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Mexican drug cartels hold 12-year-old for ransom in New Mexico
Washington Examiner ^ | 2/10/11 | Barbara Hollingsworth

Posted on 02/10/2011 8:05:54 AM PST by epithermal

Thugs working for Mexican drug cartels kidnapped the 12-year-old daughter of a ranch foreman in New Mexico, holding the girl for ransom until her family and neighbors came up with $80,000 for her release. They didn’t dare call law enforcement for help because of very real fears their calls would be monitored by the kidnappers using sophisticated communications relay stations erected on U.S. public lands.

That was one of the most shocking stories four congressmen heard last week while visiting hot spots along the New Mexico, Arizona and Texas border, where specific American law enforcement officers are being targeted for assassination and high levels of violence, vandalism and threats against Americans are increasingly common. One rancher showed the lawmakers a photo she had taken on her property of a camo-clad drug runner brandishing an AK-47.

“The town hall meeting we held with ranchers in New Mexico was very lively,” Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., told The Examiner. “The drug smugglers use scanners, cell phones, GPS systems and other equipment that is better than anything Border Patrol or the local deputy sheriffs have. We could actually see them watching our Border Patrol agents from points on high ground” in Mexico.

There were 900 attacks on Border Patrol agents last year, Royce said, and 91 assaults on Customs Agents in the Tucson sector alone. Narco traffickers have become so bold that they shot up a U.S. Customs station in the process of intercepting a big cocaine shipment.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: aliens; drugcartels; hideyourkids; illegals; mexico; mexicowarishere; newmexico; terrorism; themexicoway; wakeupamerica
Makes you wonder how much more unreported crimes are occurring along our border.
1 posted on 02/10/2011 8:05:58 AM PST by epithermal
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To: epithermal

Starting to sound like time for some extracurricular activity.

Colonel, USAFR


2 posted on 02/10/2011 8:08:53 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: epithermal

BUILD A FENCE.


3 posted on 02/10/2011 8:10:38 AM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: jagusafr; All
Starting to sound like time for some extracurricular activity.

Agreed. Mexico has lost control of the situation. Is it time to start conducting military operations across the border? Honest question.
4 posted on 02/10/2011 8:12:04 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: epithermal

Interesting, a 12 year old girl in trouble and “Big Sis” didn’t come to the rescue?????


5 posted on 02/10/2011 8:13:56 AM PST by WellyP
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To: struggle

Build a wall . . . with gun towers.


6 posted on 02/10/2011 8:15:03 AM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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To: struggle

Build a wall . . . with gun towers.


7 posted on 02/10/2011 8:15:12 AM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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To: struggle
BUILD A FENCE.

Shoot the thugs.

8 posted on 02/10/2011 8:22:57 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: mmichaels1970

I think there’s precedent for the United States to say to a foreign power, “Your people are harming our people. If you won’t handle it, we will. Clock’s ticking.”

Colonel, USAFR


9 posted on 02/10/2011 8:24:44 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: epithermal
Narco traffickers have become so bold that they shot up a U.S. Customs station in the process of intercepting a big cocaine shipment.

Does anyone have information on this? I find it hard to believe, but I'm constantly surprised.

10 posted on 02/10/2011 8:27:13 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!


11 posted on 02/10/2011 8:27:34 AM PST by HiJinx (What new decade?)
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To: epithermal

Dem and RINO admin will not acknowledge this problem because it will affect any attempts to push amnesty. This is one of the reasons why the Obama adminstration will not highight the drug cartel violence in Mexico and may try to clamp down on any publicity on crimes by drug cartel in US.
Nightmare scenario is drug lords are trying to get their family out of Mexico. If their kids attend US public schools, it is plausible a drug hit team may target the kid and try to kill him in the school yard. If any American student happens to be in the bullets way, he or she will be killed along with the intended target. That is how things are done in Mexico and can spill over into US.
As long as there is an incentive to push for illegal immigration amnesty, nothing will be done until the violence/body count is too high to ignore (ala first major public massacre). Potential voters and cheap labor takes precedence over safety of border citizens.


12 posted on 02/10/2011 8:32:11 AM PST by Fee
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To: epithermal

Not to worry, Big Sis is on the case.

“the system is working...”


13 posted on 02/10/2011 8:39:15 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: jagusafr
I think there’s precedent for the United States to say to a foreign power, “Your people are harming our people. If you won’t handle it, we will. Clock’s ticking.”

True, but the United States needs leadership and we don't have that vital ingredient. This current government will do nothing about this problem, until such time it sees tangible political benefit.

14 posted on 02/10/2011 8:42:48 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Owl_Eagle

sounds like BS to me. Wash Examiner? Is that a nuttier version of Wash Times?


15 posted on 02/10/2011 8:43:39 AM PST by rahbert
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To: epithermal

BTT


16 posted on 02/10/2011 8:44:00 AM PST by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: epithermal
They didn’t dare call law enforcement for help because of very real fears their calls would be monitored by the kidnappers using sophisticated communications relay stations erected on U.S. public lands.

I knew they'd start using former American territory like this. When it's occupied by foreign entities, it's no longer "U.S. public land."

17 posted on 02/10/2011 8:45:01 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: epithermal

Isn’t protecting the people and property of the US the FIRST priority of the President and Congress?


18 posted on 02/10/2011 8:47:39 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Owl_Eagle

“Narco traffickers have become so bold that they shot up a U.S. Customs station in the process of intercepting a big cocaine shipment.

Does anyone have information on this? I find it hard to believe, but I’m constantly surprised. “

There have been several such incidents reported recently.

Shots Fired At Blaine Border Crossing - KCPQ
Jul 9, 2010 ... A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer fired shots at a man who ... Tacoma
Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting at Gas Station ...
www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-070910-shots...

U.S., Mexico Border Crossing Closed After Shots Fired : NPR
Sep 23, 2009 ... Also heard on NPR stations: This American Life PRI ... U.S., Mexico Border
Crossing Closed After Shots Fired ... And then the customs and U.S. agents put
in all these security measures in there. ...
www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php

U.S. Customs agent opened fire and wounded a man who had driven ...
Apr 17, 2010 ... The shooting by two U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents occurred .... No
shots fired. While patrolling the international border away from ... drive into
the CBP crossing station and start shooting at people since ...
www.sdnn.com/sandiego/2010-04-17/loca


19 posted on 02/10/2011 8:51:27 AM PST by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: struggle

The kind of fence that we would need would be too expensive to put up along the whole border.

Foriegn invadors should be a military problem. What we need is soldiers with guns and a kill zone extending a mile into Mexico along the entire border.

The last time the Mexicans were bringing their criminality into the US, Black Jack Pershing marched 5000 soldiers around northern Mexico for a year.


20 posted on 02/10/2011 8:54:40 AM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: epithermal
When will our politicians get off their asses?.....
21 posted on 02/10/2011 9:18:59 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: WellyP
Big Douchebag claims she is doing everything she can. She also claim she has control over our border. The kickbacks from the cartels must be real big. I can tell by the size of her lies and the width of her fat ass.
22 posted on 02/10/2011 9:21:23 AM PST by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

It wouldn’t. The future costs of welfare fraud, unemployment of AMERICAN workers, and health care for illegal immigrants would more than pay for the wall.

You would need a 25 foot steel wall. You would need a 10X10’ wide and deep ditch for Border Patrol. You would need rows of high chain links with razor wire.

That might seem a lot, but I am sure that one family of illegal immigrants and the governmental costs involved for 10 years would pay for a good mile of that fence. We could build a fence to the moon.


23 posted on 02/10/2011 9:22:44 AM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: WellyP

“Interesting, a 12 year old girl in trouble and “Big Sis” didn’t come to the rescue?????”

Easy to understand, IF you realize that the 12 year old is heterosexual instead of lesbian, Christian instead of some whacko “faith”, comes from a two parent home where the parents are married in fact not just as a sham, and that poor family may well have an ex-military “potential terrorist” as either a member or a close friend.

See - wasn’t that easy?

;-)


24 posted on 02/10/2011 9:41:19 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: struggle

Fair enough, but wouldn’t soldiers be a cheaper? Maybe we can have the CBO run the numbers :-)


25 posted on 02/10/2011 9:46:16 AM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: epithermal

The worst part of it is that our government REFUSES to protect our borders and our citizens.


26 posted on 02/10/2011 10:09:23 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

Soldiers used in civilian roles is a possible violation of Posse Comitatus. Something like that may be done, but if A VERY LARGE WALL is constructed, the drug thugs will be forced to smuggle drugs and drugs will become much less profitable.

If you take the unbelievable profit margins that the cheaply built border fence creates and turn it into a very-difficult-to-penetrate wall of steel, drug running suddenly becomes very expensive. You don’t only need a 4X4 to run drugs anymore.


27 posted on 02/10/2011 10:10:58 AM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: struggle
If you take the unbelievable profit margins that the cheaply built border fence creates and turn it into a very-difficult-to-penetrate wall of steel, drug running suddenly becomes very expensive. You don’t only need a 4X4 to run drugs anymore.

The more pressure you apply to drugs, the more profit you make for the drug cartels.

I'd be in favor of a tough wall on our border, but for reasons other than the scourge of narcotics.

28 posted on 02/10/2011 10:18:18 AM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: Lazamataz

>>The more pressure you apply to drugs, the more profit you make for the drug cartels.

>>I’d be in favor of a tough wall on our border, but for reasons other than the scourge of narcotics.

If that is the case, then why aren’t the cartels building walls to keep themselves out of America?

Drug prices remain quite high even though supply is quite easy - simply follow designated routes through the desert on vehicles to a road side meeting and boom, job done. You only have to pay for gas. More product, less seizure, more profit.

I agree that the wall is necessary to keep illegals out. I also think that symbolically the wall being built will induce many illegals to return home.


29 posted on 02/10/2011 10:39:13 AM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: ScottinVA

We are, as they say, in violent agreement on that point. The question was whether there’s precedent. I only wish the current “leadership” would take this in hand.

Colonel, USAFR


30 posted on 02/10/2011 11:20:33 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Owl_Eagle; rahbert

I am not at all surprised and believe it is likely true. Shots being fired at a Port of Entry is not that unusual, and it is not unusual that it wouldn’t be widely reported either. Especially when Janet from another planet is saying the border is secure.


31 posted on 02/10/2011 12:35:37 PM PST by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: epithermal
It's only a matter of time before this sort of kidnapping and ransom is commonplace on this side of the border. It is already of epidemic proportions in Mexico. There is an almost unlimited amount of money and rich Gringos on this side of the border.

In Mexico, even if the ransom is paid, there is a better than even chance the victim still isn't returned alive, but is killed to protect the identities of the kidnappers.

The drug cartels are figuring it all out and are losing their fear of American law enforcement. There is going to be holy hell to pay for it for many Americans.

32 posted on 02/10/2011 1:20:38 PM PST by Gritty (When a nation's border becomes controversial, how long does its sovereignty last? - Diana West)
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To: epithermal; LegendHasIt; Rogle; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; ...

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33 posted on 02/10/2011 7:07:04 PM PST by CedarDave (What is DADT? Obama's response when inquiries are made about his birth certificate.)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

The kind of fence that we would need would be too expensive to put up along the whole border.

Foriegn invadors should be a military problem. What we need is soldiers with guns and a kill zone extending a mile into Mexico along the entire border.

The last time the Mexicans were bringing their criminality into the US, Black Jack Pershing marched 5000 soldiers around northern Mexico for a year.
_______________________________________________

I agree w/you. I think there should definitely be a kill zone. Step into the kill zone that will be WELL MARKED and they shoot first and ask questions later. Include your ID on your body because then we’ll know who to call to pick up the body.

Either that or build huge impenetrable prisons there on the border and treat them like they treat criminals in their jails. You only eat if your family brings food or if they pay for your food - same for showers and all the rest.

I’m fed up with making nice to people that want to kill us, kidnap us, sell drugs to our families etc.


34 posted on 02/10/2011 7:57:41 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: struggle

>Soldiers used in civilian roles is a possible violation of Posse Comitatus.

Posse Comitatus is a bullshit feel-good ‘law’ that can be circumvented at virtually any time.
“The Congress shall have Power To [...] provide for calling forth the Militia to **execute the Laws of the Union**, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress”

And even via States:
[My State Constitution]
Art 5, Sec. 4. [Governor’s executive power; commander of militia.]
The supreme executive power of the state shall be vested in the governor, who shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed. He shall be commander in chief of the military forces of the state, except when they are called into the service of the United States. He shall have power to call out the militia to preserve the public peace, **execute the laws**, suppress insurrection and repel invasion.


35 posted on 02/10/2011 8:11:45 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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