Saturday, November 5, 2011

Medina Mora denies he knew of the operation "Open Receiver"
NOVEMBER 4, 2011
Eduardo Medina Mora, exprocurador. Foto: Alejandro Saldívar
Eduardo Medina Mora, exprocurador. 
Foto: Alejandro Saldívar
MEXICO, D.F. (Approved) .- Eduardo Medina Mora denied having any knowledge, when he served as Attorney General of the Republic, of the operation "Open Receiver", with which deliberately allowed the entry of weapons into the country during the administration of then president of U.S. President George W. Bush.

In an interview with Radio Formula, the now Mexico's ambassador to the United Kingdom stated that since he was appointed prosecutor in 2006, had several meetings with their U.S. peers.

At these meetings, he said, "discussed many issues, many schemes of cooperation, but I can assure that at no time discussed the possibility expressly or authorization with respect to any controlled
delivery operation of weapons."

However, a report dating from 2007-entitled meeting with the attorney general of Mexico's Attorney General, Medina Mora, prepared for Michel Mukasey, then U.S. attorney general, found that Mexican
exprocurador was aware of failed operations .

This document, prepared by the Bureau of Alcohol, Snuff, Firearms and Explosives, United States (ATF, for its acronym in English), is part of the documentation submitted by the legislature Darell Issa, in charge of the investigation also failed operations " Fast and Furious "that allowed the illegal entry of more than two thousand weapons to Mexico.

This report corroborates that a holder of the Justice Department learned of the strategy to "stop walking arms" to Mexico with the idea of ​​catching gangs trafficking in arms.

Medina Mora said such a program "never has been allowed because it was totally out of the logic of that is the pursuit of intelligence information to build cases against people accused based on organized
crime involved."

He insisted he has no recollection of these events "and I remember, I assure you, if that issue had been addressed."

Separately, the chairman of the Political Coordination Board (Jucopo) of the Senate, Manlio Fabio Beltrones, said that require Chancellor Patricia Espinosa Medina Mora to request a detailed report on their knowledge of the operation "Open Receiver".

According to the coordinator of the PRI caucus, representatives of the various parties agreed that "urge to find a proper explanation" of Mexico's ambassador to England on this subject.

"We have specific information that is of concern, which is available
to all.

"The Senate has called strongly for attention and, accordingly prior to information, we require that Mexico's ambassador to Britain, who was then the prosecutor allegedly met on the functions and operating introduction of weapons into national territory, will give us a report for us to regulate our criteria, "argued Beltrones. Read below the fold:

Failure to do so, he said, the Senate might do wrong or fail to act with the prudence that is owed.

The report of the Secretary of Justice meeting with Mexico's Attorney General, Medina Mora, prepared for the US general ex-prosecutor,Michael Mukasey, is also reported failed attempts by federal agents
to track illicit weapons that were purchased at the border and entered Mexico.

The paper informs Mukasey that the tactic of "escorting the gun"which means to follow the suspect purchaser of a gun to keep him under observation, with no arrest for the moment had not succeeded,
but the Bureau of Alcohol, Snuff , Firearms and Explosives, United States (ATF, for its acronym in English) wanted to try again.

To this end, Mukasey suggested that Medina Mora be persuaded to provide a corruption-free Mexican team to collaborate in the operation.

Section G, entitled "Trafficking in weapons," states that "it is particularly important that the ATF has taken actions recently to Mexico in the first attempt to control the delivery of weapons
smuggled into that country by important weapons traffickers, "who is not identified, according to information released by the Associated Press.

"Although the first attempts of this controlled delivery have not been effective, the investigation continues, and the ATF would like to extend the possibility of such investigations and controlled
deliveries, because only this way can the research on an entire network smuggling, rather than a simple arrest smuggler.

"To that end, it is essential to assign a Mexican unit tested to work with the ATF about it," the report stressed.

Implicitly, the report attributed to Mexican authorities the failure of the operation, stating that they failed in the task, they claimed that they saw the car carrying weapons that had been alerted by ATF.

This report is part of the documents presented Issa research carried out on the failed operations also "Fast and Furious" in the administration of President Barack Obama.

However, the legislature's investigation also reached the Bush administration, specifically the Attorney Mukasey and his Mexican counterpart that time, Medina Mora.

Documents disclosed several weeks ago by the U.S. Department of Justice have exposed the operation "Open Receiver" which was launched by the ATF office in Tucson, Arizona, in 2006.

As with "Fast and Furious", this operation allowed the sale of weapons that were deliberately placed in the hands of traffickers on the Mexican side.

In recent days, Darell Issa himself acknowledged, citing figures from the ATF, that of the 94,000 weapons have been recovered in the last five years in Mexico, 64,000 were sold by American gun shops.

The controversy over "Fast and Furious" came after two assault rifles purchased by a person who is now prey were used in a shootout in Arizona where he died on Border Patrol agent Brian Ferry.

Next week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, will be presented before Congress to talk about his claim that he had not heard of the tactic until earlier this year.

Just last Thursday, a U.S. government report, entitled National Assessment of the threat of gangs, 2011, states that the Mexican cartels get high-powered weapons by gangs operating in the United

The assessment prepared by the Department of Justice indicates that the bands acquire weapons "relatively easy" for its operations and to sell to Mexico. Even suggests that gang members resort to active and retired military to stock up on weapons.
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