prevail against all obstacles designed to interdict. In El Salvador alone, the strong and violent Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang became a fertile recruiting ground for the Zetas. Law enforcement and government concerns and fears that powerful Zeta alliances would lead to jail breaks, to free previously captured gang members, became realities.
This insurgent-like equation became the new organized crime-terror nexus. Fear, intimidation, political tampering, kidnappings, murders, bombings, and torture became the norm. The organizational similarities of organized crime and terror merged to essentially form a single merchant of violence and death, available to the highest or most powerful bidder or survivor. Groups emerged as third generation gangs possessing extensive, asymmetrical warfare capabilities. The critical question that must be asked, again -- and much more vociferously: where are all of these
affected nation’s priorities,
strategies and proactive solutions to protect against TOCs using asymmetric tactics against the States and further threatening their nations' security and economy?
Many ask, “Just how real and serious is this?” As far back as
2009, the previous director of the CIA, General Michael Hayden,
stated: ‘‘Escalating violence along
the U.S.-Mexico border will pose the second greatest threat to U.S.