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28 April, 2009

Plan Would Deploy Guard Near Mexico

Yes, Ned, You are right. I agree that the new swine flu is part of the overall plan to send American troops to the “border” (which will eventually dissolve) and eventually into Mexico.

If drugs were legal, there would be no “drug-related violence.” Where is the War on the Booze Industry? The War on the Pharmaceutical Industry? Where is the War on Poverty? The War on Wall Street rich pigs? The War on Racism? The War on Child Abuse? The War on Starving? The War on Illegal Wars? The War on Crusty Egyptian-based Christianity that's the root cause of War? The War on Hypocrisy?

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Produced by Kevin Booth and Ryan Kaye

Plan Would Deploy Guard Near Mexico

$350 million effort aimed at drug war.

The Pentagon and Homeland Security Department are developing contingency plans to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border under a $350 million initiative that would expand the U.S. military's role in the drug war, according to Obama administration officials.

The circumstances under which the troops could be deployed have not been determined, the officials said. They said the proposal was designed to give President Obama additional flexibility to respond to drug-related violence that has threatened to spill into the United States from Mexico and to curb southbound smuggling of cash and weapons.

The initiative, which was tucked into the supplemental budget request sent to Congress this month, has raised concerns over what some U.S. officials perceive as an effort by the Pentagon to increase its counternarcotics profile through a large pot of money that comes with few visible requirements.

The broadly worded proposal does not mention troop deployments, stipulating only that the military is to receive up to $350 million "for counter-narcotics and other activities ... on the United States' border with Mexico." If the contingency plans go unused, the money would be retained for military operations and maintenance after September 2010, an administration official said.

The proposal is being closely monitored by the State Department, which administers the $1.4 billion Merida Initiative, a three-year aid package to fight drug trafficking in Mexico and Central America. The new funding would be nearly as much as the 2009 budget for Merida, and some observers said they fear that the military could use the money to set up a parallel counternarcotics program with little oversight.

"The real question is what happens if this morphs into something else," said a U.S. official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. House and Senate committees began receiving briefings from White House budget staff this past week. Some lawmakers and aides said they were unaware that the funds would be allocated to deploy troops.

"Frankly, I'm baffled that an additional $350 million has been requested under the defense appropriation," Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, said Thursday.

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