#Narconoia Update: Mar. 21, 2014

March 21, 2014 in News

#Narconoia Update | This week, advances against Caballeros Templarios leadership have been soured by infighting among vigilante groups in Michoacan; autodefensa leader has been jailed on questionable allegations of double murder; plus news surrounding border corruption, political intrigue and more.

Theater of the Absurd: The Arrest of El Chapo Guzmán

March 4, 2014 in News

Guillermo Jimenez | In the theater of the absurd that is the War on Drugs, the rational gives way to the irrational — the logical to the illogical. We observe the narcotics supply-chain of individuals and the law enforcement apparatus, both trapped in seemingly hopeless situations…

Mexican Gang-Bangers Fighting in Syria? Not Quite

March 3, 2014 in TOR Blog

Danny Benavides | I caught an interesting link in my Twitter feed yesterday that I wanted to share on this blog and ruminate upon. Those of you that are reading this may already be familiar with some of the subjects Guillermo and I have discussed on previous TOR radio shows and podcasts…

Mexico’s Bin Laden: The Capture of Chapo Guzman Provides Illusory Victory in the Narcowar

February 25, 2014 in News

Danny Benavides | The End of an Era has been declared, loudly proclaimed in headlines throughout the world. Chicago’s “Most Wanted,” the “No. 1 drug kingpin” finally (re)captured in his own backyard. Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera (alias “El Chapo”), the world’s most notorious druglord…

When Narco Culture and Narco Reality Converge

February 6, 2014 in TOR Blog

Guillermo Jimenez | The phenomenon known as “narco cultura” (gangster culture) is one that, although recognized and studied for several decades, has seen gains in popularity and interest in recent years. The escalation of the drug war in Mexico and its consequent violence have given rise…

The Big Lie: Narco-Terrorist Boogeymen and Our Government Saviors

December 12, 2013 in TOR Blog

Guillermo Jimenez | The pretext for the enforcement of these laws, for the continued militarization of the border and local police, for the expansion of internal checkpoints and further sacrifices of personal liberty is, and has been for decades, the threat of drugs and those who traffic in them.

Release of DEA Agent Kiki Camarena’s “Murderer” Is Game Changer for CIA

August 12, 2013 in News

Bill Conroy | The recent release from a Mexican prison of Rafael Caro Quintero — a godfather in Mexico’s narco-trafficking world — rips a scab off a long metastasizing tumor in the US drug war. A Mexican federal court on Friday, Aug. 9, overturned Caro Quintero’s 40-year sentence after 28 years…

Capture of Zetas Leader Opens Door for More Mexico Violence

July 16, 2013 in News

InSight Crime | The capture of the Zetas leader Miguel Treviño, alias Z-40, may mean more violence in the near term as his minions fight for the most coveted brand name in Mexico’s underworld and his rivals move into his areas of influence. Treviño was captured at 3:45 a.m. Monday morning…

The Elite Mercenaries

July 13, 2013 in News

Ricardo Monreal Ávila | Juan Ignacio, 30, formed a current part of an elite group of the Mexican Navy. He joined the security force in 2007, a few weeks after having abandoned the Heroica Escuela Naval Militar de Antón Lizardo, in Veracruz, by express invitation by one of his physical coaches and teachers…

FBI Director Candidate Comey Complicit in “Dark Chapter” in US History

June 4, 2013 in News

Bill Conroy | Former Deputy Attorney General Played Leading Role in Cover-Up of US Government Informant’s Participation in Mass Murder in Mexico. President Barack Obama is expected to nominate former George W. Bush-era Deputy Attorney General James Comey as the next director of the FBI…