Day 70 In The Gulf: US Accepts International Assistance for Gulf Spill: Is The Jones Act Waived? Maybe – Maybe Not

US Accepts International Assistance for Gulf Spill

The United States is accepting help from 12 countries and international organizations in dealing with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The State Department said in a statement Tuesday that the U.S. is working out the particulars of the help that’s been accepted.

The identities of all 12 countries and international organizations were not immediately announced. One country was cited in the State Department statement — Japan, which is providing two high-speed skimmers and fire containment boom.

More than 30 countries and international organizations have offered to help with the spill. The State Department hasn’t indicated why some offers have been accepted and others have not.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=11047702

McAuley’s World Comments:

1200 National Guard Troops were promised for the border almost 5 weeks ago and they have not arrived. Lets hope for the best while we reserve judgment and wait and see when the first “help” is actually deployed in the Gulf. Our compliant Main Stream Media will report a story like this and then file it away. The people in the Gulf will continue to “pray for help” everyday until the flow of oil has stopped and the spill has been cleaned up.

Day 70 and, “The State Department said in a statement Tuesday that the U.S. is working out the particulars of the help”.

Day 70 In The Gulf: Two Months & 10 Days – The Oil Still Flows – A Pictoral

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See The Full Pictoral Here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_sc2694

Day 70 In The Gulf: Cleanup ships idled as storms rattle Gulf region

Cleanup ships idled as storms rattle Gulf region

Surfer waits for an oily "ride"

GRAND ISLE, La. – The crashing waves and gusting winds churned up by Tropical Storm Alex put the Gulf oil spill largely in Mother Nature’s hands Tuesday. Regardless of whether the storm makes things worse or better, it has turned many people fighting the spill into spectators.

Oil-scooping ships in the Gulf of Mexico steamed to safe refuge because of the rough seas, which likely will last for days. Officials scrambled to reposition boom to protect the coast, and had to remove barges that had been blocking oil from reaching sensitive wetlands.

Alex is projected to stay far from the spill zone and is not expected to affect recovery efforts at the site of the blown offshore well that continues to spew crude, but the storm’s outer edges were causing problems. Waves were as high as 12 feet in parts of the Gulf, according to the National Weather Service.

In at least one area of coastal Louisiana, the waves were tossing oil-soaking boom around and forcing crews to take precious time putting it back in place. However, oily water was not yet crashing over it.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Dave French said all skimming efforts had been halted for now off the Louisiana coast. Wayne Hebert, who helps manage skimming operations for BP PLC, said all nearshore skimmers were idled off the coasts of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

“Everyone is in because of weather, whether it’s thunderstorms or (high) seas,” Hebert said.

French said workers were using the time off the water to replenish supplies and perform maintenance work.

“We’re ready to go as soon as conditions allow us to get those people back out and fighting this oil spill,” French said.

Biden, Chao & Allen

Farther inland, local officials worried the weather could hamper efforts to keep the oil out of Lake Pontchartrain, which so far has not been affected by the spill. The brackish body of water, connected to the Gulf by narrow passes, is a recreational haven for the metropolitan New Orleans area.

Authorities worried that underwater currents and an easterly wind might drive a 250-square-mile oil slick north of the Chandeleur Islands toward the lake.

“We’re very concerned because of the weather,” said Suzanne Parsons, spokeswoman for St. Tammany Parish, which is on the north side of the lake. “That means they can’t get out and start working it. This may be the first test of our outer lines of defense.”

Storm approaches as waves push oil onto beach

Meanwhile, Jefferson Parish Council member Chris Roberts said the oil was entering passes Tuesday at Barataria Bay, home to diverse wildlife. A day earlier, barges that had been placed in the bay to block the oil were removed because of rough seas.

“The barges are removed and the boom is being displaced in many areas,” Roberts said in an e-mail. “As weather conditions permit we are making progress with repositioning the boom.”

The loss of skimming work combined with 25 mph gusts driving water into the coast has left beaches especially vulnerable. In Alabama, the normally white beaches were streaked with long lines of oil, and tar balls collected on the sand. One swath of beach 40 feet wide was stained brown and mottled with globs of oil matted together.

That nasty weather will likely linger in the Gulf through Thursday, National Weather Service meteorologist Brian LaMarre said.

Kagan insists she didn’t block military at Harvard ….. Her claim is not consistent with the facts

Kagan insists she didn’t block military at Harvard

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan maneuvered carefully through tough Republican questioning on military recruitment at Harvard Law School, gun owners’ rights and free speech Tuesday, drawing strong praise from Senate Democrats who command the votes to confirm her.

In a long day of questioning at a hearing that stretched into the evening, Kagan came under fire from Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, for her decision as dean of Harvard Law to bar recruiters from the school’s career services office over the Pentagon’s policy against openly gay soldiers. He said that amounted to “punishing” the military services, treating them in a “second-class way” and creating a hostile environment for the military on campus.

“We were trying to make sure that military recruiters had full and complete access to our students, but we were also trying to protect our own antidiscrimination policy and to protect the students whom it is … supposed to protect, which in this case were our gay and lesbian students,” Kagan said.

Sessions rejected her version of events calling her explanation,”disconnected from reality” and accused Kagan of defying federal law because of her strong opposition to the military’s treatment of homosexuals.

“I know what happened at Harvard. I know you were an outspoken leader against the military policy,” Sessions said “I know you acted without legal authority to reverse Harvard’s policy and deny those military equal access to campus until you were threatened by the United States government of loss of federal funds.”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100629/ap_on_go_su_co/us_kagan_supreme_court

McAuley’s World Comments:

Solicitor General Kagan continues ger intellectual dishonesty.

See: https://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2010/05/26/elena-kagan-intellectual-dishonesty-dont-ask-dont-tell/

The Financial Reform Law: “Never have the corrupt done so little for so many while shielding the guilty from “true change”.

The Financial Reform Law: Never have the corrupt done so little for so many while shielding the guilty from “true change”.

False claims and exaggerations about the “proposed changes” to a small segment of America’s financial markets.

McAuley’s World Comments Bolded Blue

But with a few exceptions, the measure avoids dictating to Wall Street what it can and cannot do. The bill does not break up big banks or ban the trading of derivatives. Nor does it significantly streamline the confusing array of financial regulators in Washington.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/25/AR2010062500675.html

True

A flurry of deal making allowed several industries to escape the new system. At the last minute, auto dealers were granted exemptions from new consumer rules, despite their major role in lending. Most mutual fund and insurance companies avoided a ban on some risky trading. Community banks, which make up the vast majority of their industry, got a carve-out months ago.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/25/AR2010062500675.html

True

“This legislation is a failure on both counts,” Sen. Judd Greg  (R-N.H.) said in a statement. “It will not encourage the much-needed stability and confidence in our financial markets. It will not significantly reduce systemic risk in our financial sector.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/25/AR2010062500675.html

True

Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) agreed to scale back a controversial provision that would have forced the nation’s biggest banks to spin off their lucrative derivatives-dealing businesses. The proposal had been a particularly thorny issue for Democrats, causing internal divisions that threatened to derail the entire process.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/25/AR2010062500675.html

True. The Democrats prevented the needed reform in the derivatives business, the business that brought down AIG and Lehman Brothers, derivatives based on the “toxic mortgages” produced by Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac.

Media claims that the “reform” contains the following “significant provisions”:

  • Give the government the power to wind down and seize failing firms

This “provision” extends the Government’s “right” to take over failing businesses using U.S. taxpayer money, instead of letting the companies fail as they should.

  • Create a consumer protection agency under the authority of the Federal Reserve

Oh, please. More on this “eye candy” in just a bit.  

  • Require banks to spin off their riskiest derivatives activities

Window dressing, pure window dressing. The banks can still “own” the “spin offs” and direct their activities. The banks will fund the “spin offs” and if the “spin off” fails financially and cannot repay the parent company, the Federal Government will be standing by with another “bailout” in hand.

  • Curb the ability of firms to trade their funds for their own profit

This writer believes the “curbs” will not be effective in doing what is claimed.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/06/whats-the-real-impact-of-the-financial-reform-bill.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pbs%2Fnewshour-headlines+(newshour-headlines)

It (the proposed regulation) also does not re-impose laws similar to the Glass-Steagall Act that passed after the Great Depression (and partially repealed in 1999) that separated the activities of commercial and investment banking.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/06/whats-the-real-impact-of-the-financial-reform-bill.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pbs%2Fnewshour-headlines+(newshour-headlines)

True: The regulation does not reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act, which for months was the cry of the Democrats – “This problem started when Glass Steagal was repealed” …. Well, now that they had the chance, why didn’t the Democrats reinstate Glass Steagal?  

Two major players were left out of the bill and the negotiations the whole time: Mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which have already received more than $145 billion in assistance from the taxpayers. Many Republicans — and a few Democrats — were angry that Democrats did not include Fannie and Freddie in the reforms. Many on Capitol Hill remain skeptical that will happen.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/06/whats-the-real-impact-of-the-financial-reform-bill.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pbs%2Fnewshour-headlines+(newshour-headlines)

True: Oh so true! The entire financial collapse rests at the feet of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, yet the single piece of legislation produced so far doesn’t even mention Freddie or Fannie. Meanwhile, this same Congress has actually increased Fannie & Freddie’s power. In December, President Obama, by Executive Order, removed the $200 million dollar cap on funds available to Freddie and Fannie and provided these “Agencies” unlimited funding through the Federal Reserve.

http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/economy/sectors-mainmenu-46/2656-frannie-mae-and-freddie-mac-now-have-a-blank-check  

So, if you thought that the “Great American Financial Reform Act of 2010”, the reform that will protect us from ever having the same type of financial collapse occur again, might just take some type of action against the Agencies that caused the original collapse, well, you would be “dead wrong”. Not one word about Fannie or Freddie, in fact Fannie and Freddie are more independent, less regulated and have greater access to American taxpayer money than at any time before in the history of the Country. Congress refused to implement even the most modest of changes to Fannie & Freddie – to make Fannie & Freddie subject to the Sarbanes Oxley Act or require Freddie and Fannie to file periodic reports with the SEC.

The conference committee votes were 20-11 among House negotiators and 7-5 among Senate negotiators, strictly along party lines. The room erupted into claps and hugs when it was all done, with staffers shaking hands and saying, “big bill.”

TRUE: Mocking Joe Biden’s infamous “Big ******* Deal” comment after the passage of Obama Care against the wishes of the American People.

http://money.cnn.com/2010/06/25/news/economy/Wall_Street_Reform/index.htm

True. A vote right down party lines. This baby has only one parent, this bastard belongs to the Democrats, lock stock and barrel. (The final vote is pending in the Senate and the 3 RINOs in the Senate could well vote in support of their fellow Democrats)

What’s in the Wall Street reform bill – The Media’s Slant

The final compromise that lawmakers struck will establish a consumer financial protection regulatory bureau inside the Federal Reserve, that will write new rules to protect consumers from unfair or abusive mortgages and credit cards.unfair or abusive mortgages and credit cards.

False: The claim is false because the major premise is false. A large and costly consumer agency will be created at taxpayer expense, however, “the abusive mortgages, credit cards and ATM fees which it will address, will only result in “temporary” changes to how “business is done”. In a matter of months consumers will learn that we are “back to business” as usual. Example: Credit card rates and ATM fees  are not being “rolled back” on a permanent basis. Rate increases and ATM fees will simply be delayed. This writer is willing to predict that Senator Chris Dodd will be back in January 2011, only when he returns he will be lobbying for credit card, ATM and mortgage fee increases on behalf of his “big bank buddies”.

Secondly, who will oversee the Consumer Protection Agency?  The Federal Reserve? The Federal Reserve? Wasn’t the Federal Reserve the entity responsible for overseeing the banks and financial firms that “failed” in the first place?

The final deal will also create a 10-member council of regulators, headed by the Treasury Secretary.

Regulators will be tasked with ensuring banks beef up their capital cushions,

The bill would also establish new procedures for shutting down giant financial firms that are collapsing.

WAIT ONE MINUTE: The proposed regulation does not limit the Government’s power to “take over” or “bailout” but it does delegate the authority to do so. This should remind everyone of the “TARP PROGRAM”. We the people were told we had an emergency, an emergency that required the purchase of a trillion dollars of “Troubled Assets” by the “Troubled Asset Relief Program” or “TARP”. Some 18 months later we now know that not one penny of the fund actually went to buy a single “Troubled” or “toxic asset”. Congress changed the rules after the fact. The same Congress is back and the same Congress People are at it again.

The bill aims to shine a brighter light on some of the different kinds of complex financial products, called derivatives, that are blamed for the problems that forced a bailout of American International Group (AIG, Fortune 500) and the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. It would force most derivatives on to clearinghouses and exchanges, to help pinpoint the value of the trades.

FALSE: At best the press claims the regulation “would force most derivatives” when it fact no one knows what percent of the “trades” will be routed into an exchange nor does the proposed “regulation” define how the “trades” will be valued.    

Lawmakers agreed to push many derivatives onto clearinghouses and exchanges that can better pinpoint the value of the securities and create firewall’s between buyers and sellers.

FALSE: The most “risky” of those “agreements” were CDS or Credit Default Swaps, which are transactions that take place directly between “involved parties, parties that don’t require a “firewall”.

They also agreed to allow leeway for financial firms to avoid exchanges and avoid posting collateral on such contracts for so-called commercial end-users,

TRUE: A “back door” to avoid any of the “proposed” regulation in this area.

Additionally, lawmakers embraced a provision that prevents big banks from making risky bets on “nontraditional” derivatives and having access to emergency taxpayer-backed loans. Banks would have to spin off their swaps desk into affiliates, if they want to make such bets.

TRUE: That the banks can and will continue to make such deals through their “affiliates”.

FALSE: That banks won’t have access to “tax payer cash”?  The Banks will be subject to “To Big to Fail” and “take-over” by the Feds as stated above. Those activites are accomplished using “taxpayer cash”.  

Volcker: Just before midnight, lawmakers agreed on a new version of the so-called Volcker Rule, which was first proposed by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. The measure prevents banks from owning hedge funds and trading for their own accounts.

Lawmakers agreed to gives regulators more specifics and less leeway when it comes to preventing banks from trading for themselves or owning hedge funds. But they also watered it down in several ways: It doesn’t impact insurers. And it allows some proprietary trading in areas, such as government debt, for hedging purposes and small business investments.

As for the ban on banks owning hedge funds, the provision allows Wall Street banks that take commercial deposits to sink as much as 3% of capital in hedge funds or private equity.

FALSE: The “Volker Rule” as originally proposed was gutted. The only resemblance between the originally suggested Volker Rule and that which remains is the name.

http://money.cnn.com/2010/06/25/news/economy/Wall_Street_Reform/index.htm

Consumer protection

Creating a consumer agency: Establishes an independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau housed inside the Federal Reserve. Fees paid by banks fund the agency, which would set rules to curb unfair practices in consumer loans and credit cards. It would not have power over auto dealers.

False: The areas being “touted” as a “great benefit” to consumers are shams. Credit Card rates, mortgage terms and limitations on ATM fees are all “temporary” in nature. These items are the “eye candy” being offered to secure popular support for this totally inadequate legislation.   

Credit scores: All consumers have been able to get one free credit report a year from the credit rating agencies. But the bill would also allow a consumer to get an actual credit score along with a report.

WHO CARES: A free credit report and a free credit score. Everyone in the Country has access to free credit reports and a free credit score …. Just check your email.

Interchange fees: Lawmakers want the Fed to crack down on debit card swipe fees, which retailers pay to banks to cover the operational cost of transferring money. The Fed could cap the fees and make them more reasonable and proportional.

False: Cap or temporarily limit? To establish a temporary limit. Again, this writer bets the requests for an increase in fees has already been prepared and Congress has already told their friends in the banking industry when to submit the requests. I’m sure the requests won’t be submitted until after the first week in November 2010.

Banning ‘liar loans’: Lenders would have to document a borrower’s income before originating a mortgage and verify a borrower’s ability to repay the loan.

FALSE – ABSOLUTELY FALSE: This lie, more than any of the other lies, upsets me the most. Liar loans have not been banned. The only limitation on Liar Loans is this; Liar Loans cannot be “bundled” and sold as securities. The banks are free to make and keep as many Liar Loans as they like. As the banks will be subject to “take over” and “bailout” if they are “to big to fail” there will be no “market pressure” to limit these loans. The Congress could eliminate “Liar Loans” tomorrow by instructing the Federal Reserve, yes the Federal Reserve charged with overseeing this “monster”, to rescind the “mortgage underwriting guidelines” that created “Liar Loans” in the first place, but Congress failed to do so. If Congress wished to end “Liar Loans” why didn’t they do so?

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The Financial Meltdown – who, when, where and why:

Professor Stan Liebowitz: The Real Scandal – http://www.nypost.com/seven/02052008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/the_real_scandal_243911.htm?page=0

Professor Thomas J DiLorenzo: The CRA Scam and its Defenders: http://www.mises.org/story/2963

John R Lott, Jr : Analysis – Reckless Mortgages Brought Financial Market To Its Knees http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,424945,00.htm

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Mortgage help for unemployed: Unemployed homeowners with good credit would be eligible for low-interest loans to help them avoid foreclosures. The bill would spend $1 billion on such relief, using funds that had been directed for Troubled Asset Relief Fund bailing out the financial system.

FASLE: This is not a new program but an adaptation of Obama’s failed “mortgage rescue programs” that are already in place.

Fixed-equity annuities: Prohibits tougher federal rules on life insurance products, in which customers pay a lump sum upfront in exchange for monthly income over time, pegged to an index. The Securities and Exchange Commission had been gearing up to step in and start requiring more disclosure for these products, often sold to seniors, that are currently regulated by state insurance commissioners. Lawmakers decided to stop the SEC from tougher federal regulation.

TRUE: The Democrats moved to stop SEC regulation – the Democrats moved to de-regulate.  

Too big to fail

New oversight power: Creates a new 10-member oversight council consisting of financial regulators to look out for major problems at financial firms and throughout the financial system. The Treasury Secretary gains a key role in enforcing tougher regulations on larger firms and watching for systemic risk. The council also has veto power over new rules proposed by new consumer regulator.

Unwinding powers: Gives the FDIC new powers to take down giant financial firms in the same way it takes down banks. Banks would be taxed to reimburse the federal government for the cost of resolving these firms after a failure occurs.

True: To Big to Fail, Government takeovers and taxpayer bailouts will continue. This proposed regulation “institutionalizes” the Government’s ability to “take over” or “seize” private companies and use “taxpayer money” to resolve the company’s financial difficulties. Congress, unlike the citizens they represent, believe “TRAP’ was a success and that “We the People” would like to see “TARP” perpetuated.    

THE FATAL FLAW IN THE “NEW” FINANCIAL REFORM LAW

The fatal flaw involves the fact that he same Congress who proposed this law will be the one to enforce it. The Congress and the Executive Branch have proven themselves unwilling to enforce the laws of this land.

Fannie & Freddie, the firms who were primarily responsible for the “Financial Meltdown” are not even mentioned in this legislation. The “root cause” of the “meltdown”.

Remember the regulators warned Congress about the impending Fannie & Freddie Meltdown. Congress not only ignored the warnings, but accused the Regulators of “racism”. A “new tune, with the same old lyrics”.

One of the last motions Friday was to name the bill after the two chairmen, Sen. Chris Dodd(D –Conn)  and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who had shepherded the legislation through the House and Senate over the past year. At 5:07 a.m., they agreed unanimously that it would be known as the Dodd-Frank bill, and the sound of applause echoed down the empty hallways. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/25/AR2010062500675.html

TRUE: How fitting – naming this sham reform proposed by the Democrats after two of the Democrats most responsible for the original meltdown …

Contact your Congress Person and tell them to VOTE NO!  http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

Lastly, the legislation does not impact CDS (Credit Default Swaps) issued to foreign nations or those who hold their debt. This legislation will do nothing to monitor or prevent AIG (a government owned entity) from trading in or issuing CDS on say, the National Debt of Greece.

Update: SEC Says New Financial Regulation Law Exempts it From Public Disclosure 

The Arizona Law: Mexican Drug Cartels Threaten Mexican Democracy – Leading Politician Assassinated – Obama’s Inaction Threatens American Security

UPDATE: Review of Judge Bolton’s Decision begins here: The Immigration Debate: The Arizona Law – Judge Bolton’s Decision (Part 1) 

Mexico to press ahead with vote despite slaying

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ

Associated Press Writer

Rodolfo Torre

Mexican politicians vowed to press on with elections despite the assassination of the leading candidate for governor of a border state, urging frightened citizens to vote and show they are not intimidated by drug cartels threatening the country’s democracy.

Gunmen ambushed Rodolfo Torre’s campaign caravan Monday less than a week before he was expected to win the governor’s race in Tamaulipas, a state torn by a turf battle between two rival drug cartels. Four other people were killed: three of the candidate’s bodyguards and a state lawmaker.

President Felipe Calderon called the attack an attempt by drug gangs to sway Sunday’s elections for governors and mayors in 12 states. He warned that cartels want “to interfere in the decisions of citizens and in electoral processes.”

“Organized crime will never meet its objectives. It will not succeed in shaking our faith in democracy or undermine our confidence in the future of Mexico,” Calderon said in a televised speech.

But the attack emptied streets in Ciudad Victoria, the Tamaulipas state capital where Torre was killed. Heavily armed federal and state police patrolled in caravans. Some parents rushed to pick up their children from schools.

Campaign Caravan Ambushed - 4 Murdered

“I am not going to vote because there is a lot of fear. The tension is very strong,” said Maria Pilar Villegas, a convenience store clerk who said she was on the phone with her sister when she saw the news of the assassination on television. “I got chills when I saw the TV.”

Torre, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is the first gubernatorial candidate assassinated in Mexico in recent memory. He is the highest-ranking candidate killed since Luis Donaldo Colosio, also for the PRI, was gunned down while running for president in 1994.

Torre’s death was the biggest setback yet for the elections. Corruption scandals, threats and attacks on politicians have raised fears for months that Mexico’s powerful drug cartels are buying off candidates they support and intimidating those they oppose.

Calderon’s government did not say which gang was suspected in Torre’s assassination or why he would be targeted.

Tamaulipas, which borders Texas, has become a battleground between the Gulf cartel and its former ally, the Zetas gang of hit men.

Drug cartels operate in many countries throughout Latin America, including Colombia, Brazil, Central America, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Mexico, Afghanistan and South Asia. Some cartels are even establishing themselves in U.S. cities like New York, Phoenix, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Diego.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_cartel

The Gulf Cartel (Spanish: Cártel del Golfo) is a Mexican drug cartel based in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. The cartel is present in 13 states with important areas of operation in the cities of Nuevo Laredo, Miguel Alemán, Reynosa and Matamoros in the northern state of Tamaulipas; it also has important operations in the states of Nuevo León and in Michoacán. The Gulf Cartel traffics cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin across the U.S.-Mexico border to major cities in the United States. The group is known for its violent methods and intimidation, and works closely with corrupt law officials and business people in Mexico and the United States.

Aside from earning money from the sales of narcotics, the cartel also imposes “taxes” on anyone passing narcotics or aliens through Gulf Cartel territory. The cartel is also known to operate protection rackets, extorting money from local businesses, and to kidnap for ransom money.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_Cartel

 Los Zetas is a criminal organization in Mexico dedicated mostly to international illegal drug trade and other organized crime activities. This drug cartel was founded by an elite force of assassins from Mexican Army deserters and is now integrated by corrupt ex-federal, state, and local police officers, as well as ex-Kaibiles from Guatemala.

This group of highly trained gunmen was first hired as a private mercenary army for Mexico’s Gulf Cartel. Since the arrest of the Gulf Cartel’s leader, Osiel Cárdenas Guillen, as well as other events, the two entities became a combined trafficking force, with the Zetas taking a more active leadership role in drug trafficking. Since February 2010 Los Zetas have gone independent and became enemies of its former employer/partner, the Gulf Cartel.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Zetas

Mutilated Corpses - Mexican Drug War

The Juárez Cartel (Spanish: Cártel de Juárez), also known as the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Organization, is a Mexican drug cartel based in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, across the border from El Paso, Texas. The Juárez Cartel controls one of the primary transportation routes for billions of dollars worth of illegal drug shipments annually entering the United States from Mexico. Drug lords from contiguous Mexican states have forged alliances in recent years creating a cartel that sometimes is referred to as ‘The Golden Triangle Alliance’ or ‘La Alianza Triángulo de Oro’ because of its three-state area of influence: Chihuahua, south of the U.S. state of Texas, Durango and Sinaloa. The Juarez Cartel is a ruthless, dangerous drug trafficking organization that has been known to decapitate their rivals and mutilate their corpses and dump them in public to instill fear not only to the general public but to local law enforcement and their rivals, the Sinaloa Cartel.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ju%C3%A1rez_Cartel

 Gangs have staged bold attacks on security forces, ambushing military patrols and setting up blockades near army garrisons.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Drug_War

Last month, gunmen killed Jose Guajardo Varela, a candidate for mayor of the Tamaulipas town of Valle Hermoso. Guajardo, of

Mexican States With Highest Violent Cartel Activity In Red

Calderon’s National Action Party, or PAN, had received warnings to drop his campaign.

Leaders of the PAN and the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, had said they could not find anyone to run for mayor in some towns in Tamaulipas because of drug gang intimidation. PAN and PRD leaders have insinuated that the PRI has ties to drug gangs in the state, noting that the party has had no trouble fielding candidates in towns where other politicians are too scared to run.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_Mexican_Drug_War

Proximity to Arizona Border & Phoenix

The PRI, which has long governed Tamaulipas, has dismissed such talk as tired campaign tactics.

Tamaulipas Gov. Eugenio Hernandez said he didn’t know of any threats against Torre, a doctor who had served as the state’s health secretary. Hernandez said Torre didn’t express any fear when the two met Sunday to watch the World Cup game between Mexico and Argentina.

“We couldn’t see this attack coming at all,” Hernandez said in an interview with Milenio television.

Torre, 46, was heading from Ciudad Victoria to the border city of Matamoros to accompany the PRI’s mayoral candidates in the closing of their campaigns Monday.

SEE: Mexican Drug Cartel Violence: Mexican Marines arrest presumed leader of Beltran Leyva Cartel – Sergio Villarreal Barragan taken into custody

Jorge Luis Navarro, president of the Tamaulipas state election institute, said the vote would go forward.

PRI national leader Beatriz Paredes urged supporters to go the polls. “Nothing is going to intimidate us,” she said in a statement. There was no announcement on who the PRI candidate would be.

The PAN and the PRD said they would suspend campaigning by their own gubernatorial candidates in Tamaulipas.

Elsewhere in Mexico, campaigning continued, with candidates urging voters not to fear assassination.

“They are not going to intimidate us. We are going to continue until Sunday with the same intensity,” said Jose Francisco Olvera, the PRI candidate for the central state of Hidalgo.

The PRI, which ruled Mexico for 71 years until losing the presidency in 2000, is hoping that a strong showing in Sunday’s elections will put it on the path to regain the presidency in 2012.

Polls had indicated that Torre would easily win the election in Tamaulipas.

The conservative PAN has formed uncomfortable alliances with the PRD to oust the PRI from several states, though not in Tamaulipas.

That alliance, however, was sorely tested by the worst corruption scandal of the election.

Cancun mayor Gregorio Sanchez, of the PRD, was arrested last month for allegedly protecting two brutal drug cartels, forcing him to drop his campaign for governor of Quintana Roo state. His leftist party has dismissed the allegations as a political ploy by Calderon’s government.

"DEAD HANDS", vicitms executed with hands tied behind their backs

Drug gang violence has rocketed since Calderon deployed thousands of troops and federal police across the country in 2006 to wage an all-out battle against cartels. Some 23,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence.

George Grayson, a Mexico expert at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, said Torre’s assassination would keep many voters home, but he expected the situation would only benefit the PRI.

“The … climate of fear will dampen voter turnout on Sunday, which will help the PRI because they have the best political machine,” he said.

Gregorio Linares, a waiter an at upscale restaurant where Torre and other politicians were frequent customers, said the city was growing accustomed to violence. Two months earlier, a shootout between soldiers and gunmen had erupted near the restaurant. But he said Torre’s death would only encourage him to vote for the PRI’s new candidate.

“It’s our duty,” he said.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/06/28/2049782/report-governor-candidate-killed.html#ixzz0sErnUnQ0

 U.S. death toll and national security

U.S. authorities are reporting a spike in killings, kidnappings and home invasions connected to Mexico’s cartels, and at least 19 Americans were killed in 2008. Also, more than 200 Americans have been killed in Mexico since 2004.

For the U.S. Joint Forces Command, in terms of worst-case scenarios, Mexico bears some consideration for sudden collapse in the next two decades as the government, its politicians, police, and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and pressure by criminal gangs and drug cartels. The Joint Forces Command are concerned that this internal conflict over the next several years, will have a major impact on the stability of the Mexican state, and therefore would demand an American response based on the implications for homeland security alone. In March 2009, the United States Department of Homeland Security said that it is considering using the National Guard to counter the threat of drug violence in Mexico from spilling over the border into the US. The governors of Arizona and Texas have asked the federal government to send additional National Guard troops to help those already there supporting local law enforcement efforts against drug trafficking. The call for National Guard on the border greatly increased after the 2010 murder of Arizona rancher Robert Krentz, possibly at the hands of Mexican drug smugglers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Drug_War

McAuley’s World Comments

Bribery, extortion, threats of violence, corrupt or fearful politicians and police. They exist on both sides of the border.

President Obama is willing to sacrifice the security of the United States in his attempt to bolster his ratings and garner votes in November’s elections.

13 Men Executed By Cartel - San Ignacio in the pacific state of Sinaloa

The Arizona Law is not “about” racial profiling, the law is a law enforcement tool in a “life and death” struggle against the world’s largest and best armed criminal enterprises.

How dare the Obama Administration continue to play the race card?

With the Obama Administration’s policies and the Federal Government’s willingness to allow “Sanctuary Cities” to exist, the men who murdered Rodolfo Torre could well be hiding safely, today, in Phoenix or San Francisco or Los Angeles.

How dare anyone pretend that Arizona’s Law is being designed to harass and demean Hispanics in Arizona. The Law confirms that the standard law enforcement tool, granting Law Enforcement Officers the right to ask suspects to identify themselves and prove who they are, is a basic necessity in the war against the Mexican cartels.

The law’s detractors pretend that Law Enforcement personal have been waiting for just such a law, waiting for a law like this so they can “harass individuals out for ice cream with their families”.

Have you no shame? Is your head in the sand? Don’t you read the reports produced by your own Federal Agencies?

FBI: Burgeoning gangs behind up to 80% of U.S. crime: Criminal gangs in the USA have swelled to an estimated 1 million members

Human Trafficking Victims - Rescued after routine traffic stop

 responsible for up to 80% of crimes in communities across the nation, according to a gang threat assessment compiled by federal officials. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-01-29-ms13_N.htm

MS-13 gang seen as growing threat: By DAVID McLEMORE / The Dallas Morning News 
PHARR, Texas – Shortly after midnight in late September, a Texas National Guard soldier with night-vision equipment spied four figures slipping through the brush and alerted Border Patrol agents. The men were arrested, and one in particular stood out for the extensive tattoos across his face, body and arms.A fingerprint check showed Santos Chileno-Gomez, a 23-year-old Salvadoran, had been deported for an assault on a Long Island, N.Y., police officer. His lengthy criminal record – and the tattoos – labeled him as a member of Mara Salvatrucha 13, a vicious international street gang that federal authorities call one of the most violent in the U.S. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/102906dntexMS13.2e3e193.html

CRS Report for Congress MS-13 The Emerging Transnational Gang Threats http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/94863.pdf

Remarks As Prepared For Delivery By Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden At The Ceremony For The Phoenix OCDETF Strike Force: http://www.atf.gov/press/releases/2009/09/093009-speech-doj-ogden-remarks-multi-agency-arrests.html

Directors Remarks at The SouthWest Border Violent Crimes and Arms Trafficking Summit: http://www.atf.gov/press/releases/2009/06/063009-speech-atf-ad-melson-remarks-firearms-summit.pdf

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/ms-13-gang-leader-gets-60-years-for-murder-and-robbery

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2009/March/09-crm-260.html

http://www.gsnmagazine.com/article/20019/ms_13_gang_members_convicted

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09708.pdf

http://washingtondc.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel10/wfo052110.htm

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10395.pdf

http://www.yesweekly.com/article-821-scuttlebutt-developments-across-the-triad-and-beyond.html

GANGS AND CRIME IN LATIN AMERICA: Federal Document Clearing House Congressional Testimony : April 20, 2005 Wednesday: CAPITOL HILL HEARING TESTIMONY
COMMITTEE: HOUSE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

TESTIMONY-BY: CHRIS SWECKER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

Statement of Chris Swecker Assistant Director – Criminal Investigative Division Federal Bureau of Investigation

Committee on House International Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere

April 20, 2005

Luis Donaldo Colosio - Mexican Presidential Candidate - Assassinated 1994

Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee. I appreciate the opportunity to testify before you today about the FBI’s efforts to combat gangs in the United States, including Latin American or Hispanic gangs, such as MS-13.

Gangs and other criminal enterprises, operating in the U.S. and throughout the world pose increasing concerns for the international law enforcement and intelligence communities. Today, gangs are more violent, more organized and more widespread than ever before. They pose one of the greatest threats to the safety and security of all Americans. The Department of Justice estimates there are approximately 30,000 gangs, with 800,000 members, impacting 2,500 communities across the U.S. The innocent people in these communities face daily exposure to violence from criminal gangs trafficking in drugs and weapons and gangs fighting amongst themselves to control or extend their turf and their various criminal enterprises.

Gangs from California, particularly in the Los Angeles area, have a major influence on Mexican-Americans and Central American gangs in this country and in Latin America. Hispanic gangs in California have separated into two rival factions, the Nortenos, which are primarily found in Northern California, and the Surenos, found to the south and predominantly in the urban areas surrounding Los Angeles. A rivalry exists between these factions, which had its genesis in the California Department of Corrections during the 1960’s, when the Nuestra Familia (Nortenos) prison gang formed to oppose the Mexican Mafia (Surenos) prison gang. Today, the Mexican Mafia, and other Hispanic prison gangs, such as the La EME in southern California, the Texas Syndicate (T/S, Syndicato Tejano), and the Mexikanemi (EMI, Texas Mexican Mafia) remain powerful both in prison and on the street. and most Hispanic gangs in California align themselves under the Nortenos or the Surenos. Hispanic gangs aligned under the Nortenos will generally add the number 14 after their gang name, while gangs aligned under the Surenos will generally add the number 1 3 ( i.e., MS-13).

The migration of MS-13 members and other Hispanic street gang members, such as 18th Street, from Southern California, to other regions of this country, has led to a rapid proliferation of these gangs in many smaller, suburban and rural areas not accustomed to gang activity and related crimes. Additionally, the deportation of MS-13 and 18th Street gang members from the United States to their countries of origin is partially responsible for the growth of those gangs in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala. and Mexico, although the precise of this responsibility is unknown…..

STATS

–Arrest – 41,747

–Information/Indictments – 19,560

–Convictions – 19,166

–Disruptions – 846

–Dismantlements – 253

–Title Ills – 1,460

–Undercover Operations – 109

http://www.opensourcesinfo.org/journal/2005/5/3/gangs-and-crime-in-latin-america.html

CENTRAL AMERICAN AND MEXICAN GANG ASSESSMENT: USAID http://www.usaid.gov/locations/latin_america_caribbean/democracy/gangs_assessment.pdf

PRESIDENT OBAMA – When you let ICE refuse to process referrals from Arizona – this is what you are disrupting:

Mr. Morton this is what you are refusing to do ….. refusing to cooperate with this program.

Taking Back the Streets: ICE and Local Law Enforcement Target Immigrant Gangs

3 U.S. Embassy Workers Ambushed & Murdered - Ciudad Juarez

Center for Immigration Studies

Immigration law enforcement has been a key ingredient contributing to the success of criminal gang suppression efforts in many jurisdictions across the United States. Since 2005, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested more than 8,000 gangsters from more than 700 different gangs as part of a special initiative known as Operation Community Shield. This effort has produced incalculable public safety benefits for American communities, despite being criticized periodically by immigrant and civil liberties advocates that are consistently opposed to all immigration law enforcement.

Local governments and law enforcement agencies that shun involvement in immigration law enforcement are missing an opportunity to protect their communities from criminal immigrant gang activity. Policymakers should take further steps to institutionalize partnerships between state and local law enforcement agencies and ICE in order to address gang and other crime problems with a connection to immigration.

Debris Left Behind - Cartel Controlled "Coyote Route"

Immigrant gangs: 1). are considered a unique public safety threat due to their members’ propensity for violence and their involvement in transnational crime. The latest national gang threat assessment noted that Hispanic gang membership has been growing, especially in the Northeast and the South, and that areas with new immigrant populations are especially vulnerable to gang activity. 2). A large share of the immigrant gangsters in the most notorious gangs such as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), Surenos-13, and 18th Street are illegal aliens. Their illegal status means they are especially vulnerable to law enforcement, and local authorities should take advantage of the immigration tools available in order to disrupt criminal gang activity, remove gang members from American communities, and deter their return. Once explained, these measures find much support, especially in immigrant communities where gang crime is rampant.

http://cis.org/ImmigrantGangs

El Paso’s Barrio Azteca Gang One Of The Most Dangerous In Nation

by Michael Webster: Investigative Reporter: Feb 7, 2008 9:00 PM MST

Mexican Troops Move To Arrest Cartel Killers Near U.S. Border

El Paso’s Barrio Azteca gang are some of the most dangerous in the country even though, Javier Sambrano, El Paso police spokesman, said “There have been some people arrested. They are associated or members of that MS-13 but we really haven’t seen any activity”. But according to other El Paso law enforcement there are gangs in El Paso including MS-13 members.

“They are very active they have over 2,000 members according to the El Paso police department,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez believes the Azteca’s are attracted to El Paso because of the accessibility to drugs from Mexico, and he said members tend to be active drug dealers.

Federal authorities point to the Mexican drug cartels who are ultimately responsible for border violence by having cemented ties to

Federal Troops Respond After Cartels Kill 12 Federal Police Officers

 street and prison gangs like Barrio Azteca on the U.S. side. Azteca and other U.S. gangs retail drugs that they get from Mexican cartels and Mexican gangs. Mexican gangs run their own distribution networks in the United States, and they produce most of the methamphetamine used north of the border. They have even bypassed the Colombians several times to buy cocaine directly from producers in Bolivia, Peru and even Afghanistan. These same gangs often work as cartel surrogates or enforcers on the U.S. side of the border. Intelligence suggests Los Zetas They’re known as “Los Zetas have hired members of various gangs at different times including, El Paso gang Barrio Azteca, Mexican Mafia, Texas Syndicate, MS-13, and Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos to further their criminal endeavors. Dangerous Mexican Cartel Gangs

http://www.lagunajournal.com/el_paso%20Gangs%20Most%20Dangours.htm

Public corruption, greed, fear …… follow the money in your community. Identify those at fault, those who are willing to turn a blind eye or to work fore these criminal enterprises ……. vote them out of office and insist on their prosecution.

Mexican Army Called Out To Fight Cartels

Also See: Mexican Drug Cartel “Army” 100,000 Strong. Parity Reached With Mexico’s 130,000 Man Army

                   Why America needs To Have Secure Borders & Voter ID Laws – Stop Human & Drug Trafficking Across Our Borders

                   Why The US Needs To Secure Its Borders: Organized crime takes control in parts of Mexico

                   Illegal Immigration & Dynamics of Prostitution and Sex Trafficking from Latin America

                   SEX TRAFFICKING – San Francisco Major Center – International Crime Networks Smuggle And Enslave

                  Illegal Immigration & Sex Trafficking – Who Is At Risk?

Mexican Federal Police arrest 5 in drug rehab executions

Cartel Killers - Arrested after "routine traffic stop"

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Police have arrested five men accused of dozens of murders, including two mass killings at drug treatment centers in this northern Mexico border city.

Police say the men were members of the Sinaloa cartel, a violent gang entrenched in a brutal turf war for control of drug routes to the United States.

The men are accused of 45 different executions in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s most violent city. They were arrested by law enforcement agents during a routine street patrol, according to a statement released Friday by federal police.

Shooting Leaves Three U.S. Embassy Employees Dead in Mexico

These represent the latest deaths in the cartel drug wars, which Mexico is fighting with little success.

(CIUDAD JUAREZ / SALEM) – A shooting at the American embassy left two American citizens dead, as well as a Mexican national. All worked at the U.S. Consulate.

The shooting happened Saturday afternoon, near the Santa Fe International bridge. This is the connection between Ciudad Juarez,  Chihuahua, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

The driver, 35-year old Lesley A. Enriquez, was shot in the head. Her husband, 34-year old Arthur H. Redelfs, was shot in the neck and arm. The couple’s one-year old baby, in the back seat of the vehicle, was not harmed in the shooting.

http://wcco.com/national/Americans.Killed.Mexico.2.1561543.html

UPDATE:

Mexico offers armored cars, security details for candidates after candidate killed

MEXICO CITY

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico is offering to provide candidates with bulletproof vehicles and bodyguards following the assassination of a politician running for governor in the northern state of Tamaulipas.

Assistant Interior Secretary Roberto Gil says the government decided to tighten security for gubernatorial candidates and some mayoral contenders after gunmen killed Rodolfo Torre and four of his companions.

Gil says the increased security has been given to those politicians who asked for it, after a government review.

He said Thursday that few such requests have been received.

Voters will elect the governors of 12 of Mexico’s 31 states on Sunday.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/07/01/mexico-offers-armored-cars-security-details-candidates-candidate-killed/

Review of Judge Bolton’s Decision: The Immigration Debate: The Arizona Law – Judge Bolton’s Decision (Part 1) 

A comprehensive review and analysis of Judge Bolton’s erroneous decision.

Read why the Judge was wrong – compare “Congressional intent” with the Judge’s reasoning.

With these PDF documents:

Bolton’s Decision

DOJ Memo 04/02/2010

Links to:

DOJ Complaint

Arizona Law

The actual Immigration Statutes that should have “controlled” the Judge’s decision.

Official Web Sites of: DOJ / DHS / LESC / NSEERS / FBI

What does Congress “mandate” be done and by whom?

 https://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/the-immigration-debate-the-arizona-law-judge-boltons-decision-part-1/

The Massacre of Roldolfo Torre

Also See: Mexican Police Help Murder Their Own Mayor – Edelmiro Cavazos, Santiago, Mexico  (08/20/2010)

Following the latest slaying, President Calderon said that “Mexico’s very democracy is under threat”.

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