Zetas Issue Open Challenge to US and Mexico Governments; Memo Shows Early ATF Concern on Fast and Furious

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Mexico and Central America.

El Universal (Mexico) 12/2/2011

DEA Warns of Narco and Terrorism Nexus

Although Mexico’s federal government rejects the existence of links between drug cartels and Islamic terrorist groups, the United States assures that “the nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism is well established.”

Washington has documented the link between Islamic terrorists in cases in Mexico, and it appears to be the case in the alleged Iranian plot orchestrated to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in the United States in September which involved a Mexican cartel.

The relationship between cartels and terrorism is detailed in a report by the Special Operations Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), delivered to the U.S. Congress on November 17. Another report from the Department of Homeland Security disclosed that a Taliban attempt was detected to partner with a human trafficking organization in Ecuador to smuggle one of its members into the U.S.

Given these cases, it is recognized that one of the national security challenges for the U.S. is to detect and dismantle the links between organized crime and fundamentalist groups in different parts of the world.

In the DEA document Narcoterrorism and the long range application of the law, indicates that the threat is serious. Investigation points to proceeds from drug trafficking or other forms of organized crime are used to pay corrupt officials, undermine institutions, and facilitate attacks on diplomats, government officials or agencies, where there are often civilian casualties.

The report notes that “the nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism is well established. The most recent example is the plot to assassinate the ambassador of Saudi Arabia in the U.S., which illustrates the extent to which terrorist organizations are aligned with other criminals to achieve their goals.”

In this case, it is argued that the alleged terrorist Arbasiar Manssor approached someone he thought was a member of an extremely violent drug trafficking organization in Mexico, “because he believed that people in the drug business are willing to engage in criminal activity for money. Luckily, the person contacted was a DEA informant.”

In the case of Arbasiar, recruited by the Qods Force, a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, he entered Mexico on at least 3 occasions this year-between May and September-to prepare the attack. This is evidence that the threat between cartels and terrorists is latent.

Meanwhile the report by DHS delivered on November 1, reveals the existence of other cases in Latin America, including three Pakistanis arrested this year in Miami, Florida. They were seeking to associate with a human trafficking organization in Quito, Ecuador “to facilitate transnational illicit movement of suspected members of terrorist organizations like Al Quaeda, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Jaish-e Mohammed.”

Therefore, the document acknowledges that “a threat of particular concern is the convergence of terrorism and human trafficking,” as the recent case was investigated together with the Ecuadorian government.

This is not the first time the United States government is concerned about the risks of a possible alliance between cartels like Los Zetas and terrorists like Al Quaeda.

Patricia Espinoza, head of Mexican Foreign Affairs, denied that the country has the presence of extremist groups and that there is a risk that they are linked to cartels, and she invited U.S. politicians to be careful with these pronouncements.

Blog Del Narco (http://www.mundonarco.com/)

**Asterisk denotes death involving a police officer or a member of the military serving in that capacity.

(Another site is also putting out similar news. Some items below may be from notirex.com. Not every single incident reported is included. )


A former state police officer was shot and killed on Wednesday, 11/30.


Three people were killed this morning in 3 separate incidents. A woman was shot near the University of Technology while classes were in session. A dismembered body was also dumped about the same time elsewhere. Nearby anther man was killed. All of these were before 8 am.


An armed group on Tuesday morning murdered a man, and then set fire to three homes. The border area between Durango and Sinaloa remains a very high hazard area as two cartels continue to battle each other.


A state police officer was shot and wounded, but those injuries are non-life threatening. Bullet holes were found in nearby homes.


Municipal police and military were mobilized when 50 sticks of dynamite were discovered not far from the home of the city Mayor. It was believed to have been stolen from a nearby quarry. The explosives were transported by the military.


At 3:50 am Thursday morning, a police officer and his aunt and uncle were asleep when 2 men broke in, spread gasoline throughout the house, and then tossed in a molotov cocktail. The officer received 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 80% of his body. His aunt and uncle were also injured.


Narco banners from the Knights Templar appeared around on the outskirts of the city, calling themselves the protectors of the state.


With a month to go, the number of narco executions in 2011 already exceeds the 2010 year. To date there have been 11, 594 people killed. Total homicides number 12, 674. The most violent states are Guerrero, Chihuahua, Durango, Sinaloa, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas and Jalisco.


Four state police officers have been arrested for ties to La Familia Michoacana after an investigation. Eleven members of the cartel were recently captured, and interrogation led them to the corrupt officers.


Army troops were attacked by a group of armed people, and the Army killed a bad guy and arrested another. They seized three rifles, 16 magazines, 440 cartridges of different calibers, two fragmentation grenades and a stolen vehicle. In another incident elsewhere in the state, the military stopped 3 people and seized three rifles, 15 magazines for different weapons, 387 rounds of different calibers and a stolen vehicle. The detainees, the body of the deceased bad guy were made ​​available to the authorities, the army said.

Shows sophistication in construction.

Zetas Issue Open Challenge to US and Mexico Governments
Guadalajara Body Dump Heralds Spread of Massacres in Mexico
Rival cartels take bloody drug war to the heart of the country
Mexico activist in Juarez women killings wounded
Mexican army dismantles gang’s antennas, radios (in 4 states)
New US Military Bases in Honduras
Los Zetas grip on the Mexico-Guatemala border
Mergers and Acquisitions in Tijuana
Seven homicides reported in Juárez on Thursday
Why Guadalajara is the next hotspot, part II
Mexico discovers gas reserves off Gulf coast; could multiply nation’s output
Money Laundering Crackdown Flounders in Mexico, But Does it Really Matter?
Guatemalan refugees ask for help to survive in Mexico
Venezuela to Pay Cemex $600 Million
Costa Rica’s Doctor’s Strike Is Over
Former Mexican President Blames U.S. for Drug War

Domestic News – United States

Memo Shows Early ATF Concern on Fast and Furious Probe Despite Claims
FOX blows the Terry murder cover-up to pieces, and the Gunwalker Plot cover-up
Fast and Furious: Why Darrell Issa Isn’t Calling for Attorney General Holder’s Resignation – Yet

Justice Dept. details how it got statements wrong
DOJ Dumps 2,000 pages of documents on House
Fast and Furious, Only Part of Obama/Holder’s International Plan?
Police Officers Find That Dissent on Drug Laws May Come With a Price
Tucson police officer’s SB 1070 suit dismissed by court
Eleven arrested in Ore., Wash. on federal charges in meth distribution ring
85-year-old immigrant smuggler gets 2½ years in prison after surviving decades in the business
DHS to equip border agents with new body armor
Customs and Border Protection’s Border Security Fencing, Infrastructure and Technology Fiscal Year 2011 Expenditure Plan
The expenditure plan satisfied some but not all of the legislative conditions. Specifically, of the 10 legislative conditions, the expenditure plan satisfied 3, partially satisfied 5, and did not satisfy 2.
Lawmakers question DHS on lack of regulations for Mexican truck program
Wife: US official accused in Chile has Alzheimer’s
11 Individuals Arrested For Human Trafficking
Man Charged With Child Trafficking
Man gets 30 years after 9 die in drownings
California leads nation in E-Verify adoption despite concerns
Initiative would let illegal immigrants work in Calif. legally
Mexican man with prior rape conviction in Ohio is arrested by Border Patrol agents in Arizona
Immigrant schoolchildren traumatized by drug violence
Eleven men indicted on multi-state methamphetamine conspiracy charges
New York City Hands Out “Get Out of Jail Free Cards” to Illegal Aliens
60% of adult illegal immigrants in U.S. for 10 years or more, report says
Canadian couple arrested at border, plead guilty to possessing drugs


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2 Responses to “Zetas Issue Open Challenge to US and Mexico Governments; Memo Shows Early ATF Concern on Fast and Furious”

  1. Neil Seltz Says:

    I have a 16 year old that goes to a school where 25% of the class is hispanic, many illegal. There is a course called “international cultural
    proficiency” where my son stated that illegals should be deported according to the law. The teacher told him he is narrow minded.

    Got to love teachers.

  2. John W. Slagle Says:

    Re: ATF Memo from Special Agent Styer

    Fast and Furious “divided and isolated agents”,—
    “It is unheard of to have an active wiretap investigation without full time dedicated surveillance units on the ground,” he wrote.

    The U.S.B.P. Anti-smuggling Units and INS criminal Investigations teams could not conduct large scale investigations involving consensual monitoring, wiretaps, or undercover ops without D.C. approval. The Assistant U.S. Attorney was briefed and sufficient manpower was available 24 and 7 for surveillance and “takedown”
    of narcotics or human trafficking “stash houses”. Any factors that would constitute a danger to citizens or the community had to be addressed and approved by a special board in D.C. If dangerous situations developed in an investigation, we could shut down the operation and effect arrests.

    ATF, DEA, FBI. INS-Border Patrol are all under the U.S.D.O.J./ Homeland Security and follow similar investigative guidelines, procedures. Special Agent’s Styer’s memo is appreciated regarding Fast and Furious, a very dangerous and ill concieved operation.

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