Mexican President Felipe Calderón will end his term this December, leaving a largely unsavory legacy. Much of the public is critical of his role in a devastating drug war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives since he took office in 2006.
Local media struggle to cover the violence -- often under threat of violence -- and are often denied access to privileged information about decisions and incidents that take place "behind the scenes." Wikileaks has changed this -- allowing the public more insight into national drug war strategies.
In recent years, Wikileaks has made thousands of State Department cables -- "secret" communications between the US Embassy and Washington -- accessible to the public. These records have been picked up by Mexican news sources, shedding light on aspects of the political relationship between Mexico and the US that officials would otherwise have kept hidden.
One prominent Mexican journalist, Blanche Petrich Moreno, says the records "revealed the astonishing degree to which the United States exercised its power and influence at the highest levels of the mexican government." This isn't a new development, he claims, but the records confirm what was already widely believed: that many decisions about how to handle the drug war were made not by Mexico -- but by the US.
Is the CIA a Drug Cartel? Jul 26 2012 Mexican Official Blames CIA for Drug War A Mexican government official has told reporters that the CIA and other international security forces are not fighting drug traffickers, but rather they are managing the trade. This is the latest astounding claim about violence that has lasted more than six years and claimed more than 55,000 lives.
Mexico's Narco Wars: Jul 19 2012 Stolen Elections, FBI-Cartel Ties, and Why US Banks Don't Want to End the Drug War CC - Last year's chilling book El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin details the outright corruption of the Mexican government and its shady alliances with drug cartels.
Legalize Marijuana to Stop the Drug Cartels Mexican drug cartels make at least 60 percent of their revenue from selling marijuana in the United States, according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. The FBI estimates that the cartels now control distribution in more than 230 American cities, from the Southwest to New England. How are they able to do this? Because America's policy for nearly 70 years has been to keep marijuana -- arguably no more harmful than alcohol and used by 15 million Americans every month -- confined to the illicit market, meaning we've given criminals a virtual monopoly on something that U.S. researcher Jon Gettman estimates is a $36 billion a year industry, greater than corn and wheat combined.
The Free Mexican Air Force * Mexico Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Drugs * Mexico legal-drug bill condemned * U.S. Cautious on Mexico Drug Measure
Ganjawar Puppets Cave... again * Mexico President Seeks Review of Drug Law * OH, MEXICO (OH, THE EMBARRASSMENT) * MEXICO MOVES TO DECRIMINALIZE DRUG POSSESSION -- NO, WAIT, NEVERMIND * Threats From USA Force Mexico to Drop Decrim Plans
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Candidates in Mexico Signal a New Tack in the Drug War The top three contenders for Mexico’s presidency have all promised a major shift in the country’s drug war strategy, placing a higher priority on reducing the violence in Mexico than on using arrests and seizures to block the flow of drugs to the United States.
“For years and years, information and evidence being collected by the counterintelligence operations of certain U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies has been prevented from being transferred to criminal and narcotics divisions, and from being shared with the Drug Enforcement Agency and others with prosecutorial power. Those with direct knowledge have been prevented from making this information available and public by various gag orders and invocation of the State Secrets Privilege. Why?” ~ Sibel Edmonds
"Suppose you go to Washington and try to get at your Government. You will always find that while you are politely listened to, the men really consulted are the men who have the biggest stake - the big bankers, the big manufacturers, the big masters of commerce...The Government of the United States at present is a foster child of Special Interests." -- President Woodrow Wilson
From Whom Did the Fascists Get Support? Parenti Italian fascism and German Nazism had their admirers within the U.S. business community and the corporate owned press. Bankers, publishers, and industrialists, including the likes of Henry Ford, traveled to Rome and Berlin to pay homage, receive medals, and strike profitable deals. Many did their utmost to advance the Nazi war effort, sharing military industrial secrets and engaging in secret transactions with the Nazi government, even after the United States entered the war. During the 1920s and early 1930s, major publications like Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, Saturday Evening Post, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Christian Science Monitor hailed Mussolini as the man who rescued Italy from anarchy and radicalism.
Franklin Pierce Continuing a popular theme of the era, Pierce also smoked with his troops as a general in the Mexican- American War. In a letter to his family, he says cannabis is “about the only good thing” in the war.