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A brave new Mexico

19 June 2007

Damn, damn and double-damn. Plan Columbia was such a bad idea, the Bush Administration is trying to get Mexico to buy off on it, and FeCal is going along for reasons having to do with his own agenda. This is NOT good.


Since taking office December 1st, Calderon, whose election was as shady as George Bush’s Florida 2000 sham victory, has been prepping Mexico for the nation’s new enhanced role in Washington’s War on Terror. Within the first week of his chaotic swearing-in, Calderon sent 30,000 Mexican troops into nine drug-saturated states in a virtual declaration of martial law to combat the five Mexican-Colombian cartels that dominate the drug trade here. Civil rights were suspended and abuses abounded but precious little cocaine was confiscated.

The new president followed up the military offensive by moving a draconian anti- terrorism measure in the Mexican congress. The so-called “International Terrorism Law” which actually criminalizes domestic dissent, passed both houses with only token opposition from the left-center Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and mandates 40 year prison sentences for “terrorist” activities defined as “the use of violence against persons, things, or public services that spread alarm or fear in the population or any part thereof in order to threaten national security or pressure authorities to take certain determinations.”

This Mexican “U.S. Patriot Act” in effect transforms social change movements as diverse as the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, Greenpeace, and Oaxaca’s Popular Peoples’ Assembly (APPO) into terrorist organizations. The first application of the new law against Ignacio Del Valle, a leader of the machete-wielding farmers of San Salvador Atenco, resulted in a 67-year prison sentence. Del Valle’s “terrorist” crime? Locking the door during a meeting of Mexico state school officials and local farmers so the officials could not abandon the room.

But Calderon was not done yet with converting his regime into a doppelganger of the Bush administration’s perversion of justice. This April, the President, who, much like George Bush, is considered a usurper by over 50% of the Mexican electorate, foisted a constitutional amendment on his congress that would grant him carte blanche powers to tap phones and break into private homes without first obtaining a search warrant from a court. The amendment, which has not yet passed the legislature, bears a startling resemblance to George Bush’s unconstitutional eavesdropping and surveillance of millions of U.S. citizens but with one notable caveat – Calderon, at least, went to his congress to modify the Constitution to allow such intrusions. Bush simply imposed his illegal operation in violation of his country’s Magna Carta.

I’ve been saying that FeCal is a high-tech Don Porfirio, but hoping I was wrong. Maybe, just maybe, the Mexican genius for subverting stupid regulations will prevail and bring this whole thing crashing down. This looks like too good a deal for U.S. corporate interests for anyone on this side of the border to do a damn thing… and the Mexicans don’t vote, so I can’t see even otherwise sane congress-critters supporting the U.S. funds needed (40 million for starters) so they can claim to be “tuff on terra”

Shit!

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