Sunday, February 19, 2006

U.S. gives Mexico millions for security

Washington Times--
The 2006 budget request calls for the delivery of a telephone intercept system, which would give Mexico the ability to eavesdrop on suspected narcoterrorists and smugglers.


The U.S. government has sent more than $376 million to Mexico in the past decade for that country's military and police to help stop alien and drug smugglers, guard against terrorists and protect America's southern border, including $50 million due this year.
The money, quietly authorized through State and Defense department programs, has been used to train and equip the Mexican military and police, drawing disagreement on whether those institutions are part of the solution for U.S. border security, or are part of the problem.

But T.J. Bonner, a veteran U.S. Border Patrol agent who heads the 10,000-member National Border Patrol Council, described the program as "appalling," saying it amounted to the U.S. government funding attacks on U.S. law-enforcement personnel along the border by rogue Mexican military troops.
"This funding program should cease immediately, and the Mexican government needs to be placed on notice that any further incursions by its military or police will not be tolerated," he said, referring to recent incidents on the border in which men in Mexican military uniforms confronted U.S. law-enforcement officers in this country.
I was shocked but yet not surprised when I came across this story.
I think it's funny how we readily give money overseas but when it comes down to our own well-being, money suddenly become scarce.
Billions of dollars can be sent to outside this country yet we have to raise the taxes on milk because we need to balance our budget.

Couple years ago, Congress was quick to cut unemployment benefits during a high time of unemployment to help fund the war.

They cut funding for education and yet complain that US citizens are not educated enough in high-tech.

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