Threatening cartel billboards warning police to choose 'silver over lead' come complete with hanging mannequins appearing in Texas
5-25-14 Lyle J. Rapacki, Ph.D.
FOR YOUR ANALYSIS AND CONSIDERATION:
And the beat goes on…as does the push into the United States by the Transnational cartels. El Paso, Texas and along the I-10 corridor messages are beginning to appear in blunt fashion to intimidate law enforcement. Our southern border with Mexico remains unsecure with no intentions to reverse the onslaught continuing to flow northward from Mexico and destinations further south. The preponderant majority of elected officials, from both American political parties, merely engage in Kabuki theatre and talk on matters associated with the border, except six months prior to an election that effects them personally…then the rhetoric and swash buckling step up in volume and manner to lull the citizens back into a state of tranquility. Little to nothing changes along the border. The Border Wars continue. The killings continue. The drugs continue. The human trafficking continues. Rapes in the desert continue – even of young girls! Illegals making their way into America continues. Other-then-Mexican, illegals from countries extremely hostile to America making their way into America continues. Mexican military troops come across the border into American territory and hold Border Patrol Agents at gunpoint. American ranchers have their land, cattle, machinery destroyed. Little to nothing changes except the words of many politicians who struggle to locate new rhetoric sounding impressively strong against open borders and fed-up; but then it is campaign season and time to take the unsecure border of America talking points off the back burner and bring it forward for a few months.
Those Arizona State Legislators who attempt to secure the safety of Arizona business and citizens are named “racist”, and worse! Selected Arizona Legislators are targeted for hate mail and campaigns to rid them from the scene. I continue to be stunned by those who view border security, the National Security of the United States, the sovereignty of a country a racial issue. Texas Legislators face the same onslaught of hate. In Arizona, we have brave County Sheriffs who are holding the line and fighting the good fight to stem what I have mentioned above, and worse! Sheriffs in Cochise County, Arizona, Graham County, Arizona, Pinal County, Arizona, Yuma County, Arizona…and even in northern Arizona counties like Navajo County, Arizona and Gila County, Arizona – the Sheriff in each of the stated counties have deployed deputies, equipment, man-hours, funds they can barely afford in the fight against the hordes flowing northward across the border and into America. This is not to suggest other Sheriffs are not confronted with the ugly criminal element within the drug/illegal entry populations; we now know cartels have networks established in 1,200 cities across America. The Sheriffs in the Southwest are outmanned and outgunned in some circumstances, and they are fighting organizations with a seemingly endless amount of cash and other resources. The Sheriffs and state elected officials also are fighting a Washington establishment pushing to collapse the borders of the United States, both north and south, so a new North American Union can be established.
Much more than land, private property, citizen and community security are being trampled with the continuing inbound march of illegals into America. Our Nation’s Constitution, Immigration Laws which help provide order, the Rule of Law, State and National sovereignty are also being trampled upon. Our culture, founding beliefs and principles, our historic values…all intended to be compromised and rewritten. The warning to law enforcement in El Paso, Texas is that the cartels are stepping up their operations and shall become more emboldened, more severe, because you dare to stand in their way. I pray you stand firm Texas.
LYLE J. RAPACKI, Ph.D.
Protective Intelligence and Assessment Specialist
Consultant at Behavioral Analysis and Threat Assessment
Private-Sector Intelligence Group
U.S. Border Intelligence Group
Threat: The translation of the painted vandalism means 'silver or lead' which is meant to mean that police officers and business owners should either accept bribes or expect gunshots
Scary: A mannequin wearing a suit and tie was seen hanging from a noose from the El Paso billboard 'This symbol has historically been used by Mexican drug cartels to threaten or intimidate Mexican citizens, business owners and government officials; however, we have never experienced this in El Paso,' local police said in a press release about the vandalism.
Second incident: The second message was written over an existing Drug Enforcement Agency billboard calling for the capture of drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero
The second instance of vandalism had a more obtuse warning, but the theme ran through since the message was written on an existing Drug Enforcement Agency billboard.
The message was different this time, as the paint read: 'Dying for drugs' was written over a wanted poster calling for the capture of drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero.
This second mannequin was dressed in jeans rather than the suit and tie from the other instance.
The mannequins were a particularly jarring image for many familiar with the drug war, as some of the most violent drug lords south of the border regularly hang offenders off highway overpasses.
While a warning from drug lords seems like one of the most likely prospects, KHOU reports that prosecutors have another theory that the vandalism also could have been caused by activist groups working against the war on drugs.
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