Ted Emery’s Story

This is a story about what happened to Canadian Theodore Richard Emery in Mexicali on Saturday, July 31, 2010. First, here is a news story that ran in RadioPatrulla.com.

PEP ATRAPA A GRINGO COCHINO CON “PORNO”

Ted Emery

Theodore Richard Emery de 58 años de edad, fue detenido en posesión de material pornográfico de menores de edad y con un arma de fuego calibre .380, cuando circulaba a bordo de su camioneta en las calles del fraccionamiento Villas del Real. Un operativo realizado por elementos de la Policía Estatal Preventiva (PEP) culminó con la aprehensión de un sujeto que al parecer se dedicaba a filmar videos pornográficos con menores de edad, además de que al ser capturado se encontraba armado. Los hechos ocurrieron el pasado fin de semana en las inmediaciones del fraccionamiento Villas del Real, zona en la que el detenido circulaba a alta velocidad a bordo de una camioneta marca Durango.Fue entonces que a la altura de la calle Palomas el individuo detuvo su marcha, por lo que inmediatamente los uniformados se acercaron para realizar una revisión precautoria. Al no encontrar nada ilícito en la ropa que vestía el sujeto, se prosiguió a inspeccionar la camioneta que conducía, y en la cual se encontró en la guantera una pistola calibre .380, además de 2 cargadores abastecidos con 5 cartuchos cada uno. De igual forma, fueron observadas sobre el asiento del copiloto dos maletas dentro de las cuales se localizó una cámara de video y un adaptador para formato VHS, así como 8 videocasetes VHS, 7 discos y seis fotografías, al parecer con material pornográfico .El detenido confesó que en los videos aparecía sosteniendo relaciones sexuales con algunas de las mujeres que estaban en las fotos que llevaba y de las cuales al parecer varias son menores de edad. El caso fue turnado ante las autoridades correspondientes quienes se encargarán de realizar las indagaciones necesarias y actuar conforme a Derecho.

Without translating the whole news story, as it will become clearer as you read Ted Emery’s story which follows, the following is a summarization of that article.

PEP CAPTURES GRINGO PIG WITH PORNO

Theodore Richard Emery, 58-years of age, was arrested in possession of child pornography and a .380 handgun as he drove his SUV in the Villas Del Real neighborhood of Mexicali. An operation conducted by members of the State Preventative Police ended with the arrest of the subject who appears to be in the business of filming child pornography videos.

Now here is Ted Emery’s story of what happened, reprinted from www.katsotherkorner.com.

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God
By : Ted Emery

No doubt, many of you who know me, have heard about my recent experience with the Mexican (in)justice system. Now, I would like the truth to be known.

On Saturday, July 31st. this last summer, I was at my home in Mexicali, hanging out the laundry, about 4:45 PM, when a band of heavily armed, masked men came at me in my yard, yelling at me to get my hands up and get down on the ground. They were dressed in camouflage gear and were very menacing, with their weapons constantly pointed at me. They shoved me into my house, where more men dressed in the same manner were walking throughout my house. First one then another, then another asked me if I had any drugs or arms, to which I replied “Who are you and do you have some kind of a search warrant?” To which one of them replied ”We are the police and we don’t need a search warrant” I said “I know my rights and yes you do!” Again one of them replied “In these times of so much violence against the police, we don’t have time for a search warrant.” Thinking that there would be no problem, I told them about a gun that an old customer of mine had left me before he moved back to the U.S. I had hidden it in my bedroom and told them where they could find it.

They continued to grill me about more guns and drugs and anything else illegal that I might have in the house. I tried to explain to them that I don’t do drugs and that there was only the one small caliber hand gun. They began to turn the house upside down, looking for more “illegal” items. All the while, two of them were grilling me about what I did for a living, where I got my money, how much money I had, etc. I tried to explain that I was running a small restaurant and it was new and wasn’t doing so well and that I was in the process of closing it, with the intention of returning to Canada, very soon. After about an hour, one of them came out of the bedroom, with a hand full of DVDs and said that they were child pornography, to which I replied that he was crazy. Then another one came out with several photos of teenage girls some of which also included me. He stated that these were the same girls that were in the videos. The photos of the girls, by the way, were taken at family events such as birthday parties and Christmas time. They were fully clothed in these photos and were given to me by the mother of the girls, as keepsakes.

A short while later they threw the DVDs, an old video cassette camera (with no battery), the photos and couple of video cassettes, into a bag and asked me for the keys to my car. Two of them went outside, I imagined to search my car, and returned a short time later asking if it ran ok. I told them it had a transmission problem and very little gasoline. I asked them what they were doing with my car and they said they needed to search it better, at the police station. I told them that it probably wouldn’t make it, but they just laughed. While waiting for them to finish their “search”, I overheard two of them outside the door, one asked the other if he had any ‘mota’ (marijuana), because they only had me for the gun. I must have still had some good luck that day because none of them had any drugs to plant on me. At that point, they led me out of the house, to the police vehicles that had the street blocked for over an hour and a half. Off we went, with sirens and lights blazing, at high rates of speed, to the state police station.

What a show, squealing the tires, up on the sidewalks, down the wrong side of the road, all to get this terrible criminal to headquarters, in a big hurry. After more grilling, photos, fingerprinting and report writing they decided to take me to the municipal police station, where there was supposedly a doctor, to give me a medical exam to verify that they hadn’t beaten me. When we got there, the doctor wasn’t in and they then decided to take me over to the state police substation in Polanco, where they confirmed that a doctor was on duty. Off we went again, sirens wailing, lights blazing, to the other side of Mexicali. After that exam, it was back to the headquarters for more grilling, more photos and more reports. When they were finally done with me they told me that there wasn’t enough evidence for the kiddy porn charges but they would turn me and everything over to the federal police for further investigation. Away we went, again. This time with my car in the convoy, until it ran out of gas just a few blocks away from the state police HQ. They pushed it to a gas station, put in 20 pesos and we were off again, this time to the AFI headquarters in New Mexicali.

It was now 9:30 at night. The federal District Attorney asked me a few questions, I told him what had happened and then he sent me to the guards’ room, where it was more photos and reports. The guard was very sympathetic and said that the state police were always doing things in a similar manner. After 36 hours, the D.A. called me into his office and asked me if I was ready to sign a confession, to which I replied no, that my rights were violated and that the so called “evidence” was not useable against me. Keep the gun, I really didn’t care about it and cut me loose. He said that if I wanted to pursue the complaint against the state police that he would have to call immigration and have me deported, with no chance to get my car or any of my possessions back. I told him that I wanted to talk to the Canadian Consulate and have a lawyer present. He then took me to a telephone and we called the Canadian Consulate, in Tijuana. The Consul’s assistant told me to file charges against the state police for rights violations and that they (the consul) were in no position, at that time, to help me.

It was back to lock-up, for another 10 hours. This time, they called me into an interview room adjacent to the cells where there was a public defender awaiting me. She read me the charges that the state police had made against me and their report, for the first time since I had been arrested. I was shocked by their version of what had happened. It was nothing that at all resembled the actual events that had taken place that day. Now I understood why they had taken my car, they had to use it to justify “stopping me” and discovering the evidence, in my car. I told her what the Canadian Consulate had advised me to do and what the D.A. had said he would do, if I did file the complaint. She said she would do whatever I decided but she would have to discuss it with the D.A. When she came back, she verified what the D.A. had told me earlier, about the deportation. She also said that he had made me an offer and that after an investigation by the AFI there was no evidence of Child Pornography, so if I plead guilty to the gun offence, there would be a small fine and I could get out quickly, on bail.

To me that meant that I could get my car back, sell off my household goods and go back to Canada, really soon, so I agreed. I was unable to read the statement that I signed, because I had no reading glasses with me, at the time. I was told that it was similar to the version given by the state police in their report. I thought that I had made the best choice. Oh how wrong I was. They then took me to the state prison facility in Mexicali. I am not going to go on about how incredibly horrible and inhumane that place is, that is another story altogether. I spent two months in that hell-hole and can only say this, I would rather die than go back inside!! The ASPCA treats animals 1000 times better than they do in that place.

As a result of the press printing the information released to them by the PEP State Police weekly press release, my reputation has been completely ruined, my life totally destroyed and I am left with absolutely nothing. The PEP police stole just about anything of value that they could pocket, took all of the money out of my wallet, left my house wide open after they said that they had locked it and thieves stole the rest. I lost my car, the amount to get it out of the federal impound yard just kept going up until it was more than the car was worth. The D.A. asked for an additional $500 dollars to sign the release form and it just went on and on, until I finally gave up.

As best as I can figure, this all happened to me because a 17 year old Mexican boy, whom I had allowed to spend Saturdays with his girlfriend who was working for me at the restaurant, got mad at me. After three strong warnings to stop his inappropriate behavior with her, I banned him from coming back. On his way out the door, he told me I would be sorry. Six days later, the above incident took place. An anonymous phone call to the police hotline and voila instant revenge. The Mexican Press say that it’s old news and don’t want to print a retraction. I could sue them, but what’s the point? In Mexico there are no punitive damages awarded to the plaintiff. The National Human Rights Commission are currently investigating but they have no real clout and can only make recommendations to the corresponding authority. The State Prosecutor’s office refused to investigate my complaint, for lack of evidence and because I had signed a confession. What a surprise!!

You can draw your own conclusions. I have copies of the court documents that outline the only charge that I was convicted of, that of carrying a weapon, without a permit. The judge even released my car, saying that it was of no interest, in the case but the D.A. had to sign the final release forms, and we know how that went.

From my experience, the majority of the Mexican Justice System is corrupt and functions solely around money. I am certain that if I had of had enough money to pay off the police, it would have gone no further. My car would have been returned to me, if I had been able to pay the D.A. his “cut”. In my experienced opinion and that of lawyers and others who have had similar dealings, the system is very corrupt and doesn’t function as a justice system, at all. The only thing that separates the police and the criminals that they are supposed to be protecting the citizens from, is the badge that they carry and the authority that they have. They are nothing more than a band of lying, thieving extortionists that that go around violating peoples’ rights with no fear of reprisal. The rest of the so called justice system backs them up and protects them. They have no respect for the Mexican Constitution, that supposedly guarantees the rights and freedoms of all persons in Mexico, nationals and immigrants.

It is indeed a very sad day for Mexico, if this is any kind of indicator of how things really are, in the Mexican Justice System. A prison facility that was originally designed to house 800 inmates is crammed to inhumane living conditions with over 4500 persons, living in the same space, many of whom should never be there. For lack of means to hire a lawyer and/or pay bail or bribes for their release they are often trapped in the system until their sentencing hearing date. More often than not, the time served is more than the sentence that they receive. Mexico will never be a true democracy until drastic reforms to the criminal justice system are made. No matter how much money is spent on propaganda to convince people otherwise, the people of Mexico will never be truly free, until the corruption is made to go away.

I am now out of Mexico and living in a true democracy. After fifteen years of living and doing business there, I will never return. I certainly cannot recommend even a visit there without exercising extreme precaution. You don’t know who the bad guys are until you end up a victim.

Ted Emery

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First Woman Police Chief In Mexico Assassinated

Hermila García Quiñones, 38-years of age, was the first women selected as chief of police in Mexico. She took office October 9, 2010. She was assassinated on November 29, 2010. García was the chief of police of Meoqui, a town about 45 miles south of the city of Chihuahua, of the state of the same name. Gunmen in two trucks chased and killed García as she drove to work. She did not have any bodyguards.

Hermila García Quiñones
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American Electrocuted in Los Barilles

According to an item in Noticabos.org, American Eldon Hathaway, 65-years old from California, received second-degree burns when he was electrocuted while cleaning his pool in Los Barilles. According to the story, he was cleaning leaves from the pool with a net attached to a long metal pole. The metal pole came in contact with uninsulated power lines running to the roof of his home. He was taken to the Amerimed Clinic in San Jose del Cabo where he is recovering.

Fulano recalls that Eldon Hathaway had one of four boats the were stolen in Los Barilles last summer. His boat, The Witchy Woman was anchored off Costa Brava RV Park.

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The Myth of Illegal Immigration and Food Prices

One of the big talking points that pro-immigration groups make is that our food prices would be much higher if the US did not tolerate the flow of illegal immigrants into the country to work in agriculture. They argue that no American would do the work the illegal immigrants do for the wages they make. It is a myth.

First of all, agriculture is not a labor intensive business. The US supplies all the food it needs, plus exports billion of dollars to other countries, using very few people. In 1870, between 70% and 80% of the US population worked in agriculture. Today, less than 1% of the population works in agriculture. At last count there were only 821,000 people in the US employed in agriculture. This is out of a total civilian workforce of 153,904,000. There are 310,792,000 people in the US and these 821,000 workers produce enough to feed everybody, plus export food to the rest of the world. By 2018, agricultural employment in the US is expected to decrease to 804,400, even though the US population will be increasing.

Here is why. In 1945 it took 14 man-hours to produce 100 bushels of corn on 2 acres of land. By 1987, it took less than 3 man-hours to produce the same 100 bushels of corn on a little more than 1-acre of land. In 2002, the same 100-bushels of corn were produced on less than 1-acre of land. Productivity has reduced the demand for agricultural labor, and made labor more efficient.

An average household currently spends about $370 per year on fruits and vegetables. If curtailing illegal alien agricultural labor caused tighter labor conditions and a 40 percent increase in wages, the increased cost to the American family would be $9 a year, or about 2.5 cents per day. Yet for the farm laborer, the change would mean an increase in earnings from $17,600 to $24,640 per 2000-hour work year. That increase would move the worker from beneath the federal poverty line to above it. In fact, the salary would be higher than the median salary paid by Walmart.

The cost of labor is a very small component of food. Consumers who pay $1 for a pound of apples, or $1 for a head of lettuce, are giving 16 to 19 cents to the farmer and 5 to 6 cents to the farm worker.

We Already Have a Legal Farm Labor Program
The H-2A temporary agricultural program establishes a means for agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to bring nonimmigrant foreign workers to the U.S. to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature. Employment is of a seasonal nature where it is tied to a certain time of year by an event or pattern, such as a short annual growing cycle or a specific aspect of a longer cycle, and requires labor levels far above the necessary for ongoing operations. Employment is of a temporary nature where the employer’s need to fill the position with a temporary worker will, except in extraordinary circumstances, last no longer than 1 year.
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Yet Another Reason Why The US Must Rethink Its Immigration Policy

Oregon Teen Arrested in Plot to Bomb Holiday 
Mohamed Osman Mohamud

A Somali-born teenager attempting to detonate what he believed was a car bomb in a packed downtown Portland Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Friday night was arrested by authorities, who had spent nearly six months tracking him and setting up a sting operation, officials in Oregon said. 

The bomb in a van parked off the Pioneer Courthouse Square was a fake — planted by F.B.I. agents at the culmination of the elaborate sting — but “the threat was very real,” said Arthur Balizan, Special Agent in Charge of the F.B.I. in Oregon, who identified the suspect as Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a19-year-old naturalized citizen.

“Our investigation shows that Mohamud was absolutely committed to carrying out an attack on a very grand scale,” Mr. Balizan said in a statement released by the Department of Justice.

He added: “At the same time, I want to reassure the people of this community that, at every turn, we denied him the ability to actually carry out the attack.”

The foiled plot was just the latest jarring terrorist attempt aimed at mass gatherings in the United States, including an attempted car bombing in Times Square this past May. In that case, a Pakistani-born American citizen was arrested and pleaded guilty.

“This defendant’s chilling determination is a stark reminder that there are people — even here in Oregon — who are determined to kill Americans,” Dwight C. Holton, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon said.

Mr. Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Corvallis, Ore., had been planning for more than a year to cause mass harm to a large and unsuspecting gathering of people — including children — in their own element, according to the affidavit.

Woman sent $800 to Somali terror group

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A woman charged in San Diego with aiding a Somali terrorist group is accused of sending $800 to two fighters in the organization.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports an unsealed search warrant affidavit states that Nima Ali Yusuf was recorded on several phone calls arranging to send cash between January and July.

The 24-year-old is accused of conspiring in California and elsewhere to aid al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked militia trying to create an Islamic state in Somalia.

Authorities say Yusuf sent the money in small amounts of $50 or $100.

She was the fourth person charged in the past month in San Diego with helping al-Shabab. The others are accused of helping raise money and route funds to the radical Islamist group.

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Ordering At Burger King In Mexico Can Be Dangerous To Your Health

León is Mexico’s seventh most populous city with 1.2 million inhabitants, located in the central highland state of Guanajuato between San Luis Potosi, a Zeta Cartel enclave, to the north and Michoacán, home of La Familia Michoacána, to the south.

León is known internationally for its leather exports but has recently become another urban organized crime battleground.

Remember the mantra of the BajaNomads: “Mexico is safe if you are not involved in drugs, or buying a hamburger at Burger King.” This poor dead woman waiting in line at the Burger King, with the evidence tag number 43 on her chest, obviously did not heed the wise advice of the BajaNomads.

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Improve Your Spanish #15 – Sacaremos Ese Buey De La Barranca

There is a popular little ditty in Spanish that is sung throughout the Spanish speaking world. It is a political statement, couched in metaphors. Sacaremos Ese Buey De La Barranca literally means, “We’ll get this ox out of the ravine.”  However, it takes on a new meaning when one knows that in Spanish the word “buey” means ox and also is a slang word for “idiot”, as “dumb ox” is in English. In this case the ravine is a metafor for the deep trouble the country is in. With that knowledge the song takes on a new meaning.

En la penca aguamielera Federico dormitaba
y los bueyes y las bacas se fueron a la cañada
Por la tarde el buey mas grande les faltaba
y su compadre a buscarlo se ofrecio

Sacaremos ese buey de la barranca
sacaremos ese buey de la barranca
sacaremos ese buey de la barranca
de la barranca sacaremos ese buey

Los del ejido se ofrecieron a ayudarles
y al momento muchos hombres se juntaron
palos y reatas y uno que otro buen caballo
y todos juntos se fuereon a la cañada

Sacaremos ese buey de la barranca…

Los del gobierno del estado preocupados
decidieron ayudar en el rescate
y con cadenas garruchas y malacates
todos cantando montados en su tractor

Sacaremos ese buey de la barranca…

Hombres y equipo estaban listos en la loma
y Federico ya bien crudo les gritaba
que el buey estaba en el establo sano y salvo
y todos juntos empezaron a cantar

Meteremos a ese buey a la barranca
meteremos a ese buey a la barranca
meteremos a ese buey a la barranca
a la barranca meteremos a ese buey

*  *  *  *  *  * 

In the aguamielera leaf* Federico was dozing
and the oxen and the cows went to the canyon
In the afternoon the largest ox was missing
and his friend offered to look for it

We’ll get this ox out of the ravine
We’ll get this ox out of the ravine
We’ll get this ox out of the ravine
Out of the ravine we’ll get the ox

The people of the ejido offered to help
and in no time many men gathered
sticks and ropes and some good horses
and together they went to the canyon

We’ll get this ox out of the ravine…

Those from the government were concerned
they decided to help with the rescue
and with chains, pulleys and winches
all singing mounted on their tractor

We’ll get this ox out of the ravine…

Men and equipment were ready on the ridge
and Federico, still very drunk, shouted
that the ox was safe and sound in the barn
and all together they began to sing

We’ll put the ox back in the ravine
We’ll put the ox back in the ravine
We’ll put the ox back in the ravine
In the ravine we’ll put the ox.

*aguamielera leaf refers to the maguey plant, from which the alcoholic drink pulque is made. En la penca aguamielera, means Federico was dead drunk.

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Fulano’s Factoids

The United Nations Security Council is composed of five permanent members — China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States — and ten non-permament members. The non-permanent members have two-year terms.

Each Security Council member has one vote. Decisions on procedural matters are made by an affirmative vote of at least nine of the 15 members. Decisions on substantive matters require nine votes, including the concurring votes of all five permanent members. Therefore, any of the five permanent members can veto any substantive matter.

However, the financial burden borne by the permanent members of the UN Security Council is grossly disproportionate among the five permanent members.

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Which Is a More Accurate Video?

You be the judge.

#1 – From a person who is a travel agent:

#2 – From Fulano

guadalajara.usconsulate.gov
November 20, 2010

Due to a variety of security incidents in various parts of the consular district, the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara urges U.S. citizen residents and visitors to remain vigilant and makes the following security recommendations:

1. Avoid all unnecessary travel to Colotlan, Jalisco near the Zacatecas border because of an increasingly volatile security situation, including roadblocks during daylight hours by individuals posing as police and/or military. The Consulate General has previously advised against unnecessary travel to Yahualica, Jalisco.

2. Use extreme caution when traveling near the borders between Jalisco and the states of Zacatecas and Michoacán.

3. Driving between cities should be undertaken only during daylight hours. Extra caution should be exercised on the road between Guadalajara and Mazamitla, Jalisco, where an increasing number of security incidents have been reported.

4. Avoid all unnecessary travel to the city of Tepic, Nayarit. Exercise extreme caution on the non-toll portion of the Route 15 bypass around Tepic.

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