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Mexico Security Memo: Dec. 7, 2009 (Narco State)
Stratfor Global security ^ | Dec. 8, 2009 | Stratfor

Posted on 12/09/2009 9:19:29 AM PST by AuntB

Presumed members of Los Zetas staged a brazen prison raid Dec. 4 in Escobedo, Nuevo Leon state, killing two state police officers guarding the prison and freeing 23 inmates. At the same time in nearby Juarez, Zetas engaged a Mexican military unit in a firefight in an apparent attempt to distract the superior security force away from the prison. While details are still coming in, the incident highlights the uphill battle the Mexican government is fighting as it tries to professionalize its law enforcement ranks.

Los Zetas have shown before that they will go to great lengths to protect and rescue fellow members and associates. A similar well-planned and coordinated operation took place in May in Zacatecas that freed more than 50 prisoners....

On Dec. 6, in Ciudad Juarez , some 5,000 citizens took to the streets during noon hour to protest the presence of the Mexican military and federal police and the high levels of violence in the city. The citizens were complaining that the presence of the federal forces has served only to fuel the violence rather than suppress it and that the federal personnel were running protection rackets against businesses and private citizens. The presence and use of the Mexican military on the streets of Mexican cities has come under increased scrutiny as allegations of human rights violations have mounted and its effectiveness has come into question. While the military is not immune to corruption, Mexican law enforcement agencies are notoriously more corrupt, and none more so than the Juarez police (the enforcement arm for the Juarez cartel, La Linea, consists of former and current Juarez police officers).

Cartels have gone as far as to pay private citizens to protest the military’s presence......the cartels undoubtedly are taking note and will likely leverage the growing public frustration.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico
KEYWORDS: aliens; immigrantlist; immigration; invadingarmy; loszetas; mexico; nafbpo; narcoterror; stratfor; warnextdoor; wot
A REMINDER: “Dec. 13th the National Geographic Channel:

Narco State “

The reporter who did this piece spent months in Mexico and along our border was on radio this morning. She emphatically stated that the situation/terror/violence in Mexico and spilling over our border is worse than Afghanistan.

What I find most interesting about the Strafor report is that the Mexican Citizenry seems to favor the cartels over their military. At the link there is a long list of recent narco terror actions in Mexico.

1 posted on 12/09/2009 9:19:30 AM PST by AuntB
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To: AuntB

And our fine, respectable Federal government just sits back and watches and supports our open borders as these filthy criminals pour across our borders. They simply do not give a sh!t. 2010 is coming. Use it to save this country.

2 posted on 12/09/2009 9:22:15 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: SwinneySwitch; gubamyster; blackie; BellStar; Liz; Cindy; bcsco; rabscuttle385; ...

Today’s NAFBPO M3 Foreign news report translated courtesy of our former border officers.

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Foreign News Report

The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis.
Saturday 12/5/09

El Universal (Mexico City) and El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 12/4/09

Major gun battle in Nuevo Leon

Mexican federal forces engaged in a 45-minute gun battle in Juarez, a suburb of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, [not to be confused with Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua ] with members of the criminal gang Los Zetas — the armed branch of the Gulf drug cartel — leaving 12 – 14 dead, 7 wounded and 8 arrested. [Numbers vary with news accounts.] According to the Secretary of National Defense, the battle was in two stages. The first occurred when a group of the criminals in seven vehicles tried to evade a military inspection point on the outskirts of the metropolitan area. In the ensuing battle, a leader of Los Zetas, Ricardo Almansa Morales, “El Gori 1,” was killed along with five other Zetas. Eight others were arrested and two more were found wounded. The leader, “El Gori 1,” was the assumed assassin of retired Brigadier General Juan Arturo Esparza Garcia and his four escorts last November 4. [M3 Reports 11/6-9/09.] Following that fight, a group of Zetas fled the area pursued by the military. When cornered in another metropolitan section, the Zetas opened fire with assault rifles and fragmentation grenades, wounding at least three civilians in the area and killing another. In this second confrontation, [according to El Porvenir] five of the thugs were killed, four when their vehicle was hit by a grenade launched by the military and the other by gunfire when he attempted to escape the burning vehicle on foot.


Armed group frees detainees

The state police of Nuevo Leon reported that an armed group crashed an SUV into a detention center in Escobedo, a suburb of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, entered the facility killing two custodians and freed 23 detainees, among them 16 police being held for investigation for selling protection to organized crime. Witnesses said that the SUV took out a portion of the building, allowing the armed men to enter. According to investigators, this took place at the same time security forces were engaged in the gunfight in the neighboring suburb [described above] and were therefore unable to respond.


El Debate (Sinaloa) 12/4/09

Friday morning in Culiacan-Navolato

Seven people fell victims to gang-style executions in separate events in the cities of Culiacan and Navolato, Sinaloa, early Friday morning. Three of the dead were gunned down together in a car, three others were abducted together and murdered as was one other in a separate incident.


La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja California) 12/4/09

Huge cache of marihuana seized

Thanks to a citizen tip, municipal police in Mexicali, Baja California, discovered a storehouse of packaged marihuana estimated to weigh 13 tons. At the site, they also arrested three subjects guarding the neatly stored packages. The Mexican Army was summoned to seize the 2,900 “pillow size” packages, each weighing four to five kilos. The packages were transported by truck, escorted by the military, to the Army post for later disposal. [Photo relates.]


Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 12/4/09

Unregistered children of illegal migrants a problem

In Mexico’s southern border state of Chiapas there are hundreds — perhaps thousands — of illegal residents, mainly from Central America, whose Mexican born children lack birth certificates necessary for federal and state services such as schooling. The parents of these children often do not register their births, as required, because of fear of being arrested for being in Mexico illegally. This leads to future problems of education and basic health needs, both of which are major problems throughout the depressed southern border area. For this reason, changes in the Civil Code are being considered to register the births of all children born in Chiapas regardless of the nationality or legal status of the parents.


Lapolaka (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/4/09

“A tough day for hit-men”

A pair of paid hit-men were captured by the military while trying to escape after murdering a man. The two, attempting to flee the scene at high speed in a Hummer, lost control on the streets of Cd. Juarez when Army units began firing at them. After the accident, one of the desperados attempted to flee on foot, but was captured after “the bullets of the [soldiers] reached him.”


“Armed gangs thaw out”

[Referencing the icy cold snap in Cd. Juarez.] ”As soon as the sun thawed the streets, the first weekend executions of the hit-men appeared.” The article describes three murders that happened within just a few minutes in different parts of the city.


Sunday 12/6/09

El Diario de Juarez (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/5/09

Yesterday’s death toll for Cd. Juarez: 10; one a police officer

The levels of violence, which had a brief lull due to the freezing temperatures, returned yesterday with the execution-style murders of 10 people in various parts of Cd. Juarez. Within the first few hours of the day, eight homicides were reported. The other two happened sometime later. A police officer, dressed in civilian clothes, was gunned down in front of his wife, customers, and clerks in a business establishment by two men who then fled.


Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 12/5/09

Families of authorities in Tancitaro feel threatened

The possible reason the Mayor of Tancitaro, Michoacán. gave up his job is the pressure from organized crime since, within the past few days, relatives of local authorities have been abducted. The fathers of two prominent local officials were abducted simultaneously from their homes November 30. Both of them were set free December 1 after “negotiations.”


Lapolaka (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/5/09

[This newspaper often takes the ironic side of grim violence.]

“Prelude to the march for peace”

The March for Peace, which is to take place this Sunday, had a sinister prelude this Saturday when four members of a family were riddled by gunfire inside their own house by an armed group. The attackers used some 50 rounds from attack rifles and nearly wiped out a family. Two of those killed were students and apparently brothers. The attack happened at about 5 p.m., about the time city center was being lighted by a gigantic tree of Peace and Love.


“At least he wasn’t executed”

A ministerial police officer was killed in an accident on the Chihuahua-Juarez highway when his patrol car rolled. The accident probably happened because of icy roads.


La Jornada (Mexico City) 12/5/09

Evo Morales miffed at CNN

President Evo Morales of Bolivia accused the US television news network CNN of making “opposition with lies” a few hours before general elections Sunday. Morales is the front runner to extend his presidency to 2015. Morales blamed CNN for broadcasting statements by Bolivian analyst Ximena Costa that described him as “the best chief right’s campaign, for the traitors, for the liberals.” Morales accused CNN of being “the grand defender of imperialism, of capitalism.”


La Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 12/5/09

Hugo Chavez calls for war preparation

In a speech before his military commanders, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pointed out the importance of preparing the military for the “threat” that looms over Venezuela due to the agreement between Colombia and the US permitting the US military to use at least seven Colombian bases in the fight against terrorism and narcotraffic. Chavez holds that the pact is “above all, to threaten Venezuela.”


Monday 12/7/09

El Diario de Juarez (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/6/09

US intercepts boats transporting cocaine

The US Coast Guard intercepted four fast boats with 262 kilos of cocaine off the Pacific coast of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. The operation also resulted in the arrests of nine of the boats’ crews. The Coast Guard received permission from the Mexican Navy to inspect the four boats when they were encountered on the border between Guatemala and Mexico.


-end of report-

3 posted on 12/09/2009 9:23:29 AM PST by AuntB (If Al Qaeda grew drugs & burned our forests instead of armed Mexican Cartels would anyone notice?)
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To: EagleUSA; c-b 1; Tennessee Nana; Travis McGee; Willie Green; happygrl; All

But they’re providing work for the anchor babies!!!

Cartels’ Youth Recruitment Worries Border Authorities

December 07, 2009

[snip] BROWNSVILLE - When Laredo police investigator Joe Baeza meets with the juvenile enforcement team, he hears of a disturbing trend.

“The adult prison gangs are basically recruiting wide-eyed children, literally, to do their criminal activities, only because the system doesn’t treat them the same way,” he said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety last month warned parents of Mexican gang recruitment and the Border Patrol is continuing a “scare and awe” campaign highlighting the risks, including torture and death, of cartel employment that seems to promise street status and easy money.

But on the border, it seems, youths are being schooled to be brazen.

The cartels control the routes leading north to the Rio Grande, and those who study the problem have for years suspected they have formed alliances with street gangs on the U.S. side to help distribute the product.

Customs and Border Protection officers in El Paso last March stopped eight juvenile drug smugglers, five of them U.S. citizens, with a total of 388 pounds of marijuana and 4.8 pounds of cocaine, prompting a news release warning that “traffickers will employ any and all types of people in their drug smuggling attempts.”

Mexican cartels have been exploiting the border’s overtaxed justice system in this way for years, Hidalgo County District Attorney René Guerra said.

Experts on gangs, including at least one former gang member, say the focus needs to be on preventing youths from joining them in the first place.

4 posted on 12/09/2009 9:30:23 AM PST by AuntB (If Al Qaeda grew drugs & burned our forests instead of armed Mexican Cartels would anyone notice?)
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To: AuntB; patriot08; ezoeni; Yehuda; Texas Gal; RC one; DirtyHarryY2K; GOPsterinMA; woerm; bert; ...

Stratfor/NAFBPO ping!

Update: Three Arrested for Nuevo Progreso Shooting

5 posted on 12/09/2009 9:53:23 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (Mexico - beyond your expectations.)
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To: EagleUSA

You assume facts not in evidence. There is no valid reason to expect change in 2010 other than hope.

By November 2010 it will be far to late.

6 posted on 12/09/2009 10:00:59 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Lukenbach Texas is barely there)
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To: AuntB

The folks south of the border are very busy, aren’t they...

7 posted on 12/09/2009 10:02:06 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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