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I am a consultant and analyst with eight years of military law enforcement experience, six years of analytical experience covering Latin America, and over seven years of analytical experience covering Mexican TCOs and border violence issues. This blog is designed to inform readers about current border violence issues and provide analysis on those issues, as well as detailed focus on specific border topics. By applying my knowledge and experience through this blog, I hope to separate the wheat from the chaff...that is, dispel rumors propagated by sensationalist media reporting, explain in layman's terms what is going on with Mexican TCOs, and most importantly, WHY violence is happening along the US-Mexico border.

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June 22, 2011

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I would imagine that the major cartels in Mexico have their own internal people who function as "intelligence specialists". Judging by how quickly the cartels are able to locate and kill rivals who threaten their interests, their intel people must have access to a large amount of highly valuable data.

THAT is part of the problem ... I suspect. The drug war is also a battle for intelligence ... on both sides. They may have the upper hand on sources - not to mention barbaric ways of extracting information.

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Great information.

I didn't know about the two types of specialists. And, I also didn't understand how anyone could blame the intelligence agencies for not seeing the fall of Communism, 9/11, the Arab Spring or whatever else they missed. Now I know!

I've only been reading your blog for a short time, but I have found the information that you provide to be really informative and helpful.

As a law enforcement officer that works in human trafficing, fugitive warrant task force, and homeland security I tend to think from the Tactical intelligence standpoint and it is very helpful for me to read and talk to people from the Strategic intelligence mindset because then I am shown how maybe some of my plans and/or ideas might not be the best way to do things.

So, I am very thankful for your blog because it helps me to think from a strategic mindset and not just from the tactical side.

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