posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 09:34 AM
An investigation into the flow of arms across the U.S. border leads right back to the systemic corruption that afflicts the Mexican government and
the United States’ own trade policies.
The deadliest weapons now in the hands of criminal groups in Mexico, are getting in through private-sector arms exports sanctioned by our own
Grenade launchers, explosives and “assault” weapons are then corruptly transferred to drug trafficking organizations via the Mexican military and
law enforcement agencies.
Reliable sources, including former DEA and CIA agents, say the shipment of military-grade weapons to the Mexican government under a State Department
program, given the extent of corruption within that government, is essentially like “shipping weapons to a crime syndicate
The U.S. State Department’s Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) program allows private companies to sell defense hardware or services to foreign
purchasers — which include both government units and private buyers in other countries. State reports provide evidenc of the extensive volume of
U.S. private-sector arms shipments to both Mexico and Latin America in general.
According to DCS reports, $1 billion in defense hardware was approved for export to Mexico via private U.S. companies between fiscal year 2004 and
fiscal year 2007. During the same period, a total of some $3.7 billion in weapons and hardware was approved under the DCS program to all of Latin
America and the Caribbean.
In addition to the military hardware exports approved for Mexico, $3.8 billion in defense-related “services” also were approved for “export”
to Mexico over the same four-year period, according to the DCS reports.
The total value of State Department-approveddefense-related hardware and service exports by private U.S. companies to Mexico tallied nearly
$5 billion over the four-year _
And that doesn’t even count the $700 million in assistance already authorized under the Merida Initiative or any new DCS exports approved for fiscal
years 2008 and 2009, which ends Sept. 30.
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