2011 October 09 Sunday
True Paramilitary Groups Operating In Mexico?

Paramilitaries operating outside the law in Mexico to kill drug cartel members?

MEXICO CITY Top Mexican security officials said Thursday that there is no evidence that true paramilitary groups are operating in Mexico, countering video boasts by a shadowy group of masked men who asserted responsibility for the torture-murder of 35 alleged drug cartel members last week.

Mexico looks to be following Colombia's path. Recall that the Los Pepes paramilitary group in Colombia played a big role in bringing down Pablo Escobar. Mark Bowden wrote a book about it. Los Pepes may have been funded in part by rival drug cartels. But the CIA or US special forces probably helped Los Pepes too. Here's a Borderland Beat discussion forum debate on whether Mexico needs paramilitaries to hunt down and kill their drug lords. Los Pepes went around killing people who supported Escobar in any way. So people just doing white collar services for Escobar got offed. Given the extensive corruption of Mexico such severe measures might be the only way to bring down the drug lords and stop the violence.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2011 October 09 11:06 AM  Mexico

bbartlog said at October 9, 2011 12:04 PM:

Aside from legalization, one other sensible proposal is to always focus most law enforcement efforts on whichever cartel is the most violent at the time. While this would not end the drug trade it should push the cartels to become less pernicious.

ziel said at October 11, 2011 6:39 AM:

If this were to happen in the U.S. our constitution provides a means for addressing it - Congress could declare an insurrection and suspend habeas corpus, allowing such cartels to be treated as enemy combatants. I don't know whether Mexico lacks such a provision or is too corrupt to even pull that off.

Three's Company said at October 14, 2011 6:02 PM:

"Congress could declare an insurrection and suspend habeas corpus, allowing such cartels to be treated as enemy combatants"

They are already treated as enemy combatants. The president Calderon declared war on them. (Unilaterally and without consulting the Mexican Congress, by the way)

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