Monday, May 3, 2010
Mexico as Part of Narco-terrorists Ideology of Greed
By Jerry Brewer
As a death toll continues to
mount significantly from escalating violence and mayhem, yet criminal proceeds soar beyond those of traditional industries,
does a nation consider stopping the fight and nationalizing it?
If so, the laws and strategies
originally in place designed to destroy it cease being recognized as anything other than crime at all. As a culture matures to the presence of a formidable organized criminal influence of great power and wealth,
the external threat appears more ominous than the internal threat.
What eventually occurs both internally
and externally is the exploitative nature of the illicit contraband. This exploitation
becomes graphically visible in the safety of the streets, and in the readiness or abilities of police, government and the
courts to respond in a timely and effective manner. Too, the culture faces a
myriad of moral challenges, manifested in the behavior of youth, honesty in government, and the price paid for their homes.
Armies and their weaponry have
destabilized nations throughout history. However, an enemy that flies no flag
but ruthlessly mounts transnational assault for massive profits with superior firepower that easily matches or even surpasses
military capabilities is a global threat to mankind.
In the case of Mexico drug trafficking
organizations (DTOs) supply the demand for illegal narcotics, plus they are involved in other related criminal activities.
The awesome endeavor of meeting
the demands and challenges that confront DTOs to continue to reap the billions of U.S. dollars in revenue from supply, is
a continuing revolving door of risk. Bulk profits must flow unimpeded back to
the trafficking organizations. This currency must find its way via much more
complex and twisted routes and venues than the commodity itself.
Facilitators of this process
must be paid along all channels, from growers/producers, transporters, the warehousing, and even police and government officials. Logistics must be constantly updated and strengthened, new smuggling routes strategized,
and rivals eliminated. The final dollars reach the top of the DTO’s organized
criminal hierarchy as the final stop, and in most instances this money will need to be laundered in actual or seemingly legitimate
business/industry. Some of it may even be invested in communities.
The narco dollar never really
comes to rest. The criminal interdiction and successful policing of the narcotics
trade therefore must follow the dollars among people to the organizational hierarchy of leadership/management. That route is always the direction to the source of final destination, minus the intentional turns and
curves of inherent deception, personal security, and even electronic assistance. This
much like a terrorist/assassin who knows that it is easy to attack their personal target once their place of residence and
place of employment is known and they remain predictable between the two locations.
Let’s face it realistically
and factually, most narcotics interdiction is directed at commodity. It appears
to be about seizure because that has value — it is visible and has impact for the media, and it is exciting to see bulks
of seized drugs.
The fact is that narcotics can’t
be controlled at the borders. If you took all of the drugs in the world and placed
them in a single location, you would have nothing but a huge mound of eventual decay.
You can’t put it in jail or question it about its handlers. The
problem is with people and it leads to the top of the pyramid of conspirators.
Conspiracy is believed to be
as old as the beginning of mankind. The first conspirators were believed to simply
be a man, a woman, and a reptile; the first item of contraband was the apple. The
arrest and conviction superseded the need to warehouse or exploit the fruit.
When strategizing against
commodity you see the obvious route and link that leads from grower/manufacturer to the consumer. Therefore, production at its source must be an integral part of the enforcement-based strategy, as well
as the abilities to reduce demand. All in between that equation is the hell or
purgatory that results in murder with impunity, torture, and the blood-stained illicit product for sale.
What steps must continue
to induce source-country foreign governments to stop producing, and halt/curtail drug product?
Diplomacy must not fail. Diplomatic, military, and intelligence strategies
play key strategic roles in this theater of operations.
There remains an ever-growing
push for quantity and quality of product that culminates in yet greater wealth and power for some at the expense of many. Pessimism in this light is well-founded. The
only limitations appear to be the limitations on their own ingenuity.
Jerry Brewer is C.E.O. of Criminal Justice International Associates, a global risk mitigation firm
headquartered in Miami, Florida. His website is located at www.cjiausa.org.