REPORTING FROM MEXICO
I wish this were not so, but I am committed to reporting what is happening here in Mexico regardless of my own personal convictions or opinions. It is not a secret that I support the Mexican Army's war on the drug cartels. In my opinion, if it were not for the military, this country would be completely under drug cartel and organized crime control. Even among the Mexican population, the Mexican Army's popularity is only surpassed by the Mexican Navy, which has a higher approval rate. However, there was bound to be a rotten apple somewhere high up in the Mexican military.
His name is General Manuel de Jesus Aviña and he was in command of the military base in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, which is a border city with Presidio, Texas, during 2008 and 2009. During this time frame, it is alleged that General Aviña committed over 50 human rights violations from torture, killings, and framing of innocent people. It was also reported that General Aviña was on payroll as an informant to drug cartels. Several other officers are reportedly implicated in this investigation.
The Mexican military has stated that there will be no cover-ups in its ranks and that corruption will not be tolerated in this war. As for now numerous Mexican newspapers are reporting this investigation.
Agencia Reforma/México, DF