Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Its time to clean house

From The Washington Times:

NOGALES, Ariz. -- Hundreds of Mexican nationals who wear government-issued uniforms, carry official identification cards and are authorized to use weapons are helping smugglers move tons of drugs into the United States, U.S. law-enforcement officials say.

Known as "madrinas," from the Spanish word for "godmothers," they negotiate bribes for corrupt Mexican government officials from drug cartels and are suspected in numerous confirmed incursions into the U.S. by heavily armed men escorting smugglers of cocaine, marijuana and heroin.

"Madrinas are unaccountable middlemen who can negotiate with the drug cartels on behalf of whoever has appointed them and wants his or her government agency to thrive under this practice," El Paso County, Texas, Sheriff Leo Samaniego told a House ommittee last month.


Several U.S. law-enforcement officials told The Washington Times that some of the suspected leaders of the country's largest drug-smuggling organizations -- the Juarez, Tijuana and Gulf cartels -- were former agents of the Mexican federal judicial police.

Several U.S. officials, including local sheriffs and federal agents from both Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, described the workings of the "madrinas," but only on the condition of anonymity.

The cartels employ many of the madrinas, some of whom formerly worked as Mexican police officers, to protect their illicit cargoes into the United States. Some Madrinas are thought to be confidential informants for the federal police.

In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Sheriff Samaniego said Mexican and U.S. government officials have "turned a blind eye" to the practice.


Law-enforcement officials said they suspect the madrinas were involved in incursions into the U.S. by heavily armed men dressed in uniforms and driving military-style vehicles while escorting drug smugglers. More than 200 such incursions have been documented since 1996 in California, Arizona and Texas, according to a Department of Homeland Security report.

The officials also suspect they are playing a role in rising violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, especially in border towns where cartels have been accused of killing law-enforcement officials.


"The judicial police use them to do their dirty work, then deny any responsibility," the report said, adding that they "are often paid out of the proceeds of drug busts, or with protection money supplied by drug traffickers and other criminals."

At this point I could say how outraged I am. I could say that this is just not acceptable and the government better do something about it. But I won’t. The truth is my capacity for outrage is about exhausted. There is only so much anger a person can feel before they just go numb.

You notice that not only Mexican but American government officials are “turning a blind eye” to this. I have simply lost faith in our government, as presently constituted, to do anything about this. Republican senators have just gotten back from their Easter break and they are remarking about how their constituents hammered them on this issue. Yet they are still planning to try to ram through an amnesty program.

They have revealed themselves to be irredeemable and it is time for a change.

I am most defiantly suggesting that we turn things over to the Party of Treason. They are even more motivated to pack the nation with as many illegals as possible. They, accurately, see this as the path to regaining power and keeping for at least the next century.

What needs to be done, and I don’t know how possible it is, is to use the primaries to dump the useless dead weight RINOs and replace them with genuine conservatives. As long as “men” like evil lunatic John McCain and his detestable little hand puppet, Lindsey Graham remain in the US Senate progress will be impossible.

How to do that? The only way I know is to get involved in the Republican Party at the local level. Everything feeds upward. Think about what it would be like in South Carolina if the state Republican machine endorsed contemptible little cornpone lickspittle Lindsey Graham’s primary opponent. Even though he is the incumbent senator he would be reduced almost to the level of a third-party candidate.

It will take patience and require discipline, two things American voters are notoriously short of, but it can be done.