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In Mexico, Assassins of Increasing Skill
Washington Post Foreign Service ^ | December 12, 2008 | William Booth

Posted on 12/12/2008 10:23:02 AM PST by SwinneySwitch

Well-Coordinated Cartel Hits Show Greater Sophistication

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- The hit was fast, bold, lethal. Jesús Huerta Yedra, a top federal prosecutor here, was gunned down last week in a busy intersection 100 yards from the U.S. border in a murder of precise choreography.

In Mexico's chaotic drug war, attacks are no longer the work of desperate amateurs with bad aim. Increasingly, the killings are being carried out by professionals, often hooded and gloved, who trap their targets in coordinated ambushes, strike with overwhelming firepower, and then vanish into the afternoon rush hour -- just as they did in the Huerta killing.

The paid assassins, known as sicarios, are rarely apprehended. Mexican officials say the commando squads probably travel from state to state, across a country where the government and its security forces are drawing alarming conclusions about the scope and skill of an enemy supported by billions of dollars in drug profits.

"They are getting very good at their jobs," said Hector Hawley Morelos, coordinator of the state forensics and crime laboratory here, where criminologists and coroners have been overwhelmed by more than 1,600 homicides in Juarez this year. "The assassins show a high level of sophistication. They have had training -- somewhere. They appear to have knowledge of police investigative procedures. For instance, they don't leave fingerprints. That is very disturbing."

Alejandro Pariente, the spokesman for the attorney general in Chihuahua state, said, "They are called organized crime for a very good reason. Because they are very organized."

In Ciudad Juarez, a tough industrial city across the river from El Paso, where 42 people have been killed in the last week, the morgue serves as a grim classroom for the study of drug violence along the border.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; border; borderpatrol; borders; drugs; illegalaliens; immigrantlist; immigration; marijuana; mexico; minutemen; openborders; pot; sicarios; wod; wot
The assassins don't trust bullets made in Mexico, they prefer American bullets.
1 posted on 12/12/2008 10:23:04 AM PST by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch
They appear to have knowledge of police investigative procedures.

With all the CSI shows on TV teaching all of us forensics you'd have to be a damned idiot to leave any usable clues behind.

2 posted on 12/12/2008 10:28:10 AM PST by Hardastarboard (Why do I find the Toyota "Saved by Zero" ads so ironic?)
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To: SwinneySwitch; AuntB; cripplecreek; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; ExTexasRedhead; neverdem; ...

This is coming to America.

3 posted on 12/12/2008 10:28:24 AM PST by Clintonfatigued (If greed is a virtue, than corporate socialism is conservative)
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To: SwinneySwitch

-—Mexico should fix the border, obviously-—

5 posted on 12/12/2008 10:29:33 AM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Coming soon to an American barrio near you, thanks to the open border traitors.

6 posted on 12/12/2008 10:31:43 AM PST by Travis McGee (
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To: Hardastarboard; Squantos; Eaker; archy; DuncanWaring; hiredhand; AuntB; dennisw
"They appear to have knowledge of police investigative procedures."

With all the CSI shows on TV teaching all of us forensics you'd have to be a damned idiot to leave any usable clues behind.

More likely they are active duty Mexican cops, wearing masks, getting in a little overtime from their real bosses in the cartels.

7 posted on 12/12/2008 10:33:48 AM PST by Travis McGee (
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To: Clintonfatigued; Travis McGee

This has already come to America, just not on this scale yet.

And not just in the bario.

8 posted on 12/12/2008 10:49:20 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: MNDude; BellStar; bayouranger; stan_sipple; time4good; Guenevere; mugsaway; CSM; calcowgirl; ...


If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.

9 posted on 12/12/2008 10:49:28 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (Mexico - beyond your expectations.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
There are plenty of reports of gang violence south of the border. According to this Daily Telegraph Article:
Since January, more than 1,300 people have been killed in execution-style hits or gunned down in fire fights, which often rage for hours in broad daylight and turn residential neighbourhoods into war zones. If the trend continues, 2008 will top last year's toll of 2,500 deaths in drug-related killings.
You don't hear so much about Americans at the Border. Too bad.

Americans are regularly abused. According to this article entitled US Warns Tourists of 'Small-Unit Combat' at Mexico Border -- Murder and kidnapping of Americans has become routine all along the US Mexican border. According to the State Department sometimes heavily armed attackers wear the uniforms of the Mexican police or military. According to Mexicans their military has even become part of the problem. The US Border Patrol has complained to the Bush administration about Mexican military incursions to no avail.

If there is silence about events at the border. The silence about killings north of the border is deafening. And yet....

More Americans killed by illegal aliens than Iraq war, study says The liberal LA Times is now reporting that Mexico's drug wars are now north of the borders--but soto voce. Think about it. A man or woman killed in Iraq or Iran in the line of duty is a hero. But what is an American killed at home by an illegal alien because the government has failed in its sworn duty to guard the borders. This is a pact between the sovereign and the person has paid taxes and loyalty. The answer is to that question is pretty awful. And it bodes ill for the republic.

But is it true?

Yes, according Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.When you start digging into the numbers the only ones that can be sourced with the feds are the number of American murdered in 2005: 16692
I have seen federal numbers for illegals held in jail ranging from 19.3% to 27% of the federal prison population.

Here's a sampling of USA cities wanted for murder. What you'll see is that in big USA cities like LA or NYC most of the murderers are Hispanic. Unknown are the % of illegals. In smaller cities the FBI will post the nationalities of the murderers. About 25% of the most wanted are illegals wanted for murder. This number agrees with the percentage of illegals incarcerated in federal prisons. +-25%

Pictures of top 10 most wanted in LA. Up until recent stories about crime in LA posted by the LA Times--the pictures included the nationality of the murderers. They were all foreign nationals and mostly Mexican.

Wanted for Murder in New York City.

Chicago wanted for Murder

Philadelphia wanted for murder

San Francisco wanted for Murder

New Orleans wanted for Murder

Pictures of suspects wanted for murder in Washington DC Alas, the Washington DC pictures have recently been taken down.

FBI USA 10 most wanted. (two of 10 are Mexican nationals) Around 40% of the FBI's wanted for murder are Mexican Nationals

There are currently no exact numbers on the number of Americans killed by illegals. Part of the reason is that the government deliberately obscures the number. I talked on the phone with the head of statistics for the US Bureau of Prisons. He said his office wasn't allowed to publish the number of illegal alien murderers. Rather they were forced to put legal and non legal residents in the same category. He said further that most of illegals in the federal prisons were in for drug related charges. Most of the illegals in jail for murder were in the state prisons. I talked to ICE. They put out detailed numbers on illegal child molestors. However, they put out nothing on illegal murderers.

Part of the reason for the silence on the matter is that there is evidence to suggest that most Americans--but by no means all -- being killed by illegals are black--as is the suggestion in this LA Times Article. Also this article from the LA Times. And here. This makes intuitive sense. We see stories regularly of drug gang killings in Mexico but we don't see those same stories in the USA. The reason we don't see those stories is not because its not happening. Rather we don't see the stories about illegals killing blacks because that kind of story is terribly politically incorrect. The populations being displaced in downtown sanctuary cities especially are American blacks. That means that their criminal elements would be pushed aside by Mexican gangs as well. That's also the story that the wanted for murder posters in all the major cities seems to suggest.

Why isn't there an outcry in the black community? Beats me.

Nevertheless, the pattern of non reporting is starting to break. Discovery Channel has a series called Gangland that mentions ethnic cleasing of blacks by Mexican gangs. One woman in San Francisco who had her family killed by an illegal is even demanding the city to drop its sanctuary city status. Illegals themselves have become the targets of kidnappers Mexican style in Arizona where drug money from south of the border is often parked.

Reported Foreign Nationals on Death Row in the U.S.

To look at other USA cities go here and replace stlouis with the city you want.

That said, the true number of criminal aliens is far higher than is revealed by criminal aliens in prisons. Most are simply waived through the courts. DHS Secretary Chertoff, has been quoted as warning that two million people in this country illegally have committed serious crimes. Here is more info from Judicial Watch.

However the number of illegals on death row is far lower. Sadly, so many small towns and villages across America have sent their warriors off to war half way across the world only to see communities fill up with illegal aliens. The Center For Immigration Studies has provided a detailed account of the illegal alien gang problem

10 posted on 12/12/2008 11:02:21 AM PST by ckilmer (Phi)
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To: CPT Clay


11 posted on 12/12/2008 11:07:26 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (Mexico - beyond your expectations.)
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To: Travis McGee
More likely they are active duty Mexican cops

OMG, I hadn't thought of that. I'd almost bet my next two paychecks that you're right.

12 posted on 12/12/2008 11:07:50 AM PST by Hardastarboard (Why do I find the Toyota "Saved by Zero" ads so ironic?)
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To: Clintonfatigued
This is coming to America.

This is why the war on drugs is a fool's errand. There's no law that will negate human nature. It's too bad that there are utopians on both sides of the political spectrum.

13 posted on 12/12/2008 11:16:00 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: SwinneySwitch
There probably wouldn't be so much killing down there if their drug trafficking organizations didn't have easy access to all those American AK-47’s.
14 posted on 12/12/2008 11:33:06 AM PST by SmallGovRepub
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To: Albanese

Well, as they say, practice makes perfect.

15 posted on 12/12/2008 11:43:05 AM PST by Defiant (I for one welcome our new Obama Overlords.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
According to our government, Mexican drug trafficking organizations gross about $13.8 a year selling drugs to Americans, about $8.6 billion of that comes from marijuana sales alone. In the article above they mention Noé Ramírez Mandujano, Mexico's top anti-drug prosecutor who was arrested just last month for sharing intelligence with drug traffickers for a fee of $450,000 a month. With so much money being made, we're never going to stop this. There will always be plenty of people willing to work in that business to make all the money there is to be made and there always be people in law enforcement and the government there and here who will be corrupted with all the money there is to buy them off. That anti-drug prosecutor was pulling in $450,000 a month helping the cartels. That would be a crazy amount of money to be making here in the U.S. and in Mexico it would go even further. How many people would turn down that kind of money, especially in Mexico where these organizations kill people who won't take their bribes?
16 posted on 12/12/2008 11:46:05 AM PST by SmallGovRepub
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To: lib-fascist-feminazi

Econ 101

18 posted on 12/12/2008 12:34:58 PM PST by nufsed
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To: Hardastarboard
If you have not seen the Michael Douglas film "Traffic," I strongly urge you to.

19 posted on 12/12/2008 7:26:03 PM PST by Travis McGee (
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