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Homeland Security chief John Kelly and CIA director Mike Pompeo reportedly flew over Mexican opium fields


John Kelly Mexico Guerrero opium poppy heroin
US
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, center, observes
opium-poppy eradication operations in Mexico’s Guerrero state,
July 6, 2017.


Mexican
Defense Secretariat/Twitter
[1]


MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico says U.S. Homeland Security Secretary
John Kelly has visited one of the country’s most restive states
and watched troops destroy opium-poppy fields.

Kelly arrived to Mexico on Wednesday and met with President
Enrique Peña Nieto before the Mexican leader departed for France
ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Germany.

Kelly, along with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, met with[2] Peña Nieto
to discuss approaches to transnational crime, regional security,
and economic cooperation.

Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, who sits on the Senate
select committee on intelligence, was also a part of the meeting.

Peña underscored his government’s openness to cooperating with
the US to combat organized crime, his office said in a statement[3].

Mexico’s Defense Department said in a statement[4] late
Thursday that Kelly accompanied military leaders to the southern
state of Guerrero, one of the country’s primary opium-producing
states.


John Kelly Mexico Guerrero
US
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, center, with Mexican
military officials in Guerrero state, July 6,
2017.


Mexican
Defense Secretariat/Twitter
[5]


Kelly observed the destruction of five poppy plots via manual
eradication as well as aerial spraying. According[6] to
Mexican news site Reforma, Pompeo also took part in the flyover
with Kelly, and the pair were joined by Mexican Defense Secretary
Salvador Cienfuegos and Navy Secretary Vidal Soberon.

In early April, the Mexican military allowed US and UN personnel
to observe opium-poppy
eradication
[7] for the first time in at least a decade.

The move came after at least a year of efforts by the US military
to improve relations with its Mexican counterpart and support
eradication efforts. The Trump administration has emphasized the
need to stem the flow of drugs, heroin in particular, from Mexico
to the US.


Mexico opium poppy field soldier troops
A
soldier walks among poppy plants before a poppy field is
destroyed during a military operation in the Guerrero state
municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico.

REUTERS/Henry Romero

In mid-April, Pompeo said that he and Kelly had presented Trump
with some options for addressing narcotic threats in Mexico and
Central America.

“I think … a lot of focus can do some good there, and I think
we’re going to head down that path,” the CIA director said[8] at the time.

Efforts to crack down on opium-poppy cultivation and heroin
production may be stymied[9] by
unreliable data and the complexity of eradication efforts,
however.

Kelly’s visit, scheduled to end Friday, also coincided with a riot[10] at a state
prison in Acapulco, a resort city on Guerrero’s Pacific coast.
The riot, which stemmed from a dispute between rival groups in
the prison, left 28 inmates dead and three wounded.

Acapulco, and Guerrero as a whole, have been some of Mexico’s most violent
areas
[11] in recent months.

References

  1. ^ Mexican Defense Secretariat/Twitter (twitter.com)
  2. ^ met with (fronterasdesk.org)
  3. ^ statement (fronterasdesk.org)
  4. ^ statement (www.gob.mx)
  5. ^ Mexican Defense Secretariat/Twitter (twitter.com)
  6. ^ According (www.reforma.com)
  7. ^ observe opium-poppy eradication (www.businessinsider.com)
  8. ^ said (twitter.com)
  9. ^ may be stymied (www.businessinsider.com)
  10. ^ with a riot (apnews.com)
  11. ^ Mexico’s most violent areas (www.businessinsider.com)
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Protest Emails Between Portland Police and Homeland Security: “It’s a Riot”

Emails newly released to a national news outlet show that as Portland police forcefully pushed antifascist and anarchist protesters out of downtown parks last month, they exchanged emails with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security describing the protest in harsh terms.

“It’s a riot,” one law enforcement official wrote—a term that police did not use with the public as multiple agencies tried to prevent violence between right-wing and left-wing protesters during dueling rallies.

The emails were obtained by journalism website Muckrock[1] and published July 5. They contain snippets of new information about how law-enforcement agencies coordinated a response to protests in the wake of a May double slaying on a Portland MAX train.

The emails, released to Muckrock under a federal records request,[2] are heavily redacted—so redacted that it’s impossible to tell which agency wrote each email. But they reveal a few new facts about how closely Portland police worked closely with state and federal law enforcement agencies, including Oregon State Police, the FBI and Homeland Security.

The agencies called the joint effort “Operation Columbia Crest.”

In the emails, officials count the protesters present at several locations in downtown Portland—but pay especially close attention to the anarchists and antifascist groups in Chapman and Lownsdale plazas, describing them as “anticipated to have potential for violence.”

At least part of that supposed potential is described in the emails, which describe two Molotov cocktails seized in the parks. The emails cite “open source reporting” to describe the Molotov cocktails, and includes a link to a KATU-TV report.

No independent confirmation of Molotov cocktails has been produced in the wake of the protests. The KATU story now contains no mention of them.

Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson did not respond to WW’s questions about the Molotov cocktail report.

It appears law enforcement officers used the rumors of Molotov cocktails as partial justification for declaring the left-wing protest a riot. But the emails also describe other threats that have more evidence.

The emails say that people in both the “alt-right” protest in Terry Shrunk Plaza and the left-wing counterprotesters came armed with weapons like clubs, bats, and at least one boxcutter, which officials tried to confiscate. A few scuffles early in the protest resulted in a total of three arrests recorded in the emails.

But then antifascists and other counterprotesters began firing marbles and rocks from slingshots at police lines. Some fighting broke out among protesters. A “sizable group of black bloc with clubs and other weapons” gathered at Chapman Square, says an email sent at 3:20 pm.

Thirteen minutes later, an official whose name is redacted declared: “It’s a riot.”

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Protest Emails Between Portland Police and Homeland Security: “It’s a Riot”

Emails newly released to a national news outlet show that as Portland police forcefully pushed antifascist and anarchist protesters out of downtown parks last month, they exchanged emails with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security describing the protest in harsh terms.

“It’s a riot,” one law enforcement official wrote—a term that police did not use with the public as multiple agencies tried to prevent violence between right-wing and left-wing protesters during dueling rallies.

The emails were obtained by journalism website Muckrock[1] and published July 5. They contain snippets of new information about how law-enforcement agencies coordinated a response to protests in the wake of a May double slaying on a Portland MAX train.

The emails, released to Muckrock under a federal records request,[2] are heavily redacted—so redacted that it’s impossible to tell which agency wrote each email. But they reveal a few new facts about how closely Portland police worked closely with state and federal law enforcement agencies, including Oregon State Police, the FBI and Homeland Security.

The agencies called the joint effort “Operation Columbia Crest.”

In the emails, officials count the protesters present at several locations in downtown Portland—but pay especially close attention to the anarchists and antifascist groups in Chapman and Lownsdale plazas, describing them as “anticipated to have potential for violence.”

At least part of that supposed potential is described in the emails, which describe two Molotov cocktails seized in the parks. The emails cite “open source reporting” to describe the Molotov cocktails, and includes a link to a KATU-TV report.

No independent confirmation of Molotov cocktails has been produced in the wake of the protests. The KATU story now contains no mention of them.

Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson did not respond to WW’s questions about the Molotov cocktail report.

It appears law enforcement officers used the rumors of Molotov cocktails as partial justification for declaring the left-wing protest a riot. But the emails also describe other threats that have more evidence.

The emails say that people in both the “alt-right” protest in Terry Shrunk Plaza and the left-wing counterprotesters came armed with weapons like clubs, bats, and at least one boxcutter, which officials tried to confiscate. A few scuffles early in the protest resulted in a total of three arrests recorded in the emails.

But then antifascists and other counterprotesters began firing marbles and rocks from slingshots at police lines. Some fighting broke out among protesters. A “sizable group of black bloc with clubs and other weapons” gathered at Chapman Square, says an email sent at 3:20 pm.

Thirteen minutes later, an official whose name is redacted declared: “It’s a riot.”

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Protest Emails Between Portland Police and Homeland Security: “It’s a Riot”

Emails newly released to a national news outlet show that as Portland police forcefully pushed antifascist and anarchist protesters out of downtown parks last month, they exchanged emails with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security describing the protest in harsh terms.

“It’s a riot,” one law enforcement official wrote—a term that police did not use with the public as multiple agencies tried to prevent violence between right-wing and left-wing protesters during dueling rallies.

The emails were obtained by journalism website Muckrock[1] and published July 5. They contain snippets of new information about how law-enforcement agencies coordinated a response to protests in the wake of a May double slaying on a Portland MAX train.

The emails, released to Muckrock under a federal records request,[2] are heavily redacted—so redacted that it’s impossible to tell which agency wrote each email. But they reveal a few new facts about how closely Portland police worked closely with state and federal law enforcement agencies, including Oregon State Police, the FBI and Homeland Security.

The agencies called the joint effort “Operation Columbia Crest.”

In the emails, officials count the protesters present at several locations in downtown Portland—but pay especially close attention to the anarchists and antifascist groups in Chapman and Lownsdale plazas, describing them as “anticipated to have potential for violence.”

At least part of that supposed potential is described in the emails, which describe two Molotov cocktails seized in the parks. The emails cite “open source reporting” to describe the Molotov cocktails, and includes a link to a KATU-TV report.

No independent confirmation of Molotov cocktails has been produced in the wake of the protests. The KATU story now contains no mention of them.

Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson did not respond to WW’s questions about the Molotov cocktail report.

It appears law enforcement officers used the rumors of Molotov cocktails as partial justification for declaring the left-wing protest a riot. But the emails also describe other threats that have more evidence.

The emails say that people in both the “alt-right” protest in Terry Shrunk Plaza and the left-wing counterprotesters came armed with weapons like clubs, bats, and at least one boxcutter, which officials tried to confiscate. A few scuffles early in the protest resulted in a total of three arrests recorded in the emails.

But then antifascists and other counterprotesters began firing marbles and rocks from slingshots at police lines. Some fighting broke out among protesters. A “sizable group of black bloc with clubs and other weapons” gathered at Chapman Square, says an email sent at 3:20 pm.

Thirteen minutes later, an official whose name is redacted declared: “It’s a riot.”

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Protest Emails Between Portland Police and Homeland Security: “It’s a Riot”

Emails newly released to a national news outlet show that as Portland police forcefully pushed antifascist and anarchist protesters out of downtown parks last month, they exchanged emails with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security describing the protest in harsh terms.

“It’s a riot,” one law enforcement official wrote—a term that police did not use with the public as multiple agencies tried to prevent violence between right-wing and left-wing protesters during dueling rallies.

The emails were obtained by journalism website Muckrock[1] and published July 5. They contain snippets of new information about how law-enforcement agencies coordinated a response to protests in the wake of a May double slaying on a Portland MAX train.

The emails, released to Muckrock under a federal records request,[2] are heavily redacted—so redacted that it’s impossible to tell which agency wrote each email. But they reveal a few new facts about how closely Portland police worked closely with state and federal law enforcement agencies, including Oregon State Police, the FBI and Homeland Security.

The agencies called the joint effort “Operation Columbia Crest.”

In the emails, officials count the protesters present at several locations in downtown Portland—but pay especially close attention to the anarchists and antifascist groups in Chapman and Lownsdale plazas, describing them as “anticipated to have potential for violence.”

At least part of that supposed potential is described in the emails, which describe two Molotov cocktails seized in the parks. The emails cite “open source reporting” to describe the Molotov cocktails, and includes a link to a KATU-TV report.

No independent confirmation of Molotov cocktails has been produced in the wake of the protests. The KATU story now contains no mention of them.

Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson did not respond to WW’s questions about the Molotov cocktail report.

It appears law enforcement officers used the rumors of Molotov cocktails as partial justification for declaring the left-wing protest a riot. But the emails also describe other threats that have more evidence.

The emails say that people in both the “alt-right” protest in Terry Shrunk Plaza and the left-wing counterprotesters came armed with weapons like clubs, bats, and at least one boxcutter, which officials tried to confiscate. A few scuffles early in the protest resulted in a total of three arrests recorded in the emails.

But then antifascists and other counterprotesters began firing marbles and rocks from slingshots at police lines. Some fighting broke out among protesters. A “sizable group of black bloc with clubs and other weapons” gathered at Chapman Square, says an email sent at 3:20 pm.

Thirteen minutes later, an official whose name is redacted declared: “It’s a riot.”

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Protest Emails Between Portland Police and Homeland Security: “It’s a Riot”

Emails newly released to a national news outlet show that as Portland police forcefully pushed antifascist and anarchist protesters out of downtown parks last month, they exchanged emails with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security describing the protest in harsh terms.

“It’s a riot,” one law enforcement official wrote—a term that police did not use with the public as multiple agencies tried to prevent violence between right-wing and left-wing protesters during dueling rallies.

The emails were obtained by journalism website Muckrock[1] and published July 5. They contain snippets of new information about how law-enforcement agencies coordinated a response to protests in the wake of a May double slaying on a Portland MAX train.

The emails, released to Muckrock under a federal records request,[2] are heavily redacted—so redacted that it’s impossible to tell which agency wrote each email. But they reveal a few new facts about how closely Portland police worked closely with state and federal law enforcement agencies, including Oregon State Police, the FBI and Homeland Security.

The agencies called the joint effort “Operation Columbia Crest.”

In the emails, officials count the protesters present at several locations in downtown Portland—but pay especially close attention to the anarchists and antifascist groups in Chapman and Lownsdale plazas, describing them as “anticipated to have potential for violence.”

At least part of that supposed potential is described in the emails, which describe two Molotov cocktails seized in the parks. The emails cite “open source reporting” to describe the Molotov cocktails, and includes a link to a KATU-TV report.

No independent confirmation of Molotov cocktails has been produced in the wake of the protests. The KATU story now contains no mention of them.

Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson did not respond to WW’s questions about the Molotov cocktail report.

It appears law enforcement officers used the rumors of Molotov cocktails as partial justification for declaring the left-wing protest a riot. But the emails also describe other threats that have more evidence.

The emails say that people in both the “alt-right” protest in Terry Shrunk Plaza and the left-wing counterprotesters came armed with weapons like clubs, bats, and at least one boxcutter, which officials tried to confiscate. A few scuffles early in the protest resulted in a total of three arrests recorded in the emails.

But then antifascists and other counterprotesters began firing marbles and rocks from slingshots at police lines. Some fighting broke out among protesters. A “sizable group of black bloc with clubs and other weapons” gathered at Chapman Square, says an email sent at 3:20 pm.

Thirteen minutes later, an official whose name is redacted declared: “It’s a riot.”

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Protest Emails Between Portland Police and Homeland Security: “It’s a Riot”

Emails newly released to a national news outlet show that as Portland police forcefully pushed antifascist and anarchist protesters out of downtown parks last month, they exchanged emails with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security describing the protest in harsh terms.

“It’s a riot,” one law enforcement official wrote—a term that police did not use with the public as multiple agencies tried to prevent violence between right-wing and left-wing protesters during dueling rallies.

The emails were obtained by journalism website Muckrock[1] and published July 5. They contain snippets of new information about how law-enforcement agencies coordinated a response to protests in the wake of a May double slaying on a Portland MAX train.

The emails, released to Muckrock under a federal records request,[2] are heavily redacted—so redacted that it’s impossible to tell which agency wrote each email. But they reveal a few new facts about how closely Portland police worked closely with state and federal law enforcement agencies, including Oregon State Police, the FBI and Homeland Security.

The agencies called the joint effort “Operation Columbia Crest.”

In the emails, officials count the protesters present at several locations in downtown Portland—but pay especially close attention to the anarchists and antifascist groups in Chapman and Lownsdale plazas, describing them as “anticipated to have potential for violence.”

At least part of that supposed potential is described in the emails, which describe two Molotov cocktails seized in the parks. The emails cite “open source reporting” to describe the Molotov cocktails, and includes a link to a KATU-TV report.

No independent confirmation of Molotov cocktails has been produced in the wake of the protests. The KATU story now contains no mention of them.

Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson did not respond to WW’s questions about the Molotov cocktail report.

It appears law enforcement officers used the rumors of Molotov cocktails as partial justification for declaring the left-wing protest a riot. But the emails also describe other threats that have more evidence.

The emails say that people in both the “alt-right” protest in Terry Shrunk Plaza and the left-wing counterprotesters came armed with weapons like clubs, bats, and at least one boxcutter, which officials tried to confiscate. A few scuffles early in the protest resulted in a total of three arrests recorded in the emails.

But then antifascists and other counterprotesters began firing marbles and rocks from slingshots at police lines. Some fighting broke out among protesters. A “sizable group of black bloc with clubs and other weapons” gathered at Chapman Square, says an email sent at 3:20 pm.

Thirteen minutes later, an official whose name is redacted declared: “It’s a riot.”

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Protest Emails Between Portland Police and Homeland Security: “It’s a Riot”

Emails newly released to a national news outlet show that as Portland police forcefully pushed antifascist and anarchist protesters out of downtown parks last month, they exchanged emails with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security describing the protest in harsh terms.

“It’s a riot,” one law enforcement official wrote—a term that police did not use with the public as multiple agencies tried to prevent violence between right-wing and left-wing protesters during dueling rallies.

The emails were obtained by journalism website Muckrock[1] and published July 5. They contain snippets of new information about how law-enforcement agencies coordinated a response to protests in the wake of a May double slaying on a Portland MAX train.

The emails, released to Muckrock under a federal records request,[2] are heavily redacted—so redacted that it’s impossible to tell which agency wrote each email. But they reveal a few new facts about how closely Portland police worked closely with state and federal law enforcement agencies, including Oregon State Police, the FBI and Homeland Security.

The agencies called the joint effort “Operation Columbia Crest.”

In the emails, officials count the protesters present at several locations in downtown Portland—but pay especially close attention to the anarchists and antifascist groups in Chapman and Lownsdale plazas, describing them as “anticipated to have potential for violence.”

At least part of that supposed potential is described in the emails, which describe two Molotov cocktails seized in the parks. The emails cite “open source reporting” to describe the Molotov cocktails, and includes a link to a KATU-TV report.

No independent confirmation of Molotov cocktails has been produced in the wake of the protests. The KATU story now contains no mention of them.

Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson did not respond to WW’s questions about the Molotov cocktail report.

It appears law enforcement officers used the rumors of Molotov cocktails as partial justification for declaring the left-wing protest a riot. But the emails also describe other threats that have more evidence.

The emails say that people in both the “alt-right” protest in Terry Shrunk Plaza and the left-wing counterprotesters came armed with weapons like clubs, bats, and at least one boxcutter, which officials tried to confiscate. A few scuffles early in the protest resulted in a total of three arrests recorded in the emails.

But then antifascists and other counterprotesters began firing marbles and rocks from slingshots at police lines. Some fighting broke out among protesters. A “sizable group of black bloc with clubs and other weapons” gathered at Chapman Square, says an email sent at 3:20 pm.

Thirteen minutes later, an official whose name is redacted declared: “It’s a riot.”

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