Skip to comments.(Falcon) Lake killing blamed on blunder (Mistaken Identity)
Posted on 10/14/2010 6:52:17 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
BROWNSVILLE A global intelligence company Wednesday said the death of U.S. citizen David Michael Hartley on Falcon Lake was a case of mistaken identity in a turf war between rival drug cartels.
Hartley, who was shot during a Sept. 30 sightseeing trip to the Mexican side of the binational reservoir, was shot by Zeta cartel enforcers because he was mistaken for a spy of the rival Gulf Cartel, according to the report by STRATFOR, and Austin-based think tank specializing in intelligence and international issues.
The report goes on to say Hartley's body likely was destroyed as Los Zetas went into damage control mode and that the lower-level operatives responsible for the unauthorized strike against him now are on the Zetas' hit list.
The cartel boss Miguel Treviño is highly upset over the fact that these individuals shot and killed Mr. Hartley and it's our understanding that the cartel boss is hunting for the killers of Mr. Hartley so he can take care of them himself, said Fred Burton, STRATFOR's vice president of intelligence.
Burton, who doesn't cite his sources, goes on to say the beheading Tuesday of Rolando Armando Flores Villegas, the lead Mexican investigator in the case, was a stern signal to both the United States and Mexico that no body will be produced and to leave the situation alone.
Hartley's wife, Tiffany, has said the two were ambushed while taking pictures of a submerged Mexican town.
She said she raced to U.S. shores without her husband after a futile attempt to lift his body, the gunfire trailing her well across the U.S. line.
The case has drawn international attention, with Tiffany Hartley and her family appearing on various news shows defending her story of lake pirates and pleading for action amid a drug war that has Mexican officials paralyzed by fear.
Her mother, Cynthia Young, said the family had seen the STRATFOR report but had no comment yet on its findings.
It hasn't been confirmed through the investigative officers here, she said. But we're still standing and believing for a miracle that we will get David back in some fashion and that's the way God wants it. But he's in charge.
She said officials at the U.S. Consulate in Matamoros, Mexico, had assured them Flores' decapitation wouldn't stop the search.
Burton is the author of two books: Mexico in Crisis: Lost Borders and the Struggle for Regional Status and GHOST: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent.
A former special agent in counterterroism for the U.S. State Department, he was appointed in 2007 by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the Border Security Council. He served briefly as the assistant director for intelligence and counterterrorism for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
His report concludes halcones, or Zeta scouts, noticed Mexican tags on the trailer towing the Hartley's personal watercraft, mistook them as spies for the rival Gulf Cartel and sent radio messages buzzing across the lake.
The couple had lived in Reynosa, Mexico, where Hartley worked for an Alberta-based oil company.
Once Hartley was identified as an American, his body was destroyed the same day as the incident to prevent a backlash from the U.S. government against the group, the report states.
As for the attackers, a damage control campaign currently is under way led by Los Zetas' No. 2, Miguel Z-40 Treviño Morales to identify and eliminate those who engaged the Hartleys.
Treviño Morales is named in federal court documents as the No. 2 Zeta. He's wanted by Laredo police in five slayings they say he ordered in the U.S. during 2005 and 2006. He's also wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges.
The U.S. State Department is offering $5 million and the Mexican government is offering 30 million pesos, about $2.4 million, for information leading to his arrest or conviction.
The death of the Mexican investigator in the case, meanwhile, produced an outcry Wednesday from several U.S. officials, most calling on the U.S. to get more active.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, said Flores had a reputation for cooperation and camaraderie with law enforcement counterparts in Texas.
Cuellar's brother, Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar, brokered a meeting last week with the Hartley family and investigators, including Flores.
Commandante Flores and many of his peers had continued to search for David Hartley in the face of grave threats and imminent danger, Rep. Cuellar said in a statement. This tragic incident demonstrates the continued efforts of the Mexican law enforcement community to help us in America solve the Hartley case.
He said the case underscores the need for the Mérida Initiative, an infusion of resources he supported to help Latin American nations fight the drug war.
But Republican politicians including Perry and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn say the incident instead should be seen as a failure of the Obama administration to secure the nation's southern border.
U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, accused the State Department of moving slowly in the investigation that has emboldened the narcotics cartels that he likened to terrorist groups.
Poe, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the United States would not be intimidated by the Zetas or other cartels.
If anything, the United States ought to give more resources to this investigation, he said.
Staff Writers Gary Martin and Jason Buch contributed to this report.
And decapitating an investigator???? That was an "oopsie" moment also?
Either way, an innocent American is dead and nothing is done about it.
Would this “global intelligence company” happen to be the bleeding-heart, Socialist, left-wing nutjob Democratic Party?
Build a cordon sanitaire around the region then drain the lake. These pukes gotta’ come out some time and just shoot them down.
Do they really....I mean...really....think we're that stupid!
“The cartel boss Miguel Treviño is highly upset...”
...I expect that he is...really. This kind of stuff is bad for business...but I bet he’s not so upset that he would give the widow say $5 million in compensation.
Obamao busy with his George Cloony meeting.
Don’t you see in the article where the politicians are “harrumphing” about this?
“was a case of mistaken identity”... that’s one of many possible scenarios.
Hartley’s body likely was destroyed...
Our understanding that the cartel boss is hunting for the killers of Mr. Hartley...
the beheading... was a stern signal..
No facts presented just a lot of conjecture.
Oh well, I guess that makes it all right then. Let's move on.
They will probably never find the body. The cartels have various ways of making sure there is nothing left. They have things that look human that work for them that think nothing of taking a body apart and feeding it to vultures, for example. They take the body and stake it down by the neck, cut the flesh open and then let the vultures pick everything away down to the skeleton. After that they grind the bones up until there is nothing left.
From THIS U.S. government??? Oh, please... they really have no need to worry.
“...a stern signal to both the United States and Mexico that no body will be produced and to leave the situation alone.”
In other words the cartel is in charge here. Time to send a stern signal to the contrary.
I do not believe for one minute this story..The fact is these savages are telling people to stay away and it has happened before them shooting at people,there is no telling how many Americans they have killed and and no one knows ..Has anyone noticed that Obama has not said a word against the filthy Mexicans that murdered this young man or about this for that matter..I have not heard one word from him(maybe someone else has)..It is like nothing happened according to Washington..I think Obama is afraid his pay check will go away from the drug dealers if he says a thing..Like he doesn't say anything against the Muslim terrorist and he says nothing about the murdering filthy Mexican drug dealers..
No worries, America, the commander-in-chief is on the case... just as soon as he finishes his cheeseburger.
The American regime is casting about for a rationale for doing nothing, and will hang its collective hat on this "finding."
Please, God, let us survive 0bama...
Nope. They’re a pro-military, pro-American group. You can login and see foreigners grouse about stuff in the comments.
What'll THAT be from this group of sniveling punka**es running the country? A strongly worded letter and a visit by Jimmy Carter with an offer to negotiate?
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