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Archive for March 10th, 2009

NPT Drug War: Getting D.C.’s attention

The Drug War is all over D.C. this week. The schedule of hearings in House Appropriations, sent courtesy of the office of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes. As background, House Appropriations is considering funding to hire people to, as the AP puts it, “to secure the Mexican border and the 670-mile fence there. The lawmakers also are looking at what role Homeland Security might play in combatting (sic) border violence.” Appropriations also is also considering funding the Merida Initiative — money for equipment and training for Mexican troops to fight the Drug War.

ADVISORY: CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE HEARINGS ON BORDER VIOLENCE FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 9, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following Committee hearings on drug-related violence along the U.S.-Mexico border will be held this week in the United States House of Representatives:

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March 10, 2009 at 2:09 pm

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NPT Capitol: Dunnam to House Ds, before Senate passed Voter ID bill: “Our turn will come soon enough”

Update, Wednesday (March 11, 2009): As expected, the bill passed the Senate, driven by comments such as this from Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay: “Voter fraud not only is alive and well in the United States, it’s also alive in Texas. I believe the danger of voter fraud has threatened the entire electoral process.” (He did not provide any proof to back it up; in fact, few if any reported cases of fraud have been part of the discussion. Rather, it’s the potential for fraud, driven by such comments as Fraser’s, that has been the main argument. Quote from the Dallas Morning News)

Previously on the NPT Blog …

The debate on the Voter ID bill, the issue of the day at the Capitol, is under way. You can watch live streaming here.

The Houston Chronicle story setting up the issue can be found here.

El Paso state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh is opposed to it. His take on the issue can be found here.

And House Democratic leader Jim Dunnam of Waco isn’t sitting still as the Senate goes at it. Follow the jump to see the memo he sent House Democratic members.

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March 10, 2009 at 2:02 pm

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NPT Drug War: Worse than Baghdad?

Ok, so the “consider the source” thing comes into play a bit here. For example, there’s the database recommended by the Department of Defense, which probably counts civilian casualties differently from, say, an NGO or even the U.N. Just guessing here. These are caveats I’d want to check out before I took ownership of the info.

That said, CNS News reported this about a week ago:

The per capita rate of civilian killings in the Mexican border city in 2008 was nearly three-and-a-half times (3.4) as great as the per capita rate of civilian killings in the Iraqi province of Baghdad, CNSNews.com has determined, based on State Department statistics and data supplied by an Iraqi civilian-casualty database recommended by the Department of Defense.

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March 10, 2009 at 1:14 pm

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