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U.S. anti-kidnap expert kidnapped in Mexico
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/15/08 | Robin Emmott

Posted on 12/15/2008 12:23:01 PM PST by NormsRevenge

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexican gunmen have kidnapped a U.S. security consultant who negotiated the release of dozens of kidnap victims in Latin America.

Gunmen abducted Felix Batista outside a restaurant last Wednesday in the relatively safe northern industrial city of Saltillo in Coahuila state, Mexican authorities and his employer, security consultancy ASI Global, said on Monday.

Batista, a Miami-based Cuban American credited with negotiating the release of victims abducted by Colombian rebels, was snatched after he stepped outside the restaurant, answering a call on his cellular phone, Mexican media said.

The U.S. embassy in Mexico City said it was investigating and declined to comment further.

"He may have been targeted by organized crime in an attempt to show their power. Saltillo is not a kidnapping hot spot," said a source at Coahuila state attorney general's office.

Batista's employer, Houston-based ASI Global, denied Mexican media reports that he was a former FBI agent and said he was on a private trip in Coahuila state near Texas, giving seminars on security.

"We have requested help from the FBI and the Mexican authorities," said ASI Global's President Charlie LeBlanc.

Hundreds of people are kidnapped in Mexico every year and the number of victims has increased sharply as drug gangs, under pressure from President Felipe Calderon's army-backed crackdown, seek new revenues to fund their operations.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Mexico; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: antikidnap; batista; cubanamericans; expert; fbi; kidnapped; mexico; usembassy

1 posted on 12/15/2008 12:23:02 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

He deserves to have his photo in the next edition of Webster’s Dcitionary next to the entry for Irony.


2 posted on 12/15/2008 12:25:14 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: NormsRevenge

That’s got to be embarrassing...


3 posted on 12/15/2008 12:26:19 PM PST by null and void (Hey 0bama? There will be a pop quiz every day for the next four years...miss a question, people die.)
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To: WayneS

It’s ironic all right, but I’m praying for his safety.


4 posted on 12/15/2008 12:28:34 PM PST by Loud Mime ("Only the dead have seen the end of war" Plato)
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To: NormsRevenge
in the relatively safe northern industrial city

It's Mexico. The government is corrupt everywhere.

5 posted on 12/15/2008 12:29:24 PM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: WayneS
"Shhhh. I've got an angle..." - Captain Stern
6 posted on 12/15/2008 12:30:10 PM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: Loud Mime

All joking aside, so am I.


7 posted on 12/15/2008 12:31:53 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: NormsRevenge

This is a tragic story...and more evidence that we need to stop pandering to Mexico and its illegals....no amnesty, no NAFTA, no North American Union...


8 posted on 12/15/2008 12:33:25 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Always question the patriotism of any Globalist)
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To: NormsRevenge
Fitting, anti rapist/raped anti capital punishment/capital punished. I went to the FBI site some look like those in my neighbeohood.
9 posted on 12/15/2008 12:33:37 PM PST by boomop1
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To: NormsRevenge
U.S. anti-kidnap expert kidnapped in Mexico

Oh, the...


10 posted on 12/15/2008 12:35:09 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: NormsRevenge

He didn’t get the memo...


11 posted on 12/15/2008 12:35:24 PM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: null and void
That’s got to be embarrassing...

Perhaps he is just doing research.

I know an oil field guy who was kidnapped in Colombia and held for a few months until his company could work out an arrangement for his release.

On the last night of his captivity, the kidnappers threw a party for him with a big meal and plenty to drink. He even has pictures.

He still is in contact with a few of the "guys" (kidnappers).

In Colombia 20-40 years ago kidnapping was simply business, today in Mexico it is not.

This guy may not come out alive.

12 posted on 12/15/2008 12:40:49 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at I00 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: WayneS

***He deserves to have his photo in the next edition of Webster’s Dcitionary next to the entry for Irony.***

Not the first time. It happened to Terry Waite in January 20, 1987, Lebanon.


13 posted on 12/15/2008 12:47:58 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (NEVER FORGET TREASON!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I wonder if this guy is beta testing a new GPS-equipped transponder chip that is now being used to track his exact whereabouts?


14 posted on 12/15/2008 12:50:02 PM PST by BlazingArizona
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To: NormsRevenge

Jeez, I HATE when that happens! I guess that’s why they make us do the AT/FP training every year...

Colonel, USAFR


15 posted on 12/15/2008 1:09:44 PM PST by jagusafr ("Bugs, Mr. Rico! Zillions of 'em!" - Robert Heinlein)
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To: trumandogz

My instinct is that this is an inside job. Just think, after forking over millions of $$$ to kidnappers over the years, why not make some $$$ yourself by staging your own kidnapping. I know, you can see the sparkle of my tinfoil...lol.


16 posted on 12/15/2008 1:53:14 PM PST by ChinaThreat (s)
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To: NormsRevenge
"... Batista [...] was snatched after he stepped outside the restaurant, answering a call on his cellular phone

'Be Aware Of Your Surroundings' was #1 on this experts' list, I don't take it.

17 posted on 12/15/2008 1:54:19 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: NormsRevenge
No respect, I tell ya', I get no respect. When I was a kid I got no respect.
The time I was kidnapped, and the kidnappers sent my parents a note they said,
“We want five thousand dollars or you’ll see your kid again.”


18 posted on 12/15/2008 2:18:51 PM PST by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself)
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To: WayneS

My coworker and friend is going to Guadalajara tomorrow on business. He is Asian so he will stand out like a sore thumb. I told him to REALLY pay attention to his surroundings. Personally, I would be dubious about going right now, but we all have to work.


19 posted on 12/15/2008 2:24:11 PM PST by Smogger (It's the WOT Stupid)
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To: NormsRevenge; CPT Clay; MNDude; BellStar; bayouranger; stan_sipple; time4good; Guenevere; ...

Ping!

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


20 posted on 12/15/2008 7:09:40 PM PST by SwinneySwitch (Mexico - beyond your expectations.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

That’s RIGHT.

He was an “expert” too, wasn’t he?


21 posted on 12/16/2008 4:49:48 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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