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Heavily-Armed Mexican Drug Cartel Shows Off New Military Toys in Video

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The Independent recently reported on a video where members of a rapidly growing Mexican cartel showed off military-style weaponry and armored pick-up trucks.

Mexican security officials are now investigating this video that was promoted by members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CING).

Alfonso Durazo, secretary of security and civilian protection, claims that this video was “propaganda” and is being reviewed in order to determine its veracity.

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He asserted that “there is no criminal group with the capacity to successfully challenge the federal security forces”.

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The report from the Independent noted that “Many of the vehicles parked on a dirt road in the video have improvised gun turrets or plate-steel armour welded onto them.”

A number of masked men, who donned bulletproof vests and brandished rifles were heard chanting they are “people of Mench.” Mencho refers to the nickname of Jalisco New Generation Cartel leader Nemesio Oseguera.

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador prefers a less confrontational approach to tackling drug cartels compared to his predecessors. He believes that pursuing poverty programs and fixing unemployment will solve the cartel problem.

AMLO ‘s “hugs, not bullets” strategy has received a substantial amount of criticism from analysts both domestic and foreign.

“They are sending a clear message… that they basically rule Mexico, not Lopez Obrador,” Mike Vigil, a former chief of international operations for the US Drug Enforcement Administration, said to Reuters.

Vigil believes that AMLO’s strategy had “only led these cartels to operate with more impunity”.

Falko Ernst, a senior analyst specializing in Mexican affairs for the International Crisis Group, believes that the video conveyed a resolute warning over potential retaliation against the government by the cartel.

“This video, taken yesterday in the Jalisco Sierra as I’m told, is more than clear in its message toward the fed gov: You come after us, and we will strike back,” Ernst tweeted.

He added: “Rather than a declaration of war, from my perspective it’s primarily geared at guarding the status quo, at a crucial time where the fed gov has to define its future posture regarding the CJNG.”

CJNG is seen as Mexico’s most powerful cartel, next to the Sinaloa Cartel, which was formerly led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

At the end of June, the cartel was suspected to be the perpetrator of an attack on Omar Garcia Harfuch, the Mexico City Public Security Chief.

The CJNG’s rapid ascent demonstrates the need for the U.S. to take border security seriously and completely seal off its border.

If it fails to do so, Mexican cartel violence will make its way up here.

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Thanks to Spineless, Establishment Republicans, Senate Panel Delays Vote to Subpoena Big Tech CEOs

Republicans Continue to Show Pathetic They are on the Issues that Matter Most

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America First nationalist’s hopes of having Big Tech CEOs testify before Congress about allegations of censorship directed towards the Right were temporarily dashed on October 19, 2020.

Politico reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee delayed plans to vote on subpoenas to force the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook to go before the Senate and be questioned about their anti-Right wing censorship policies.

Some Republicans ended up having cold feet and decided to postpone the vote much to the disappointment of right wing activists who have complained about Big Tech’s anti-free speech policies.

President Donald Trump and a number of nationalist Republicans have sharply criticized Facebook and Twitter over their censorship of a controversial New York Post report that exposed Hunter Biden, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, and his corrupt behavior.

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Originally, GOP officials in the Judiciary Committee announced plans to hold a markup on October 20 to determine if they would subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to get his perspective on allegations concerning his company’s policies that muzzle conservative viewpoints. Twitter denies claims regarding Twitter’s censorship policies.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who is the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, revealed that the planned vote would also call on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify.

The panel stated on October 19 that it would determine whether they would issue subpoenas during a executive session on October 22 where it will also allegedly approve Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The committee declared in a statement that it will maintain negotiations with the companies “to allow for voluntary testimony” by the CEO. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, the panel will proceed to take a vote on the subpoenas “at a date to be determined.”

The subpoenas would compel the tech big wigs to testify on the reports of “suppression and/or censorship” of New York Post stories and on “any other content moderation policies, practices, or actions that may interfere with or influence elections for federal office,” according to a committee document released on October 19.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is the chair of the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution said to reporters that he’s expecting the committee to preside over testimonies from the Twitter and Facebook chiefs “shortly” regardless of whether they come to the decision on their own volition.

“One way or another, either voluntarily or pursuant to subpoena, they will testify and they will testify before the election,” Cruz stated.

In a separate hearing for the Senate Commerce Committee, Zuckerberg and Dorsey will join Google CEO Sundar Pichai on October 28 for a hearing on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which generally shields Big Tech companies from a liability.

Cruz, who is a member of both Judiciary and Commerce committees, wants each panel to carry out their own hearings with the tech chiefs before election day. “I believe we need a separate hearing in Judiciary because the issues being discussed in the two committees are different,” Cruz remarked.

Big Tech has become too powerful, especially during a time when social media has become the de facto public square. Republicans will need to get serious about making online speech receive the same treatment as general political speech.

 

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