Murder, Money, and Mexico --what a title, what a story, and what a news coup
for PBS' award winning FRONTLINE."
"...This one is tough, take-no-prisoners investigative report on the killings,
kickbacks and possible drug connections during the administration of
Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari.
A Swiss investigator says the money the former president's brother put in
Swiss bank accounts is believed to be profits from drug trafficking. That's just
one news item from the FRONTLINE interviews on this show with high
potential for controversy."
"With so many threads to probe, the story of what's been happening in Mexico
is a tangled web. But as FRONTLINE weaves those threads together, a
tapestry emerges that connects both sides of the Rio Grande.
"Murder, Money, and Mexico, a brilliant FRONTLINE special that doggedly,
precisely, and coldly illustrates how completely corruption corrupts.
While the Swiss investigation into the fortune accumulated by Salinas, who
now lives in exile in Dublin, and the imprisonment in Mexico of his brother
Raul Salinas for drug trafficking continues, FRONTLINE provides strong
evidence that Raul Salinas's fortune was built on cooperation with drug
...... The drama builds inexorably--much like Costa-Gavra's brilliant political
melodrama, Z (1968)- to the conclusion that the Swiss can, and will, prove that
a significant portion of the $100 million in Raul Salinas's accounts comes
from drug cartels. If this is confirmed in the investigation scheduled to be
completed within a few weeks, then certain bankers and banks, in this case
Raul Salinas's bank, Citibank, could be prosecuted."
"...While aimed at the corruption in Mexico, this FRONTLINE has broader
implications. It makes it very clear that the line between legitimate campaign
contributions and bribery can be as thin as the skin on the palm of a
"If you got the impression over the years that the Mexican Government was a
stew of corruption, nothing in "Murder, Money, and Mexico, is likely to
change your mind. Tonight's edition of FRONTLINE tells of
influence-peddling, money laundering, drug dealing, murder and associated
activities by the Salinas political family, which appears to have set a record,
even for Mexico, of self-enrichment.
Although the program doesn't come up with much in the way of hard new
evidence, it offers an abundance of allegations, speculations, suspicions,
suppositions and plausible surmises about the doings of former President
Carlos Salinas de Gortari, who has fled his country, and Raul Salinas de
Gortari, his brother, who is being held on the charge of murdering a sometime
"Politics, corruption, drugs and killing in that unfortunate country south of San
Ysidro have mingled to the point where nothing seems bizarre anymore, and
the story has grown convoluted far beyond the ability of the average American
to follow the bewildering trails of blood, money and power.
Luckily. we have FRONTLINE television's most consistently rewarding
documentary series, to straighten out the confusion and put the picture in
perspective, at least until the story winds itself around another hairpin curve.
Tomorrow's installment of FRONTLINE called "Murder, Money, and
Mexico, begins on a park bench in Dublin, where an apparently
mild-mannered man with a baldhead and a mustache sits placidly reading a
newspaper, seemingly just another well-off gentleman at his leisure. That
gentleman is Carlos Salinas de Gortari, now in retirement (or exile, depending
on how you look at it), whose term as president of Mexico sank to what many
regard as unprecedented depths of corruption."
"..."Murder, Money, and Mexico, is an unusually complex tale and the
corruption it details could easily fill a mini-series. Viewers probably won't be
surprised to learn that corruption in Mexico arrived with the Spaniards and
reached its peak in the late 1980s with the Salinas brothers. But what is truly
intriguing about the corruption is the way it is linked to 'privatization' and the
subsequent business dealings of these assorted establishment thugs with US.
banks and other companies understandably eager to step in and exploit
Mexico. The so-called ruling elite continues to prosper and salt away billions
in foreign banks and companies, but the Mexican public, as always, suffers the
heaviest punishment, caught in an economic meltdown .....worse than the Great
The North American free-trade agreement, it would appear from the evidence
in this film, gave carte blanche to economic gangsters on both sides of the
border to behave with impunity. This is a splendid piece of current affairs
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