Monthly Archives: April 2011

Mexican Narco-Trafficker’s Revelation Exposes Drug War’s Duplicity

Hot on the heals of Wikileaks revelations that the U.S. government facilitated gun sales to Mexican drug cartels, we find out from a high-ranking cartel member that many government agencies work with the cartels to import drugs into the United States.

Zambada Niebla’s allegation of U.S. government complicity in his narco-trafficking activities is laid out in a two-page court pleading filed in late March with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. The pleading asserts that Zambada Niebla was working with “public authority” “on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”); and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”); and the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”).

And, of course, the DEA, FBI, and Homeland Security are all unconstitutional agencies looking to justify their existence.  Remember: the more they fail, the more they justify expansion of their budgets, authority, and power.  What possible conflict of interest could there be?

via Mexican Narco-Trafficker’s Revelation Exposes Drug War’s Duplicity | | the narcosphere.

Related: What are those government agents up to?

The Corruption of Law Leads To Tyranny by Paul Craig Roberts

The president started a war without a declaration of war from Congress, and had to come up with excuses to justify it.  So he and his cabinet created a concentration camp, instituted torture, and then went and snatched up hundreds of people to imprison.  They paid “bounties” to anyone willing to turn in another human being for torture, and thus, bought a bunch of slaves.

Yemeni prisoner, Yasim Basardah, invented information against 135 of the Guantanamo prisoners. Abu Zubaydah, described by the Americans as the third-ranking leader of al Qaeda, turned out to be a lowly car pool driver, but nevertheless produced “evidence” against 100 other prisoners after being water-boarded 83 times. Even the prison camp commander realized that the “evidence” was bogus.

The sordid truth of Guantanamo is that the US government needed examples to justify the massive “terrorist threat” that it declared with alert set on orange, one step below red, as a permanent fixture of American life. Like Stalin, earlier, who needed examples of “enemies of the people,” the US government conducted “street sweeps,” which was the way the Soviet secret police produced “enemies of the people.” The Soviet police would just go out in the streets and arrest everyone there. The Americans took people out of Taliban prisons, university libraries, and paid bounties for kidnapped victims. These people became “the most dangerous men on earth.”

The rule of law has been murdered. The routine abuse of citizens by unaccountable powers – such as air travelers forced by Transportation Safety Administration to submit to radioactive scans or endure intrusive gropes – is seeping into all aspects of American life. The latest manifestation is the practice of state police downloading all information from motorists’ cell phones when they are stopped for traffic violations.

A government based on fear of terrorism, whose executive claims power not limited by the Constitution or Congress for the duration of an open-ended “war on terror,” will create a state of tyranny.

Only a highly aroused people who refuse to submit can escape the coming tyranny.

Unfortunately, the populace is more concerned about the next American Idol and an English marriage than how the government is becoming more dangerous and uncontrolled than ever before while telling us we’re “safe.”

The Constitution was designed specifically to prevent tyranny.  When the government tramples it, it is being a tyranny, regardless of the excuses given.

via The Corruption of Law Leads To Tyranny by Paul Craig Roberts.

What are those government agents up to?

The 5 Min. Forecast gives an excellent summary of how the U.S. government has been arming Mexican drug cartels – directly and indirectly.

After the president claimed on April 16, 2009, that “more than 90% of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States,” we find out now how true that statement was.

But rather than coming “from gun shops that line our border,” as the president had characterized the transactions, it turned out the Mexican government bought $177 million in U.S.-made weapons in 2009 — more than was the total purchases made by Iraq or Afghanistan.

Mexican cops and soldiers then sold or gave the weapons to the drug gangs they are supposed to be used against. “U.S. law enforcement has fair reason to worry a number of weapons simply ‘disappear,'” reads one of cables, dated November 2009.

“The violence has been exported to Mexico,” was a common refrain we heard on last month’s exploratory mission to Colombia.

…Some U.S. weapons follow a more direct route from the U.S. government to the drug gangs.

In February, it emerged that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was funneling weapons through U.S. gun dealers to the drug gangs in Mexico — a sting operation. Roughly 2,500 weapons made their way into Mexico as part of “Project Gunrunner.”

The sting backfired.

Two of the guns were used in a shootout on the Arizona border last December, killing a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Serial numbers reveal the guns used were from the Project Gunrunner crop.

via The Front That Shall Not Be Named | 5 Min. Forecast.

And via Cato, we see:

The Good: Congressional investigators are in Arizona to gather information on the ATF’s ill-conceived “Gunwalker” operation that supplied Mexican drug cartels with weapons. As I wrote at National Review, street agents objected from the beginning, but were told in no uncertain terms to pipe down:

Agents raised warnings to their superiors about the quantity of sales and the rising violence across the border, but were told that the operation had been approved at ATF headquarters. They were also told that if they didn’t like it, they were welcome to seek employment at the Maricopa County jail as detention officers making $30,000 a year.

I’d like to think that investigators will find that managerial incompetence was the culprit and not intentional facilitation of cross-border violence in order to hype gun control for the sake of Mexico. We’ll see.

via The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly | Cato @ Liberty.

Why would the government put so much effort into arming Mexican drug cartels while trying to disarm its own citizens?

Three words to fix our monetary system: End. The. Fed.

Of course, markets don’t demand fiat currencies. Free individuals don’t wake up one day and say to themselves, “Gee… Wouldn’t it be nice if we had an unquestionable, unaccountable, centrally controlled monopoly on counterfeiting to help debase our medium of exchange, saddle the populace with that most insidious of all taxes – inflation – and to sell our kiddies future down the drain? I know, let’s create a Federal Reserve!”

Such institutions don’t come about “naturally.” They require political pull and the gun-for-rent that is the government.

The bankers had their blood relatives and allies in government pass the Federal Reserve Act in 1913 to give them absolute power over the economy and currency.

The only way to really fix the economy and reduce the size of government is to End The Fed.

via Three words to fix our monetary system: End. The. Fed. –