Skip to comments.Mexican drug cartels now recruiting hit men from U.S. military
Posted on 08/20/2009 6:37:29 PM PDT by AuntB
Pfc. Michael Jackson Apodaca, 18 who was arrested Monday, is accused of working as a paid hit man, and assassinating a member of the Juarez Cartel who had become an informant for U.S. authorities.
Along with Apodaca, El Paso police have charged Ruben Rodriguez Dorado, 30, and Christopher Andrew Duran, 17 with capital murder.
The informant, Jose Daniel Gonzalez Galeana, was shot several times at his home on May 15.
Both Dorado and Duran told detectives that Apodaca was the one paid to carry out the execution. Witness accounts along with the police investigation have confirmed this.
Pfc. Apodaca enlisted in the Army in September 2008. He is stationed with the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss.
While this is the first known instance of a U.S. soldier working as an assassin for the drug cartels, this may simply be a consequence of the evolving threat posed to this country by the cartels, as well as a result of the criminal gang activity which now exists in the U.S. military.
In April 2009, the FBI released a statement on the growing problem of gangs in the military, and the threat they now pose to U.S. police officers. What follows is an excerpt from that statement:
Gang members with military training pose a unique threat to law enforcement personnel because of the distinctive military skills that they possess and their willingness to teach these skills to fellow gang members. While the number of gang members trained by the military is unknown, the threat that they pose to law enforcement is potentially significant, particularly if gang members trained in weapons, tactics, and planning pass this instruction on to other gang members.
The National Gang Assessment Center has identified the following Latino street and prison gangs as having gang members who were trained in the U.S. military:
-18th Street Gang
-Mexican Mafia (La Eme)
The military does not currently keep data on gang activity within their ranks. However, FBI gang investigator Jennifer Simon said in a recent article: "Gang membership in the U.S. Armed Forces is disproportional to the U.S. population.
The prevailing estimate among most experts is that out of every 100 people who enter the military, at least two are gang members.
One of the reasons for the increasing number of gang members joining the military, is the fact that the lowering of recruiting standards, mainly by the Army. Of course, this is due to the two wars dragging on in Afghanistan and Iraq.
According to the Michael D. Palm Center at the University of California, between 2003 and 2006, recruiters allowed 4,230 convicted criminals into the Army.
Today, with some 230 American cities being identified as being infested by the extremely violent Mexican drug cartels with additional cities also being infested by other similarly violent gangs, the potential for extreme violence being perpetrated against our citizens and our law enforcement officials is obviously a serious threat and must be dealt with swiftly and decisively by our federal government.
It is now estimated that there are, already, more gang members in our country than sworn police officers.
The discussions about the creation of a massive amnesty program for millions of illegal aliens as we are hearing at the present is nothing short of alarming! I you add the number of alien gang members with the number of United States citizens who have been and continue to be recruited into gangs now, the numbers are truly staggering!
It is a virtual certainty that such an amnesty would provide gang members with even more opportunities to enlist in our military to receive the training that would enable them to do to the United States what Los Zetas is now doing to Mexico.
You might say that the "handwriting is on the wall" and in this case the handwriting is the gang graffiti that is used to mark off territory by gangs seeking to control their turf..
Furthermore, it is unconscionable that this issue, of gang violence, is never addressed by so-called "pro-immigrant" organizations. These folks know damned well that these threats are often used by the various ethnic gangs and that this is not limited to just Latino gangs but is used by every gang from every foreign country and ethnicity.
The outrage is that often lawful immigrants who arrive in our country expecting to live a life free of the violence and threats of violence that terrified them in their home countries quickly find that the same thugs who made their lives miserable back home have managed to come to the United States and continue to prey upon them and their families both in the United States and in their home countries as well.
This is certainly not the "American Dream" but does represent one hell of a nightmare!
Don’t worry... thanks to all the bipartisanship in Congress, shamnesty will be a reality soon enough.
Still Bush's fault of course.
Mexico’s narcoterror is here. They’re recruiting from our military and fighting for control of our land.
Headline today: Record marijuana grow pulled up by the roots in Siskiyou County
full version video: http://www.ktvl.com/video/?videoId=34835560001&play=now
What is truly interesting about this story is that the local CBS TV , KTVL Channel 10 affiliate finally gets it. They actually did some reporting on these pot farms being run on public lands by organized Mexican Drug Cartels after years of many of us pleading with them to inform the public of this danger. What is frightening, is how real that danger has become.
This marijuana grow stretched 2 miles. For years, our local sheriffs have fought these incursions, only to watch them grow more widespread. Siskiyou county is a conservative, quiet sparsely populated huge land mass. Along peaceful country roads that have been settled by old families, independent, self reliant types, late in the night citizens now hear voices in Spanish conversing as they walk up and down patrolling.
We knew the cartels were armed, that they contained the worst elements of Mexican organized crime; the Zetas, various cartels, MS-13, awol military.
What we didnt know, is now that their enterprise of growing on millions of acres of USA land became so successful , is that now the cartels are at war with each other over territory and contraband crops. One group may go in and cultivate the crop, only to have it taken with force by a better armed gang.
We have been warned for years in the counties of No.California and So. Oregon to stay clear of the woods, to never approach anything that looked like a pot farm.
Now we are being warned of the war between the cartels taking place on our peaceful country lanes. It is easier for the cartels to recruit laborers, with less risk to grow on these protected sanctuaries than it is in Mexico. Where shall we go to escape?
Last week these cartels burned 860,000 acres in California. Will we become collateral damage to their fires or their bullets? Unlike Mexico, in what has become an every day occurrence , weve had no beheadings...yet.
Our Department of Homeland security is spending billions in Mexico to help them fight these cartels there, to keep any of our guns from entering Mexico. But they say they dont have the money to stop these invading armies from crossing the border and infiltrating our property. This congress refuses to fund a fence, but theyll fund our people to go to Mexico and tell you this entire problem is the fault of the USA because some of our guns go to Mexico. When their criminal cast-offs are stopped from coming in, our guns will stop going out since the same people are working both sides of the border.
Will Senor Obama call out his civilian security force (ACORN) to make believe they are protecting us, while they actually are protecting the drug trade coming across the border.
Gang members with military training pose a unique threat to law enforcement personnel because of the distinctive military skills that they possess and their willingness to teach these skills to fellow gang members. While the number of gang members trained by the military is unknown, the threat that they pose to law enforcement is potentially significant, particularly if gang members trained in weapons, tactics, and h planning pass this instruction on to other gang members.
I remember reading this and was horrified. I am really disgusted with our people in DC. This is outrageous and the amnesty program needs to be killed ASAP.
Arpio (Maricopa County, AZ ) has been stymied at every turn by the FEDS and some local law enforcement, absolutely insane.
Article SNIPPET from the link in post no. 1:
"While this is the first known instance of a U.S. soldier working as an assassin for the drug cartels..."
It wouldn’t take a lot of money to compile a team of veterans to take out gangsters. I suppose you could call them a “Ronin team”. They would be the equivalent of “death squads”, but as long as they were discreet, and only disposed of serious multiple felon gangsters, and didn’t do too many, too fast, or all in the same place, I don’t think they would create too much of a stir.
“Arpio (Maricopa County, AZ ) has been stymied at every turn by the FEDS and some local law enforcement, absolutely insane. “
Arpaio battles the fed all the time. They have to be careful, because he was a high level fed at one time.
Fine, here’s some more perspective:
“Gang membership in the U.S. Armed Forces is disproportional to the U.S. population.
The prevailing estimate among most experts is that out of every 100 people who enter the military, at least two are gang members.
Have you read how many of these infiltrators have been caught in the border patrol. TOO many.
And from Mike Cutler by way of the NAFBPO.
“It is now estimated that there are, already, more gang members in our country than sworn police officers.
The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this nation has emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the People absolutely must do- we must stop sitting on the sidelines!
The collective failure of We the People to get involved in make our concerns known to our politicians have nearly made the concerns of the great majority of the citizens of this nation all but irrelevant to the politicians.
I implore you to get involved!”
You are right Arpio has a very interesting and long history in law enforcement.
And disarmament of the public will continue apace, under the guise that the armed bad guys outnumber the police or some other literal nonsense.
But I can guess. Especially in "that part of the woods".
The cartels - actually mafias, Mexican crime familias - will continue to be more brazen, because they will interpret the lack of resistance as weakness.
Undoubtedly the few that do get nailed will fight it out in the courts where eventually they will get off far lighter than they should. Again, this will be perceived as weakness, and they will up the ante.
You can be sure that once there is a spotlight on this, the ACLU/SPLC/NCLR axis will try to run interference for them. If Siskiyou County sheriffs start pulling over suspected Zeta types, demonstrations will be staged and attorneys will descend screaming "profiling!".
The mafia types will laugh at it all and continue right on doing what they do.
What they would understand is massive and relentless force: these are foreign armed combatants conducting a war against America and Americans on our soil. And they will only respect ruthless, relentless force. "Disproportionate response" and all that. You can bet that there are people in the various State agencies who do understand that, but get nowhere when they try to suggest doing something about it.
I suppose Posse Comitatus applies. But certainly they could be fought with paramilitary elements of the DEA and ICE, as well as SWAT units of the Cal State police agencies. I don't see why the Governor could not declare an Emergency and bring in Guard units without violating federal laws.
Eventually it won't matter. They will have to, because the mafias will dare them to. If they don't respond, entire towns will come under de facto control by them.
They aren't afraid of the U.S. police anymore. They realize that the La Raza types and their fellow travelers in American government have intentionally hobbled any of the normal police methods of interdiction (just scream "racist!", that'll stop 'em...).
The only way now is to declare all out war on them and not let up until the last one is seen running South at the Calexico crossing.
Ten years ago a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit.
These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground.
Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune.
If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... The A-Team
Whose idea was it to fight a war on terror while keeping open borders and high immigration all at the same time? ADL/SPLC? Are we still doing this now?
Maybe should have less Patriot Act against Americans and more border control against foreigners.
The SPLC convinced Janet Napolitano to implement profiling against veterans and Constitutionalists.
This is just the beginning!
Wake Up America before it’s too late!
We’ve lost a young man because of the Mexican Cartels today:
BAKER CITY, Ore. - A U.S. Forest Service employee is dead after being struck by a falling tree as he helped clean up a marijuana growing operation in eastern Oregon.
Forest Service workers and members of the Baker County Narcotics Team were removing a marijuana garden in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest southwest of Unity when the dead tree toppled and hit the man Thursday morning.
The Oregonian reports that the death is being investigated by federal, state and local authorities.[snip]
“Whose idea was it to fight a war on terror while keeping open borders and high immigration all at the same time? ADL/SPLC? “
You can thank the Bush Administration and the current occupant and the open border corrupt politicians (like McCain/Kennedy) on both sides who keep giving tax dollars in the millions every year to groups like La Raza.