October 13, 2010
According to CNN, the severed head of the lead investigator in the Falcon Lake murder case, Rolando Armando Flores Villegas, was delivered to the Mexican military in a suitcase.
“His head was delivered to the army garrison this morning in a suitcase after he failed to report back home last night,” Zapata County, Texas, Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr. said.
The report that Villegas was murdered appeared after the Tamaulipas state attorney general’s office provided conflicting information on whether authorities were looking for a pair of suspects in the case of David Michael Hartley’s disappearance. The murder of Villegas has fueled speculation that Hartley was killed by drug cartel enforcers.
Hartley was shot in the back of the head on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake in Texas while jet-skiing there with his wife on September 30. Tiffany Hartley escaped the gunfire by assailants described by the corporate media as “pirates.” She returned to the American side of the 60-miles-long “big fishing paradise” that straddles the U.S.-Mexican border after attempting to rescue her husband but was forced to abandon his body when the gunmen opened fire on her.
The attack on the Hartleys is not an isolated case. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, gunmen armed with AK-47s and AR-15 rifles have attacked American tourists on Falcon Lake during a number of robberies in recent months. Gunmen use Argos-type fishing boats and are often dressed as Mexican police. Others have used duct-taped signs to disguise their boats as Texas Parks and Wildlife vessels, victims report. Since April 30, five incidents of armed robbery or attempted theft have been reported on the lake.
Humberto Palomares, a security expert at the Tamaulipas campus of the Colegio de Frontera Norte, told the Christian Science Monitor on October 7 that Mexican drug cartel thugs now claim to own public spaces.
Mexican drug cartels not only claim to own and control public spaces in Mexico, but also in the United States. In June, the U.S. ceded part of southern Arizona to the drug cartels. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said that a wide corridor of Arizona from the border North to the outskirts of Phoenix is effectively controlled by the cartels. In June, a drug cartel threatened police in Arizona after they confiscated a marijuana shipment. “The threats appear credible because various informants were able to identify the officers who intercepted the drug load,” ABC News reported.
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In response to the situation in Mexico, the Obama administration said crime on the border is down, an assertion obviously at odds with reality. For more than two years, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials have been warning that the dramatic rise in violence along the southwestern border could eventually target U.S. citizens and spread into this country. Violence against Americans visiting Mexico has risen significantly over the last few years. According to the State Department, 79 U.S. citizens were killed last year in Mexico, up from 35 in 2007. In Juarez, across border from El Paso, Texas, 23 Americans were killed in 2009, compared with two in 2007.
After the Hartley story surfaced, the corporate media insinuated that Tiffany Hartley had fabricated it.
On Monday, David Michael Hartley’s widow said that she was frustrated by the lack of response from the federal government.
Mexico is now a narco state controlled by powerful and murderous drug cartels.
In large parts of the country, the drug cartels employ up to one-fifth of the population and own everyday businesses such gyms and a day-care centers. “We are approaching that red zone,” Edgardo Buscaglia, an expert on organized crime at the Autonomous Technological University of Mexico, told AZCentral in February. “There are pockets of ungovernability in the country, and they will expand.”
In July, it was reported that nearly 50 candidates and public figures were assassinated in the run up to Mexico’s 2010 state elections. Political murders have also targeted Americans. In March, a U.S. Consulate worker in Ciudad Juarez was ordered murdered by high-ranking drug cartel enforcer.
The drug cartel takeover of Mexico was facilitated in part by American banks. In June, it was discovered that Wachovia Corp. and Bank of America were involved in laundering drug money for the cartels. “This was no isolated incident,” Bloomberg reported. “Wachovia, it turns out, had made a habit of helping move money for Mexican drug smugglers. Wells Fargo & Co., which bought Wachovia in 2008, has admitted in court that its unit failed to monitor and report suspected money laundering by narcotics traffickers — including the cash used to buy four planes that shipped a total of 22 tons of cocaine.”
Kurt Nimmo edits Infowars.com. He is the author of Another Day in the Empire: Life In Neoconservative America.