A conservative deputy AG let his emotions get out of hand. It wasn’t the first time.
— By Adam Weinstein
Only later did we realize that JCCentCom was a deputy attorney general for the state of Indiana.
A conservative deputy AG let his emotions get out of hand. It wasn’t the first time.
— By Adam Weinstein
Only later did we realize that JCCentCom was a deputy attorney general for the state of Indiana.
U.S. ambassadors have hurt the relationship, he says. PAN-PRD alliance defends against undemocratic rulers. Read the full interview here.
Felipe Calderón Hinojosa was wearing yesterday with the intention of those who have determined to weigh his words, calculate impact, fine embroidery.
Extended a distant look on the issues ofpartisan politics , although licenses were allowed in areas that evidently exasperated, as the passivity of the governors againstorganized crime or criticism of diplomacy in the United States.
“They themselves are like ‘Borondongo’…, Barnabas gave the CIA and the DEA or ICE really not coordinated, even compete with each other …”.
The man who with his colleagues frequently says that we must choose the battles that they agree that the fight against drug trafficking was “inevitable.” Receiving recommendations suggests that “do not mess around …”, but the president argues that” the country that sin has brought repentance. ”
Warning that not all parties and presidential candidates have the same level of commitment in the fight against organized crime, so that voters must determine who to support.
Not surprisingly, when Calderón referred to as bitter pages of their fatal accident management Juan Camilo Mouriño and the crisis of the new influenza virus, but when you take away from Elba Esther Gordillo, leader of the National Union of Education Workers on which says that the only alliance that holds it is “the pursuit of educational quality.”
Shown speaking formal partnerships PAN and PRD, but make sure you leave the door open when state governments exist for their excesses and closure ‘represents an authoritative regression, contrary to democracy. ”
Felipe Calderon is in the beginning of the final stretch of his administration. Here, excerpts from his conversation with EL UNIVERSAL
What is the most difficult time that management has to live, and what the brightest?
On November 8, 2008, when Juan Camilo Mouriño died in 2008, was an affectation of government, because it was the Interior Minister at that time, also social, personal and because he had a close relationship with him. Really meant literally irreparable loss. Also, the time we had knowledge of influenza and the dimensions of risk involved for the country. The scene spoke of the possibility of up to 20 million dead. Another was also the most difficult moments and each day, to publicize the death of soldiers, police and civilian deaths they are always difficult challenges for a president.
“In government takes great satisfaction from the first day of inauguration. I think it was a great day for taking risks, having decided not to give in to blackmail and betrayal, violence, and take possession on campus Congress, I remember with great joy and pride. The day that could be consummated making facilities Luz y Fuerza, in half the time than we anticipated and without any violent incident. ”
Did you think any time you may succeed Juan Camilo Mouriño in 2012?
He had great qualities, was very capable, very intelligent, very charismatic. I had given instructions, as I did with other secretaries of Interior, which could not possibly be thinking or planning action … even thinking. But I know I would face the issue of being born in Spain but has been registered in Mexico. That would have complicated their chances.
It is very difficult, very difficult. I would like to be remembered as a president who transformed Mexico, a president who could initiate a turning point in many things, a president who achieved universal health coverage … in short, or a president committed to the environment, which is my favorite subject. But I also know that one should not measure their actions by the ability to be remembered, is to do what must be done. Bear in mind that the policy is shortsighted and the story is grossly unfair. The only trial to which we aspire and that objectivity is the trial will show that we have to conclude our lives, is the only trial to which we must abide.
Never decided it would be the main task, but it has been the most prominent being the most visible, most obviously, the most striking. In fact, the triggering factor that put the emphasis on safety arose just in the transition period, to be gathering the reports, information on the behavior of gangs, and in particular the case of Michoacán.
But remember that in 2004, in elections in Sinaloa and Tamaulipas, alerted to the problem. Tamaulipas said that if there was no government to be responsible for the fundamental task of the safety of Tamaulipas, in the future who would rule would be neither the PAN or the PRI, will be Los Zetas.
Sometimes it seems that this is a task only the federal government, state governments circumvent a specific role … Makes an enormous lack assume that this issue with responsibility, because it is easy throw the ball to the president of the republic, when it is in accordance with the Constitution, a responsibility is a task that corresponds to the mayors and governors, not just the president. I think if we had all taken with the same integrity the task of dealing with crime in a while we were living a much more encouraging in Mexico, and I mean not just organized crime, we must remember that the theft is 83% of crimes committed in Mexico. People who suffer crime in the country who steal the public transport portfolio, is that he got to his house, which was assaulted in the street. That crime has little or nothing to do with organized crime, but neither is combat.
“This issue is conditioning a time scraping with the U.S.?
Complex always has been, and particularly on this issue. I have found both President Bush and with President Obama cooperation in this matter, but obviously institutional cooperation ends up being well enough.
What Americans need to cooperate?
In reducing drug consumption, not reduced. And two, to stop the flow of weapons, and have not decreased but have increased.
What is your opinion on the cables that exhibited WikiLeaks?
There the ambassadors who cast him cables generated a lot of cream to her heels. Always wanted to raise their own agendas in their own heads, and have done so much damage to the stories they tell and the truth, distort.There are many cases that is not worth talking.
Can you cite a particular cable?
Those who spoke of the lack of coordination between different agencies. I the U.S. ambassador that I have not tell you how many times I meet with the security cabinet or what I say, the truth is that it is a matter for them. I do not accept or tolerate any kind of intervention. But ignorance of Mr. results in a distortion of what happens in Mexico and falls in an affectation and a nuisance in our own team.
Where if there is lack of coordination among security agencies in the United States. We see that the DEA, CIA and the ICE always have a policy of “Borondongo gave Barnabas … The truth is that they are coordinated and other rivals.
Does the next government, regardless of which party is, follow this line of work, or are concerned about a shift in strategy?
I think that whoever becomes the next president or president can not resign, can not give in, to protect citizens.Now, is there any risk? Yes I see the same degree of commitment from candidates and parties, but it is a subject that touches distinguish the voters, and eventually decide whom to support.
In times of former President Diaz Ordaz ordered people in the streets asking people what they thought of the president, because the media were silent. Today they say the President all, in almost all media, including on his personal life.
How do I live this reality?
I’ve always been someone who believes in freedom, but I think that freedom must be accompanied with responsibility. I think that freedom of expression has to be done responsibly and that is unfortunate when there is so exercised. But more unfortunate would not have it. I was a candidate for the first time at 21 years of age, virtually all my life I have been under political scrutiny and have also been subject to intense and comprehensive attack those who just plain are not happy that I won. That does not bother me much, my principle is to follow what conscience dictates. When there is any libel or fib, which are so common among those with no arguments, I focus on talking with my children and keep an affectation.
They are about to begin the pre-campaign towards 2012. In 2006, his party had an alliance with SNTE and its leader, Elba Esther Gordillo, which resulted in this government in government positions to people close to her.
“This alliance has been discontinued or modified?
The essence of my agreement with the SNTE weighs heavily on an alliance for quality education … But there was an alliance in the electoral … Yes, but that varies depending on the circumstances and conditions. The party most identified with teachers is New Alliance, which has been in recent years various alliances … With different parties … particularly with the PRI. And surely make more in the future in the sense that is most appropriate to their interests.
Do you not foresee a new partnership with them and the PAN, in 2012?
That depends on what the PAN, the truth is that in that sense I’ve been respectful of all political parties, including mine. I can not venture what will happen in 2012.
It is a very complicated issue. Generate benefits for some parties who perform in some cases. I think the PRI and the Green Ecological Party of Mexico have been very fruitful partnership and a long time ago. I have a certain reluctance to subject the risk that these partnerships generate a conflict in terms of party identification and policy options.
But I think, on the other hand, much depends on the agreements of the party leaders.
But you would like or not the PAN was in alliance with the PRD in the State of Mexico?
I will respect the decision made by the National Action Party. Obviously as a man of the match I would like the PAN had its own political capacity to apply their own candidates. But I understand when the subject is placed in the perspective of pending democracy in Mexico.
It seems that state election machinery still have much to explain in terms of transparency to the citizens, when they are truly unimaginable amounts of resources in favor of candidate organizational capabilities that hardly a party can assemble their own, without other support. In that sense, I understand the logic that has led some to ally those concerns in mind, to put it shortly, authoritarian regression.
“When two or more parties have a common concern with a return or an authoritarian regression by means of the crush, so do not democratic elections, without saying if you agree, I do understand the logic of their arguments.”
Leaked cables contain remarks that undermine relations, he says
By DUDLEY ALTHAUS
MEXICO CITY — As officials from both countries vow to jointly avenge the murder of a U.S. federal agent, Mexican President Felipe Calderon has accused senior American diplomats of damaging the cross-border relationship with criticism of Mexico‘s public security forces.
In a wide-ranging interview published Tuesday in El Universal, one of Mexico City’s leading newspapers, Calderon charged that U.S. Ambassador Carlos Pascual‘s “ignorance has translated into a distortion of what is happening in Mexico” that has caused “an impact and an irritation in our own team.”
Calderon was reacting to a barrage of analytic cables – some signed by Pascual, others by senior embassy officials – that discuss the perceived shortcomings of Mexico’s intelligence services, the conduct of its army in Calderon’s anti-crime campaign and the inability of its security forces to work well with one another.
The U.S. Embassy offered no immediate reaction to the interview.
The cables, some classified secret, have been published by the website WikiLeaks, with still more appearing this week. Until Tuesday, Mexican officials have responded to the cables with shrugs and condemnations of WikiLeaks rather than the diplomats.
Not any more.
“They have done a lot of damage with the stories they tell and that, in truth, they distort,” Calderon said of the cables in the interview.
Calderon’s remarks came just a week after Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent Jaime Zapata, 32, was shot to death on a central Mexican highway, presumably by gangsters. ICE agent Victor Avila, was injured in the attack. Zapata was buried Tuesday in Brownsville.
U.S. and Mexican officials have continually stressed the two countries’ close cooperation in Calderon’s offensive on organized crime cartels, whose ensuing violence has claimed nearly 35,000 lives in little more than four years. The U.S. government has committed more than $1.4 billion in training, equipment and other assistance.
Now, with Calderon entering the final third of his six year term – and doubts growing whether his successor will continue the fight – neither the criminal gangs nor the violence seem close to being extinguished.
Frustration festers on both sides of the border.
In addition to the U.S. diplomats, Calderon accused Mexico’s local and state governors of failing to do their part against the gangsters.
“If we all had assumed the task of confronting crime with the same integrity,” Calderon said, “we long ago would have been living a much more encouraging scenario in Mexico.”
Mexican officials were angered more than two years ago when a U.S. agency issued a report suggesting the country was on the verge of becoming a “failed state.” They were riled again a few weeks ago when a U.S. undersecretary of the Army publicly repeated concerns in Washington of a criminal “insurgency” threatening Mexico.
“Although operational cooperation is much better today than it was a decade or two ago, the same nationalist sentiments continue to bubble up to the top of the political debate in both countries,” said Andrew Selee, a Mexico specialist at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.
“We will see the relationship become more tense over the next year and a half as the Mexican election approaches and frustrations mount in the Calderon administration over lack of immediate progress in containing the violence.”
As he has in the past, Calderon complained to El Universal that the U.S. government has done little to curb either American demand for the drugs produced or smuggled through Mexico or the flow of weapons south across the border.
“The institutional cooperation ends up being notoriously insufficient,” Calderon said. He also complained that U.S. agencies have often failed to work together and in view one another as rivals.
Still, scores of U.S. federal agents work with Mexican counterparts throughout the country in advisory and support roles. A U.S. Embassy cable from early 2009 revealed that more than 60 Mexican agents who had worked closely with the Americans had been killed in just the first two years of Calderon’s crackdown.
Zapata was the first U.S. agent slain by Mexican gangsters since Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. But U.S. officials had feared such an attack as the ties with Mexican agencies grew closer.
“The threat to U.S. personnel could increase if the violence continues to escalate and more high-level government officials and political leaders are targeted,” the cable warned. “A reaction may be triggered if traffickers perceive their losses are due to U.S. support to the (Mexican government’s) counternarcotics efforts.”
[The scary part is that the head warlord is grasping at straws concerning both Pakistan and Afghanistan, denying the Army hand in Balochistan and denial of meeting with Haqqani leadership over cross-border issues. The Army does no wrong, period. Lest anyone forget, the ISI is Army intelligence, just as surely as CIA is US military. If CIA is in error in either Pakistan or Afghanistan, it is the US military that is wrong in the end. If ISI is guilty of something (perhaps the abduction, torture and murder of Baloch dissidents?), then it the Army’s responsibility. The missing of Balochistan is an Army matter, whether Gen. Kayani will admit that or not. If it is not, then perhaps it should be.]
If the purpose of army chief General Parvez Ashraf Kayani’s one-day visit to Balochistan was the economic uplift of the province then there is surely something wrong with our democracy. If it was intended to promote education in the province, it definitely highlighted the faults in our civilian government and its failure to deliver public services. If the high-profile visit was destined to heal the Baloch wounds, the guilt was never admitted nor was a solution offered.
As ardent believers in democracy, we have always advised the military to stay away from economic ventures anywhere in the country.This is a job for the elected federal and provincial governments to perform. The military has a professional role which is to guard the country’s frontiers. This task needs to be performed very professionally in the wake of the robust threat of religious extremists from all over the world endeavoring to cross our borders to take the whole country hostage.
However, the army chief still has an undesired “right” to make political statements given the deep involvement of the military in the country’s polity. General Kayani categorically stated that nowhere in Balochistan was an operation taking place. His remarks came two days after the killing of two Baloch political activists by the Frontier Corps (FC) in Khuzdar district. As we write this editorial, there are unconfirmed reports about the recovery of the dead bodies of two more Baoch missing persons, including that of Mehboob Wadela, near Ormara coastal area.
Political observers have always admired General Kayani for his frigid political ambitions. Ever since taking charge of his office from General Musharraf, who captured power in 1999 through a bloodless coup, Kayani has largely stayed away from politics. Our fledgling democracy has been dwindling in the recent times but he still preferred to provide politicians a chance to learn from their mistakes and keep the democratic process continue.
General Kayani’s visit to volatile Balochistan was being seen with great anticipation that he would take serious notice of the uncontrollable role of the secrete services inside the province. He has certainly read about more than a hundred missing Baloch persons whose dead bodies have been found from all corners of Baloch-populated districts of the province. Most of these victims were educated, middle class students and professionals who were shot dead brutally and dumped in in isolated places.
A similar reminder was given to General Kayani by Balochistan governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi during his last visit to the province when Magsi drew the attention of the army chief about the worsening phenomenon of kill and dump policy of the secrete services. Sadly, Chief Minister Raisani did not raise this matter with the Army Chief though it was his prime responsibility as the head of the government. Nonetheless, the army chief has a crucial role to play in deescalating tensions in Balochistan. He has to publicly call of all overt and covert operations in Balochistan.
We believe no one but General Kayani has the capability to restore order in Balochistan. While talking of the restoration of order we must be mindful of the fact that this objective cannot be attained by applying force, a blunder General Musharraf committed in futility. This time the army chief has to take personal notice of the missing person’s cases and dig out all the disappeared activists who have been kept in illegal detention centers. Only the army can save or lose Balochistan. It is for General Kayani to decide whether he wants Balochistan to become another Bangladesh or a happily accommodated, developed and stable province of the federation.
Based on the exclusion of the most outstanding issues confronting Balochistan, General Kayani’s this week’s trip to Balochistan was a disappointment and a sheer wastage of another opportunity to reconcile with the Baloch. To say no operation is taking place at a time when the missing persons’ dead bodies are recovering on regular basis is in fact tantamount to escaping responsibility. No doubt, Balochistan faces multiple problems ranging from economic deprivation to lack of ample representation in the country’s army but right now the most pressing issue that requires urgent attention is that of the missing persons. After the failure of the civilian government and the so-called independent judiciary, the army chief is the only person who can offer some hope to resolve this issue. He has to intervene and settle the issue once and for all.
[These sites were all mentioned as targets in the original warnings we had been given about US/NATO intentions to create a “strategic corridor” in western Balochistan in the NCA (NewsCentralAsia) reports, ‘Final Solution’ Frenzy – Part Four: Final Solution for Pakistan ]
The Baloch Hal News
QUETTA: At least five security personnel were wounded in a remote control bomb attack in the port city of Gwadar on Tuesday while unidentified people attacked a Frontier Corps (FC) check post with hand grenade in Khuzdar and a rocket was fired in Nushki.
According to sources, a vehicle carrying security personnel were passing from Fish Harbour Road of Gwadar when an explosive device planted with a motorbike parked on the road exploded soon after vehicle of security personnel passed by the area. As a result, five security personnel received serious wounds and were moved to nearby hospital for medical aid. The blast badly damaged vehicle and scattered windowpanes of nearby buildings. “Explosives were detonated through a remote control device and the vehicle of security personnel was the main target of saboteurs,” a police official said.
Soon after the blast, law enforcement agencies reached the site and cordoned off the area.
Eyewitnesses said that security personnel fired gunshots in the air after the blast that created panic in the area.
Sources said that some injured personnel were shifted to Turbat from where they would be shifted to Karachi by airplane for further treatment. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack till filing this report.
In another incident, unidentified people attacked a check post of Frontier Corps with a hand grenade in Khuzdar located on southeast of Quetta.
As per reports, unidentified people riding a motorbike threw hand grenade at FC check post set up on the RCD Highway near FC mess. Hand grenade exploded, however, caused no injuries.
FC personnel opened fire after the blast that forced the attackers to escape from the site.
Meanwhile, a rocket fired by unidentified people from undisclosed location landed nearby ground of District Police Officer’s office, in Nushki town some 148 KM away from Quetta. Rocked exploded with a big bang and caused panic amongst the people of the area. However, no loss of life and damage to property was reported in the blast.
[It seems that the jailor was asked to provide hard copies of whatever was hidden on chip, so that Davis could refresh his memory before questioning.]
LAHORE: Assistant Superintendent Kot Lakhpat Jail and a prison constable were allegedly dismissed from their posts for providing facilities to US official Raymond Davis, who is detained for killing two Pakistani nationals, DawnNews reported.
According to sources, Naved Asghar posted as an assistant superintendent at the Kot Lakhpat prison allegedly tried to provide Davis with a universal serial bus (USB) memory stick with the help of a constable, Hafiz Hussain, posted in the high security zone of the Information Technology (IT) department of the prison.
The USB stick was recovered from Hussain when he was trying to enter high security cells. During investigation, he disclosed that Asghar had asked him to take the memory stick in the high security cells.
However, Asghar told officials during investigations that he had asked Hussain to take a print-out of the data of the USB stick, but he took it to the high security cells instead and did so of his own volition.
According to sources, senior officials dismissed both accused and handed investigation responsibilities to an intelligence organisation.
|Lawmakers say the NIS was divided before the incident between Won and an official associated with the president’s elder brother|