Sheriff: Evidence supports wifes account in pirate attack By Kevin Vaughan The Denver Post
[snip]ZAPATA, TEXAS Blood, witness accounts and other unspecified evidence all corroborate the version of events laid out by a Colorado woman whose husband is missing and presumed dead after an attack on a lake straddling the Mexican border, the sheriff leading the investigation said this afternoon.
Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr. detailed some of the reasons he does not doubt that David Hartley, a 30-year-old Loveland native, was murdered a week ago by a drug gang on Falcon Lake, a 44-mile long waterway bisected by the U.S.-Mexico border.
Eyewitness in Alleged Mexican Pirate Attack Case Comes Forward [ Mexico blocks US from search ] http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2603445/posts
A Fishing Paradise Gains a Deadly Reputation http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/08/us/08pirate.html?_r=2
The shooting was the latest in a string of attacks by pirates on the lake that began on April 30. The gangs carry AK-47s and sometimes claim to be Mexican federal police or American game wardens. They have sometimes hijacked high-prowed boats favored by Mexican fishermen and used them to chase down Americans in bass boats, stealing their money at gunpoint.
But Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez of Zapata County, on the Texas side of the lake, has said that Mrs. Hartleys story is credible and that the assault is in keeping with other recent robberies, some of which happened in the same part of the lake.
On April 30, for example, two boats carrying five tourists who wanted photographs of the Guerrero church were robbed at gunpoint by four heavily tattooed men in a fishing boat who identified themselves as federales. They demanded cash and even asked, Where are the drugs?
A week later, on May 6, three fishermen were robbed at gunpoint near Salado Island. On May 16, another group of boaters was robbed, again by armed men in a fishing boat on the United States side of the reservoir.
More recently, a gang of pirates in a small boat, with Game Wardin spelled out in duct tape, tried to stop a Texas fisherman, the police said. The Texan figured the misspelled word meant they were not really game wardens and outran them, the police said.
The governor has also staunchly defended Mrs. Hartley against anyone who doubts her account, saying he finds such theories really reprehensible. Mexico Spinning Out of Control?
-Ambassador John Bolton
“Doubt has been cast on Tiffany Hartley’s story by Mexico officials, but she told CNN recently she would take a lie detector test if people continue to doubt her account of the attack.”
Falcon Lake Texas Pirate Attacks
I notice that they assiduously avoid using the term “Mexican pirates” in the headline and in the article.
Indeed, the early articles didn’t even mention that the lake was on the border, so my first reaction was that this was crazy. Pirates on a lake in Arizona? It needed some knowledgeable Freepers to explain what was going on.
Somali pirates. Mexican pirates. Same difference.
The traditional treatment for pirates was to defend your citizens and commerce by going out, into another country if necessary, catching them, and hanging them. This time Obama hasn’t even mentioned the subject. Hey, Hussein,k it’s your job to defend our country against terrorists, illegal invaders, and pirates.
Mexico being Mexico
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By Neal Barton - KETK News Director
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 6:46pm
The drama continues in south Texas.
Falcon Lake, which used to be a mecca for bass fisherman, is now becoming the scene of an international incident.
A couple from Colorado was jet skiing on that lake- not a smart thing to do. But, then again they were newcomers to the area and may not have known just how dangerous it is.
A while back 5 bass fishermen were approached by a boat with “game wardin” painted on it...warden spelled “w-a-r-d-i-n”. They ran away and should have.
Mexico is now being Mexico.
After the woman’s husband was allegedly shot my Mexican pirates, there is no trace of the jet ski or the man’s body. Mexico says they don’t have the money to search. We said we do. But they still won’t let us.
Now governor Rick Perry is calling for a tough respond from the U.S.. Which probably means with this group in power, no response.
President of Mexico Felipe Calderon is happy scolding the U.S. in the House chamber because he doesn’t like our Arizona law is sitting on his hands and not doing anything. He scolds us, but his country right now is a mess and he can’t get it done. But he does find the time to come here and throw himself right in the middle of an American political fight.
Neither Mexico or America can turn their head to this border violence. Something has to be done.
While politicians worry about offending a voting block, innocent Mexicans and Americans are getting killed, or living a life of fear. And living in fear of your life isn’t like living at all.
Maybe we can install solar panels for the border patrol. That may get the current administration involved.
I think we need to take a “Minuteman fishing trip” down there. Time to show some resistance. My guess is we have better shooters and better rifles to reach out and touch some of these sub-humans.
These criminals are not just killers, they are not just cartel members, THEY ARE TERRORISTS.
They are terrorists at and over our border, killing Americans, while Obama and his administration, refuse to do a damn thing—except to bring lawsuits against any state trying to protect it’s citizens.
I smell a Muslim in the woodbox.
“We have been very lax, in my opinion, as a nation, of protecting the entire southern border of the United States, including Falcon Lake. We don’t protect it. We wait for something to happen, and then we just sit back, as a nation, and wait for someone else to react. We need to cooperate, need better cooperation with the Mexican government, but need to have really the military presence on the southern border, and that includes putting the National Guard throughout the border, including the Air National Guard, if we are serious about protecting Americans and American property, and keeping the drug cartels out of the United States.”
The gov does not care who dies, only caring for illegals to add to the serfdom in the US.
It just doesn't make sense for him to be killed and for his body to disappear and she returns home without a scratch.
Nope, not gonna say it...
The solution to this problem is so simple, its killing me. Fight back. Put some people on that lake and use the tried and true military tactic of movement to contact. When they come out into the lake to try something, have your men on line to deal with them. If they try it again, then they get the same treatment. And as far as the island that is mentioned in the article. I’d be willing to bet that there are certain units of the US military that are very well trained in amphibious assaults and would love the opportunity to provide the family, citizens of Texas and the country, some answers to the problem. Too bad theirs a complete pussy in the White House and I really don’t have much to say for the governor of Texas either.