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August 26, 2011
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The Beltran’s bought all of Acapulco, SIEDO records show

Friday, August 26, 2011 | Borderland Beat Reporter Chamuko213

CHILPANCINGO, Gro. The ministerial statements of two protected witnesses from the PGR, including a financial ex-operator for the Beltran Leyva cartel who happened to be Jose Jorge Balderas Garza, “JJ.” Confirm that at least since 2008, authorities from the 3 levels of government had provided protection for the structure of the late drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva, “El Barbas,” in Acapulco. Ex-operators of the capo, killed in 2009, currently find them self’s in a spiral of violence that wont come to an end.

Both ministerial statements in the dossier PGR/SIEDO/UEIDCS/218/2011, composed by SIEDO against operators of a group called Cartel Independiente de Acapulco (CIDA), which translates to “Indepente Cartel from Acapulco.” Who were arrested this year from various operations, which the political magazine “Proceso” had access too.

The protected witness with the code-named “Zajed.” Who claims to have been a financial operator in the former structure of the Beltran Leyva brothers, in the states of Quintana Roo and Guerrero from 2008 to July 2009. Reports that in Acapulco a weekend can produce up to 4 million pesos, about 320,000 usd, “just from the sale of drugs,” weekday earnings were far less.

Confirms that the police receives 500,000 pesos, 40,000 usd, per week in exchange for impunity. The person in charge of receiving the money was a commander named Frias and also on the payroll of the criminal structure were local politicians and army officers who are part of a wide network of money laundering operations, transfers and sale of drugs in Acapulco.

While the witness “Nemesis,” from his statements it could be “JJ,” said that after the arrest of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, “La Barbie,” last August. The structure was left in the hands of his father-in-law Carlos Montemayor, “The Charro.” Acapulco operators decided not to work for him and formed CIDA.

CIDA, the witness Nemesis added, took control “of all the crimes” in Acapulco, the port of Zihuatanejo and Costa Grande region, an area bordering Michoacan.

The witness states that the main players from CIDA are Benjamin Flores Reyes, “The Godfather” and Moises Montero Alvarez, “The Korean,” both arrested by federal police. The first in March of this year and the second on the 1st of August.

As for Victor Aguirre Garzon, from an insistent by others has been linked as a cousin of Governor Angel Aguirre Hernandez and Carlos Antonio Barragan, “The Melon.” Both are still free to operate in this beach destination.

The four leaders from CIDA are defined by the witness Nemesis as “criminals with no brains.” Who engaged in theft, extortion and kidnapping because “they don’t have the same contacts in drug trafficking” as “La Barbie.” Adding that during the splendor of the Beltran Leyva brothers they “were just hitmen.”

Subsequently, CIDA suffered a split and then came the group called “La Barredora,” “the Sweepers.” Which is controlled by Cristian Hernandez Tarin, the son of “Chaky” and Eber Jair Sosa, “The Cream.” Both groups have been identified as responsible for the unstoppable wave of violence that prevails in this port.

The financial operator of the Beltran Leyva

With his studies in engineering, specializing in banking networks and “having work experience” in banks. The witness “Zajed” told a federal Public Ministry on the 1st of June of this year in Mexico City where he said, that during the time he served as the financial operator for the Beltran Leyva cartel he managed the funds of the criminal organization that was generated from kidnappings, extortion, drug dealing and the trafficking of cocaine in big scale.

“But my main function was the payroll for municipal officials, state and federal.” Who were co-opted by the organization to protect and provide facility for the cartel operations in the states of Guerrero, Nuevo Leon and Quintana Roo, alleges “Zajed ” in his ministerial statement.

Weekly, refers the witness, attending meetings called “Gathering of Plaza Bosses.” Which took place in properties of the capo Arturo Beltran in Acapulco, a residence “in Las Brisas and a ranch that’s located in Puerto Marques.”

The witness Zajed said that these meetings presided by “El Barbas” were attended by public servants, police and military who were serving the organization. Discussing their “responsability and accountability” in federal or local operations with the objective of not affecting the criminal group activities and maintain the tranquility in the plaza, adds the records consulted by Proceso.

About the leaders of CIDA, the witness Zajed said that Benjamin Flores, “The Godfather,” was part of a cell of gunmen that’s commanded by Isidro Juarez Solis, “El Kirry” and Gamaliel Aguirre Tavira, “El Guero” Huetamo. They were responsible for patrolling the metropolitan area of Acapulco, specifically the colony Renacimiento.

This point is considered by the financial ex-operator of the Beltran Leyva as a major drug distribution center for retail. Since it was converted by local authorities as the “zone of tolerance” in Acapulco, as well as a “filter or customs” access to the port, where gunmen remain to monitor the area.

“The Melon,” the witness Zajed explains he was one of the hitmen that was under direct orders of the kingpin Arturo Beltran and Moises Montero Alvarez, “The Korean,” saying he was favored by “El Barbas” and “La Barbie.” Because his function was to distribute all types of weapons to supply the criminal structure that operated in the states of Guerrero, Morelos, and Mexico state.

Zajed reports that the arsenal was accumulated in the neighborhood of Tepito in Mexico City and the “Korean” was in charge of carrying arms to the cities of Acapulco, Cuernavaca and the state of Mexico.

All these operations were coordinated by Miguel Angel Moreno Araujo, “El Buche,” considered “the adopted son” of Arturo Beltran and the most violent gunmen from the criminal organization who was killed along with “El Barbas” in Cuernavaca on December 2009, said the witness Zajed.

“JJ”, protected witness of SIEDO

For his part, the protected witness Nemesis gave his ministerial statement on March 7th of this year in the town of Almoloya de Juarez, in the State of Mexico. Provided information related to drug trafficking activities that took place in the ports of Acapulco and Zihuatanejo because he ensures that it belonged to the Beltran Leyva cartel, said the official records.

The testimony of this witness focuses in detail on the events after the capture of “La Barbie” on August 30, 2010 and the confrontation between his father-in-law Carlos Montemayor, “El Charro,” was arrested last November and the operators in Acapulco that decided to form CIDA were apprehended also.

In this respect, Nemesis relates that after the arrest of “La Barbie,” his father-in-law communicated with “The Godfather” and “the Korean” to tell them he would take charge of the organization wages and the payment of local authorities so business would continues “with out problems.”

But operators for “La Barbie” ignored him and decided to act on their own with an operator of “La Barbie” in the state of Mexico. Identified as “Compayito” or “the hand with eye,” recently arrested was attempting to form a regional cartel, said the witness Nemesis.

However, the case of the 20 Michoacan natives that were picked up in Acapulco during September of last year and the subsequent discovery of 18 bodies inside a “Narco Grave” in a rural area. This beach destination virtually collapse the group of “La Barbie.” 

In this regard, the witness “Nemesis” refers that he held a conversation with “The Charro.” The group of “The Melon,” “The Godfather” and “The Korean” had told him that they picked up the Michoacan natives because they were part of the La Familia Michoacana, then i told them not to be malicious and let them go but they didn’t listen to me,” expressed the father-in-law of “La Barbie.”

Later, the witness “Nemesis” reports another conversation with “The Charro” where the leaders informed him that CIDA had already killed the people from Michoacan and he had been blamed for this slaughter, through blankets that were placed in public areas in Acapulco. Where they announced the separation from the structure of “La Barbie.”

Then “The Charro” asked Nemesis if he could borrow “people” to “give them hell,” the leaders of CIDA.

In response, Nemesis said, “that he would talk to his people to see who would go with him but instead i didn’t ask them because I had my own problems. They were putting my name on the television too often in relation with the attempted killing of Salvador Cabanas.”

In early January of this year, José Jorge Balderas Garza, “JJ,” who is identified as responsible for the attack of the footballer Salvador Cabanas was arrested by federal police in a suburb of Mexico City and later transfer to maximum security prison in Altiplano, in the state of Mexico.

Federal authorities have linked “JJ” with the Beltran Leyva cartel and later with the structure of “La Barbie.” In which the testimony of the protected witness “Nemesis” becomes proof that Balderas Garza is adhered to the controversial program of the PGR and is now used by SIEDO against one of the groups that maintain a bloody war for control of Acapulco, where authorities have been complicit in this bloodbath.

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Saudi Ascendancy After Arab Spring

by David P. Goldman

The Saudis suddenly have enormous leverage over Muslim states that can’t pay their bills.


Dozens dead in Monterrey terrorist attack

Thursday, August 25, 2011 | Borderland Beat Reporter Gerardo

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In what can only be regarded as a terrorist attack by suspected drug cartel hitmen, an establishment known as the Casino Royale located in the municipality of San Pedro in the Monterrey metropolitan area was attacked this afternoon resulting in a confirmed death count of 53 victims.

Ten wounded survivors have been accounted for in addition to an unknown number of unharmed survivors. First responders are credited with saving lives by knocking down walls of the establishment.

Different versions of the attack are stating that either incidiary grenades were used or that the interior of the establishment was doused with gasoline and set on fire.

According to authorities the number of fatalities is expected to climb.

Frantic requests by persons searching for friends and relatives flooded social media sites.

Nuevo Leon Governor Rodrigo Medina stated in an interview that tonight authorities are concentrating on the search for more victims and the identification of the bodies recovered so far.

The Governor stated that the investigation of the attack with the help of federal authorities will commence after the site is secured.

In the interview Medina stated that 6 attackers travelling in 2 vehicles were involved but their identities or links to criminal groups are unknown at this time.

President Calderon sent his condolences via his Twitter page to the victims of this “act of terror”. He added that “these repugnant acts motivate us to persevere in this fight against these criminal gangs that have no scruples. All our support goes to Nuevo Leon.”

This latest attack follows last night’s attacks on casinos owned by Jorge hank Rhon in the northern Mexican cities of Reynosa and Saltillo, in the states of Tamaulipas and Coahuila respectively.

Last night in Saltillo, a “Caliente” casino was attacked by gunmen at 11:15PM. Almost simultaneously a grenade exploded outside another “Caliente” casino in Reynosa.

One person was reported injured in Saltillo.

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Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder’s Compliance Section

by J. Christian Adams

All 5 new hires to the Justice Department’s Coordination and Compliance Section have far-left resumes — which were only released following a PJMedia lawsuit. (This is the seventh in a series of articles about the Justice Department’s hiring practices since President Obama took office. Read parts one, two, three, four, five, and six.)


Forget Cliff Diving, Acapulco Now Known as Hot Spot in Mexico’s Drug War

| Borderland Beat Reporter Buggs

The days of jet set vacationing in Acapulco are long gone, but the Mexican resort city is once again in the news, this time for drug violence. It is one of the few tourist spots in Mexico suffering from public shootouts.

By: Patrick Corcoran

Moises Montero, aka ‘The Korean’, was arrested this month as the alleged leader of the ‘ Independent’ drug cartel of Acapulco. He is suspected in the kidnapping and killing of 20 Mexican tourists in Acapulco in 2010.

While many of Mexico’s tourist areas have remained separate from the bouts of drug violence buffeting the country, the popular resort city of Acapulco has emerged as one of the new hot spots of organized crime.

A bloody week in which more than two dozen people were killed, and five decapitated bodies were found around the city, is the latest marker of Acapulco’s decline.

As Excelsior reports, many of those murdered in the resort were taxi drivers, who often work as lookouts for one drug gang or another. On the year, 42 cab drivers have been murdered in the city, according to figures from the newspaper Reforma.

The recent wave of violence has led to a broader spike in crimes against the population in this port city, including people unconnected to organized crime.

Twenty-three local gasoline stations shut their doors for three hours on Friday to protest against increased extortion demands, while authorities reported a 20-fold rise in car robberies along the famed Autopista del Sol, or Highway of the Sun, which connects Acapulco to Mexico City. After a series of robberies on shops last week, a handful of jewelers in the city’s downtown announced a weekend shutdown to take a stand against the violence.

As of early August, 650 people had been killed in Acapulco in 2011, making it perhaps the bloodiest big city in Mexico after Juarez.

Acapulco’s body count has been strikingly high for a number of years.

As a key entryway for South American cocaine, the city has long been an attractive piece of real estate for drug gangs, with agents of the Sinaloa Cartel battling the Zetas as far back as 2005. But breakdowns in the coherence of the hegemonic networks in Mexico have transformed Acapulco from the site of a battle between two competing gangs to an anarchic mess of newer groups.

Much of the recent surge in violence stems from battles between the Independent Cartel of Acapulco (known as CIDA for its initials in Spanish), which is made up of the remains of the network run by Edgar Valdez Villarreal until his arrest in September 2010, and the South Pacific Cartel, a newly emerging gang that is loosely affiliated with the Beltran Leyvas.

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Mexican journalist Humberto Millan Salazar found dead

| Borderland Beat Reporter Chamuko213

An abducted Mexican journalist has been found shot dead north of Culiacan, in northwestern Sinaloa state.

Humberto Millan Salazar, who edited an online newspaper and presented a news programme on local radio, had been kidnapped by armed men on Wednesday.

The US-based journalists’ welfare group Committee to Protect Journalists says 58 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 1992.

It says 25 of those were murdered in direct reprisal for their work.

Mr Millan Salazar, 53, was stopped by masked armed men as he was leaving his house in a residential area of Culiacan on Wednesday.

He was on his way to the Culiacan studios of Radio Formula, where he presented the morning news programme.

He was also the editor of online newspaper A Discusion.

Deadly profession

According to the United Nations, Mexico is the most dangerous country for journalists to work in.

Special Prosecutor for Crimes Against Freedom of Speech Gustavo Salas said 13 journalists had disappeared across the country since 2000.

“One of the common indicators in these cases is the destructive presence of drug-trafficking in certain areas of the country, which has had an impact on the rise in violence against journalists,” he said.

Mr Salas said journalists working in the northern states on the US-Mexico border were worst hit by the violence.

The state of Sinaloa, where Mr Millan Salazar was killed, is the power base of the Sinaloa drug cartel, considered to be the most powerful criminal organisation in the country.

The killing of Mr Millan Salazar comes less than a month after crime reporter Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz was found dead.

Ms Ordaz, who worked for the Notiver newspaper, had her throat cut after being abducted in Veracruz state.

Veracruz officials said they suspected organised crime behind her killing, but denied that she had been killed because of her work.


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1 dead, 5 wounded in Mexico border school shooting ‎

| Borderland Beat Reporter Chamuko213

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Gunmen attacked a group of parents waiting for their children outside an elementary school Wednesday, killing one man and wounding five other people in a dangerous part of the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez. 

The Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office said two cars drove up to the school around noon, and two men got out and started shooting, apparently with assault rifles.

The gunfire wounded one man and four women, prosecutors’ spokesman Arturo Sandoval said.

Teachers locked down the school, not allowing students to leave until the situation calmed down. Frightened parents rushed to the school to search for their children.

No information on the motive for the attack was released, but schools in Ciudad Juarez have reported receiving threats and extortion demands in the past.

The federal Interior Ministry condemned the shootings. “This is precisely the irrational violence that should be combatted equally by all three levels of government,” its statement said.

Mexico’s federal government has been urging state and local authorities to improve their police forces with better training for their officers and by investigating officers for possible ties to crime organizations.

The Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels have been fighting for control of Ciudad Juarez, which neighbors El Paso, Texas. More than 6,000 people have been killed in the city since 2008.

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Mexican Journalist Kidnapped

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 | Borderland Beat Reporter Buggs

The editor of Mexican online newspaper A Discusion was abducted Wednesday in Culiacan, capital of the western state of Sinaloa, authorities said.

Humberto Millan, who also anchored a news program on Radio Formula, was abducted at around 6:00 a.m. while driving to the studios to do the broadcast, a source of the state Attorney General’s Office said.

The journalist “was intercepted by a unit” carrying four or five armed men, the source said.

Millan’s publication has not commented on the abduction, which bore the hallmarks of organized crime.

More than 70 news professionals have been killed in Mexico since 2000, according to figures compiled by the independent National Human Rights Commission.

Sinaloa is the bastion of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel, whose fugitive boss, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, appears on the Forbes magazine list of the world’s richest people.

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Mexico’s Drug War Culture Jumps from Streets to Web

| Borderland Beat Reporter Buggs

By Juan David Leal

The gory images of drug-related violence in Mexico are no longer limited to the streets, with scores of blogs and Web sites popping up to cover the carnage, and criminals often posting photos and videos documenting their deeds.

Several Web sites and blogs post news reports culled from traditional media outlets, photos of bodies and commentaries.

Other types of blogs, however, publish content provided by criminals, turning into sites for heated debates involving people who claim to belong to one or another drug cartel and threaten purported rivals.

At least three Web sites call themselves “Blog del Narco,” having URLs featuring different types of registrations, and others housed on blogging sites like Blogger or WordPress, with one offering a “narco chat.”

These Web sites post videos of supposed interrogations of rival drug traffickers, torture sessions, shootouts, photographs featuring explicit images and even footage of the beheadings of suspected criminals.

Purported cartel members often make threats on the Web sites, vowing to hunt down and kill those who post comments critical of their criminal organizations.

“I come here because it’s an open forum, where I hear about what nobody wants to talk about,” a user calling himself “Manitas” said in a posting on one of the Web sites that also congratulated the site’s operator for not being a “sellout.”

Some people claim to be drug traffickers and sign with the name of a cartel.

“We are not against the people, we protect the people from those types of people who want to harm them, that’s why we need you to support us too,” a posting by CDG (the Spanish acronym for the Gulf cartel) said, referring to Los Zetas.

Los Zetas, the former armed wing of the Gulf cartel, is now locked in a war with its ex-employer in several parts of Mexico.

About 40,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since December 2006.

Some traditional media outlets used to publish daily tallies of killings and kept monthly and quarterly counts of violent crimes.

Media outlets, moreover, often published messages left by gangs with the bodies of rivals, and reporters used criminal slang in stories.

Around 50 media outlets, out of the more than 700 operating in Mexico, agreed in March to follow common guidelines in covering the war on drugs in an effort to avoid becoming “involuntary spokesmen” for criminals.

The media companies agreed to “act professionally,” stick to the facts, properly cast reports, not prejudge the guilty, protect victims and minors, protect journalists and urge citizens to play a role in fighting crime, among other measures.

The blogs, meanwhile, have mushroomed, with operators vowing to present information without an editorial filter and in its crude form.

Efe tried to contact the administrators of several Web sites without any success.

Some Web sites have posted mission statements.

“Reporting on what’s really going on in Mexico, a country that is tied up and which many think lacks a memory, while some of us do have one,” one Web site’s mission statement says.

The founders of the Web site, created on March 2, 2010, describe themselves as “two young men who are fighting to objectively let people know what is going on” and are specialists “in the fields of computers and journalism, respectively.”

“We make known the acts of violence that have made Mexican society live a reality that until recently was found in the shadows,” the Web site’s founders said, adding that their “principal source of information has been people who work with facts and materials.”

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Research: 10 percent for Sharia can change a country into Sharia state


How many Muslims does it take to install Sharia in a country? Ten percent, according research shown in the article “Minority Rules: Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas.” If everybody else is discussing among themselves whether we should save the whales, decrease government spending, or bomb a terrorism funding dictator, and can not agree on central values, ways and goals, the tail can wag the dog:

Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. The scientists, who are members of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SCNARC) at Rensselaer, used computational and analytical methods to discover the tipping point where a minority belief becomes the majority opinion. The finding has implications for the study and influence of societal interactions ranging from the spread of innovations to the movement of political ideals.“When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10 percent, there is no visible progress in the spread of ideas. It would literally take the amount of time comparable to the age of the universe for this size group to reach the majority,” said SCNARC Director Boleslaw Szymanski, the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor at Rensselaer. “Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.” …

To reach their conclusion, the scientists developed computer models of various types of social networks. One of the networks had each person connect to every other person in the network. The second model included certain individuals who were connected to a large number of people, making them opinion hubs or leaders. The final model gave every person in the model roughly the same number of connections. The initial state of each of the models was a sea of traditional-view holders. Each of these individuals held a view, but were also, importantly, open minded to other views.

Once the networks were built, the scientists then “sprinkled” in some true believers throughout each of the networks. These people were completely set in their views and unflappable in modifying those beliefs. As those true believers began to converse with those who held the traditional belief system, the tides gradually and then very abruptly began to shift.

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