Jun 15, 2011

Whack-a-mole Drug War: U.S. Finally Admits to Infiltration By Drug Cartels

The corruption of U.S. Border Patrol agents as seen from Mexico. La Jornada is a leading Mexican newspaper. Translation from our colleagues at World Meets Us

U.S. Finally Admits to Infiltration By Drug Cartels: La Jornada, Mexico: "The head of the bureau of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Alan Bersin, acknowledged that organized crime groups have co-opted elements under his command. … While some levels of the U.S. government cooperate with drug traffickers or turn a blind eye to the activities of the cartels to preserve peace and public safety north of the Rio Grande, in Mexico, combating this criminal activity has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths...."

...the rise of organized crime - and drug trafficking in particular - both in Mexico and the United States, reflect a breakdown on a huge scale in the institutional spheres of both countries, which translates into corruption and impunity. And since the authorities in our neighboring country don't admit or confront these challenges in a convincing and comprehensive manner, the public has no reason to see in the foregoing statements anything more than an exercise in damage control on the part of the Obama Administration. "

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