There will be 2 new Eurocopter EC-225 for the presidential tranportation.
Columna Estira y Afloja
Lunes 25 de septriembre de 2006
El Estado Mayor Presidencial solicitó a la Secretaría de Hacienda autorización para comprar dos nuevos helicópteros con tecnología de punta en navegación aérea EC-225,-se desecharon dos marcas- para reducir “los riesgos en la transportación aérea” del presidente Vicente Fox, secretarios del Estado, mandatarios extranjeros y, claro de Felipe Calderón a partir del 1 de diciembre.
El director general de Administración de la Coordinación General de Transportes Aéreos Presidenciales, coronel de artillería DEM Crisanto Garcia, estimó que el costo total de las adquisiciones por “adjudicación directa” serán de 572 millones 347 mil 776 pesos que se aplicarían en los ejercicios presupuestales de 2006 (171 millones 704 mil 332.80 pesos en octubre) y 2008 (200 millones 321 mil 721.60 pesos en marzo y 200 millones 321 mil 721.60 en noviembre ), y que sustituirían dos Super Puma fabricados en 1983 y 1984 que ya cumplieron con “su tiempo de vida útil” en operaciones aéreas con un elevado margen de eficacia y seguridad.
El funcionario dice que con esta compra se da cumplimiento al objetivo establecido en el numeral 7.3.2. de Seguridad Nacional del Plan Nacional de Desarrollo que establece: “contribuir a diseñar un nuevo marco estratégico de seguridad nacional, en el contexto de la gobernabilidad democrática y del orden constitucional”. Las unidades también se utilizarían para el apoyo de la población en caso de desastre.
El EMP cuenta con siete helicópteros. Además de los citados, tiene otros tres Super Puma (1987, 1991, y 1993) y dos Puma 1977 y 1978). De aprobarse las nuevas unidades, se podría despegar desde los Pinos y tener combustible para dos horas de vuelo.
MEXICO CITY (*******) - Mexico has extradited four drug kingpins to the United States, striking a blow to warring cartels that killed 2,000 people last year and have turned large areas of the country into lawless badlands.
Osiel Cardenas, who allegedly ran the Gulf cartel, was the most notorious of 11 drug traffickers flown to face trial in the United States on Friday. He was arrested and jailed after a shootout in 2003, but continued to run drugs from prison.
Government video showed Cardenas, who is indicted in Texas for threatening to kill an
FBI agent, shuffling in leg chains onto a plane on Friday. He was guarded by a small group of heavily armed police in ski-masks and body armor.
Extradited to face a cocaine distributing indictment in California was Hector "El Guero" Palma, a top associate of Mexico's most wanted man Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who heads the powerful Sinaloa cartel and broke out of a top security prison hidden in a laundry van six years ago.
President Felipe Calderon took office in December and quickly sent troops and elite police units to tackle Mexico's main drug gangs and halt a gruesome surge in violence as rival cartels fight over smuggling routes and drug fields.
A total of 15 men were flown to the United States on Friday after their appeals were exhausted, a step Washington applauded.
"Never before has the United States received from Mexico such a large number of major drug defendants and other criminals for prosecution in this country," U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Saturday.
Mexican officials said some of the men had outstanding sentences in Mexico but would be tried and could serve time in the United States before returning to Mexico.
Last year, former President
Vicente Fox said he would extradite more capos, but said the cartels would fight back.
In the 1980s, a Colombian policy of handing cartel leaders to the United States led to bombings and assassinations that killed dozens. The government eventually backed down.
Drug kingpins held in Mexican prisons often run their cartels from behind bars, making extradition key to cutting their power.
"The Mexican state will not tolerate the violence and will respond with total strength against all criminal organizations that damage the interests of the nation," Calderon's office said in a statement on Friday.
The government also extradited Gilberto and Ismael Higuera, brothers who were lieutenants in the Arellano Felix family drug cartel based in the violent border city of Tijuana.
Others in the group included lower-level traffickers, as well as an indicted murderer and indicted *** offenders.
In recent weeks, Calderon has sent thousands of soldiers and federal police across Mexico to clamp down on rival gangs fighting a vicious war in several states for control of cocaine trafficking routes and opium and marijuana plantations.
The gangs often torture their victims and last year fought gun battles by day in tourist city Acapulco. They decapitated rivals, including policemen, leaving their heads in public view.
The government swoop is popular in Mexico and with Washington, but crime experts warn the initiative will fail unless it also attacks rampant corruption that puts police and justice officials on the cartels' payroll.
Few major arrests have been made since the offensive started in December.
Dragunov what are the rumors if any on what the cartels are going to do in retaliation on the current crack down on the Mexican gossip mill. Mexicans in the U.S. believe the death of his wife's relative was a hit by the cartels as a message to the Mexican president. The cartels I believe were probably behind the hit and are probably going to try and kill the president or kill relatives of his if the crack down continues to increase in effectiveness or until it is removed or greatly lessened in its effectiveness by the government. The other thing that came to mind is that the cartels could be bribing or begin to bribe the field commanders so that their patrols or raids are rendered useless or much less effective. What are your views on all of this as a fellow Mexican?
I wouldn't be to worry. These guys know that if they declare war directly on the president, deadly force will be use against them, there will be no more human rights for them in Mexico. The government is just being to soft on them.
And regarding the bribes. It would be an unusual thing. A few weeks ago when the operations started a Special Forces Battalion Team captured a ''big fish'' in Jalisco, Mexico. and he offered them 1 million dollars to let him escape, they didn't to take the money, now he is in jail.