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El Paso Times: Homeland Security admits cartel violence has spilled into Texas

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  1. Angus

    Angus Active Member

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    Homeland Security official affirms Mexican drug cartel violence has spilled over into Texas
    By Brandi Grissom / Austin Bureau
    Posted: 02/24/2009 12:00:00 AM MST


    AUSTIN -- Violence from Mexican drug cartels has spilled over into Texas, state Homeland Security Director Steve McCraw said Monday.

    "Yes, absolutely it has occurred; there's no question about it," McCraw said after a hearing before the House Committee on Border and International Affairs.

    McCraw answered lawmakers' questions about Gov. Rick Perry's request for another $135 million for border security operations on the same day Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asked lawmakers for a new tool to help bring down transnational gangs that threaten border communities.

    During the border committee meeting, state Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, asked McCraw whether some incidents that have been reported in the El Paso area would be considered elements of spillover violence from Mexican drug cartels.

    Moody asked, among other things, if threats against American citizens, individuals seeking treatment at U.S. hospital for injuries sustained in Juárez and Mexican nationals seeking asylum would be evidence of spillover.

    McCraw said yes.

    "Anything that involves cartel activity that impacts Texans on this side of the border is, by definition, spillover violence," he said after the meeting.

    McCraw told lawmakers, though, that Texas has a contingency plan to deal with large-scale violence and that local, state and federal agencies are working to prevent that from happening.

    Earlier Monday, state Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, and state Rep. Aaron Peña, D-Edinburg, filed a bill they said they hoped would make doing business in Texas harder for drug cartels.

    Along with Abbott, the legislators urged their colleagues to approve a bill that would give the attorney general expanded authority to seize guns, drugs and cash that are the lifeblood of human and drug smugglers.

    "This bill is going to give us the ability to put these kinds of criminals out of business by taking the very thing they are trying to make," Abbott said.

    Though such seizures can currently be made in criminal cases, the legislation would allow the attorney general to pursue seizures in civil court, where the burden of proof is less stringent, Abbott said.

    Williams said the measure would help ensure that violence from the cartels stays south of the Rio Grande.

    "The body count is stacking up along the border," he said, "and we don't want this to spill over into our state anymore."

    http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_11770847
  2. Rackat

    Rackat Active Member

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    Anymore? So they're saying those volunteer border watchers weren't FoS? They're saying we were rightly concerned about our border? Who'd a thunk it?
  3. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I guess it is time to get my Texas flag with the cannon on it that reads come and take it.
  4. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    You might be better off getting a cannon and putting a regular Texas flag on it.:laugh2:
  5. Bob Sacamano

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    spill-over drug cartel violence, means spill-over drug cartel money
    like in No Country for Old Men

    I'm movin' to Texas!
  6. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    So you are saying it is stimulating the economy. :laugh2:
  7. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    well it's stimulated my need to get money, that's all I know:D
  8. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I don't know if you are big enough to carry that tank around though. Might have to find another weapon.:p:
  9. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    the only weapon I need is up here *points to head*

    knowledge is power!
  10. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Well you are screwed. ;) :p:
  11. ShiningStar

    ShiningStar Well-Known Member

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    Why, who do you know?










    ;):p:
  12. Bob Sacamano

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    DIE!!.
  13. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    We had the cannon and dared them to come and take it. :star:
  14. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    So I take it that they took it since you said you HAD instead of you HAVE.

    Nice word play their if I say so myself.:D
  15. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    We got it back at San Jacinto and a whole lot more. When others wanted Santa Anna head, Mr. Sam said I want Texas. :star:
  16. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    :laugh2: I think you are on the shrooms again ;)
  17. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    hey mod-boy

    * Any discussions condoning illegal actions such as drug use, software piracy, etc. are not allowed. Violating this guideline may result in your posts being deleted and your account being suspended or banned.


    banished!
  18. CowboyFan74

    CowboyFan74 Cowboys Analyst

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  19. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    No just Texas proud. You get Texas history in Elementary, Jr. High and High School that is why Texans are the way we are. Very proud of our State and we wave our flag proudly. As Jerry Jeff Walker once said "I'm an American by chance and a Texan by the Grace of God" :laugh2:
  20. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Google...use it and look that word up.

    And it is mod...MAN to you poster-boy.:D

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