The recent story on Los Zetas seizing a ranch or ranches in a border area north of Laredo, Texas, has now been confirmed. Kimbery Dvorak, the original reporter of this incident, has now provided a picture taken by her law enforcement source showing the incident report on his police cruiser data terminal for 7/24:
“On Friday 7-23-10 Laredo Webb informed that their county SWAT Team is conducting an operation in the Mines Rd. area. According to LT. Garcia with LSO (Laredo Sheriff Office) received a call from a ranch owner stating that the Zetas had taken over his ranch. As per the 17 (reporting person) he informed them that they stated La Compania (Zetas) was taking the ranch and no one was permitted on the ranch without permission. SO (Sheriff Office) will have an unmarked green Ford Taurus with two officers stationed at Los Compadres and a white Chevy Tahoe with two officers stationed at Mineral Rd. The LSO (Laredo Sheriff Office) will maintain surveillance in the area and advise if action is taken. Susp (suspect) Veh (vehicle) are described as a gray or silver Audi, a BLK (black) Escalade or Navigator and a van truck with a logo of a car wash spot free on the side. Border Patrol also has their response team on scene. Also known info of BMW’s and Corvettes entering and leaving the area. Auth LT Lichtenberger if assistance is requested LPD (Laredo Police Department) will secure the outer perimeter. (07/24/10 07:42:10 NR1873)”
Soon after her original report, the attacks began upon Kim and also on Dan from Digger’s Realm, who helped to spread Kim’s original story. The attacks came from the open borders groups, the lefties and even some on the right, who were quick to claim that this story was a “hoax” because Kim would not identify her source. Mainstream journalists do this all the time - report a story without an identified source - because the most explosive stories would risk the job or life of the source. If a reporter identifies this source against their wishes, do you think it would encourage others to leak this information in the future?
One of the most virulent attackers had an entry on BigGovernment.com, which is surprising, since Andrew Breitbart is himself a “citizen journalist”. The author of the editorial, Bob Owens, also writing for his own blog The Confederate Yankee, titled his piece “No, Texas Has Not Been Invaded”. Incredibly, Bob Owens did not do any of his own research to base his rebuttal upon. He simply decided that since Kimberly would not identify her source, that she had made it up. Really Bob? One has to wonder why someone who would attack other bloggers supposedly on the same side of an issue, is writing for BigGovernment in the first place. It seems Bob Owens might be more at home on Politico or Daily Kos from the way he attacked Kimberly and Dan.
And the SPLC, from their smug, self-righteous, racist perch in Alabama, declared this story a fake, without doing any of their own research whatsoever. Media Matters joined in the feeding frenzy with their uninformed dismissal of the story as well. While they pointed the finger at Kimberly, saying how could she know what was happening in Texas when she lived in San Diego - the same critics were also not in Texas! I enjoy watching these liars try to wipe the egg from their lying faces. I’m sure they will continue to claim it’s a hoax - because they will want to protect their lying asses from the truth and keep you from believing the truth as well.
You can read the backgrounder of these attacks over at Digger’s Realm - which Dan has named “LaredoGate” - a full 5 part report on the original story and the ensuing attack by both left and right on his and Kim’s reputations. Dan also delves into the apparent media coverup, starting with the Laredo Morning Times all the way up to Fox News, who refused to even give the story any air time whatsoever.
The original story spread like wildfire - as it SHOULD have - because the story is about a violent Mexican drug cartel that had crossed into the US and seized a ranch owned by a US citizen.
On the SAME weekend of July 23rd, two Zeta leaders were captured by US law enforcement in a “joint operation” in Brownsville, Texas. Several things come to mind when you read of the second story out of Brownsville. Why was there a “joint operation” underway in South Texas that was apparently targeting Zetas? And what did the Brownsville “joint operation” have to do with Laredo and the ranches seized by Zetas?
A second alleged Zeta hitman has been taken into custody in Brownsville, according federal officials.
Luis Alberto Blanco Flores, also known as “El Pelochas,” 29, is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Nina Pruneda, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman, said Blanco was arrested on July 23 during a joint operation that included ICE Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Border Patrol and Brownsville police
According to court documents, Blanco was arrested for re-entering the country illegally after having been deported on Sept. 16, 2003. After Blanco concludes his pending legal matters with the U.S. government, he will be turned over to Mexican authorities, Pruneda said.
According to Mexican law enforcement officials, Blanco is affiliated with the Zetas criminal organization and worked under Arturo Castillo, also known as “El Apache.”
Castillo was arrested a day later in the same interagency operation on the charge of illegal entry and is also in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, Pruneda said. Castillo faces extradition to Mexico, she said.
Is this not very alarming that Zeta leaders have been arrested IN THE US and that maybe some ranches along the Texas border have been seized by the same drug cartel, even if only for a short time????? At what point do we say enough is enough and demand the security that we pay the Federal government for?
Another thing learned from this experience - as citizen journalists trying to find the truth - is that the mainstream media is desperate to discredit citizen bloggers. That fact was made quite clear as a result of the hysteria and claims of “hoax” that circulated throughout the blogosphere regarding this original story. The goal of outfits like the SPLC and Media Matters, is to confuse people so that they don’t know what is the truth and that part is working. If you can’t trust regular people who are trying to report the truth when they see it - you might as well stop reading news altogether because it will all just seem like fiction if you believe the lies of the propaganda machine