Saturday, September 29, 2012

AZMEX UPDATE 28-9-1212


Note: Another video with one of the shootout in PN, across river
from Eagle Pass, TX
Sounds like pretty good fire discipline overall with some full auto.

Note: or because it can be used as evidence? Very close working
relationship or many years with former US Atty. Dennis Burke.

Napolitano: I Don't Use E-mail. At All.
By Josh Smith
September 28, 2012 | 9:58 AM

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who is a key player in
national cybersecurity efforts, said on Friday she doesn't use e-mail.

"Don't laugh, but I just don't use e-mail at all," she said during a
discussion at a Cybersecurity Summit hosted by National Journal and
Government Executive. She didn't explain what communications tools
she does use.

President Obama, who appointed Napolitano, broke precedent by
carrying his own BlackBerry device. But in response to a question
about her personal cybersecurity practices, Napolitano said she
avoids many online services. "I don't have any of my own accounts.
Some would call me a Luddite," she said.

Napolitano is at the forefront of government efforts to better secure
American computer networks. A draft executive order is being
developed that could boost government oversight of certain private
networks, but Obama has yet to review or sign off on the draft, she
said at Friday's event.

Legislation aimed at giving DHS more authority to enforce security
standards for some private networks faltered in Congress over the
summer. Napolitano said that legislation is still needed and that she
doesn't see the proposals as government overreach.

"I don't view this as the government coming and telling you what to
do. Far from it," she said. Any standards would be administered
within a partnership between businesses and government, Napolitano said.

Jury convicts Gulf cartel manager in drug case
Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 6:26 pm
Associated Press |

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A federal jury in Texas convicted a manager
in Mexico's Gulf drug cartel on Friday of conspiring to possess and
import cocaine and marijuana.
Juan Roberto Rincon-Rincon had risen from the cartel boss' right-hand
man to plaza boss, controlling a lucrative stretch of smuggling
routes across the Rio Grande from Texas.
Jurors deliberated for more than two hours after prosecutors closed
their case by highlighting incriminating statements Rincon-Rincon
made shortly after he was captured last October.
"I am a commander of the Gulf cartel," Assistant U.S. Attorney Jody
Young told jurors in Spanish at the start of his closing argument.
The comment reflected the response that Rincon-Rincon eventually gave
agents when they asked who he was, Young said.
Rincon-Rincon then went on to explain how much of a cut he got from
each kilogram of marijuana that crossed the border from his territory
and said he had one smuggler working for him who moved 500 kilograms
per week into the U.S.
When you're a cartel member controlling your territory, you're
fighting for the market, Young said. "You're fighting for control of
the border, because you're fighting for us in this country."
He was captured by Border Patrol last October with three other men
near the river. He told authorities he was fleeing cartel infighting.
Prosecutors alleged that in his time as plaza boss, he oversaw the
smuggling of 1,100 pounds of marijuana per week into Texas and
collected taxes from those moving additional loads.
His attorney, Richard Zayas, had emphasized to jurors that the
government had not presented any evidence definitely linking Rincon-
Rincon to loads of drugs that entered the U.S.
Cooperating witnesses testified they saw Rincon-Rincon in Mexico with
drug loads and money received from drug smuggling, but the only
connection made to him and loads captured in Texas by Border Patrol
was the location where they were seized. They were found across the
Rio Grande from territory he allegedly controlled for a short period
in 2011.
Zayas tried to get Rincon-Rincon's statements to agents suppressed
before trial. He argued that his client hadn't slept in several days,
was fleeing for his life from cartel rivals and was told he would
only be prosecuted for illegal entry.
On Friday, the attorney argued that Rincon-Rincon took a cut of drugs
that other people moved through his territory, but was not
responsible for importing them.
"The Gulf cartel is not just about drugs. The Gulf cartel is about
extorting people," Zayas said. "Anything that is transported through
their area, they want you to pay the piso (toll)."
Prosecutors said they did not need to show that Rincon-Rincon brought
the drugs into the U.S. himself because the charges are for
conspiring to make that happen.

Mexico finds cartel radio network, 300-foot tower
The Associated Press
Posted: 09/28/2012 08:38:22 PM MDT

MEXICO CITY—Mexican navy personnel say they have found a radio
communications network operated by a drug cartel, complete with a 300-
foot (90-meter) transmission tower.
The navy says the radio equipment and several towers were found in
the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. The system reached into the
neighboring state of Tamaulipas.
The navy says the system was detected last week and marines moved in
to dismantle it.
Friday's statement does not say which cartel had operated the system.
But the Gulf cartel and the Zetas gang operate in the area and have
been known to operate such sophisticated communications systems.

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