Mexico Solidarity Network excerpt
- this from the report of MSN
3. PLAN MEXICO
Details of Plan Mexico are slowly beginning to emerge in the context of heated Congressional debates. Plan Mexico, renamed the Merida Initiative by politicians anxious to distance the proposal from Plan Colombia, would provide US$1.4 billion in high tech equipment and training to Mexican security forces working on drug interdiction and "anti-terrorism" security. The plan, negotiated behind closed doors over several months by the Calderon and Bush administrations, does not require approval by the Mexican Congress, but will require passage by the US Congress. From the US perspective, Plan Mexico provides US security and intelligence forces with new influence in the Mexican army and intelligence services. The first US$500 million, tentatively scheduled to arrive in 2008, would be distributed as follows: 41% to the Army, 20% to the Navy, 14% to the federal Attorney General, and 7.8% to the Secretary of Public Security. The rest is destined for Cisen (the army's intelligence service), immigration services and the customs department. An additional US$133 million will come directly from the Bush administration and is not subject to US Congressional approval. Most of the funds will go directly to US corporations that provide high tech surveillance equipment, training and maintenance. The Plan includes significant changes in Mexico's judicial, penal and policing systems. The US will enjoy unprecedented influence in the daily performance of immigration authorities and will have real time access to Mexico's intelligence services, and the plan contemplates a reorganization of Mexico's intelligence services under the direction of US authorities.