1/9/11 Mexico's Real Siege

digest: ABOUT THE RECENT EXPLOSION IN U.S. MEDIA ABOUT MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL VIOLENCE DESTROYING MEXICO & "SEEPING INTO US" connections between u.s. NAFTA, immigration 'problem', H1NI, Mexico as a "failed state" in need of "strong response" from the "northern neighbor" whose borders already include much of Mexico and which politically-economically-militarily dominates what hasn't yet stolen outright from Mexico...but which 'drug wars'
play a major part in facilitating.

Mexico drug gang the Zetas "the most formidable death squad" in Mexico

They are every bit as ferocious and as capable as a military force as some rumors believe them to be
- Anthony Placido, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Chief of Intelligence

Dreaded Mexican drug cartel trained in U.S.
By Catholic Online10/28/2010
In the ongoing Mexican drug war, the Zeta gang is considered the most violent and ruthless. The fearsome Zetas drug cartel are accused of gunning down 72 immigrants outside a ranch in Tamaulipas state near the U.S. border in late August.One of the more shocking details to emerge in the case was the fact that members of the Zetas received training in the United States by America's 7th Special Forces Group or "snake eaters" at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, a former U,S, special operations commander said."The Zetas definitely have the reputation of being the most dangerous, the most vicious, the most renegade of the cartels," Kristen Bricker, a Mexico-based research associate with the North American Congress on Latin America says.

U.S.-trained soldiers aid drug cartel
October 19, 2003 http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/zetas-54090-mexican-drug.html
The Gulf Cartel boasts a rare weapon in the high stakes war for drug-trafficking supremacy: U.S.-trained soldiers. The Zetas, hired assassins for the Gulf Cartel, feature 31 ex-soldiers once part of an elite Mexican army division, the Special Air Mobile Force Group... trained at the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Ga., according to documents from the Mexican secretary of defense.

it's global, not just Mexico
US turns to drug baron to rally support
12/04/01 By Syed Saleem Shahzad, http://www.atimes.com/ind-pak/CL04Df01.html
KARACHI - Pakistan and US turned to a tried and trusted "friend" in their efforts to exert control over Afghanistan: convicted Pakistani drug baron and former parliamentarian, Ayub Afridi....

US aid in manufacturing new 'global terrorism pandemic' pretext for requiring expanding fascist 'counter-terrorism' measures
Mexican & Latin American narco-cartels and gangs potential to trump global terrorism as threat to US
Danger Room Debrief: Gang Threat Could Top Al Qaeda, Mr. President-Elect
John P. Sullivan, http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2008/11/john-p-sullivan/
Img_0144 This is the second of our Danger Room Debriefs, where we ask some of the smartest folks in the military, intelligence, and homeland defense fields to outline under-the-radar security issues, and point the way towards potential, often-unorthodox solutions.Today we hear from John P. Sullivan, the co-founder of the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning group. He’s a lieutenant with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, focusing on emerging threats. Sullivan co-edited Countering Terrorism and WMD: Creating a Global Counter-Terrorism Network.
While the public and media are occupied with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the potential conflict with Iran, the downward spiral in Pakistan, and a global economic meltdown, a new rapidly-evolving danger—narco-cartels and gangs—has been developing in Mexico and Latin America... it has the potential to trump global terrorism as a threat to the United States.
The drug mafias have abandoned subtle co-option of the government and are instead embracing active violence to secure safe havens to ply their trade. This de facto ‘criminal insurgency’ threatens the stability of the Mexican state. As the L.A. Times noted yesterday, it is already starting to reverberate north of the Rio Grande in America...This potential to trump global terrorism is a threat to the United States.. .The cartels are joined by a variety of gangs in the quest to dominate the global criminal opportunity space. The gangs and cartels have a ready supply of weapons. Their members are already "radicalized," and... have deep networks of support both in the U.S. and abroad...they blend perfectly into a thousand neighborhoods across America... Terrorists, gangs, and organized crime exist as independent threats, but increasingly, they interact in a number of ways. As criminal and extremist movements spread their reach across jurisdictional lines, their activities transcend the traditional boundaries of local, state, Federal, international, and global jurisdictions. Responding to violence resulting from criminal and terrorist activity demands a high degree of interaction and cooperation among a span of government agencies. But first, the threat must be recognized.
John P. Sullivan, co-founder of the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning group, is a lieutenant with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, focusing on emerging threats. Sullivan co-edited Countering Terrorism and WMD: Creating a Global Counter-Terrorism Network.

Why is the United States backing Mexican drug gangs?
When President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in next week, he'll become the proud owner of several wars. There is the familiar mayhem in Afghanistan and reluctant optimism in Iraq. And then there is America's drug war...the newest front its southern neighbor Mexico...where in 2008, drug-war-related deaths topped 5,600 -- more than the five-year total of U.S. casualties in Iraq. Drug cartels are undermining the state.... the United States should enforce its own laws, investigate, stop money laundering across state and international borders, enforce arms regulations, stop selling guns to the cartels, end the flow of assault rifles and more serious weaponry.

"Fails to monitor': translation: u.s. role in major political & economic industry
U.S. banks fail to monitor Mexican drug-gang money
By Michael Smith Bloomberg News
...Wachovia is just one U.S. bank used for drug-money laundering. For the past two decades, Latin American drug traffickers have gone to U.S. banks to cleanse their dirty cash, says Paul Campo, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's financial crimes unit...Miami-based American Express Bank International paid fines in both 1994 and 2007 after admitting it had failed to spot and report drug dealers laundering money through its accounts.Drug traffickers used accounts at Bank of America in Oklahoma City to buy three planes that carried 10 tons of cocaine, according to Mexican court filings... and Bank of America accounts in Atlanta, Chicago and Brownsville, Texas, from 2002 to 2009....Jan. 22 a Mexican judge accused the owners of six centros cambiarios, or money changers, in Culiacán and Tijuana of laundering drug funds through their accounts at the Mexican units of Banco Santander, Citigroup and HSBC...Citigroup, HSBC and Santander, the largest Spanish bank by assets, weren't accused of wrongdoing...These criminal empires have no choice but to use the global banking system to finance their businesses, Mexican Sen. Felipe Gonzalez said. "It's banks laundering money for the cartels that finances the tragedy," says Martin Woods, director of Wachovia's anti-money-laundering unit in London from 2006 to 2009. Woods says he quit the bank in disgust after executives ignored his documentation that drug dealers were funneling money through the branch network."If you don't see the correlation between the money laundering by banks and the 22,000 people killed in Mexico, you're missing the point," Woods says. Wells Fargo regrets that some of Wachovia's former anti-money-laundering efforts fell short, spokeswoman Mary Eshet says..

Partners in Crime: The U.S. Secret State and Mexico’s “War on Drugs”
by Tom Burghardt http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/09/partners-in-crime-the-u-s-secret-state...
For decades, investigative journalists, researchers and analysts have noted the symbiotic relationships forged amongst international drug syndicates, neofascists and U.S. intelligence agencies, documenting the long and bloody history of U.S. complicity in the global drugs trade • March 9, 2010: The National Security Archive published a series of documents linking the U.S. secret state to Mexico’s dirty warriors and drug cartel operatives under official protection by a CIA-allied intelligence agency. Following reporting by Peter Dale Scott that “both the FBI and CIA intervened in 1981 to block the indictment (on stolen car charges) of the drug-trafficking Mexican intelligence czar Miguel Nazar Haro, claiming that Nazar was ‘an essential repeat essential contact for CIA station in Mexico City,’ on matters of ‘terrorism, intelligence, and counterintelligence’,” the National Security Archive disclosed that Nazar Haro’s corrupt Dirección Federal de Seguridad (DFS) was responsible for the disappearance, torture and murder of left-wing activists during the 1970s and ’80s....
U.S. banking and financial elites reap whirlwind profits and are handed virtual get-out-of-jail-free cards by federal prosecutors and courts that levy fines regarded as little more than chump change by the banks. The CIA and their far-flung network of private contractors siphon-off illegal proceeds from the grim trade laundered through U.S. and European financial institutions.
The U.S. secret state, seeking geopolitical advantage over their imperialist rivals deploy drug mafias and right-wing terrorists as plausibly deniable intelligence assets, just as they have for decades.Congressional banking and intelligence probes are killed. 'Black operations' in areas of strategic interest to U.S. policy planners spread death and destruction, particularly where rich petrochemical and mineral reserves owned by other people are lusted after by American multinationals.
Corporate media collaborate in this charade; pointing the finger at black and brown citizens, white elites on both sides of the border escape scrutiny. It is far easier to demonize black and brown youth as “predators” than to take a hard look in the mirror at a ruling class that is the real American drug cartel....

Mexico's Ferocious Zetas Cartel Reigns Through Fear
by John Burnett October 2, 2009
Los Zetas, a notoriously dangerous drug cartel, was founded by 31 elite Mexican army anti-narcotics commandos. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration considers Los Zetas to be the most dangerous drug-trafficking organization in Mexico. Its members earned a reputation as super-gangsters adept at paramilitary-style ambushes and bold jailbreaks.
The Zetas morphed into their own cartel. Their zone of influence ranges from the lower Texas border, south along the Atlantic and Caribbean coastal states of Mexico, through Chiapas and all the way into Guatemala, where they trans-ship South American cocaine to Mexico.But their base remains the charmless industrial border cities in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
Nuevo Laredo, in Tamaulipas, is the most important trade border crossing in Latin America — and it is Zeta territory...
"They are a formidable criminal organization," says Anthony Placido, the DEA's chief of intelligence. "They're heavily armed with .50-caliber sniper rifles and heavy military-grade ordnance. Placido knows the group well: In July, the DEA announced indictments of 19 top Zeta and Gulf Cartel leaders. None has been captured or killed yet. "They are every bit as ferocious and as capable as a military force as some of the rumors believe them to be," Placido says...like any ambitious mafia, have expanded into many different rackets, says Stephen Meiners, a Latin America analyst for Stratfor, a global intelligence company based in Austin, Texas. "The Zetas have been a very good case study for what happens to Mexican criminal organizations when the government crackdown makes it harder to traffic drugs across Mexico. The result for the Zetas has been that they expanded to other forms of criminal activity in order to make money," Meiners says. Those activities include extortion, kidnapping for ransom, human smuggling and now oil siphoning: In August, Mexican authorities reported that the Zetas used false import documents to smuggle at least $46 million worth of oil in tankers for sale to U.S. refineries...The extent of Zeta influence in the United States is debatable. Local police say Zeta operatives have been identified in Texas cities such as Laredo and Dallas, though the DEA maintains that spillover violence from the cartel's activities is minimal....

Mexico drug gangs turn weapons on army
4/2/10 http://www.fourwinds10.com/siterun_static/general/about_fourwinds.php
Reporting from Mexico City - Drug traffickers in armored cars equipped with grenade launchers attacked the Mexican army, authorities said, in an escalation of warfare that played out across multiple cities in two border states. In taking such aggressive action, the traffickers show they are not reluctant to challenge the army head-on and they possess good intelligence on where the army is, how it moves and when it operates. Traffickers have previously fought army patrols, but the blockade of garrisons comes after after weeks of intense, bloody power struggle between two rival organizations, the Gulf cartel and its erstwhile paramilitary allies, the Zetas to control the region bordering South Texas. The U.S. Consulate in Monterrey issued a warning to Americans traveling in northern Mexico for the Easter break, citing sudden outbreaks of gun battles in Nuevo Leon and neighboring states...Tony Payan, a border expert at the University of Texas at El Paso, said "These organizations, flexible, supple and quick to react and adapt, no doubt represent a challenge to the Mexican state."

Is Flow of U.S. Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels Increasing Under Obama?
The Mexican military discovered a major training camp run by the notorious Zetas drug cartel stocked with an arsenal of military weapons, including 140 semi automatic assault rifles and 10,000 rounds of ammunition—all believed to be purchased in the United States, U.S. law enforcement officials tell Declassified. The discovery last week of the training camp in Higueras, just 70 miles south of the U.S. border in the state of Nuevo León, provides fresh evidence for Mexican President Felipe Calderón to press his case that the U.S. government is failing to crack down on a massive flow of illegal weapons into Mexico.

Los Zetas drug cartel seizes multiple U.S. ranches in Texas
July 24th, 2010 http://www.examiner.com/county-political-buzz-in-san-diego/los-zetas-dru...
In what could be deemed an act of war against the sovereign borders of the United States, Mexican drug cartels have seized control of at least two American ranches inside the U.S. territory near Laredo, Texas. Two sources inside the Laredo Police Department confirmed the incident is unfolding and they would coordinate with U.S. Border Patrol today. There is a news blackout of this incident at this time and the sources inside Laredo PD spoke on the condition of anonymity....

FBI: Texas drug cell trains on own ranch
May 19, 2009, http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/zetas-54090-mexican-drug.html
The FBI is advising law enforcement officers across the country that a Texas cell of Los Zetas — an increasingly powerful arm of the Mexican Gulf Cartel drug trafficking syndicate — has acquired a secluded ranch where it trains its members to “neutralize” competitors in the United States.In order to ensure its share of the lucrative illegal drug trade, the cartel’s members reportedly are operating north of the border to collect debts and spy on competitors. They have also protected cocaine and heroin shipments that were bound for Houston, where they were repackaged and shipped on to Alabama, Delaware, Georgia and Michigan, according to the FBI...The bulletin continues that although the Zetas establishing cells in Texas and other parts of the US increases the likelihood of clashes with U.S.-based competitors, there hasn’t been much bloodshed on U.S. soil, an indication the gangsters realize violence here would be bad for business.The cartel also maintains a network of boats and rafts along the Rio Grande to help move drugs and assassins northward into the United States as well as covertly move kidnap victims southward back into Mexico, the bulletin continues. It notes that the Zetas have learned the kidnapping is a more effective way to collect debts and control territory...

geostrategic context and framework
"the 'War on Drugs' like the 'War on Terror' is a fraud"
The 9/11 attacks presented the pretext for US to use military aggression force to secure its global domination
by Michael Meacher MP, Environment Minister, May 1997 to June 2003
Given this background, it is not surprising some see the US failure to avert the 9/11 attacks as creating an invaluable pretext for attacking Afghanistan in a war that had clearly already been well planned in advance. There is a possible precedent for this. The US national archives reveal that President Roosevelt used exactly this approach in relation to Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941. Some advance warning of the attacks was received, but the information never reached the US fleet. The ensuing national outrage persuaded a reluctant US public to join the second world war. Similarly the September 2000 Project for a New American Century [PNAC] blueprint states that the process of transforming the US into "tomorrow's dominant force" is likely to be a long one in the absence of "some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor". The 9/11 attacks allowed the US to press the "go" button for a strategy in accord with the PNAC agenda which would otherwise have been politically impossible to implement.
more here: Drugs And The Bogus 'War Against Terrorism' http://www.btinternet.com/~nlpwessex/Documents/WATcolby.htm


1/14/08 Pentagon report warns of Mexico "collapse"
...A report by the US Joint Forces Command, DoD combat command planning group to help transform the U.S. military’s capabilities, says the Mexican state may "bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse" because of "sustained assault and pressure by criminal gangs and drug cartels... Any descent by Mexico into chaos would demand an American response based on the serious implications for homeland security alone." (International Herald Tribune, Jan. 9 from Reuters)
Joint Operating Environment [JOE 2008 report http://www.jfcom.mil/about/fact_joe2008.html]places Mexico on the same level of threat as Pakistan: "In terms of worse-case scenarios for the Joint Force and indeed the world, two large and important states bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse: Pakistan and Mexico. The Mexican possibility may seem less likely, but the government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and press by criminal gangs and drug cartels...Any descent by Mexico into chaos would demand an American response based on the serious implications for homeland security alone")...
Marine Gen. J.N. Mattis, the USJFC commander, said “Predictions about the future are always risky … Regardless, if we do not try to forecast the future, there is no doubt that we will be caught off guard as we strive to protect this experiment in democracy that we call America.”...http://www.globalsecurity.org
The U.S. military report, which also analyzed economic situations in other countries, noted China has increased its influence in places where oil fields are present.Diana Washington Valdez may be reached at dvaldez@elpasotimes.com; 546-6140.


Killer flu recreated in the lab
10/07/04 http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/health/3719990.stm
Scientists have shown that tiny changes to modern flu viruses could render them as deadly as the 1918 strain which killed millions. A US team added two genes from a sample of the 1918 virus to a modern strain known to have no effect on mice. Animals exposed to this composite were dying within days of symptoms similar to those found in human victims of the 1918 pandemic....

April 2008 Biotechnology Company, Replikins Ltd. Advanced Warning of Mexican H1N1 'Swine Flu' Virus Outbreak

4/21/08 Roche Exec Warns of Flu Pandemic
George Abercrombie, head of Roche’s North American operations, says avian flu pandemic still threatens the world, and discusses access to Roche’s drug Tamiflu, the main flu antidote

11/18/05 US reviews risks of Tamiflu after 12 children die ... safety of Tamiflu questioned for the second time in a week following reports it has been linked ..."www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-reviews-risks-of-tamiflu-af...
11/27/07 Tamiflu, Relenza Need New Warnings, U.S. Panel Says... Tamiflu added precaution about these risks last November, and regulators have identified similar reports in Relenza patients since..."www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601101&sid=ack89tMid6.A

6/10/09 Swine flu test results unreliable, WHO warns
The rRT-PCR testing method was developed by the global pharmaceutical giant Roche - the company that also owns the rights to Tamiflu, one of just two anti-viral drugs used to treat the virus.

4-30- 08 U.S. Plans for Mexico's Collapse
In its annual report assessing global security threats, the Pentagon's Joint Forces Command lumped Mexico together with Pakistan as countries that "bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse." The document added a warning: "Any descent by Mexico into chaos would demand an American response, based on the serious implications for homeland security as well." ...indications of more direct US military involvement follow a growing chorus of official as well as media reports portraying Mexico as a potential "failed state" and a mounting threat to US national security.... the Obama administration and the Pentagon are now proposing to apply the lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan, while providing the hardware and advisors to prosecute a civil war against a restive working class south of the US border. http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/apr2009/mexi-a30.shtml

3/10/ 09 Obama and US commander discuss military intervention in Mexico
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen briefed President Barack Obama over the weekend on the so-called drug war in Mexico and the prospect of increased US military involvement in the conflict south of the border. Mullen had just returned from a six-day tour of Latin America, which took him on his last and most important stop to Mexico City. There he held meetings with Mexico's secretary of national defense and other top military officials and discussed proposals for rushing increased US aid to Mexico under the auspices of Plan Merida, a three-year, $1.4 billion package designed to provide equipment, training and other assistance to the Mexican armed forces.
In a telephone press conference conducted as he returned from Mexico, Mullen said that the Pentagon was prepared to help the Mexican military employ the same tactics that US forces have applied in counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The US military, he said, was "sharing a lot of lessons we have learned, how we've developed similar capabilities over the last three or four years in our counterinsurgency efforts as we have fought terrorist networks." He added, "There are an awful lot of similarities."...
In a March 1 television interview, Defense Secretary Robert Gates sounded a similar note, praising Calderon for having "taken on the battle" against drug trafficking by deploying the army and claiming that the "old biases against cooperation" between Mexico and the Pentagon were "being set aside." As a result, Gates added, Washington was prepared to provide the Mexican military "with training, with resources, with reconnaissance and surveillance kinds of capabilities."
The indications of more direct US military involvement follow a growing chorus of official as well as media reports portraying Mexico as a potential "failed state" and a mounting threat to US national security. In its annual report assessing global security threats, the Pentagon's Joint Forces Command lumped Mexico together with Pakistan as countries that "bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse." The document added a warning: "Any descent by Mexico into chaos would demand an American response, based on the serious implications for homeland security as well." This was followed by a report released at the US Military Academy in January by retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who was director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Bill Clinton. Mexico, he wrote, is "fighting for survival against narco-terrorism" and required greater US intervention.[...]

4/25/ Swine Flu Sweeping Across Mexico into U.S.
A deadly strain of swine flu sweeping across Mexico has spread to bordering states in America...described by the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO)as approaching “pandemic levels.” ...

4/26/09 NATIONAL TERROR ALERT --- Martial Law
Executive Order 13295
Homeland Security News
Swine Flu – U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency
Outbreak in Mexico, U.S. Tied To New Unique Strain

Swine Flu Prompts Mexico Shut-down, U.S. Stockpiling Supplies
President Obama said closing the border with Mexico " would be akin to closing the barn door after the horses are out, because we already have cases in the US"

5/3/09 Swine flu broke out in California: CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) said Saturday that California preceded Mexico, the alleged source of the virus, in reporting cases of the affliction. As early as March, patients in San Diego County and California County CA were diagnosed with a new type of viral infection resulting from the new strain of the swine flu virus A/ H1N1...The patients had neither been to Mexico nor had they come into contact with pigs....12 suspects had also tested positive for a strange strain from December 2005 to January 2009, Bryan added... About 160 lab-confirmed cases have been reported in 21 US states with one leading to death. Two-thirds of the patients had not had any contact with Mexico "As we do our investigations in the US, we may find there were cases earlier," CDC spokesman, Scott Bryan was quoted by AFP as saying.

A-H1N1 Swine Flu Likely Originated in US Lab
By William Sutherland
When the first reported cases of A/H1N1 swine flu emerged in April 2009, it was widely believed that the novel influenza strain originated in Mexico. By late June, when evidence
failed to materialize confirming a Mexican origin, a new theory hypothesized that A/H1N1 originated in Asia and was transported unintentionally via an unsuspecting human carrier to
North America. This though, probably is not the case. Instead it is likely, though not confirmed, that A/H1N1, is a genetically engineered creation that originated in the United States, specifically in a lab in Madison, Wisconsin... The evidence for this scenario is compelling: ...* Samples of the new A/H1N1 virus were already present at the CDC prior to receipt of Mexican specimens. Per CDC virologist Ruben Donis in an interview conducted by Science Direct (published April 29, 2009) - the CDC had completed sequencing of the novel A/H1N1 strain two weeks earlier or by April 15, 2009 - three days before Mexican officials shipped swab samples to its Atlanta headquarters for testing.Based on the facts above, compelling evidence exists that the outbreak of A/H1N1 swine flu that has led to the WHO's first pandemic declaration in 41 years, was created synthetically and likely can be traced back to IMV's lab in Madison, WI.[...]

5/3/09 "what if the real danger is not the virus but fear of the virus?"
For a nation in quarantine, it is a haunting question: what if the real danger is not the virus but fear of the virus? Mexico was told last week to brace for battle between infection and the body's immune system. But yesterday the health minister, José Angel Córdova, revised down the suspected death toll from swine flu from 176 to 101, indicating that the outbreak may not be as bad as was initially feared. Mexico's economy, already reeling from recession before the epidemic, risks freefall from the collapse in tourism and the five-day shutdown of all "non-essential" economic activities. The next batch of economic statistics will be a "bloodbath", said Edgar Amador, deputy director-general at Dexia bank....

use of 'national emergencies' to 'justify' and expand fascist infrastructure

4/26/09 National Emergency --- Martial Law
Homeland Security News
Swine Flu – U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency
Executive Order 13295
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 361(b) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 264(b)), it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Based upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the ``Secretary''), in consultation with the Surgeon General, and for the purpose of specifying certain communicable diseases for regulations providing for the apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected communicable diseases,
Sec. 2. The Secretary, in the Secretary's discretion, shall determine whether a particular condition constitutes a communicable disease of the type specified in section 1 of this order.
Sec. 3. The functions of the President under sections 362 and 364(a) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 265 and 267(a)) are assigned to the Secretary.
Sec. 4. This order does not, create any right or benefit enforceable at law or equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, entities, officers, employees or agents, or any other person...http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars/executiveorder040403.htm http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/eo/eo-13295.htm

"DHS has not developed a strategy to address potential Internet congestion" GAO report said.... Private Internet providers might need government authorization to block popular websites ...An expectation of unlimited Internet access during a pandemic is not realistic"

Think-tanks full of geostrategy architects & experts, not politicians, determine U.S. bipartisan agenda. Here are a few more developments in friendly-faced-fascist security state's merger of soft & hard power where all actual or potential opposition to the state is criminal, and all means will be used for preemptive detection and suppression
Congress to examine Internet as tool for homegrown terrorism
"Using the Web as a Weapon: the Internet as a Tool for Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism"
10/23/07 The House of Representatives, by 404 to 6 votes, passed H.R.1955, the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 sponsored by Rep. Jane Harman Democrat - CA ...“A chief problem is radical forms of Islam, but we’re not only studying radical Islam. We’re studying the phenomenon of people with radical beliefs who turn into people who would use violence...the Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens.”Harmon said. Harman would convene a 10 member "center of excellence" national commission, to study “violent radicalization” (defined as “the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change”) and “homegrown terrorism” (defined as “the use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual born, raised, or based and operating primarily within the United States… to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”)...The FBI already has a domestic terrorism unit. U.S. intelligence also monitors homegrown terrorists and overseas networks that might be reaching out to US residents. The July 2007 National Intelligence Estimate included a section headed, “The Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Homeland.” http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/3388/examining_the_homegrown_terrori... The RAND Corporation produced a 10-page document for inclusion in testimony to the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Intelligence, which generated the bill. In 2005, RAND produced a 97-page report, entitled Trends in Terrorism, Chapter Four of which was entitled "Homegrown Terrorist Threats to the United States." The RAND Corporation was established in 1946 as Project RAND by the United States Army Air Force http://911research.wtc7.net/post911/legislation/htpa.html

Rand Corp Tells US Army Its Time For a National Stability Police Force

Integrating Civilian Agencies into Stability Operations
11/23/09 NGO Stability Operations, Rand Arroyo Research for the U.S. Army http://www.rand.org/ard/
In order to improve the effectiveness of combined arms planning and assessment operations, ground commanders need information pertaining to cultural and other "soft" factors and practical ways to integrate such information into influence operations activities.

Rand Corp. Army-sponsored report suggests new Federal 'police force'
Domestic agents could be used in 'shaping an environment before a conflict'
January 20, 2010, http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=122533
A newly released Rand Corporation report proposes the federal government create a rapid deployment "Stabilization Police Force" tasked with "shaping an environment before a conflict" and restoring order in times of war, natural disaster or national emergency...In a major disaster like Katrina it could be deployed in the U.S. The SPF could be used for missions such as: shaping an environment before a conflict; law enforcement duties in an active conflict environment; or security, stability, transition and reconstruction (SSTR) operations after a conflict. It could operate as an independent entity under a U.S. ambassador or a U.N. Senior Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG), or as a force element reporting to a Joint Task Force (JTF) commander,"

helpful historical background...
Manufacturing Mayhem in Mexico: From Nixon to NAFTA and Beyond
by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque27 Oct 2010
There have been more than 2000 killings in Juárez so far this year. ... The violence is dizzying, all the more so because so little light has been shed on it by the press, either in Mexico or abroad. Most accounts stick to the official narrative: the bloodshed is simply the result of heightened competition between drug cartels for control of profitable smuggling routes, and of the military battling it out with the bad guys. The dead are generally identified only as ‘pistoleros’ or ‘sicarios’; their killers as ‘armed commandos’. The most basic facts are left unspecified: body counts, names, places, dates. ... The government, the opposition, the cartels and the various factions within all of them spread disinformation as a matter of policy, which means that political gossip tends to revolve around who stands to profit from which distortion. To make things more complicated, there is a great deal at stake for Mexico’s powerful neighbour to the north. The two most pernicious strands of contemporary American politics – nativism and the all-encompassing discourse of ‘security’ – feed into the notion that Mexico is slipping into anarchy.
Horrific though it is, the violence is neither inexplicable nor entirely senseless. It is the result of a struggle over drug distribution in which a remarkable number of players have come to have a deep investment: not only the narcos, but their ostensible opponents on both sides of the international border and of the hazier divide separating legality from criminality. Drugs are an old business in Mexico. Farmers in the remote high sierra of the western state of Sinaloa have been growing opium poppies since the late 19th century – and marijuana long before that – but smuggling did not become a viable enterprise until the US created an illicit market by regulating the use of opiates in 1914. Then, as now, drugs flowed one way: north. The American appetite for forbidden intoxicants grew quickly in the second half of the last century. As the US market expanded, so did the smuggling industry that serviced it. Until the early 1970s the smugglers were subordinate to the local politicians and military and police commanders under whose protection they were permitted to operate, and who in turn took their place in a chain of command that rose all the way to the presidency.

This arrangement ran smoothly until marijuana’s newfound popularity led Richard Nixon to declare a ‘war on drugs’ and to begin putting pressure on the Mexican government to staunch the flow. Even then, other motives were concealed beneath the American government’s apparent concern for the health of its citizens: Nixon’s chief of staff recorded in his diary that in the course of a briefing on drug enforcement in 1969, the president had ‘emphasised … that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognises this while not appearing to.’ That year, Nixon ordered a massive policing effort on the Mexican border called Operation Intercept. Relatively little contraband was found and Mexico was furious about the crackdown, but the US administration considered it a success. Gordon Liddy, then the co-chair of Nixon’s narcotics task force, would later write: ‘It was an exercise in international extortion, pure, simple and effective, designed to bend Mexico to our will.’ It worked: the next anti-drug effort was called Operation Co-operation. Seven years later, with logistical help from the US, Mexico launched its first major military operation against the drug trade. Operation Condor, led by a general who had taken part in the massacre of students at Tlatelolco in 1968 and the anti-guerrilla campaigns of the 1970s Dirty War, dislodged hundreds of peasants from the western sierras. Complaints of torture by federal troops abounded.
In the 1980s a massive expansion of the cocaine market in the States coincided with the growth of leftist guerrilla movements in Central and South America. Under the cover of the drug war, Reagan took on both at once. In 1986, he signed a directive that linked narco-trafficking to ‘insurgent groups’ and ‘terrorist cells’ abroad, and declared the narcotics trade a threat to national security. The effect was to militarise the war on drugs, converting what had once been a matter for domestic law enforcement into an instrument of foreign policy...
In 1993 and 1994, US immigration officials began pouring resources into securing the border at two major urban crossing sites – between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, and between San Diego and Tijuana. Perversely, this helped the cartels seal their monopolies on the trade. ‘Borders breed smuggling,’ the sociologist Fernando Escalante explains: ‘A closed border breeds organised smuggling. It favours cartels, it favours organised crime.’
Now the Economic War experienced a great "surge" under those fightin' progressive NAFTA-men Bill Clinton and Al Gore:
The broader effects of NAFTA and the reforms that accompanied it were more diffuse and far more destructive. A constitutional amendment passed as a precondition for the trade pact did away with the legislation that since the 1930s had forbidden the private sale of communally held farmland. Now cheap and highly subsidised American corn flooded the Mexican market. Local farmers were unable to compete: 1.1 million small farmers and 1.4 million others dependent on the agricultural sector lost their livelihoods. Campesinos left ancestral holdings, forced into the uncertainties of migrancy, both within Mexico and abroad. Villages were left almost abandoned. In a few short years, extraordinary wealth was concentrated in the hands of a tiny minority while the dream of an agrarian republic that had sustained the country for most of the 20th century collapsed. The anticipated shift to export-oriented manufacturing was a failure. Few of the promised jobs in the foreign-owned assembly plants known as maquiladoras materialised. The ones that did soon vanished as companies pursued still cheaper labour in China.

As a result of the "reforms" of the progressive duo, almost a third of the Mexican people have been forced into penurious, petty hustling and scrabbling to eke out an existence on the margins of modernity: Nearly 30 per cent of the population now works in the informal economy – washing car windows on street corners, selling tacos, sodas, DVDs. Cuts to education have helped create a new class of young people: the 7.5 million so-called ninis who aren’t in school and don’t have jobs (‘ni estudian ni trabajan’). The minimum wage has lost two thirds of its buying power and nearly half the population lives in poverty. In his book on the epidemic of murders of young women in Ciudad Juárez, Huesos en el desierto (‘Bones in the Desert’), González Rodríguez wrote of the vast new class of the uprooted and excluded, poor migrants from the countryside who now wandering in a ‘vertiginous universe of technology and productivity, merchandise and calculation’...

The current president, Felipe Calderon, took power in a disputed Bush-like election, with a similar farcical "recount" process: "The electoral tribunal ordered a partial recount, declared Calderón the winner and promptly destroyed the ballots." Then, like Bush, he proceeded to seize upon a convenient "crisis" -- the post-NAFTA cartel conflicts -- to militarize the situation and shore up his own illegitimate power: Less than a fortnight later, Calderón called on the military once again, this time ordering 6500 troops to his home state of Michoacán to stem the rising violence there. The drug war was for him what the war on terror had been for George W. Bush. Like Bush, he lacked legitimacy in the eyes of at least half the population: the drug war ‘allowed him the tools he needed in order to govern’. Over the next two years, he would send 45,000 troops – a quarter of Mexico’s armed forces – to the northern border, the south-western state of Guerrero, and the so-called Golden Triangle, the mountainous poppy-growing regions of Sinaloa...
Militarizing a situation guarantees there will be indiscriminate killing, enormous destruction, economic ruin, social collapse, degradation of infrastructure, the spread of disease, and massive, pervasive corruption. This is what you are knowingly perpetrating every time you militarize a situation. It invariably makes the situation worse -- unless, of course, bloodshed, ruin and corruption are, in fact, your goals...
Calderón's support from the north has been unflagging. Obama proposed extending the Merida Initiative, and requested an additional $310 million for 2011... to situate Mexico within the discourse of failing states battling insurgencies and requiring American help... the cartels are organisations of global capital – but the rhetoric provides a domestic pretext for folding Mexico into US security protocols. Carlos Pascual, the new US ambassador to Mexico, last summer confidently proposed ‘a new role’ for the Mexican military in Juárez, one consistent with counter-insurgency tactics employed by the US across the globe: secure the perimeter of five-block-square ‘safe zones’, and push that perimeter outward block by bloc...

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