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US anti-kidnapping expert kidnapped in Mexico
San Diego Union-Tribune (AP) ^ | 12/15/2008 | MARK STEVENSON (AP)

Posted on 12/15/2008 4:11:54 PM PST by South40

MEXICO CITY — A U.S. anti-kidnapping expert was abducted by gunmen in northern Mexico last week, a sign of just how bold this nation's kidnapping gangs have become.

U.S. security consultant Felix Batista was in Saltillo in Coahuila state to offer advice on how to confront abductions for ransom when he himself was seized, local authorities said.

Unknown assailants grabbed him on Dec. 10, said Charlie LeBlanc, the president of the Houston, Texas-based security firm ASI Global LLC., where Batista is a consultant.

"We have notified the FBI and Mexican authorities, and they are working on the case," LeBlanc said Monday. "What we are doing is we're offering our support to the family and hoping for the best."

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City said it would not comment on the case, and LeBlanc declined to say whether a ransom demand had been received.

(Excerpt) Read more at 3.signonsandiego.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: kidnapping; mexico; mexicocity

1 posted on 12/15/2008 4:11:55 PM PST by South40
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To: South40

Sometimes irony is just so ironic.

I hope he is released unharmed.


2 posted on 12/15/2008 4:15:13 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: South40

> MEXICO CITY — A U.S. anti-kidnapping expert was abducted by gunmen in northern Mexico last week, a sign of just how bold this nation’s kidnapping gangs have become.

How embarrassing.

Prayers for him and for his family.


3 posted on 12/15/2008 4:15:22 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: South40

Anti-kidnapping expert going to Mexico....isn’t that kind of like painting a target on your behind and going to the rifle range?


4 posted on 12/15/2008 4:15:30 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: South40
Along with him and $197 million, the poor Mexican kidnappers will improve their miserable lives.
5 posted on 12/15/2008 4:15:34 PM PST by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: South40

I think ‘expert’ can now be removed.


6 posted on 12/15/2008 4:15:47 PM PST by Andy from Beaverton (I'm so anti-pc, I use a Mac)
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To: South40

Heck of an expert who can’t even watch his own back... I guess this would be the ultimate example of “do as I say, not as I do”...


7 posted on 12/15/2008 4:18:11 PM PST by TheBattman (Pray for our country....)
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To: All

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html

Travel Alert

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Bureau of Consular Affairs
This information is current as of today, Mon Dec 15 2008 16:18:35 GMT-0800 (PST).

Mexico

October 14, 2008


8 posted on 12/15/2008 4:18:49 PM PST by Cindy
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To: South40

Real experts know better than to involve themselves in the nitty gritty of their expertise area! Real experts play experts on TV!


9 posted on 12/15/2008 4:19:50 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: Revolting cat!
"Real experts play experts on TV!"

Or teach at Harvard.... ;)

10 posted on 12/15/2008 4:21:15 PM PST by BossLady (Ok Everybody......Get Ready For ......'THE MOOD RING PRESIDENCY'......)
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To: South40
BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

I mean, ahem, how terrible...

11 posted on 12/15/2008 4:22:05 PM PST by TonyStark
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To: Andy from Beaverton

I don’t agree completely - he never said he was an expert on AVOIDING kidnapping. Now he’ll have first-hand kidnap-victim experience, which should make him an expert on “What to Expect When You’re Kidnapped” and “Chicken Soup for the Kidnapped Soul.”

And then he can go on Oprah and Dr. Phil.


12 posted on 12/15/2008 4:24:45 PM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: South40
I am no expert but here's my approach.

STAY THE HELL OUT OF MEXICO. THERE IS NO GOOD ENOUGH REASON TO GO THERE. EVER.

13 posted on 12/15/2008 4:27:06 PM PST by muir_redwoods (B. O. Stinks!!!)
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To: South40


This is most unfortunate. Was he by any chance wearing a badge? For a few billion pesos I think he'll be home for Christmas. ~ Feliz Navidad ~
14 posted on 12/15/2008 4:27:55 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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To: Andy from Beaverton

I wouldn’t say that. If he survives this, his hourly rate is going to go way, way up.


15 posted on 12/15/2008 4:30:46 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: South40

Rule#1: Don’t go to an area where the probability of being kidnapped is high.


16 posted on 12/15/2008 4:31:22 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: South40

Must not be much of an expert.

The BIble says that pride goeth before a fall.


17 posted on 12/15/2008 4:32:04 PM PST by sport
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To: South40

Seems to me like an inside player in the mexican government tagged this guy.


18 posted on 12/15/2008 4:34:56 PM PST by Teflonic
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To: South40

This sounds like a case for a cracker-jack negotiator.... Condoleeza Rice!


19 posted on 12/15/2008 4:36:35 PM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: South40
Karma can be such a bitch......

That said, we should demand this dude back alive or else...

20 posted on 12/15/2008 4:44:04 PM PST by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: TheBattman
Heck of an expert who can’t even watch his own back... I guess this would be the ultimate example of “do as I say, not as I do”...

A cynic might question whether or not it was staged-- to be followed by a cunning staged "escape" -- thus burnishing his credentials and spreading his fame. I have no proof of this or even any reason to think it is true. But it could happen, yeah.

-ccm

21 posted on 12/15/2008 5:03:36 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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The comments so far on this thread give strong indication that most people are fully prepared to address a situation in which they have absolutely no clue about.
ASI, and its employees, are professionals in their work. They have regularly, for quite a few years, put themselves in harms way while protecting principals and performing threat analysis in high risk areas. This type of occupation cannot, unfortunately, be performed while setting behind a desk.

http://www.asiglobalresponse.com/

I hope Mr. Batista is returned safely.
22 posted on 12/15/2008 5:26:41 PM PST by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: Tainan
This type of occupation cannot, unfortunately, be performed while setting behind a desk... I hope Mr. Batista is returned safely.

Me, too.

23 posted on 12/15/2008 5:35:12 PM PST by marron
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To: muir_redwoods
That is good advice- but they come up here and kidnap people so staying out of Mexico is no guarantee.
24 posted on 12/15/2008 5:40:16 PM PST by Tammy8 (Please Support and pray for our Troops, as they serve us every day.)
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To: South40

“...a sign of just how bold this nation’s kidnapping gangs have become...”

...and that U.S. security ‘consultant’ Felix Batista may not know what the hell he’s talking about?

Who pays the ransom when the guy that’s protecting you from ransom is ransomed? (My head hurts.)


25 posted on 12/15/2008 5:43:06 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: Man50D
Rule#1: Don't go to an area where the probability of being kidnapped is high.

That is damn good advice, which this guy should have followed!

26 posted on 12/15/2008 5:48:50 PM PST by Ken H
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To: South40

Mexico is another Iraq only closer to home. We are going to live to regret
letting this crap for not nipping it in the bud.

The world org. must see many benefits to be had.


27 posted on 12/15/2008 5:49:44 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (Dirty Dems at their best is always the worse.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
This reminds me of the animal experts we read about from time to time, who think they can deal with wild animals, but end up getting mauled. I think that happened to a "bear expert" a few years ago.
28 posted on 12/15/2008 5:55:11 PM PST by Ken H
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To: Andy from Beaverton

Replace ‘expert’ with ‘experienced’?


29 posted on 12/15/2008 6:22:14 PM PST by mad puppy (Never have I felt so politically radical and I swear I didn't move an inch.)
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To: South40

Terry Waite


30 posted on 12/15/2008 6:23:23 PM PST by ichabod1 (Reagan would’ve fired them.)
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To: Andy from Beaverton

‘expert’ could be replaced by ‘experienced’ assuming he makes it home. Hoping he does.


31 posted on 12/15/2008 6:23:26 PM PST by B4Ranch ( Veterans: "There is no expiration date on our oath, to protect America from all enemies, ...")
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To: South40

I wonder if he gets to keep the advance they gave him.


32 posted on 12/15/2008 7:00:09 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (What's Obama's Secret?)
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To: Ken H
I think that happened to a "bear expert" a few years ago.

It happened to Steve Irwin when he was fatally stung by a stingray.
33 posted on 12/15/2008 7:12:13 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: worst-case scenario

The headline is completely misleading as usual. You are correct, he isn’t an expert at avoiding being kidnapped but at successful resolution.

Stupid media, as usual.


34 posted on 12/15/2008 7:30:40 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit ((Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding))
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To: Tainan
The comments so far on this thread give strong indication that most people are fully prepared to address a situation in which they have absolutely no clue about.

They are fully prepared to comment based on a headline from the MSM which we claim we don't trust. Read, people, read.

35 posted on 12/15/2008 7:32:26 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit ((Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding))
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To: Man50D
It's a real shame what happened to him. Can't say I was surprised, though. Some of the stuff he did seemed downright reckless. Here's the bear story I was thinking of (from a 2003 FR thread):

Bear Expert and Companion Killed in Bear Attack at Alaska Park

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A self-taught bear expert who once called Alaska's brown bears harmless was one of two people fatally mauled in a bear attack in the Katmai National Park and Preserve.

-snip-

36 posted on 12/15/2008 9:31:37 PM PST by Ken H
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To: Ken H

Yep. And that crocodile hunter guy. Sometimes the career choices you make in life lead your down some scary paths.

For example, ‘Wall Street Banker’ these days, LOL!


37 posted on 12/16/2008 5:52:12 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: South40
Wonder how many wise cracks will come when this guy's head is delivered in a suit-case?

sw

38 posted on 12/16/2008 5:55:49 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife (Pay it forward this Christmas)
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