The New York Times has made barely a ripple with its scant coverage of the Fast and Furious scandal engulfing the entire Obama Administration. But it was quick today to laud the ‘success’ of the federal government’s snitch operations in Mexico. Could this be a case of convenient timing, given that the Administration is increasingly under the gun as a result of the Fast and Furious scandal and its cover-up?
In a news story, not an op-ed, today entitled, “U.S. Agencies Infiltrating Drug Cartels Across Mexico,” reporter Ginger Thompson stated that U.S. law enforcement agencies have been able to build up a team of insider informants who have infiltrated the drug cartels, which has led to significant arrests and/or killings of high level or mid-level drug traffickers:
As the United States has opened new law enforcement and intelligence outposts across Mexico in recent years, Washington’s networks of informants have grown there as well, current and former officials said. They have helped Mexican authorities capture or kill about two dozen high-ranking and midlevel drug traffickers, and sometimes have given American counternarcotics agents access to the top leaders of the cartels they are trying to dismantle.
Typically, the officials said, Mexico is kept in the dark about the United States’ contacts with its most secret informants — including Mexican law enforcement officers, elected officials and cartel operatives — partly because of concerns about corruption among the Mexican police, and partly because of laws prohibiting American security forces from operating on Mexican soil.
Note two key aspects contained in the quote. First, apparently in order to counteract the criticism resulting from the Gunwalker scandal that despite sending thousands of guns across the border, no arrests of drug criminals were made, the government and the Times wish to emphasize the fact that ‘dozens of high ranking and midlevel drug traffickers’ have been captured or killed. Second, in an apparent attempt to address another Gunwalker criticism that federal officials deliberately kept Mexico in the dark about the Gunwalker operation, the government now wishes to attribute that strategy to an attempt to do an end-run around ‘Mexican corruption.’
The article goes on to note the fact that U.S. law enforcement clandestine operations in Mexico have resulting in the break-up of large cartels into smaller groups. However, that development apparently has done little to stop the flow of drugs northward into the United States, as the Thompson article admits:
The efforts have been credited with breaking up several of Mexico’s largest cartels into smaller — and presumably less dangerous — crime groups. But the violence continues, as does the northward flow of illegal drugs.
Indeed, there is no evidence that these undercover operations have resulted in any significant decrease in violence, drug smuggling, human trafficking, money laundering, or other mayhem perpetrated by Mexican drug cartels either in Mexico or in the United States.
Citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh, one of the two reporters who originally broke the Gunwalker story, indicates that the intent of the NYT article is clear:
So, do you think this story appearing in the NYT this week is coincidental? The Leviathan is saying, “Hey, we be doin’ great things with our snitches. Keep your damn hands off, Congress.”
By rolling out such a story at this particular time when Congress is gearing up to put the heat on the ATF, the DOJ, the State Department, the FBI, and other federal agencies over their role in Gunwalker, perhaps the perpetrators hope that Congress gets the subtle signal–‘do not attempt to mess up our wonderful operations in Mexico by meddling in them.’
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