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NPT Drug War: “Doublespeak”

Laura Carlsen, director of the Mexico City-based Americas Policy Program for the Center for International Policy, recently appeared on Democracy Now with hosts Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.

The show, titled “Obama Signals Readiness to Further Militarize Drug War with Potential Deployment of National Guard to Mexico Border,” opened with a clip from Vice President Joe Biden: Since the beginning of last year, there have been nearly 7,000 drug-related murders in Mexico. If we had said that years ago, we would have looked at each other like we were crazy. But 7,000 drug-related murders in Mexico. Violent drug trafficking organizations are threatening both the United States and Mexican communities.

Carlsen, based in Las Cruces, recently wrote the article Drug War Doublespeak, which was published in Counterpunch.

Follow the jump to see some of her comments on the show.

Mexico has a very serious problem with violence, and that’s a predictable result of the drug war model that’s being applied, but it is not a threat to US national security. …

When we started to look at some of these articles talking about spillover of Mexican violence into the United States, what we found is that there’s no evidence of that whatsoever at this point. The articles begin talking about the violence in Mexico, some of the worst cases. Then they jump to declarations by public officials, and there’s no evidence of what’s actually happening in the United States, because we simply don’t have that. In the case of using statistics, like there’s a lot of talk about the number of kidnappings in Phoenix, it turns out that many times those statistics are spurious, and they have no backup. They’ve been invented, or they’ve been twisted in many cases.

This is a real warning sign for us, because when we see an exaggerated threat assessment, as we’re seeing right now in terms of spillover of Mexican violence to the United States, it’s generally a prelude to militarization. And in fact, with Governor Perry requesting soldiers on the border and the National Guard, we’re already seeing a buildup for that kind of militarization.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 17, 2009 at 11:13 am

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  1. The only spill over to the U.S. from the drug war in Mexico is the pay-offs into the pockets of U.S. law enforcement and government officials. Militarization won’t stop the corruption. Instead, it will lead to the corruption of a few more “good men” (in the military) and the destruction of the border culture and enviroment. End prohibition and end the mnadness NOW!

    Dirty Dave

    March 17, 2009 at 4:29 pm

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