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George Bush, Vicente Fox tied to narcotics kingpin

  • What's the connection between President Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and a Mexican drug lord? And why does the mainstream media ignore stories widely circulated by Mexican newspapers.
By C. Parvin Foner

Mexico's righ drug lords held a peace summit in Apodaca recently and agreed that they should stop shedding mutual blood and instead collaborate on sales to the United States and bribing government officials, Associated Press reports.

One of Mexico's most notorious drug lords, banker Roberto Hernandez Ramirex, is a friend of Mexican President Vicente Fox who has private political connections to Bush, three Mexican newspapers reported.

Shortly after the high-level drug smuggler summit, President Bush met with Fox in Mexico City.

Though obviously widely available, these stories of intrigue have been largely ignored in the mainstream media in the United States.

The charge that Fox is a crony of Hornandex was made by three newspapers: Por Esto!, El Universal and La Jorada.

Evidence linking Hornandez to narcotic was so solid that a court threw out his libel suit against Por Esto!, according to The Village Voice.

Hernandez, according to Forbes, could not even afford an American Express card in 1980. Now, Hernandez maintains a massive estate in Cancun and has an income of $29 million a year.

The Dallas Morning News reported back on July 9, 2000, that Robert Allyn who worked on the Bush campaign, secretly worked for three years on the Fox campaign, too.

Allyn "most likely would have known abut the alleged connection between Fox and the drug runners," pointed out investigative journalist Tom Flocco.

Hernandez's apparent purchase of White House influence is bipartisan and long-standing. President Clinton visited in February 1999 and met at Hernandez's island ranch near Cancun, The New York Times reported.

The American press corps was aware of Hornandez's drug dealings because the Mexican newspaper Por Esto! Carried extensive stories on the subject at the time.

Former Boston writer Al Giordano lavishly praised the newspaper's work, Flocco said. Yet it was entirely ignored by American journalists, more than 90 percent of whom voted for Clinton.

Allyn had created a series of campaign ads defending Bush's environmental record against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Then his rival for the Republican nomination.

Allyn also made 40 trips to Mexico to help the Fox campaign over a three-year period, using fake names to avoid media detection, Flocco reported.

The meeting of the drug lords, recently reported by AP, occurred Jan. 26-28, shortly after Fox visited Bush in Austin and before Bush visited Fox in Mexico in February in his first foreign trip as president.

What hold does Hernandez have on Fox? And why is Allyn so intimately involved with Fox and Bush and Silent about Hernandez?

"U.S. authorities are managing the illegal drug trade in Mexico," wrote Mario Menendez, editor of Por Esto!

Despite losing an earlier libel suit, Hernandez has hired Bilderberg member Vernon Jordan's Washington law firm to sue Menendez.

Conveniently, two Bilderberg senators -- Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) a Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) -- are pushing legislation to end the annual process under which the United States is required to assess Mexico's performance in fighting drug trafficking.