[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/americas/03/24/us.mexico.relations/art.mexico.juarez.afp.gi.jpg caption="A federal police officer guards a checkpoint earlier this month in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico."]
Documentary Filmmaker and Author
I’ve been documenting the Mexican drug cartels and their operations in Mexico and the U.S. on film and in print for the past four years. I’ve had a front row seat to one of the most violent and brutal uprisings in the history of our two countries and still I am amazed that so few people, especially within our government comprehend this problem and haven’t a clue as to the true effects it is having on our own society, economy and geopolitical landscape.
I’ve had the opportunity to get at close range to some of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in the world. Whether that has been a blessing or a curse remains to be seen, but nonetheless, it has given me insight to a situation that is not only dangerous, but frightening— to see first hand what they are successfully doing with the money, power and influence they are amassing by selling their wares to our own people and around the world.
The men that run these organizations are not a bunch of coked out cowboys, slinging their pistols in the air as they party day and night. No, these are intelligent, educated men with the resources to surround themselves with some of the sharpest minds on the planet. They run global, multi-billion dollar businesses that operate around the clock, around the world. They know the power of knowledge. They have the latest in technologies and weaponry available, they use satellites for communications and surveillance. They employ their own private armies, fully trained and armed to teeth, in order to protect their operations.
Narco-terrorism, is alive and well and it’s living amongst us, not just along our border but all over the U.S.
Want proof? Last week 750 operatives from the Sinaloa cartel were taken down in over 120 cities across the country - and I mean THIS country, the U.S. - before that last fall 500 operatives working for the Gulf cartel were arrested in an operation spanning the south. That’s 1,250 narco-terrorists operating on American soil, receiving their instructions from Mexico, all arrested here in the last six months.
Now that the Mexican military has moved in, the killings have decreased substantially but this may only be the calm before the storm. On tonight’s show you’ll see Anderson touring mass graves where victims had been left by the narco-insurgents warring for this region, others with unclaimed bodies, leaving it up to Mexican authorities to bury them until family members come forward to claim them. (Shockingly, many people don’t claim their loved ones here for fear that the cartels will retaliate against them as well) And what was most disturbing about our tour today, was the fifty or so empty graves sites that Mexican authorities had dug and ready to be filled. As we looked out over those empty grave sites it occurred to me and as I turned to Anderson I said “This war isn’t over and they [Mexican Authorities] know it.”
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