The Reality Behind the Movie Traffic: Part Two

The Reality Behind the Movie Traffic: Part Two
Posted by FoM on March 20, 2001 at 19:53:33 PT
Coming Up On Nightline By Leroy Sievers 
Source: ABCNews
Tonight we air Part Two of our series on Traffic: Just who are the Arrellano-Felix brothers? They run the largest, most violent, most powerful drug cartel in Mexico. Last night, we talked about drug smuggling, and how the Customs service and the smugglers battle it out each day at the border. Looming over that border crossing is the presence of the Arrellano-Felix brothers. Their pictures are all over the border on wanted posters. 
Two million dollars. For each of them. That's a lot of money, yet it seems that no one is trying to collect. Why?The answer is easy. Fear. These are dangerous men. Murder, torture, corruption, and bribery are all part of business. Actually, maybe I shouldn't have included torture in that list. The word is that they torture because they like to. Is that true? Who knows? But it all adds to the reputation, to the fear. These guys run a multibillion dollar industry. If someone wants to smuggle drugs through the Tijuana area, or for that matter almost anywhere on the Mexican border, one way or the other, they will cross paths with the Arrellano-Felix cartel. And there are rules. Their rules. Break them, and things get very unpleasant very quickly. ABC News correspondent Deborah Amos has been reporting on them for years. Tonight, she'll lay out just what we know about the cartel. And there's one other issue we need to deal with tonight. The cartels succeeded in the past in corrupting high government and military officials. Now there's a new president, and he is trying to build a clean government. But how do you know that the new government officials haven?t already been corrupted? Ted will ask that question, a delicate one to ask, of Mexico's national security adviser. So that's tonight's Part Two of our series on Traffic. We hope you're enjoying it. Leroy Sievers is executive producer of Nightline.Source: ABC NewsAuthor: Leroy Sievers, Executive Producer NightlinePublished: Monday, March 20, 2001 Copyright: 2001 ABC News Internet VenturesWebsite: Official Web Site Reality Behind The Movie Traffic'Nightline' To Devote a Full Week To Drugs Koppel Hooked on Drugs Articles - Traffic 
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Comment #5 posted by observer on March 21, 2001 at 18:25:24 PT
Fear. These are dangerous men. Murder, torture, corruption, and bribery . . . . . . Just having them watch the Superbowl and the sitcoms may not be enough. You have to whip them up into fear of enemies. In the 1930s Hitler whipped them into fear of the Jews and gypsies. You had to crush them to defend yourselves. We have our ways, too. Over the last ten years, every year or two, some major monster is constructed that we have to defend ourselves against. There used to be one that was always readily available: The Russians. You could always defend yourself against the Russians. But they're losing their attractiveness as an enemy, and it's getting harder and harder to use that one, so some new ones have to be conjured up. In fact, people have quite unfairly criticized George Bush for being unable to express or articulate what's really driving us now. That's very unfair. Prior to about the mid-1980s, when you were asleep you would just play the record: the Russians are coming. But he lost that one and he's got to make up new ones, just like the Reaganite public relations apparatus did in the l980s. So it was international terrorists and narco-traffickers and crazed Arabs and Saddam Hussein, the new Hitler, was going to conquer the world. They've got to keep coming up one after another. You frighten the population, terrorize them, intimidate them so that they're too afraid to travel and cower in fear. Then you have a magnificent victory over Grenada, Panama, or some other defenseless thirdworld army that you can pulverize before you ever bother to look at them -- which is just what happened. That gives relief. We were saved at the last minute. That's one of the ways in which you can keep the bewildered herd from paying attention to what's really going on around them, keep them diverted and controlled.MEDIA CONTROL (chapter: PARADE OF ENEMIES), Noam Chomsky, pgs. 37-38 
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Comment #4 posted by observer on March 21, 2001 at 09:04:52 PT
Fear! Danger! Murder! *
("The drug is identified as solely responsible for many problems in the culture, i.e., crime, violence, and insanity." **)Koppel: . . . Fear. These are dangerous men. Murder, torture, corruption, and bribery . . . For years since 1988, leading the ABC News parade of "spooks" with CIA disinformation and CIA operatives falsely described in talk show segments as "think tank" consultants, has been Ted Koppel and his "Nightline" Program. Koppel, a Canadian, has a heavy intelligence agency background. Cohen: An individual who has, for his whole career, been virtually a mouthpiece for the U.S. State Department [i.e. US intel.] is Ted Koppel. . . . Koppel: I am opposed to the CIA having the legal option of using journalistic cover. The CIA has broken laws. It will again. Many governments assume that journalists are working for the CIA, because they use journalists. . . ____* "Murder! Insanity! Death!" 1930's government propaganda poster.,"Devil's Harvest" anti-marijuana poster.** Themes in Chemical Prohibition, NIDA, 1979  
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on March 21, 2001 at 07:19:39 PT:
Drug Enforcement Poll Box
Source: New York Times (NY) Published: March 21, 2001 Copyright: 2001 The New York Times Company Address: 229 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036 Fax: (212) 556-3622 Contact: letters Website: Forum: results from a poll about drug enforcement by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. The poll of 1,513 adults was taken Feb. 14-19 and has an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points. When results don't total 100 percent, the remainder either didn't know or refused to answer.Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement:We are losing the drug war.--Agree, 74 percent--Disagree, 20 percentWe will never be able to stop drugs from coming into this country because the demand for drugs is so high in the U.S.--Agree, 74 percent--Disagree, 24 percentThe television and motion picture industries fail to accurately portray the dangers of drug abuse.--Agree, 68 percent--Disagree, 28 percentLatin American governments will never be able to control the problem of drug trafficking.--Agree, 68 percent--Disagree, 27 percentParents who used drugs in their youth don't do enough to help their kids stay away from drugs.--Agree, 59 percent--Disagree, 30 percentToo many people are in jail for possessing drugs.--Agree, 47 percent--Disagree, 47 percentAll in all, should drug use be treated more like a crime or more like a disease?--Crime, 35 percent--A disease, 52 percent
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Comment #2 posted by zenarch on March 21, 2001 at 07:11:11 PT
maybe they're not Rocket Scientists . . . . . 
but they do know how to encrypt their communications and use police radio frequencies to deliver them.And thats plenty to defeat half-wit narcs!!!LOL
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Comment #1 posted by NiftySplifty on March 21, 2001 at 02:07:09 PT
Gotta say, this one was classic Anti drivel.
The Arellano brothers kill, torture, etc. just for fun! And, of course, they had to move to Tijuana because the narcs succeeded in ending the use of Florida as a drug smuggling port. Come on. One narc also mentioned that these guys aren't rocket scientists and that they'd be selling dead lizards on the corners if they didn't have the billions of dollars in drug money. Yet, as usual, there was no mention of the fact that if drugs were legal, this family would go out of business, and all the evil torture (which it actually is) would end as well. So, the narc actually would have these guys selling dead lizards and not torturing. Just legalize. Oh, that would send the wrong message to the children. I forgot.Nifty...
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