Jefferson Morley | November 8, 2018
Mexico: Center of Investigation and National Security (CISEN)
CISEN in the News
- Amnesty International Denounces Pegasus Spyware
- Mexican Cartels Use Israeli Spyware to Target Journalists, Investigators Say
- Mexican Investigators Identify Nine Major Cartels, 80 Gangs
- Fifty Years After Tlatelolco Massacre, Impunity Reigns In Mexico
Founded in 1989, CISEN’s role is to “alert and propose preventive measures, dissuasion, containment and neutralization of risks and threats trying to infringe Mexican territory, sovereignty, constitutional order, liberties and democratic institutions, as well as the country’s economic, social and political development.”
The agency has focused on drug trafficking since 1996 has disrupted some of the country’s violent drug cartels but it failed to stem their pervasive power. In partnership with the United States , CISEN located and arrested and extradited the most notorious cartel leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
CISEN has been accused of corruption and human rights abuses. In June 2017 investigators found CISEN had surveilled journalists and human rights activists via powerful spyware tools.
CISEN’s 2018 budget is a reported $1.45 billion. Former prosecutor Alberto Bazbaz, appointed chief of CISEN In January 2018, made national headlines in 2010 when he led a 9-day investigation into the disappearance of a 4-year old girl who was later found deceased in her own bed.