The Merida Initiative

I’m betting most Americans have never heard about this Initiative and there is a reason.  It is another secret, backdoor arrangement that President Bush and the Administration have taken part in with Mexico.  This initiative is a funded project tucked into the 2008 supplemental budget to the tune of $1.4 billion dollars.  What is this initiative exactly?  It basically is a plan to help Mexico seal up their southern border with Central America to keep out drugs, gangs and crime.  The first phase includes $550 million dollars in aid for inspection scanners, helicopters, surveillance tools and case management software.  This was all implemented without any inpute from the Legislature.  No Republican has stood up against this and only a few Democrats have opposed it.

President Bush on March 12, 2007 said in regards to the Merida Initiative:  “Our countries are working together to fight transnational gangs.  And the President (Berger) was right – I suggested we think about this issue regionally.  You’ve got to understand that these gangs are able to move throughout Central America and up through Mexico into our own country, and therefore, we’ve got to think regionally and act regionally.”  WHAT!?  This Adminstration (and the rest of the government) refuse to do anything about our border with Mexico whether it be building a fence and adding to or funding the Border Patrol and yet they want to spend billions to seal up Mexico’s southern border.  Is it any wonder that this is being kept a secret?

If you want to find out the details on this Initiative just Google, The Merida Initiative, and it will give you the State Departments website.

One response to “The Merida Initiative

  1. ***********Immediate Release March 21, 2008**************

    Secret Documents Released

    Murdered Journalist Network Denounces Military Reward for Impunity

    Contacts: http://friendsofbradwill.org

    The international network demanding accountability for the murder of US journalist Brad Will released secret documents detailing proposed military support for Mexican security forces implicated in murder, torture and continuing arbitrary detentions.

    “Finally we were able to obtain these documents, which even Members of Congress have yet to see. We hope that by releasing them to the public we will be able to better make our case for withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military subsidies to the Mexican military. The murderers of Brad and many others in Oaxaca and Atenco and Chiapas must be brought to justice if U.S. support for human rights is to mean anything.” said Harry Bubbins, of Friends of Brad Will. Over 70% of the proposed $1.5 billion would entail lethal aid analysts revealed.

    Friends of Brad Will is with a widespread coalition of labor and human rights advocates urging House Speaker Pelosi and Eliot Engels, the Chair of the Western Hemispheric affairs subcommittee to oppose U.S. support for Mexican military and police forces. Mr. Will, the 36 year old reporter, was murdered in Oaxaca, Mexico on October 27th, 2006. Witnesses and photographic evidence implicate members of the Mexican government, including a police chief in his death that day.

    President Bush announced a $1.5 billion dollar “security cooperation initiative” proposal for Mexico that the President is trying to bury into the Iraq supplemental spending package submitted to Congress. The initiative allows sharing of U.S. military intelligence information with Mexican military counterparts and provides weaponry and training with the notoriously corrupt and brutal Mexican military and police.

    Brad Will’s family and friends denounced plans to fund a “Plan Mexico” that would be more costly than the controversial “Plan Colombia”. They pointed to the lack of any credible investigation into the murder of the U.S. journalist, who was in Mexico
    covering the protests of a popular movement of teachers and their supporters facing paramilitary violence deployed by the Mexican government and the governor of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.

    “We are confident that Congress will not just rubber stamp this ill-advised military aid package in Bush’s waning days that would lead to further human rights abuses for decades to come.” stated Robert Jereski, a Congressional liaison for Friends of Brad Will.

    SECRET DOCUMENTS AT:

    Friends of Brad Will meet Chairperson, Rep. Engel

    PARTIAL HELICOPTER OUTLAYS PROPOSED:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/protectrandallsislandandmore/2349516939/in/set-72157600222165326/

    SUMMARY SHEET 1 of 4

    Meria Initiative 1
    By Friends of Brad Will
    http://friendsofbradwill.org

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