Last Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas, picture at left), introduced legislation that would designate six Mexican drug cartels as “foreign terrorist organizations.” According to the Deseret News for March 30, McCaul spokesman Mike Rosen said that “It was the first time ... a member of Congress had proposed the designation for the powerful Mexican drug gangs that have waged war against Mexican security forces over the last five years.”
In October 2010, The New American examined the findings of Dr. Susan Reverby of Wellesley College, which showed that between 1946 and 1948, hundreds of Guatemalan citizens had been deliberately inoculated with gonorrhea and syphilis without their permission or knowledge. A group of some of those Guatemalans and their heirs have filed a lawsuit against U.S. health officials, according to CNN World, March 15.
John Dodson, one of seven front-line Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) special task force agents in a Phoenix-based operation named “Fast and Furious,” has blown the whistle on the agency. His job was to stop border gun trafficking, but instead he was ordered to permit the guns to cross into Mexico.
A single high-powered 7.62 mm gun purchased in north Texas is connected to the fatal shooting of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata last month in northern Mexico, as reported by WFAA.com in Dallas/Fort Worth on Monday.
On Thursday, less than two days after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata was buried in Brownsville, Texas, a Houston police officer was shot twice during a massive crackdown on drug cartels in the U.S. in response to Zapata’s death. A suspect was also shot in the raid on a Houston home. Both men survived, and reports are that veteran officer Nainash Patel's wounds are not life-threatening. According to Chron.com on February 25, authorities made 33 arrests, seizing drugs, cash, and guns.
Six men were arrested in Mexico on February 23 in connection with last week’s murder of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata. One of the men, Zetas cartel member Julian Zapata Espinoza, allegedly confessed to the killing, but claimed the attack was a case of mistaken identity. The arrest came as Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced a visit to Washington to meet with President Obama next week.
Texas Rangers have announced that they are closing in on an arsonist who tossed a Molotov cocktail into the Texas Governor's mansion in Austin in June of 2008.
A leader of the violent Zeta drug cartel is topping the list of murder suspects in last week’s shooting in northern Mexico of two U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents who were driving on the federal highway from Mexico City to Monterrey. Jaime Zapata was killed when gunmen opened fire on them, and his fellow agent Victor Avila was wounded, but survived. Zapata was buried in Brownsville, Texas, on Tuesday.
On Wednesday morning, January 26, around 11:30, 59-year-old Nancy Davis, an American missionary, was shot by armed gunmen firing from a pick-up truck in a cutthroat region of northern Mexico near the Texas border. Borderland Beat, Jan. 26 is asking that anyone having information about this murder to contact the Pharr (Texas) Crimestoppers. Pharr police have been in contact with Mexican authorities.