Why are Mexican drones flying over US territory?
In El Paso, Texas yesterday, a Mexican military drone fell from the sky. The big question is, “Why are Mexican military aircraft patrolling US airspace?” The rampant corruption in that country’s government and military, coupled with the ongoing drug war on the border and unfettered illegal immigration lead the suspect mind to wonder–Are US military aid dollars funding operations to infiltrate our own country?
Last year it was reported that Mexican President Felipe Calderon had asked President Obama for armed drones to help his country track down and kill leaders of the drug cartel. On Calderon’s watch, over 30,000 have died due to drug violence according to Mexico’s attorney general Arturo Chavez.
For years, the US military has used the drones in the Afghan and Iraq wars to attack insurgent targets. But the drones have also been used extensively to gather intelligence on reconnaissance missions in those wars. Most Americans would likely have no problem with supplying these vehicles to help the Mexican government battle the vicious drug lords, but those missions would take place south of the border. But reconnaissance missions on our side could indicate the drones are now being used to aid criminals infiltrating the US with illicit drugs and/or illegal immigrants.
There have been numerous reports over the last several years of Mexican military units interfering with US Border Patrol operations. Earlier this year, border patrol agents reported taking fire from a Mexican military unit that crossed the border in New Mexico. According to a union official for border patrol agents, the Juarez drug cartel had offered a $200,000 bounty on US Border Patrol agents.
In 2003, a group of civilian volunteer border watchers reported that a squad of Mexican soldiers fired on their position. Tom Tancredo, then a US Representative from Colorado speculated such incursions into US territory were intended to support and facilitate the movement of illegal drugs and aliens into the country.
Unmanned drones, in the hands of corrupt Mexican military officials bought by cartel drug money, could easily be used to search intended border crossings for border patrol or police presence. Yesterday’s crash raises suspicion that this may indeed be taking place.
“We are collecting data about the crash. We don’t have the aircraft because it was returned to its owner,” said Keith Holloway, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates aircraft crashes in the United States and in other countries that request its help.
It may be difficult to prove any such allegation because the drone was immediately returned to the Mexican military before any investigation could be conducted. El Paso Police Detective Mike Baranyay said he received a report of the crashed aircraft but his department was told “it was not a police matter.” The US Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security refused to comment on why the drone was returned to Mexico before an investigation was conducted.
Mexican government and military officials have a well-documented history of corruption and collaboration with the drug cartels and supporting illegal immigration. This history makes it easy to infer such corruption and collaboration may well have been at work in this incident. We supplied Mexico with these drones to fight the drug war. If the Mexican military and/or government is turning these weapons against us, it’s time we begin to look at our neighbor to the south as more of an enemy than a friend.
Tags: Border, Mexico, Border Patrol, El Paso, Drug War, Illegal Immigration, Drone, Drones, Military, Drug Cartel
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