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Texas Is The “Swinging Gate” For Drugs Into America

AUSTIN (1080 KRLD)– The Pentagon’s announcement that 1,000 National Guard troops will remain deployed along the US-Mexico border is underwhelming to security experts familiar with the inner workings of the Mexican drug cartels.

Fred Burton is one of the top counter-terror and security experts in the world.  He served for decades in the Diplomatic Security Service and has extensively studied the drug cartels.  He works now as Vice President of Intelligence at Stratfor, based in Austin.

In this interview, he and I talked about counter-intelligence operations of the cartels, including plots to kill any Mexican law enforcement officers who cooperate with the United States.

Your thoughts are welcome in the comments.

Scott Braddock is the KRLD Austin Bureau Chief. Follow him on Twitter @scottbraddock

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  • darrell

    1000 troops on that border is akin to using a bandaide to fix a severed head.

  • callen

    Our clearly-lost war on drugs just continues to fuel violence in both the US and Mexico. 1000 border troops will only make a small dent in drug traffic. We need a national policy to control certain drugs, just like we now have a policy to control alcohol and tobacco. Would it be good to not have drugs, alcohol or tobacco at all? Yes. But it is simply impossible to have that wish come true. We need to learn how to intelligently deal with the consumption of these drugs and thereby minimize the horror we see every day in many communities, here and in Mexico.

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