Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Changing Drug War and Gobernación

Two days ago, Enrique Peña Nieto , Mexican president-elect, presented his vision for a cabinet change in his upcoming administration, beginning December 1. Since this will directly impact the way that Mexico manages its anti-narcotics efforts, I'm sharing it here for your consideration.

President Peña Nieto will fold the Public Security Ministry (Secretaría de Seguridad Pública, SSP) into and under the Secretary of the Interior (Secretaría de Gobernación, SEGOB). This means that in addition to Centro de Investigación y Seguridad Nacional, CISEN, the Mexican CIA, and the Paramilitary Police that will be organized under President Peña Nieto's administration, the Secretariat will be in charge of:

The Federal Police 
The Secretariat of the National System of Public Security
The Federal Prison System
The Subsecretariat of Human Rights
The Directorate of Social Communications
The Directorate General of International Affairs
The Directorate for Coordination of State and Municipal Police
The Directorate of Private Security
The General Directorate of Prisoner Transport Security
The Directorate General of Police Career and Regulations
(This is by no means a comprehensive list. I cut it short - simply for the sake of brevity.)

There have been a chain of Secretaries of the Interior under President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa
(2006–2008) : Francisco Javier Ramírez Acuña
(2008–2008) : Juan Camilo Mouriño Terrazo
(2008–2010) : Fernando Gómez–Mont Urueta
(2010–2011) : Francisco Blake Mora
(2011–2011) : Alejandro Poiré Romero

I'm not going to speculate on the revolving door at this point because, frankly, it's pointless. It's history and Mexico is moving forward.

The new focus on law enforcement and for the Department of the Interior will be kidnapping, extortion and murder. Narcotics enforcement will be "rethought".

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