The problem was well presented in A Lawyer's View of the Justice System, Joseph H. Delaney, July/August, 1999, issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Vol. CXVIX No. 7 & 8 —
... the proportion of judges who are dishonest, who are on the take, who harbor prejudices against parties or counsel, is far greater than the lay public realizes. ... Corruption is rampant in courts at every level throughout the country. It is equally rampant among prosecutors and law enforcement people. ... The primary corrupting influence is the drug business. ... the dope interests own contemporary justice. ... There is no greater shock than to find that even with both law and the facts in your favor your constitutional rights are worthless because you can't get the crooked regime to enforce them.There is a territorial issue involved, a threat to the sovereignty of our nation. Foreign criminal gangs are seeking control of territory on the U.S. side of the border, along transshipment corridors, and in our inner cities. It is not just about narcotics trafficking. It is estimated that the gangs are making more money in some places by extortion than by trafficking. Some of them even call it a "tax", and are providing some "services" to gain a measure of public tolerance. In some countries where gangs dominate areas, people are calling them before they call the police, to solve problems the government should be addressing.
From the AP:
President Felipe Calderon said Wednesday that Mexico's cartels in many cases have moved beyond drugs as their main money-earner and are even trying to supplant the government in parts of the country.
Speaking at an anti-crime conference, Calderon said gangs are imposing fees like taxes in towns they dominate, extorting money from both legitimate and unauthorized businesses.
"This has become an activity that defies the government, and even seeks to replace the government," he said. "They are trying to impose a monopoly by force of arms, and are even trying to impose their own laws."
Calderon said cartels may even be taking money from churches. "I do not doubt that they are also extorting money from priests and pastors in this country," he said.
Drugs are becoming less of a focus for the gangs, he said.
"Their main business is not anymore even drug trafficking, sometimes," Calderon said. "Their business is dominating other people."
Mexico, like many countries, has restrictions on the ownership by foreign nationals of land along its borders and coasts. The United States, and its states, have no such restrictions, and land on the U.S. side of the border with Mexico is being steadily purchased by Mexican nationals, sometimes with some duress on the gringo landowners to sell. This acquisition is an extension of the plata o plomo (silver or lead) method of criminals to bribe or intimidate both officials and private citizens into cooperating with them against their own countries. We may soon see the ability of foreign criminals to operate without interference from border to border, from coast to coast, and in every major city, often without stepping on land, or appearing in courts, they do not own or control.
It is long past time to resurrect the traditional militia system envisioned by the Founders to defend our country from foreign invaders, who intrude not with marching armies, but by slow but steady infiltration and subversion. If we do not, we will lose control over our lives and see it pass under the rule of brutal criminals.