If you think the extent of Mexico’s cartel incursion into the US is limited to increased violence in border towns, think again.
<blockquote>…less widely reported is the infiltration and corruption of American law enforcement, according to Robert Killebrew, a retired U.S. Army colonel and senior fellow at the Washington-based Center for a New American Security. “This is a national security problem that does not yet have a name,” he wrote last fall in The National Strategy Forum Review. The drug lords, he tells me, are seeking to “hollow out our institutions, just as they have in Mexico.</blockquote>
Sounds a bit “Robbian” doesn’t it?
While it’s difficult to imagine US law enforcement succumbing to an infestation of corruption to the degree that their Mexican counterparts have, the increase in corruption in the last few years is a worrying trend. Especially worrying is the fact that in at least one case a corrupt border patrol officer was on the take <i>before</i> she applied and was accepted as a border inspector. Had it not been for the ill timed breakdown of a smugglers van she might still be waving drug ladened vehicles across the border.
With roughly eight border patrol officers per linear mile along the Mexican border, a little bit of corruption goes a long way. Which lends one to wonder why, in it’s infinite wisdom, the Obama administration is, in fact, decreasing the number of border patrol officers.