November 1, 2012








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  1. Election 2009 – New Jersey Governor – Corzine vs. Christie

    RCP Poll Average New Jersey Governor – Corzine vs. Christie….. Economy Remains Top Issue for Independents – John Judis, New Republic. – Ambitious



  1. President Barack Obama told New Jersey residents Wednesday that the federal government is going to Obama said he issued a “15 minute rule,” explaining he issued an order to his “So, I just want to thank him for his extraordinary leadership and partnership. …. And it’s all very likely to redound to the president’s credit.


  1. LYONS: Obama needs to come clean on what happened in Benghazi

    3 days ago – Our Benghazi mission personnel, including our two former Navy SEALs, fought for seven hours without any assistance other than help from our



  1. This Question Of Treason – Free Republic

    2 days ago – Our Benghazi mission personnel, including our two former Navy SEALs, fought for seven hours without assistance other than help from our

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What’s Really Happening In Blacked-Out Manhattan

By Anya Kamenetz

The lights are still out for a quarter of a million people in Lower Manhattan, and things are getting dangerous. But cell phones and social media are enabling an entirely self-organized recovery effort that is showing up where FEMA, the Red Cross, and the city are not.

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In Manhattan, Lines for Food, Water, Gasoline, And… The iPad Mini

By Sarah Kessler


Half a million people are still living without electricity in the New York area, but there’s a three-blocks-long line at the Apple store.

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  1. The ACTUAL Issue On Benghazi? in [Market-Ticker]

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    Our Benghazi mission personnel, including our two former Navy SEALs, fought for seven hours without any assistance other than help from our

  2. The Missing Piece of the Puzzle? « The Crawdad Hole

    2 days ago – Our Benghazi mission personnel, including our two former Navy SEALs, fought for seven hours without any assistance other than help from our
  3. EXCLUSIVE: CIA operators were denied request for help during

    5 days ago – SEAL father: Who denied military aid during Benghazi attack? Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough seven hours after the attack on the consulate began — a window that represented
  4. American heroes, American cowards | The Citizen

    1 day ago – operations to commence while the Benghazi attack went on for seven hours. Imagine the chagrin of Navy SEALs, Rangers, Green Berets, Delta also a former Navy SEAL, Glen Doherty, who arrived late in the fight with a
  5. This Question Of Treason – AesopsRetreat

    Our Benghazi mission personnel, including our two former Navy SEALs, fought for seven hours without assistance other than help from our embassy in Tripoli,
  6. Truth On Target: Obama: Courage was lacking for Benghazi

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  7. Articles: Did Obama Watch While They Fought for their Lives?

    6 days ago – They fought for their lives for seven hours. 9/11/ 2012. Benghazi. The White House watched. No help was sent and they died. Four Americans


The Obama Economy: Still Not Recovered

by Tom Blumer

The economy is not even back to where it was when the recession began.

Is Benghazi Breaking Through the Media’s Wall of Silence?

by Bryan Preston

Baby steps. More: White House May Have Told Counterterrorism Group to Stand Down on Benghazi Rescue

The Obama Economy: Still Not Recovered

by Tom Blumer

The economy is not even back to where it was when the recession began.

The Racist and the Diversity Czar

by Ying Ma

Grouping Asians together for the purpose of fostering “diversity” in America is insulting.

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PJTV’s Trifecta: Voter Fraud — Will The Democrats Vote Early, and Often?

by Stephen Green


It Wasn’t Just Four Americans Abandoned in Benghazi

by Bob Owens

Up to 32 Americans were denied military assistance at the consulate and CIA safe house. More: Why Haven’t We Seen a Photo Like This from the Night of the Benghazi Assault?

PJM Exclusive: Many Inspector General Staff Don’t Believe Watchdog Works Independently

by Bridget Johnson

Senators urge investigator to include claims including “softening” of reports in probe of IG’s ties to White House in Gulf drilling moratorium.

Obama’s Failure in Latin America

by Jaime Daremblum

The president has not provided real leadership. (You can read this article in Spanish here.)

2013: The Death of Free Speech

by Robert Spencer

The media quickly learns to abide by the new rules…

The Decline and Fall of Western Culture in One Photo

by Zombie

Two statues in a room. So much to think about. So much to learn.

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The Red State-Blue State Divide: Is Economy the Driver?

by Patrick Reddy

Census data since 1930 shows a remarkable correlation between state income and voting habits.

Benghazi, American Honor, Little Caesar, and the False Dmitri

by Michael Walsh

For the left, not only the personal is political, but so is everything else — even the lives and deaths of our troops.

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  • Homeland Security graduates first Corps of Homeland Youth ( Hitler Youth)

    Thursday, November 01, 2012 11:17:36 AM · by Candor7 · 21 replies

    Whiteout Press ^ | October 7, 2012 | Staff
    October 7, 2012Share Homeland Security graduates first Corps of Homeland Youth October 7, 2012. Vicksburg. The federal government calls them FEMA Corps. But they conjure up memories of the Hitler Youth of 1930’s Germany. Regardless of their name, the Dept of Homeland Security has just graduated its first class of 231 Homeland Youth. Kids, aged 18-24 and recruited from the President’s AmeriCorp volunteers, they represent the first wave of DHS’s youth corps, designed specifically to create a full time, paid, standing army of FEMA Youth across the country. On September 13, 2012, the Dept of Homeland Security graduated its first…
  • Vestas changes its mind, says it will close Colorado R&D office

    Thursday, November 01, 2012 11:17:11 AM · by george76 · 2 replies

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    Vestas Wind Systems said late Wednesday it will shut down its research and development offices in Louisville and in two other states, rather than consolidate them in Brighton as it announced less than a month ago… The Danish wind-turbine maker … Vestas will close its three R&D offices in the United States by the end of the second quarter in 2013.” The other two offices are in Houston and Marlborough, Mass. … Vestas repeatedly has blamed the pending expiration of a U.S. wind-power production tax credit for weakening demand for its products, leading to job cutbacks. That tax credit, which…

Hundreds Of Lower East Side Residents STILL Don’t Have Water And Electricity

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Six days later.

New York Magazine's Breathtaking Cover Shows A Blacked-Out Manhattan From The Sky

New York Magazine’s Breathtaking Cover Shows A Blacked-Out Manhattan From The Sky

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Nearly 60,000 Drug War Deaths in Mexico Under Calderon

Friday, November 2, 2012 | Borderland Beat Reporter Buggs

Borderland Beat

According to Monterrey’s Milenio daily, organized crime-related violence has claimed 57,449 lives in Mexico during the six-year presidency of Felipe Calderon, including 10,485 so far this year

Organized crime-related violence has claimed 57,449 lives in Mexico during the presidency of Felipe Calderon, whose six-year term ends on Dec. 1, according to a tally published Thursday by the Milenio daily.

Based on its own calculations, the Monterrey-based newspaper also put the number of drug war-related homicides thus far in 2012 at 10,485 and said 888 people were killed in October, the second-lowest monthly total this year.

Seven of Mexico’s 32 federal entities accounted for 72 percent of the homicides last month, according to Milenio. In October, the country’s most violent state was Guerrero with 145 murders, followed by Chihuahua with 139, Sinaloa with 94 and Nuevo Leon and Jalisco with 68 each.

The states that saw the biggest drop in homicides last month relative to September were Michoacan, Baja California and San Luis Potosi, in that order.

The last time the government updated the country’s drug war death toll was on Jan. 11, when it said 47,515 people had been killed in organized crime-related violence between Dec. 1, 2006, and Sept. 30, 2011.

In August, the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, which poet-turned-peace activist Javier Sicilia founded after his son was murdered by suspected drug-gang members, put the death toll from Mexico’s drug war at roughly 70,000.

Calderon, of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, militarized the struggle against Mexico’s heavily armed, well-funded drug mobs shortly after taking office in December 2006, deploying tens of thousands of troops across the country.

The strategy has led to headline-grabbing killings or captures of 25 of the country’s 37 most-wanted criminal leaders – including Los Zetas cartel leader Heriberto Lazcano, killed in a shootout with marines on Oct. 7 – but the violence has continued unabated.

Calderon will be succeeded in a month by Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which will return to power after a 12-year hiatus.

Peña Nieto, who has vowed to bring down the violence during his six-year term, says he will keep the army on the streets in Mexico’s most insecure areas while bolstering the Federal Police’s capacity to fight crime.

The president-elect has said he will not seek accords or truces with drug gangs, as the PRI is widely suspected of doing in the past.

Calderon suggested in an interview with The New York Times in October 2011 that members of the PRI, which ruled Mexico uninterruptedly for 71 years, would be susceptible to making deals with organized crime the party regained power.

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Beltran Leyva Cartel Boss Arrested in Mexico City

| Borderland Beat Reporter Buggs

Borderland Beat

A suspected Beltran Leyva drug cartel boss who handled operations in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero was arrested by the Federal Police in Mexico City, the Public Safety Secretariat said Thursday.

Aldo Ramos de la Cruz, “suspected of being responsible for running logistics for the shipment and distribution of drugs from the state of Tamaulipas” to the United States, was detained on Wednesday, the secretariat said in a statement.

Ramos de la Cruz was in charge of the cartel’s business in Acapulco, a port city in Guerrero.

He is a close associate of Hector Beltran Leyva, known as “El H” and considered the top leader of the criminal organization, the secretariat said.

Ramos de la Cruz was arrested along with Leobardo Ortegon Vazquez, 26, a suspected informant who was in charge of the cartel boss’s personal security, the Public Safety Secretariat said.

The two men were arrested in the Granjas Coapa section of the Federal District, thanks to “intelligence reports,” the secretariat said.

The arrests of Jose Alberto Quiroz Perez on Sept. 5 and Carlos Arturo Torres Medina a month later led to Ramos de la Cruz, who is suspected of handling “the planting and harvest of marijuana and poppies in the mountains of Guerrero state,” the secretariat said.

An AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition, cell phones, marijuana and a BMW seized from the suspects were turned over to the federal Attorney General’s Office.

The criminal organization created by brothers Arturo, Mario Alberto, Carlos, Alfredo and Hector Beltran Leyva smuggles cocaine, marijuana and heroin, and has lucrative sidelines in people trafficking, money laundering, extortion, kidnapping, contract killings and arms smuggling.

The Beltran Leyva cartel has been weakened by the killings and arrests of several of its leaders, as well as infighting.

The Beltran Leyva cartel arose as a splinter group of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico’s oldest and most powerful drug trafficking organization, in 2008.

The criminal organization was led by Arturo Beltran Leyva, who died in a shootout with marines at a luxury condo in Cuernavaca, the capital of Morelos state, on Dec. 16, 2009.

Two weeks after Arturo was killed, Carlos Beltran Leyva was arrested in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state, where he was going by the alias of Carlos Gamez.

Hector Beltran Leyva took over control of the cartel after Arturo’s death, but he had to battle a rival faction led by Edgar Valdez Villarreal for control of the organization.

Valdez Villarreal, known as “La Barbie,” was arrested by the Federal Police on Aug. 30, 2010.

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EI Lazca, ‘I Took Care of the Nephew”

| Borderland Beat Reporter Havana

Borderland Beat

Heriberto Lazcano, El Lazca ordered the death of Jose Eduardo Moreira Rodriguez
Mexico City • The leader of Los Zetas , Heriberto Lazcano, El Lazca , ordered the death of Jose Eduardo Moreira Rodriguez, son of Humberto Moreira, former governor of Coahuila, and not Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, el Z-40 as many previously assumed.
Officials close to the case revealed that (this info.) follows from the phone messages that the absolute leader of Los Zetas sent to his friend Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, La Ardilla, on October 3, when the crime was committed.
The transcripts of these discussions are held by the federal government, stated consulted officials. 

In the material, it established that Heriberto Lazcano, El Lasca, reported the same day that Alexander Treviño Chavez, nephew of the Z-40, had been killed by state police, along with four members of the criminal organization. 

El Lazca and La Ardilla

The news surprised La Ardilla, who assumed that the death occurred in their place, in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, where Miguel Angel Trevino was second head of the cartel.

According to the transcripts, Lazcano said that the death had occurred in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, and made it clear “I have already taken care of the matter” ie, the murder of a relative of Governor Ruben Moreira.
It is also clear that Lazcano gave the order to avenge the death of Alejandro Treviño Chavez. The nephew of Treviño Morales who was living in Laredo, Texas, and his body was claimed by his widow of American nationality.
Revenge was executed three hours later and the victim, José Eduardo Moreira, was the Governor of Coahuila’s nephew .
To commit the crime, officials narrated, El Lazca instructed that Miguel Angel Rodríguez Díaz, Alfa Metro, zeta boss in northern Coahuila to coordinate the operation.
After receiving the order, Miguel Angel asked for support from the military collusion with the group, particularly the operating deputy director of Acuña police , Rodolfo Castillo Montes.
El Lazca instructed that Miguel Angel Rodríguez Díaz, Alfa Metro, should coordinate the operation
Being aware of the request from Lazcano, the command contracted for the son of former national leader of the PRI, who cited in that municipality should trick him and  give him an “invitation”.
When José Eduardo came to the appointment, he was conquered by the police supervisor of Acuna, Victor Landeros Sifuentes, La Iguana , and Officer Jorge Tenorio Takajasi, El Taka .
After they handed him over to Carlos Arnulfo Flores Flores, El Flaco , head of Los Zetas in Acuña presented yesterday as the alleged perpetrator of the crime, who was accompanied by Ruben Sifuentes Cadena, El Shaggy .
The boy’s body was found at 10 pm, three hours after being taken.
According to the messages, El Lazca complained that the group did not execute Rodolfo Castillo Montes, the only thing that could link them to the killing.
According to the consulted officials, the expert showed that Moreira’s son was killed aboard the truck, while police said they found the body was in a dirt road.
It was found that it was not so and that they cleaned the vehicle by order from leaders of Los Zetas , officials said. 

Carlos Arnulfo Flores Flores, aka El Flaco or El Fantasma
Another Version
The Army presented yesterday Carlos Arnulfo Flores Flores, El Flaco or El Fantasm , alleged head of Los Zetas plaza in Acuña and perpetrator of the murder of Jose Eduardo Moreira. The subject was arrested after a confrontation in Monclova, Coahuila.
However, officials assured that the crime was ordered by cartel leader Miguel Angel Trevino, The Z-40, in retaliation for the death of his nephew.
Officials said that after the murder of Moreira, the members criminal cell left the city and took refuge in different parts of Coahuila.
The Department of Defense  (Sedena) confirmed that former Acuña deputy police supervisor RodolfoCastillo Montes, Victor Landeros Sifuentes, police supervisor were complicit for luring Jose Eduardo.
Then they handed him over to El Flaco, to El Shaggy and another man nicknamed El Pelon who took him away and killed him.
According to the Department of Defense (Sedena), El Z-40 ordered the execution of  the son of former Coahuila governor after the death of his nephew and the four Zetas who clashed with state security forces.
“By supporting the activities of  the authorities of Public Security  carried out by the Army and Air Force in Coahuila, it was learned that most of the members of Los Zetas cell in Acuña left the plaza and took refuge in various places, including the city of Monclova, where  Flores Flores was located. “
El Flaco was slightly injured and was made available to the SEIDO. In addition to El Flaco, César Zapata Riojas, El Nejo; José Gumaro Esquivel Flores, Gumaro, y Carlos Emanuel Espinoza Sifuentes, El Gordo, were arrested.
Chronological Timeline
Jose Eduardo Moreira was killed on 3 October. A command Acuña deceitfully lured him and handed him to Los  Zetas belonged to Carlos Arnulfo Flores.
Salvador Martinez Escobedo or Carlos Garcia, La Ardilla, alleged regional head of Los Zetas in Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila, was arrested by Marines on October 6.
One day later, on Sunday October 7, the Marines shot down the absolute leader of the cartel, Heriberto Lazcano, El Lazca, in Progreso, Coahuila. 

Lazcano’s Last Stand
Thanks to Tex Pat N Mex for the Photo

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Lazca: No Body No Death

Thursday, November 1, 2012 | Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis

By Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

No Body No Death
There was no body, though the government announced the tyrant dead.  They backed their claim with a few photos and firsthand accounts of eye witnesses.  The nation’s president weighed in “Scientific evidence proves he is dead” continuing he said  “we photographed the corpse, he has been 100% identified, it is unequivocally him”.
President Filipe Calderon?
Nope, it is Osama Bin Laden, and President Barack Obama.
About his decision not to release the death photos Obama said this on 60 Minutes; “We’ve done DNA sampling and testing. So there’s no doubt we killed Osama bin Laden,” “And I think Americans and people around the world are glad that he’s gone. But we don’t need to spike the football.”
Mitchell A leading forensic expert in the country told the Free Press that confirming Bin Laden’s identity, which couldn’t be done by DNA alone, was “very much a classic forensic case.”
“A little bit of DNA, facial recognition, eyewitness testimony — it all came together”, he said in response to the question is a body needed for identification.
Holland, the former DNA technical leader at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory said the DNA may have been the clincher but wasn’t enough on its own for a positive ID.
First Photo says Obama: “Let me get this straight you can’t find the body of Lazca?… hahaha”
Second photo Calderon says “Maybe it is next to the body of Bin Laden…”

Why is DNA not enough?

First and foremost there was no known DNA sampling of OBL.  Secondly. there was no way to obtain a sample of OBL’s parents.
Holland elaborated by explaining there was no DNA for comparison from OBL parents, and that is the optimal testing for identification.  Siblings will not be a perfect match and some siblings can have few matching strains.  In a case where there is DNA but no body,   DNA testing between siblings will result in clarification of sibling relationship, and nothing more.  Holland says DNA plus photo recognition, fingerprints, and witness accounts is the most optimal identification when there is no body.
Greater credential’s one will not find than those of Holland.  It was he who identified the remains of the Vietnam Unknown Solider, Lieutenant  Michael Blassie, and the last Russian Czar Nicholas Romanov.

Another prestigious forensic expert is Dr. Cyril Wecht, (photo at left) who has been the president of both the American Academy of Forensic Science and the American College of Legal Medicine, and currently heads the board of trustees of the American Board of Legal Medicine, has gone on record stating, ”Working through siblings, you can only go so far …” .  He stressed that scars or dental impressions would go towards identification if lacking all other elements.

Dr. Holland stressed the point that he does in fact believe that it is OBL killed and whose body was buried at sea.  He based that conclusion on the sibling DNA in conjunction with photo recognition testing and eye witness account.
What about El Lazca?
This week an article was published in the Saltillo newspaper Zocalo with the provocative Tittle “El Lazca, No Body, No Certainty”.  The article was picked up by narco blogs but not by mainstream media.  Zocalo is a Coahuila Newspaper, often rumored to be directed by cartels, namely the Zetas, and heavily in support the PRI party.
If the article was written 3 decades ago perhaps it would be substantive to a point.  Mexican newspapers are written for Mexicans, and Mexico is a developing nation where the majority of its people are not educated to the facts of forensics and declaration of death sans body. “Unnamed sources” is the lowest denominator of proof and reality.  With that being established,  Zocalo reported this:
At the same time, the PGR points out “ the genetic analyzes of the father of “El Lazca” were made by the experts of the institution; however, expert service workers of the Attorney Office assured to this newspaper that they do not carry out the study of DNA of the progenitor of Lazcano, nor are they holding the samples taken in Coahuila, they only have the result of the autopsy, the corpse’s photographs and fingerprints”.
“Until we see the body, no one in the world can prove scientifically that the fingerprints submitted, is evidence that the deceased was Lazcano. Nor can they actually prove that the samples were taken from the exhibited corpse. There is no way of checking, even if they have exhumed the remains of the drug dealer’s father. If the government says otherwise, they are lying, said forensic experts who requested anonymity”.
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The emphasis on “only” is editing as was the underlined text.  Point being, only an autopsy, fingerprints and photos, keep in mind the words of leading forensic scientists about OBL. The fact that PGR took custody of the sampling rather than leaving the evidence with Coahuila is a huge plus in credibility.
Zocalo continues with its novela:
“On Wednesday 17, in a news conference, Jose Cuitláhuac Salinas, head of the now renamed Deputy Attorney Specialized in Investigation of Organized Crime (SEIDO) reported that it was impossible to locate the brothers of the drug trafficker to extract DNA samples, so the PGR requested the exhumation of the remains of the parents of Lazcano Lazcano, buried in the cemetery of El Tezontle, Hidalgo”.
This part of the report is curious if not absurd:
What is the most likely thing that could’ve happened?
“If we don’t have the complete evidence we fall in speculation, thinking that Heriberto Lazcano might now be a protected witness”.
“Lazcano might have made an agreement to enter the witness protection program in the United States. What good does the evidence do if it is doubtful if they were planted or supplanted? Lazcano himself could have given all the elements: his fingerprints, his blood, his DNA. So the only reliable test that would have is the body and it does not appear, “said an expert in criminology and forensic science who asks to remain anonymous.
So there you go folks!  Mystery solved
They also question the exhumation, as well as suggesting a body double and concludes that an unnamed expert says the fingerprints were conducted in a “tricky way”
According to The Zocalo, State and federal agencies conspired with the government of the United States to stage Lazca’s death so that he will enjoy a life in the US and abroad in the witness protection program.  Many comments and questions come to mind, but let’s begin with this;
The fact is that Lazca was in Sabinas (Progreso) for months, beginning last spring.  This BB reporter was advised last June not to include the Sabinas CAM school in the invitations to a prom in Acuña, as violence could break out at any time due to a premier narco leader now living there.  People knew he was there, his girlfriend’s family lives there, and a rumor, not confirmed but would explain a lot if true, says the Garcia funeral parlor was owned by the brother of Lazca’s Girlfriend.
“Bert” Moreira the former governor of Coahuila and brother of the current governor is not one I usually turn to for truth in reporting, however with that disclaimer intact I will say that he has stated in recent interviews that Lazca was living in Progreso and allowed to roam freely as in other citizen often without guards.
Why would state agencies and federal agencies conspire, especially since they don’t even like each much, if there existed this amazing conspiracy why have a state agency involved at all? Then we move to the extraordinarily ludicrous notion it was the United States and Mexico that conspired to fake his death.
If there is a conspiracy why not say there is DNA on file of Lazca?
Why not say they had a full set of fingerprints on file?
Why not say they had familial DNA on file?
In other words why not make it a whole lot tidier? There is no reason why the US would place a mass murderer on the streets of the US to work his horror on the citizens of the US.  No reason.
There exists a far greater reason for the controversy.  Zetas want the questioning of Lazca’s death.  They want to cause confusion especially within their rivals CDG and CDS.  This allows time to regroup.
So let’s take another look at what the experts surmise is the only method of identification:
Best method of identification in the event there is no corpse
1.    DNA match between child and parent
2.    Finger print match or palm
3.    Photographs
4.    Autopsy
5.    Facial photo recognition or reconstruction
6.    Eye witnesses verification
By these  accepted standards and protocols of leading forensics experts, by all the evidence set forth there is not a doubt that if there exists a Lazca DNA parental match that he is in fact dead.
However using the same protocols is Osama Bin Laden  in fact alive and well, and possibly  in the United States of America in the Witness Protection Program?  ( Facetiously asked)

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Accused of Rape: Man Executed and Hanged on ACA Bridge With Narco Message

| Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis

Borderland Beat

A man executed with a shot to the head, was hanged on a bridge on the Autopista del Sol, Cuernavaca-Acapulco at Km 346 +200, towards the port of Acapulco 

Authorities were alerted by motorists circulating at an early hour on the Highway of the Sol.. Preventive police arrived to the scene  with the ministerial prosecutor to record the facts and seek the services of forensic medical personnel and experts to initiate appropriate investigations and remove  the body hanging from the bridge. The bridge connects to Sabaniña village, just outside the port of Acapulco.


The body had a card containing a message which read:

“This happened to me for raping young girls, and is also going to happen to YOU Victor Garcia, Jose Garcia and Javier Garcia”
The body of the deceased was identified as Lamberto Carmen Flores, by his CURP card which was found in his wallet.  (CURP is a federal ID similar to Social Security)
On different parts of his body were tattoos, mostly pertaining to Santa Muerte.  Also observed was a single  9 mm bullet hole in the front part of his head. A cap found near by, apparently slipped from his head, also displayed a bullet hole, that aligned with the head bullet hole. His hands were bound with rope behind his back. 

The body was taken to the Forensic Medical Service facilities instead, where his family  claimed it, and  gave their statements to the prosecutor.

Source: Narco Mexico Drugs Gangs


Narco Gold Mine: Coahuila Coal

| Borderland Beat Reporter Havana

Borderland Beat

Through coal exploitation, drug trafficking has found a “gold mine” in Coahuila. In that state, the illegal mining business yields an income of at least 6 million pesos per week.
Official sources informed Reforma that the illegal exploitation of mineral allows organized crime to have a substantial source of income and a way to launder money by contracts with legally constituted companies that saw an opportunity to get the lowest cost of coal and sell it to CFE through la Promotora Mining Development (Prodemi.)
They added that the PGR is investigating three companies: Impulsora JBN, Perforaciones Técnicas Industriales (Technical Drilling and Mining Industries), and, Minera La Misión (Mining the Mission) for their alleged involvement in these illegal businesses.
“These people, Los Zetas, produced around 10,000 tonnes a week and are selling coal at 600 pesos (per tonne), “they explained. ”They sold cheap for those who had placed an order with Prodemi, to make it more appealing buying from them and make a higher profit while these people (Prodemi)  launder money.”
The source they identified as principal operator, José Reynol Bermea, head of Los Zetas in Sabinas, but only in the “division” of mining and renting machinery, and who allegedly was arrested by the Navy.
José Reynol Bermea
w/PRI candidate Melchor Sánchez de la Fuente
“He was in charge for Z-40 in the coal region to handle the business of coal production in Agujita and Cloete. The pits that were closed and the steep cliffs on side of the highway from Sabinas to Nueva Rosita are theirs, on the land owned by state government.” the sources said.
Lozano accepted the problem
PAN Senator and former Secretary of Labor, Javier Lozano, accepted that members of organized crime have a presence and are linked with work carried out in the mining area of Coahuila.
The lawmaker confirmed the revelations made by former state governor Humberto Moreira, who said that drug traffickers are involved in the business of mining coal to launder money.
Lozano admitted that the problem was detected by the federal government, but he did not know if there are inquiries or criminal investigations related to these cases.
Asked to Investigate Narco Links into Mining
The PRD in the Senate lobbied a proposal for a Special Commission to investigate the alleged involvement of organized crime in the exploitation of coal mines in Coahuila and the  working conditions of miners in the so  called “pocitos” (pits)-.
The commission will be presented at a point of agreement, the vice-coordinator of the bench, Dolores Padierna, also seeks to generate a diagnosis and suggest improvements to the mining law.
The alleged links with organized crime to Coahuila mining was designated on October 25 by former Governor Humberto Moreira.
Considerations highlight that the state of Coahuila is the largest producer of coal in the country with a extractions reaching more than 11.2 million tons, but stresses that it is coupled with a critical situation in the workplace.
The special report on the security situation in the coal zone of Coahuila made by the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH), clearly shows that the number of complaints received has been increasing because of claims due to fatalities attributable to the lack of health and safety conditions.
According to the report, in the last five years there have been 124 deaths related to coal mining in Coahuila, 80 of which have occurred in the so called pits..
“The exploitation of the so called coal pits” is a critical situation because working conditions are inhuman. The  operating situation, do not meet the official Mexican standard 032, so it is deduced that they operate in conditions of illegality,” the report cites.
The Senator alerts in a contradictory way, the existence of the pits is very profitable because the cost of maintenance is almost nil and notes that because of working conditions, owners abuse the population in need of employment, providing work in precarious and enslaving  conditions.

“In light of the statements of Coahuila’s former governor Humberto Moreira noting that besides the problems described, there’s the link to organized crime, we are obligated by elementary solidarity and in defense of justice with miners, to know deeply the working environment in the mines and report abuses and create better legislation for the benefit of those affected” he says.
The senator noted that this commission  will actually focus on the situation of the mines in general, but it would begin with issue of the “the pits” because of the serious problems they have.
**And he also pointed out that participation of foreign capital in mining exploration is up to 70%,  companies that pay Mexico the equivalent of 1.18 percent of the resources obtained from the national territory.** 

And also the deputies
In the Chamber of Deputies is the bench of PRI which promotes creating a special commission of mining, although it  does not mention the problem of narco involvement in this activity.
“Everyone is familiar with the historical issues which workers  in this sector have encountered with the mining companies in the country, so as legislators, we must be vigilant, cooperate and assist the head Federal Executive in mediation of interests, ensuring industry and protecting Labor and  human rights of the workers, “the point of the agreement shall be presented by PRI Adolfo Bonilla Gomez.
Ex-Governor of Coahuila Humberto Moreira in mourning
The following was taken from López Dóriga October 26th  interview with Humberto Moreira
Humberto Moreira: “Since some months ago, it is an loud secret in the coal region of the state, that drug dealers started to switch their mode of operation, instead of kidnapping, or extortion fees, they felt like extracting coal (…..) in coal region, there are people who have a production of 100,000 tons and sell to 200,000, who buys the other 100  1 petition of mind to investigate all the new, recent miners who have arrived here, who are like Senor Lazcano.”
López Dóriga: And why is Moriera so sure this coal ended up in the hands of the businessmen in the zone?  According to the ex-governor the coal production obtained was sold to CFE through legitimately formed businesses.
Humberto Moreira:“No way the bad guys are going to sell it themselves to the CFE or Prodemi.  Who was buying this coal from Senor Lazcano? They are entrepenuers (….) that means that there had to be intermediaries in order to buy this coal that gives electrical energy to the country.  They found this modus vivendi (way of life).
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The former treasurer of Coahuila Javier Villarreal Hernandez ,
The companies that Javier Villarreal awarded Coal Contracts have helped Los Zetas wash 6 million pesos a week
Mexico City (November 1, 2012). - The former treasurer of the state of Coahuila,  Javier Villarreal Hernandez, who was the former financial trader for Governor Humberto Moreira, gave discretionary contracts to two of the three companies investigated by the PGR for their alleged involvement in money laundering through underground coal mining, official sources revealed. Villarreal was the chief architect of the “moreirazo” which consisted of forging documents for contracting debt of about 5 billion pesos during  Moreira’s term as Coahuila governor, to lead the service in 2010 Tax Administration of Coahuila (SATEC). Officials reported that, as head of SATEC, Villarreal had control of the Promotora Mining Development (Prodemi) and awarded contracts to companies Perforaciones Técnicas Industriales (Technical Drilling and Mining Industries) and Impulsora JBN. These companies have helped Los Zetas, who seized underground mines to extract coal illegally, washed 6 million pesos a week, as published yesterday.  They would do this by buying the ore far below the market price and then selling it to Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) through Prodemi, which serves as an intermediary for producers of small-scale coal take to CFE. ”In 2009,  contracts were awarded to Prodemi companies, and  Perforaciones Técnicas Industriales (Technical Drilling and Mining Industries) Impulsora JBN did not appear,” said an informant. ”But in 2010 the contracts were changed again and they granted Perforaciones Técnicas Industriales (Technical Drilling and Mining Industries) a drilling contract for 75, 000 tons per year, and to JBN, one for 120,000 tons. ”These are the contracts which Villarreal gave them without going through the committee assignments or anything.” Prodemi sources said the companies bought them more than they had contracted. ”The argument is that (the officers) were afraid, but they  were not. Javier Villarreal gave orders,” they added.
Javier Villarreal was head of the Tax Administration Service of Coahuila.  He is accused of contracting credits for at least 5 billion pesos using false documents.  He is wanted by U.S. a on charges of money laundering.  He is at large and has not been heard from since early February, when he was released on bail in a county near Dallas, Texas, after being arrested in a Mercedes Benz carrying $67,000
**And he also pointed out that participation of foreign capital in mining exploration is up to 70%,  companies that pay Mexico the equivalent of 1.18 percent of the resources obtained from the national territory.**
(I translated literally, but it makes no sense to me. The numbers don’t work but that’s what it says)

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Arrested “El Che” presumed lieutenant of “El Chapo” in Chihuahua

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Chihuahua. – Staff of the Department of National Defense in the state of Chihuahua detained José Salgueiro Nevarez, alias “El Che,” alleged lieutenant of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, in that state.
Through a statement, the Department of Defense reported that staff of the Military Zone 42 attached to the Military Region XI, conducted an operation in the city of Hidalgo del Parral, where in addition to Salgueiro Nevarez  five more people were arrested.
The federal agency said that they are Víctor Javier Hernández Márquez, alias “el Negro” and/or “Dientes de Ajo”; David Ruíz Rubio; Efrén Salgueiro González, alias “el Maniaco”, Brian Salgueiro Zepeda and Erick Salgueiro Peña.
According to the Department of Defense, the alleged lieutenant maintained control of marijuana production in areas south of Chihuahua, the movement of drugs into the United States, drug dealing, extortion from shopkeepers and businessmen, mainly miners of Hildago del Parral .
Meanwhile, Salgueiro González, “El Maniaco”, led a cell of sicarios who presumably are responsible for the execution of nine people in a room rented for parties , on February 4 this year, in the city of Chihuahua.
The Department of Defense (Sedena) said that this capture,  affects the structure of leadership and operational capacity of “Pacific Cartel” (CDS), led by Guzman Loera in the state of Chihuahua, including affecting its operation at national and international level.

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