Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

If this isn't Narco Terrorism, what is?

Saturday, January 22, 2011 |



The Public Security Secretary for the state of Hidalgo, Damián Canales Mena, declared that the explosion that killed a state investigative policeman and wounded three others could be in retaliation for the deaths of several Zeta cartel members a few weeks ago in Tula.

A car bomb detonated Saturday morning at approximately 8:00 AM in the municipality of Tepeji del Rio, Hidalgo in central Mexico, about 90 kilometers from the center of Mexico City.

A state investigative police commander, Victor Pena, was gravely injured in the blast and passed away later in the day. Three other policemen, whose condition was not revealed by authorities, survived the attack.

Early Saturday morning state police officials received a call that reported a abandoned car with bodies inside on the edge of a road in the colonia El Carmen located in the municipality of Tepeji del Rio.

The explosion occurred when the officers arrived and opened the trunk of the abandoned car.

The Public Security Secretary for the state of Hidalgo, Damián Canales Mena, linked "Los Zetas" as possibly responsible for the explosion of the car bomb.

Canales Mena said that this attack against the police could be in retaliation for the deaths of several cartel members by the police a few weeks ago in that state.

Hidalgo is the home state of Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, alleged leader of "Los Zetas" and an important transit point for narcotics.

source articles:
http://www.jornada.unam.mx/ultimas/2011/01/22/estalla-auto-abandonado-en-la-carretera-a-tula-y-hiere-a-4-policias
http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/739293.html


CAR BOMB IN HIDALGO ... IF THIS IS NOT NARCOTERRORISM, WHAT IS?
Ricardo Aleman
http://www.ricardoaleman.com.mx/?p=2959


A few hours ago, in the city of Tula, Hidalgo a car bomb exploded. So far, the casualties are a commander dead and three policemen wounded.

The commander who was killed was called Victor Peña. He was known for his active participation in the capture of various members of organized crime. It would not be unreasonable to think that the attack might well be in retaliation.

Anyway, with the outbreak of the car bomb, a major blow was dealt to the stubborn and obstinate Governor Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, and others, who up until today had insisted on denying the presence of criminal cells in Hidalgo and other states surrounding the Federal District (Mexico City).

In addition, it is demonstrated once again that criminals do not hesitate to resort to the threat of terror when trying to subdue the authorities.

How else do you explain the explosion of a car bomb in broad daylight, in a major city in the center of the country, if not as narco-terrorism?

Also noteworthy is that this terrorist attack, a clear affront to Mexico and the state of Hidalgo, occurs within hours of the arrival in Mexico, for the second time, of the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Secretary of State Clinton comes to speak again about the insecurity and the growing spread of crime. Moreover, her government has expressed their concerns about narco-terrorism.

We have repeatedly said in this and other spaces that narco-terrorism is a reality. That criminals have found in fear a great strategy to subjugate the population and authorities.

Really, are there any more doubters in Mexico that we are beginning to see solid evidence of narco-terrorism?

We have a latent and growing problem, we are faced with a situation that is overwhelming and increasingly out of the control of law enforcement.

Given this evidence, the resources are exhausted for those who are bent on denying the existence of narco-terrorism in Mexico. And faced with a reality that is increasingly alarming and dangerous, it is undoubtedly necessary to stop the advance of the criminals and to strengthen the institutions responsible for dispensing justice.

So what are we waiting for?

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28 Borderland Beat Comments:

''lito'brito @ http://www.litobrito.blog.com/ said...

back in the USA..gracias a dios...where i hope to not be killed ..robbed ...kidnapped ..cut up into pieces...hanged from a bridge ..or blown to bits..as soon as i passed through US customs ..i took the money from my shoes

just when is one like this gonna go off in the centro de Monterrey... or the Macro plaza i don't know ..do you?..i hope never

after the brazen attack on the federal policia quartered in the Plaza del Arco hotel on Calle Francisco Madero, i believe anything is possible...

as i was leaving Monterrey there was a mobilization of army and federals tearing down Madero and turning onto Felix U Gomez...he soldiers were turning the 40 mm grenade launchers side to side ..i though it was the end ...really..i was just hoping no one was going to start shooting at them from anywhere near where i was ...

can there be anything more terrifying than expecting to be blown apart by a car bomb, while you are walking or driving around?

what else could you call people who would do this, but terrorists?

Guero said...

You can bet the intel got back to DC on this pretty quick with Hillary Clinton being in Mexico. My thought is this will only bolster her statements from her last visit about an "insugency" in Mexico. My assumption is the explosion was some of the stolen C4 still floating around, putting a trip on the trunk is a more advanced method than the cartels usually employ. Morons picked the wrong day to blow shit up.

Anonymous said...

mexico and amercia are both narco states. we consume drugs, they sell it to us and we buy it. the american way putos!

Anonymous said...

Morons/Retards. The balls on these scumbags to do this when Hillary Clinton is visiting. I give them 6 months to get their sh!t straight before you start seeing the U.S trying to get all up in that. Once you get tagged as a Terrorist Organization the gloves are off. Todo se vale!!!!
Waterboarding, Torture, La Pila! etc. You will finally get a taste of your own medicine in a cell next to another "retard". (Yes the one that believes in the endless amount of virgens on the other side.) I don't think you want to be invited to that party...

Layla2 said...

Anyone know where to find excerpts of her speech? Reactions to the bombing?

There should be nothing else needed to convince anyone in authority or with political power in Mexico that the cartels very personal brand of narco-terrorism is just increasing...

And to anonomyous above who wants to equate the US with Mexico on being narco states--stop consuming drugs and you will be one less person contributing to the problem. I dare anyone guilty to take that challenge...

Anonymous said...

I grow my own weed

Chepe Chayote said...

It's nice that Ricardo Aleman, the opinion man in the commentary translated here, is worried that Tia Hillary might be offended unless he and other Mexicans hop quickly on board labeling drug traffickers as 'terrorists' to be given no Human Rights.... by who???? The Mexican government? By Tia Hillary?

Let's see now, just how will that play in the years ahead? It's not like the Mexican government has been respecting Human Rights all along and needs to be nudged in the other direction now, is it really?

I hope that Tia Hillary has a safe vacation...

Buela said...

@Brito

I have no doubt a true car bomb will soon come to Mty. -military material explosive, attached to detonation device, or remote- IEDs or VCIED.
That is always my interest with these car explositions, is it truly a car bomb or an independant explosive such as a grenade. They both explode but there is a world of difference.

The sophistication of IEDs is tremendous, there will be a long lenght of time before ccartels prefect them, without exp help that is.

Urban terrorists use easaily attainable products such as acetone peroxide, and triggers are many such as a pressure device, timer, cell phone etc. There are so many variables and that is why it takes so long to perfect.

But no doubt about it IEDs are something Mx does not want to see, IEDs are still the leading cause of death and injury in Iraq and Afghanistan.

SahidMarquez said...

@Layla2, these aren't "narco-insurgents" you dumb arrogant sheep. The Mexican drug trafficking organization are just violent criminal NOT terrorists, it's funny how the U.S didn't named the Hells Angels "biker-terrorists" when they were using car bombs and even bazookas in Canada back in the 80s. The U.S just wants an excuse to politically(if not already in form of PAN) and militarily invade Mexico, especially the military which is the one that doesn't budge.

Anonymous said...

This stuff continues I wonder how long before drones start dropping ordinance over remote parts of Mexico in cartel strongholds. Will become another situation like Afghanistan or Yemen. They wont even see it coming.

Anonymous said...

"Once you get tagged as a Terrorist Organization the gloves are off. Todo se vale!!!!
Waterboarding, Torture, La Pila! etc. You will finally get a taste of your own medicine in a cell next to another "retard". (Yes the one that believes in the endless amount of virgens on the other side.) I don't think you want to be invited to that party..."

Have you been living under a rock lately? What you describe above would be much better for the criminals than what currently happens to some individuals who are in Mexico security forces custody. THEY TURN UP DEAD, OFTEN WITH NO EXPLANATION.

As for Aleman and the terrorist designation fine let's play ball with that. Does he also understand the political questions that arise? Will we also examine the political motivations of said terrorists and furthermore the government itself whom a large portion works with these so called terrorists, they would be terrorist too no? Just as the Taliban was for aiding and helping Al-Qaeda.

This is why the Mexican government doesn't want these guys labeled as terrorists because a large portion of the Mexican government works alongside these so called terrorists.

-Armando

Ernest1 said...

Here is a somewhat different opinion than the one above...

It is in the article titled .... What Are the U.S.'s Real Motives for Launching a Drug War in Mexico?

excerpted from James Cockcroft's new book 'Mexico's Revolution: Then and Now'

http://www.alternet.org/books/149489/what_are_the_u.s.%27s_real_motives_for_launching_a_drug_war_in_mexico/?page=entire

Be patient and let the entire article load. It's one book that I bet that Barnes and Noble and Borders will not have in stock at your local chain big box bookstore.

E1

PeaceMaker said...

So-hideous Marquez

Have a difference of opinion but why attack personally? Most would think of you what you tagged Layla

That aside, you are wrong. Mx has taken the first step in labeling DTOs as terrorists. Hell Angles did not take over/control governments, state operations nor municipalities, elections. and Since you threw the first blow at Layla: you are ill informed and ignorant, posssibly stupid. though somewhat talented with your ability to type with your head wedged so far up your ass.

Chepe Chayote said...

Does anybody other than yourself call you 'PeaceMaker'? ...lol...

'...you are ill informed and ignorant, posssibly stupid. though somewhat talented with your ability to type with your head wedged so far up your ass.'

I didn't think so...

Anonymous said...

How about a new rule: no one attacks anyone here at BB, but rather argues and expresses ideas objectively?
Tired Of Using No Name Out of Fear of Retaliation

Smurf said...

7:33 is right on.

you have my support.

"L"B said...

interesting article


1846
The U.S., goes to war with Mexico and ends up with a third of Mexico's territory

1905
U.S. Marines help Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz crush a strike in Sonora.


1914
U.S. bombs and then occupies Vera Cruz, in a conflict arising out of a dispute with Mexico's new government. President Victoriano Huerta resigns


1917
U.S. troops enter Mexico to pursue Pancho Villa.


these are the times when the US intervened in Mexico..

but i don't think the first can be called an intervention, as it was a war, and both side made incursions into the others territory


so three times in the last 165 years


even thought i agree the possibility that the current situation in Mexico is a precursor for the formation of some sort of north American union, i don't think the USA has any intentions to actually "invade" Mexico..

what would be the point?

SahidMarquez said...

@PeaceMaker It's the U.S citizen and vice president of International American Law and World Band consultant Eduardo/Edgardo Buscaglia that is pressuring Mexico into labeling the DTOs as terrorist organizations not the other way around. Mexico has thankfully has not listened to this U.S citizen scumbag yet. Do you even know how to read PeaceMaker????
http://www-wds.worldbank.org/servlet/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/1996/10/01/000009265_3970128132105/Rendered/PDF/multi_page.pdf

Anonymous said...

Thank you.
Imjustagirl

Buela said...

Hole Mole..where the new rudies come from...?
@ 7:33 that would be nice but won't happen.

But honestly why so timid? If you believe in your ops and statements why do you care if others criticize, you just come back with what you know, that's debate. and if they are a rudie then you can slam back or simply ignore. It won't kill you. no matter how storng your position, how many facts you present not everyone is going to like it or agree, so what?

But honestly 99% of folks are nice and mannerly.
The Rudies will bait, and sometimes its difficult but its best to ignore.

Anonymous said...

@Armando

No, I Don't live under a rock!!!

I am aware of suspects being killed and some even hanged from bridges. If they were labeled terrorist and the U.S had permission to "extract" valuable intel from these suspects that would change the game. Corruption in the Mexican govt would decrease and the cartels would suffer as well. By the time the U.S gets to talk to them the intel has been outdated and filtered not to include the names of those corrupt officials you speak of. Or they wind up dead or killed in prison by "rivals" before they get to sing like CHENTE FERNANDEZ!!!!

"L"B said...

@ B

give em some back bone there hussy......ya better listen to her pilgrim.....stand up and be somebody ya bunch a wimps......jajajja

Anonymous said...

Unlike Al Qaeda, Mexico is right next door. Unlike Al Qaeda, Mexico's DTO's have tunnels under the border. Unlike Al Qaeda, the DTO's have hundreds of thousands of America's children hooked on methamphetamine. Today, in my lifes journey, it is much more likely that I will encounter a drug dealer/user than a terrorist.

NO I DO NOT FEEL SAFE!

Anonymous said...

ernest1,
you are an idiot, you start everyone of your RANTS calling people sheep. Everything is a conspiracy to you. US wants to intervene, because mexico cant take care of itself. Think of it the way CPS handled YOU when you were young. YOUR parents Policia federal) couldnt take care of YOU (mexico) so someone, who could take care of YOU (USA) wants to provide help that you would never get from your own.

Ernest1 said...

Anonymous, I didn't call anybody a 'sheep here, nor talk of any conspiracies. You, on the other hand, did start out by calling me an 'idiot' though, and not once addressed anything in my post and linked article put forward to read in a sane manner.

'US wants to intervene, because mexico cant take care of itself.

You seem to think that Uncle Sam is some sort of a kindly 'uncle' who can just step in and declare a neighbor's kid instantly now legally taken into his custody so that 'Uncle' can head down to the plaza to buy the kid an ice cream. What an utterly sweet innocent view of the world you have! It brought a tear to my eye, in fact.

That's how you feel about Uncle Sam/ Pentagon, but let a US Leftist post here and you start foaming at the mouth about it?

And your talk about Child Protective Services supposedly raising me is just so lame....

'Think of it the way CPS handled YOU when you were young. YOUR parents Policia federal) couldnt take care of YOU (mexico) so someone, who could take care of YOU (USA) wants to provide help that you would never get from your own.'

You sound like a cop with this world view of yours. Are you? I don't know any other types that can come up with such rude and distorted views about other people other than some cops that often do.

Chepe Chavo said...

Sahid is absolutely right about just who this man 'Buscaglia' really is...

'Sahid '@
PeaceMaker It's the U.S citizen and vice president of International American Law and World Band consultant Eduardo/Edgardo Buscaglia that is pressuring Mexico into labeling the DTOs as terrorist organizations not the other way around.'

He works for the World Bank and Hoover Foundation in Stanford.

Anonymous said...

So now you know why crime and organized crime is so rampant in Mexico ,The police departments in Mexico bless their soul are too ignorant to approach a vehicle that has been reported as a crime scene.What they need is better training ,inteligence ,technology,weapons and most of all better pay and benefits otherwise this narco bulshit is never ,I said NEVER going to end!

"LB" said...

if this isn't terrorism , what is ?


gunman open fire on soccer match


http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/americas/01/24/mexico.ballfield.shooting/index.html?npt=NP1

why do this?

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