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March 27th, 2009
09:48 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Drug cartels and money summits

Kay Jones
AC360° Coordinating Editorial Producer

Day 3 on the border of El Paso and Juarez for Team 360 tonight. We are working on more stories from that region, including the one mentioned yesterday about the mass graves that we couldn’t get together for last night.

We are still buzzing about the interview Anderson did last night with the drug cartel member. If you missed it, hopefully you can catch some more tonight on the show and we’ll try to post last night’s portion online as well. There were some chilling moments from that interview and I’m sure there will be more discussion today about some of the things this guy said to Anderson.

Have you heard about Felix Batista? He’s a kidnapping expert who has negotiated nearly a hundred hostage situations, many of which were in Mexico. On December 10th of last year, Batista was in Saltillo, Mexico and was kidnapped while there to give anti-kidnapping advice to the locals. He hasn’t been heard from since. So, we’ll bring you the latest on the search for him.

In other news, the Red River has reached a 112 year high and evacuations are underway in the Fargo, North Dakota area. We’ll bring you the latest from the area, as the river is expected to crest tomorrow morning. We were just told that the temps in that area won’t get above freezing today. Hopefully the volunteers will have luck in their sandbagging efforts and the rising waters won’t threaten the city any more than they already have.

We’ll also keep an eye out for other news today. Pres. Obama is speaking this morning about Afghanistan, and the markets have seen a bit of a rally this week, so we’ll see what the week’s end brings on Wall Street.

And finally, tonight is the 4th installment of the Money Summit. Ali Velshi and the gang, including 360’s Political Yoda, David Gergen, will bring you the latest on the job numbers, housing situation, and the stock market bounce this week. Be sure to tune it tonight at 11pm, as soon as night 3 from the border concludes.


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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Pam

    OUTSTANDING REPORTING Anderson!!!!

    March 27, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  2. Kathy

    Nice to see someone finally putting the spotlight on our southern border with Mexico. I have a couple of questions though...If the drug cartels are already in 230 of our country's main cities, and Mexico feels it is necessary to "milaterize" their border with the U.S., why aren't we doing the same? Why are we giving Mexico 1.5 Billion to fight the cartels in Mexico (Meridia), and only a fraction of that to our own law enforcement to fight the cartels and secure our border to protect OUR HOMELAND? Seems to me the only people being served by keeping our southern border open and under protected are the Cartels and the Mexican Government. It does not make sense to let Mexico dictate to us our policys of protecting our own country while they insist the borders remain open so the cartels can move north and become Americas problem not Mexicos.

    March 27, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  3. natalie, lebanon TN

    Anderson did a great job last night. The interview with the cartel member was compelling. He seemed somewhat remorseful about all of it. That made me wonder if some of the people including police officers that had been forced to be in with the cartels and wanted out had any where to go that would be a safehaven for them and there families. Are there any programs like this and has it been brought up that there should be? It seems like a need especailly for the inocent women and children that become tied to this through no fault of there own.

    March 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  4. Steve

    Mr. Cooper, I saw your program last night and I am saddened by what is happening. Drug cartel members are "killing each other" for the right to be the top dog sellers of drugs into the U.S. Please tell me how those in this country who CHOOSE to do drugs are responsible for the killings in Mexico. Could this possibly be happening because of the same mindset/way of life that is caused by a corrupt government to begin with? Remember, Mexico is not corrupt because of this or previous presidents. No, Mexico has a long running history of corruption in their government and law enforcement officials. Our last president (Clinton) reached out (Only a Democrat does these compassionate gestures) to give a helping hand in creating NAFTA to strengthen political ties and creat jobs to stimulate the Mexican economy and help start new businesses. It worked on the surface for 6 months until the wealthy corrupt government and aristocray took over as usual.

    The Mexican people are sick and tired of the corruption and filth in their country and come here legally or illegally to work in order to feed their families. Yes, some come to sell drugs as well to feed their own selfishness. Again, what I have just written is true and makes sense. However, how are we, here in the U.S., responsible for the flow of illegal immigrants. Does all of this tie in together somehow?

    When Bush made a stink about the deportation of illegal immigrants going back and then being able to return legally later, Mexicans, Mexican Americans, Anglos and all who were there were protesting and WAVING the Mexican Flag.
    Do you now understand what I am saying. How do you wave the Mexican flag when you are here because you cannot stand your own country? When the U.S. helps, it gets criticized by fellow Americans and becomes corrupt by Mexican officials!!!

    Mr. Cooper your program is outstanding because it makes us all aware of the corruption and greed of many people in this country and around the world. It is a very informative program. Yet, until someone can truly give me an explanation as to how it is the fault of America and/or Americans that cause strife and hardship in Mexico, please stop pointing the blame here.

    P. S. I hope you truly care about the people in Mexico. Pointing out corruption and greed here and there is outstanding and should be applauded! Doing something about it takes faith, prayer, and courage.

    Keep up the good work and may God bless You!

    March 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  5. EL Paso TX

    nothing new its been going on around here for years

    March 27, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  6. Renee

    Simply the best 360 of all 2009!

    March 27, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  7. biketwit

    Great show last night by Anderson. I live in the southwest and see the problem getting worse and not better. I agree w/Joe Lieberman more money needs to go down there for more ATF, etc.

    March 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  8. Isabel (Brazil)

    Good afternoon, Kay!
    Good afternoon, Anderson!

    Congratulations to team, the organizers, but mainly to Anderson.
    All reports were very well constructed in the sense to demystify the idea that drugs are a problem to part of our lives. It is important to show that this is a problem it can affect the safety of everyone.

    Now we have to believe and to trust in the strength, courage and competence of our representatives.

    All team 360 – be careful!

    March 27, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  9. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    Hi Kay, Very good in-depth coverage of the show last night, with interesting footage. Thank you for not making it sensational and keeping out pictures of violence and death. Please ensure that brave Anderson and Team 360 stay safe! His interview with the drug cartel member scared me out of my wits, thinking how he could have arranged it, and the El Paso border looks so isolated. Wonderful information in this series, but will be relieved when it is finished.

    March 27, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  10. Lori from IL

    Kay -

    Glad to hear you are doing another night on the border. I've realy enjoyed the coverage. Anderson's interview with the drug cartel member was very interesting While much of it was chilling at times – it was interesting to know that many are being pulled into the cartels by threats of death to them or their families. Looking forward to the rest of the interview tonight. Thought Anderson asked some really compelling questions.

    Sounds like another good show tonight. Thanks for all your hard work 360 - and Anderson and team in El Paso, stay safe and Godspeed.

    March 27, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  11. earle,florida

    Looks like Citigroup will be getting the axe soon,and Uncle Sam is going to adopt them sooner, rather than later! Oh, I forgot to mention that AIG will be right behind them once the SEC,FDIC,Fed,and Treasury get the regulatory program implemented, and decides who takes charge of various units,or they do it wholly! JMHO PS. Two less throwns picked out our butts ,...

    March 27, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  12. Pat On Drugs

    I believe that the USA Govenment should also be investigate on there involvement in the drug business, Cause seeing your Show last night made me wonder... "WHERE DO THEY KEEP ALL THOSE DRUGS THEY SEIZE FROM THE MEXICO USA BORDER?"

    March 27, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  13. Heather,ca

    Watching that interview you did with that drug cartel member got me thinking about what would really stop most of this. For decades we have focused on the drug user(rehab or arrest)and going after the dealer(arrest). The problem is thats focusing on points b and c. What about point a. Why people of all ages start to self medicate. They all have problems and instead of talking to a psychologist or psychiatrist.They self medicate and in many cases they become addicts. So they end up with an addiction on top of the problem and it runs their life. We need to promote and create a better support system so people of all ages and backgrounds know and feel comfortable asking for and getting proper help they need. A vicious cycle has been created simply because some people think its a sign of weakness to get help. Well its an even bigger sign of weakness to think you can simply run away from your problems by self medicating and putting harmful chemicals into your body. Your interview was very powerful and I hope anyone who is currently taking or thinking about self medicating realizes that they are participants in a war. Thanks for once again keeping them honest. It was eye opening. I dont know how you got the interview, but its clear that point a the reason why anyone would start self medicating is the way to stop this.

    March 27, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  14. Dawn

    President laughted when they mentioned legalizing drugs, but as he had said before "we can put a man on the moon" but as i am wondering we cant stop putting U.S.citizens with drug problems in prison?Must be a joke to them but it isnt a joke to the citizens out here.

    March 27, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  15. anne,nfld,canada

    How you even got to arrange Anderson's interview with that drug cartel member is a scary thought,and a story in itself,no doubt, but it is probably best we do not know the full details on how that all went down,perhaps?

    The way he so ,coldly,and matter of factly talked about the things that take place, was chilling.He could have been discussing the weather,politcs,or anything else,not beheadings and murder,for how collected and calm he seemed,and the manner in which he discussed the more graphic details are frightening.
    Hope we get to see more of this interview on tonight's program.

    Great work from the border, folks,and please,Anderson and company,be careful,and stay safe.

    March 27, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  16. AG

    That low level street punk is not a cartel member, you should better investigate your sources better before you interview them.

    I now personally members of Cartel and gverment officials and this low level hood has no idea what he is talking about

    March 27, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  17. Cindy

    Last night's show was awesome once again! The best part to me was Anderson's interview with the drug cartel guy so I hope that tonight we get more from him. It's very interesting going into the mindset of a cartel member and learning of their ways and such.

    I am glad that we are getting another night from the border. These last few shows have been awesome and I hope that 360 can keep up these ways once Coop goes back to the studio.

    Cindy..Ga.

    March 27, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  18. sherry

    Mmmm seem crime pays.

    March 27, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  19. dayday , dalton ga

    well anderson be safe and take care that investigation you are doing is awsome hpoe that you will find all the info you are looking for
    be safe and your show is awesome keep the good work up........

    March 27, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  20. Lisa Ravener

    Have I missed any CNN reports on Daniel Hannan's message to Gordon Brown and Parliament? It has taken YouTube by storm. The parallels to our situation with the US economy are uncanny, yet a recent search on CNN's website would indicate that it has not yet been addressed by any anchor at CNN. It is disappointing that Anderson hasn't covered it. Maybe I just missed it. Check it out for yourself on YouTube.

    March 27, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  21. Michael "C Lorton, Virginia

    Have you heard about Felix Batista? He’s a kidnapping expert who has negotiated nearly a hundred hostage situations, many of which were in Mexico. On December 10th of last year, Batista was in Saltillo, Mexico and was kidnapped while there to give anti-kidnapping advice to the locals. He hasn’t been heard from since. Hope they find him--however, it would appear that he did not practice what he preached.

    March 27, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  22. Karen Machuca

    This morning one of your news commentators expressed disappointment regarding the Brazilian Presidents "the present economic problems were made not by Black, Indian, etc. but by the blue eyed white man. Your commentator noted "Yes, they are "different" referring to other Latin American countries. Actually, if he can claim to be "different" in defense of an offensive comment then I guess we are really just like them. His commentary was equally in bad taste.

    March 27, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  23. Pati Mc Camp Hill, PA

    Hi Kay,

    I am chuckling at the fact that you just referred to David Gergen as the "Political Yoda". After reading your post and recalling Anderson's interview with the cartel member last evening I needed that chuckle. Thank you.

    The program from the border has been amazing. Anderson's interview literally had me on the edge of my sofa, and more than a little freaked out. He did a stunning job in a daunting situation. Grace under pressure. Incredible job.

    Will be watching the final installment this evening. I was not aware of the situation with Felix Battista. Surely this does not bode well that he has been kidnapped. Look forward to hearing the details.

    Finally we end with some promising news from Wall Street. Dare we hope that things may be on the upswing? Think positive, folks.

    Just wanted to say thanks for the great reporting from the border. You guys did great and your hard work is much appreciated.

    March 27, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  24. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ontario

    Good Morning Kay 's
    The interview Anderson did with the drug cartel member was scary . I sqiurmed when the more graphic nature was talked about the torture details was horrific . I like when Anderson is on the road right on the front lines of the story. I wonder is tonight's show going to be live from the border again?

    Michelle D.

    March 27, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  25. Dolores, Austin Texas

    Anderson your show was awesome last night, please be safe.

    March 27, 2009 at 9:56 am |