BORDER NEWS WATCH
News links for 8-17-2014 to 8-21-2014
Mexican Drug Cartels Taking Advantage of Obama’s DREAM Amnesty to Smuggle Grenades - Here is a comment on this article from a very well-informed retired Federal LEO - "No military grade hand grenades have been used on the USA side of the border in connection with the narco-cartel trafficking situation, in the recent past. There have been a number of instances, over the past decade or so, inside Mexico, including some spots near the border. I mentioned last week the arrest of a Mexican national by Mexican authorities, who was in possession of a military grade hand grenade. That arrest occurred in Nogales, Son., Mexico.
A few years ago, a hand grenade was tossed onto the grounds of the U.S. Consulate, in Cd. Juarez, Chih., Mexico. No injuries were incurred. However, around that same time, three individuals with connections to the U.S. Consulate, including a Consular Officer, were gunned down on the streets of Juarez.
Mexico has at least two manufacturing plants that I know of whose combined annual output / production of "live" M2A1 "pineapple" hand grenades --for Mex Mil purposes-- is over 1.5 million.
During a gunrunning summit hosted in Mexico, the Government of Mexico (GOM) authorities had table after table of seized weapons on display. Many were gold plated, engraved AK-47s and pearl handled, diamond studded Colt .45 semi-auto pistols. Typical "bling" for a Mexican cartel member. The GOM was attempting to claim that the guns were "trafficked" from the USA.
One table contained a box containing dozens of hand grenades. I picked one up and read the ID stamp on the underside of the "spoon" (the spring-loaded piece that flips off, once the pin is release, thus igniting the fuse). It said: "Hecho en Mexico." That's when did my research, and learned that the GOM manufactures its grenades for SEDENA (MEX MIL) using the legacy design/molds of the old US MIL "pineapple" styled hand grenade. Evidently, when we stopped making those "old fashioned" (WWII and Korea) grenades, we sold or gave the right to manufacture them to Mexico. How sweet!
The grenades in the hands of the Mexican cartels are predominantly supplied from stolen / black market GOM SEDENA stock. No surprise, as that is where most of their automatic, high power weaponry comes from. Don't forget, when the violent gang (now labeled "cartel") known as the Zetas was formed, they originally were made of up an entirely military (airborne infantry) unit that "went dirty." They had been trained by our (USA) Special Forces at Ft. Campbell. Their weapons and "connections" went with them, presumably.
When one confronts a 3rd World economic contiguous state such as Mexico, with rampant governmental corruption, this is what you get. A national government that is in bed with the cartels, and blames the USA for their behavior. Excuse me, the USA may have an epidemic recreational drug dependency issue, but we didn't force the Mexicans to be ruthless, corrupt, criminals. That is a personal choice.
Makeshift grenades, such as Molotov cocktails (combustibles in glass bottles, with a rag for a fuse) have been, and are currently being used along the border. I especially witnessed this tactic in the Yuma Sector, where the thugs used them to distract or drive off the USBP units. Rocks, wrapped in cloth, and dipped in gasoline, then tossed at BP Agents is another common "crude" grenade."
Why the White House Is Now Trying to Be Besties with Big Business – Administrative amnesty for cheap immigrant labor
The history of illegal immigration in the United States
US DOS ADVISORY – 8/21/2014 14:09 UTC: The U.S. Dept. of State just renewed their travel advisory for Mexico, including a warning for travel in the state of Sonora. The reason cited was that kidnappings of U.S. citizens (USCs) in Mexico is on the rise. So far this year, there have been 70 kidnappings of USCs. There were 71 on record at Mexico-based U.S. consulates for last year.
Two hundred (200) USCs have been murdered in Mexico since 2013. There have been over 100,000 known kidnappings in Mexico, since last year. They are currently averaging about 100K per year.
Sonoyta, Son., Mexico (the highway to Rocky Pt.): A stash of over 1,200 lbs. of marijuana was recovered by authorities. Several individuals were seen running away, but nobody was captured. It appears that they were staging to backpack the MJ across the line into the USA (Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l Monument area). Also in Sonoyta: Three gunmen and one kidnap victim (still alive) captured after their vehicle rolls over on the highway between Rocky Pt. (Pto. Penasco) and Sonoyta.
San Luis, Son, Mex: 33 yr. old male shot / wounded while traveling on a street in a vehicle in the town of San Luis. Another vehicle drove by and opened fire on his vehicle.
SELECTED WEBSITES OF INTEREST
SECURE BORDER INTELLIGENCE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
SOUTHERN ARIZONA CATTLEMEN'S WEEKLY
NEWS AND DISCUSSION OF U.S./MEXICO BORDER ISSUES:
SELECTED BORDER NEWS & FAST AND FURIOUS POSTINGS ON SACPA WEBSITE
HOMELAND SECURITY TODAY
DEFENSE VIDEO & IMAGERY DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
AZ BORDER DEFENDERS
HUMAN AND DRUG TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT MATTERS
WESTERN AUTHOR: J.P.S. BROWN
Wolves At Our Door a novel by J.P.S. Brown
Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election---and How
to Stop Them from Doing It in 2016
Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategy for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism
The Reapers Line - Life and Death on the Mexican Border by Lee Morgan II
SIXTY MILES OF BORDER: AN AMERICAN LAWMAN BATTLES DRUGS ON THE MEXICAN BORDER by Terry Kirkpatrick
The SHADOW CATCHER: A U.S. AGENT INFILTRATES MEXICO'S DEADLY CRIME CARTELS by Hipolito Acosta
Raising a Jihadi Generation: Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in America – Largely for law enforcement at all levels. Will open your eyes even more.
OTHER READING TO CONSIDER:
The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service by Henry A. Crumpton
Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives by Jose A. Rodriguez
The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower by Robert Baer
"Courting Disaster", How the CIA Kept America Safe (Regnery) by Marc Thiessen
No Easy Day by Mark Owen
2010 BOOK: Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol by Kelly Lytle Hernandez
Broken Borders, Broken Promises by Todd Staples
At what cost, America, “Cheap” Labor, Plentiful Drugs and Votes?
What crosses the border from ALL OVER THE WORLD, ends UP HERE.
Truly informed legislators/citizens make informed and intelligent decisions.
End of Border News Watch 8-17-2014 to 8-21-2014