The term "drug cartel" is criticized yet ubiquitous. Agents impose it to construct cases. Yet organized crime networks unleashing death are very real.
People are uncomfortable with the term "cartel" for these large crime organizations because it doesn't "Other" these orgs sufficiently far away from evoking capitalism; even tho' they are the ultimate form of unregulated, "might makes right" capitalism in the modern world.
Maybe they should just be called NGOs.
Thanks Ioan. If your readers would like to follow-up on your excellent overview, they might consider reading chapter 7 of my book Drug Wars and Covert Netherworlds. I can send an excerpt of that chapter to anyone who sends me an email request at email@example.com. I also posted the first few pages of that chapter to https://open.substack.com/pub/jimcreechan/p/cartels-meaning-and-usage-in-the?r=dwn67&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
I might be wrong but from Sicilia and kiriakydes from caro to Chapitos or arellanos most cartel where made by coopted commanders of the 70's in CA And B C where the biggest market really started organized as inside the political loop of goverment connections in the CIA or D F S they where the biggest liaers and decievers of the people tdy most relatives of this so called cartel members and allies by politics live driving GT-4 Porches and laudering billions in CA real state they are mostly tdy us citizens and very succesfull buisnesmen recognized by the best universities even so I doubt this criminals are getting what they deserved they are much more powerfull than governments tdy
Ioan. Thank you. You mentioned a couple of times the complex nature of Mexican law enforcement's relationship with the criminal organizations. They work with the criminal element and yet fight them. Have you researched or written on this relationship in more detail elsewhere?
Hi Ioan, great article! Do we know what happened to Alberto Sicilia Falcon after his release from prison? Is he still alive?
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Very informative and excellent read!
The constant word games over the term cartel the past years has become so minute and convoluted especially in academic circles that it makes one wonder why they are trying to obscure the obvious problems and solutions and ignore the biggest contributor to lasting criminal organizations, state or private, the contributor that every criminal enterprise, cartel, narco state, etc., needs and that is the banking cartel of federal and world banks which every drug dealing cartel and corrupt narco state could not do without.
From the Bank of International Settlements, established to assist the German economy after World War 1 including Nazi Germany, to the banks the BIS directs, they are all truly the financiers of criminal enterprise. The financial manipulations especially money laundering have been devised by these financial criminals and provided cartels with wealth unimaginable without this financial assistance. Dig deep and you will find the fingerprints of the Bank of England, Chase, Swiss banks, Chinese banks and a huge number of regional banks in major drug dealing countries. Governments and intelligence agencies need these financial institutions to hide and invest their illegal gains from weapons sales and drug dealing to establish financial funds away from public examination. Just examine the weapons Hamas had in stockpiles, US and NATO weapons sent to Ukraine. Banks had direct investment in the international development of pharmaceutical companies for the continued international exploitation of the opium poppy resulting in the pharmaceutical companies being the most prolific drug dealer and creating more deaths with pharmaceutical opioids whose recipes and formulas seems to reach every street drug dealing organization in the world.
In Mexico, the Los Zetas would be a good example of a cartel who realized the benefits from learning and using the most sophisticated financial tools including computers to expand their profit dealings. Their hands were on the most extensive computer and financial crimes in Las Vegas, Nevada and Southern California. The Los Zetas were more then a group of extremely violent ex-military soldiers but also new warriors in so-called white collar crime.
Never be consumed by the origin of a word. Always look at the actions and especially track the money of these criminal organizations and you will always arrive at the real cartel that actually can control prices and quantity of whatever poison that can kill very large numbers of people everywhere in the world.
The murder of Mormon women and children looks like a Luciferian sacrifice. The Mormon Church itself is Luciferian, and a former co-worker of mine, Steve Ross, was ritually sacrificed by Mormons at the age of around 43.
I'm going to read this more carefully, but what caught my eye about the Cartel del Golfo were the symbols and slogans they displayed, which are the same death-cult type as the secret societies of the Luciferian Brotherhood. The cartels were clearly created by the CIA -- the Luciferians' assassins -- as were the Central American death squads and MS-13 (I knew someone who could have been a founding member of MS-13, and he was an MK-Ultra mind-controlled CIA asset)
"Valor" "Strength and immortality" "Transformation" -- transhumanism
"Respect" "Loyalty" "Discipline" -- fascist ethos
and the image of a phoenix (the highest seat on the Satanic Council), a scorpion, and an eagle clutching a snake