25K Missing in Mexican Drug War
Leaked list arrives day before Calderon's exit
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 30, 2012 7:48 AM CST
A man holds Mexico's flag during a protest against violence in Mexico City, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

(Newser) – More than 100,000 murders were recorded in Mexico during Felipe Calderon's presidency—and now, a day before he leaves office, a staggering new figure has emerged. Some 25,000 people have gone missing over the past six years, according to an unreleased list by the country's attorney general. The Microsoft Excel spreadsheet offers missing people's names, ages, jobs, clothing, and other details—phrases like, "His wife went to buy medicine and disappeared."

The secret list points to a government in over its head, notes the Washington Post, which obtained the document from fed-up bureaucrats. Calderon last year vowed to establish a national database that would include a missing-persons list, a promise Mexico's congress tried—but has thus far failed—to enforce. Activists say the government kept things quiet to save face. The Post notes that the leaked list isn't exactly free of errors: It consists of more than abductions, like residents who may have left for the US, and likely includes the names of some who have returned home. It's "a half-baked effort" that's "reflective of an administration that never took the problem of disappearances seriously and is now trying to cover its tracks," says a human rights activist.

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1492
Dec 2, 2012 7:58 PM CST
Our government would do itself a big favor by sending Billion Dollar Foreign Air to Mexico, supervised under the United States or no foreign aid. Along with the aid it could send doctors, contractors, tractors, and teachers. Then the illegals would want to stay in their country with good incentive of good paying jobs. Building resorts and improvement of infrastructure, roads, bridges. Along with the Foreign Aid, send Agent Orange and bomblast the jungles of the cartels. Lastly, put up machine gun nests along the border. Anyone crossing gets shot. Cover and fill up all tunnels. Anyone wanting to come to America must get in line. No more excuses. Now they have foreign aid, jobs and education. No reason to come looking for jobs here.
HANKHILL
Dec 1, 2012 7:58 AM CST
not missing at all! they moved to brooklyn!
keenang
Nov 30, 2012 10:00 PM CST
u.s. is wholly responsible for the complete destruction the third world.