A report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in 2010 lambasted EPIC – El Paso Intelligence Center as a complete failure in preventing, detecting or tracking drug trafficking, according to the Washington Post’s intelligence guru Jeff Stein. The center was established in 1974 to battle Mexican and South American drug cartels but has had seriously limited success.
EPIC is a true inter-agency effort with 21 federal and state agencies involved (and apparently no one in charge). But unfortunately no one in the government trusts the center for reliable data:
In its most devastating statistic, the auditors found that “less than 1 percent of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers” use EPIC’s intelligence.
A report out in late 2011 details the establishment of a new US intelligence “mega-center” in the heart of Mexico City. In the article in Proceso Magazine (reposted here) can be believed, agencies ranging from the CIA to the Pentagon to the FBI have set up shop just a few hundred yards down the street from the US Embassy in Mexico City.
Allegedly, the Office of Bi-national Intelligence (OBI) has been established by the Obama and Calderon administrations. And the goal of the operation is to spy on drug cartels, businesses and Mexican governmental agencies. Serious stuff if it is true.
Many US citizens are not truly aware of the “war” raging south of the border. More people were killed in Mexico in recent years than in Iraq and Afghanistan. Elements of this drug war have spilled over into the US, but the nation’s attention is not focused on it yet. Let’s hope this new intelligence effort (if it is real) is more successful than EPIC in identifying our nation’s enemies and intervening before many US citizens are caught up or killed.