Mexico’s “war on drugs” employs army torture and police-state tactics

Dandelion Salad

By Rafael Azul and Kevin Kearney
http://www.wsws.org
25 May 2009

Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission CNDH, an independent government agency, has reported that the Mexican army is torturing citizens just across the US border in its war on drug cartels. The report reveals a systematic practice of arbitrary detentions, beatings and electrical shocks against innocent citizens with no connection to the drug trade.

Continuing policies implemented under Bush, the Obama administration wholeheartedly supports the current military operations in Mexico. Since early 2007, the US government has provided millions in cash, military technology and military trainers, promising billions more in the coming years. Just a month before the latest torture revelations emerged, Obama described the US as a “full partner” in Mexico’s bloody drug war, sending “hundreds of federal agents along with high-tech surveillance equipment…to help Mexico fight the cartels,” the BBC reported.

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