Rule of Law Undermining by Attorney General Holder Eclipses DOJ Predecessors

March 20, 2013 in News

John W. Whitehead | Far from holding government officials accountable to abiding by the rule of law, the attorneys general of each successive administration have increasingly aided and abetted the Executive Branch in skirting and, more often than not, flouting the law altogether…

Despite Millions in U.S. Aid, Accusations of Death Squad Killings by Honduras Police Continue

March 18, 2013 in News

Associated Press (via Houston Chronicle) | One problem in Honduras is that the prosecuting arm of government, the Public Ministry, relies on the criminal investigations department to investigate crimes…which means in the case of death squads, police would be investigating themselves.

Local Solutions: After Banishing State Police, Mexican Town of Cherán Experiences More Security

March 13, 2013 in News

Christian Science Monitor | About two years ago, citizens in Cherán, Mexico decided to battle illegal logging and drug violence by kicking out the police and running the town according to indigenous tradition.

A Lesson in Money Laundering, Mexican Style

March 6, 2013 in News

Worldcrunch | One example is the case of HSBC bank, where $290 million of Mexican drug cartel money was laundered in four years, using travelers cheques – in a plot so complicated that it could have been written by the Wachowski brothers.

Human Rights Watch: Mexico’s Corrupt Police, Military Implicated in Scores of “Enforced Disappearances”

February 21, 2013 in News

McClatchy Newspapers | Mexico said Wednesday that it had records of more than 27,000 cases of “disappeared people” that it would make public soon in an effort to clarify the circumstances under which they vanished. Lia Limon, the country’s deputy…

Officer Safety Uber Alles: Christopher Dorner and the “Rickoverian Paradox”

February 12, 2013 in News

William N. Grigg Pro Libertate February 12, 2013   The intrepid Captain Phillip Tingirides of the Los Angeles Police Department has come down with a sudden case of “Blue Flu.” [...]

The Drug Trade Hydra: Two Mexico Cartel Rivals, Once Reeling, Now Resurging

February 6, 2013 in News

Steven Dudley InSight Crime February 6, 2013   Two large Mexican drug cartels — once thought to be reeling due to infighting, pressure from authorities, and constant assaults by rivals [...]

Mexico’s “Operation Armor” Sets Up Mobile Checkpoints in Scramble to Secure Major Roads Near Capital

February 1, 2013 in News

Agence France-Presse (via Terra Daily) February 1, 2013   Less than two hours away from Mexico City, 50 marines and police officers manned a checkpoint, pulling over trucks, cars and [...]

Living with Drug Wars – Mexico

January 25, 2013 in News

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Arbabsiar Case Underscores Disputed Connections Between Hezbollah, Mexican Organized Crime

January 20, 2013 in News

Austin-American Statesman | Ex-associates in Corpus Christi called Manssor Arbabsiar a joke, a floundering businessman who smoked too much, drank too much and often solicited prostitutes. Neighbors in Round Rock knew him as a rude and unfriendly recluse.