Aug 7, 2011

Experts: Mexican cartels are militarizing for the war

Report: Mexican drug cartels adopting military tactics
(ATF investigates alleged arms-smuggling by Zetas in El Paso, Texas border area)
by Diana Washington Valdez \ El Paso Times
Mexican drug cartels are using military weapons and tactics while also recruiting Texas teenagers to carry out their operations, which are evolving into full-blown criminal enterprises, experts said.

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven C. McCraw said last week in a report given to Congress that the cartels "incorporate reconnaissance networks, techniques and capabilities normally associated with military organizations, such as communications intercepts, interrogations, trend analysis, secure communications, coordinated military-style tactical operations, GPS, thermal imagery and military armaments, including fully automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and hand grenades."
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