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NPT Drug War: The U.S. Senate testimony of a journalist who fled Juarez

This testimony is posted on the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee website, which can be found here.

Testimony of Jorge Luis Aguirre*
Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs and Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
Law Enforcement Responses to Mexican Drug Cartels
March 17, 2009

Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Graham, Chairman Feinstein, Ranking Member Grassley, members of the Subcommittee and members of the Caucus: I thank you for inviting me to testify firsthand about some of the suffering and death that people who live along the border between the state of Chihuahua, Mexico and Texas face on a daily basis.

It must be difficult for you to get an inside view of the belly of the beast from here and to understand the devastating corruption that devours Ciudad Juárez, where violence has erased all authority and government from the map and replaced it with a dictatorship of the crime underworld.

Starting a few months back, the government of Chihuahua allowed the State to be converted into an instrument of organized crime. Press freedom is threatened by a terrifying dilemma: ‘Plata o Plomo,’ meaning accept a bribe or face a bullet!

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 21, 2009 at 6:56 pm

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