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November 04, 2010


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Well you know what they say ... the first casualty of war is the TRUTH. And when it comes to Mexico and the narco-war, the truth seems to vanish very quickly.

If the 20 men were really tied to a cartel, then why would their friends immediately report the kidnapping to the police? That doesn't seem smart. It seems like the disappearance would be reported back to the cartel bosses - who would see that it is avenged. Also, doesn't it make sense that if the 20 men went to Acapulco on a mission to cause trouble - that they would have a safe house and a plan to work undercover? Surely La Familia would know about surveillance happening in Acapulco. If these men were cartel operatives, they were apparently very untrained and expendable.

On the other hand - if the 20 men were tourists, then where are their bodies?? It's been quite a while now. Why would the cartels go to a lot of trouble to conceal the bodies of dead people if they were innocent?

Everything you hear from Mexico always seems to be a curve-ball.

Thanks for following up on this.

Hey ... quick update from the news today.

It looks like police have recovered the bodies of 18 of the men that went missing from the group. The bodies were found buried in Tres Palos, just south of Acapulco. A tragic loss for the families of all these young men.

The link is here:

Apparently the people who killed the group believed that the 20 visitors were representing La Familia. But it's unclear if this was true, and in what capacity the 20 were really acting - esp. given the fact that they had jobs as mechanics and they had no criminal backgrounds.

The killers were apparently a local cartel in Acapulco.

It seems reasonable to expect revenge from La Familia for this killing. Which means more bodies can be expected in Acapulco in the future.

Mecanics my ass, do you know how little mecanics earn in Mexico? Check to see how much money these people were paid, there is no way they could afford to "vacation" in Acapulco. Not on a mecanics pay grade in Mexico, and certainly not in the present economy in Mexico.

MM38 ... you've got a good point. The families said the guys were mechanics, and apparently the police checked their backgrounds. But that doesn't explain what they were doing in Acapulco, or how they could afford to go there.

Here's something to think about. Suppose La Familia did tell these 20 guys to go to Acapulco and cause trouble. Doesn't it make sense that they'd be armed? I would think they'd be armed to the teeth. How else could they get the job done? So if that's true, how come they just got kidnapped at gunpoint when they arrived? Why wasn't there a street shootout, instead of a kidnapping? There's still a lot that doesn't add up to this story.

I remember somewhere when this story first broke that the men at the center of the story conducted an annual trip to Acapulco. This point seems to have fallen by the wayside. I don't know if it was confirmed or maybe the family members trying to deflect any DTO association.

Yeah i do believed the they kill them

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