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US Special Forces are Operating in Mexico

On the surface US military intervention in Mexico might be justified. However we must remind ourselves that in the past the underlying motives for US incursions have been based around economic investment issues.

Mexican Army training
Courtesy: Talking Drugs

(CIUDAD, Juarez) - A former CIA operative has claimed that US Special Forces are operating in Mexico not only in providing intelligence and training security forces but also “taking direct action against narco-trafficking organizations.”

According to William Robert “Tosh” Plumlee, the group of heavily armed operatives are referred to as “Task Force 7” and played an important role in tracking down Arturo Beltran Leyva, a cartel boss killed in a huge military operation last December.

To many it will not be a surprise that US Special Forces are operating in Mexico. The Mexican military already receives substantial funding from the US government and the CIA and US military have a long history of conducting operations in Latin America. The operations used to be justified as stopping the spread of communism. However, after the Cold War ended, drugs have been used as a warrant for subsequent incursions.

In 2008 George W. Bush signed the Merida Intiative, a $400m funding package to assist Mexico in the "war on drugs". Although the money will not exclusively be for the military, substantial amounts are earmarked for equipment and training of the security services. The day after the initiative was signed, a video was circulated of US security contractors teaching Mexican police officers torture techniques. In the footage, one victim is dragged through his own vomit, another has water forced up his nose and his head forced into a pit filled with rats and excrement. Such torture violates Mexican law, but the US military has a shady past when it comes to human rights and the memories of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo have done a lot of damage to the US reputation.

Violence due to the drug trade has increased significantly over the last few years, especially along the US border. However, many critics argue that stopping the violence might not be the main motive for US involvement in Mexico. The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, has recently stated that the increasing violence in Mexico is actually beneficial to the US. He said "one reason for the drug-related violence in Mexico is that cartels are fighting over a shrinking market… this in-fighting is a blessing for America, as the resulting cocaine drought is causing lower addiction rates, higher prices and lower purity of doses."

Although the situation on the Mexican side of the border has deteriorated, the threat of a "spillover" of violence onto the US side has been exagerrated by the media. There is only a border that seperates El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. But the former is the 2nd safest city in the US while the latter is one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Despite this, there is still genuine fear amongst US citizens, and retired Major General Paul Vallely called this week for an invasion of Mexico to protect the "American people."

Even though the rhetoric of fear coming from Washington has changed from communism to drugs, it is clear that the underlying issue still is to secure private ownership of land and US investments in the region. In 1994 when peasant farmers revolted in Chiapas, the poorest state in Mexico, their threats of land redistribution prompted the US to act quickly and assist the Mexican government in putting down the rebellion and to militarize the region.

Similar operations where conducted all throughout Latin America during the Cold War, and the US government trained death squads to put down rebellion and provide support for land distribution. In 2005 it was leaked that the US military had funded a group of geographers to map the regions Of Oaxaca and San Luis Potosi in the south of Mexico. Both regions have large indigenous communities who over the years have had some success with asserting autonomy and self-determination through collectively governing and owning their territory. However, Lt. Col. Geoffrey B. Demarest, who is in charge of the project, has stated that “informally owned and unregulated land ownership favors illicit use and violence,” and that the only solution to these breeding grounds of crime and insurgency is the privatization and titling of the land.

Robert 'Tosh' Plumlee during his CIA days

Since 2006 the Mexican Human Rights Commission has received 3,430 citizens' accusations against the military. Although many were allegations of theft, a report released by Human Rights Watch detailed more serious abuses such as arbitrary detention, rape and torture. Many of theses abuses were committed against members of indigenous communities and bore the hallmarks of government sponsored repression. Human rights activists argue that the US government should not be supporting the Mexican military because of these activities.

Ironically, some of the gunmen now working for the drug cartels have received military training from US military advisers either in their own country or in the infamous School of the Americas in Georgia. Los Zetas, a powerful drug cartel, was founded by deserters from the Mexican Special Forces. They also have recruited many members from the Guatemalan Special Forces, who were trained by US military advisors to conduct counter-insurgency operations during the Guatemalan civil war.

CIA operative Plumlee was employed in the 1980s to fly weapons down to Central America and fly cocaine back to the USA. He now seems to be intent on blowing the whistle on secret US military operations, and has reported that there are also US Special Forces operatives on the ground in Peru, Paraguay, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia. The history of covert operations in the US will have many questioning the real motives of these deployments.

On the surface, US military intervention in Mexico might be justified as an effort to stop the drug related violence and protect US citizens from a “spillover.” However, we must remind ourselves that in the past the underlying motives for US incursions have been based on economic investment issues and in these cases the protection of human rights.

Special thanks to Talking Drugs and Tosh Plumlee.

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ogro November 17, 2010 6:03 pm (Pacific time)

same on you usa locos

mrJwaD October 2, 2010 7:54 pm (Pacific time)

It does not surprise me that the cartels were trained by US. They all become the bad guys, the war goes on,the military is our largest employer. End support for US Empire NOW.

Josh Akers September 30, 2010 3:26 am (Pacific time)

I'll get to Mexico in a moment, first: If Phil Schneider ever knew we invaded A-stan (he was murdered in 1996)... lets just say he's rolling over in his grave. Why would a superpower invade a mountain-desert nicknamed "the graveyard of empires" OPIUM and HEROIN. Drugs fund black ops. Bottom line, follow the money. Follow the greed of mankind, not the TV. The TV told you two of the most sound structures ever built by man were brought down by planes full of fuel that does not burn hot enough to even melt a single I-beam. I saw three, free-falling towers, I did not see an actual collapse in one single area of the structures. I saw a demolition. A false flag op to secure more black ops drug money from a mountain-desert. Why? How is that related to Mexico? Take a wild guess.

La Dudess September 26, 2010 9:00 pm (Pacific time)

Prohibition must end, but that would hurt the pharmaceutical companies and the alcohol producers, wouldn't it? The US is the consumer - make it legal, tx it and end of story - win win. Duh

Al Marnell September 27, 2010 6:25 pm (Pacific time)

I agree with anonymous, but it is not about drugs, it's who takes control of the textile industry, and who gets the contracts for the steam cleaning. Just look at all that carpet out there! I'm talking serious square footage people, serious square footage.

Jefe September 27, 2010 4:46 am (Pacific time)

This is not news, but rather open source information that can be found at places like or Army I suggest also that Plumlee is a fraud; you need to better vet your sources.

Editor: Well Jefe (is that really your name?) the one thing you are wrong about is Tosh Plumlee, he is as sincere and legit as any person I am familiar with in this area.  He has been of great assistance to us on many occasions and I know of  few people who know more.  Your first assertion is also not true, as the Mexican government has contacted us over this voicing their disapproval of the story.  This is not a story that the US Army published.  

Anonymous September 26, 2010 12:42 pm (Pacific time)

Actually, for millions of us that do not watch tv/mainstream news, and do research, all of this information has been out for quite some time. What is lacking on this story, is how our industrial military complex is really involved. How corporations/federal res bank, own our country. The U.S. military, CIA, etc., are not in Mexico to stop the drug trafficking. They are there to stop the drug cartels that do not abide by the money laundering rules. The drug cartels either launder their money thru the CIA (google, wachovia bank launders drug money), or they get destroyed. Basically, pay the CIA, or they will send armed forces. This is common knowledge. Portugal had a drug problem, they legalized all drugs, and things got better. Nigeria has no alcohol drinking age laws, and all drugs are legal, and they have one of the lower rates of drug/alcohol abuse. The list goes on. Drugs in the U.S., are not illegal to help save America, they are illegal to supply the military industrial complex with hundreds of billions of dollars to continue their empire building, keep us afraid, and prisons for profit. And now that the government is broke, you will see much more of this. And dont think the U.S. is in Afghanistan to spread democracy, the heroin trade is making them hundreds of billions of dollars also. I never thought the day would come, when the president of Iran would tell the truth, and our own president would fib. We are so screwed. A financial death is coming soon also, so beware of another false flag attack to cover for it. I warned of 911 2 months before it happened (google william cooper), and I am seeing the same scenario all over again.

Anonymous September 26, 2010 9:57 am (Pacific time)

Great news. These are the best people for early intervention. Unfortunately the cartels are here now so we need updated punishment sanctions and holding areas for criminals that are non-citizens. Let's just provide the same thing our military uses for our soldiers/marines, that is tents. We have plenty of ways to secure the facility to prevent escape. Let's have the same penalties that Mexico uses for their criminal aliens.

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