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U.S. and Mexico Military Play Increasing Role in Border OperationsTim King Salem-News.cmo
Our team at Salem-News, and also Narco News, were the first to report on the activities of this joint task force.
(SALEM) - Robert Plumlee and I enjoy watching the national media play catch-up with our reports from years ago. The game is on again as information about the U.S./Mexican military Joint Task Force continues to emerge. We've patiently waited since publishing our report about this project, US Special Forces are Operating in Mexico.
A new article by By Diana Washington Valdez in the El Paso Times titled, 'Fort Bliss troops help in border support role' illustrates the reason that officials from both countries have been hesitant to confirm the existence of this military border group; it is the 1997 shooting death of a young Mexican national by a U.S. Marine. It turned out that the Mexican was in possession of a .22 rifle to guard his goat herd, the U.S. government paid the man's family for his unwarranted death.
This left an obvious black eye and U.S. military forces were pulled from the border in reaction to the shooting death.
Mexico itself was so anxious to dismiss our story two years ago about the joint task force, that their Embassy Spokesman in Washington D.C., Ricardo Alday, wrote a letter to Salem-News.com (below) that blatantly declared we were liars. We were not. In fact, Mr. Plumlee was initially approached by members of this task because they believed someone in the U.S. federal government was undermining their efforts, placing calls to cartels and thwarting operations. They asked for exposure, we provided it.
The Joint Task Force is a US covert 'undercover' military unit, working a joint venture with the Mexican Navy's Marines also known as, 'Marinos'.
When our team at Salem-News, and also Bill Conroy with Narco News, were privileged to obtain the facts behind the story, it was in the summer of 2010. In September, we reported and published our findings. At this point, the joint American Mexico military team had been working our southern borders out of Ft Bliss Terxas for more than a year. The article came with mixed reviews and lack luster interest, if any, by Mainstream Media (MSM).
If only MSM and federal officials had paid attention to Mr. Plumlee and the joint Task Force's groundbreaking work, these investigative committees of today would be farther ahead and the lives of at least two federal agents 's (Jamie Zapata and Brian Terry)would of perhaps been saved.
The US Border Patrol had previously made numerous field reports to proper officials in Washington DC; concerning these allegations made by Plumlee and others at the time, but the information fell upon deaf ears and was lost in the hollowed halls of the US Congress, The Senate, their oversight committees, and the White House".
This excerpt from Fort Bliss troops help in border support role by Diana Washington Valdez with the El Paso Times, clearly references the JTF:
In fact as the article explains, the program has plenty of opponents and most are simply against all use of military forces on the border. What all of this means, is that the problems we described before were true and that the related issues have only worsened since then. Honesty and transparency are incredible tools, it is unfortunate the concepts seem to have lost their popularity in this important fight.
This is our first report that revealed that the United States military was working with the Mexican military:
After carrying this report, we were contacted by Mr. Ricardo Alday with the Mexican embassy in Washington D.C. who was clearly unhappy with our revelation of this information.
Mr. Alday sent a letter reprimanding us for our report, calling it "flimsy and single sided" and "patently false". It is entirely possibly that Mr. Alday did not know about the operation and was critical of our article, in earnest. Of course we forgive Mr. Alday for not knowing we are in Oregon.
Learn more, visit Salem-News Reported U.S.-Mexico Inter-Military Task Force in 2010
Mr. Plumlee used official channels to report both the U.S. federal gunwalking operation we now know as 'Fast and Furious', and human remains located in the desert, to the proper federal agencies. It was shocking to learn that the federal agencies ignored the information even though the reports were made through official channels. Plumlee had photographed the human bones lying above ground and included a GPS shot the make sure the officers or deputies could locate the sites.
It makes one wonder if the committees currently investigating 'Fast and Furious' know that Homeland Security and The State Department, as well as Justice and ATF were all notified- via proper protocol - about narco graves on the US side of the border and, 'ongoing,' gun running operations in the southern parts of New Mexico, namely Columbus New Mexico. These activities took place between 2009 and 2011 and were duly noted by border officials. There are numerous field reports accounting for each episode since 2010, as confirmed by the US Task Force. The Border Patrol has also made many reports to Homeland Security concerning these "alleged" activities.
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