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Mexico's Cartels Build Own National Radio System
AP via Yahoo News ^ | 26 December 2011 | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN

Posted on 12/26/2011 7:00:50 PM PST by Army Air Corps

MEXICO CITY (AP) — When convoys of soldiers or federal police move through the scrubland of northern Mexico, the Zetas drug cartel knows they are coming.

The alert goes out from a taxi driver or a street vendor, equipped with a high-end handheld radio and paid to work as a lookout known as a "halcon," or hawk.

The radio signal travels deep into the arid countryside, hours by foot from the nearest road. There, the 8-foot-tall (2-meter-tall) dark-green branches of the rockrose bush conceal a radio tower painted to match. A cable buried in the dirt draws power from a solar panel. A signal-boosting repeater relays the message along a network of powerful antennas and other repeaters that stretch hundreds of miles (kilometers) across Mexico, a shadow communications system allowing the cartel to coordinate drug deliveries, kidnapping, extortion and other crimes with the immediacy and precision of a modern military or law-enforcement agency.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Mexico
KEYWORDS: borderwars; cartelradio; cartels; drugcartels; mexico; mexicowod; zetas

1 posted on 12/26/2011 7:00:53 PM PST by Army Air Corps
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To: Army Air Corps

Mexico is lost.


2 posted on 12/26/2011 7:02:58 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59

Yup.... long, long ago.


3 posted on 12/26/2011 7:05:03 PM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Dallas59

The country is in a De Facto civil war; only Dear Reader and his merry band of morons don’t know it.


4 posted on 12/26/2011 7:05:15 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Agreed, one more step along the way to becoming a de facto government.


5 posted on 12/26/2011 7:07:48 PM PST by coydog (Time to feed the pigs!)
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To: Army Air Corps

Need some anti-cartel drones to let a few Hellfire missiles go...


6 posted on 12/26/2011 7:17:43 PM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: Army Air Corps

Dear Reader knows well what is going on.... and supports it through program such as Fast and Furious


7 posted on 12/26/2011 7:22:53 PM PST by MindBender26 (Don't bother me with the small stuff. I'm too busy trying to save the Republic from Obamaism)
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To: MindBender26

True enough.


8 posted on 12/26/2011 7:24:16 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

“I’m on a Mexican Radio.....”


9 posted on 12/26/2011 7:25:22 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Army Air Corps

The 2-meter tall antenna suggests most of the equipment is bootlegged ham radio gear.


10 posted on 12/26/2011 7:34:12 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: Army Air Corps

Heck of it is, their radios probably work better than the digital trunked systems that Homeland Security has forced billions to be spent on.


11 posted on 12/26/2011 7:35:46 PM PST by bigbob
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To: dfwgator
"I heard it, I heard it,
I heard it on the X."
12 posted on 12/26/2011 7:46:17 PM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Actually the civil war in Mexico is over and the drug cartels have won.


13 posted on 12/26/2011 8:05:05 PM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: G Larry

Nope

Compass Call

Jam the living Sh** out of he network....


14 posted on 12/26/2011 8:09:11 PM PST by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: dfwgator

“On a wavelength far from home.”


15 posted on 12/26/2011 8:12:30 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: dfwgator

Hard Harry reminds all cartel members to “Talk Hard”


16 posted on 12/26/2011 8:16:36 PM PST by kaboom
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To: Army Air Corps

“Can’t understand...just what does he say?”


17 posted on 12/26/2011 8:19:09 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: G Larry

Exactly, this should be like 3rd grade math to simply home in on the damn signal and bam no more repeater. Guess the key is the Federales wanting to do it.


18 posted on 12/26/2011 8:24:22 PM PST by X-spurt
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To: Army Air Corps

Bookmark


19 posted on 12/26/2011 8:24:31 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Thrownatbirth

Hayseuss just left Tijuana,
And he’s bound for New Orleans


20 posted on 12/26/2011 8:26:29 PM PST by tumblindice (cowboy up)
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To: dfwgator

“I buy the product, but never use it.”


21 posted on 12/26/2011 8:27:38 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: X-spurt

I wouldn’t waste a Hellfire on a comm signal in MX!

Target the HMFWIC!!!


22 posted on 12/26/2011 8:42:58 PM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: X-spurt
Guess the key is the Federales wanting to do it.

A better guess would be before doing anything, the Federales need authorization from the cartels first.

23 posted on 12/26/2011 8:50:42 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: G Larry

If MexGov was buying them from us, why not? Tehn again, how much trouble could it be to lock in and jam til they smoke?

The way the MexGov is battling this cartel thing is very curious indeed.


24 posted on 12/26/2011 9:08:25 PM PST by X-spurt
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To: Army Air Corps

To: The Far East Export Import Company
27 Zapata Circle
Tijuana, Mexico.

Mary had a little lamb. STOP.
My dog has fleas. STOP.
Mairzy doats and dozy doats, and I'll be home for Christmas. STOP

Your loving son,
Queen Victoria

 

25 posted on 12/26/2011 9:10:36 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

I thought that was the Tabasco Film Company of Havana, Cuba, producers of the famous “What the Parrot Saw” film series.


26 posted on 12/26/2011 9:14:00 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

They diversified in to other areas besides shipping. The film industry was more industrious and profitable.


27 posted on 12/26/2011 9:23:26 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: Army Air Corps

sad. very sad.


28 posted on 12/26/2011 9:44:46 PM PST by GOP Poet (Time for Bambi and his commie crew to go.)
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To: ASOC

A single Prowler, and a squadron of A10’s should do the trick.


29 posted on 12/26/2011 9:55:13 PM PST by D Rider
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To: Army Air Corps

At least Mexicans are devout Catholics...aren’t they?


30 posted on 12/26/2011 11:33:00 PM PST by Razzz42
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