Sunday 20th of June 2021

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The so-called Northern Triangle of Central America, consisting of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, has been long been plagued by social unrest, poverty, violence, and corruption, partially attributable to centuries of US meddling in the region's affairs. The crisis has caused many people from these countries to flee in search of a better life.

It's in Washington and Mexico City's "mutual interest" to "provide immediate relief to the Northern Triangle and to address the root causes of migration" from the region into the United States, Vice President Kamala Harris has said.

Speaking to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday, Harris – tasked with heading up Washington's effort to dramatically reduce migration from Mexico and Central American nations – urged Mexico to team up with the US to fight violence and corruption.

"You and I have discussed before an understanding and a belief [that] most people don't want to leave home and when they do, it is often because they are fleeing some harm or they are forced to leave because there is no opportunity in their home," Harris said, addressing the Mexican president.

Harris noted that the US approach would include working with allies, countries in the region and worldwide, as well as the private sector and community organisations to solve the crisis. She did not specify what form any "immediate relief" to the region would take.

Lopez Obrador told Harris that the US could count on Mexico's help in matters of immigration, and that he had a "specific proposal" in mind that he would like to discuss with her.

Ahead of the meeting, the Mexican president demanded that Washington stay out of Mexico's internal affairs after showing tax records of payments from the US government to a local anticorruption watchdog, which he said was working against his administration.

"It is an interventionist act that violated our sovereignty," Lopez Obrador said, adding that his country had filed a formal diplomatic note of protest with the US Embassy.

"That's why we're asking the [US government] to clarify this for us. A foreign government can't provide money to political groups," he emphasised.

The watchdog, known as Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity, has made numerous claims criticising the social democrat president, and publicly lists USAID as one of its financial supporters.



Border Crisis


The United States is facing its biggest immigration crisis in decades as tens of thousands of would-be illegal immigrants attempt to make their way into the country via the southern border with Mexico. US Customs and Border Protection data shows that border officers encountered over 172,000 would-be migrants in March alone, detaining more than 100,000 more in the month before that. The surge has stretched border patrol forces to breaking point and has caused major shortages of space for those being detained awaiting deportation – or, in the case of unaccompanied minors, resettlement. Republican lawmakers have had a field day posting footage and images of "kids in cages" in detention facilities, of the same type that Democrats accused Donald Trump of operating during his presidency.


Last month, President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala, one of the countries leading the way in sending migrants to the US, said that the Biden administration's "confusing" messages about a willingness to "take the children" contributed to the crisis.

Conservatives have widely derided the Biden administration for scrapping nearly a dozen hardline Trump-era directives related to immigration during the Democrat's first weeks in office. The White House, meanwhile, has blamed Trump and the "cyclical" nature of migration for the crisis.


Among the policies the Biden administration enacted in January were a near total halt to construction of the Trump border wall, a promise to end "harsh and extreme immigration enforcement," a commitment to "restore and expand" the asylum system," and a "path to citizenship" for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants already living in the US.


Much of Central and South America have suffered from decades of instability, poverty, violence, and corruption, partially attributable to poor local leadership and oligarchic rule, and partially to the history of US meddling in the region. Since 1950, the United States has intervened in Latin America militarily or via the CIA over 50 times, staging a coup in Guatemala in 1954, funding death squads in El Salvador and Nicaragua throughout the 1980s, invading Panama in 1989, and supporting a military coup in Honduras in 2009 which toppled the country's democratically elected president.


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The New Pentagon Papers? Bombshell Report Claims DoD Operating 60,000-Troop Strong Secret Army

The force allegedly engages in operations abroad and on US soil, and if its existence is confirmed, would violate numerous US laws, as well as the Geneva Conventions on the rules of armed conflict.

The US military is operating a 60,000-troop strong secret army without any Congressional oversight, spending at least $900 million on the programme annually, a bombshell report by Newsweek alleges, citing the results of a two-year investigation.

The magazine’s report, said to be based on dozens of Freedom of Information Act requests, the analysis of 1,600 resumes and job postings, and interviews with several persons involved, suggests that this secret army carries out operations across the United States and abroad, both online and offline, and that its tasks include defeating increasingly complex technologies.

Over half of the force is said to consist of special operations troops operating in countries across the globe, including Pakistan, Yemen, nations in West Africa, and even North Korea and Iran. Intelligence specialists engaged in the collection of information, counter-intelligence, and linguists are reportedly its second-largest contingent. Other personnel make up a cyber army engaged in cyberwarfare and intelligence collection, and are even reportedly working to manipulate social media – an illegal practice the United States has repeatedly accused countries like Russia, China, and Iran of engaging in.

The programme is said to be known as “signature reduction,” and is an estimated ten times bigger than the CIA’s clandestine operations division.

Some 130 companies are said to be involved, with nearly a billion dollars in taxpayer money spent on the creation of fake documents, the payment of bills and taxes, and the construction of complex false identities. Banks and credit card companies are said to be made to look the other way for the secret army’s soldiers while searching for illegal activities such as fraud and money laundering.


The secret army reportedly includes a "Special Access Programmes (SAP)" section which contains secrets about the tools and methods used to trick foreign security systems’ fingerprinting and facial recognition components, with SAPs including unassuming names such as "Hurricane Fan," "Island Hopper," and "Peanut Chocolate."


One retired senior officer boasted to Newsweek about America alleged superiority over its rivals in the “war” to defeat the “transparent world.”

“We’re winning this war, including on the cyber side, even if secrecy about what we are doing makes the media portrayal of the Russians again look like they are ten feet tall,” he suggested.

Another unnamed senior former officer from the programme admitted to the magazine that presently, nobody actually knows how big the signature reduction programme really is. The official added that “everything from the status of the Geneva Conventions – were a soldier operating under false identity to be captured by the enemy – to Congressional oversight is problematic” when it comes to this secret force.