Friday, March 21, 2014

México: President Nominates Attorney, Former Intelligence Chief as Head of Anti-Crime Commission

According to The Latin American Tribune, President Enrique Peña Nieto has nominated attorney and former intelligence chief Monte Alejandro Rubido as the new chairman of Mexico’s National Security Commission.

Rubido, currently executive secretary of the National Public Safety System and the government’s spokesman on law-and-order issues, has “wide experience in this field,” according to Osorio Chang, México’s No. 2 official.

The nominee’s resume includes assignments as head of CISEN, México's intelligence agency, and as deputy public safety secretary.

COMMENT: Peña Nieto’s administration created the commission to coordinate the activities of the Federal Police and other law enforcement agencies.

Peña Nieto took office in December 2012 vowing to bring a new approach toward curbing the violence, much of it drug-related, that claimed more than 100,000 lives during the administration of Felipe Calderon.

Unfortunately, government statistics released earlier this month reveal that more than 21,000 homicides were reported in the first 14 months of Peña Nieto’s government, just slightly fewer than the 21,206 murders documented in the initial 14 months of Calderon’s term.

The downside in all political appointees of all nations is that some are very ineffective while the majority attend meetings, give speeches and accomplish very little during their tenure, particularly where crime prevention is concerned.

We wish Mr. Rubido well, although México's daunting institutionalized level of corruption is formidable. That, coupled with the power and influence of the drug cartels, makes for a very steep climb even for the most qualified candidate.