Border Patrol warned: Brace for violence. ...smugglers likely to retaliate...


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Desertdog
January 20, 2006, 02:42 AM
Border Patrol warned: Brace for violence
Feds say smugglers likely to retaliate over new enforcement push

By Jon Dougherty
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=48420

Federal officials say Border Patrol and other federal agents working chronic drug-smuggling routes along the U.S. boundary with Mexico could be targets for retaliation by well-armed cartels from south of the Rio Grande, after a new enforcement push has dramatically curbed the importation of contraband.

"I do think we have to be prepared for the fact that as we press hard on these criminal organizations, some of them will want to fight back," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told reporters earlier this week.

Admitting there had already been an "uptick in violence" against federal officers in recent months because of increased anti-smuggling operations, Chertoff said agents were not only targeting drug rings but also human smugglers as well. Despite the threats of retaliation, however, Chertoff insisted: "We want to make it very clear that ... will not cause us to back off" the current enforcement push.


As the Mexican drug and smuggling wars become increasingly violent, they are more frequently spilling across the border into the United States. Hundreds of people have been killed and wounded in the violence, especially near cities like Laredo, Texas and its Mexican sister city, Nuevo Laredo, right across the border.

Chertoff warned the situation was especially volatile for civilians.

"When civilians go down to the border, they are taking a huge chance with their own lives," he said.

The DHS chief also would not elaborate on reports some of the cartels could be preparing contract-style hits against federal agents, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. But rumors that Mexican-based drug cartels have offered rewards for the killing of American federal agents have surfaced in the past.

A week ago the Associated Press reported that a confidential memo from federal officials warned Border Patrol agents they could be the targets of assassins hired by the smugglers of illegal aliens.

And, as WorldNetDaily reported in 2000, Border Patrol officials said the Juarez cartel one of the largest and most deadly at one time placed a bounty of $200,000 on U.S. federal agents.

Violence along the U.S.-Mexico border is increasing at a time when lawmakers, under mounting pressure from constituents, are redoubling efforts to make the regions safer. The drug- and human-smuggling traffic, combined with a number of reported incursions by Mexican federal police and military units, have left many in Washington nervous about security, especially in light of ongoing terror threats.

The problems along the border represent "a clear and present danger to the security of the United States," Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said.

His Texas colleague, Rep. John Culberson, also a Republican, said a recent fact-finding trip to the border "brought home to all of us that the war on terror is right in our back yard."

"You don't have to go to Baghdad" to find terrorist activity, he said, noting that he had intelligence from U.S. agencies indicating there were narco-terrorist training camps near the Mexican city of Matamoros.

One group that represents a major concern to U.S. authorities is the drug enforcer gang Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13. The group has spread from its origins in El Salvador to at least 31 states, according to the FBI, which is tracking the gang's activities using a special task force. MS-13 is believed to provide security for Mexico's Federation drug cartel.

Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., head of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus and long-time critic of what he believes is lax border security on the part of the federal government, was in Phoenix today, the latest stop on his "Secure American Now" tour in which he is pushing for better border security and enforcement against illegal immigration. Tancredo who is eyeing a 2008 presidential run says MS-13 members are a major threat not only to U.S. agents but also local law enforcement officials and American citizens who may cross their path.


Regarding incursions into U.S. territory by Mexican military units, Chertoff downplayed their significance, suggesting the uniformed personnel being spotted by Border Patrol agents could be drug cartel members wearing military garb instead of bona fide members of the Mexican army.

"Sometimes we have those kinds of incursions. To create the image that somehow there is a deliberate effort by the Mexican military to cross the border would be really to traffic in scare tactics," Chertoff told the Dallas Morning News Thursday. "I don't think we have a serious problem with official incursions."

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beerslurpy
January 20, 2006, 10:37 AM
Well you cant make an omlette without killing a few mexicans. The only reason this is so serious is because we let it go for so long.

DRZinn
January 20, 2006, 10:47 AM
Looks like they might need some backup - in the form of a couple regiments of Marines.

jacobtowne
January 20, 2006, 10:53 AM
What we really need is Blackjack Pershing and the 6th Cavalry!:)
JT

xd9fan
January 20, 2006, 11:11 AM
well then shoot them dead.

rick_reno
January 20, 2006, 11:52 AM
Why doesn't Bush and Co. deploy some military to the area? I'm pretty sure if the threat were real that's what they'd do. I've never viewed the border patrol as being capable of dealing with a "well armed" threat.

ngray
January 20, 2006, 12:37 PM
Border patrol is for scared un/lightly-armed illegals.

National Guard / State Militia / Military is for defending against any coordinated threat.

To clarify, this is for illegals:
http://www.glock.com/g22.htm
http://www.glock.com/g17.jpg

And this is for anyone not scared by the above:
http://www.gdatp.com/products/lethality/gau19/gau19a1.htm

http://www.gdatp.com/products/lethality/gau19/gau19_gallery/photos/1.jpg

Optical Serenity
January 20, 2006, 12:38 PM
Looks like they might need some backup - in the form of a couple regiments of Marines.

+1 "Let's Roll"

longeyes
January 20, 2006, 02:07 PM
They just come here to work...deals.

longeyes
January 20, 2006, 02:11 PM
One of these days we will really unravel the threads of narco-commerce and how it affects political decisions...

I'm not holding my breath.

Fletchette
January 20, 2006, 03:11 PM
One of these days we will really unravel the threads of narco-commerce and how it affects political decisions...

I'm not holding my breath.

Legalizing drugs would end this problem overnight. Gangs would lose their revenue source immediately. I'd much rather have Pfizer selling narcotics than MS-13.

longeyes
January 20, 2006, 08:02 PM
Legalizing drugs would end this problem overnight. Gangs would lose their revenue source immediately. I'd much rather have Pfizer selling narcotics than MS-13.

The WOD's a mistake, agreed, but taking the money out of drugs is exactly what the narco-commerce web doesn't want and won't permit. A lot of highly respectable types are living quite nicely off the bleed-off from drug revenues.

1 old 0311
January 20, 2006, 08:24 PM
There is a law against using troops. The Possie Comatatis(?) Act. Congress would have to change this, and AIN'T no way in hell the Dems will vote for it.

Kevin

Biker
January 20, 2006, 08:36 PM
There is a law against using troops. The Possie Comatatis(?) Act. Congress would have to change this, and AIN'T no way in hell the Dems will vote for it.

Kevin
What makes you think that the Repubs would?
Biker

Standing Wolf
January 20, 2006, 09:19 PM
Regarding incursions into U.S. territory by Mexican military units, Chertoff downplayed their significance, suggesting the uniformed personnel being spotted by Border Patrol agents could be drug cartel members wearing military garb instead of bona fide members of the Mexican army.

See? Didn't I tell you Jorge Bush had a plan? Statements!

gc70
January 20, 2006, 09:20 PM
There is a law against using troops. The Possie Comatatis(?) Act. Congress would have to change this, and AIN'T no way in hell the Dems will vote for it.The Posse Comitatus Act generally prohibits the use of federal troops for domestic law enforcement duties. The President can still use federal troops in a variety of special situations. And the Posse Comitatus Act does not restrict the use of National Guard or state militia by state governments.

hvengel
January 20, 2006, 10:01 PM
Using troops to protect the border not a domestic law enforcement duty. The key work is border and this makes this international in nature. Isn't this what thier job is?

beerslurpy
January 20, 2006, 10:40 PM
http://www.gdatp.com/products/lethality/gau19/gau19_gallery/photos/1.jpg

Stupid 86 ban. I want one of those. I didnt know they made 50 bmg miniguns.

LAK
January 20, 2006, 10:44 PM
"When civilians go down to the border, they are taking a huge chance with their own lives," he said.
Oh yes; we do not want to encourage American citizens in areas where they might see things they should not see.

Maybe they will really turn up the "violence" in the border areas in order that Chertoff and his friends can get approval to order the creation of "buffer zones" - a sort of no mans land - along the border.

That way business as usual can proceed out of the sight of uncontrollable eyes, cameras etc. ;)
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