Falcon Lake killings: suspects identified

February 28, 2011

Five months ago, David and Tiffany Hartley set out to have a fun day of jet-skiing and sightseeing on Falcon Lake, in Texas on the border with Mexico. Their holiday turned into a nightmare, however, when they were attacked by members of Los Zetas, one of Mexico’s most violent drug cartels; David was shot dead and Tiffany barely escaped back to the American side after trying to rescue her husband. His body has never been found, and the investigation has largely come to a standstill; Mexican authorities have largely backed off since the lead investigator was beheaded, and US agencies are limited because of a lack of jurisdiction in Mexico. It looked as if the case would sit unsolved in a cold-case file.

But, maybe not. The one police agency still actively investigating David’s murder is the Zapata County Sheriff’s Office, and they claim to have identified four suspects:

[Sheriff Sigi] Gonzalez said the four men identified are Zetas members, but he refused to release any more details at this time.

The four of them, he added, were part of a larger group of seven men that attacked David and Tiffany Hartley as they approached the abandoned town of Guerrero Viejo, in the Mexican side of the bank.

“They were watching her with a rifle to her body and they lowered it and pick it up and lowered,” he said. “They were waiting for word whether to shoot her or not shoot her. “

Tiffany was able to get away and make it to safety, but David Hartley’s body has never been found.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez said the suspects are known to be living in Mexico, but since the attack, they have crossed into the U.S. several times.

He said his office will continue gathering enough information to arrest those responsible.

(There’s a video report at the link, too.)

Sheriff Zapata said any information gathered would be passed to the FBI and, from them, to the State Department, presumably to take up with Mexican authorities. Call me cynical, but, while I’m sure the FBI would like to nail these guys, I have my doubts about how willing State is to rock the boat with Mexico over this. And I’m even more doubtful of serious help from Mexican law enforcement; they’ve already shown themselves to be subject to intimidation, and the Zetas themselves show no restraint. I’ll be happy to be proven wrong, however. But, even if they are arrested in Mexico, Texas will have to forgo applying the death penalty, since Mexican law prohibits extradition in cases where execution is an option.

However, the fact that these killers cross regularly into the United States gives hope that Zapata County sheriff’s deputies or other law enforcement will be able to capture on our side of the border. Eventually, they’re bound to make a mistake.

I have another suggestion, however, one that crosses borders and is, one might say, traditional in the American West: name the men, put bounties on their heads, and make sure the posters are stamped “dead or alive.”

We’re dealing with outlaws, so let’s treat them as outlaws.

RELATED: An update on Tiffany Hartley. The beheading of Police Commander Rolando Armando Flores Villegas. A possible threat by Los Zetas to destroy Falcon Dam.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

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Klavan On The Culture explains multiculturalism

February 28, 2011

Well, it’s about time. I’ve been trying to wrap my head around this idea that no culture has any more intrinsic worth than any other culture, but I just haven’t had any luck. Maybe Andrew Klavan can finally explain it to me:

Yep. I’d say that about clears it up. 

RELATED: From the archives —  Real multiculturalism.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


The war down south

February 27, 2011

Here’s some data to chew on this Sunday evening, while America’s biggest narcissists engage in a public act of self-congratulation. In the last year, more civilians have died in Ciudad Juarez than in all of Afghanistan:

More civilians were killed last year in Ciudad Juarez, the Mexican city across the border from El Paso, Texas, than were killed in all of Afghanistan.

There were 3,111 civilians murdered in the city of Juarez in 2010 and 2,421 in the entire country of Afghanistan.

On a per capita basis, a civilian was 30 times more likely to be murdered last year in Juarez, where there are 1,328,017 inhabitants according to Mexico’s 2010 census, than in Afghanistan, where there are 29,121,286 people according to the CIA World Factbook.

The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan was compiled by the Congressional Research Service and published in a CRS report released on Feb. 3. The number of civilians killed in Juarez was compiled by Molly Molloy, a research librarian at New Mexico State University who maintains a count of murders Juarez and published it on the Frontera List Web site. Molloy’s work on civilian murders in Juarez was also referenced in a recent CRS report on Mexican drug cartels.

Much of the violence in Juárez is sparked by drug trafficking organizations battling over one of the major smuggling corridors into the United States.

In other words, you’re safer in Kabul 7,500 miles away than in Juarez, just over the border from El Paso.

But there’s nothing to be concerned about.

via Fausta

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


UK Special Forces raid Libyan oil site to rescue citizens: no ferry needed

February 27, 2011

Don’t the British realize this is the age of consultations, expressions of concern, and firm public statements? You know, Soft and Smart Power(tm)? Granted, a ferry wouldn’t work in the middle of the desert, but surely Whitehall could have just chartered a few buses instead of sending in the SAS to rescue their own people:

OIL workers stranded in the Libyan desert by the violent chaos engulfing the north African country were evacuated last night in a daring rescue operation by the RAF and British special forces.
Defence Secretary Liam Fox confirmed that two RAF Hercules had airlifted about 150 Britons and other foreign nationals to safety in Malta.

Fears had been growing for British citizens left in remote parts of the country as protests against Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi’s embattled regime escalated and armed militias supportive of the government opened fire on demonstrators.

Up to 70 military personnel, believed to be SBS and SAS, are understood to have landed in the country yesterday. They split into two groups to travel to camps at Amal, Waha and Nafoora, south of Benghazi. It is understood that the rescuers flew from one camp to another picking up civilian workers.

Want to know something that makes this an extra special treat for us? According to the article, even the French launched a covert operation to get their citizens out. The French.

Meanwhile, the State Department is probably inquiring about caravans with the local camel company.

Okay, sure. Its possible we have something underway that can’t be revealed because the Americans aren’t home safe yet, but, with Captain Obama and the Ferry Crew running the show, I somehow doubt it. Call me crazy.

Remember Sylvester Jr. in the old Warner Brothers cartoons? Whenever his Dad, Sylvester, would do something to embarrass his son, Junior would put a bag over his head and cry “Oh, the shame!”

Right now, I know how he feels.

via Mary in the ST comments

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Obama on Libya: pathetic and dangerously incompetent

February 26, 2011

When I vented my disgust at the administration renting a ferry to get Americans out of Libya, instead of sending in the Marines, I had missed part of the story, the instructions given to Americans desperate to get out:

In a notice sent to U.S. citizens in Libya, the department said Americans wishing to leave Libya should report to the As-shahab port in the capital of Tripoli with their passports starting at 9 a.m. local time on Wednesday. The ferry will depart for the Mediterranean island of Malta no later than 3 p.m. local time.

It said boarding the vessel would be on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those with medical emergencies or severe medical conditions. Travelers will be allowed one suitcase and one small carry-on item, the notice said, adding that pets would be allowed on the ferry but that they must meet European Union requirements.

Those who want be evacuated should be prepared to wait several hours and bring food, water and other necessities to the pier, which is on the sea road across from the Radisson Blu Mahari Hotel in Tripoli.

Those who take the ferry will be expected to reimburse the government for the cost, estimated to be equivalent to the one-way commercial ferry crossing of the distance from Tripoli to the Maltese capital of Valletta, it said. Any onward travel from Malta must be paid for by the passengers, the notice said.

Immediate family members of U.S. citizens who are not themselves citizens will be able to board provided they have travel documents valid for their final destination.

So, American citizens would have to pay to get out of country torn by civil war, and the non-American wife and in-laws would be extra? Gee, why not make them sign over their life savings, too?

Oh, but the best part of this extravaganza of incompetence is highlighted above: evacuees were told to wait on a pier, in the open, water on three sides, like sitting ducks with no protection in case Qaddafi’s goons showed up for a bit of hostage-taking… or other revenge. My God, we are lucky there wasn’t a massacre.

But the British could send in the SAS to get their people out.

Pardon me, I need to go find a wall to beat my head against.

h/t Pundit and Pundette via Truth and Commonsense

UPDATE: Welcome Hot Air readers, and thanks, Ed!

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Tiffany Hartley, a sad update

February 26, 2011

Following up on the story of the murder of David Hartley by members of Los Zetas, a story came across my monitor yesterday about the life his widow, Tiffany, has lived since seeing her husband killed on Falcon Lake and barely escaping, herself. When not pressing for justice in the case and for better border security overall, she leads a quiet life on her parents’ farm, trying to get past what happened. As the following quote shows, it isn’t easy:

Daily life on the farm in La Salle is much different. It’s quiet. The neighbors no longer target shoot because the sound of gunfire still terrifies Tiffany Hartley.

She’s seeing a therapist and tries not to read what people write about her online. Some people still doubt her story and accuse her of plotting to kill David Hartley. They’ve also accused of her not showing enough emotion when talking about her husband.

“I mourn privately,” she said.

One life destroyed and another shattered, probably for a long time to come.

I doubt Tiffany Hartley will ever know justice in this case; her husband’s body was probably destroyed and the gunmen killed by their bosses for causing a problem, while the Mexican investigators are likely intimidated. Beheading tends to have that effect.

I just hope she someday finds some measure of peace.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Egyptian children’s show: “How do we answer the disgusting Jews?”

February 26, 2011

Another in our “Teach the children” series of posts on the misuse of children’s television to educate Muslim children in Jew-hatred. In this clip, the host of “Ammo Alaa” educates a toddler and a guy in a rabbit suit about why Jerusalem really belongs to the Arabs:

From the transcript:

TV host: Let’s see how we should answer the disgusting Jews, who say that Jerusalem belongs to them. What proof do we have that Jerusalem is Islamic? We tell our friends that… Am I making you fall asleep, Mr. Sa’d, or what? Wake up Sa’d… Have a carrot… First of all, we tell the Jews that the Arabs lived in the blessed city of Jerusalem, more than 2,000 years before the first Jew settled in there.

2,000 is a very big number. Not one year, not two, not ten, not a hundred – 2,000 years. That’s the first thing. We tell them that the Arabs lived in Jerusalem 2,000 years before the first Jew set foot in it. Okay? Okay!

Click through for more.

The highlighted portion is a frequent lie told in the Islamic world: the truth is that the site of Jerusalem had been inhabited since roughly 4,000 B.C. and that, by the middle of the second millennium B.C., it was a Canaanite city. It was conquered by King David around 1,000 B.C. — all this long before the Arabs came rampaging out of Arabia in the 7th century A.D.

But I guess that’s too complicated for a kid’s show and it wouldn’t fit the antisemitic narrative, so we’ll stick with the convenient lie, instead.

Bear in mind that this program aired in Egypt last December, not years ago, unlike the previous clip. Think this isn’t fertile cultural and intellectual ground for the Muslim Brotherhood?

Think again.

via MEMRI

RELATED: Along with “Mr. Sa’d” the sleepy rabbit, Islamic children’s TV has a nauseating habit of using cute animal characters to teach antisemitic lessons. In the past we’ve had Farfur the mouse, Nahoul the bee, and Assud the Jew-eating rabbit. (I wonder if he’s a cousin of Mr. Sa’d?)

I guess their motto is “Educating tomorrow’s genocidal maniacs — today!”

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)