Monday, December 22, 2014

FBI Is Now Involved in Investigation of Iguala; 17 New Mass Graves Found

Too Many Graves


Borderland Beat by DD.

Part of the strategy of the federal government in diffusing the tensions and protests that have emerged as a result of the “missing 43” students has been “to wait”.   When the events of Sept. 26 and 27 in Iguala began to receive attention from the international press, the personal secretary of President Pena Nieto told reporters that the government was not going to take any “dramatic action” to diffuse the situation because they understood how the “72 hour news cycle” worked.


After the passage of nearly 3 months since the murders and “disappearances” in Igual time has shown that the “72 hour news cyle” plan did not work.   We have not moved on the next “trending” story and forgotten Iguala.


Families Protesting in Front of Army Base Iguala
This week after demonstrations at the entrance to the Army’s base in Iguala demanding the truth about the events of Sept. 26th and demanding the Army withdraw from the area, the parents of the missing students held a press conference where as reported by TeleSur;


The family members of the 43 Atyotzinapa students are accusing Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam of covering up federal involvement in the deaths and forced disappearances. 



During a press conference Wednesday, the relatives reiterated their demand for a direct investigation into the participation of the Mexican army and federal police in the deaths and enforced disappearances of the students, as well as into organized crime groups.

Members of the Union of People and Organizations of Guerrero (UPOEG) reported Saturday the discovery of at least another 17 mass graves in Iguala.



A spokesperson for the group who is in charge of searches, Miguel Jimenez Blanco, said UPOEG is searching for more remains at the remaining sites in the Mexican state.


Blanco added that on December 18, UPOEG, together with the family members of the 43 missing Ayotzinapa teachers college students and the Federal Prosecutor’s Search Unit found the graves in the Barranca del Tigre area of Iguala district.

At about the same time as the parents and supporters  were alleging direct participation by the Army and Federal Police in the murders and abductions in Iguala, Attorney General Murillo announced that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations was now involved in investigating the the disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students as part of the Merida Initiative. 

Murillo acknowledged that “some FBI agents were dispatched. They came and helped, above all, in organizing the forensic procedures and personnel involved.”  

Sergio Alcocer, the subsecretary of Foreign Relations for North America, noted that the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Anthony Wayne, offered help to the Guerrero’s interim state governor, Rogelio Ortega Martinez in the framework of the Merida Initiative. 

The involvement of the FBI was in all likelihood pressured into action by criticism in the press of the US silence about the incident.   Obama and Sec. of State Kerry have said very little about the missing students scandal. 

The security cooperation agreement (Merida) has been criticized for allegations of training law enforcement in torture, crowd suppression techniques, and interrogation tactics at what was formerly called the School of the Americas.  Merida has also been connected to the ATF gunwalking scandal where the U.S. government shipped guns to Mexico, the majority of which fell into cartel hands.

Members of the Union of People and Organizations of Guerrero (UPOEG) reported Saturday the discovery of at least another 17 mass graves in Iguala.

A spokesperson for the group who is in charge of searches, Miguel Jimenez Blanco, said UPOEG is searching for more remains at the remaining sites in the Mexican state.

Blanco added that on December 18, UPOEG, together with the family members of the 43 missing Ayotzinapa teachers college students and the Federal Prosecutor’s Search Unit found the graves in the Barranca del Tigre area of Iguala district.

The federal prosecutor’s forensic team extracted the remains of at least two unidentified persons which were then transported to Mexico City for analysis.   

Earlier, on December 14, UPOEG members also claimed to have found human remains in the ashes of a village bonfire in Cocula which may also belong to the disappeared 43 Ayotzinapa teacher college students, according to local media reports. 

In the press conference with the families this week, the spokesman for the families, Felipe de la Cruz, said that the authorities want people to forget about the state crimes committed in Iguala, Guerrero state on Sept. 26.

He said that while cover-ups happen all too often in Mexico, “in this case, the army, federal police, Iguala local police, ex Governor Angel Aguirre, and the President of Mexico himself have to own up to what really happened in Iguala.”

De la Cruz and other parents accused Enrique Peña Nieto's government of using an '”iron fist” strategy to repress protest through physical attacks on demonstrators

Family members refuted press reports that Ayotzinapa students and dissident teachers attacked the police in the early morning hours last Sunday in Chilpancingo.

They insisted that, in fact, it was the federal police who attacked the activists preparing a huge concert scheduled for that day, resulting in a number of injuries including those sustained by a reporter from Regeneracion Radio, and a student from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, who was hit in the face with a tear gas cannister.

As I said earlier the original strategy of the federal government to wait out the “72 hour newscycle” obviously hasn’t worked.  Over time the international press has just given more attention to the Iguala tragedy.   The story has morphed from a story of 6 murders and the disappearance of 43 students from a teachers college into a story about massive protests worldwide demanding justice and investigations into the other 20,000+ disappeared in Mexico in the last 6 years, into a story of massive corruption at all levels of government and ultimately into a story on a possible political insurrection.

During his first year and half in office President Pena Nieto was praised and extolled by the International press for creating the “Aztec Tiger” and “Mexico’s Moment”, referring to the reforms he pushed through to reform the country in a major player on the world stage.   Time magazine featured his photo on the cover of the International edition with the caption “Saving Mexico".

Six months later, at the end of his second year in office that photo on the cover of Time was merely a snapshot in time.  His approval ratings within Mexico have fallen to 33% to 39% (depending on which poll you believe) and there are reports that internal polls from Los Pinos (the Mexican Whitehouse) are even lower.  

At the end of his first year in office, EPN declared that homicides had decreased by 18%  (although many questioned methodology of that calculation).   By the governments own figures, the death count during the first 21 months of the EPN admin. was  30,789.  According to the respected weekly magazine, Zeta, published in Tijuana,the death count is 36,718, or 1,835 people executed every day in Mexico.  If that rate continues for EPN’s last four years in office, the number killed  would be approximately the same as in the six years of the Calderon administration.

Kidnapping, extortion and other crimes, as well as human rights abuses  against the average citizenhave increased dramatically during EPN’s first 2 years.   All of the above has contributed to the disenchantment of of the people with the “Savior of Mexico” and his dramatic drop in the polls.
German Parliament; Mx. Human Rights Situation Disastrous
If the government thought the 72 hour news cycle would take care of the problem or the people in Mexico and the international community would just forget the latest scandal that Iguala reprsents, this screen capture of a video (which I was unable to embed for this story but can be seen here) showing the motions being introduced in the German Parliament that would suspend the security agreement that it has with Mexico and for the government to take a more critical stand against Mexico mishandling the Igualy investigations.  It said that iguala is “not an isolated incicent, but only the tip of the iceberg”.
 
If the government thought the upcoming Christmas/New Years holidays would cause the protest movement to falter as students would be going home for the holidays and their interest in protest would fade as they focused on the holiday vacation, this screen capture of a video shows a spokesperson putting the administration on notice that the demonstrations for  or Ayotzinapa will continue over year end holidays
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41 comments:

  1. Iguala with "q" in headline. Don't post this ; )

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    1. Thanks, that's from writing at 5AM

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    2. Your work is much appreciated like i say to all BB writers excellent. This clarified alot of blanks in the iguala case its writers like you buggs and chivis and many others that helped this not be swept under the rug like puta ñieto tried to do. Great job dd

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  2. Ultimately the issues in Mexico are a Mexican problem. It's not up President Obama and Secretary Kerry to lead the world in critiquing/criticizing how the investigation of the disappearances have been handled. There is absolutely nothing the FBI can do anyway. I don't understand why they were brought into the picture in the first place. All they can do is "assist" the Mexican Feds in their investigation which will lead to a cover up.

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  3. It's time to send in the United States government and take out all corruption in Mexico also establish a United States government like in Mexico

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  4. 17 mass graves in one city. This is worse than the holocaust. Mexico truly is a failed state, as it cannot protect its innocent unarmed civilians. What is more disturbing is that the people who try to protect them such as Dr Mireles and Hipolito end up getting arrested for it. Its truly disturbing what is occurring in Mexico but at least now they cannot sweep it under the rug, like they did with the 35 innocents at Boca Del Rio dumped on the freeway. The problem now is its no longer just a drug war, its now a multitude of independent groups against the unarmed citizens (I would have said against the state but they appear complicit on too many occasions). Less than a week passes and they find 2 Cartel Kingpins Hector Beltran and Vicente Carillo (This was just an attempt and changing the media attention away from Iguala).

    I remember reading earlier about the two Pineda Villa brothers who were in that town related to the governor. They were killed by Arturo Beltran Leyva because they were involved in kidnapping and extortion. Strange how to prove you are winning a drug war you take out the one person against kidnapping and the only one the government could actually negotiate with. Their kingpin strategy has killed off anyone who had enough control to keep things regulated. These splinter groups have nobody in control keeping them from doing as they choose.

    America's demand for drugs is no longer the problem. Its the poverty of the Mexican nation, its the corruption embedded in all their forces and levels of government (except the Marines). Its the fact that the old cartel leaders are all gone and nobody can keep a lid on any of this crap. An entire band was killed and put in a drain, a dozen people were kidnapped from a nightclub in Mexico city the list goes on and on.

    As for the killing of so many journalists, im actually starting to wonder if there is more to it as the "72 hour news cycle" may not be the only factor in play. Lets face it who has the most to gain from threatening the media ? The Cartels ? they publicly display their atrocities and leave messages for the media to play. The government actually benefits the most.

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    1. Outstanding post!!! Glad to see someone who can think post.

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  5. It's time to send in the United States military and take over Mexico's government and establish a United States government like in Mexico, they owe the U.S.

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  6. 21mo. x 30 days / mo. = 630 days ; 36,718 people / 630 days = 58.28 people / day

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  7. La información que se encontraba clasificada como confidencial revela, entre otras cosas, una forma de operación en el caso, similar al del pasado 26 de septiembre en Iguala.

    http://www.elgolfo.info/nota/295544-liga-pgr-a-policias-locales-con-matanza-de-san-fernando/

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  8. And tell me? what is the FBI going to do? Mexico already caught the mayor n wife make them pay, they were the ones that called the hit. they captured several paisas n questioned them they gave answers make them pay for the 43. All FBI is going to do is say, (yupp Iguala is missing 43 students) n thats info the whole world knows already. Dont let FBI get involved n torture mayor n wife for answers.

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    1. Don't be a dumb sh*t.

      We all know the Mayor and his p*ta were only a smokescreen. The FBI can bring expertise to this blown Mexican investigation. Up til now Mexico's story is based only on TORTURED TESTIMONY.

      Funny how you call GU hitmen - paisas, you racist.

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    2. LET the F.B.I. do the job!! They might find all the answers the mexicans have been waiting for!!

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    3. They're there to help with forensic guidelines ... or can't you read?

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    4. Sus grandes paisas de mierda! bola de pendejos! vayan a joder a su cucha perros! ajaja

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  9. Your calculations of the number of people executed every day doesn't make sense as written.

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  10. Whats ever happened to the mayor and his wife, I heard they are on house arrest in their beach house..

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    1. Where is there beach house? Acapulco?

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    2. I thought that I had seen her in the Wallmart Diamante two days ago. I thought to myself there is no way this could be true. She has to be locked up somewhere.

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  11. The 1st picture is worth more than 1,000 words ...

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  12. looks like mexico needs a little more democracy..

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  13. I would bet the FBI involvement will be mostly forensics . Not a lot I can say about the evil bastards today .

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  14. Great reporting DD. I didn't click all of the hyperlinks, but did you read the Gibler article published in the California Sunday Magazine? The article was posted on the forum by mik. really detailed analysis of the way it all went down. Just an fyi.

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  15. Do we believe the Mex gov when it says FBI is investigating?Mexico is trying to hit the world stage it said in that Time magazine article;has it ever but all for the wrong reasons.It wanted to increase trade but will probably have the opposite effect as its showed the world its true 3rd world status.If anyone had doubts before about Mexicos 3rd world status they certainly don't now.Its all blown up in their elite faces.Now they have to face the music;too many years of deceit but as I always say,everything comes out in the wash eventually.

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  16. Clearly the mayor ofiguala and his wife's arrest, even if they do confess to it all, and even if the other arrested people also confess, there are still enough holes on the goverment story for the US to send some of their best to micromanage the results, the 'investigation' and the official impunity, to maximize the saving of pena nieto's ass, they have been pushing so hard for the results they got, ( murders all over mexico ) and they are so all together in on this, that is the least the FBI and the US can do for the ultra-conservative auhoritarian pena nieto and co, who forgot very soon all the ass kissing for votes and their empty promisses...
    --pena nieto treats mexico now like his throwaway usese y tirese women, and then calls mommy to keep'em quiet...

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  17. Thats, sad how mex can't fix ther own problems!

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    1. Mexico can't fix the worlds drug problem, no.......nor can it fix the geographical circumstance of being situated right next to the worlds biggest consumer of drugs and biggest producer of weapons aka the US....to look at this and say Mexico can't solve it's own problems is a massive misunderstanding of the global drug trade

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    2. Greed is a powerful thing 1:41p. If you take greed out of the equation and you worry about what's morally right for your people it's not that difficult. Mexican politicians can't say no to the billions of dollars that fatten their pockets annually. The drug trafficking into the US thru Mexico will never stop not because the demand in the US but because the Mexican government doesn't want it to stop. Drug trafficking into the US is like avenging all the "wrongs" throughout history that the Mexican elite believe the US forced upon Mexico. What wrongs you ask? The cession of Texas into the US and the Mexican-American War. The war defeat forced Mexico to give up any claim to California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Plus it pushed the Texas and Mexico border down to the the Rio Grande. If you understand the deep seated hate there is for these historical events you will understand why the Mexican government won't to truly stop the flow of drugs into the US.

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    3. Sure because junkies worldwide are forcing Mexicans to be a bunch of drug dealers, kidnappers, land thieves, extortionists, rapists, and murderers. Yep. The junkies united are the cause of Mexican politicians not being worth a fart too. Yeah, sure. "It's someone elses' fault." Someone other than Mexicans.

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    4. Shameful! It's seems Mexico hasn't had the rule of law since the Europeans owned it. It's current people appear incapable of properly ruling themselves.

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    5. @7:49 That is true. This world has no hope with those kind of ppl.

      1:41 & 4:38 Hater millie? The US should had taken more than that including Monterrey, BC, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Tamaulipas just look at what your stupid paisas did with all that land.

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    6. The USA should had taken HALF of mexico! all the way down to the D.F. line!

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    7. Oh no 11:51 I am not Millie or even Willie but I am a person who researches history. I believe a society can learn from their mistakes as long as they understand why that mistake occurred. The issue I have with Mexico is that the government goes through the same cycle of oppression and slaughter of the poor over and over again. You can see it throughout history. Present day it's the systematic population control swept under the guise of a narco war. As the narcos fight each other the poor get brutalized at the same time. The media blames the deaths on the drug war but I believe it's much more than that. It's calculated genocide to keep the poor oppressed and to ensure they don't rise up against the government. It seems it is time for a rebellion because I believe the agenda will eventually back fire on the government. Just my two cents.

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    8. 6:42 Your 'systematic population control' is absurd. If it was 'ystematic' then it would had started in places with the most persons like the India, China, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh and others.
      Each country create their own problems and I don't think none of those other countries got drug cartels every where like the mexicans. Nor their citizens are the same thing. But is easier as always to point at other things instead of seeing like it is.

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    9. So you are saying because this type of narco crap didn't happen in china, Brazil and Pakistan it's not systematic? You are telling the Mexican government cannot systematically control their population through terror, assassinations and executions? I beg to differ kind sir to put it nicely. I don't know how close you are to the border or how well you know someone who is actually from Mexico but I know different. These things I know for a fact... (1) The poor are being victimized by the narcos, the Mexican government which includes local and state government. (2) The poor are being slaughtered by the narcos, the Mexican government which includes local and state government by the 1000's. (3) The narcos and the Mexican government which includes local and state government are operating with impunity when attacking and murdering the poor. If that's not systematic population control by the Mexican government then I don't know what is.

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    10. @4:48 There is nothing systematic about that. Is always like that in all the places, the dumb ignorants get hit harder since they are always behind. And in a country like mx where there is not justice the thing is even worse. Add the impunity with with lots of ignorants, and it becomes automatic NOT "systematic".

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  18. where is the article where the parents say federal police were responsible for the 43 disappearance and attacks? I can't find an interview with them reporting oppose to hype from so called journalists?

    what I did see was articles in guerrero papers of parents saying federals were responsible in on going harassment. and that was on orders of chong. I would strongly urge you to read archive Mexican regional papers of guerrero and Chiapas. that is the story not this.

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  19. I have sat back quietly but I would do the innocents of GRO a further injustice if I did not speak out.

    1. the "new" graves were reported on here at BB, what is not said here is that it was GRO AD groups and parents who searched and found the graves. What is not showcased is that many of the students were children of gro autodefensas. Although it is not "clean" to showcase the AD, it is a shameful omission the press has ran with, created a novela for capital gain, not for justice.

    here is what I wrote on the post of mine that lucio so kindly and eagerly republished.

    chivis:

    While the press is stuck, IMO for their own selfish reasons, on the story of the #43, there are stories like this that are a stronger and sure tool to charge and convict BOTH the Abarcas with mass murder.

    The press has long stop being useful to the people of GRO, because they are stuck on the same story, as though it is an anomaly, when in fact it is the norm.
    We have in the case of kidnapping and murder of 8 social activists, preceded by death threats in full public forum, and witnesses that have come forward and given sworn testimony that placed Abarca at the scene, with a weapon, ordered Hernandez tortured, before he then taunted him and shot him in the face and chest.

    The recent articles of the 43 contain fabrications and hype. It is a disgrace. These are the same people (proceso) that did the same, with the same journalist, anabel hernandez, to doc Mireles and the autodefensas. Without stepping a foot in the state or contacting any AD leader. Shameful journalism. It is Self serving motivation. I cringe to see that trash republished here on BB.

    And where were they when these atrocities were occurring? Isn’t a journalist supposed to put feet on the ground and dig deep? My hero journalists are people like Carmen, adela, and victor sanchez who have reported in Guerrero before it was “fashionable” and “viral”.

    I am proud of my coverage of Gro, long before the 43, because of readers on the ground to ask me to please tell people what is happening. The mass killing of innocents. I posted 50 articles up to October 8th .

    This case should be brought forward but will not unless the world press gets off the 43 and dig deeper and showcase this story. It will force the government to charge Abarca with these murders. As much as a slam dunk as can be in Mexico. Not the 43.

    IMO, there is not a solid case against him in the 43. He is guilty for sure, but proving it may be difficult, albeit he may HAVE to be convicted, but I doubt his wife will be. and by all INFORMED accounts, she is the driving force, calls the shots, and whose entire family including her parents have been with BLO then GU and arrested at least once for organized crime. I feel the mayor is a patsy. Led by the nose. it would be a travesty if Maria was not convicted.

    However trying him on the 8 activist kidnapping and murder would bring a conviction, which will lead the way to a conviction in the 43, and for the murders of over 1000 people.

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  20. --We want 1000 guilty of the abduction-kidnapping and disappearance of 43 too many people, the ayotzinapos, i am sure there is room there for abarca and his bitch, we should not just blame the abarcas for everyting, it leaves the impunity door open to too many mofos.
    --nobody says other murders and massacres should be forgotten or overlooked, it is just the cards we have been dealt, and we need to play game, later it will be all revisited and more better heads may make clear that they won the disinformation wars or not, meanwhile let's throw all the dirt we can, some will stick where it should, and one fucking worthless mayor and his husband, i mean wife, is not enough payment for the governments shenanigans and 43 'disappearances' just as not many of the jews murdered by the nazis had the pleasure of having their tormentors punished, not even with a rose petal,

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