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Police-state averted (for now)

29 April 2011

Thank goodness for political gridlock!

The Calderón Administration’s push for a Mexican version of the PATRIOT Act (or, rather, one that would allow for peacetime “states of exception” — i.e., military occupation in civilian areas) is off the table for now, the PRD opposing it, and PRI not wanting to back the administration on this to give the PRD a campaign issue.  And PAN, smelling a rout in the next election, desperate to partner with PRD where it can, not all that enthusiastic either.

And, then too, at least a few Mexicans realize this was a very, very bad idea.

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