall, not in China and not in East Germany. Even Reagan figured that out "tear down that wall

 

cal lash

Retired Narc

Zivia
Zivia

I can't believe how much ignorance and racism there is in so many of these comments. You really should be ashamed of your hateful selves. How are poor unarmed people supposed to do anything against a well-funded government that is slaughtering them by the thousands? You probably think it was the Jews' fault for not stopping the holocaust too. Really terrible. I hope you realize how lucky you are to have been born in the right country -- you know, one that doesn't break down your door, rob you, rape you, and kill you if you protest.

novastarz47
novastarz47

What kind of spin is this? Its  USA's fault that Mexico took the guns from the public to defend themselves? The solution is very simple! lock down the borders and give the people of Mexico back their guns and let them take care of the drug problem ...People are tired of Mexican and Israel rants

Let them take care of their own problems !

mateo
mateo

Mexico is like a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean that is out of fuel and is drifting at sea, the rats have committed muitney and are killing the pasengers at will as the party continues.

tugboatboy1961
tugboatboy1961

Legalize all drugs! If people want to get high,how is that my buisness?

tomphrey1
tomphrey1

The Mexicans are killing thousands of Mexicans and it is my fault.  Oh, yeah, the Japs bombed Peal Harbor and that was my fault too.  Don't forget the World Trade Center that I destroyed.  Gee, mommy, I am a bad boy.  Boo hoo!

lammers3
lammers3

I say you stop the war on drugs. Legalize ALL dope! Then declare war on Mexico! Take it over like the European land thieves did the American Indians! Take their underhanded president and put him Sheriff Arpaio's Jail!

crazykat
crazykat

The drug cartel is in the borders of the United States. Murders are being carried out by people being paid by the cartel. There is too much profit for them to stop. When you stop the profit being made by the demand for drugs, maybe then it can be slowed down but for now, the demand is great in these United States of ours and murder and mayhem will continue. They kill people for going against them, including police, families, reporters. They are not afraid of anything as they know they can intimidate anybody and people are afraid to go against them.

obamaisacorn
obamaisacorn

sheesh. Lets stop the war on drugs since it cost too much and isn't working...

 

right after we stop the war on poverty. 

stormchanter2002
stormchanter2002

The Mexican people refuse to do anything about the government and the Mexican government is financing the cartels.  what a load of BS,  the New times is nothing more than a mouth piece for radicals, criminals and anti order anarchists.  no wonder it is free.  well I guess some people need   to have something to use as toilet paper though.  in that respect I say.  good job.

coper1658
coper1658

Excellent comment by dkessler4

NoOneParticular
NoOneParticular

Every single person that uses illegal drugs of any kind, at any  time, any where in the world is guilty of murder! You DO have blood on your hands. MURDERERS!! All of you, MURDERERS!!

bgray59
bgray59

The Mexican politicians failed to stop the Cartels when they, the politicians, could have.  The Politicians were content to turn their backs on the people and the threat for the money they received.

 

Frankly, it is time to turn our ELINT capabilities on the cartels and loose the Predators on the Cartel (Narcoterroist) leadership with the same Ferocity that we pursue Terrorist across the rest of the world.  

no-one
no-one

I wanna say something and no one has to believe it but here it is. Why do you think the drug war has been a failure? something that has never been on the news... El chapo Guzman IS married to Felipe Calderon's daughter.... dont ask my name, dont ask why or how.. a few ppl know that but has NEVER been on the news.. now tell me who really owns Mexico.

coper1658
coper1658

Thank you for the article by Molly Molloy and Charles Bowden. Both excellent investigators, writers and two fine and caring people. Not unexpectedly the article brought out comments by some of the most uniformed and sadly bigoted individuals on the planet.

Cal Lash

Retired Narc

AttorneyForFreedom
AttorneyForFreedom

In order to think clearly about the drug war, people need to separate the evils resulting from drug abuse from the evils resulting from this foolish drug war.  The drug war itself has given birth to incalculable violence for the past several decades.  It seems proponents of the drug war simply ignore the root causes of the violence in question.  In a free society, competent adults must be allowed to ingest any substance they choose into their body; even if it is bad for them.  Such freedom would undoubtedly result in some people ruining their lives.  However, all of the violence associated with the manufacture, transportation, sales and use of drugs would immediately end.  Isn’t that by itself a sufficient reason to end the drug war; especially given that people who want to use drugs use them despite decades of failed efforts to convince them otherwise?   There is no downside to ending the failed war on drugs and almost incalculable upside for everyone except the drug dealers and drug enforcement officers. 

 

Marc J. Victor

www.VictorForSenate.com

el_extranjero
el_extranjero

 @tomphrey1

 No, you shouldn't assume blame for Mexicans killing Mexicans...unless you're rolling up a $100 bill to hit your next line.

piggy
piggy

 @coper1658 a coper would be somebody who is in the swimming pool construction business or a person who has many obstacles in life and "copes" with them. do you mean "copper," the slang word for a police officer?

MesaMan
MesaMan

 @lammers3 You forgot about the Aztecs: they took down weaker groups of Indians before 1492. 

MesaMan
MesaMan

 @crazykat In Mexico, yes. In the USA; an atrocity by a drug cartel against innocent Americans would be suicide--------------can someone say 'open season'? Way too many Americans have guns and WILL use them.

DMDM
DMDM

 @NoOneParticular keep pulling on your bootstraps and let us know when you finally pick yourself up off the ground.  It is just flat not possible that drug users will stop using.  Its too easy for them to use responsibly.  If they use responsibly they can NEVER be caught.  But the bigger question is:  If they use responsibly, why do we CARE?  We've already learned with alcohol, that people aren't going to stop drinking.  And no, drinkers during prohibition did not cause nor commit murders, the cartels did seeking the PROFITS.  It is the PROFITS that cause the violence, because their disputes cannot be settled in courts.  They have to settle them on the streets.

dkessler4
dkessler4

 @NoOneParticular Drugs did not kill these people.  The War on Drugs is directly responsible.  The ATF even armed the cartels with over 2000 high powered weapons during operation fast and furious.  You can thank the US government for this slaughter and for the slaughter in South America that also failed to make a dent in the price of cocaine or the availability in the US.   You can thank the bankers in the US who launder billions of dollars of drug money from the estimated 40 billion dollar drug trade with impunity.  We not only financed it but we provided the training and the "support" to these countries to make it happen.  Our solution to the drug problem has clearly become far more harmful to human life than are drugs themselves.  It is time to end this madness.  

DMDM
DMDM

 @bgray59 What you suggest is how the Soviet Union lost to the measly country of afghanistan.  You must IDENTIFY, before you can SHOOT.  It is flat impossible to even IDENTIFY a significant portion of drug suppliers, thus the results we see of our war on drugs:   More drugs available at a cheaper price with more users.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

DMDM
DMDM

 @no-one It is a failure because DETECTION of responsible adult usage is IMPOSSIBLE, and the VAST majority of users use RESPONSIBLY.  Its your republican stock broker, your Democrat college professor, and your Libertarian IT guy that use, not strung out losers on the streets.

none
none

 @coper1658 I say Amen to you!!!  Innocent people are losing their lives.. people seem to be celebrating ... what if that was someone from your family? Mom? Dad? Sister? Brother? Aunt? Uncle? Grandparent:? etc... I totally understand the war on drugs... and agree with the war against drugs... but to cheer because people , some that were more than likely innocent are dead? that is sick... And for your information: MEXICANS ARE PEOPLE TOO... God loves them as much as he love anyone else... What happened to compassion? My heart breaks... some of those people suffered horrible deaths... I feel  for the families who are suffering the loss of a loved one.. God Bless the innocent people who lost their lives and God Bless the families left behind... 

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

 @AttorneyForFreedom Right on Marc!  THank you for exposing the true beneficiaries of the Drug War - the Drug dealers and THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY (not just the officers).  This Drug War has been one of the largest sources of government largesse in the history of our country.  Forget about Welfare Mothers, these so called "Drug Enforcers" from the Attorneys in the Justice Department down to the Patrol Cop on the Street are getting taxpayer monies for violating our constitution in ways far more insidious than any congress person could think of.  It started with Prohibition of Alcohol.  The law enforcement community found a new source of taxpayer cash and feed off it mightily.  When prohibition ended, the top law dogs on the Drug (Alcohol) front decided they hadn't paid for their kids education and their house on the hill yet so they ordered up, with the help of the pharmaceutical and other industries (cotton, oil, timber, etc.), new laws to outlaw previously legal substances which produce EUPHORIA (same high as people chase with Alcohol). 

Without these laws, the drug trade would collapse with the loss of the money people were previously paying for "scarce" product which would now become FREE (Opium, Pot and Coca plants are pretty much easy to cultivate and process by the interested individual - drug users are pretty much pathetic people who can't get enough joy out of life so they have to self-medicate to get what most normal people have all the time - a sense of well-being)

coper1658
coper1658

 @piggy thanks for the modern up date.

Modern swimming pools were not around when cops were coping a nap on duty. I am in my seventies.

but that was not the reason I choose coper

I did so out of random imaginary selection

and I thought copper was not very imaginative and had multiple meanings.

And why did U select piggy, maybe you are a junior copper.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

 @dkessler4 The only thing we supplied was the brain dead among us that chose drugs instead of a productive life.  If it wasn't cocaine, it would have been Oxycontin, or another accessible drug. Don't blame ATF, and other agencies unless you blame our dumbass addicted young!  They are the reason that drugs are worth killing for. Without them, there would not be a need for automatic weapons

 

obamaisacorn
obamaisacorn

and do what? Pass them out?  I dont disagree we should shut down programs that dont work, but govt doesnt know how to. Never has: If it aint working its because it needs to be fed more tax money from producers. Fail.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

 @DMDM When the Soviets lost in Afghanistan, things were a lot different than they are now.  There were no drones, Predators, or other technology to use against those rag heads.  The world of war has changed, and we could probably take out the majority of the cartel leadership, if world opinion allowed for it.

 

If the Mexicans do not care to clean up their own cesspool of a country, then why should we?  Put up the fence, and deport anyone that makes it across, as soon as we catch them.  I am tired of their illiterate, dumbasses!

bgray59
bgray59

 @DMDM  The reasons for the Soviet loss in Afghanistan are many and this forum does not have space for even a cursory analysis of that situation. 

 

I do not support the war on drugs.  In fact I have routinely suggested the "The Phoenix Solution: Getting Serious About Winning America's Drug War by Vincent T. Buglios" as the basis of solving the drug problem. 

 

The violence in Mexico and parts of the US perpetrated  by the Cartel's is a different matter.  Simply removing drugs from the equation will simply  cause the Cartels to move aggressively into other areas of endeavor.  They like any organization will diversify, as they all ready have, into other areas of endeavor.  By, as I originally suggested, eliminating the leadership of those organizations the second tier management will conduct a proxy fight to determine who is the boss.  

 

President Calderone's efforts have largely been aimed at low level operatives.  Until the senior management is eliminated those efforts will be unsuccessful.

 

It is not my suggestion that we engage in a massive deployment of troops and personnel into Mexico.  My proposal is to disrupt the Cartels Senior Management.  By focusing our ELINT capability on Senior management and tracking the money we can disrupt the Cartels to an extent that the Mexican government can deal with the low level issues.

MesaMan
MesaMan

 @DMDM All the more reason to seal off our border and use military force to stop anybody from crossing it into the USA except at monitored checkpoints. 

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

 @fairymagic13 You forgot to mention the biggest beneficiary of the drug wars...drug lawyers.  Like Marc, they argue mightily against the laws in effect, and wait for Mr Green (the cash deposit) to hit their palm before uttering another word in defense of their addicted clients.

 

Attorneys are the scum that keep this war alive.  With a bit of adult discretion, they could dismiss many of the cases that need a solution other than prison.  Marc is a phony sham, like most defense attorneys.

 

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

 @blindsmall There is nothing that could be used for a lawsuit, so sit back down.  My comment also denigrated prosecutors for taking every little thing to court.  You should feel better now.

 

I think that my 30+ years of law enforcement should allow me to have an opinion, even if it differs from yours. If you had a thousand dollars, you could not buy a clue!

blindsmall
blindsmall

 @AttorneyForFreedom  @bob_lablaw96 Marc, You were way to nice to this moron, but I understand you have to be...I on the other hand do not need to be.  If you look at the ass clowns profile you will see that he is nothing but a troll anyway, so it really does not matter. He has been abusive in every one of his posts...idiot has nothing better to do.

AttorneyForFreedom
AttorneyForFreedom

@bob_lablaw96

Bob, I have argued for an end to the drug war since before I was an attorney.  It is true that I benefit from the drug war.  However, I have used this fact as a good reason to illustrate that I am not biased on this issue.  Indeed, many criminal defense lawyers have argued with me over the years that the drug war should be continued for this very reason; their bottom line.  I have always rejected this argument in favor of a freedom position despite my bottom line.  On many occasions, I have also refused minor drug cases informing potential clients that they do not need an attorney.  This has been contrary to the advice of some other attorneys. 

 

Finally, I have also accepted major drug cases in cases where clients could not afford my fee.  Indeed, I recently and successfully tried such a drug case involving 83lbs of marijuana.  Although some of these comments may apply to other attorneys, they are not applicable to me.  My longstanding and sincere commitment to ending the drug war is well understood and beyond dispute to those who care to review the facts. 

blindsmall
blindsmall

 @bob_lablaw96 If you were not such an idiot you would know Marc has spoke out against the drug war for decades.  You obviously know nothing about him, but I do and I will be sure to forward this to him.  You have made some pretty defamatory comments here, as well as stupid. I hope he sues your dumb ass...

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

 @blindsmall Ah, c'mon now.  Where's the love? Do you only say nice words to the attorney?  Talk about a troll!

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

 @fairymagic13 Retroactive abortions, up to the age of 35 should be allowed in this country.  If you see your child becoming a real asshole, or an attorney, you could have him aborted at any time before that age.

 

At birth, we never know how our children will turn out.  If we give them love, support, guidance, and self respect, they should be fine. But, there are always those children that just went south on us.  Many of them become defense attorneys.  They want to be elected as our representatives in government.  Those children should have been aborted at conception, but somehow escaped. 

 

Do not let that stop the State from finding them, and aborting them prior to age 35

 

 

AttorneyForFreedom
AttorneyForFreedom

 @fairymagic13 You must have missed it, it was near the bottom, I also posted it here as well:

 

"Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration."

 

In other words the government should stay out of it entirely.

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

 @AttorneyForFreedom I don't see any position in the platform regarding a State's right to outlaw abortion. Do you feel a State has the right to outlaw abortions?

 

AttorneyForFreedom
AttorneyForFreedom

 @fairymagic13 As a Libertarian, I concur with the Libertarian platform on this issue: http://www.lp.org/platform

 

"Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration."

 
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