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  • Pope Decries Drug Violence in Mexico

    03/23/2012 6:27:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 3.23.12
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI has denounced the drug-fueled violence wracking Mexico and is urging Cubans to use dialogue to find new models to replace Marxism, as he begins a pilgrimage to both countries. Benedict spoke to reporters after breakfast aboard a special Alitalia flight Friday bringing him to central Mexico later that day. The pope says "idolatry of money" lies behind the violence that has claimed more than 47,000 lives in Mexico since a government crackdown began in 2006. Benedict also says it's evident that in Cuba today Marxist ideology "no longer responds to reality"...
  • So-Com General Reveals Iranian Terror Proxies in South America

    03/20/2012 8:00:05 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 1 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 20MAR12 | Kerry Patton
    Southern Command’s chief, Air Force General Douglas Fraser, has recently briefed the Senate Armed Services Committee on the growing threat of Iranian-backed terror networks in South America. His insight contradicts the Director of National Intelligence’s, James Clapper’s, most recent national threat assessment which failed to mention anything about Iranian proxies. Is the growing Iranian/South American alliance threat truly new, or was this briefing intended to secure USSOUTHCOM’s budget? At the same time, the current administration seeks to cut defense spending, so virtually every major command needs sound reasons to justify sustaining, far less growing, its budget. Of the major commands,...
  • U.S. Navy Seal becomes military attaché to Mexico

    03/13/2012 1:09:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 13, 2012 | Dudley Althaus
    MEXICO CITY - The U.S. government has dispatched a career Navy SEAL and anti-terrorism expert to the U.S. embassy in Mexico City to serve as liaison with Mexican troops waging war on gangsters. Rear Adm. Colin Kilrain, a former senior commander of the U.S. Navy's special forces who last year worked on anti-terrorism for the National Security Council, recently took up the post of military attaché. He arrives amid a rising debate over the role and effectiveness of Mexico's military in President Felipe Calderon's anti-gangster campaign. "It is an interesting choice," U.S. political scientist Roderic Camp, who has specialized in...
  • Bodyguards in demand for Mexican nationals living in San Antonio

    03/01/2012 3:08:21 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 3+ views
    KENS ^ | February 28, 2012 | Mayra Moreno
    SAN ANTONIO -- Private security bodyguards (PSBs) are a silent majority guarding Mexican nationals seeking asylum in San Antonio and other parts of South Texas. The nationals come to the US legally, hoping to escape drug cartel threats. But once they get here they realize they're still not safe from the ruthless cartels. "They're vigilant about getting their drugs into the United States," said Philip Klein, a private security officer and CEO of Klein Investigations and Consultation. "You either cooperate with them or you die." It's a harsh reality our neighbors to the south deal with on a daily basis....
  • Fox Phoenix Shows Propaganda Piece About ‘Safe’ Arizona Border, Omits Key Facts

    02/10/2012 3:01:22 PM PST · by montag813 · 11 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-10-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaFox Phoenix TV (KSAZ FOX 10) on Thursday showed a ridiculous propaganda piece purporting to show "the Arizona border" and how "safe" it is, as they follow Americans from around the nation on a "tour" of the border. Here's how they describe the piece: Make your own decision about life on the border. What is life on the border really like? Hop on the Border Bus Tour, and do your own fact finding about what it means to have a secure border. And in the video, the tour leader, Bob Feinman, tells us on the bus...
  • Worse Than Gunwalker? State Dept. Allegedly Sold Guns to Zetas

    07/22/2011 12:10:58 PM PDT · by ZGuy · 107 replies
    Pajamas ^ | 7/22/11 | Bob Owens
    Phil Jordan, a former CIA operative and one-time leader of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center, claims that the Obama administration is running guns to the violent Zetas cartel through the direct commercial sale of military grade weapons: Jordan, who served as director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center in 1995, said the Zetas have shipped large amounts of weapons purchased in the Dallas area through El Paso. Robert “Tosh” Plumlee, a former CIA contract pilot, told the Times he supported Jordan’s allegations, adding that the Zetas have reportedly bought property in the Columbus,...
  • Drug Cartels Exploit Inspection Waivers On Border

    01/25/2012 6:22:34 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 01/25/12 | Friends of Ours
    Wonder how the Mexican drug cartels smuggle $50 billion in product over the United States border each year? Much of it is waved through by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The so-called border security agency is issuing passes to daily commuters from Mexico into the United States which exempts them from vehicle checks at the crossing as reported by Emily Smith for CNN. Although the passes only are issued to those who pass "a rigorous background check" -- for whatever that's worth -- the drug cartels can either scrounge up a clean applicant as a cooperative front or plant...
  • Remains Found at U.S. Border Lake Where American Was Reported Killed by Mexican Pirates

    12/30/2011 1:35:15 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 30 replies · 1+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Dec. 30, 2011 | Staff
    Authorities are investigating human remains found at the same U.S. border lake where a Colorado man was reported to have been killed by Mexican drug cartel members last year. A professional fisherman found the skeletal remains on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake on the Texas-Mexico border, according to multiple reports. The skeleton was found about 15 miles from where 30-year-old David Hartley was last seen alive on Sept. 30, 2010. His wife, Tiffany Hartley, said the couple had set out on Wave Runners to take photos of a half-submerged church on the Mexican side of the lake when they...
  • Mexico's Cartels Build Own National Radio System

    12/26/2011 7:00:50 PM PST · by Army Air Corps · 29 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 26 December 2011 | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
    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...
  • Ariz. authorities dismantle 'extensive' drug cell

    12/20/2011 12:36:38 PM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 36 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 20, 2011 1:01 PM
    Arizona authorities have arrested some 200 people, and seized $7.8 million in cash and more than 1,200 pounds of drugs following an investigation they say has dismantled an "extensive" drug trafficking cell tied to the powerful Sinaloa cartel, federal and state authorities announced Tuesday. Authorities announcing the 15-month-long investigation said that although the Sinaloa cartel almost immediately regenerates after one of its cells have been taken down, their investigation certainly struck a blow. "Arresting a drug dealer is one thing but if we can actually follow that backwards and take out the head of the snake of this organization, we...
  • Zetas Issue Open Challenge to US and Mexico Governments

    12/04/2011 5:20:13 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 31 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | December 02, 2011 | Andrew O'Reilly
    Mexico's ultra-violent Zetas drug cartel released a communique challenging Mexico and the United States. "Message to the nation, the government, and all of Mexico and to public opinion: The special forces of Los Zetas challenges the government of Mexico and its federal forces," said the communique, which was signed by Zetas leader Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, also known as Z-40. The Zetas were formed in 1999 Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as "El Lazca," who along with three other soldiers deserted an elite special operations unit within the Mexican army to become the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel. The...
  • Latest drug tunnel, pot seizures may reflect rise of Sinaloa cartel

    12/01/2011 2:08:41 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec. 1, 2011 | Richard Marosi
    Elaborate tunnel and discovery of more than 32 tons of marijuana are the latest in recent record busts as a new group boosts production after the decline of the Arellano Felix cartel. Reporting from San Diego— Smugglers stacked the bundles of dope on a freight elevator that descended to an underground staging area, where electric carts whisked the marijuana down a tunnel into California. The passageway linked a warehouse in Tijuana with another nondescript building in San Diego, and just like several other drug tunnels, its discovery this week yielded another jackpot seizure.
  • Zeta soldiers launched Mexico-style attack in Harris County

    11/23/2011 7:21:11 AM PST · by LOC1 · 36 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | November 22, 2011 | DANE SCHILLER
    The mission was supposed to be a textbook "controlled delivery" - a routine trap by law enforcement officers using a secret operative posing as a truck driver to bust drug traffickers when their narcotics are delivered to a rendezvous point. Instead, things spun out of control. Shortly before the marijuana delivery was to be made Monday afternoon, three sport-utility vehicles carrying Zetas cartel gunmen seemingly came out of nowhere and cut off the tanker truck as it rumbled through northwest Harris County, sources told the Chronicle. They sprayed the cab with bullets, killing the civilian driver, who was secretly working...
  • Mexican troops find $15 mn cash in car (drugs, jewels, 3rd largest bust in Mexican history)

    11/22/2011 12:39:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/22/11 | AFP
    Mexican soldiers hit the jackpot when they carried out a surprise search of a car in the unruly border town of Tijuana and found $15 million plus jewels and drugs stashed inside. The haul, uncovered on Friday, most likely belonged to one of the country's notorious drug cartels, the defense ministry said in a statement Tuesday. Showing the money off to the press, officials said it was believed that the cash was being transferred to a house used by members of the criminal gang headed by Joaquin Guzman," known by his alias as "El Chapo" and one of the most...
  • Authorities: Mexican Drug Cartels Operating in San Juan County (NM)

    11/21/2011 9:16:35 AM PST · by CedarDave · 18 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 21, 2011 | AP
    Authorities say Mexican drug cartels are becoming a growing presence in parts of northern New Mexico. The Farmington Daily Times reports ( ) that Region II Narcotics Task Force Director Neil Haws says the Juarez cartel has been operating for two years in San Juan County, for example, but that the Sinaloa and Michoacan cartels also have gained ground
  • US commandos bolster anti-drug fight in Americas: report (DEA abroad)

    11/08/2011 6:03:13 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov 7, 2011 | original source NY Times
    The US Drug Enforcement Agency has five commando-style squads it has been quietly deploying for the past several years to various countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean, the New York Times reported Monday. The countries where the commando teams have been deployed include Haiti, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Belize, all countries struggling to combat drug trafficking, the daily wrote. The program, known by its acronym FAST -- Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Team -- dates back to the George W. Bush administration. It was created originally to investigate Taliban-linked drug traffickers in Afghanistan. But US President Barack...
  • Jerry Brown Was Target of Assasination

    11/04/2011 9:09:56 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 18 replies · 1+ views
    KMJ News ^ | 3 November 2011 | KMJ News
    KMJ News has learned about an assassination plot targeting Governor Brown.
  • More Guns Provided Through Fast and Furious Found in Arizona Raid

    11/03/2011 9:24:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/2/2011 | Katie Pavlich
    Since finding out about Operation Fast and Furious, Arizona Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has been anything but amused. With no regard for local law enforcement, the Obama Justice Department supplied the most dangerous criminals in North America with high powered weapons, including .50-calibur sniper rifles and AK-47s, leading to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and at least 200 innocent Mexican citizens. Now with the Southern border still wide open, Babeu and his deputies will face the barrels of those guns as they do their job to combat Mexican drug cartels illegally operating in Arizona. Today, Babeu's...
  • Five Arrested in SWAT Weapons Theft Case

    10/29/2011 1:23:46 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 7 replies
    MyFoxLA ^ | 10/28/11 | Staff
    Los Angeles - Los Angeles police detectives arrested five suspects in connection with the burglary of a SWAT training facility in downtown Los Angeles, in which non-operable training weapons were stolen between October 12th and 13th. During the course of the investigation LAPD Detectives developed significant leads resulting in the service of search warrants at multiple locations on Thursday, October 27th and early morning hours of Friday, October 28th. The search warrants resulted in the recovery of three weapons stolen during the burglary and the arrest of five suspects in connection with the crime.
  • Online Hackers Threaten to Expose Cartel's Secrets

    10/29/2011 1:03:13 PM PDT · by wildbill · 44 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/28/2011 | Dane Shiller
    An international group of online hackers is warning a Mexican drug cartel to release one of its members, kidnapped from a street protest, or it will publish the identities and addresses of the syndicate's associates, from corrupt police to taxi drivers, as well as reveal the syndicates' businesses. The vow is a bizarre cyber twist to Mexico's ongoing drug war, as a group that has no guns is squaring off against the Zetas, a cartel blamed for thousands of deaths as well as introducing beheadings and other frightening brutality. "You made a huge mistake by taking one of us. Release...