The latest lies and fearmongering coming from anti-Mexican groups and conspiracy wingnuts such as ALIPAC, Jeff “Bikini Boy” Schwilk of San Diego Minutemen, Dan Amato of “Diggers Realm” and World Net Dailym in their ongoing attempts to spread fear of and hatred against Hispanics is the report that ranches have been seized in Laredo Texas by Los Zetas, the paramilitary enforcers for the Gulf Cartel.
In as few words as possible,
UTTER AND TOTAL BULLSHIT!!!!
Here’s the story that is circulating and is causing the gun nuts and anti Mexican crowd to call it an “Act of War” by Mexico.
The story was originally “broken” by Pennsylvania based anti immigrant activist and co organizer of the failed Phoenix Rising Teabiilly gathering Dan Amato of “Diggers Realm”.
The bloodbath continues along our southern border and now word is coming in that Los Zetas, the highly trained killers formerly with the Gulf Cartel, have crossed into the United States and taken over at least two ranches in the Laredo, Texas area. I am receiving word that the owners of the ranches have evacuated without being harmed. The source is law enforcement in the area.
No, the source is not law enforcement in the area. It is non other than San Diego based leader of the San Diego Minutemen, Jeffrey “Bikini Boy” Schwilk.
Digger claims Schwilk made this statement:
I can personally vouch that this info came in late last night from a reliable police source inside the Laredo PD. There is currently a standoff between the unknown size Zeta forces and U.S. Border Patrol and local law enforcement on two ranches on our side of the Rio Grande. The source tells us he considers this an “act of war” and that the military is needed on the border now!
And where did Scwilk get this “breaking news”? From Kimberly Dvorak, the blonde bimbo who writes trash bashing Mexicans and Mexico for the Examiner.com and is associated with the Californa Tea Baggers and Minuteman groups.
In what could be deemed an act of war against the sovereign borders of the United States, Mexican drug cartels have seized control of at least two American ranches inside the U.S. territory near Laredo, Texas.
Two sources inside the Laredo Police Department confirmed the incident is unfolding and they would continue to coordinate with U.S. Border Patrol today. “We consider this an act of war,” said one police officer on the ground near the scene. There is a news blackout of this incident at this time and the sources inside Laredo PD spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Word broke late last night that Laredo police have requested help from the federal government regarding the incursion by the Los Zetas. It appears that the ranch owners have escaped without incident but their ranches remain in the hands of the blood thirsty cartels.
Laredo Border Patrol is conducting aerial surveillance over the ranches to determine the best way to regain control of the U.S. ranches, according to the Laredo Police department.
The approximate location of the U.S. ranches are10 miles northwest of I-35 off Mines Road and Minerales Annex Road. Just off 1472 (Mines road) near Santa Isabel Creek north of the city of Laredo, Texas.
Again, Total and malicious BULLSHIT!!!!
Dan “Digger Amato” goes on to claim, that based on Dvoraks outlandish claims quoted above, that;
However, upon that second confirmation and her running her story “Los Zetas drug cartel seizes 2 U.S. ranches in Texas” the story to me at that point was 100% confirmed. I changed my story to reflect that and released it to the world – spreading it wide. It has since gone viral.
So Dan “Digger” Amato admits to being the one behind spreading this false and malicious rumor around the internet. He further state;
(Since then I have learned Kim has no less than three sources inside law enforcement. Kim was also involved in the Acorn investigation with Breitbart, so she’s no whipper snapper.)
That justifies it all. Dvorak involved in the heavily edited ACORN videos with Breitbart, who was just caught red-handed defaming former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod. A helluva charactor reference.
BEGINNING TO DEBUNK THIS DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO SPREAD HYSTERIA
One has to wonder how people sitting in California and Pennsylvania seem to know so much about something that is allegedly happening in the border city of Laredo Texas. If there was a siege happening at a ranch in Laredo Texas, one would imagine there would be city, federal and state SWAT units on scene with all the big boy toys, Helicopters, armored vehilce etc. The area of Mines Road (FM-1472) from it’s beginning at I-35 to the Camino Toll Road 15 miles to the north, is quiet. No law enforcement activity at all save for the normal Border Patrol units, and Texas DPS commercial vehicle inspectors going about their normal routines. How would I know this? Well, since Thursday morning, I’ve been at my home in Nuevo Laredo and today, I took a drive out along Mines Road and all was quiet.
According to Right Wing Pundits, a conservative site, this malicious rumor that the whack jobs are spreading was cobbled together from reports dating back more than a year.
There seems to be confusion from readers about this story concerning two things. One, the link to a year old Houston Chronicle article and two the video by Glenn Beck at the bottom. This post is about the rumor of the Los Zetas seizing control of ranches in Texas. Some report they have, others refute that. I have provided a link to a story from May of 2009, which could have contributed to the confusion of the Zetas and ranches in Texas, and a Glenn Beck video that speaks to the history of the Zetas and the overall Mexican Drug war. I am not in anyway trying to use those links as a confirmation as to the validity of the original story. I am providing more links at the bottom as they become available.
Two separate reports have said that the infamous Los Zetas Drug Cartel have seized 2 US ranches in Texas, these reports appear to be inaccurate but not totally. The original reports said that Los Zetas, a deadly drug syndicate operating in Mexico had taken control of US owned ranches in Texas and that the ranch owners were unharmed. Had this happened in this way, we would be looking at an escalation of hostilities that we haven’t seen to date.
These reports have widely been disproven, to a certain extent. What has taken place however is this. The FBI is advising law enforcement across the country that a “Texas cell” of Los Zetas acquired a ranch in Texas that they are using as a base of operations.
The Houston Chronicle has in the past reported that this cell of Los Zetas uses a secluded ranch to train its members how to “neutralize” competitors in the drug trade. You’ll feel safe to know that Los Zetas is training its members within our borders about home invasion techniques, firearms, and how to run vehicles off the road to kidnap those who owe drug debts.
While reports that the Los Zetas Cartel has seized US ranches in Texas are exaggerated, it’s not totally false. The Mexican drug war continues to be a huge problem; just today authorities in Northern Mexico unearthed a mass grave which contained 51 bodies.
Dvorak, Amato and the know nothings at ALIPAC are claiming this is actually happening and it’s time to arm ourselves and respond to this “act of war”. They claim the alleged “media blackout” is coverup by Obama, Governor Rick Perry and other politicos. They also claim their 3 anonymous sources within the Laredo law enforcement community are furious that this is being kept under wraps. Again;
TOTALLY FALSE, DELIBERATE AND MALICIOUS BULLSHIT
Officials know nothing of rumored Zeta standoff on Mines Road
By Nick Georgiou
Laredo Morning Times
Published: Saturday, July 24, 2010 5:38 PM CDT
Local law enforcement was bombarded with calls from across the country Saturday asking about a report that the Zetas had taken over two ranches off Mines Road.
But officials with the Laredo Police Department, Webb County Sheriff’s Department and Border Patrol said they knew nothing about such an incident, while Erik Vasys, an FBI spokesman in San Antonio, said the agency does not comment on rumors.
The report, which spread like wildfire among blogs Saturday afternoon, appears to have initially been posted on a blog called Diggers Realm.
The blogger wrote that he got a tip from a San Diego, Calif., minuteman named Jeff Schwilk, who said that the Zetas, former enforcers of the Gulf Cartel, had crossed into the United States and taken over two ranches off Mines Road, about 10 miles northwest of Interstate 35.
Quoting Schwilk, the blogger wrote that there was a standoff between “the unknown size Zeta forces and the U.S. Border Patrol and local law enforcement on two ranches …”
The blogger wrote that the story was confirmed by anonymous sources at LPD.
But Investigator Jose E. Baeza, LPD spokesman, said he had not heard anything about the incident. Also, an LPD sergeant, who was on duty as a watch commander Saturday afternoon, said she had not heard anything about it either.
At about 4:30 p.m., Maru De La Paz, spokeswoman for Webb County Sheriff’s Office, wrote that the report about Zetas taking over ranches in Laredo is not confirmed.
(Nick Georgiou may be reached at 728-2582 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
So there you have it folks. Confirmation that the story is totally bogus and without merit It is disgusting the lengths these cretins will go to to push their anti-Mexican agenda of hatred and xenophobia. But they’ve got some of the best nut jobs in the business doing it and a gullible and uninformed public to fall for it.
You know folks, the First Amendment is a wonderful thing, but it has it’s limits. For instance, you don’t have first amendment protection to yell “FIRE!!!” in a crowded theater and incite panic, and this here is no different. Perhaps the Feds should launch an investigation of Schwilk, Dvorak and anyone else involved in trying to incite mass hysteria.
On summation. I am here on the ground in Nuevo Laredo and Laredo Texas. Friends I have within the LPD and Webb County Sheriffs office, in addition to several Border Patrol and Customs agent I’ve spoken to deny anything is amiss. And until something breaks, I stand by this account.
CONFIRMATION OF A FRAUDULENT REPORT
July 24 2211 MT Hector Garcia , a city council member of the City of Laredo TX, has returned my phone call and aboslutely denied that any armed conflict has occured with the Laredo PD. He is quoting the Chief of Police, Carlos Maldonado. Mr Garcia went on to say that it appears two ranchers had a disagreement.
July 24 2241MT, I am still waiting to hear from the Webb County Sheriff Department, Sheriff Martin Cuelar. Original reports of sources inside Laredo PD go unsubstantiated, however the many ” I can neither confrim nor deny such reports” from the Webb County Sheriffs Department leaves a few questions. Mr Garcia confirmed that a disagreement happened between two ranch owners. It would be up to Sheriff Cuelar to elaborate or state with certainty that the disagreement between two ranchers was not in fact a conflict between possible narco-trafficers. Will keep everyone updated.