Excerpt from the Guardian, September 1, 2013. Reporter: Ed Vulliamy:
Anabel Hernández, journalist and author, accuses the Mexican state of complicity with the cartels, and says the ‘war on drugs’ is a sham. She’s had headless animals left at her door and her family have been threatened by gunmen. Now her courageous bestseller, extracted below, is to be published in the UK
For this is a book about, to use one of Anabel Hernández’s best words, the “mafiocracy”, rather than the mafia – about the mafia state. It is about how the old Guadalajara cartel of the 1980s was protected by the Mexican government just as its heir, Guzmán’s Sinaloa syndicate, is now. It is about the rise of Genaro García Luna, whom Hernández accuses of being El Chapo’s protector at the apex of government. “At first, I thought it would be difficult,” she says. “I didn’t think people would be ready to believe that the government is lying. That this is all one big lie.”
The court released [cartel boss] Quintero on a legal technicality, but Hernández says now: “Mexico’s government did nothing to prevent his release. On the contrary, they contributed cover for the release. The one thing nobody wants is Quintero talking about the roles of the Institutional Revolutionary Party [returned to power, and in government during Camarena’s murder] and the CIA in the origins of Chapo Guzmán’s cartel.”
Her story adds up. This is a twenty billion dollar a year business being run by the CIA right here in the USA and in Mexico. All based on fleecing potheads. It dovetails right into these two stories about just two of the seven or more huge banks that got caught laundering this cash. First there was Wachovia, and most recently it was HSBC. Who’s got the bag today?