ICC to decide whether to investigate high-level U.S. drug-gun human rights abuses resulting in 40,000 Mexican deaths
Friday, Mexican human rights lawyer Netzai Sandoval filed the largest civil lawsuit ever presented to the International Criminal Court (ICC), demanding it investigate both cartels and officials responsible for systematic human rights abuses and crimes against humanity during the Drug War, a probe that might include Secretary Hillary Clinton plus Department of Defense Officials since U.S. Secretary of State and DoD have been involved in supplying weapons to the Mexican drug mafia, contributing to 40,000 deaths and 23,000 Mexicans signing the petition to ICC.
Aside from supplying weapons to Mexican drug runners through the U.S. Fast and Furious, in February 2011, the Pentagon began flying high-altitude, unarmed drones over Mexican skies, reportedly to collect information to give to Mexican law enforcement agencies.
Five years ago, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, at the beginning of his administration, launched his nation’s War on Drugs.
Since then, the government says more than 40,000 people have been killed since President Felipe Calderón took office and threw federal police and military at the cartels, with the toll for 2010, 15,237, the heaviest yet.
“Based upon the statistics compiled by Tom Stilson (BigGovernment.com), our own State Department and Defense Department [headed by Hillary Rotham Clinton] may be the premier suppliers of weapons to Mexican drug cartels — not the US civilian,” according to Brasscheck TV on Sunday.
Stilson reports, “From 2003-2009, over 150,000 Mexican soldiers deserted from their ranks. Drug cartels became so confident in their recruitment of military personnel that they posted help wanted ads for hit men, traffickers, and guards.
“When these soldiers desert, their US-supplied weapons (grenades, sniper rifles, assault weapons, etc.) often accompany them over to the cartels. In 2008 and 2009, 13,792 and 20,530 small arms were exported to Mexico from the US. Over 92% of these arms were civilian legal semi-automatic or non-automatic firearms, a number eerily similar to the debunked 90% number echoed by the ATF.
“A 2008 State Department memo to then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi shows a $1,000,000 shipment of select fire M4A2 assault rifles to the Mexican Federal Police Force, (AKA Federales) one of the most corrupt Mexican government agencies.
The most recent numbers from 2010 show the U.S. Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) — the U.S. State Department agency responsible for overseeing the exportation of military goods — authorized transferring 2.5 million units of small arms, weapon optics, silencers, and related components according to Stilson.
Stilson also highlights that same year, over 11 million units of ammunition and 127,000 units of explosive ordnance were cleared for exportation to Mexico — $25 million worth of small arms, ammunition, and explosives shipped to Mexico authorized by Hillary Clinton, Secretary of the State Department.
He furthers on BigGovernment.com:
In recent months, allegations have surfaced that the State Department’s US Direct Commercial Sales Program and DDTC may have directly shipped arms to the Zetas, the Gulf Cartel’s hit squad. The Zetas were at one time trained and supplied with American weaponry by our own 7th Special Forces Group in the early 1990s.
These claims against the State Department arose even after the DDTC recognized the Americas Region in 2009 as having the highest rate of unfavorable traces for their Blue Lantern Program. The Blue Lantern Program involves traces performed by the DDTC to ensure exported military weaponry does not end up with an unauthorized nation or organization. For the Americas, 80% of traces where unauthorized end users were identified involved small arms.
From 2008 to 2009, when President Obama entered office, Defense Department expenditures to Mexico have increased from $12 million to $34,000,000 and State Department expenditures increased from $7.2 million to $356 million. While 2010 data is currently unavailable, it appears our foreign aid to Mexico has continued to increase for 2011.
“These statistics imply the State and Defense Departments may very well be the top suppliers of small arms to Mexico’s drug cartels and not civilians.”
The New York Times reports that “Mexican and American officials, crediting American training of the military and what they consider to be an increasingly professional federal police force, point out that more than half of the 37 most wanted crime bosses announced last year have been captured or killed.
“But the military has also been accused of acting with impunity, getting rebukes by the United States, international organizations and human rights advocates.”
In July, an investigation revealed “one of the most damning United States human rights violations in history, one ameliorating Targeted Individuals with a high-level whistleblower’s testimony prompting the Senate Judiciary Committee to deepen its probe into the FBI and other Justice Department agencies allegedly allowing thousands of U.S. weapons to cross the Mexican border into hands of dangerous members of cartels including Zetas, all part of the U.S. drug- and gun-smuggling operation. (“Secret FBI weapon-smuggling cover-up deepens probe, helps innocent targets – National Human Rights | lodeplus.com”
Mexican government officials had complained that drug violence south of the border is fueled by the steady supply of firearms from the United States. It appeared that agents have been ordered to look the other way according to the CBS.
(Watch CBS report on U.S. Fast and Furious gun running operation to Mexico.)
Under the gun–trafficking operation Fast and Furious, the ATF lost track of guns and some Mexican drug cartel figures targeted by the ATF in the gun-trafficking investigation were paid informants for the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration according to the Charlotte Observer.
In two days of meetings with congressional investigators, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) acting director Kenneth E. Melson said that the FBI and DEA kept the ATF “in the dark” about their relationships with cartel informants.
“In October, a New York Times article described how American law enforcement agencies have significantly built up networks of Mexican informants that have allowed them to secretly infiltrate some of that country’s most powerful and dangerous criminal organizations.
Mexican drug trafficking cartels “represent the greatest organized crime threat to the United States,” according to a recent Justice Department report. This is especially true when that threat is fueled by American resources through top-level U.S. officials.
The cartels have waged increasingly violent battles, using American weapons supplied by the U.S. State Department and Department of Defence.
(Watch Fast and Furious spin/defend Gunwalking to Mexico before denying to CBS she knew about it.)
The complaint was signed by 23,000 Mexican citizens on paper and through an on-line petition [es].
“The petition demands an investigation on both sides involved in fighting the drug war in Mexico: the heads of the cartels, like “El Chapo Guzmán”, and the government of President Felipe Calderon, including the president, commanders of the army and the Secretariat of Public Security,” reported Global Voices on Friday. If ICC proceeds, it will be a first for it as it has yest to conduct a deep probe into human rights violations that might implicate the U.S.
The lack of such investigations and ongoing atrocities led by the U.S. is why last week, thousands of social justice activists from across the naiton led by America’s holy man, Father Roy Bourgeois, launched Occupy Fort Benning — to call for an end to U.S. militarization and for the closure of its Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly the School of Americas that trains Mexican military to commit atrocities such as those resulting in the 40,000 Mexican brutal deaths.
“We came to Fort Benning this weekend to challenge the killers of the SOA,” stated Daniel Ginsberg of Peace Action, according to Fight Back News. “We’ll be heading home to our Occupations to continue defending activists from government repression.” (“Rights workers to ICC: Investigate officials for 1000s Mexicans tortured, killed,” Dupré, D.| lodeplus.com)
Complete information about the trial that 23,000 Mexican citizens are seeking of the ICC can be found at Juicio Penal Internacional a Calderón [es].
(video) Learn how US oppresses Latinos so they cross border at On The Line
Also see Deadly Mexican drug war tactics must end: Human Rights Commission