Tuesday, June 22, 2010

South Texas Dam On Rio Grande Threatened By Drug Cartels

Recently I wrote about how sport fisherman on Falcon Lake, on the Rio Grande River in deep South Texas were being chased by Mexican drug cartel pirates.

Today comes word that Los Zetas, the Mexican drug cartel, unsuccessfully tried to blow up Falcon Dam, which not only creates Falcon Reservoir, but supplies water to two hydroelectric power plants (Fox News).

According to the Houston Chronicle, Mexican and U.S. authorities were "secretly scrambling" last month to thwart a plot by the Zeta cartel to blow up Falcon Dam and unleash billions of gallons of water.

The Zeta cartel planned the attack to get back at its rival, the Gulf cartel, which controls smuggling routes from the Falcon Dam to the Gulf of Mexico, Sigifredo Gonzalez, sheriff of Texas' Zapata County, told the newspaper.

Although the Gulf Cartel was the alleged target, about 4 million residents and massive amounts of agricultural land would have been affected in the resulting massive flood, the paper reported.

Sources told the Chronicle that U.S. officials learned of the plot through "serious and reliable sources," the seizure of small amounts of dynamite near the dam and the discovery of an alert from the Zeta cartel warning Mexican residents to evacuate the area ahead of the blast.

The Mexican military then stepped up its presence in the area based in part on the
U.S. intelligence, sources told the Chronicle.

(Rep. Tom) McClintock said escalating violence along the Mexican border is a result of restricted access by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents to federal lands due to environmental regulations enforced by the Department of Interior.

"It certainly has the potential to be a serious security risk," McClintock said. "The plot by the Zeta drug cartel to blow up the Falcon Dam appeared to be quite credible. And as we have found over the years, before there is a successful attack, it is preceded by several unsuccessful attempts that clearly indicate intent. It would be utterly foolish to ignore."

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to requests for comment regarding last week's hearing.
I suppose Janet Incompitano would say "the system worked."

So, in the last month, we've seen Mexican drug lords take over a section of land in Arizona, threaten Arizona police, terrorize fisherman on Falcon Lake and now attempted to blow up the dam, which would have created massive damage and casualties in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

All because Obama wants "comprehensive immigration reform" (amnesty), he has to put American lives at risk to get his political means.

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