News: Eric Holder Grilled, FRIED, TOASTED Over Fast and Furious, # # NEWT WINS AGAIN
Attorney General Eric Holder in the hot seat in the House Judiciary Committee over Fast and Furious Operation by ATF.
During a recent Judiciary Committee hearing, Adams sought answers on Fast and Furious.
Holder and Chaffetz Fight Over Fast And Furious,
NEWT WINS AGAIN
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas (AP) — The bloody drug war in Mexico shows no sign of relenting. Neither do calls for tighter border security amid rising fears of spillover violence. This hardly seems a time the U.S. would be willing to allow people to cross the border legally from Mexico without a customs officer in sight. But in this rugged, remote West Texas terrain where wading across the shallow Rio Grande undetected is all too easy, federal authorities are touting a proposal to open an unmanned port of entry as a security upgrade. By the spring, kiosks could open…
by Barry Rubin
What Newt got right on the Palestinians in the debate last night. And what he got wrong.
Until now, I have responded that becoming educated about the DOJ and urging your Congressman to action is best. But circumstances have changed, and you as an American can do something about it.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon urged civil society and the authorities to join forces in an effort to halt violence against human rights defenders and journalists, as well as candidates in next year’s general elections.
“I am reiterating to all federal entities my instruction to implement effective mechanisms to protect human rights defenders and journalists,” the head of state said Friday during the 2011 National Human Rights award ceremony.
Calderon said civil society and the authorities must join forces to ensure the safety of members of grassroots organizations, reporters, politicians and ordinary citizens and guarantee the survival of Mexican democracy.
He also urged electoral authorities to explore mechanisms for providing “effective protection to candidates and activists during electoral processes, especially (the July 1, 2012, general election).”
“This is an urgent task that demands our full attention,” Calderon said, adding that organized crime is the “primary threat” to democratic institutions and the rule of law.
He said it is regrettable that federal, state and local governments have not yet been able to “contain the wave of aggression and violence against activists, journalists and also candidates and (government officials).”
Journalists have increasingly been targeted in recent years by drug traffickers and other organized crime groups, especially in northern Mexico, while media members must also contend with long-running abuse at the hands of federal, state and local officials.
Numerous mayors and other politicians also have been slain in recent years in Mexico, while a candidate for governor of the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas was murdered in 2010.
Calderon militarized the struggle against the nation’s heavily armed, well-funded drug cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006, deploying tens of thousands of army soldiers and federal police to drug-war flashpoints.
The strategy has led to headline-grabbing captures of cartel kingpins, but drug-related violence has skyrocketed and claimed nearly 50,000 lives nationwide over the five-year period.
Calderon has been under pressure from rights groups both in Mexico and abroad over his deployment of the military and his past claims that the vast majority of victims of drug-related violence are criminals themselves.
According to the MPJD, the activist had received threats from organized crime gangs and paramilitaries yet still had not received the protection he had requested through the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Two other members of MPJD, which the 55-year-old Sicilia founded after his son was brutally murdered earlier this year by suspected drug-gang members, also were abducted this week.
New York-based Human Rights Watch, meanwhile, said in a recent report that it questions Calderon’s claim that “90 percent of the victims of drug-related deaths (between 35,000 and 50,000 over the past five years, depending on the source) were criminals.”
It noted that the Mexican Attorney General’s Office only opened 997 investigations into drug-related murders between 2007 and August 2011 and that “federal judges have only convicted 22 defendants for homicides and other offenses tied to organized crime.”
HRW also said that Mexican security forces, far from bringing peace and tranquility to the country, have committed “widespread human rights violations” within the context of the country’s drug war.
“Instead of reducing violence, Mexico’s ‘war on drugs’ has resulted in a dramatic increase in killings, torture, and other appalling abuses by security forces, which only make the climate of lawlessness and fear worse in many parts of the country,” the organization’s Americas director, Jose Miguel Vivanco, was quoted as saying in the report.
The Associated Press
Attorney General Milo Minderbinder
It is a true pity that Joseph Heller, author of Catch 22, is no longer with us. He deserved the chance to observe his character Milo Minderbinder, come to life More
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Holy Chutzpah: 3 Jewish Heroes of 2011
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President Shimon Peres challenged presidents Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy Sunday to back up their vows not let Iran go nuclear. “I want to see actual results,” the Israeli president said. Speaking at the opening session of the annual Israel Business Conference, President Peres declared to a CNN reporter, “Iran is the center of all corruption. They kill, threaten, and poison….They are a significant threat to the entire world, not just to Israel. …..
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As the Carter administration created the nightmare of Iran by bringing the mullahs to power, the Obama administration has created a new nightmare by bringing the Islamists to power in Egypt. More
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Michael Bargo Jr.
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The Christmas season in the beach resort area of Cancun is open season in the deadly hunt by organized crime groups against rivals. Two main groups operate in Cancun; Los Zetas and a late arrival known as Los Pelones.
There are also reports that La Familia Michoacana has made inroads into Cancun and they may now control the drug trade in the tourist resort area of the city.
The tourist areas facing the Caribbean are safe for visitors but the same cannot be said for the mainland city where the low wage tourist industry workers live, and a high crime rate persists.
The latest victim of cartel warfare was Domingo Jiménez Pérez, 34 years old, and originally from the state of Chiapas.
Jimenez’s decapitated body was found Thursday night in the interior of a taxi that had been carjacked earlier that afternoon. The head was also in the taxi’s interior.
A narco message was placed next to the body that included a drawing of a christmas tree and read:
“Esto le va a pasar a toda la gente del Mosco, Enrique Salinas Espino alias El Papaya, Homero Figueroa Meza alias El Tripa, El Burro y todos los que lo ayudan. Feliz Navidad, Jo, Jo, Jo”
This will happen to all the people of el Mosco; Enrique Salinas Espino, El Papaya; Homero Figueroa Meza, El Tripa; El Burro and all those that help them.
Merry Christmas, jo jo jo.
The Quintana Roo media did not mention a signature on the message.
El Mosco has been identified as Dámasso Antonio Lanché Avila, a bulk used clothes salesman that has been linked to Los Pelones and is said to be a cell leader of that group.
El Mosco survived an attempt on his life last month and may have been seriously injured.
Two other men were executed in Cancun last week . They were identified as Alfredo Arciga Paniagua and José Diego Morán Favila, both used car salesmen.
Their bodies were found inside a vehicle that was abandoned behind a private school in Cancun. Both had died from gunshot wounds and may have been executed by the same killers as Thursday’s homicide.
The men’s relatives stated that both victims were killed by Los Zetas for being unable to pay an extortion “cuota”.
Another explanation for the killing is that both men may be linked to Los Pelones and El Mosco.
The Christmas themed message found in the vehicle read:
“Por extorsionadores y por ratas. Feliz Navidad Jo Jo Jo Jo”.
For being extortionists and rats. Merry Christmas Jo Jo Jo
Debating the GOP Debate
December 11, 2011
The circular firing squad returned last night at Drake University in Des Moines, as the GOP contenders took to the stage in an ABC-Des Moines Register-sponsored debate. More
Broadband satellite backed by Obama bundler a bust
December 11, 2011
Obama pal appears to lose $3 billion gamble. More
Climate Change Debate about Global Wealth Redistribution
December 11, 2011
Global warming is a pretense for creating a global welfare system. More
by Bob Owens
More than a quarter of these guns ended up in cartel hands in 2009, yet the admin continued the sales program.
He said the new army base will allow time for authorities to recruit and form their own police forces in that town and other areas of Tamaulipas state, saying that the weakness, vulnerability and, in some cases, complicity, of law enforcement had put people “at the mercy of criminals.”
Calderon said Ciudad Mier, a colonial community in Tamaulipas state near the U.S.-Mexico border that was once known as the “Magic Town,” should be a tourist destination but instead was abandoned by its citizens last year because of the presence of criminal gangs.
Many of them had relocated to a shelter in the nearby city of Ciudad Miguel Aleman.
Ciudad Mier, which is located in the “Frontera Chica” region of Tamaulipas, and many other towns in northeastern Mexico found themselves caught up in the war sparked by the March 2010 rupture of the alliance between the Gulf drug cartel and Los Zetas, the cartel’s former armed wing.
The shootouts between gunmen working for the rival cartels occurred for about six months and sometimes lasted as long as eight hours, leaving the streets covered with bullet casings.
In a bid to boost security, the Defense Secretariat ordered the construction of a “mobile” military barracks to house soldiers deployed to Ciudad Mier, a move Calderon said prompted the return of two thirds of the people who had fled the town.
“Ciudad Mier had started to become a community of empty squares, abandoned houses, of shuttered schools and businesses, of bullet-ridden walls. Faced with that situation, the government couldn’t remain with its arms crossed,” Calderon said.
The presence of the army soldiers, who arrived in the second half of 2011, “is gradually helping the people of Ciudad Mier and all of Tamaulipas regain the tranquility that had been snatched away from them by the criminals,” Calderon said.
He said homicides fell by more than 40 percent between the first and second halves of 2011, although he also acknowledged that “the road is long” and much work still remains.
The mobile military barracks, which the president formally inaugurated on Thursday, are capable of housing 600 troops.
The barracks, which occupy an area of 40 hectares (100 acres), respond to the need for mobile units capable of reacting to the contingencies that may arise in Tamaulipas state.
Shortly after taking office in December 2006, Calderon militarized the struggle against heavily armed drug cartels by deploying tens of thousands of army soldiers and federal police to drug-war flashpoints.
He said the deployment was necessary due to rampant corruption among Mexico’s notoriously corrupt and underpaid local police forces.
The strategy has led to headline-grabbing captures of cartel kingpins, but drug-related violence has skyrocketed and claimed nearly 50,000 lives nationwide over the five-year period and rights groups both in Mexico and abroad have denounced widespread abuses by army and police.
New York-based Human Rights Watch, for example, said in a recent report that the war on drugs has led to a “dramatic increase in killings, torture, and other appalling abuses by security forces, which only make the climate of lawlessness and fear worse in many parts of the country.”
Obama says he’s not trying to redistribute the wealth
December 11, 2011
The brazenness of claiming to believe one thing while carrying out policies that have exactly the opposite effect is going to be the hallmark of the upcoming campaign. More
Obama’s trail of broken promises
December 10, 2011
In Barack Obama’s 60 Minutes interview to run tomorrow, he responds to a question poses to him by Steve Kroft by answering that he “didn’t overpromise.” More
Panama Awaits Noriega’s Return
Former strongman Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega is scheduled to arrive aboard an Iberia Airlines flight from Madrid at Tocumen international airport, located about 27 kilometers (17 miles) east of Panama City…
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Rep. Darrell Issa demanded truth, while Attorney General Eric Holder parsed the definition of “lying.”