Saturday, July 23, 2011

Zetas may be smuggling weapons using State Dept. program - Chaparral, Columbus & southern NM roads

The brutally violent Zetas drug organization may be smuggling military-grade weapons through El Paso and Columbus, N.M., to feed its ongoing battles against other cartels and to possibly disrupt the 2012 elections in Mexico. Phil Jordan, a former director of the DEA's El Paso Intelligence Center and a former CIA operative, said the Zetas have shipped large amounts of weapons through the El Paso area. "They are purchasing weapons in the Dallas area and are flying them to El Paso, and then they are taking them across the border into Juárez," said Jordan, a law enforcement consultant and former DEA official who still has contacts in the law enforcement community. Jordan said the Zetas were flying weapons caches out of the Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, and after they arrive in the El Paso vicinity, the Zetas smuggled them into Juárez. "What's ironic is that the DEA also uses the Alliance Airport for some of its operations," Jordan said. "The Zetas were working out of a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in the Dallas area to smuggle the weapons to the border." The DEA has its Aviation Operations Center at Alliance. Robert "Tosh" Plumlee, a former CIA contract pilot, supported Jordan's allegations and said the Zetas allegedly also purchased property in the Columbus-Palomas border region to stash weapons and other contraband. He said purchasing property and setting up a weapons-smuggling network suggests that the Zetas were establishing a staging area for their operations. Earlier this month, Plumlee had a debriefing with the Border Patrol in Las Cruces about the intelligence he gathered when he accompanied the U.S. military's Task Force 7 along the border. The military, which assists civilian law enforcement in counter-drug operations, was looking into allegations of gun smuggling along the border. "The military task force became concerned that its information about arms smuggling was being compromised," Plumlee said. "From the intel, it appears that a company was set up in Mexico to purchase weapons through the U.S. Direct Commercial Sales program, and that the company may have had a direct link to the Zetas." Under the Direct Commercial Sales program, the U.S. State Department regulates and licenses businesses to sell weapons and defense services and training for export. Last year, according to U.S. statistics, the program was used to provide Mexico $416.5 million worth of weapons and equipment, including military-grade weaponry. Plumlee said military-grade weapons were found in a Juárez warehouse two years ago, and some of them were moved later to a ranch elsewhere in Juárez. Arms stash houses have also been reported in places across the border from Columbus and Antelope Wells, N.M. "They've found anti-aircraft weapons and hand grenades from the Vietnam War era," Plumlee said. Other weapons found include grenade launchers, assault rifles, handguns and military gear including night-vision goggles and body armor. "The information about the arms trafficking was provided to our U.S. authorities long before the 'Columbus 11' investigation began," said Plumlee, referring to recent indictments accusing several Columbus city officials of arms trafficking in conjunction with alleged accomplices in El Paso and Chaparral, N.M. Plumlee, who has testified before U.S. congressional committees about arms and drug trafficking, said the roads in Southern New Mexico provide smugglers easy access to Mexico's highway networks...more

We can all be assured that Bingaman's attempt to designate a quarter of a million acres in southern NM as Wilderness won't complicate things a bit. Can't we?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How coincidental is it that Arizona's own Congressman "Boycott" Grijalva has introduced a bill to greatly expand the border wilderness area where Agent Brian Terry was murdered, that Agent Terry was murdered (assassinated?) because his unit was ordered to suicidally fire bean bags at five men armed with AK-47s when they knew better, that this fact was covered up by DHS, that the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area on Arizona's Southern border is a 40 mile long inroad to the USA through which the Border Patrol cannot take motorized vehicles due to BLM regulations, that the border fence on the south end of that area is nothing but a Normandy fence,and that on the western edge of that area directly on the Mexican side is a warehouse and a barracks where the Mexican Army allegedly protects drug shipments into the USA? Is it coincidental that Hezbollah is working with the drug cartels on the Arizona border? Is it just a coincidence that the federal bureaucracies including USDA, DOI and others are suddenly all creating new ILLEGAL regulations that not only violate existing laws passed by Congress but attempt to usurp the authority of Congress? Is it a coincidence that the Obama Administration is telling lies about border security and suing any state that tries to give itself relief from the federal government's refusal to secure our border?

All these issues are painting a grim picture of the Obama Administration's and the Progressive (progressively authoritarian) Caucus, flagrantly disregarding the value of human life while doing everything in their power to destroy our Constitution and impose a new "reformed" government. It also suggests they may be deliberately setting up a violent invasion into the United States of America paid for off the backs of the American taxpayers. Bush is guilty for laying the groundwork. When the mayhem finds its momentum, and it will if we the people don't stop it, we can expect an executive order of martial law. My how convenient for a communist or Islamic takover and the confiscation of guns, kiss your Constitutional rights goodbye. These people are not our "representatives," they are our nation's enemy.