Joaquín Guzmán Loera, alias 'El Chapo': Mexico's most wanted

drug trafficker and one of the richest men in the world according

to Forbes Magazine, he has been on the run for 11 years. Is the

U.S. keeping it that way to demonstrate Mexican incompetence?



La Jornada, Mexico

With Tale of Drug Lord, U.S. Builds Case for Mexico Intervention


"The U.S. placed 'El Chapo' on the list of the richest men in the world, carefully avoiding any comment on its sources of information. And if these were indeed trustworthy, why didn't Washington provide this information to the organs of justice? No country or body has corroborated this story. Ergo: it is of interest only to the U.S. Why? It has a lot to do with its intent to further subjugate our current government - or perhaps the government looming on the horizon. What is the pretext? Our incompetence."


By Jorge Carrillo Olea


Translated By Halszka Czarnocka


February 14, 2012


Mexico - La Jornada - Original Article (Spanish)

A U.S. Department of Justice wanted poster for Joaquín Guzmán Loera, alias 'El Chapo.' The drug lord has been on the run for 11 years. Is that the way the United States wants it?


FOX NEWS, U.S.: Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Guzman, Feb. 6, 2009, 00:08:01RealVideo

This text refers to an unusual event in contemporary political history, and one that the government is keeping in almost total obscurity. The president is constitutionally responsible for informing the public about the state of his administration. He can delegate certain cases depending in what they're about, but what he cannot do is avoid them.


The case of Joaquín Guzmán Loera has long since transcended the sphere of criminality and inserted itself into the conduct of domestic policy - with serious consequences for international relations. We should point out the willingness of the United States to exaggerate the importance of this man. It was the United States and no one else that propagated an inflated and exalted image of this individual.


The U.S. placed him on the list of the world's richest men, while carefully avoiding any comment on where such information came from and what the sources were. And if these were indeed true and trustworthy, why didn't Washington provide this information to the organs of justice, as the law stipulates? No country or international body, public or private, has corroborated this story. Ergo: it is of interest only to the U.S. Why? This is a puzzle to solve, but it certainly has a lot to do with its intent to further subjugate our current government - or perhaps the government looming on the horizon. What is the pretext? Our incompetence. The United States indeed knows something about planning for the future.


[Editor's Note: It was Forbes Magazine, and not the U.S. government, that published information about the wealth of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka/El Chapo.]


The truth is evident, and although the U.S. doesn't spell it out, it waits for people to deduce it for themselves. And as the defense secretary disclosed, the Calderón administration has refused or otherwise failed to deal with this individual or his criminal entourage. It is plain and simple and demands a fundamental political explanation from Felipe Calderón: why has justice failed? Eleven years have passed since his escape - and nothing has been achieved in those 11 years! I don't believe it. Neither do I believe that Guzmán is hiding in a super-fortress in Sierra Madre. Oh, no. He is everywhere and nowhere, in an anonymous city, in Mexico or out of it, along with so many other drug lords.


At the Merida meeting in February 2007, Calderón asked George W. Bush for software, hardware, training and many millions of dollars. Then not another word was heard about it. What else is that electronic equipment for if not locating, tracking and intercepting communications? Has it all been in vain? Guzmán's escape was 6 years old at that point and Calderón's war [on drugs] had just begun, as was boasted about at the meeting. And then nothing happened - why?


He knows and tolerates the ominous presence of U.S. agents here; he knows what they are doing, what occupies them. Then why not require from them the results of their already long years of effort, having at their disposal technological resources that are nothing short of incredible: radar, satellites, photo-thermal capable aircraft - like Lockheed's U-2; the monitoring of bank accounts, credit cards, telephone calls, deposits in offshore fiscal paradises, infiltrators, informers. Why do we tolerate this lack of success?


Joaquín Guzmán may have become a piece of the puzzle that we have been unable to assemble and which may exacerbate bilateral tensions when Washington defines Mexico as a nation at risk - an inconvenient and potentially dangerous neighbor. Calderon's advisors certainly know by now what are the real intentions and ulterior motives of their U.S. associates.


And then their have been those strange visits of General David Petraeus, head of the Central Intelligence Agency and former commander in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, along with a group of U.S. House members led by Speaker John Boehner himself ... Was their goal merely the exchange views about the security of the two nations, as has been stated? Would the CIA director and such a distinguished group of legislators travel only to "exchange ideas"? The truth may be that they demand more influence over our domestic security, including our electoral process. Wouldn't recent leaks from DEA have something to do with it? They want more, they want it now and they want it tomorrow. In other words, this and the next government will have to be in the same mold.  




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More than ever before, Mexico has become the inconvenient neighbor, and it is happening in the middle of the U.S. campaign trail. For Republicans it is an article of faith: They would very much like to use the argument that Mexico is incapable of controlling its own destiny and is a national security risk. El Chapo and the tremendous trafficking in drugs have become proof of our weakness, which is now a dangerous symbol. The ultimate goal of the United States is to be able to say "Let us resolve the problems that the Mexicans cannot.” Therefore, continuing with the theme of Guzmán Loera, Calderón is either feeding us a big lie or he's hiding behind a mask - which amounts to the same thing.




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