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September 06, 2011

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They were going to catch up with technology eventually.

Sylvia

Here is a chilling example of what can go wrong. No sooner did you post an article about drug cartels getting involved in the Internet, then this happens ...

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CNN News, Sep 14, 2011
(CNN) -- It was a chilling message: Two bodies with signs of torture found hanging from a pedestrian bridge in the border town of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

Two posters left near the bodies declared that the pair -- a young man and woman -- were killed for denouncing drug cartel activity on a social network.

Bloggers who specialize in sharing news about trafficking have been threatened in the past, but this could be the first time that users of such social networks have been targeted.

The effect of such threats could be chilling, as several areas in Mexico -- including Nuevo Laredo -- have media outlets that self-censor out of fear of retribution by the cartels. In light of this censorship, blogs and social networks such as Twitter have surged as alternatives to keep citizens informed of dangers in their community.

Now the users of those networks appear to be under threat.

"This is going to happen to all of those posting funny things on the internet," one of the messages said. "You better (expletive) pay attention. I'm about to get you."

In the case of the two victims on the bridge, their ears and fingers were mutilated, said Ricardo Mancillas Castillo, an investigator for the public prosecutor's office.
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That's really bad.

P.

You haven't published much lately. But I notice that the Zeta's are at it again ... dumping 35 tortured bodies in Veracruz [news: Sep 21, 2011]. This cartel is really taking the "reign of terror" concept to the ultimate limits. Just how far can they go??

P.

@P - Yes, I've definitely slowed down in the blog department. With my book launching next week, I've been swamped working on promo stuff with NatGeo, some asylum cases, and other writing projects. As for the 35 bodies, from what I'm gathering, the dead are the Zetas, although there's some back-and-forth speculation over who did the killing. I thought about writing up a post on it today, then I saw the load of laundry I have to fold :).

If the dead ARE Zeta's ... there's going to be he** to pay in Veracruz. If I was a local resident, I'd consider moving.

Good luck with the clothes!

P.

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