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  • Mexico’s Casino Horror, Fast & Furious Scandal, and No Accountability

    The latest horror of August 25 has shaken Mexico. In a brazen and senseless assault, reportedly part of an extortion plot, members of the deadly Zetas criminal organization firebombed a casino in Monterrey, Mexico. In the ensuing inferno, 52 Mexicans—mainly middle-class women with no drug connections—died.

    Mexican President Felipe Calderon denounced the casino outrage as an unprecedented “abhorrent act of terror and barbarism.” He appealed forcefully to the U.S. and the Obama Administration to do something about drug consumption and the southward flow of guns into Mexico.

    On August 26, the White House issued a message of condemnation and condolence, praising the Mexican people and government for their “brave fight to disrupt violent transnational criminal organizations” and pledging its commitment “to continuing our unprecedented cooperation in confronting these criminal organizations.”

    Yet the tone of conviction and determination sounds less convincing in light of the August 30 Justice Department announcement of a shake-up of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in the wake of the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.

    The Justice Department announced it was moving acting ATF director Kenneth E. Melson to an advisory position and accepting the resignation of U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke in Arizona.

    The Obama Administration clearly wishes to deflect congressional, public, and Mexican scrutiny away from its ill-conceived and ill-fated strategy of prosecuting gun-running to Mexico’s deadly criminal organizations—by allowing guns to walk without informing U.S. officials in the Mexico City embassy or the Mexican government. The Administration wants to minimize the fact that guns that walked in this operation were found on the scene when U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered in December 2010. Or that caches and weapons have appeared on crime scenes in Mexico. Or that ATF has lost track of 1,400 weapons.

    Regrettably, the Justice Department’s management of ongoing investigations into Operation Fast and Furious is filled with accountability avoidance, blame-shifting, damage control, and bureaucratic stonewalling—all much too common in the Obama Administration.

    Observed Congressman Darrell Issa (R–CA), who has been instrumental in leading the congressional probe: “We know we are being gamed [by the Administration] and we think the time for the game should be up.”

    In short, Issa is demanding the sort of cooperation that the White House promised to the government of Mexico in the aftermath of Monterrey’s horrific casino tragedy.

    While political appointees and career government officials in the U.S. [and Mexico, too] worry about their reputations and jobs, they need to realize that on either side of the border, there is an ongoing fight—better said, war—against sophisticated and deadly criminal organizations. Lives are frequently at stake, and those who bear the brunt of the risks demand clear thinking and accountability, not bureaucratic maneuvers or cover-ups when government officials mess up.

    Posted in International [slideshow_deploy]

    7 Responses to Mexico’s Casino Horror, Fast & Furious Scandal, and No Accountability

    1. Bobbie says:

      what good comes out of the conscientious motive in using lethal weapons? this is absolutely appalling!

    2. carol,az says:

      The doors inside the casino exits were chained which added to the carnage .
      The USA, Obama admin. has been supporting the war on drug and Mexico from day one.
      Fast and Furious is just spill over from the debauchery.
      Now all the dots have been connected.Do you see any difference between us and them?
      We all hope your next article will be about accountability.

    3. Bobbie says:

      oh my Lord! this is America where ACCOUNTABILITY IS A MUST!!!!

      • carol,az says:

        Yes Bobby, in the former America your comments would be exacting.
        This is not our father's America. This is not our grandfather's America.
        Living in AZ, it took months to get any truth in reporting, from media about all things, Border. Thousands of us worked with diffent venues.
        This is just one example of cover-up , continued lies and hard frenetic evidence on other levels that continues to be ignored.
        Like you and this excellent article, we won't allow this (treason) to cave-in for cover up.
        We need thousands more just lke us , to nail the SOB's.

    4. carol,az says:

      Ray:

      I'm updating your article on the casino horror story just received, FYI.

      http://www.borderlandbeat.com….dated Sept 02 2011.re: casino fire

    5. carol,az says:

      Here's the latest updated on the Casino murders, dated 9/04/2011.
      It details the police corruption and extortion issue.

      http://www.borderlandbeat.com

      http://M 3@yahoo.worldpress.com

    6. Bobbie says:

      You're right, Carol. The good of America won't let this cave! Although America lost lots of what's good through misleading, corrupt leadership, many people are coming to see the light! And as we know to realize man's freewill can just as well lead to intentional consequences on the innocent, It's so disheartening to see what mankind shows himself to have become!! The good of the world will always read between the lines as many a man today chose the path of weakness and can't be trusted. Because of the actions of man's chosen evil, God's innocent have and will die into heaven! God is watching always (both us and evil) and will intervene when the evil of man destroys the gifts God gave to ALL (like for instance the sense of civility!) God Bless you and your family and ALL good of God's mankind!

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