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Why Americans should see Films about Drug Cartels PDF Print E-mail

The power of Film is undeniable over the last 100 years.   We remember the great films because we sit in a dark theater, focused on the screen with other human beings.  It's a bit of a religious experience.   This viewing experience has certainly changed with DVD's, the Internet and smartphones - but the impact of the moving image remains as vibrant and intense to the viewer.

One such documentary is "American Federale" made by an intrepid documentary filmmaker, Michael Carlin.   For full disclosure, I produced the film but Carlin's ten year dedication to the filmmaking process far outstrips my contribution.  Intrepid is also a nice word for a bit…well…crazy.    Carlin traveled into two of the most dangerous cities in the world.   One is Ciudad Juarez. As of August 2009, Juárez's murder rate was the highest reported in the world.   And it was the territory of Pablo Acosta.   The other is Ojinaga which was the central headquarters of a famous drug lord.

Carlin met a unique individual whose name - for security reasons - is referred to as "Lobo" which is Spanish for 'wolf'.   Lobo is a very, very unique individual.   He was an American citizen of Mexican ancestry who became a Mexican Federale.  Lobo received his police credentials directly from a Mexican governor.  As a Mexican Federale, Lobo worked for both the Mexican government and the Mexican drug cartels.   As a man, he was leading the life of what - in the espionage business - would be called a triple agent.   American Citizen.  Mexican Federale.  Cartel Enforcer.   And he wanted to reform because he did something so totally human.  He fell in love and wanted a normal, decent Life.

So Carlin works over years to build trust between himself and Lobo.  Years.  Lobo was not in the trust business.  He was in the crazy betrayal, stay-five-steps-ahead-of-the-next-psycho business.   Years.  But Logo told Carlin stories and Carlin sought to document them.  Carlin went into Ciudad Juarez to document a city where Lobo lived, worked, fought and redeemed himself.  He also went into Ojinaga which were the stomping grounds. of drug lord, Pablo Acosta.    Pablo Acosta who might not have been the biggest druglord in Mexico but, in a world littered with erratic personalities, he takes the cake.  He kidnapped women, raped them and left them drug addicts on their families' doorsteps.  And a lot more that you'd see in the film.   With a deranged personality in a world fueled by cocaine, excess, power, greed, money and literally cut-throat competition, he rose to the top of the insanity pile.    Lobo is the one who raided the Acosta hideout and put him down.  As a Federale police officer.    I don't want to give away the entire story, but why should this film matter to you, American Reader?  Let's count the ways.

First, the drug cartel violence ravaging Mexico is coming to the United States.  With its porous border and seemingly endless insatiable desire for the cartel's drug products, America is a prime destination point for sales.   Sales means competition between drug cartels which means violence.  The city of Acapulco - once the famed vacation getaways for Hollywood elite and jet setters - has become the murder capital of Mexico.

"In 2012, there were some 1,063 murders. That gave it a homicide rate of 135 per 100,000 people - over 50 percent higher than Honduras, the world's most murderous country."

Second, the violence in Mexico is spurred by the corrupting influence of drug money within Mexican law enforcement - and is coming soon to your neighborhood!   The drug cartel threat to the United States compelled a regional newspaper like the Los Angeles Times to have a section called "Mexico Under Siege: Drug War at our Doorstep." The drug corruption is vast, endemic and contradictory.  As Lobo points out, the money is non-stop and treachery lies between departments.   The State Federales are at odds with the Mexican Army.  Different cartel groups pay off different groups.  The lines of loyalty are invisible and constantly shifting.   Money buys loyalty.  And then it doesn't.   American law enforcement has not immunity against such vast corruption.   The Mexican cartel's adage is "Gold or Lead", meaning "Do you want money?" or "Death?"   The Border Patrol is handcuffed.  The border in Arizona and Texas is virtually controlled by smugglers and cartel watchdogs.    Former Border Patrol agents actually said that  “Transnational criminal enterprises have annually invested millions of dollars to create and staff international drug and human smuggling networks inside the United States; thus it is no surprise that they continue to accelerate their efforts to get trusted representatives in place as a means to guarantee continued success.”

Law enforcement is desperate.  An agency of the US Government - Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)  ran an operation called "Fast and Furious" which was poorly conceived and intended to trace weapons from the United States into Mexico cartel hands.

This 'gunwalking' was a tactic of the Arizona Field Office run in a a series of sting operations between 2006 and 2011 in the Tucson and Phoenix area.    The ATF "purposely allowed licensed firearms dealers to sell weapons to illegal straw buyers.  Their plan was  to track the guns to Mexican drug cartel leaders.  Unfortunately, the guns were used in the murder of Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, agent Jaime Zapata and a massacre in Juarez.  This massacre by cartel thugs resulted in the death of 16 people - most of whom were teenagers attending a birthday party.    Recently, there was a scandal involve the walking of 'grenades' into cartel hands.

Third, the drug cartels are experiencing the same indicators of an economic boom as all 'products'.   They have become cheaper and more potent.    In an article from MedicalXpress, we read that

"In the US, after adjusting for inflation and purity, the average street price of heroin, cocaine and cannabis fell by 81%, 80%, and 86%, respectively, whereas the purity and/or potency of these drugs increased by 60%, 11%, and 161%, respectively.  Similar trends were observed in Europe where, during the same period, the average price of opiates and cocaine, adjusted for inflation and purity, decreased by 74% and 51%, respectively, and in Australia, where the price of cocaine fell by 14% and the price of heroin and cannabis dropped by 49%.  In the US seizures of cocaine roughly halved between 1990 and 2010, but those of cannabis and heroin rose by 465% and 29%, respectively; in Europe seizures of cocaine and cannabis fluctuated, but seizures of heroin had risen 380% by 2009." These statistics signal economic success for the marketing and distribution efforts of the Cartels.

Fourth, the best reason to watch the film, "American Federale" is that you can see one human being struggle with his conscience in a world of pain and suffering.  Drug money.  Torture.  Bribery.  Extortion.  Lobo runs through the city of Ciudad Juarez, one of the most dangerous cities in the world.  He is threatened.  Tortured.  Kidnapped.  And more.  And through reflection and bearing his soul, Lobo finds new purpose.

"I did not live life good," he said, "but I am going to end it good."

You need to see Lobo's life and how he changes it.  Over a million people already have seen the trailer on YouTube.  And hope, for God's sake, that more people follow his path in "American Federale".



Mideast Tilts Toward Chaos - Nuclear, al Qaeda and more PDF Print E-mail
The Middle East roils and burn on multiple fronts, creating a vortex in which Israel will come under increased pressure.

Bashir Assad may be soon claiming a victory over the uprising but I believe that he's only tamped down burning embers.   The recent murder and torture of a 13 year old boy - with beatings and cigarette burns - has given a face to the uprising and the brutal repression.

Yemen, however, is breaking apart at the seams with a huge civil war looming.   The Yemeni President decided to attack a prominent tribal chief.  Bad move.

With Washington lacking any influence over the conflict’s actors, all it can do is sit back and watch as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and other Islamist militants extend their influence in tribal regions where military units have abandoned their posts and left their weapons stores exposed to looters.

President Saleh attacked Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar who leads a tribal confederation called the Hashid.  al-Ahmar leads the smaller

Read more... [Mideast Tilts Toward Chaos - Nuclear, al Qaeda and more]
Mubarak Resigns and Flees. Obama Gets Info From TV PDF Print E-mail
President Mubarak of Egypt resigned, whereby the Egyptian military assumed power.   The question remains how long will the Egyptian military maintain that power amidst a transition.  And if the Muslim Brotherhood will push for a more Islamic state.

CAIRO – Egypt exploded with joy, tears, and relief after President Hosni Mubarak resigned as president, forced out by 18 days of mass protests that culminated in huge marches Friday on his presidential palaces and state television. The military took power after protesters called for it to intervene and oust their leader of three decades.

And this ominous correlation...

His fall came 32 years to the day after the collapse of the shah's government in Iran.

WASHINGTON – Caught up in stunning news like the rest of the world, President Barack Obama was in an Oval Office meeting Friday when he learned of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation. He watched the celebration on television and prepared to make an afternoon statement.
Iranian Book Celebrating Suicide Bombers...Arizona Desert PDF Print E-mail

Since the terrorists have realized the U.S. has wide open border, unpoliced due to political correctness, they are taking advantage of these flaws in American security to enter our country.   Iranians and other Middle Easterners may have similar facial attributes in terms of skin pigmentation, etc., to fit in the smuggling ops.  They probably also have enough cash to go it alone, get expedited travel arrangements and security - probably from corrupt members of the Mexician military.   Who work with the drug cartels.


EXCLUSIVE: A book celebrating suicide bombers has been found in the Arizona desert just north of the U.S.- Mexican border, authorities tell Fox News.

The book, "In Memory of Our Martyrs," was spotted Tuesday by a U.S. Border Patrol agent out of the Casa Grande substation who was patrolling a route known for smuggling illegal immigrants and drugs.


Cybersecurity Exercise Proceeding PDF Print E-mail

The United States has key infrastructure to protect, including such mundane hi-tech functioning areas as water, power, natural gas, road systems, etc.,  If these basic areas were shut down, then chaos would ensue.   And our enemies are keenly aware of this potential vulnerability.

The Communist People's Republic of China has developed a signfiicant department within its military structure to attack the U.S. (and presumably our allies) through cyberattacks.  This tactics works with Sun Tzu's adage:  "“Let your plans be dark and as impenetratable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” This is an appropriate quote because the Chinese efforts are massive, hidden and effective:

In  "The Top 10 Chinese Cyberattacks (that we know of)",we highlight one example:

According to SANS Institute research director Alan Paller, “The problem is 1,000 times worse than what we see.” But the tip of the iceberg is still large. Here are some of the most damaging attacks on the U.S. government that have been attributed to Chinese government sponsorship or endorsement over the past few years:

1) Titan Rain - In 2004, an analyst named Shawn Carpenter at Sandia National Laboratories traced the origins of a massive cyber espionage ring back to a team of government sponsored researchers in Guangdong Province in China. The hackers, code named by the FBI “Titan Rain,” stole massive amounts of information from military labs, NASA, the World Bank, and others. Rather than being rewarded, Carpenter was fired and investigated after revealing his findings to the FBI, because hacking foreign computers is illegal under U.S. law. He later sued and was awarded more than $3 million. The FBI renamed Titan Rain and classified the new name. The group is still assumed to be operating.

6) Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and the 2003 blackout? - A National Journal article revealed that spying software meant to clandestinely steal personal data was found on the devices of then Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and several other officials following a trade mission to China in December 2007. That same article reported that intelligence officials traced the causes of the massive 2003 northeast blackout back to the PLA, but some analysts question the connection.

9) Ghostnet - In March, 2009, researchers inToronto concluded a 10-month investigation that revealed a massive cyber espionage ring they called Ghostnet that had penetrated more than 1,200 systems in 103 countries. The victims were foreign embassies, NGOs, news media institutions, foreign affairs ministries, and international organizations. Almost all Tibet-related organizations had been compromised, including the offices of the Dalai Lama. The attacks used Chinese malware and came from Beijing.


Counterattack By American Cybersecurity specialists:

Cyberstorm III Attacks Itself

Welcome to Cyber Storm III.

This is the third time that the Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with other federal agencies, is holding this global cybersecurity exercise. Previous Cyber Storm exercises were conducted in 2006, and again in 2008. For the first time, DHS will manage its response to Cyber Storm III from its new National Cybersecurity and Communications and Integration Center.


iPhone Forensics Helping Police Investigations PDF Print E-mail

A fascinating column on police forensics on iPhones.   Once book is called 'iPhone Forensics".    An article, written up about the iPhone's use in an investigation says:

"There's plenty of information an iPhone hangs onto," Jonathan Zdziarski, author of iPhone Forensics, told "For example, the iPhone takes a screen shot every time you hit the home button, including shots of your e-mail with the time stamped on it."

And these pieces of information are also critically useful in an investigation:

It's not difficult to understand law enforcement's enthusiasm for the iPhone. Equipped with GPS, a camera, and a Web browser, it can provide a wealth of data to police trying to track a criminal's movements and actions:

*  Mapping software will store locations you've searched or directions you've received.

*  The auto correcting typing feature of iPhones actually stores words you've typed, which could potentially be accessed months after a message was sent and deleted.

*  Photos taken with the phone can contain information about where, when and with which device the image was captured.

*  Web browser information is also often stored, such as reservations the owner has made or sites they have visited.

Critical Video: Border Threat from Terrorists PDF Print E-mail
It is ESSENTIAL to watch this video.
South Park Fighting for Free Speech PDF Print E-mail

'Muhammad' now a dirty word on 'South Park'

C1main_southparkstudios Now "South Park" can't even say the words "Prophet Muhammad."

After last week's episode of the Comedy Central series sparked a threat (and yes, it was certainly a threat) from a radical Islamic website, the network has cracked-down-for-their-own-good on creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone during last night's continuation of the show's storyline.

For those who missed the drama, the show's 200th episode last week mocked the one "celebrity" that the series has been largely unable to depict, the Prophet Muhammad, who was hidden from view in a bear costume. A U.S.-based website then warned Parker and Stone they could end up like Theo Van Gogh (the Dutch filmmaker who was murdered by Muslim extremists after depicting Muhammad on his show) and even posted the address of the show's production office. The site has since been shut down.

Britain: Cultural Sensitivity to Assault With Shoes PDF Print E-mail

Okay in Britain to assault with shoes because it's culturally sensitive.


Scotland Yard Sanctions Muslim Shoe Throwers: Allowed to Throw Shoes at Politicians, Police, etc

So now all of these flying projectiles are sanctioned and legal. One can only imagine a pair Richard Reid's shoes flying through the air. Good luck with that, asshats.




Crippling self-destruction. Bowing to "Islamic sensitivities" (and they are a sensitive lot, aren't they -- except when it comes to actual humanity), throwingshoes (even if it means hitting police and/or politicians) is now an accepted practice.

Next up, they'll be sanctioning Islamic terror, because, hey, that's an Islamic sensitivity, too.

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