Senate Fails to Reverse Mexico's Certification 4/3/98

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Despite loud protestations from a bipartisan group of Senators, including California Democrat Diane Feinstein and Georgia republican Paul Coverdell, an attempt to overturn the Clinton Administration's recent "certification" of Mexico as a "fully-cooperative" partner in the Drug War was defeated 54-45 last week (3/25). The vote came just days after a secret DEA report was leaked to legislators detailing corruption within the Mexican military far in excess of previous estimates. The corruption is thought to be so pervasive that one unnamed U.S. official told the Washington Post last week that "it points to much of our work in Mexico being an exercise in futility."

The certification process, under which the administration makes unilateral determinations as to which countries are adequately cooperating, has come under heavy criticism in recent years by the source and transshipment countries. Those criticisms focus on the fact that it is U.S. demand which drives the international drug trade, while the countries who are most negatively impacted are judged. A decision to decertify a country requires the U.S. to withdraw certain aid and to vote against loan requests from that country in the World Bank.

In other news from Mexico, national broadcaster Radio Red reported last week (3/27) that Adrian Carrera Fuentes, former director of the Federal Judicial Police, was detained on charges of conspiring with the Arellano Felix brothers and their violent and prolific Tijuana cartel.

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