Mexican drug cartels borrowing tactics from international terrorists
11:33 PM CDT on Saturday, March 29, 2008
By ALFREDO CORCHADO / The Dallas Morning News
The use of training camps is just one tactic that Mexican drug cartels are
borrowing from international terrorists, U.S. and Mexican officials say.
Some officials have begun referring to cartel operatives as
In testimony before Mexico's Congress last fall, Genaro García Luna,
Mexico's public security minister and top law enforcement official, noted
the increasing use another terrorist tactic - using videos and the Internet
to spread fear. Cartels have made videos of executions and posted them on
the Internet - sometimes with music added.
"The delinquents, narco-traffickers are copying a pattern used by Middle
Eastern terrorists after Sept. 11, 2001," Mr. García Luna said, referring to
the videos. "...That's the most serious point in terms of combating
organized crime ... that a group of thugs, with this criminal strategy, can
generate fear and intimidate entire communities."
Another practice is the creation of clandestine cells in various locations
which are then called upon to carry out killings and otherignments.
Authorities said such cells exist in McAllen, Brownsville and Laredo, as
well as the Mexican cities of Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Matamoros.
Although drug cartels may be adopting the practices of international
terrorists, U.S. and Mexican officials stressed that there was no evidence
of Middle Eastern terrorists using training camps or operating in the
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