Michael Webster
Mexican drug cartels and terrorist join forces?
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By Michael Webster
February 16, 2011

In testimony before a congressional committee this week, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, said: "We have for some time been thinking ahead about what would happen if, say, Al Qaeda were to unite with the Zetas, one of the drug cartels."

She was responding to a question about the possibility of terrorists using a drug-trafficking network to smuggle bombs or other lethal material into the United States from Mexico. In the last few years there have been news reports that bombs, dirty suitcase bombs and other weapons of mass destruction and their components have been smuggled into the U.S. through some of the very drug corridors used by the MDC,s.

Mexico's interior minister, Jose Francisco Blake Mora, said there was "no sign or element of a connection" between the groups. "Quite the contrary," he told a radio interviewer, "these are two very different phenomena."

Some Mexican officials, are taking issue with her recent comments that raised the possibility of an alliance between Mexican drug cartels and radical Islamic terrorists.

Mora, rejects that there is any link between Al-Qaeda and Los Zetas, as claimed by Napolitano. There is no indication that there is such a linkage," said Mora. The minister of the Interior said that by contrast, they are two very different phenomena.

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/744002.htm

Napolitano's remarks came just one day after U.S. Army Undersecretary Joseph Westphal apologized for referring to Mexican drug-trafficking gangs as a "form of insurgency."

That comment was similarly voiced last year by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Many U.S. officials are willing to express that opinion privately but not publicly as the Obama administration has repeatedly sought to back away from such a description, which angers Mexican officials because it suggests, among other things, that the traffickers, like insurgents, desire to topple their government. There have been small protests throughout Mexico protesting that the current Mexican Government is losing the battle against the Mexican Drug Cartels (MDC's) and that they as an insurgent group are winning the battle. Much larger demonstrations are expected throughout Mexico particularly in cites bordering the U.S.. According to the protesters their government is not helping things to get better in Mexico but believe things have gotten much worse since the Felipe Calderon administration started the war on drug traffickers back in 2006.

The most recent incident they point to was at Las Torres Bar in a low income area known to be a very dangerous Juarez neighborhood. Men believed to be members of the MDC's gangs, tooting AK 47 assault rifles opened fire on unsuspecting customers in the bar, killing eight and seriously wounding three.

"They fired indiscriminately," said Carlos Gonzalez, spokesman for the Chihuahua state prosecutor's office.

Gonzalez initially said that seven of the victims were hookers working in the bar. Later the prosecutor's office issued a statement clarifying that six were females and the seventh was a male posing and dressed as a woman.

Even though more than 50,000 Mexican troops and Mexican Federal police have been deployed to cities across Mexico 35,000 people have died in Mexico since the Mexican President started the war on drugs. A record 3,000 people were killed in Juarez last year alone. A disturbing number were Americans, including a U.S. Soldier, many women and even children according to official government statistics, These where gruesome attacks including many beheadings and other terrorist type killings and bombings similarly used by radical Muslim terrorist groups in the Middle East and elsewhere around the world. Terrorizing events that has driven tens of thousands of people from Mexico into the United States and forced the boarding up of over 70% of the city's shops and stores that not only served locals but most of the tourists trade which has all but disappeared in Juarez and in most northern Mexico Cites.

Sources:

M3 Report

Juarez City Police Dept.

Mexican Military

L.A. Times.

Mexican open news sources

Michael Webster Syndicated Investigative Reports are read worldwide, in 100 or more U.S. outlets and in at least 136 countries and territories. He publishes articles in association with global news agencies and media information services with more than 350 news affiliates in 136 countries. Many of Mr. Webster's articles are printed in six working languages: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish. With ten more languages planed in the near future.

He served as a trustee on trade Union funds. A noted Author, Lecturer, Educator, Emergency Manager, Counter-Terrorist, War on Drugs and War on Terrorist Specialist, Newspaper Publisher. Radio News caster. Labor Law generalist, Teamster Union Business Agent, General Organizer, Union Rank and File Member Grievances Representative, NLRB Union Representative, Union Contract Negotiator, Workers Compensation Appeals Board Hearing Representative. Mr. Webster represented management on that side of the table as the former Director of Federated of Nevada. Mr. Webster publishes on-line newspapers at www.lagunajournal.com and www.usborderfirereport.com and does investigative reports for print, electronic and on-line News Agencies.

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