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According to a U.S. State Department cable released by whistleblower site, WikiLeaks, via La Jornada, the most lethal weapons used by the Mexican cartels come from Central American arsenals, not from the U.S. La Jornada cites one cable, reference ID 09MEXICO808, reportedly drafted as a briefing for agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), following an arms trafficking conference that took place April 1 and 2 in Cuernavaca, Morelos.

La Jornada reports that the cable states that 90 percent of the high-power weapons, submitted by Mexico law enforcement to the U.S. for tracing, were in fact traced to Central America arsenals. Another State Department cable, released by WikiLeaks and dated January 25, 2010, also discusses the problem of arms trafficking across the southern border. "While there are 30,000 U.S. CBP officers on the 1,926 mile Mexican/U.S. border, only 125 Mexican immigration officials monitor the 577 border with Guatemala," the cable notes.

http://wikileaks.jornada.com.mx/not...esde-centroamerica-eu/?searchterm=09mexico880

The arms trafficking industry crisscrosses the Americas, providing weapons for insurgencies and organized criminals from Buenos Aires to Ciudad Juárez. It leaves close to 100,000 dead per year Latin America and the Caribbean and is a leading cause of instability throughout the region. For years, the movement of weapons was governed by the Cold War and the insurgencies that emerged throughout Latin America. Governments, as well as guerrilla groups in Central and South America, sought to arm themselves using mostly U.S., Russian and Chinese weapons.

In some cases, the United States, seeking to hide arms transfers, moved Russian weapons such as the Avtomat Kalashnikov 47 (AK-47) assault rifle, through third countries like Israel to camouflage their sales to illegal groups. The Soviets, meanwhile, moved weapons through Cuba and later Nicaragua. The arms trade flourished, and distribution patterns that are still prevalent today were established.

http://insightcrime.org/criminal-activities/arms-trafficking/item/507-arms-trafficking

The end of the wars in Central America, combined with the fall of the Soviet Union, has opened new doors for the arms trade. Both rebel and government weapons stockpiles from Central America have slipped into the black market, many of them making their way to Colombia to furnish leftist rebels in the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Ejército de Liberación Nacional or National Liberation Army (ELN), as well as right-wing paramilitaries in the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia or United Self-defense Groups of Colombia (AUC). Others weapons came via the old Soviet bloc countries, often trafficked through Central America, in particular Panamá, which became a hub for Colombia-bound weapons.

http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/

The AUC’s settlement with the government and subsequent demobilization in between 2004-2006, has given new criminal groups that emerged from this process the firepower to traffic drugs, extort local businesses and wealthy landowners, and threaten to undermine eight years sustained military and political progress in that country. Other weapons continue to arrive from the former Soviet Union. Indeed, small countries like Romania have become the chief supplier of their version of the AK to Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs). Meanwhile, governments like the Hugo Chávez administration in Venezuela have greatly increased their arsenal.

Venezuela purchased 100,000 AKs from Russia in 2006, among other armaments. And in 2007, the Venezuelan government began building a factory that will manufacture AK-103s, a variation of the ubiquitous AK-47, and manufacture 7.62 mm rounds, the ammunition of choice for the FARC and ELN. Colombian and U.S. government officials worry these weapons, as well as the old Venezuelan military stockpiles, may end up in the hands of the rebels.

http://insightcrime.org/criminal-ac.../item/992-colombia-police-seize-1000-firearms
 

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High Gun Seizures in Mexico: Not a Sign of Success

A huge rise in gun seizures in Mexico, which have gone up 16-fold over the last four years, indicates the failure of customs authorities to stop weapons entering the country -- and not just from the U.S.

Mexico's Ministry of Defense seized more than 83,000 weapons in 2010, according to statistics quoted by El Universal; a vast increase on the less than 6,000 seized in 2007.

Meanwhile, as an investigation by Milenio revealed, Mexican customs agents (Servicio de Administracion Tributaria - SAT) have only managed to confiscate a tiny fraction of all weapons smuggled into the country. In recent years the Federal Police have been far more successful in confiscating illegal arms than the customs officers.

The consequences of the SAT's failure are easy to see. Tens of thousands of weapons enter the country, are used against citizens and law enforcement officers, and some are eventually confiscated by police forces in raids or other high risk operations.

http://translate.google.com/transla...p://www.eluniversal.com.mx/nacion/185628.html

The weakness of the SAT worries the U.S. government, which maintains a SAT training center as part of the Department of Homeland Security in El Paso Texas. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has recently stepped up training of SAT staff, including increased courses in the detection of smuggled money, narcotics and firearms, as well as the use of canines, reported Milenio.

Since 2007, the U.S. has spent nearly $5 million under the Merida Initiative to help modernize the SAT, and has been involved with cross-border initiatives aimed at increasing bilateral cooperation. Despite this influx of U.S. dollars, border seizures have fallen in some crossing points, according to Milenio, leaving domestic law enforcement agencies to pick up the slack.

Weapons proliferation is a complex problem that cannot be easily solved, even with improved border inspections. An estimated 2,000 weapons cross the border illegally into Mexico·every day, according to Milenio. Although the country which has some of the strictest gun ownership laws in the world, everything from AK-47 to anti-aircraft guns are smuggled across the border.

http://azstarnet.com/article_011e7118-8951-5206-a878-39bfbc9dc89d.html

The federal government have fingered the United States as the main source of illegal weapons in Mexico, but the problem does not only exist on the U.S. border. Guatemala is also an important source of weapons for Mexico's armed groups. As InSight has reported, weapons seized from Mexican drug gang the Zetas have been traced back to the Guatemalan military. Many cartel members reportedly carry arms imported from Romania and China.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in June 2009 that 90 percent of arms found in Mexico originated in the United States. However, this figure was derived only from traceable weapons, which accounted for less than 12 percent of the GAO's figures, according to Stratfor.

Furthermore, as Stratfor pointed out, many of the weapons confiscated in Mexico are not available for purchase in the United States. This includes military-grade hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenades, automatic assault rifles and light machine guns. Due to heavy military security in the U.S., it is likely the majority of such weapons originate in countries such as China, Guatemala or even South Korea. The head of the U.S. army's Southern Command, General Douglas Fraser, has testified that over 50 percent of military grade weapons in Mexico come from Central America.

http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/20110209-mexicos-gun-supply-and-90-percent-myth
 

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Cable: Honduran Military Supplied Weaponry to Cartels

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As Mexican cartels infiltrate Central America, corrupt elements within the region’s militaries from places like Honduras are providing them with arms far superior to those of local police. But the question remains: Just how many of the weapons used by Mexican cartels come from military stockpiles in Central America versus civilian gun stores in the United States?

The question is central. The source of the guns fueling a war that has left over 36,000 dead in Mexico since December 2006, has governments and advocate groups on both sides of the border pointing fingers. Mexico is reportedly considering suing U.S. gunmakers, reports CBS News.

But gun stores along the U.S. border states are only one source of weaponry used in Mexico. As InSight has reported, Guatemala's military stockpiles have been filtered illegally to the Zetas criminal gang. On top of this, according to a 2008 U.S. diplomatic cable first obtained by WikiLeaks and recently released by McClatchy, the Honduran military has “lost” several U.S.-supplied military weapons in recent years.

The DIA cable, avaliable below, cites a Defense Intelligence Agency report entitled “Honduras: Military Weapons Fuel Black Arms Market,” which noted that the serial numbers on light anti-tank weapons recovered in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and San Andres Island, Colombia, matched the numbers on guns that had previously been sold to Honduras. In addition to the guns, U.S. authorities seized a number of M433 grenades from criminal groups in Mexico, which were also traced back to the Honduran army.

http://insightcrime.org/insight-lat...onduran-military-supplied-weaponry-to-cartels

Full Cable:

S E C R E T STATE 105491

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/01/2018 TAGS: MASS, MCAP, PARM, HO SUBJECT: DEMARCHE: LAX HONDURAN CONTROLS ON U.S.-SUPPLIED WEAPONS Classified By: Classified by: Christopher W. Webster, Director WHA/CEN Reason(s) 1.4 (a),(b), (c), and (d).

1. (U) Action request contained in paras 2 and 3.

2. (S/NF) Summary: The USG has become aware that light antitank weapons (LAWs) and grenades supplied to Honduras under the Foreign Military Sales program were recovered in Mexico and Colombia. The Department's Bureau of Political Military Affairs is preparing a congressional notification (required by Section 3 of the Arms Export Control Act) regarding the possible unauthorized diversion, misuse or failure to secure such U.S.origin defense articles or defense services by the Government of Honduras (GOH). The Embassy is requested to raise this issue with appropriate GOH officials to ensure that GOH officials understand their legal end-use obligations with respect to control of U.S.-origin defense articles, that USG end-use monitoring is being completed, and that failure to fulfill their obligations may jeopardize certain aspects of future bilateral security cooperation.

OBJECTIVES

3. (SBU) Department requests Embassy pursue the following objectives with appropriate GOH Ministries of Defense (MOD) and Foreign Affairs (MFA) officials

-- To remind GOH that is has retransfer, end-use and security obligations with respect to defense articles or defense services sold or granted by the U.S.

-- To ensure that the GOH realizes the importance of ensuring especially weapons, supplied under U.S. military assistance programs to prevent unauthorized transfers.

-- To gain GOH commitment to accept responsibility for investigating unauthorized diversions and punish appropriately those held responsible.

-- To obtain GOH action to strengthen controls on import/export of weapons and other military equipment.

-- Reiterate U.S. support for on-going weapons destruction programs or new requests for future programs. Express U.S. willingness to provide physical security and/or stockpile management assistance to the GOH if requested.

BACKGROUND

4. (S/NF) On July 9, 2008, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) published a report entitled "Honduras: Military Weapons Fuel Black Arms Market". According to the DIA report, three light anti-tank weapons (LAWs) were recovered in Mexico City in January 2008, and one was recovered in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in April 2008. Six more LAWs were recovered on San Andres Island, Colombia in March 2008. Factory markings analysis of lot and serial numbers undertaken by DIA's Military Materiel Identification Division (CHUCKWAGON)/MIO-5 indicates that these LAWs were part of a shipment of fifty sent to the Honduran 2nd Infantry Battalion's TESON training element. The LAWs were originally transferred to Honduras in 1992 as part of a U.S. Foreign Military Sales program. (C/HND) In April 2008, an investigation undertaken by the Honduran military found that the 2nd Infantry Battalion's TESON training element could not account for 26 of these fifty LAWs. (S/NF) In addition, at least two U.S.-produced M433 40-mm grenades have been recovered in Colombia and Mexico, according to credible sources with direct access cited in the DIA report. The only foreign military sale of M433 40-mm grenades was to Honduras in 1985.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/04/21/112595/cable-lax-honduran-controls-on.html
 

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Oh my!!
Where's all the condeming replies to Wikileaks now?!!
Where's all the posts accusing them of being trators and spies?!!

I remember well last year, when the Wikileaks video came out showing the nut-case helicopter pilots gunning down innocent civilians in Iraq... and I also remember all the accusations from people in this board saying that Assange should be tried for espionage and then imprisoned.

Where are you dunces now!??
How come you are soooo silent now?!!

Wikileaks now pulls the pants down on these lying thugs that have taken over our governement (commie-democrat and GOP), and you are all silent?!!

Jeeze!!

Wikileaks exposes our own governments lies--and you say nothing.

ST
 

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Ah, yes. Since the grip is getting tighter for American-borne gun runners, the eyes have been set on a South American alternative. Chapo Guzman moved his operation to Argentina. Their reach is going deeper, and deeper. Can't say I'm not surprised, however, I feel for the innocent in those regions.
 

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Ah, yes. Since the grip is getting tighter for American-borne gun runners, the eyes have been set on a South American alternative. Chapo Guzman moved his operation to Argentina. Their reach is going deeper, and deeper. Can't say I'm not surprised, however, I feel for the innocent in those regions.
No no, it's always been Fark commies in Columbia destabilizing South and Central America, Look under Chavez's skirts.
 

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Oh my!!
Where's all the condeming replies to Wikileaks now?!!
Where's all the posts accusing them of being trators and spies?!!

I remember well last year, when the Wikileaks video came out showing the nut-case helicopter pilots gunning down innocent civilians in Iraq... and I also remember all the accusations from people in this board saying that Assange should be tried for espionage and then imprisoned.

Where are you dunces now!??
How come you are soooo silent now?!!

Wikileaks now pulls the pants down on these lying thugs that have taken over our governement (commie-democrat and GOP), and you are all silent?!!

Jeeze!!

Wikileaks exposes our own governments lies--and you say nothing.

ST

I still want the bastard hanged for endangering our troops... and nothing would make me happier than to actually witness that..
 

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Well, between dropping as much info as I have the last few days on 4 different forums only to swim through upstream through the infractions and 'tl;dr's, a friend and I decided to launch a website about the drug war, official and leaked cables, videos and images from the border, technical information when available, and a cute little interactive map I found showing breaking stories. Dunno when it'll be up, but it will be a ton easier than dumping on various forums Willy nilly.
 

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I still want the bastard hanged for endangering our troops... and nothing would make me happier than to actually witness that..

Are you still drinking that Koolaide?!!
Assange did not filch these supposed secret files/tapes... they were stolen by a ********-soldier and passed on.

Too bad if Uncle-Thug (formerly Uncle Sam) can't hang onto its embarrasing secrets.

And nothing Wikileaks released endangered any soldier/thug in the field.
Nothing at all.

Stop drinking the Koolaide!!

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