Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Staggering Death Toll of Mexico’s Drug War

The Staggering Death Toll of Mexico’s Drug War

Over the course of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the number of civilian deaths has been staggering. In Afghanistan, more than 26,000 civilians are estimated to have died since the war began in 2001. In Iraq, conservative tallies place the number of civilians killed at roughly 160,500 since the U.S. invasion in 2003. Others have put the total closer to 500,000.
But as U.S. involvement in each nation has dropped off in recent years, killings much closer to home, in Mexico, have steadily, if quietly, outpaced the number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.
Last week, the Mexican government released new data showing that between 2007 and 2014 — a period that accounts for some of the bloodiest years of the nation’s war against the drug cartels — more than 164,000 people were victims of homicide. Nearly 20,000 died last year alone, a substantial number, but still a decrease from the 27,000 killed at the peak of fighting in 2011.
Over the same seven-year period, slightly more than 103,000 died in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to data from the United Nations and the website Iraq Body Count.

To be sure, the homicides documented in Mexico cannot all be linked directly to the drug war, and distinguishing drug-war violence from the raw totals can be fraught with challenges. Many murders are never investigated, and the Mexican government has not issued annual figures on organized-crime-style homicides — those believed to be the work of cartels — since 2010. Even when it did, such data was often knocked for being untrustworthy.
Some counts have blamed the drug war for as much as 55 percent of all homicides. Others have put the estimate as low as 34 percent. Yet those figures have likewise been criticized as unreliable. For example, someone killed by a high-caliber or automatic firearm would be counted as a victim of organized crime, but if they were strangled or stabbed to death, they would not necessarily be considered a casualty of the drug war.
“In any of this data, a lot of dead people are not counted,” said Molly Molloy, a border  and Latin American specialist at New Mexico State University. Molloy has focused her research on counting the dead in Mexico, and in an interview with FRONTLINE said, “The violence engendered by the system as a whole in Mexico is so huge and affects so many people in various violent ways, I think you have to look at the murders as a whole, because how are you going to separate them?”
Whatever the true number, organized-crime-style killings continue to represent a substantial and lingering threat throughout Mexico. That danger was only underscored this month with the prison escape of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the drug kingpin known as “El Chapo” (Shorty) who is widely considered among the most responsible for the violence there.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

"The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle And The Insanity Of US Immigration Policies

"The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle And The Insanity Of US Immigration Policies

I have written extensively about corruption and greed as they affect the US government's decisions about  illegal immigration.

I suggest that anyone who is truly interested in this topic read the subject book "The Power Of Now".

"The more the dysfunction of the human mind plays itself out on the world stage, clearly visible to everyone in the daily television news reports, the greater the number of people who realize the urgent need for radical change in human consciousness if humanity is not to destroy both itself and the planet".  Page XV


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Greed Is The Fuel That Creates Illegal Immigration, Immigration Advocates and Washington's Political Illegal Immigration Profiteers

In response:

Greed Is The Fuel That Creates Illegal Immigration, Immigration Advocates and Washington's Political Illegal Immigration Profiteers 

What is humiliating to me is to watch as immigration advocates (as well as Washington's political illegal immigration profiteers) refuse to discuss greed as the root cause of illegal immigration and their respective existences.   

Who capitalizes upon millions of undocumented laborers working in the US workforce?  Who capitalizes upon billions of dollars in remittances being sent back home by the US undocumented?  Who capitalizes upon "free trade agreements' (NAFTA, CAFTA, and pending TPP) which create foreign poverty which in turns "deports" US jobs and "imports" more undocumented workers?

Who capitalizes upon the continued presence of the undocumented in America in order to continually make a living by defending or representing said undocumented?    

Who capitalizes upon billions of US tax dollars being pumped into crony US "border security" and privatized prisons whose profit margins depend upon continued illegal immigration and ineffective border and interior enforcement?

Who capitalizes upon "immigration reform" that ultimately pulls millions of more undocumented into the US and costs US tax payers billions more "border security" dollars?

Who capitalizes upon the one trillion dollar, continued failure of our 40+ year long war on drugs?

It is humiliating to me to watch as immigration advocates - as well as Washington's political illegal immigration profiteers - refuse to admit that their own negligence and greed will continue to cause the deaths of thousands more undocumented human beings who will die crossing the US/Mexican border.   

John Randolph is a retired US Border Patrol/INS/ICE agent and blogs under the name of "twopesos".


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Year 2050's Kleptocratic Illegal Immigration Headlines - Today

In response:

The Year 2050's Kleptocratic Illegal Immigration Headlines - Today

Our broken immigration system is broken for everyone except the kleptocratic, immigration profiteers who run this country. And for those of you who think this is a Republication versus Democratic problem, congratulations! You are part of the problem, not a solution.

The scam of Illegal immigration is about maintaining a never ending supply of cheap laborers AND an ever-increasing supply of US tax dollars being poured into Washington's crony, "designed to be ineffective" border enforcement industry's pockets.

Think (if you still can) of Washington's 40+ year, one-trillion dollar, "failed" drug war.  The illegal products are different (drugs/people) but the game is the same.

Until the majority of American voters figure the above out and demand that Washington ends its illegal immigration scam, this same exact argument that has been going on for at least 35 years that I personally know of will be going on in 2050.

John Randolph is a retired US Border Patrol/INS/ICE agent who blogs about immigration under the pen name of twopesos:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Washington's Very Predictable Immigration Give And Take Back - AKA "The Writing Is On The (Border) Wall"

In response:

Washington's Very Predictable Immigration Give And Take Back AKA "The Writing Is On The (Border) Wall"

Here we go again. 

Tell me why all of the "aye " and "naysayers" who debate Washington's immigration actions (or lack thereof) never consider that said immigration debate/actions - created and controlled by Washington's immigration narrative - fail to address the actual causes of illegal immigration?

Brainwashing?  American Exceptionalism?  Ignorance?  Laziness? 

The actual causes of illegal immigration are:  corporate demands for undocumented labor, corporate demands for billions of US tax dollars in immigration and drug enforcement "border security boodle", NAFTA's foreign government's demands for remittances and illegal drug profits, NAFTA and CAFTA exacerbated poverty and a forty year "drug war" that has been going on so long that many Americans are not even aware of it.

Use your heads for god sakes and figure out what is really going on, not what they tell you is going on!  Do you think Washington couldn't "seal the border" if it wanted to?  Do you think Washington really wants to?  Really?

If you study Washington's illegal immigration history and look beyond its political immigration narrative you will discover that Washington's decades-old immigration "give and take",  and give and take back are designed to maintain the illegal immigration status quo:  undocumented laborers crossing continually not only for corporate labor demands but to fill corporate owned immigration jails at enormous costs to and profits from US taxpayers.        

Do you really think that Washigton's immigration profiteers really care about undocumented families being torn apart?  Or about the effects undocumented immigration has had and will continue to have - upon Americans?   How about the thousands more undocumented who will die while crossing the border in the future?  How about the innocent people on both sides of the border whose lives will continue to be sacrificed as the nature of Washington's immigration, drug war and NAFTA beasts includes and even calls for their deaths?

The writing is on the (border) wall.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Bill Clinton - A Lying Mexican Drug War, NAFTA Hypocrite

In response:

Bill Clinton - A Lying Mexican Drug War, NAFTA Hypocrite

What a lying hypocrite.  Read these articles below and see how Clinton and Giana Angelopoulos were in full support of the Harvard Kennedy School​ granting ex-Mexican "100,000 Drug War Dead" Felipe Calderon Harvard's First Angelopoulos Global Leader's award and lucrative fellowship in 2012:

Why isn't Clinton apologizing to American taxpayers for this drug war?  How about to the families of the US agents who have been killed during this war?

How about apologizing for passing NAFTA which pushed records amount of Mexican undocumented into the US and pushed one million American jobs offshore?

You may not have had "sex with that woman"  Billy Boy but you certainly screwed millions of Americans and Mexicans with you NAFTA and Mexican Drug War boondoggles. 

I wonder when Billy Boy will apologize to Americans for his support of the repeal of Glass-Steagal and how that corporate cartel pandering scam screwed so many American home owners via the Great Recession of 2008?


Saturday, February 14, 2015

President Eisenhower Predicted This War-Mongering Kleptocracy Parading As A Democracy

In Response:

President Eisenhower Predicted This War-Mongering Kleptocracy Parading As A Democracy

This kleptocracy parading as a democracy created terrorism for perpetual arms profits (Eisenhower's military industrial complex warning), then it pretends to fight with itself about defending against terrorism in order to further brainwash Americans into believing that we can't live without DHS (DOJ, DOD, DEA, FBI, ICE ad infinitum).

Yup. The same DHS - who despite W's name change - has done such a bang up job of "fighting" the war on drugs and the undocumented for at least the last 40 years.

If they can't win a "war" on our own border, what makes you think they can win a war in the mid-east?

Terrorism is the new communism, ISIS is the du jour NAZI's, illegal immigration has become legal, and illegal drugs have the same effects as legal ones while BIG PHARMA and the cartels compete for the US markets.

You know President Eisenhower warned us against this war mongering kleptocracy. And I ask you why not one president or presidential candidate since President Eisenhower has even spoken the truths that Eisenhower's warned us of?

Take 15 minutes away from posting and listen to Eisenhower's 1961 Farewell Address.

Transcript of Eisenhower's speech:

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.  We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."

Are you an "alert and knowledgeable" member of our citizenry?

Or do you just keep blaming one or the other of these two fraudulent "parties" who pretend to run our country with "We The People's" best interests in mind?