Mexico, Holland send troops to Biloxi
Sun Herald | September 9, 2005
BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK
Infowars.com | September 13, 2005
By Alex Jones
A very trusted friend who works at a shooting range here in Austin reported to me that on Friday of last week, Dutch troops were at the range target shooting. Furthermore, additional regular US Army troops were present sighting their rifles! We have ARMED Mexican and Dutch troops in the United States under the pretense of helping with the Katrina recovery effort.
The Marines have landed in Biloxi -- the Mexican Marines.
And Dutch Marines as well.
For the first time since the 19th Century, Mexican troops landed Friday on U.S. soil, sent from the Mexican Navy ship ARM Papaloapan anchored near the USS Bataan. The Mexican ship's name means, "River of Butterflies."
Marines from Mexico, Holland and the U.S. are part of an international Hurricane Katrina cleanup effort building up on ships about 20 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Four Canadian ships are on the way.
"Our President called George Bush and three days later we came here," said Oscar Martinez Pretelin, a fleet or admiral rank officer aboard the Papaloapan, a 440-foot-long U.S.-built troop landing ship. Vincente Fox is the president of Mexico.
"We are honored to help the United States," Pretelin told press and television reporters Thursday aboard the Mexican ship.
About 75 Mexican Marines landed Thursday on the beach just east of the Beau Rivage casino to begin cleaning up Biloxi, especially around schools and churches.
Mexican Marine Mario T. Rodriguez said he left a small city in the far south of Mexico to volunteer for the hurricane relief duty. He said he has a 3-month-old daughter with his wife at home.
"I am happy. I am very happy. The U.S. is so rich but even a rich country can need help," he said.
The Mexican Marines will be aided by Spanish-speaking members of the Bataan's crew as they work the devastated areas of Biloxi and Gulfport, said Journalism Chief Dave Fitz of the Bataan.
For the first time in the history of the Mexican military, women have been assigned a military mission, said Lt. Leonardo Tun Humbert of the Papaloapan.
Three female physicians and two nurses from the Mexican Navy are aboard the ship waiting to be assigned to hurricane relief work.
Lt. Ruben Pascual, 34, of Veracruz, Mexico, is a member of the Papaloapan's medical staff who will begin working today in the hurricane devastated areas.
"Our job is to give support to the people. We must support all the people who need medical help. We are proud to be of help," he said.
Sgt. Carmen Rodriguez Cruz, a 26-year-old nurse from Veracruz, is part of the history-making contingent of female Mexican military.
"We are trained to help and we will help," Rodriguez said through an interpreter.
The Dutch ship, the Van Amstel, is a heavily armed frigate that was pulled off a drug patrol near Aruba after Katrina struck on Aug. 29.
The Van Amstel's Lt. Commander Henk Suurveld, the ship's second in command, said his men will patrol the bay to make sure pleasure craft don't interfere with military rescue operations. A contingent of about 70 Dutch Marines also landed on the beach in Biloxi Thursday to clean up neighborhoods.
"The devastation is terrible. It is horrible. For us, job satisfaction is helping out in a situation like this," Suurveld said.
A minor culture shock for members of the Mexican Navy was learning that the commander of the Bataan, Capt. Nora Tyson, was a woman. The Bataan is an 844-foot-long ship equipped with six helicopters that began rescue operations in New Orleans the day after Katrina struck.
The ship was shifted to the Biloxi area on Thursday.
"We were surprised to find a woman commanding a ship," said Pretelin, the Mexican Navy fleet officer. "We found her very professional, very well mannered."
"It's the same hard job for a woman as it is for a man," said Tyson, with a smile, during an interview in her ship's headquarters.
"I have a very good crew. They are dedicated," she said. "And we'll stay as long as we're needed."
Armed Mexican Troops Invade US
Eyewitnesses: Under cover of aid, combat ready soldiers roll into Texas
Alex Jones & Paul Joseph Watson | September 8 2005
This is absolutely a conditioning exercise to get the American people to accept the presence of foreign troops on American soil. The Globalists who are hell-bent on destroying this country are exploiting the horrible tragedy on the Gulf Coast to finally do what they've wanted to do for years: crush American soverignty. For years Alex Jones has been investigating the joint exercises held by US and foreign troops and has witnessed these forces training and preparing for this moment when they would be able to invade by invitation.
Two separate credible sources known to Alex Jones have reported that armed combat ready Mexican troops have entered Texas.
The Associated Press reported today that unarmed Mexican troops were being escorted by the US army to help relief efforts for hurricane Katrina.
However, the report was only specific to one convoy. The convoys reported to Alex Jones are said to be fully armed with Heckler & Koch German assault rifles.
The first sighting occurred at 12:30 on Highway 183 traveling towards Austin. The eyewitness described at least ten vehicles, four jeeps (other witnesses described them as Humvees) and six combat trucks brimming with armed Mexican troops wearing body armor, helmets and rifles. The troops riding in the jeeps were wearing holstered hand guns.
The vehicles were not being escorted by the US army or any other government vehicles and the vehicles were festooned with insignia reading 'Mexico MP's' and the Mexican flag.
The second sighting of a similar nature occurred north of Austin on I35 near Georgetown Texas.
Prison Planet contacted Congressman Ron Paul's office whose district is in Texas and the Congressman's response was, "any Mexican troops here period is illegal and unconstitutional.
Another source known to Alex Jones called the Austin Police Department and they said that they knew about the armed troops. The police asked if the troops had threatened the caller. The caller said they threaten the sovereignty of the country and the police laughed and hung up.
DPS Spokeswoman Lisa Block was the only person to answer any questions on the issue and she said that the main convoy of 45 vehicles, that was escorted by the Us Army and Texas state police, arrived in San Antonio at around 4:30pm on Thursday at the San Antonio Air Force Base formerly known as Old Kelly, now known as Kelly USA.
Alex Jones stated that there were multiple convoys scheduled to enter Texas today. Block stated that she had no knowledge of that. Regardless of how many Mexican troops are here or whether they are indeed armed as witnesses have stated, there's absolutely no need for them. Aid is literally cramming warehouses in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. The problem is that FEMA will not deliver it to the estimated 10,000 victims of Katrina, who have refused to leave New Orleans. FEMA already stated three days ago that these people would not receive any food or water. Many of these residents are middle class homeowners who would not have their families broken up in the first days of the rescue as the authorities demanded or more often they refused to leave their beloved pets behind. A small percentage are opportunistic criminals who want to continue looting.
Subsequently Prison Planet contacted the Larado border patrol station and asked the officer who answered the phone what his name was. He would only say that it was 'Robbie'. We asked if the Mexican troops that entered the US today were armed and he said "of course they are, what's the big deal." We then asked for his superior and were transferred to deputy chief Bill Jenkins and asked him if any of the convoys crossing into the US from Nuervo Larado were armed and he, in an agitated tone, said, "negative, negative, negative."
The bottom line is that we need answers and we need them now. We are in the process of contacting the Mexican consulate in Austin, FEMA and the FBI. Everyone else should contact them until we get some answers.
The amount of energy being expended in shepherding and handling the Mexican troops is greater than any aid they can render. We don't need their help.
The very notion that these troops are entering Texas to provide aid directly contradicts the fact that Alex Jones personally visited Austin Convention Center and saw piles of food and clothes lined up for refugees.
In other areas, aid is desperately required because FEMA has been deliberately sabotaging relief efforts. The LA Times reported today that "scores of police and volunteer firefighters from around the nation, as well as trucks loaded with donated water, were even now being prevented from entering New Orleans while troops conduct house-to-house searches."
FEMA has also been cutting communication lines. Sheriffs in several counties of New Orleans have set up armed guard patrols to prevent FEMA from further actions of sabotage.
FEMA has therefore intentionally created the climate for the justification of foreign troops entering the US.
Regarding the convoys, the Associated Press article stated,
"Army press office employee Francisco Aguilar said he did not have details of the convoy's precise location. It originally was scheduled to arrive in Houston to provide food for evacuees, but apparently had been rerouted to Dallas."
If the army does not know the location of the convoys or why they are heading for Dallas, beside the fact that they are armed, isn't that an issue of national security?
The fact that the Mexican soldiers are armed reminds us of a July 2004 incident where Mexican soldiers interrupted the funeral in Mexico of a U.S. Marine killed in Iraq (pictured).
Mexican soldiers confronted US marines and blocked their path because the Marines were carrying two replica ceremonial rifles.
The Mexicans won't allow Marines to carry toy guns in their country and yet have the audacity to cruise through Texas armed to the teeth with assault weapons and nothing is done.
Mexican troops have also been caught on numerous occasions firing on US border patrol agents and civilians.
This is part of a steady conditioning process to make Americans accept foreign troops. Alex Jones has attended numerous urban warfare drills where US Marines are made to train with foreign troops.
Scottish residents complained in September 2003 after armed Ukrainian soldiers under NATO set up checkpoints and pulled families out of their cars during an exercise.
Security agreements have been signed allowing foreign troops to enter the US and vice versa. This is part of the incremental push to use foreign troops on US soil to order US citizens around in times of emergency.
The US has today asked NATO to provide a bigger response in the relief effort, opening the doorway for many more foreign troops to enter the US.
Today's Associated Press article is wrong in stating that this is the first time Mexican troops have entered the US since 1846. Alex Jones has personally attended urban warfare training drills across the country where Mexican troops have been present.
This is the only photo currently being carried by AP/Reuters showing the Mexican convoys. This is a convoy near Laredo, heading to San Antonio. it is important to make the distinction that some conveys such as this one are not armed but some, according to our eyewtinesses, are armed with assault rifles.
Why do the Mexican troops need guns? What message does that send?
If the troops are only going to Dallas and San Antonio, and not New Orleans, then why do they need to be armed?
Our sources were alarmed and frightened to witness the movement of armed Mexican soldiers in America with one stating, "Alex, we are in trouble."
Despite this, Reuters is currently running an article which claims that people are honking car horns, cheering and waving as the convoy makes its way along the border.
The convoys entered via the border city of Nuevo Laredo last night, an area that has seen violent running battles between Mexican police and the brutal los Zetas gang that has killed officers and kidnapped US citizens. The town of Nuevo Laredo is basically under a state of siege, causing the US to close their consulate in the city on August 8th, after bazookas, grenades and machine guns bombarded nearby buildings. Gov. Janet Napolitano of Arizona declared a state of emergency and the death toll just in the last few months has reached 600 but the mainstream media is largely ignoring the story.
We are asking people to call the state police to interdict and determine if these forces are indeed armed and if their guns have ammunition or if their weapons are ceremonial (which is doubtful).
We have already tried calling the contact number in the AP story, the Governor's office, the Pentagon and Northcom with absolutely no response. The AP article admits that the army does not know where the convoys are. It is important that we pinpoint the exact locations of these convoys and demand immediate disarmament of the Mexican soldiers.
Please spread this information far and wide. To all people in Texas or Louisiana, please try and get photos of the Mexican troops and e mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mexican Troops On US Soil
Associated Press | September 8 2005
By Olga R. Rodriguez
Mexican army convoys and a navy ship laden with food, supplies and specialists traveled to the United States Wednesday to help in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. It was a highly symbolic journey marking the first time Mexico's military has aided its northern neighbor.
A convoy of 45 vehicles and 196 soldiers arrived at the border city of Nuevo Laredo Wednesday night. It was to cross into U.S. territory early today, Gen. Francisco Ortiz Valadez told reporters as his men refueled at a local gas station.
He said the troops would help evacuee operations in San Antonio.
"Our mission is to give aid to the civilian population affected by the disaster," Ortiz said.
Federal police briefly blocked the highway in both directions as the convoy arrived at the gasoline station.
Radio talk shows and newspapers in Mexico buzzed with excitement over news that this country, long on the receiving end of U.S. disaster relief, was sending a hurricane aid convoy north.
The convoy represents the first Mexican military unit to operate on U.S. soil since 1846, when Mexican troops briefly marched into Texas, which had separated from Mexico and joined the United States.
The effort includes military specialists, doctors, nurses and engineers carrying water treatment plants, mobile kitchens, food and blankets.
"This is just an act of solidarity between two peoples who are brothers," said Ruben Aguilar, a spokesman for Mexican President Vicente Fox.
Army press office employee Francisco Aguilar said he did not have details of the convoy's precise location. It originally was scheduled to arrive in Houston to provide food for evacuees, but apparently had been rerouted to Dallas.
All of the convoy's partici pants will be unarmed. In July 2004, Mexican troops interrupted the funeral of a Mexican- born Marine killed in Iraq. They objected to the nonworking, ceremonial rifles carried by two Marines who came from the United States for the ceremony.
Mexico later apologized but said it has an obligation to enforce a ban on foreign troops carrying weapons in its territory.
The convoy has "a very high symbolic content," said Javier Oliva, a political scientist at Mexico's National Autonomous University. "This is a very sensitive subject, for historic and political reasons."
The relief mission was controversial for some Mexican lawmakers, who said the president should have sought Senate approval before sending troops abroad. But the Fox administration said no such approval was needed for aid missions. But it nevertheless later asked permission and the Senate approved it.
The government was planning to send a second, 12-vehicle aid convoy to the United States sometime this week and has sent a Mexican navy ship equipped with rescue vehicles and helicopters to the Mississippi coast.