Mexico: Calls to Get Tough

Calls to Get Tough

The always touchy relations between the U.S. and Mexico took an acrimonious turn last week. At issue was the alleged Mexican kidnaping and torture two weeks ago of Victor Cortez Jr., a Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

Mexican authorities insist that Cortez was merely held briefly for questioning. But Cortez told a Tucson news conference last week that he probably would have been killed if DEA agents in Guadalajara had not forced his release. Cortez, who claimed he was beaten and had chili juice and carbonated water forced into his nose, said a captor told him, "If you think this is bad,...

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