Los Zetas, an infamous Mexican cartel, is apparently lowering its standards--it's now recruiting Americans.
Previously, Zetas recruited largely based on skill, with ex-police and ex-military folk targeted. Now? Turns out that American citizenship has its share of perks, especially for a foreign group trying to operate in the United States, and that counts as skill enough.
According to the FBI report released to Public Intelligence, Zetas hopes that American members will help improve the cartel's access to arms, as Americans have an easier time getting weapons, like AK-47s, and passing them South.
It is unclear how much less safe this makes Americans, if it makes them less safe at all. Zetas is involved in some intense violence, but it's clear that the cartel has suffered attrition. By moving away from its ex-police and ex-military recruiting standard, Zetas is diluting its security mindset. American citizens may provide some new access to the country, but they are also vulnerable targets. Sitting across the border, these new recruits might be the easiest mark for either law enforcement or a rival cartel.
Bringing in new recruits unfamiliar with the organization and the way cartels work also weakens the command and control abilities of cartel leaders. There is a hint of desperation in this move, because of all the new weaknesses it introduces into what had been a formidable organization. There's a chance this will revitalize the cartel, and provide more avenues for laundering money and buying arms, but to me it reads as almost a desperate play by a wounded creature.
Allow me be the first to post. Where is the science in this? Seems more like a flat out news article to me, without an angle to appeal to the readership.
@ Rapier153 ; Criminal Science. Security.
Now I'd like to be first, to point out that this is not actually news, or at least not currently breaking. It's common knowledge in southern border states, well known in cities, and it ain't news to hardly anyone that received this report if they do anything at all for real in their job of staying current on what these particular type of gangbangers do.
Mules. Anchor wife-momma. Street level pushers. Legal, nondescript drivers with generic vehicles. Anyone willing to commit violence to any of their enemies. Property owners. Do I need go on? Business managers. University or school students. Anyone with computer or tech knowledge. ANY local, state, or federal public employee.
@Rapier - PopSci has been hijacked by a bunch of liberals. What this is is an attempt at propaganda for gun control. You will note that the whole premise of the article is that Mexican Drug cartels want to hire americans so that they can use them to get guns. Unfortunately for the propagandist in question there are two glaring flaws in using this to piece to push their agenda:
1. Mexico has some of the strictest gun laws in the world yet it is one of the most dangerous places in the world (similar to Chicago). Physical evidence that gun laws only harm innocent people that wish to protect themselves. Criminals do not adhere to laws - thats why we call them criminals.
2. If the Mexican drug cartel needs guns all they need do is ask Eric Holder to provide them.
@ johncos ; So when did this hijacking take place? Get a clue. Just as other media, PopSci deals in what's hot at the time within their sphere. Gun control? Yer kiddin, right? As a lifelong PopSci reader I can tell you that with no doubt, guns are hardly the most dangerous things being tracked and reported on in this magazine. Zetas are gunrunners and drug dealers. Have been for a long time. This latest run at our Right to defend hasn't meant a damn thing to the Zetas-other than the real possibility that if the attack on our Right had been successful, groups like the Zetas would REALLY be running iron. They'd be supplying U.S. citizens en masse. It's not like anyone can stop them, obviously; or they would have by now.
I do find it quite strange though, that we will throw a trillion dollars at Afghanistan and Iraq who weren't killing Americans until we started shooting them first, but we won't kill off assholes like the Zetas; running guns and drugs within our own borders.