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senorjoe
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Near total impunity” for Mexican Cartels “in the face of compromised local security forces,” U.S. Cable
November 6, 2013
Links to all Declassified documents in bottom link or on blue text.
 

A May 2010 DEA report linked the Zetas to troops from Guatemala’s feared Kaibiles special forces


Four months before the feared Zetas drug cartel kidnapped and murdered 72 migrants in northeastern Mexico, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City said that narcotrafficking organizations in that region operated with “near total impunity in the face of compromised local security forces.” As the date of the massacre drew nearer, another U.S. agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), reported new evidence linking the Zetas to soldiers from the Kaibiles, an elite Guatemalan special forces known for spectacular acts of cruelty and brutality during that country’s civil war.

These records are among a set of U.S. documents declassified under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and published today by the National Security Archive, providing a glimpse of what U.S. diplomats and intelligence analysts were saying about the extreme violence that has engulfed Mexico’s northern border state of Tamaulipas in recent years and the apparent complicity of Mexican officials. Just this week, a new round of violence in Tamaulipas took the lives of 13 more people, as drug-related violence flared yet again.

Some of these documents are featured in this week’s edition of Proceso magazine, in an article by award-winning investigative journalist Marcela Turati. Her report highlights the unchecked power of the Zetas in the region and the inability or unwillingness of federal, state and local officials in Mexico to provide security for citizens and migrants traveling in the region.

The turf war between the Zetas, the Gulf Cartel and other criminal organizations for control of drug trafficking, human smuggling and other illicit enterprises in northern Mexico produced unimaginable scenes of carnage, including the August 2010 massacre of 72 migrants travelers in San Fernando and the discovery, the following year, of graves containing the remains of hundreds more.

In August, we published the first set of cables on the San Fernando massacres, including one in which U.S. diplomats say that Mexican authorities wanted to minimize “the state’s responsibility” for the massacres in the region. Government authorities sought to cover up information on the violence, according to U.S. officials, and jeopardized investigations into the killings by splitting up corpses of the victims “to make the total number less obvious and thus less alarming.”


Check out the full report over at the National Security Archive.

http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB445/

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senorjoe
does anybody know of software that can translate a pdf file? there is pdf on my posting on last line of post called  luz.pdf, thanks in advance
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Senorjoe...basically you just copy/paste text from a pdf into a translator, just like from other docs.  Here is the luz.pdf translated by google... did not have time to do the box:

This article is by the woman senorjoe mentions in the main post.. I did not get her name in this translation.

A light,
secrets
the massacres of Tamaulipas
Based on Freedom of Information Act U.S. National Security Archive organization managed de-classified diplomatic documents that reveal the collusion of federal, state and municipal former governors including Manuel Cavazos, Tomas Yarrington and Eugenio Hernández-with criminal organizations operating in Tamaulipas. Process provides a summary of the manner in which Los Zetas committed their outrages against hundreds of undocumented Central Americans between 2010 and 2012.

They left on bus passengers heading to the border so- Nando in his new life , but returned on board a trai - ler with coolant that deposited cash into a morgue. Most of the 196 bodies found in April 2011 in the graves in San Fernando , Tamaulipas , was of poor migrants beaten to death , his life was not worth even a bullet. The Tamaulipas government was concerned that the bad publicity shooing tourism and investment. When some-one out of the state ordered the bodies to cover up the scandal .

The information is contained in the series of declassified cables that American officials sent to Mex-ico to Washington between 2010 and 2012 . In these reports it is clear that the Mexican government was aware of the crimes that they committed the Zetas in San Fernando before the slaughter of the 72 mi -grants August 2010 and the discovery, the following year, of the mass graves.

The reports, obtained by the organization National Security Archive (NSA ) based on the Freedom of Information Act
United States ( FOIA , for its acronym in English ), reveal the collusion of municipal, state and federal Mexican criminals with us ( the suspicion includes former governors Manuel Cavazos Lerma , Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba and Eugenio Hernandez Flores) and the presence of Kaibils in the area and the request for assistance to Washington by the Mexican Foreign Ministry to save the popularity of Felipe Calderon , slumped for a strategy of fight against drugs ( co-financed by the United States) that Mexicans , and American officials themselves , regarded as generating deraban violence.

Diplomatic reports - made-up by various agencies from informants , Mexican officials , press releases and analysis show that the cartels - controlled part of Tamaulipas , the suffering of the population, some -ment of the press and the pantomime of a government that pretended to take the reins .

Researcher Michael Evans , NSA , published the first papers on the organization 's blog to show the intent of the Mexican State minimize their accountability to the crimes. New leads provided to complete the process lived horror movie
Tamaulipas just the past six years . The classified report with numbers 20100416 (key indicating the year, month and day of the writing of April 16, 2010 ) notes that March , with 900 homicides nationwide , was one of the most san- grientos and Mexican officials did not anticipate the escalation of violence when the Los Zetas Cartel launched control the lucrative northeastern squares . During February and March the Matamoros consular do , a town bordering Brownsville, Texas , said the ruptu - ra of the Gulf Cartel ( CDG ) with an- teriores allies caused the population was punished only by living in areas controlled by rivals. At each stroke he
was a vengeance. (20100325) Panic gripped Victoria - state capital , Matamoros , Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo , and rumors closable forced schools. Matamoros - foresaw the consulate - could be " confrontation scene in the future" to be barracks CDG and value
future strategic offensive. " From the May 28, 2010 one of these documents mentions a confrontation , like many, between federal forces and gunmen . Its content was almost totally censored , except one fact:

Four people killed and four arrested on 19 " it was determined that some of them were members of Los Zetas and Guatemala subjects were members of Guatemala 's special forces ( Kaibils ) " military known for extreme cruelty of his methods of subjugation , among them the beheadings .

The following August , a secret memorandum from the Office of Intelligence and Research of the State Department mentioned : " Calderon 's offensive has put pressure on the cartels, but has also had consequences pre - view : for example, the removal of leaders of drug trafficking organizations has led to people with less experience and discipline to fill these gaps , contributing to a spike in drug-related killings " ( 20,100,800 ) .

Revelations of the slaughter
On August 22 of that year , 75 mi -grants of Guatemala , Honduras , Brazil, Ecuador and a " Hindu " who traveled to the border in three panels trailer were stopped by a separate number
finished criminals and transported under guard to San Fernando .
The kidnapping would have been made north of a stationary seal of the Ministry of National Defense ( Defense Secretariat ) on the road, through small rural roads, according to the cable sent from the consulate in Matamoros , four days after the slaughter ( 20100826 ) .

Among the bodies of 58 men and 14 women lay two by the impact migrants lost consciousness , but awoke : it was a Salvadoran and Ecuadoran 18. The latter related the above facts .

The survivors fled in differ-ent directions. The Ecuadorian heard that the Salvadoran chased a truck , then gunshots , and imagined that he was murdered . Meanwhile, sought help in a house or go-ing tried local police ( desta - ca cable that narration differ on this point ) , but did not help .

He walked at night. In the ma - drugada August 23 reached a Navy seal , which gave warning of what happened -do. When trying to locate down the place of slaughter reached sailors ran -cho where they were attacked. Three marine and died a cartel member . One child was apprehended , and then the survivor identified him as one of the hijackers .

On the 24th at six o'clock the Ma - rina found the bodies in an abandoned ranch : 72 appeared to have been stacked against the wall of the bode -ga . " Unconfirmed reports indicate that one or more of the victims were pregnant women . The victims were found without any identification inlets . The three trucks and baggage of migrants were not recovered , "reads the text .

In a final comment, the diplomat who made the report states : " If the survivor's story is accurate , this represents a new level of violence of Los Zetas " . This is because there seems to be a utility of these deaths to them as they did not ask for their rescue kidnap victims as they used to .

" One theory posed by - the name of the source is deleted , is that as the profits from the smuggling of Migrants to the United States are destined to the Gulf Cartel , the killings were the way to Los Zetas found I - rir CDG financial interests . "
The following communication , the 27th, is a summary of events of the past four days.

In September, al- Matamoros and its surrounding hinterland seem to live a war. Hidalgo Mayor has been killed, the army and the Zetas face in Ciudad Mier dad , three fragmentation grenades injuring 29 civilians in Reynosa. The attacks occur within three blocks of a funeral service for the 72 migrants near the morgue where were deposited some of their bodies.

Later there was an attack on the Navy hospital where he recovered the Ecuadorian raba was the informant .

On day 2 of the month do you receive the second survivor of the slaughter , who , according to the Center for Investigation and National Security ( Cisen ) to estadu - nidenses , had moved only Ma - tamoros and " supposedly was taken to DF to declare " ( 20100903 ) .

Meanwhile, Mexico tried to clean her international reputation .

Crisisdelosautobuses
The February 14, 2011 was the most violent day slow since the slaughter of August last year : 26 people are killed . A grenade in a shopping center in Mata- moros injures nine civilians , according to the re -port 20110215 - "an attempt to Los Zetas to heat the square to the dominant group ."

Findings begin cal- sored cars on the roads, the killings of bus passengers reached by crossfire and mass arrests like the one between Victoria and Matamoros - ros , where 23 passengers were forced off and stripped them of their belongings .
Two months later, in April , begin- zan to discover narcofo - sas calls . First there were 48 bodies, two of them dressed in police uniforms , in the community of La Joya , near San Fernando . Some in advanced state of decomposition , others died in a span of less than 10 days .

The first information received by the
Mexican Consulate officials is that the bodies are probably drug , kidnapped or road violence victims . The ter- na report with a comment : "According to official sources at least 224 people have been kidnapped in Tamaulipas roads in recent weeks , including a group -do forced down a long distance truck on March 23 " ( 20110406 ) .

That same week and were 81 ca - corpses found at 17 sites . 20110408 The document reveals a hitherto hidden history :
On March 19, members of organized crime kidnapped 24 people from a public bus from San Luis Potosi traveling to Reynosa. On March 24 kidnapped 12 people from Michoacán truck . Also on 24 , kidnapped the 48 passengers of a truck that was going to Reynosa Guanajuato . The three near San Fernando .

As of April 1 , with information from detainees and their ex-hostages , the Army graves located in La Joya, north of San Fernando . First there were 11 bodies , then 145.
From the beginning the responsibility awarded to Los Zetas. " This is consistent with the local press coverage , as Los Zetas controlled villages have been covered by the findings," the report indi-cates .

In connection with these killings , 17 of the 25 members of the police of San Fernando were arrested on charges of " protect " the perpetrators.
The search for mass is interrupted on April 13 , it notes the co - diplomats , and officials expressed their intention to continue it later.
From the April 6 , when the discovery was announced , the Semefo of Matamoros was crowded with people seeking in- formation about missing relatives.

" San Fernando findings have attracted many family -bian has not wanted to report the disappearances earlier because of fear or threats from organized crime ," the report mentioned once that as the excuse this - such officials to inaction, " the lack of normal denunciations before the discovery of the mass prevented the state prosecutor investigate the problems were suspected in the San Fernando" .
Highlight another fact: " None of the bus companies has filed a formal complaint about the attacks from members of organized crime on buses or passengers despite the fact that the kidnapping had been widespread ( ... ) The authorities only had received two offi -cial reports are not two of the passenger mass kidnappings March 24 . Although private sectors authorities recognized that kidnappings are common . "

By then the press mentioned that nine buses were kidnap victims at that point , to terminals came only pack.
On April 13 , the PGR sent to the capi -tal of the country and argued that 105 bodies have more equipment there and families from Guanajuato and Michoacán have more facilities . The rest is that -mended in Matamoros , the most decomposed cough would be sent to Victoria .
Off the record , officials di - jeron Mexican consulate officials that " the bodies are being separated (in groups ) so that the total is less obvious and thus less alarming " .

The diplomatic type -reporting states: " The transfer of 105 bodies from the supersaturated enough Matamoros to Mexico City morgue , is understandable from a practical point of view , but also helps to downplay the tragedy."
It also reveals that the state authorities knew what was happening , " apparently Tamaulipas authorities are trying to minimize discoveries of San Fernando and state responsibility , although on a recent trip to Victoria was revealed officials were aware of the danger of traveling by road through this area. "
By the end of the month were 196 bodies and " is expected to increase because the Department of Defense and Semar continue the search " , 74 people were arrested in connection with the crimes. After The Kilo would be arrested Martin Estrada , lo- cal chief of Los Zetas.

State officials , meanwhile, ma - niobran to hide the facts. "Despite government claims to the incremental security during the period of the Easter holidays ( April 16-24 ) were several violent incidents , including attacks on three trucks transiting -ban by Victoria -Monterrey highway at the height of Ciudad Hidalgo , in which there was a casualty of shootings in each " .

In April another cable indicates that the federal governments and the state are awarded each other 's responsibility. In private sectors , as indicated , officials have said that security in general, and violence on the roads in particular is their biggest concern , but evi -so in public on the issue of violence . A sample of the nonsense is the announcement of Governor Egidio Torre Cantú that the state is a good place to invest and secure exaggeration on beach conditions ' heavily patrolled .' "

" Repetidamen - Officials also have said that you can ensure the security of any business from investors without explaining how they plan to " ( 20110429 ) .
By May , the Department of Defense had 700 unarmed policemen do . In June it was reported the dismissal of seven top officials of the National Institute of Migration "amid allegations that were involved in the kidnapping of migrants " , because " immigrants from Central America ( specifically in El Salvador and Guatemala ) the accused them out of the bus made months and deliver them to the bands of drug traffickers in the state of Tamaulipas " ( 20110613 ) . Those months both Fed-eral Police and the Department of Defense is engaged in freeing hostages safe houses .

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thank you choco, now i know how to do this.
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joe

this is going on mainboard when I get a little time :(

Also  question:  was it you that posted an article about the auto defensa saying they are backing off and allowing the feds to do their job?  if so what is the title I couldn't find it.

Dr Mireles wrote to me on Monday and asked if I would post a new video.  Vato translated it beautifully I opted out it was 45 mins...I envy his skills so much.

anyway I wrote to Dr Mireles today and asked about the article and I will add to the post if he responds today.  if not I will on the next one.  But I wanted to send the article to him.  I recall it stated Hipo Mora leader of Ruana was quoted, but he is speaking in the new video and mentions nothing.  I want to clear it up..


If not you does anyone know which one I am speaking of?  

I plan on interviewing Dr Mireles within the next few weeks.  

 
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senorjoe
This post was updated on .
Yes it was mine, it is listed as a deleted post as JMB and DD both posted comments that they had posted this earlier, anyway here is the link to both articles that i had posted earlier as a combined story.
Cheers Chivis.
http://www.stripes.com/news/americas/vigilantes-give-mexico-s-government-chance-to-oust-cartel-1.251285
and
http://www.stripes.com/news/americas/mexico-imposes-military-control-over-major-seaport-1.251164

and link to interviews and videos.
http://cefenicosanti.blogspot.mx/2013/10/michoacan-lleno-de-caballeros.html
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thank you!!!

I will send to Dr Manuel...
 
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DD
@Chivis.  This is the comment I made about his double post.

Vigilante groups in Michoacan announce pullback from confronting cartel s
@Joe.  Double Post.  I posted the same story on Nov. 6 at

http://borderland-beat-forum.924382.n3.nabble.com/Mexico-self-defense-groups-backing-off-from-confronting-cartel-in-its-farm-city-stronghold-tp4059946.html

p.s. I didn't get many views either when it was posted first time around
Words are powerful weapons, be careful how you use them.
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holy crap , just realized you are going to interview Dr. Mireles, jeez awesome, please be carefull and good luck.
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He wrote back already...you can see the article saying they were pulling back is totally misleading.  they did not pull back, they were never there.  Just as I thought.  But I wanted his words.  and BTW I hate the word the article used "vigilantes" there are a lawful self governing group exercising the second article of the Mexican constitution.  NOT vigilantes.  

Yes, Dr Mireles has agreed to an interview, anytime.  Actually today he invited me down there.    it is so tempting.....

in part from him:

In the villages where there is no autodefenzas the army and the Federal are taking possession as a result of an agreement with us.

We have not left our trenches. That was another agreement.

We are only giving the federal Government (those villages with lessor problems) while we asked to take the cities with more problems.


(this is per agreement....)
 
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Gosh DD I don't know why I did not see yours only Joe's.  

No matter at least I remembered who posted the one I saw.  Hey...Dr Mireles wants me to go to Michoacán to visit them.... I think you should go with me...jajajaja  

check out this collage I made, I just love Jose Santiago...how cool is he?  badass ala zapata




 
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@chivis.  you are getting so creative and artistic.

Did you see the post on the Stratford hacker that hacked you personal info got sentenced.  
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@Chivis.... I want to go.... seriously!  let me know.
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Chivis, thats great obviously he is using technology to communicate then, did you get to read the article and interview they wrote about him on La Universal this past Wednesday, entitled " The Incredible and Brave History of Dr. Mireles." ? http://www.eluniversalmas.com.mx/columnas/2013/11/104556.php
Good luck on the trip.
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 will email you..
 
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his little office has a fax, and internet, I am posting a video today...me and vato worked on it together.
Dr Mireles sent it to me on Monday asking if I would please post it.  In the video there is footage of him seeing patients at his office you will see how small and sub par it is.  But he is a surgeon.

But he uses his Samsung smart phone to communicate for the most part, as he is always on the move, he has a full time job as a surgeon and as a leader of the cause.

I have not seen the article and thank you!  I will read it and perhaps post it.

Before I went into a position of support I researched his history because of rumors some readers sent me.

I found out this is not his first rodeo in humanitarianism.  He has been involved with multiple causes, including the American Red Cross while he lived in Sacramento.  He was also California chapter president of a large migrant association.  While one never knows what the future will bear out, I am comfortable with my position of support, respect and admiration.
 
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Simply amazing, thanks for that info.
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hola joe

your post in up...well sorta I went the looooooooong methos and put everything in from the website and choco's translation.  I have to go back and fine tune it before I am executed for using google.

thanks again for your many contributions

chivis
 
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Chivis, Saw the post, you put it together so well, thanks that i can help.