Ever since the United States began enforcing our common border with Mexico, it has been a problem. During that time, almost every crime known to man has occurred between the citizens of both countries and both countries have gone to war with the other over these and various offenses. Because of economic disparities between rich and poor sovereign states, borders act as magnets for criminals. Traditional criminal activity has stained the border with blood and escalated a very annoying situation to a matter of national security.
Security Threat: Combined with the millions of illegal immigrants already in this country and the porosity of our borders, the security of the American people is in question. The worst elements of Mexico’s society and other Latin American countries have congregated on our mutual demarcation line and have broadened their smuggling services to include human trafficking. Both American borders are two of several obvious avenues of approach to insert these operatives into our country without detection.
America’s UN Avenged Sacrifices: The border continues to be a very violent place and on Jan. 19, 2008 a senior border patrol agent was run over and killed by drug smugglers near Yuma, Arizona. Both involved vehicles managed to escape over the sand dunes into Baja, Mexico. It has been reported that since 1996, 253 incursions into the U.S. have been committed by “Mexican government officials.” In 2006, there were 29 incursions—17 involved armed personnel.
Rio Bravo Brawl: Prior to that tragedy, there was another very ominous development in a succession of developments just south of the Texas/Mexico border. About a week after the New Year, Mexican authorities, including the police and military collided with suspected drug traffickers in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipus, Mexico. Normally, this would be another hardly noticed entry on the law enforcement statistics sheet, except for the number of people confronted. Their origins and level of weaponry was appauling. By anyone’s measure it was one hell of a fire fight, due in part to the two belt-fed machine guns, four rifles, hand grenades, eight handguns, a grenade launcher, bullet resistant vests and communications equipment the “contrabandistas” had in their possession.
Of the 10 men who fought a pitched battle from a van and a commandeered house, three were identified as possibly hailing from the United States. Three suspects were killed. Five soldiers and five federal police were wounded. One of the deceased plain-clothed suspects was clearly wearing a tactical load-bearing rig including a low-drop thigh holster and magazine pouches to complement his M16. Two others were wearing marked blue “AFI” police uniforms with bloused combat zip boots. A military Beretta M9 pistol was found in the holster on his right hip. His companion that died nearby was similarly clothed.
Los Zetas: If this is not a rogue police or military unit, the only other former government group that this level of weaponry could have come from are the Fort Benning-trained counter-narcotics commando group known as the “Los Zetas.” A “clear and present danger” to America’s border communities and beyond, “The Zs” have adopted al Qaeda-style terrorism to intimidate and control entire Mexican cities. Shootings no longer generate enough fear among the audience, so they have been eclipsed by torture and beheadings. In 2005, nearly 500 people had been slaughtered by gangs across Mexico. Many were slain execution style, with hands bound behind their backs. Nine were killed in one week in the Z’s major sphere of influence, the state of Sinaloa. Some Mexican authorities bump that number up to 600 and attribute it entirely to the Zs and have called into question whether any Mexican administration can govern the country. One of the most sensational incidents claimed the life of the newly appointed police chief of Nuevo Laredo.
Narco Terrorists: Like al Qaeda, the Zs operate special training camps in the cities of Tamaulipas and Michoacan, where recruits undergo six weeks of instruction in weapons, tactics and intelligence gathering. It is interesting to note, that counter-terrorist training offered by the U.S. State Department to third world police S.W.A.T. teams also span 42 days.
Jumping the proverbial ship, these Ranger-trained traitors have, since 2001 become the armed surrogates of the “gulf drug cartel” and are expanding their operations along the I-35 corridor, which runs through Texas and Oklahoma.
Additional satellite operations have been established in California, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. Anyone caught not paying the 10 percent commission on all cargo—human or narcotic—are killed. In addition to their own formidable firepower they have been known to hire “hit men” from outside the country to slip in with false documentation, kill and depart undetected. In our country, if not involved directly they will hire local gangs like MS 13 from El Salvador to carry out murders of rival drug dealers. These contract killings have resulted in injury to numerous innocent bystanders.
Bounties On U.S. Cops: So far, there is no evidence connecting the Zs to corrupt government officials, but the Mexican
military knows where they are located and could wipe them out if inclined to do so. the Zs have been bold enough to target and establish $30,000 to $50,000 bounties on U.S. Border patrol agents and LE personnel. They have also participated in the kidnapping of more than 30 U.S. citizens that remain unresolved by U.S. authorities.
Having been operational for several years, their malignant offspring are now setting up their own organizations to expand the drug wars. Their nominal leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman or “Shorty,” bribed prison guards to escape prison in 2001 and is one of Mexico’s most wanted fugitives. The U.S. has offered a $5 million reward for his capture. Like Osama bin Laden, there have been no takers for the bounty. His son is currently in a maximum-security penitentiary, to frustrate plans that reportedly are underway to break him out.
Undeclared War: Clearly, there is an undeclared war going on between our law-enforcement personnel, border crossing criminals and rogue elements of the Mexican military and police. Some have gone so far as to include the Mexican government in this assessment. It involves sophisticated weaponry, equipment and vehicles. Similar to our massive expenditures for imported oil, we continue to finance our enemies. We have spent millions on the Los Zetas and this intelligence blunder again calls into question our vetting procedures.
I had a conversation concerning foreign training with a Lithuanian S.W.A.T. student who was former member of Russia’s Spetsnaz. He remarked that if they provided training to a client country, they were in charge of vetting and selection. They did not accept the personnel that the client country offered for training until they were satisfied that they were “politically reliable.” However, it is well known in the Special Forces community that the best you can frequently hope for is to “rent” the native combatant’s loyalty.
Failure to Respond Cost Lives: Besides not building a border fence using the Israeli model, which has been very successful in reducing terrorist penetrations, our government has failed to support our border law enforcement entities and coddles Mexican authorities. One can legitimately wonder what is going on in Washington. Unless matters change for the better, is it only a matter of time before we have an equivalent to 9 /11 occur on, or originate from, our southern border.