Mexico: YouTube Execution Video Claimed by Acapulco Death Squad
Wanted: El Cholo. The Zetas are reportedly made up of police and military personnel.

Suben a internet ejecución de presunto ‘Zeta’ (El Universal): YouTube receives a video purporting to show the beheading, by garrotte, of an alleged member of a group of soldiers employed by the Gulf Cartel.

[Actually, I may have mistranslated here, thanks to my current linguistic confusion. It comes from having to deal with Chilean relatives in Portunhol: Sp. degollar generally means “to cut the throat of.” I did not watch to see whether heads roll here or not. I am going to change “beheading video” to “execution video.” I am too lazy to research the answer to my own brain fart.

The method of execution here is meaningful.]

[Update: reportedly, the garotte was twisted until the head fell off. Ugh.]

The first item I read on this said that YouTube took the video down for “violation of terms of service.” The action was described as a reprisal for the murder of state police.

El Universal (Mexico) has downloaded the video and uploaded it to its own site. I am not going to watch it. I am going to take El U’s word for what it contains. A screenshot below.

So, yeah, well. Here come the death squads to take up the slack, taking a page from the media relations strategy of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

El video de la ejecución de un presunto integrante de Los Zetas, brazo armado del cártel del Golfo, fue subido a la página de internet

The video showing the execution of an alleged member of Los Zetas, the armed wing of the Gulf Cartel, was uploaded to the Web site.

En él se observa cómo le colocan un alambre en el cuello —que hacen girar con un tubo hasta degollarlo— después de confesar su participación en el asesinato de los siete trabajadores de la Policía Investigadora Ministerial durante el ataque del pasado 6 de febrero, en Acapulco, Guerrero.

The video shows a wire being placed around the man’s neck — which was twisted with a tube until the man was decapitated — after he confessed his participation in the assassination of seven employes of the state police during an attack on February 6 in Acapulco.

El video se titula “Has patria mata a un zeta” (sic) y tiene una duración de cinco minutos con 16 segundos. Ayer estuvo en esa página de manera intermitente.

The video is titled “be a patriot kill a zeta” and lasts 5:16. Yesterday it was intermittently available.

Death squads stepping in to do the dirty work for law enforcement is never a good sign, I don’t think.

Law enforcement officers and soldiers moonlighting for the traffic, or working full-time for the traffic under cover of the uniform, or graduating to the traffic while taking their Rolodex with them from their old job, is not a good sign either.

Observers — I am thinking specifically of a former top Colombian anti-narco official interviewed in El U a while back — have warned that centralization and militarization of anti-narco and anti-terror forces will cause corruption to metastasize through Mexico’s federal law enforcement.

Want a nasty insurgency on the U.S. border? Keep porting Plan Colombia to Mexico. IMHO.

Sending a message: Inscriptions on victim’s body reminiscent of Kafka’s “In the Penal Colony”

Who are Los Zetas? A 2004 report from Esmas, translation TK:

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, México, oct. 29, 2004.- Les llaman “Los Zetas”.

They are called Los Zetas.

Se afirma que son ex militares de elite reclutados a finales de los años 90 por el Cártel del Golfo.

They are reportedly former elite Mexican soliders recruited by the Gulf Cartel at the end of the 1990s.

There was a similar development in Brazil around that time, one reads: Paraquedistas going to work for the CV and ADA. The Brazilian military does not have an “earn college tuition” program, unfortunately.

Inicialmente su centro de operaciones estuvo en Matamaros, pero luego se movieron a Nuevo Laredo, en Tamaulipas.

Their center of operations was in Matamoros in the beginning, but they soon moved into Nuevo Laredo in Tamaulipas.

Pero también tienen influencia en Nuevo León, Chihuahua, Coahuila y Michoacán.

They also have influence in Nuevo León, Chihuahua, Coahuila and Michoacán.

Por lo general, visten de negro y portan armas de grueso calibre.

They generally dress in black and carry high-calibre weapons.

Según, la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR), Los Zetas eran los responsables de las labores de inteligencia, protección e intimidación en contra de organizaciones rivales de Osiel Cárdenas, presunto líder del Cártel del Golfo.

According to the federal attorney general’s office, the Zetas are in charge of intelligence, protection and intimidation of rival groups for Osiel Cárdenas, alleged leader of the Gulf Cartel.

Se les atribuyen decenas de ejecuciones y enfrentamientos con elementos del ejército y policías municipales.

They are blamed for dozens of executions and confrontations with army troops and municipal police.

Se investiga también su presunta participación desde el 2001 en la liberación de reos en cárceles de Tamaulipas, Michoacán, Guerrero, y el Estado de México (Edomex).

Also under investigation is their alleged participation, since 2001, in jail breaks in Tamaulipas, Michoacán, Guerrero, and Mexico State.

A Los Zetas se les relaciona con el secuestro y asesinato de cuatro elementos de la Agencia Federal de Investigación (AFI) ocurrido en diciembre del 2003, Tamaulipas.

The Zetas have been tied to the kidnapping and assassination of four federal agents (AFI) in Tamaulipas in December 2003.

Desde el 14 de marzo del 2003, fecha en que fue detenido Osiel Cárdenas Guillen, Los Zetas han protagonizado varios enfrentamientos con organizaciones rivales que intentan apoderarse de la plaza y las rutas del Cártel del Golfo.

Since Cárdenas’ arrest on March 14, 2003 the Zetas have clashed on a number of occasions with rival groups who are trying to take over the Gulf Cartel’s routes and territory.

Uno de los más violentos ocurrió el pasado 2 de abril.

One of the most violent took place on April 2[, 2004 — Ed.]

Nueve personas, aparentemente miembros del Cártel de Juárez, fueron ejecutadas por Los Zetas.

Nine persons, apparently members of the Júarez Cartel, were executed by the Zetas.

“Las informaciones preliminares que tenemos, de la investigación que se viene desarrollando, se le atribuye a lo que es el Cártel del Golfo, los famosos Zetas”, indicó el 24 de junio de 2003, Juan Manuel Muñoz Morales, coordinador de Ministerios Públicos de la PGR.

“The preliminary information we have, from the investigation in progress, indicates the famous Zetas are from the Gulf Cartel,” said the federal attorney general’s coordinator for state procecutor’s office on June 24, 2003.

En septiembre pasado se le dictó auto de formal prisión a Salvador López Lara, integrante de este grupo armado.

In Sept. 2004, an arrest warrant was issued for a Zeta member, Salvador López Lara.

“Este era uno de los mas buscados ya, ya esta detenido”, señaló Rafael Macedo de la Concha, procurador General de la República.

“That was one of our most wanted, he has been arrested,” said Fox’s attorney general.

Do not tell Chileans your name is de la Concha. You will be smirked at.

Dos semanas después Los Zetas protagonizaron otro enfrentamiento armado, pero esta vez en Nuevo León.

Two weeks later the Zetas provoked another armed clash, this time in Nuevo Léon.

Asesinaron a dos policías y secuestraron a varias personas, las que posteriormente dejaron en libertad.

They assassinated two police officers and kidnapped a number of persons, whom they later released.

En los últimos meses el ejército y la PGR han detenido a varios integrantes de Los Zetas.

In the last few months the Army and the PGR have detained various Zeta members.

Desde junio pasado la PGR ofrece una recompensa para quienes proporcionen información que conduzca a su captura.

Since last June, the PGR has been offering a reward for information leading to their capture.

A literary side note:

The human head is believed to remain in a state of consciousness for one and one-half minutes after decapitation. In a heightened state of emotion, people speak at the rate of 160 words per minute. Inspired by the intersection of these two seemingly unrelated concepts, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler wrote sixty-two stories, each exactly 240 words in length, capturing the flow of thoughts and feelings that go through a person’s mind after their head has been severed.


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