Posts tagged: Plan Mexico

Bless Brad Will’s memory! He would have been 44 years old today!

Take action urged by the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy! Action Needed Demand justice in the murder of U.S. journalist Brad Will Suspend Merida Initiative aid to Mexican security forces June 14 would have been U.S. journalist Brad Will’s 44th birthday. Will was shot and killed covering protests in the Mexican state […]

Friends of Brad Will and allies take action

In the first complaint filed with the new Inspector General of the Police Department for the City of New York, on his first day in office, Friends of Brad Will recommend to the Inspector General a course of action for exposing and ending targeting of political activists by the NYPD, including the spying on and […]

Urge US government action to end impunity for the murder of Brad Will

Here is an example of a letter you could send to Senator Durbin to end impunity for the murder of Brad Will and many others by Mexican government-backed paramilitaries Thanks! Subject: Plan Mexico (aka the Merida Initiative) and he Murder of US journalist Brad Will To: schedule@durbin.senate.gov, state_scheduler@durbin.senate.gov, pat_souders@durbin.senate.gov, Max_Gleischman@durbin.senate.gov, dena_morris@durbin.senate.gov, christina_mulka@durbin.senate.gov Mr. Souders, Please […]

US aid to Mexico’s federal police wasted as corruption soars, study finds

By Joseph J. Kolb Published May 12, 2014 FoxNews.com Note: We warned Washington Office on Against Latin America about the absence of benchmarks in Plan Mexico funding proposals by Bush. But they just pushed ahead despite the obvious failure of the model as made clear by corruption and brutality scandals that are endemic in the […]

Congressman Blumenauer on “Drug War” failure and an alternative

See his full FAQ here. Here’s the text below: Marijuana FAQ The people have spoken – it is time for the federal government to reform the failed marijuana policies that ruin lives and cost us billions of dollars every year. Last November, Colorado and Washington voters chose to legalize small amounts of marijuana for adult […]

Legalization vs. Decriminalization

More at The Real News Excerpt of this excellent discussion: “I see that the current illicit marketplace is the gateway. It is the environment that is the gateway, not a particular substance or drug, but the environment that we have of drug dealers acting on our corners hiring kids to sell drugs, marijuana and other […]

Doctors criticise UN’s approach to global drugs control

Excellent review of current drug policy discussions at the UN in respected UK medical journal, The Lancet. Excerpt below. Chris Ford, founder and clinical director of the non-governmental organisation International Doctors for Healthy Drug Policies (IDHDP), told The Lancet: “We know the global war on drugs has failed and this has had devastating consequences for […]

‘El Chapo’ and El Banco

on the Fair Blog by Janine Jackson Quote: “US Attorney General Eric Holder called the arrest a “landmark achievement”: “The criminal activity Guzman allegedly directed contributed to the death and destruction of millions of lives across the globe through drug addiction, violence and corruption.” But that activity wasn’t conducted by Guzman alone, and another notable […]

Liberals and Republicans signal huge shift in attitude to US drug laws

(NB: It’s about time. And too little too late for those who continue to rot in jail because of these regressive policies still on the books. And the victims of militarization in Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras etc are not addressed by piecemeal responses like decriminalization or changes in domestic sentencing law that’s still 18:1 […]

Mexico’s Vigilante Groups Are a Force to Reckon with for Drug Cartels and Army

Excerpt: LEÓN: Despite the agreement, now there are doubts still lingering as to the capability and the willingness of the Mexican federal government to clean the state of organized crime, even more now in the lights of the recent attacks in Apatzingán while under federal protection, mainly because there is no trust in the honesty […]

A Cyber Invasion

How the NSA Infiltrated Mexico’s Computers by LAURA CARLSEN Excerpt: “My opinion is that the demand for an explanation from the Obama administration is nothing more than a face-saving move by Peña Nieto. Obama has already not only admitted to the programs revealed by Snowden, but defended them. Mexico does not need an explanation from […]

Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit

Read all of this By SPIEGEL staff here. Excerpt below: Part 2: Targeting Mexico Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Security, which was folded into the new National Security Commission at the beginning of 2013, was responsible at the time for the country’s police, counterterrorism, prison system and border police. Most of the agency’s nearly 20,000 employees […]

A Reporter at Large – A Mission Gone Wrong

Why are we still fighting the drug war? by Mattathias Schwartz published in the January 6, 2014 edition of The New Yorker Read it here.

Washington’s Real Aims in Colombia

Excellent piece, by Nick Alexandrov, on the origins and recent history of the ‘war on drugs’ and what the US government has really been fighting. I wonder if the Washington Office on Latin America still maintains their position on Plan Mexico, that they are “not for it or against it”.

The New President of Honduras will not Stop Hate Crimes

Excerpt: Juan Orlando Hernández, the right wing National Party politician who was the declared winner in the presidential elections in Honduras, based his campaign on “christian values” against the homosexual community. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal announced Hernández as the winner, saying that he was 6 points ahead of Xiomara Castro of the LIBRE party (The […]

Distortion of the fight against the “Drug War”

by domestic Insider NGOs. Excellent report here by Bruce Dixon for Black Agenda Report entitled “Obama & Holder Win Court Case, Keep Thousands in Prison Under Unfair 80s Crack Sentencing Laws”. Soon to come, we hope to have an expose of foreign Insider NGOs that are serving to prolong and even benefit from the ‘Drug […]

Mexico’s Blood Banks

A strong indictment, by Peter Watt, of the “drug war” and the large banks and wealthy bankers who profit from it. Unfortunately, he leaves out of the picture the ‘liberal’ (and likely mostly Democratic Party) apologists for the “drug war” who repostured their concern for militarization of the globe by the USG under the guise […]

Top Secret Facility Barred Mexicans, Focused on “High Value Targeting”

NSA Staffed U.S.-Only Intelligence “Fusion Center” in Mexico City Written by Michael Evans and Jesse Franzblau Tuesday, 19 November 2013 Source: Migration Declassified The memo was written by William Wechsler, then the head of CN&GT and is addressed to Mike Vickers, who was then Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-intensity Conflict and […]


Measures to Legalize Marijuana Suggest a Shift

Published: November 6, 2013 NYTimes By DAN FROSCH “DENVER — Marijuana proponents scored significant victories on Tuesday as voters around the country passed ballot measures decriminalizing marijuana possession and approved regulatory taxes on the drug.” The election yesterday resulted in (yet another) signal of the US public’s opposition to the ‘war on drugs’ and a […]

Fresh Leak on US Spying: NSA Accessed Mexican President’s Email

[Editor: Drug trade listed by US spies as top strategic objective of surveillance. Benefits to international (US) investments are also a by-product. Human rights, a much lower priority, for President Obama’s spying program.] Der Spiegel, 20 October 2013 By Jens Glüsing, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark [Excerpt] The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping […]

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina Calls for Global Drug Policy Reform in UN General Assembly Speech

Press Release | 09/26/2013 Praises Voters of Colorado and Washington for Legalizing Marijuana and President Obama for Allowing Them to Proceed Commends President Mujica of Uruguay for Marijuana Legalization Proposal; Says That U.N. Should Allow Countries to “Experiment with New Models” Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina spoke out forcefully today against the failures of drug prohibition […]

Human Rights Watch supports decriminalization!

What a pleasant surprise! As of June, 2013, HRW has adopted a new position on the ‘drug war’. We had not learned of this development until a recent panel discussion of the ‘drug war’ and its devastating impacts in Mexico. During this panel, Friends of Brad Will asked panelists what people in the United States […]

Mexico City Police Violently Crackdown on Occupying Teachers

Talk to your friends who are teachers to urge support by their unions for the demands of Mexican teachers! Attend this rally! We’re all suffering the impacts of neo-liberal economic policies which some HOPED were going to be scaled back, beginning with a promise to reconsider NAFTA by then-candidate Obama. Here is that same policy […]

Drug Agents Have an NSA-Style Spying Problem

By Ezekiel Edwards, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project September 4th, 2013 Over the last few months, we’ve been bombarded with revelation after revelation about the NSA’s unprecedented spying on Americans. But, according to The New York Times, the NSA’s untethered snooping is eclipsed by the agents fighting in a war that began long before 9/11: […]

Investigate the DEA’s reactivation of Andrew Chambers

Dear Friends, Why has the Drug Enforcement Agency reactivated a discredited serial perjurer as a paid informant? Earlier this year, a number of outlets reported that the DEA has been employing Andrew Chambers in undercover investigations across the country.1 Chambers was a paid informant for the DEA from 1986 to 2000. During that time he […]

Spying scandal may affect US-Mexico relations/militarization

Thanks to our West Coast Coordinator for these articles! The spying scandal, first reported in the article below, may foreclose USG-friendly policy options in Brazil and Mexico. As the Mexican government is forced to respond to threats to Mexican sovereignty, policies supported by the USG, which have been increasingly unpopular in Mexico, like the Merida […]

ATT working for DEA maintains huge amounts of US phone records

Strong NYTimes piece by Scott Shane and Colin Moynihan exposing the Hemisphere Project and yet more costly, civil/privacy rights eroding government actions in the name of the ‘war on drugs’. Also, in case you missed it, this New Yorker piece by Sarah Stillman on RICO abuses, often under cover of same ‘war on drugs’.