[The New American - http://thenewamerican.com/world-news/north-america/item/17396-u-s-government-and-top-mexican-drug-cartel-exposed-as-partners ]
For over a decade, under multiple administrations, the U.S.
government had a secret agreement with the ruthless Mexican Sinaloa drug
cartel that allowed it to operate with impunity, an in-depth investigation
by a leading Mexican newspaper confirmed this week. In exchange for
information and assistance in quashing competing criminal syndicates,
the Bush and Obama administrations let the Sinaloa cartel import tons of
drugs into the United States while wiping out Sinaloa competitors and
ensuring that its leaders would not be prosecuted for their long list of
major crimes. Other revelations also point strongly to massive but clandestine U.S. government involvement in drug trafficking.
Relying on over 100 interviews with current and former government
functionaries on both sides of the border, as well as official documents
from the U.S. and Mexican governments, Mexico’s El Universal
concluded that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the U.S. Justice
Department had secretly worked with Mexican drug lords. The
controversial conspiring led to increased violence across Mexico, where
many tens of thousands have been murdered in recent years, the newspaper
found after its year-long probe. The U.S. agents and their shady deals
with Mexican drug lords even sparked what the paper called a “secret
war” inside Mexico.
The newspaper’s investigation also confirmed long-held suspicions
that U.S. authorities were signing secret agreements with Mexican drug
cartels — especially Sinaloa, which CIA operatives have said was
a favorite for use in achieving geo-political objectives. Supposedly
without the knowledge or approval of officials in Mexico, ICE and DEA,
with a green light from Washington, D.C., made deals with criminal
bosses allowing them to avoid prosecution for a vast crime spree that
has included mass murder, corruption, bribery, drug trafficking,
extortion, and more. In exchange, cartel leaders simply had to help U.S.
officials eliminate their competitors — certainly a win-win scenario
for crime bosses who prefer to operate without competition or fear of