posted on May, 17 2010 @ 10:26 PM
The following are testimonies from “Drug Trafficking Violence in Mexico: Implications for the U.S.” that took place in Congressional hearings on
Wednesday, May 5, 2010.
I post the following so members will get better educated how some of our top officials view and dealing with the violence along the border. I have
posted some texts of interest to help show the US involvement in Mexico's war against the cartels and what they are doing along the border.
Hope members read the whole testimonies. Very eye opening IMO.
Ambassador David T. Johnson, Assistant Secretary of State
Historically, efforts to thwart the unhindered operation of criminal organizations have sometimes resulted in increased violence and brutality.
This happened in Italy when the government went full force after the Italian mafia in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as in Medellin, Colombia in the
1990’s. The U.S. and Mexico both consider the current unstable situation urgent and critical and both our governments are taking significant
measures to counter the threat together in Mexico.
The strategy that we are pushing with the Government of Mexico is an effective long-term program, but it is not a temporary “quick-fix”. It is
an ambitious effort that will address long-lasting problems. Since the advent of the Merida Initiative in 2007, the U.S.-Mexican relationship has
developed, matured and evolved. We have moved away from strict deliveries of equipment and have moved more into institution and capacity building. As
partners we have developed a framework for our cooperation that has four key objectives.
Donald L. Reay
Texas Border Sheriff’s Coalition
I would submit to you that the highly visible, patrol centric activities
combined with a mobile enforcement team in the United States has been a
visible deterrent to containing the majority of the violence at our border.
Further, I would submit to you that the violators of that gruesome violence
in Mexico know that the resistance by law enforcement in the United States
is much different than what they encounter in Mexico.
The list for asylum victims grows as people flee the violence in Mexico; this
too has an impact on our nation as we extend our sympathy to those in need.
However, our system is not designed to handle the volume of cases that
grows day by day.
There need not be blood in the streets of America for us to take a proactive
stance against the threat of violence. I would submit that cross border
violence is limited because law enforcement has taken that stance and their
increased, highly visible presence, has kept that cross border violence in
The Texas Border Sheriffs in consensus, but not unanimity, objected to the Merida Initiative because there were no sanctions for money that was
not used for which it was intended. This was confirmed in a conference call with Department of
State and Department of Homeland Security representatives. Therefore, our
recommendation is to contain violence at our border first and then carefully
administer monetary aid while a nation works to change works to change
this institutionalized corruption.
Anthony P. Placido
Assistant Administrator for Intelligence
Drug Enforcement Administration
Kevin L. Perkins
Assistant Director, Criminal Investigative Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
The vast majority of bulk currency interdicted within the U.S. is derived from
drug trafficking activities. It is estimated that approximately 18-39 billion dollars annually is moved from the interior of the U.S. to the Southwest
Border on behalf of Mexican and Colombian DTOs. Thus, billions of U.S. dollars are sent back to Mexico annually. From the Mexican perspective, the
flow of vast sums of money engenders corruption.
For all of these reasons, the U.S. and Mexican governments share the responsibility to defeat the threat of drug-trafficking.
While it may seem counterintuitive, the extraordinary level of violence in Mexico is another signpost of successful law-and-order campaigns by
military and law enforcement officials in Mexico.
Much of the risk of spillover violence is posed by younger-generation traffickers whose approach to the drug trade is less rational and
profit-minded than that of their “elders,” or by multi-national street and prison gangs working in concert with Mexican cartels as enforcers and
street-level drug distributors.
It is imperative that we sustain the positive momentum by
supporting President Calderon’s heroic efforts against organized crime. We must also manage expectations, as we anticipate that the gruesome
violence in Mexico may get worse before it gets better. We must recognize that we are witnessing acts of true desperation: the actions of wounded,
vulnerable, and dangerous criminal organizations.
Leonard Miranda, Captain
Chula Vista Police Department
Region-wide, our analysis tells us that because of the stepped up drug enforcement, on both sides of the border, and the resulting difficulty in
moving narcotics across the border, many criminal organizations have shifted their focus to the lucrative trade of kidnapping and extortion as another
source of income. Intelligence data reveals that the majority of kidnap incidents go unreported.7 The reluctance to report kidnappings and extortion
is because of the fear of retaliation by the kidnap cells and a culturally ingrained distrust of law enforcement; making it
difficult for law enforcement to gauge the full magnitude of the problem and the profits gained by the cartels to fund their operations.
While the continued violence in Mexico is understandably troubling and often
disheartening it should not be a surprise. Recent, comprehensive reviews of studies indicate that the increased violence is a predictable outcome when
government and law enforcement crack down on organized crime “drug-related violence and high homicide rates are likely a natural consequence.”8
The grip of the cartels is loosening on the government and country of Mexico. As powerful and successful bosses are taken out, it is common for
brutal, less sophisticated criminal to fill the void.
Janice Ayala- ICE Testimony
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