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Mexican Drug Cartels Make Texas Border A “War Zone”
Judicial Watch ^ | October 18, 2011

Posted on 10/18/2011 10:07:28 AM PDT by jazusamo

While the Obama Administration downplays violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities in Texas reveal that Mexican drug cartels have transformed parts of the state into a war zone where shootings, beheadings, kidnappings and murders are common.

In fact, drug-cartel violence is so severe that Texas counties along the Mexican border are under attack around the clock, according to an alarming report published by the state’s Department of Agriculture. The agency was ordered by the state legislature to conduct an assessment of the impact of illegal activity along the Texas-Mexico border on rural landowners and the agriculture industry.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples hired two reputable military veterans to conduct the probe. One of them is a retired four-star Army General (Barry McCaffrey) who served as Bill Clinton’s Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The other, retired Army Major-General Robert Scales, is the former commander of the U.S. Army War College.

The results of their in-depth investigation have ignited outrage among border state officials who are sick of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s reassurances that the border is “as secure as it has ever been.” Just a few months ago, during a heavily promoted visit to El Paso, Napolitano said violence along the Mexican border is merely a mistaken “perception” because the area is better now than it ever has been.

The reality is that in the past two years Texas has become increasingly threatened by the spread of Mexican cartel organized crime as the enterprises move their operations into the U.S., according to the new assessment. They recruit street gangs and exploit porous borders by using all the traditional elements of military force, including logistics, intelligence and deadly firepower.

This has created a sort of “narco-terrorism” which takes on the classic trappings of a real war, the report concludes. “Crime, gangs and terrorism have converged in such a way that they form a collective threat to the national security of the United States.” However, the report points out that “federal authorities are reluctant to admit the increasing cross-border campaign by narco-terrorists.”

In the meantime, Texas has become an “operational ground zero” in the cartels’ effort to expand into the U.S. This has put residents of border communities in the crossfire of escalating violence resulting from conflicts between cartels, paramilitary enforcement groups and transitional gangs struggling for control of drug and illegal alien smuggling routes into the U.S. from El Paso to Brownsville.

Incredibly, Napolitano proclaimed that “some of America’s safest communities are in the Southwest border region…” during her spring visit to El Paso. She actually said that “misinformation about safety” was negatively impacting border communities by driving visitors away and hurting local businesses.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; atf; drugcartels; gunrunning; mexico; napolitano; obama; obamafailure; texas; wod; wodfailure; wodlist
Yet more evidence that Napolitano and her boss Obama are liars.
1 posted on 10/18/2011 10:07:33 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Merely advanced softening up of the soon to be acquired territory.


2 posted on 10/18/2011 10:16:29 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: jazusamo

Proof again the Feds won’t protect Texas which is precisely why Texas should secede!


3 posted on 10/18/2011 10:17:50 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: jazusamo
recent thread

DPS (Texas) Warns Parents that Cartels Recruiting High School Students

The Texas Department of Public Safety is warning parents about drug cartels recruiting Texas high school students. DPS officials say they caught a 12-year-old boy driving a stolen pickup truck containing more than 800 pounds of marijuana last week.

Last month, two Texas teenagers were lured to Mexico where they were kidnapped, beaten, ransomed and released in a remote area along the Rio Grande River. In one Texas border county, more than 25 juveniles were arrested for drug trafficking within the past year.

“Mexican cartels have corrupted nearly an entire generation of youth living in Northern Mexico and they seek to corrupt our youth as well to further their smuggling operations,” said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw. “The Mexican Cartels value Texas teenagers for their ability to serve as expendable labor in many different roles and they have unlimited resources to recruit our children.”

4 posted on 10/18/2011 10:19:20 AM PDT by opentalk
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5 posted on 10/18/2011 10:22:15 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
These violent Mexican gangs are being provided guns and protection by the Obama Administration. Through the ATF the Obama Administration is providing them weapons. The Obama Administration is also putting pressure on law enforcement to let these gangs operate and to not interfere. When states such as Arizona try to take action the Obama Justice department sues them and forces them to stop.

These gangs are extremely profitable. They are well armed, well funded and politically connected.

The situation is very bad. It is about to get much worse. The problem is spreading to other parts of the country.

6 posted on 10/18/2011 10:27:56 AM PDT by detective
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To: jazusamo
Could this be part of a planned excuse for Obama to declare Martial Law should it become clear that he will not be able to win re-election?

I'm not much on conspiracy theories, but the Obama Administration's continued refusal to enforce border security and dishonesty over the issue sure leads one in that direction.
7 posted on 10/18/2011 10:34:40 AM PDT by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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To: Joe Brower; Travis McGee; LucyT; vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; FreedomPoster; ...

Got guns?


8 posted on 10/18/2011 10:37:11 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: detective

Hmmm. Profitable.
I wonder how much Obama will rake in from small, untraceable donations this campaign cycle?


9 posted on 10/18/2011 10:37:20 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: detective
The situation is very bad. It is about to get much worse.

This alone is a huge reason to get rid of Obama next year. It boggles the mind that Obama's lapdogs Napolitano won't enforce our immigration and border laws and Holder sues states that try to enforce them.

10 posted on 10/18/2011 10:37:33 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Sudetenland

I’m not much on conspiracy theories either but after all the lying and stunts by Obama in ignoring and even breaking laws I wouldn’t rule anything out.


11 posted on 10/18/2011 10:40:53 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
This alone is a huge reason to get rid of Obama next year. It boggles the mind that Obama's lapdogs Napolitano won't enforce our immigration and border laws and Holder sues states that try to enforce them.

Border and immigration laws were not enforced in the prior administration, nor the one before that, nor the one before that, etc.

There must be enormous sums of money to be made in drug and human trafficking.

The last president to take the border and illegals seriously was Eisenhower in 'Operation Wetback'.
12 posted on 10/18/2011 10:54:00 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: MestaMachine

Want the scary answer??? ;-)


13 posted on 10/18/2011 11:02:45 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: stevie_d_64

To ME, “NO,” would be the scariest answer.


14 posted on 10/18/2011 11:09:57 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Rich21IE

“Proof again the Feds won’t protect Texas which is precisely why Texas should secede!”

Don’t think they should do that. What they should do is use the National Guard to patrol down there, but use some good ole pipe hitting home boys to rid the border of the vermin.

Drop a couple of dozen cartel heads on the cartel bosses table and the problem will go away.


15 posted on 10/18/2011 11:14:52 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (I am a Cainiac)
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To: Rich21IE

“Proof again the Feds won’t protect Texas which is precisely why Texas should secede!”

Don’t think they should do that. What they should do is use the National Guard to patrol down there, but use some good ole pipe hitting home boys to rid the border of the vermin.

Drop a couple of dozen cartel heads on the cartel bosses table and the problem will go away.


16 posted on 10/18/2011 11:18:00 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (I am a Cainiac)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Why fret about such trifles? Why we have Governor Perry pooh-poohing E-Verify and supporting instate tuition for illegal aliens and abandoning the stalled sanctuary city bill in the 82nd lege to fill in the air space, I’m sure Gov. Perry will handle this when he gets back.


17 posted on 10/18/2011 11:35:39 AM PDT by magna carta
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To: magna carta

We need drones on the border shooting anyting that moves.


18 posted on 10/18/2011 11:46:26 AM PDT by safetysign
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To: magna carta

We need drones on the border shooting anything that moves.


19 posted on 10/18/2011 11:46:53 AM PDT by safetysign
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To: detective
These gangs are extremely profitable. They are well armed, well funded and politically connected.

All true of rumrunners during Prohibition. Now, how did we solve that problem, again ... ?

20 posted on 10/18/2011 12:30:59 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies
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To: safetysign

Just found out that DOJ will likely scuttle the TX. Voter ID bill over Civil Rights Violations. Hope Andrade-a Perry-Appointee should have sent the dispute to district court.
Doncha just love DIVERSITY?


21 posted on 10/18/2011 1:23:37 PM PDT by magna carta
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To: All

There are about 1 million documented gang members in the United States.

Half of them are Latino/Hispanic.

500,000 is the equivalent of 50 infantry divisions.


22 posted on 10/18/2011 5:00:32 PM PDT by Molon Labbie ("It's Free, Swipe Your EBT!")
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