Saturday May 25, 2013
Big Media Discovers US Special Ops are Targeting Mexican Crime OrganizationsBill Conroy Special to Salem-News.com
Unlike Wine, Old News Doesn’t Improve With Age
(LAS CRUCES Narco News) - Foreword by editor: I am really proud of Bill Conroy and the crew at Narco News and also our reporter Tosh Plumlee for staying the course with this story. Both Narco News and Salem-News.com broke the news about U.S. military forces working below the border in Mexico. We were even chastised by the Mexican embassy for the article, and then came a Wikileaks cable confirming everything we had written, and the Mexican government became silent. The point is that these reports that the mainstream is now finding are all out there already.
Earlier this week, the Washington Post and a series of other mainstream media outlets breathlessly reported that the Pentagon has set up a US-based special operations center that is focused on helping the Mexican government track down “cartels.”
The real nut-graph of the Post story, however, is buried at the end of the article:
Well, it seems the Washington Post, and the mainstream media in general, are very late to the party on this story.
Narco News broke the news of US special forces operating inside Mexico several years ago and has continued to follow the story, while the mainstream media has been silent. In fact, Narco News has obtained a series of emails involving the Pentagon that offer further proof that those operations were in play well before the recent MSM reports.
The Washington Post reported that the special ops unit targeting Mexico is charged with training Mexico’s security forces “to hunt drug cartels the same way special operations teams hunt al-Qaida.” But the Post story also makes clear, between the lines, that this special operations team already existed and that the change, or news, announced by the Pentagon will turn it into a “new headquarters” under the command of a general, instead of a colonel, and that it will now have more “autonomy” and likely get a staff boost — going from 30 to 150 personnel.
So, despite the apparent currency of the Washington Post report, and others hitting the Net over this past week, there is very little new about them. The US has had special-forces boots on the ground inside Mexico for some time now.
In June 2010, Narco News broke a story revealing that “a special operations task force under the command of the Pentagon is ... in place south of the border providing advice and training to the Mexican Army in gathering intelligence, infiltrating and, as needed, taking direct action against narco-trafficking organizations.”
From the 2010 Narco News story:
A follow-up to that report, published by Narco News on June 5, 2011, reported that “a Pentagon document has come to light that confirms the U.S. has put special operations troops on the ground in Mexico as the drug war there continues to escalate.”
From that 2011 Narco News story:
Those reports were met with deafening silence from the US mainstream media and outright denials by the Mexican government.
A series of emails obtained by the whistleblower organization WikiLeaks also confirm the Narco News reports of US troop operations inside Mexico.
The emails involve correspondence between a Mexican diplomat codenamed MX1 and an Austin, Texas-based intelligence firm called Stratfor— which describes itself as a privately owned, “subscription-based provider of geopolitical analysis.” Stratfor has been billed in some media reports as a “shadow CIA.”
Narco News was provided access to the Stratfor emails this past summer through an investigative partnership organized by WikiLeaks that includes journalists, academics and human rights organizations.
The revelations contained in the Stratfor emails offer some important insights into the inner-workings of the drug war with respect to US/Mexican operations and also confirm past reporting by Narco News about US special-forces operations inside Mexico.
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