Tonight we're following two breaking news stories. Interpol has added WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on its most-wanted listed. We'll tell you why. Plus, Anderson reports live from the newest drug tunnel discovered along the U.S.-Mexico Border.
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Tonight on AC360° Anderson reports from inside the newest drug tunnel discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border, just south of San Diego.
Just like other tunnels found in the area in recent years, this is a sophisticated one with lighting and ventilation. Though, Anderson noticed some other things not seen in some of the other tunnels: wood walls and flooring and even rail carts used to move drugs.
What's also interesting is the southern starting point of the tunnel in Tijuana, Mexico. Anderson will take you inside the kitchen of a home where there is a 4 foot by 3 foot hole with a ladder leading into the tunnel. Inside the home there are also two rooms filled floor-to-ceiling with hundreds of dirt bags. As you might guess, the dirt was removed when the drug tunnel was built. They didn't want to discard the dirt in a dumpster. Instead they piled it up inside the house.
Once you climb down the ladder in the kitchen the tunnel covers a half-mile or about seven football fields into two Southern California warehouses.
Since the tunnel was discovered on Thanksgiving Day, authorities in the U.S. and Mexico have arrested at least eight suspects and seized up to 30 tons of marijuana. Last Thursday, authorities noticed a tractor-trailer arriving at one of the warehouses in Southern California. As the truck headed north, investigators followed it. When the truck stopped at a border patrol checkpoint in Temecula, California, about an hour north of San Diego, authorities said they found the truck stuffed with 27,000 600-pound packages of marijuana.
The agents also found huge packages of marijuana inside the tunnel and up to four tons of the drug inside the home in Mexico. Again, a total of up to 30 tons of pot discovered and linked to this one tunnel.
"This is obviously not a Mom and Pop operation," said Michael Unzuetta, special agent in charge for ICE Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego. "This discovery again shows the cartels' growing desperation in the face of beefed up border security and the costly extremes these organizations are trying in an effort to avoid detection," he added.
Join us for more on this story and tonight's other big stories at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then.
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House Speaker-designate John Boehner, R-Ohio, pictured left, and House Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, pictured right, participate in a media briefing after GOP leaders met at the White House with President Barack Obama on November 30, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Washington (CNN) - Letting openly gay or lesbian troops serve in the military would have little lasting impact on the U.S. armed forces, a major Pentagon review has found, several sources familiar with the results told CNN Tuesday.
Putting an end to "don't ask, don't tell" would have "some limited and isolated disruption to unit cohesion and retention," the year-long study found, but the effects would not be long-lasting or widespread.
There will be some strong minority opposition, particularly in the Marines and some combat arms specialist units, said the chairs of the study, Defense Department General Counsel Jeh C. Johnson and Army Gen. Carter F. Ham.
As many as 40 to 60 percent of troops in those units were against changing the 17-year-old policy that lets gay and lesbian troops serve as long as their sexual orientation is secret.
Overall opposition throughout the military was about 30 percent - roughly the same as it is in America as a whole, according to recent findings from CNN/Opinion Research Corp. and the Pew Forum.
Ask many Americans to name the bloodiest war since World War II and chances are that most would not know the answer. If you told them it was in Africa, they might guess Rwanda or the ongoing conflict in Sudan. They'd be wrong.
By far, the deadliest conflict was in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1998 to 2003. Eight African nations participated in the fighting on Congolese soil, many hoping to seize control of its vast mineral wealth. Some 4 million Congolese died during the conflict and nearly another 1 million have died in the lawless aftermath from starvation, conflict and preventable disease. Tens of thousands of children were forced to become soldiers, and as many as two out of three women were victimized by rape and other forms of sexual violence.
This is still happening today.
Perhaps the lack of attention toward these atrocities explains the disconnect in Washington between the compassion felt for the people of eastern Congo and the nominal advancement of specific policies to bring sustainable change to the region. Fortunately, that began to change this summer with passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, which required reporting the origin of potential conflict minerals from Congo. I hope that the incoming Congress will continue the bipartisan movement for sustainable peace and prosperity in that region.
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(CNN) - An alleged gang member who police say was behind 80 percent of the killings in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, over the past 16 months was arrested over the weekend, officials said.
Police believe that Arturo Gallegos Castrellon, known as "El Farmero," was the leader of the Aztecas gang, a group closely linked with the Juarez cartel and its enforcement arm, La Linea.
Gallegos confessed to authorities that he ordered the killings of three people linked to the U.S. consulate in Juarez in March, as well as the attack on a party of young people that killed 14, federal police said.
The 32-year-old was arrested Saturday.
Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: The Justice Department is looking into those leaked diplomatic documents that wound up on the web. I once spent a week investigating a mysterious leak in the back of a closet. I never found the source, and it just went away. Go figure. Here is today’s letter.
Dear Mr. President,
Here is my first rule of keeping a secret: If someone knows you have one, you’ve already lost half the battle. Second rule: Complete transparency, while admirable in theory, creates havoc…especially in diplomatic circles. (This is one I really did not want to believe for a long time. Then I turned twelve.)
So you can imagine my take on this whole WikiLeaks release of classified diplomatic documents. In one fell swoop, friends and foes alike have learned intimate details about how we spy on the world, how we stand ready to use our military power, and possibly even some of our nation’s most closely guarded chili recipes.
I guess if you are a hard core “throw open the windows, let the sun shine in” type this is just wonderful. The more we know about all the inner workings of our government, the more we can hold people accountable, the more we can make sure they are serving our interests, the more, the more, the more.
On the other hand, plenty of folks don’t see it that way. I’m guessing you are one of them, judging from your attorney general’s plan to pursue a criminal investigation into the leaks. (Here’s a riddle…what’s this? Clip clop, clip clop, clip clop. Creeeeeek. That’s the sound of a horse running off, while a barn door is being closed.)
(CNN) - The discovery of a "sophisticated" tunnel between a Mexican eat-in kitchen and two Southern California warehouses led authorities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border to arrest at least nine suspects and seize between 20 and 30 tons of marijuana.
The Thanksgiving Day find followed an eight-month investigation and came about three weeks after authorities discovered a similar drug tunnel in another warehouse in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego.
Between the two incidents, agents in the United States and Mexico seized roughly the equivalent of one marijuana cigarette for each of California's nearly 37 million residents, Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Ralph Partridge said Friday.
"This is obviously not a Mom and Pop operation," Miguel Unzueta, a San Diego-based agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Friday. "This is a major, significant drug cartel working."
Unzueta described the nearly half-mile-long and, in spots, 90-foot-deep passageway as "very sophisticated," even more so than the one found earlier this month.
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