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WikiLEADS…Who's Following Up?

WikiLEADS…Who's Following Up?

The fact that government outrage continues to provide the international media with grist for its insatiable mill is one of the great ironies in this scenario: perturbed at the site's revelation of embarrassing diplomatic discussions and fumblings--tales only mildly interesting to the average reader--government officials are now in the process of creating a better, and far more spectacular story over First Amendment rights and the 'treasonable' activities of a Dutch citizen accused of committing "sex by surprise" (in Sweden?). Even worse, the official call from some quarters for draconian regulation of the internet has given Russia (which suggests nominating Assange for the Nobel Peace Prize) and China, a human-rights violator of mammoth proportion, opportunities to 'prove' to an already hostile world that when Washington suddenly finds itself looking out through wall-to-wall glass, this nation of stone-throwers is no better than anyplace else.

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Second Drug Tunnel Discovered in Otay-Mesa: So What?

Second Drug Tunnel Discovered in Otay-Mesa: So What?

It's only the media--not a special, dedicated tunnel team--who might believe the identification of Guzman as the tunnel mastermind qualifies as breaking news.Any agent who's worked the southwest border for a while already knows that if a tunnel or any other kind of operation is high-end, it's almost certainly the work of "El Chapo"...

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When is a Drug Tunnel Just a Hole in the Ground?

When is a Drug Tunnel Just a Hole in the Ground?

The discovery of a drug tunnel, no matter how long it may be or how lavishly outfitted--even the seizure of millions in coke or marijuana--means nothing, unless it leads authorities, in hot pursuit on both sides of the border, up the criminal hierarchies, to the drug lords, and their corrupt accomplices in the police, military, banks, business, and government. To everybody waiting, in Mexico and the US, for their 'taste.'

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Cartel-on-Cartel Violence: Mexico and US Off the Hook

Cartel-on-Cartel Violence: Mexico and US Off the Hook

Cartel-on-cartel violence may offer Felipe Calderon and Barack Obama the political solution they need in Mexico, and give international stakeholders in the Mexican drug industry the break they need to get back to 'business as usual'--generating billions in drug dollars, cash that, as it 'gets cleaner,' is transformed into capital by 'legitimate' investors who create billions more.

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What Lugar Doesn't Know: US-Mexico Policy Means 'Hands-Off' for US Investigators

What Lugar Doesn't Know: US-Mexico Policy Means 'Hands-Off' for US Investigators

Senator Lugar is right--as he said in his speech, the United States should undertake a broad review of further steps the U.S. military and the intelligence community could take to help combat the Mexican cartels in association with the Mexican government. And one of the first steps should be to review the Brownsville Agreement, and the NAFTA-induced, "hands-off" treaty that currently prevents the US, not just from initiating investigations into the debacle inside Mexico, but from investigating the murders of our own citizens on US soil.

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Obama's Wars: Exit Plan Ignores Narco-Terrorism in Afghanistan

Obama's Wars: Exit Plan Ignores Narco-Terrorism in Afghanistan

Bug Out Now, says Obama... All of this follows on the heels of revelations--more 'leaks'-- from Woodward's soon to be published best-seller, "Obama's Wars," especially a specific and 'bizarre,' as Woodward calls it, statement by the President about the nation's ability to 'absorb' another 9/11 type attack, and by inference, the inability of the US government (or any government for that matter) to safequard its citizens from the bombs, bullets, and bacteria that are terrorism's stock-in-trade.

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Mexican Journalists a 'Deliberate Target'

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Mexico's 'Insurgency' Triggers Diplomatic Furor

This is the new face of global organized crime--a criminal smorgasbord in which players energized by shifting motives still cooperate at intersections in their operational journeys, 'hooking up' for a day or an extra dollar when there are benefits all around.

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Mexico's human rights abuses: deeper than drugs

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Mexican Women Jailed for Having Abortions

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The role of the media

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Wachovia's Dirty Secret: Millions in Narco-Dollars Still Undiscovered?

How much more of the $378 billion transmitted via the casa de cambios and inserted into Wachovia accounts represents criminal revenue is anyone's guess, because no further inquiries into the origin of these funds has been undertaken.

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Biggest Financial Crime in US History Merits Slap on the Hand: Wachovia Launders Dirty Money

The bank, now a unit of Wells Fargo, leads a list of firms that have moved dirty money for Mexico’s narcotics cartels--helping a $39 billion trade that has killed more than 22,000 people since 2006. --Michael Smith, Bloomberg Markets Magazine, July7, 2010

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Target the Markets!

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The Mexico Problem

The Mexico Problem

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