Did Barack Obama’s Chicago Connections to “El Chapo” Lead to His Escape?

The lack of a border with Mexico has taken a catastrophic turn with the escape of Joaquin Guzman (“El Chapo”). Only a month and a half ago, a major drug cartel across the border shot down an U.S. Border Patrol helicopter. It is forgotten why Operation: Fast and Furious, alongside President Obama’s ties to Mr. Guzman and 239 “sanctuary cities” in 32 states today pose such a threat to national security. The murder of Kate Steinle, an indictment on the rise in crime post-amnesty, has drawn attention to the matter.

Guzman’s Sinaloa drug cartel could never have reached its present heights without direct support from Washington since the 2000’s. El Universal documented the kingpin’s rise with the DEA’s relationship with one of Guzman’s lawyers, which provided it “permission” to smuggle its drugs into the U.S. in exchange for information to topple smaller rivals.

Guzman’s massive operation in Chicago, Obama’s “hometown”, is perhaps his most entrenched U.S. hot bed. In October 2013, Chicago Magazine reported Guzman was branded “Public Enemy No.1”, a distinction last bestowed upon Al Capone. DEA Chicago director Jack Riley claimed “…70 to 80 percent of the narcotics here are controlled by Sinaloa and Chapo Guzmán. Virtually all of our major investigations at some point lead back to other investigations tied to Sinaloa.”

“El Chapo” was arrested only days following President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Mexico City with the nation’s current president, Enrique Pena Nieto. Given the Obama administration smuggled weapons to Sinaloa during Operation: Fast and Furious, there is no doubt the president armed cartels and Mexican military installations adjacent to the border. And since the CIA and DEA have conducted business with Sinaloa for years, little if anything will be done to resolve these issues.

WikiLeaks published February 27, 2012 the following about the pursuit of Guzman. The first was dated November 2, 2007, when the DEA initiated an aggressive stakeout for “El Guapo”, ordered by the Bush administration, to assassinate him upon his location. The Latin Times reported in July 2014 drones averaged 150 trips across the border smuggling cocaine which according to the DEA, enables them to dodge radar detection in a less expensive manner.

El Chapo Assassination Email 11-2-2007

Roughly three years later, President Obama forbade any targeted assassination, much less immediate action towards his apprehension on the initial grounds he is a national security threat.

2010 E-mail on El Chapo WikiLeaks

In June 2014, Breitbart confirmed the Mexican military crossed into the U.S., attacking domestic border patrol officers high above from an army helicopter. The Washington Times citedmore than 500 armed Mexican troops or police have crossed the border and entered the U.S. over the past 10 years.” In addition, “an additional 148 came into the country without firearms.”

Meanwhile, President Obama requested from Congress $39 million, citing to House Speaker John Boehner, “This funding would support a sustained border security surge through enhanced domestic enforcement, including air surveillance.” Obama claimed it would serve as part of an effort to systemically take care of what he called an urgent humanitarian situation.” By July 2014, refugees from Central America flooded the border by the thousands to escape the violence and poverty wrought by drug cartels. Yet House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlette (R) cited why for his lack of support “President Obama has many tools at his disposal now to quell this activity at our southern border, such as enforcing immigration laws and cracking down on rampant asylum fraud. Unfortunately, none of these tools are mentioned in his proposal.”

In February 2012, The New York Times reported two brothers for Mexican drug and casino magnate Juan Jose Rojas Cardona (a.k.a. “Pepe”) donated to the Obama 2012 campaign. A U.S. State Department spokesperson in 2009 alleged “Pepe” was suspected of conspiring to assassinate a rival cartel lord. When asked by NYT about the president’s relationship with Cardona’s brothers, they denied any links to drug lords south of the border. Later that day, the Obama campaign claimed it refunded the $200,000 in contributions. In 2011, one of Cardona’s brothers in Chicago allegedly arranged for the former Iowa Democratic Party chairman to seek a pardon from the governor for “Pepe”. That fall, Cardona’s brother Alberto Rojas worked the Obama campaign in Chicago for the Democratic National Committee.

In November 2011, the Mexican army breached Guzman’s operation near the border city Tijuana.

The cash totaled $15.4 million. In addition, troops seized nearly 7 pounds of cocaine, four weapons, and jewelry. Another large cash seizure also apparently hit the financial network of the powerful Sinaloa organization when Mexican soldiers found more than $26 million in Culiacan, capital of Sinaloa state, on Sept. 14, 2008.

Mexidata.info chronicled the deteriorating political security climate along the border.

In Chihuahua, where the Cartel de Sinaloa began to challenge the dominance of the Cartel de Juárez and its control of trafficking routes, the large industrial town of Ciudad Juárez also experienced increased violence and forced displacement. The Municipal Planning Institute reported in 2010 that there were up to 116,000 empty homes in Juárez.

In 2010, federal authorities did not acknowledge, assess or document the needs of the people displaced, instead focusing their efforts on fighting the drug cartels. International agencies present in the country with protection mandates, including UNHCR and ICRC, followed events but, in the absence of government acquiescence, they did not establish programs to provide protection and assistance or promote durable solutions for those forcibly displaced….

Finally, the concern with “Narco-Refugees” infers a collaboration between Obama and Mexican cartels.

Policies focusing on ‘Narco-Refugees’—individuals who leave Mexico unwillingly and submit asylum claims in the U.S. as political refugees— also need to be further developed… Additionally, ‘Mexi-stan’ concerns and the interrelationship of U.S. drug policy vis-à-vis immigration policy and national security as they relate to the ‘narco-refugee’ phenomenon as highlighted by the author have to be further examined… Still, it is important […] to recognize that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) exist in Mexico due to the criminal insurgencies taking place and that ‘Narco-Refugee’ potentials increasingly exist for the United States.

Mexico’s National Commission on Nuclear Safety and Safeguards image of the stolen radioactive material cargo.

Mexico’s National Commission on Nuclear Safety and Safeguards image of the stolen radioactive material cargo.

Given Tom Cotton and ex-CIA agent Mike Baker reported last year Mexican cartels collaborate presently with ISIS, the problem is the enemy appears to reside at the White House. The location in 2013 of radioactive material by hijackers who departed Tijuana for Mexico City is at the very least, disturbing.

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