DHS: MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL TARGETING US LAW ENFORCEMENT
April 13, 2010
The disturbing news was forwarded to me by an old friend and former high-ranking official on Capitol Hill with whom I have worked on a number of immigration-related issues.
The news report- as you will see when you read it, addresses the vicious murder, several weeks ago, of two American women who worked at the American Consulate in Juarez, Mexico and the husband of one of the women, an official who worked for the El Paso Sheriff's office. Additionally, one of the women who were killed was pregnant.
Shortly after this outrageous crime I was asked to appear on MSNBC to talk about the murders of these American officials in Mexico. I was asked if I thought that the murders may have been a case of mistaken identity and I raised the possibility that the murders may have been intentionally carried out because the women might not have been willing to do the bidding of drug traffickers. According to the article and other news reports I have read, the motivation for the brutal murders was the treatment of members of the Azteca drug gang members in American jails.
The murders of those Americans was clearly a shot fired across the bow of the United States of America!
On the same MSNBC program I also noted that in the United States organized crime had traditionally shied away from killing law enforcement officers and government officials because they feared that they would be, in effect, calling in an air strike on their own position- that law enforcement agencies in the United States would go after the criminals if police officers or federal agents were killed by the criminals. In Mexico, the precise opposite is the case. In point of fact, the police, high ranking government officials and even the military is targeted by the drug cartels.
The article makes the same points.
I also have been greatly concerned about the fact that as more members of the drug cartels from Mexico and other countries gain access to our nation, the lives of our citizens and the lives of our law enforcement officers and high ranking government officials may also be endangered by members of the cartel who have managed to run our nation's borders and are now operating in our country.
Consider this excerpt from the article:
This anarchic violence is now spilling into the United States. FOXNews.com’s Joshua Rhett Miller reports that law enforcement officers in west Texas are on guard following an alert issued by DHS warning of retaliatory killings for a recent crackdown on the Barrio Azteca gang.
David Cuthbertson, special agent in charge of the FBI’s El Paso division, said the paramilitary-style gang has an “open policy” to kill its rivals and may turn its sights toward local law enforcement officers. “[They] are extremely cold-blooded and aggressive,” Cuthbertson told FoxNews.com. “The killings are done really without thought and any kind of remorse.”
Citing uncorroborated information, DHS issued an Officer Safety Alert on 22 March, advising lawmen in the El Paso sector to vary their routes to and from work and to wear body armor while on duty. The alert also suggested that officers’ relatives pay closer attention to unusual activity in the area.
“The Barrio Azteca gang may issue a ‘green light’ authorizing the attempted murder of [law enforcement officers] in the El Paso area,” the alert read. “Due to the threat, it is recommended that [law enforcement officers] take extra safety precautions.”
Several months ago, Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of Homeland Security, warned that some 230 cities in the United States had been infested by members of the Mexican drug cartels. By now I would expect that even more American cities have been infiltrated by these violent thugs to whom a human life is of no particular value. Additionally, other transnational criminals, literally from the four corners of the earth ply their trades in cities across our nation. These cities are not simply border cities but can be found from coast to coast and border to border.
So, while the article discusses the security concerns of American law enforcement officers along the Mexican border- my concern is for the safety of all law enforcement officers throughout the United States and for the safety of all Americans across this great nation.
Several years ago government reports indicated that there are more gang members in the United States than there are sworn police officers. Each day our borders remain porous, an unknown number of additional violent gang members gain entry into our country to join their fellow gang members in the United States.
Since President Calderon took office as president of Mexico, an estimated 18,000 Mexican citizens have been viciously slaughtered by the cartels who sought to send a clear message to those who would oppose them and their drug trafficking crimes. Among those killed, often in the most grotesque manners possible, have been members of rival gangs as well as law enforcement officers and high ranking government officials. Often innocent people lose their lives as well because these gang members do not care one iota about "collateral damage."
A couple of weeks ago, an American rancher in Arizona, Rob Krentz was gunned down as he worked on his ranch near the Mexican border- apparently by an illegal alien or perhaps by a smuggler. I wonder how many members of our Congress paused for even one moment to contemplate that senseless murder.
Perhaps the fact that government officials are not immune to the extreme violence may finally convince politicians in the United States that their continuing failures to secure our nation's borders not only threaten American lives in general, but ultimately, their lives in particular!
The politicians who have been placing their own political careers ahead of the needs of the people the swore to represent may finally come to understand that their failures to address border security and the effective enforcement of the immigration laws can cause them profound problems. These are the politicians who are grammatically challenged, they can only conjugate verbs in the first person singular! To these politicians the three most important people they know are "Me, Myself and I!"
We the People can add to the consternation of these politicians who are failing to live up to their oaths of office by contacting them and making it abundantly clear that election day is coming and they should think of election day as their personal "Day of Reckoning!"
Our government must live up to its obligation of protecting its own citizens and, indeed, all who are present in our country from the criminals and terrorists who would threaten our lives and the survival of our nation and our way of life. In the end, the government is actually those who are elected to act as our "leaders." Those who fail to truly lead and look out for those they are supposed to represent, need to be sent packing this coming Election Day!
If our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the "American Dream" the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!
We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm's way in defense of this nation and our citizens.
My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.
The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.
Any politician who refuses to work to secure our borders and create an immigration system that has integrity is either corrupt or too dumb to keep his (her) job. Any politician, irrespective of party affiliation who favors Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the outrageous betrayal that this would represent given the national security implications that this program would have, should be shown the door at the next election!
If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same.
Later this year, each and every member of the House of Representatives is up for reelection. Later this year more than one third of the members of the United States Senate will have to face their constituents. They need to be reminded that they work for us, We the People!
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However, the practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there. The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this nation has emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the People absolutely must do- we must stop sitting on the sidelines!
The collective failure of We the People to get involved in make our concerns known to our politicians have nearly made the concerns of the great majority of the citizens of this nation all but irrelevant to the politicians. I implore you to get involved!