Monday, August 9, 2010

The Cypress Times Does It Again

Just over two weeks ago, the Cypress Times reported that a standoff between local law enforcement and Zeta members had taken place.  Confirmation was based on anonymous accounts from Laredo Police Department personnel.  The writer (Diggers Realm) explained how two privately-owned ranches along Mines Rd. had been taken over by the Mexican drug gang.  The Examiner went as far as to call it an "act of war."  It all started when San Diego Minutemen founder Jeff Schwilk tipped off consevative blogs.  The Cypress Times ran with it, but the story was quickly denounced by local media.  Via the LMT (N.Georgiou):
But officials with the Laredo Police Department, Webb County Sheriff’s Department and Border Patrol said they knew nothing about such an incident, while Erik Vasys, an FBI spokesman in San Antonio, said the agency does not comment on rumors.
In an attempt to salvage whatever shred of credibility it can, Cypress is trying to concoct an explanation for its July 24 writing, again using anonymous sources.  John G. Winder reports that local residents have come forward (anonymously) to confirm the "widely known dirty little secret" of home seizures by Zeta gang members.  
It is from this direct contact that we've now been able to piece together what most probably occurred on July 24 and we've learned that this "reported" ranch takeover is only one of many.
Nice caveat (emphasis mine).  In an effort to appeal to the xenophobes among us, Winder goes on to describe law enforcement efforts as "impotent" and the Zeta's actions as a threat to our country.  Not just the border, but our entire country.  And even though he titles the new article "Probable Explanation Of The Takeover Of Texas Ranches.....," he inserts an account of how exactly these supposed takeovers occur to hopefully add credence to his thinking.
Los Zetas and/or other Mexican Drug Cartels, come across the porous border in a caravan which includes several vehicles, all carrying heavily armed men.  They pick out a ranch or home in Texas that is strategically positioned for an upcoming drug transaction.  The men, who are armed like an army, enter the residence and tell the owners to leave.
Now it's not just the Zetas, but other Mexican Drug Cartels (all capitalized - it makes it more official)  And they come across by caravan!!!  Ala madre!!!  I thought vehicles maneuvering through bodies of water (Rio Grande) were reserved for James Bond flicks.

The home seizures, according the Winder AND THE CYPRESS TIMES, are fleeting.  Cartel members swoop in and take off before officials realize what happened.  When they're done, they leave and the homeowners return.
These incursions can last as little as a few minutes or as long as an hour or two.  This is apparently what occurred on 7/24 and was reported here and at DiggersRealm.  This explanation matches up with the information reported, and explains why "nothing" was going on in that area later.
Actually, what was reported on July 24 was that of a standoff between the Zetas and law enforcement.  And the Examiner details how the whole incident took place over many hours, not just two. 

I don't negate the fact that Zetas reside in Laredo and that local law enforcement officials continually ask for resources from the federal government to help them fight drug importation.  But to make up outlandish stories of home invasions and then try to justify them with assumptions is insulting and egregious.  If it's fear that you're trying to instill in us, at least have the courtesy of keeping your story straight. And it doesn't hurt to have some knowledge of local topography. 

Mr. Winder and the Cypress Times has an audience to cater to but please go sell crazy somewhere else, we're all stocked up here (thank you Jack Nicholson).

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