The recent documented incidents revealing the barbaric methods that Mexican border authorities use to get information from cartel members has shocked most of the world.
However, local residents and former soldiers are not opposed to these tactics.
These methods have received major criticism from human rights groups and the media ever since they were exposed. Specifically, the video that started the uproar was published on Mexican News and Breitbart Texas, which showed Mexican soldiers and police officials using a trash bag to suffocate a woman during an interrogation to get her to talk.
This only started a media frenzy with more reports of abuse on captured cartel members by Mexican officials. Breitbart Texas released photos of the cruel and unusual punishment by a Mexican special forces marine, who forced cartel bosses to where women’s lingerie and pose in embarrassing situations together.
Even though most are appalled by the actions of the Mexican border officials, local residents believe that this is what the cartel members deserve because the drug cartels have equally as violent methods. A former Mexican soldier defended the torture in an interview for AFP in Mexico City by saying that these brutal techniques are the only way to get the cartel members to speak. But, government authorities shouldn’t be slumming to the level of criminals.
Evidently, drug cartels are still very much at large in Mexico as they continue to leave a trail of destruction and death in the country.
While Mexican police are torturing the capture drug cartel members, former Mexican president and Hillary Clinton supporter, Vicente Fox aims to negotiate with them.
“It is a priority to come to an agreement with the criminals to get them to stop killing each other and killing our youth,” said Fox in a TV interview to Mexican journalist Carlos Martin.
Local residents disagree with Fox’s “diplomatic” approach, especially because he is seen as part of the reason for the rapid growth of the drug cartel during his term. Not to mention, it’s highly unlikely that the drug cartel will respond peacefully. The government should be taking action, but not by using violent and abusive methods.
Editor’s Note: Fox’s stance reminds me of the Neville Chamberlain appeasement policies with respect to Hitler. It cannot possibly have a good outcome.
The cartels are criminels who effectively occupy ground in Mexico, as bad as or worse than any foreign invader. If concessions are made to the traffickers that allow them to continue to operate, Mexican citizens have lost their right of vote and Mexico is no longer democratic.
As a former intelligence officer, I can tell you this is a difficult situation for Mexico. Despite the brave efforts of individual cartel fighting units, the leadership has never been able to stand up to the narcotraffickers. It is a matter of corruption and lack of political will.
But this is not as easy as it sounds. Besides unlimited resources to buy off politicians, the narcotraffickers have been able to penetrate Mexican police, military and intelligence units. Their recruitment pitch works instantly “OK Juan, we want you to work with us now. Either we pay you $50,000 per month, or we can rape your children in front of you, torture your wife, and kill you slowly! Please choose!” It rarely fails.