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NPT Drug War: Time Mag: “One of the world’s most militarized borders.”

From Time Magazine:

Behind the Troop Surge at the U.S.-Mexico Border

The ebbing stretch of Rio Grande that divides the Texas city of El Paso from the Mexican city of Juarez may soon become one of the world’s most militarized borders. This week, as Texas Governor Rick Perry went to El Paso to announce that has asked Washington for 1,000 more “boots on the ground” to enforce the border, Mexico’s government ordered 5,000 extra soldiers to Juarez. The armies massing on both sides of the border are marching against a common foe — drug cartels — and the coming months will be a crucial test as to whether they can effectively work together to fight it.


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 28, 2009 at 11:57 pm

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  1. This might work, but the root of the problem is poverty aggravated by Nacro-Terrorism. Until the Mexican people realize that they are pawns in the drug war, Nacro-Terrorism will exist.

    They need new leaders that are free of corruption and ones that dont lead from the rear(El Paso). This war is a test of courage for the leaders, confidence in the government and a challegne to the cartels.

    The goal for the Nacro-Terrorists is to create such a de-stabilzed situation that government will have to enact oppressive measures to regain control. The people will then turn against the government. The cartels could then flourish in an environment condusive to unimpeded criminal buisness.

    Bottom line until the Mexican people become angry, turn against the cartels, this problem will not end. This is a war for control of Mexico, not a drug war.


    March 1, 2009 at 11:48 am

  2. Get ready to be searched and more roadblocks, [ its a war now just like Iraq war] even random like subways in NY:

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit recently upheld New York City’s program of random searches at subways. The case is McWade v. Kelly, No. 05 6754 CV (2d Cir. 2006) and I’ve posted a copy here. The program was initiated after the London subway bombing. Back in December, 2005, a federal district court upheld the searches, which are conducted without a warrant, without probable cause, and even without reasonable suspicion. In a blog post critiquing the decision, I wrote:

    It is another big waste of money and time, as well as a needless invasion of civil liberties — all for a cosmetic security benefit. There are 4.5 million passengers each day on the NYC subways. What good could a few random checks do? The odds of the police finding the terrorist with a bomb this way are about as good as the odds of being hit by lightning. I doubt it will have much of a deterrent effect either.

    The 2nd Circuit panel concluded that the program was “reasonable” under the 4th Amendment’s special needs doctrine. Under the special needs doctrine, if there are exceptional circumstances that make the warrant and probable cause requirements unnecessary, then the search should be analyzed in terms of whether it is “reasonable.” Reasonableness is determined by balancing privacy against the government ’s need. The problem with the 2nd Circuit decision is that under its reasoning, nearly any search, no matter how intrusive into privacy, would be justified. This is because of the way it assesses the government’s side of the balance. When the government’s interest is preventing the detonation of a bomb on a crowded subway, with the potential of mass casualties, it is hard for anything to survive when balanced against it.

    Carl Starr

    March 2, 2009 at 1:00 am

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