Monday, April 8, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
These 2010 links are of value for multiple reasons. One of the reasons is that these 2010 video links provide observers of the Mexican Drug War a baseline/start point from which to make some judgments; one of those judgments is to try and assess if the situation in Mexico has improved, remained steady or worsened since at least 2010.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Vigilantes – Six Important Considerations
Here are six things to consider regarding the potential dangers associated with vigilante groups; bad image, perspectives of image, thermal runaway, proxies/infiltrators/subversives, losing control of the vigilante movement to extremists and defining an operational baseline and end state.
Monday, February 11, 2013
The word vigilante gives rise to negative thoughts and concerns to governments and citizens of a democratic society, even ill-functioning or crooked ones. Vigilantes are defined by some as self-appointed committees which organize to establish their own rule of law when the current legally sanctioned laws are, or perceived to be, inadequate. Some people view vigilantes as criminals amuck... indiscriminate murderers and holders of witch trials and executioners
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
How to Subvert the Mexican Drug Cartels Michoacán Style- Turning the Insurgent Center of Gravity into a Community Center of Gravity
Another Counter Cartel/Criminal Community Emerges
It began in Cheran in 2011when the indigenous population dissolved their local government for its inability to establish a safe and secure environment for its people. One year later, crime went down and the people established a safe and secure environment for its own people. Now in a town approximately 8 miles
to the 8 o’clock position of Cheran, another vigilante group stood up- this time in the Paracho municipality of Michoacán state in southern Mexico according to InsightCrime.org. The catalyst for the change is the same catalyst as what resulted change in Cheran, the people were tired of having their natural resources stolen, particularly lumber; kidnappings and disappearances of its own local citizens. Paracho also wanted to prosecute community policing efforts to undermine neutralize any cartel/criminal freedom of movement within their area.
What are the Citizens Doing?
Again, like Cheran, Paracho took charge of their own security by establishing checkpoints and roadblocks around September 2012 after the government of Mexico continued to fail at doing their job. People are tired of being bullied by the cartels and are now fighting back in some areas. This is the second town in Michoacán province that’s stood up a vigilante force. Coincidentally, Michoacán is the home President Felipe Calderon.
Why Communities are Stronger than the Cartels
The strength of the cartels does not lay in their guns, over even their own people. The strength of the cartels and criminal gangs lay in their ability to psychologically rape and control the mind and spirit of the community. Community vigilante groups turn this cartel/criminal strength by turning it into a liability by resisting the groups to the death. Cartel members cannot go on 24 hours a day, they have to rest. Meanwhile there are more citizens than cartel members and this is when they can be attacked. By communities resisting cartel/criminal groups, communities deny them freedom of movement, intelligence, communications and other capabilities needed to affect their operations.
You can read more, and see the video, about the bravery of the people of Cheran here - http://www.mexdrugcartels.com/2012/08/cheran-michoacan-mexico-failed.html
You can also read more about the importance of local community affecting psychological control over their environment - http://www.mexdrugcartels.com/2011/10/bottom-line-up-front-dominate.html
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Mexican hackers have taken over more than a dozen websites belonging to political parties and local governments and posted a message criticizing the government on the nation's Independence Day.