Mexicos Drug Cartels

August 7, 2011 by USA Post 

Mexicos Drug CartelsMexicos Drug Cartels, United States is expanding its role in the bloody struggle against Mexico drug trafficking organizations, sending new CIA agents and military retirees in the country, and considering plans to deploy private security contractors in hopes of turning around an effort to billions of dollars that has so far shown few results.

In recent weeks, a small number of CIA and U.S. military civilian employees are published in a military base in Mexico, where for the first time, security officials from both countries work side by side in the collection of information on drug cartels and help plan operations. Authorities also are looking at embedding a team of U.S. contractors within a unit specifically examined Mexican anti-narcotics police.

Officials from both sides of the border, said the new efforts are designed to circumvent Mexican laws prohibiting foreign military and police operating in its territory and to prevent the advanced U.S. surveillance falling under the control of Mexican security agencies with a long history of corruption.

“A radical change has occurred in recent years in Mexico and the effectiveness of U.S. intelligence-sharing has become,” said Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico’s ambassador to the United States.

The latest steps come three years after the United States began to increase its security assistance to Mexico and the 1.4 billion Merida Initiative and tens of millions of dollars from the Defense Department. They also come a year before the elections in both countries when President Obama could face questions about the threat of violence spreading the border, and the political party of Mexican President Felipe Calderon faces an electorate that is almost certain they will ask why you should stick with a struggle that has killed nearly 45,000 people.

In the last three years, officials said, the exchange of intelligence have helped security forces in Mexico, capture or kill about 30 in mid-drug traffickers high level compared to only two of those arrests the last five years.

United States has trained nearly 4,500 federal police officers and assisted in conducting wiretaps, informants running and interrogate suspects. The Pentagon has provided equipment, including Black Hawk helicopters, and in recent months has begun to fly unarmed surveillance aircraft ground track Mexican drug lords.

However, it is difficult to say real progress has been made much against the brutal cartels.

“The data is indisputable – the violence is increasing, the human rights abuses have skyrocketed, and accountability both for officials who abuse and criminal suspects is in tatters,” said Nik Steinberg, a specialist in Mexico Human Rights Watch.

Mexican and U.S. authorities say the effort began with Obama are just a few years old, and it is too early for final judgments.

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