Narconoia Podcast 1: Peña Nieto’s “Captured without a Shot Fired” Narco-Theater

Danny Benavides
March 26, 2015


Narconoia Podcast 1 (3/22/15) : Peña Nieto’s “Captured without a Shot Fired” Narco-Theater

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto set out to approach the country’s War on Drugs without the brute-force for which his predecessor Felipe Calderón Hinojosa had been criticized. Like Obama after Bush, Peña Nieto too has chosen to ignore his own promises and wage Mexico’s Drug War as before, with thousands of military troops and federal police deployed throughout the country and with plenty of press, pageantry, and propaganda. Ignore the blood stains.

In this inaugural installment of the Narconoia podcast, Danny rants about the Mexican government’s farcical “high-value target” captures and the inevitable narco perp-walk sideshow that follows. It’s a wall-to-wall propaganda effort, from the ridiculous media production that was the perp-walk of Guerreros Unidos sicario boss Felipe Rodríguez Salgado (“El Cepillo”) — wherein he grips a water bottle behind his back to simulate restraint by handcuffs — to the dubious Official Narratives put forth by the Attorney General’s office (Procuraduría General de la República) pertaining to the arrests of Servando Gómez Martínez (“La Tuta”), Joaquín Guzmán Loera (“El Chapo”), the Treviño Morales brothers (“Z-40″ & “Z-42″), and other high-profile capos. Numerous druglords have been captured or killed during Enrique Peña Nieto’s term, including the aforementioned heavy hitters, yet the violence associated with organized crime continues to threaten Mexican society and industry.

Guerreros Unidos sicario Felipe Rodriguez Salgado, "El Cepillo" (with water bottle)

Guerreros Unidos sicario Felipe Rodriguez Salgado, “El Cepillo” (with water bottle)

Desperately in need of both maintaining “stability” in cartel-run municipalities and presenting the facade of the restoration of law and order, Los Pinos is conducting an all-out propaganda offensive. But how is a true threat to the establishment of Mexico really treated by authorities? Why are government officials and law enforcement authorities seldom held accountable? Why does the United States government continue to support the failed War on Drugs in Mexico? All this and more in the first episode of the Narconoia podcast.

The Narco-Theater (YouTube supplemental) – watch all the perp-walk propaganda here


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